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Ireland looks set to elect gay premier in social, generational shift

Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier – a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent.

GLAAD Gives Disney, Sony, Lionsgate Failing Grades for LGBTQ Representation

In its annual studio report card, the media monitoring group reports only 23 movies from the major studios were inclusive.<p>The independently-produced</i> …

Movies

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia's Aceh province

<b>Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC's Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh's gay community.</b><p>Salman (not his real name) …

LGBTQ

Victory for LGBT in Taiwan as top court rules in favour of gay marriage

TAIWAN’s constitutional court on Wednesday ruled in favour of same-sex unions in a landmark decision that paves the way for the island nation to become the first in Asia to legalise gay marriage.

Court Ruling Could Make Taiwan First Place in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage

If the island’s legislature doesn’t act in the next two years, same-sex couples can register their marriages with the authorities, the constitutional court said.

From the Door of a Gay Bar, You See the Scope of Life—and Death

I see a lot working the door at gay bars in Los Angeles. Twice, patrons taught me what it really means to have a community.

Taiwan's same-sex parents: 'We're like any other family'

A gay couple with twins in Taiwan explains why they hope they will eventually be allowed to marry.

Penny Wong: LGBT’s political ally in Australia

As the first lesbian to be elected in the legislative government of Australia. Penny Wong is in the news for her aggressive push for same-sex marriage.

Texas Senate Advances Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies to Discriminate Against LGBT Parents

In the midst of what the Governor has called a foster care “crisis” in Texas, state Senators voted to tentatively approve a bill t

“It was Sophia in the kitchen with the cheesecake!” The Golden Girls-themed edition of Clue is here

Mrs. White, kindly collect the flames on the side of your face and breathless, heaving breaths and take a hike. The Golden Girls edition of Clue is coming, and it’s the only board game we’ll ever need from here on out. A decidedly lighter riff than the original bloody murder mystery, this version finds the player …

A Deliberate Attempt To Silence The LGBT Community In Bangladesh

Activists are at a juncture where they feel threatened for their lives.

Indonesia police arrest dozens in raid on Jakarta gay sauna

Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostilit

Why A Lot of Americans Don't Want To Befriend a Transgender Person

A new YouGov survey reveals that a quarter of Americans say they wouldn’t be friends with a transgender person. Fewer than a fifth would date one. Why the lack of acceptance?

Japanese Transgender Politician Is Showing ‘I Exist Here’

Tomoya Hosoda, a councilman in a Tokyo suburb, ran for office to help younger generations accept gender fluidity in a country where obstacles to it persist.

Bear World TV launches in NYC at star-studded VIP event

Robin Gray, Justin Russo from Logo TV’s Fire Island and Richard Jones – Above On Wednesday May, 17th Bear World TV, the new channel from Bear World Media, was launched in New York City’s glitzy Theater District at an exclusive event at the Ritz Bar & Lounge. Bear World TV accompanies Bear World Magazine, the …

The Martini Lounge: Richard Jones

The Martini Lounge is a hot new podcast hosted by our friends Jonathan Shuffield and Sergey Grankin. Celebrity chat and a cocktail, this is uncensored entertainment at it’s best! This week it’s our very own Richard Jones, CEO of Bear World Media. Richard is the CEO of Bear World Media, which runs BearWorldMagazine.com and now, Bear …

Get Out producer to make horror film about black lesbians

Jason Blum will be working with acclaimed African-American screenwriter and director Dee Rees on the project<p><i>Get Out</i> was an undeniable triumph. A horror comedy movie where the black <i>main</i> character is given some agency and doesn't die in the first five minutes, where microaggressions are super-sized, …

Horror Movies

Top North Carolina LGBT Advocate Takes New Washington Job

A former North Carolina legislator who helped lead the fight against the state’s law limiting LGBT protections is going to Washington.

This 75 year-old has been a gay rights activist for decades. Now, he’s back on the Mall fighting Trump

Paul Kuntzler has remained involved in activism and D.C. politics for decades.

Trump's Fear and Loathing Won't Silence The Nation's Sole LGBT Muslim Organization

In the days of the Trumpian order, American LGBT Muslims, a minority within minorities, find themselves especially vulnerable to the forces of racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. As a member of this minority community myself, I can say that the burgeoning manifestations of these forms of hatred—fr

Just a Bunch of Friends Who Changed LGBT History

Reverend Troy Perry, Phillip Ray De Blieck, Diane Olson, and Robin Tyler have been agitating for change for half a century.

Florida gay nightclub to become memorial to shooting victims

Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma said details would be determined with input from the affected community in Orlando, Florida. She outlined plans for a permanent memorial and eventually a museum, plus scholarships honoring the victims.

Supporters of Methodists’ first gay bishop hope church court ruling inspires LGBTQ movement

Across Colorado, Methodist ministers invited their congregations to talk last week about the April 28 ruling regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto, who was allowed to remain as bishop of the Mountain Sky …

Texas Bill Could Let Agencies Bar LGBT, Atheist, Single Parents From Adopting

The bill would allow private adoption agencies to claim ‘religious exemption’ to working with LGBT parents or parents of another religion.

Russians Protesting Abuse of Gay Men in Chechnya Are Detained

MOSCOW — The Russian police detained about 20 gay rights protesters on Monday, among them the leader of a group that is helping gay men escape from the southern province of Chechnya, where they face abuse, including torture.<p>The protesters held a demonstration on the sidelines of a May Day parade in …

Russia

Merkel pushes Putin on Chechnya gay detention reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> German Chancellor Angela Merkel has raised reports of the detention and abuse of gay men in Chechnya with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging the leader to protect the rights of minorities across the country.<p>The first report on the issue was published on April 1 by the major Russian …

Russia

LGBT Literature: What is it? What was it? What does it wish to be?

LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to contemporary nonfiction to history and everything in between

Readers React: Dispute Over Gay Clergy

The high court of the United Methodist Church admonished segments of the denomination for allowing clergy and a bishop who are openly gay, further splintering the church.

The Day Was Gay: A Tribute to Jorge López Páez (1922–2017)

Mexican novelist and short-story writer Jorge López Páez died on Friday, April 28, at the age of ninety-four. Ernesto Reséndiz Oikión offers a tribute.