By Matt Skallerud | LGBT Life Made Social

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul's Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

<b>Organisers of Istanbul's annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey's largest city.</b><p>The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city's Taksim Square.<p>Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from …

Istanbul Pride march to go on despite governor's ban

ISTANBUL (AP) — Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights say they will march for Pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor's office.<p>Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride said Sunday the gathering would begin at 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) in central Taksim Square, using a …


Kiev Hosts Largely Incident-Free Gay Pride March

KIEV - Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev on Sunday, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade flanked by a thick cordon of helmeted police.<p>Some supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights see …


Confirmation of Serbia’s First Gay Premier Thrown Into Doubt

Serbia's ruling conservatives said Monday if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn't get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country's government, an early general election will be held.<p>Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar …


Canada takes major step in criminalizing discrimination of transgender people

(Mic) — Canada just took a major step forward in ensuring rights and protections for its transgender citizens. The Canadian Senate passed Bill C-16 on Thursday, a new law that expands the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, NBC News …


LGBT advocates at private colleges vow to stand strong after DeVos wavers on protections

If LGBT students at private colleges face discrimination, does the U.S. Department of Education have their back?<p>Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently made comments raising that very question. Some advocates see her stance on civil rights protections as unclear at best.<p>And this issue is not …


India government puts out viral Facebook video in support of transgender women

An Indian government agency has made a public statement to protect its transgender hires, even producing a Facebook video to educate the public about discrimination.<p>It's being heralded as a first in the country, where transgender women still face abuse and hostility from society.<p>The 23 women will …


Fleeing Violence, Gay Iranian Refugees Find Safety in Toronto

Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric has been on the rise everywhere. For Pride Month, Torontoist interviewed three gay Iranian-Canadian men about their experiences as refugees and immigrants.

Stonewall Inn Project to Preserve Stories Behind a Gay Rights Monument

A $1 million grant will go toward conserving the oral histories of those who lived through the 1969 riots.

New York Today: Meeting a Gay Pride Grand Marshal

Monday: L.G.B.T. life in China, another bicycle fatality, and big news in city bathrooms.

How The Times Gave ‘Gay’ Its Own Voice (Again)

The acceptance, banishment and subsequent reappearance of the word ‘gay’ 30 years ago in The New York Times.

LGBT teacher uses hand fan in photo with Trump, who loves it

Nikos Giannopoulos stood over the right shoulder of President Trump, splayed a black-lace hand fan, tilted his head and gave the camera a self-satisfied stare.<p>Instant Internet gold.<p>Giannopoulos's photo with the president and first lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office became a viral sensation once …

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Gay Pride Rainbow Flag Having a Big Month, but It's Not All Good News

The past week has shown the enduring power of the LGBT pride flag.


Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: ‘We’re Not Deceiving People … We’re Just Trying to Be Ourselves’

Writer and TV host Janet Mock became a face and a voice for the transgender community after she told the world about her journey as a “trans girl.” …


Catholics Should Accept and Love All LGBTQ People

Last year, a gunman stormed into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a place frequented by many in the gay community, and killed 49 people. It was the …


'Born This Way'? The Answer Shouldn't Affect Gay Rights

Now 17 percent of young people identify as bisexual or gay. Are some making a choice?<p>Back when homosexuality was still listed in psychiatry manuals as a mental disorder, Karen Hooker decided to study the mental differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals. She recruited both straight and gay …


Police used to raid gay bars. Now they march in Pride parades.

Police and LGBTQ people still have a tumultuous relationship, but things have changed for the better.<p>When Lillian Faderman came out as a gay woman in the 1950s, she thought of police as “the enemy.” There was good reason for that: Police enforced anti-gay laws that banned homosexual acts, cops …


49 victims of Pulse massacre remembered in daylong services

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Church bells tolled 49 times, a giant rainbow flag hung from a county government building and the names of the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack were read aloud at various ceremonies Monday as people in Orlando and beyond remembered the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. …

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The Secret Gay History of the Babadook

How a specter of grief became the star of Pride Month online.

Pride and Anger Both on Display at LGBT Marches Across U.S.

LGBT rights supporters rallied in dozens of U.S. cities celebrating gains but angry over threats posed by President Trump’s administration

Taipei backs gay rights – how long before Beijing follows?

Taiwan may soon be the first place in Asia where same-sex couples can get married

Services to mark 1 year since 49 killed in Orlando gay club

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Church bells will toll throughout the Orlando area as residents reflect on the 49 patrons killed during a massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.<p>Starting in the early hours Monday, and continuing almost 24 hours later, survivors, …

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Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible

America's largest Protestant denomination has produced a revised translation that incorporates many features it had long condemned.<p>Southern Baptists have long defended literal approaches to the Bible, but their recent translation of the Good Book might have them switching sides.<p>Last fall, the …


Thousands march in US for LGBT rights under Trump

<b>Tens of thousands of people have marched in the US capital for LGBT rights, in one of the biggest protests since President Trump took office.</b><p>Many of the those attending said they felt their community was under threat from the new government.<p>The organisers said dozens of cities across the US would …


In U.S. and abroad, a worrisome time for LGBT activists

The pace of civil rights victories has grown uneven and reports of anti-LGBT violence and persecution surface relentlessly.

Taiwan’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Gives Asian Neighbors Hope

Tran Khac Tung was with colleagues when he first learned of the court ruling made by Taiwan’s Constitutional Court in favor of same-sex marriage.<p>“We received the news [here] in Vietnam when we were having a meeting,” Tung told NBC Out. “I remember we were all cheering, clapping our hands together …


Pink Dot 2017 video shows everyday S’poreans speaking to LGBT folks

What happens when everyday regular Singaporeans get to meet and chat with folks from the LGBT community that they never had prior encounters with or any familiarity at all? This happens… And then realising love is love.

Recreating scenes from Ecuador’s gay 'cure' centres

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Inside Gaysi: the blog transforming India’s queer scene

Gay sex is against the law in India, but an online zine that also hosts events for LGBTQI people has become a pioneering force for change