International Safe Zone

By Kyoung Mi Choi | Learning more about intersectionality and complexity of international LGBTQ+ in the United States and providing a safe place to learn and explore about their sexual and affectional identity.

One Of Australia's Oldest Gay Couples Can Finally Plan To Marry After Historic Vote

The two have been together for 50 years.<p>Now that Australians have overwhelmingly <b></b>voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a national survey, two Sydney residents who are believed to be the country’s oldest gay couple announced that they plan to marry in January.<p>John Challis, 89, and Arthur Cheeseman, …

Equality

How Two Trans Salvadoran Migrants Found Peace in Tijuana

If you're trans and escaping one of the deadliest countries in the world, where do you go?<p>It’s Francia Camila’s day off from her job at a Tijuana beauty salon, so she’s spending her day at another beauty salon—this time, as a customer.<p>It’s a small room awash in sunlight and the smells of hair dye …

El Salvador

Underlying the celebrations there is an immense feeling of hurt and pain

While it’s a minority of Australians, it’s still millions of people who voted no. We’ve come a long way, but there’s a lot of work to<p>It has been a momentous week. The sheer joy that came from the overwhelming yes vote on Wednesday sparked celebrations like I have never seen before. There is a sense …

LGBTQ

Advocacy groups: Killings of transgender people increase

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.<p>The Human Rights Campaign, in a report …

LGBTQ

Heartstone review – fervent teen sexuality drama

This long, Iceland-set debut steams with suppressed emotion as two teenagers explore a dawning relationship<p>A remote, wildly beautiful – and wonderfully shot – Icelandic village is the setting for this soulful, indulgent story of teen angst and teen sexuality, which is a feature debut for Guðmundur …

Film (UK)

How Two Reverends are Queering the Modern-Day Church

A new nonprofit is helping queer people find their place in church services, and church services become more queer-friendly.<p>Reverend M. Barclay, who is ordained within the United Methodist Church, admits there’s not a lot of work out there for gender non-binary trans queer pastors. That’s why, …

United Methodist

What Does It Mean To Be Skoliosexual?

When it comes to the vocabulary used to define gender and sexual orientation, it can be difficult to keep track of exactly which words people are …

LGBTQ

Berlin Criticises Ankara Over German LGBT film festival Ban

<b>German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth has criticized a recent ban by the Ankara Governor’s Office on a German Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and</b> …

LGBTQ

German gay film festival banned in Turkish capital

ISTANBUL — Authorities in Turkey's capital banned a German gay film festival on Wednesday, the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks.<p>Four movies by German directors were scheduled for screening as part of the festival, which was planned for Nov. 16-17 in …

Turkey

Man told: ‘Sit down you gay prick,’ before alleged homophobic attack in South Africa

A group of estate agents from a leading property company in South Africa allegedly hurled homophobic abuse at a gay couple before ‘body-slamming’ …

LGBTQ

China 'gay conversion therapy' attacked by rights group HRW

<b>Gay people in China are being subjected to verbal and mental abuse, forced medication and electric shock therapy, Human Rights Watch says.</b><p>A report by the organisation has gathered the testimony of 17 people who say they underwent forced therapies to "convert" them into heterosexuals between 2009 …

Rights & Freedoms

Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

Marriage equality could be legal by Christmas after 61.6% of participants in the voluntary survey approve a change to the law<p>Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of enrolled voters approved a change to the law to allow couples of the …

Equality

A Belgian Model Speaks Out About Being Intersex

View Slideshow<p><i>This week, women’s social club</i> <i>The Wing</i> <i>launches</i> No Man’s Land<i>, its first print magazine, with stories rolling out exclusively on the Cut.</i><p>…

LGBTQ

70% of young LGBT people do not feel safe at school

70% of young LGBT people don't feel safe at school.<p>Support organisation 'BeLongTo' is hosting Stand Up! Week, which tackles homophobic and …

LGBTQ

Malaysian transgender trailblazer Khartini named regional ‘hero’

Transgender activist Khartini Slamah was among the 21 finalists selected from over 350 nominations across the region, and ended up being one of the …

Transgender

Making waves internationally

So far, in Tamil cinema, the topic of homosexuality hasn’t either been touched upon much or has been treated rather insensitively. In fact, a gay/ …

Tamil Cinema

Curating Flipboard Magazine International Safe Zone to Support International LGBT Students

Gays and lesbians in the United States are closer to legal equality than ever before. While there is still work to be done to reach full equality in all 50 states, America has come a long way since the days when being gay or trans automatically meant a life of fear, rejection and social …

How flats for lesbians fill a pink economy niche in Chinese city

Walking down the streets of Chengdu in southwestern China, a passer-by might not notice the FUNX buildings. They’re low profile and don’t advertise, …

LGBTQ

Ticket to heaven: activists pluck LGBT people from danger

LONDON - Bullied and beaten, analyzed and abused, Justin Romanov finally accepted his life in Russia was over. Being gay was a dance with death.<p>"I …

LGBTQ

What Does Sikhism Say About Homosexuality?

<b>Posted by Sukhdeep Singh</b><p>I have never considered myself to be a religious person. For some reasons, it has been science that I have always turned to, …

Religion

Here Queer: Resistance Meets Rainbows at 10th Delhi Pride

First-Time Paraders

LGBTQ

Hundreds Join Pride March in India, Where Gay Sex Is Illegal

NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India's capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts.<p>As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums during …

LGBTQ

Watch: Hundreds march in Delhi's 10th Queer Pride Parade

LGBTQ

The problem with ‘Pride’: Looking back on 10 years of the Delhi Queer Pride Parade

It was the best of times, wrote Charles Dickens, it was the worst of times. In our postcolonial condition, there is no impulse without vocabulary. …

LGBTQ

People asked me why I am like this: Karan on hinting at sexual orientation in book

<b>New Delhi:</b> Karan Johar said on Saturday that he was not "embarrassed" but "proud" of his sexuality, asserting that it's his orientation which defines …

LGBTQ

Gay slur heard at Mexico soccer games rings out in congress

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An anti-gay slur that Mexican soccer officials are trying to eradicate at national team games has now made an appearance on the …

Juan Carlos Osorio

Turkish President slams gay representation as ‘at odds with our values’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, has lashed out at a scheme to give gay people more representation in the country.The politician, who …

Turkey

This Gay Couple Left Iran For A Better Life. Now They Wonder If It Can Last In America.

WASHINGTON ― In the best-case scenario if Ramin Haghjoo and Nima Nia still lived in Iran, they would be married. Just not to each other ― to women, …

LGBTQ