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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Moms of LGBTI people kicked out of marriage market in Shanghai

Moms of LGBTI people kicked out of marriage market in Shanghai
- Shanghai’s ‘marriage market’ at People’s Square is where Chinese parents eagerly scout out potential spouses for their children.
Last Saturday, for the first time 11 mothers of LGBTI people tried to join the market to find a same-sex partner for their children.
But things got heated between a group of parents who wanted them gone. An argument broke out and the rainbow parents were forced to leave.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and lesbian dating app Rela organized for the mothers to attend on May 20. The date also known as 5.20 is called ‘Lover’s Day’ in China.
‘If parents of straight people can be here, parents of gay people can also be here,’ Sixth Tone reported mother, Dong Wanwan, saying to the crowd.
‘We have every right to be here — I’m here to find a boyfriend for my son.’
Dong had travelled 1200 kilometers from Shenzhen to be at the market.

Betsy DeVos refuses to say funds will be cut from schools that discriminate against LGBTI ...

Betsy DeVos refuses to say funds will be cut from schools that discriminate against LGBTI ...
- US Education secretary Betsy DeVos has prompted shock among LGBT activists by refusing to give a firm answer on federal funding of schools that ...

Students march against violence towards women, LGBTI community

Students march against violence towards women, LGBTI community
- Students say they are taking a stand in the wake of gruesome attacks and abductions of women, students and members of the LGBTI community.

Will I be next? South Africa women ask

Will I be next? South Africa women ask
- He urged victims of gender violence not to turn a blind eye to the problem and added that he would consider calls for harsher sentences for sex ...

Don't fall for the myth that it's 50 years since we decriminalised homosexuality

Don't fall for the myth that it's 50 years since we decriminalised homosexuality
- Extract from The Critics by Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929), part of the Tate's Queer British Art show. 'An estimated 15,000-plus gay men were convicted ...

UK Researchers Help Victims of Violence Manage Chronic Pain With Mobile App for Breathing ...

UK Researchers Help Victims of Violence Manage Chronic Pain With Mobile App for Breathing ...
- By providing patients with a smartphone application that teaches diaphragmatic breathing, a UK team hypothesizes patients will learn to self-regulate ...

Romania criticised over domestic violence 'failures'

Romania criticised over domestic violence 'failures'
- Romania has been criticised over its lack of commitment to tackling domestic violence in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The court ...

Muslim man comforts elderly Jewish woman in symbol of Manchester's unity

Muslim man comforts elderly Jewish woman in symbol of Manchester's unity
- A Muslim man comforted an elderly Jewish woman and the pair prayed together at a floral tribute in the centre of Manchester in a symbol of the city's unity following a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 22 people.
Sadiq Patel came and comforted Renee Rachel Black, who was visibly upset, and prayed next to her beside a display of flowers in Albert Square, where a vigil was held on Tuesday for victims of Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert.
He then helped her away, linking arms with her and carrying her chair in his other hand.
It came as British police said they were investigating a network in their probe into the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people on Monday, the head of Greater Manchester Police said.


Brain drain fears as Theresa May refuses to guarantee rights of highly-skilled EU workers

Brain drain fears as Theresa May refuses to guarantee rights of highly-skilled EU workers
- The UK became a more favoured destination for Basques as Spain's ... to consider leaving UK higher education as a result of the referendum vote.

Education didn't stop Manchester' Andrew Neil savages 'sentimental' counter-terrorism

Education didn't stop Manchester' Andrew Neil savages 'sentimental' counter-terrorism
- Salman Abedi, the British-born terrorist, went through the UK school system and went on to study business management at Salford university.

Are one in four young French people really unemployed?

Are one in four young French people really unemployed?
- Levels of French youth unemployment are “twice the levels of the UK and ... If young people are lingering in higher education for longer, mainly ...

Inequality Street: London's Wealth Shrouds Severe and Rising Poverty in the UK

Inequality Street: London's Wealth Shrouds Severe and Rising Poverty in the UK
- London's economy generates a US$34.4 billion (£26.5 billion) surplus, which effectively subsidises the UK's poorer regions, a public finance ...

We must defeat the Tories for the sake of our mental health, say academics and support groups

We must defeat the Tories for the sake of our mental health, say academics and support groups
- In a letter to the Daily Mirror, an alliance of leading academics, mental health charities and support organisations say five more years of Tory rule ...

From surviving to thriving: Why the mental health of your employees matters

From surviving to thriving: Why the mental health of your employees matters
- A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK showed that 41 per cent of people surveyed did not talk to their manager about their ...

UK Researchers Rank Social Networks On Harm To Mental Health

UK Researchers Rank Social Networks On Harm To Mental Health
- New research from the United Kingdom ranks popular social media accounts as they relate to mental health. Instagram came in as the most negative ...

Travel bad for kids' mental health, psychologist says

Travel bad for kids' mental health, psychologist says
UK child psychologist Oliver James has suggested that taking children on holiday to unfamiliar places could harm their mental health. If you think ...

Beirut Pride week goes ahead despite Islamist threats

Beirut Pride week goes ahead despite Islamist threats
- Threats from Islamist groups failed to derail the Arab world's first LGBT ... The flag also flew during the week outside the British and Dutch embassies in ...





UKIP candidate compared LGBT anti-racism marchers to 'Jews for Hitler'

UKIP candidate compared LGBT anti-racism marchers to 'Jews for Hitler'
- A UKIP Parliamentary candidate compared gay people marching against racism to “Jews for Hitler”. The claim comes from the UK Independence Party candidate for Bristol South, Ian Kealey.

The Bristol Post reports that Mr Kealey mocked LGBT people for marching under a banner that read “no to racism & fascism” and “no to Islamophobia”. Mr Kealey tweeted: “#LGBT marching against #Islamophobia ?!? It’s like Jews marching for Hitler”.                         

Who was the first gay astronaut?

Who was the first gay astronaut?
- For eons, humanity has looked towards the stars and yearned to reach them – to explore distant moons and planets, and touch the very edges of the ...

Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia
- Challenges to an Asia-wide embrace of same-sex unions were highlighted by this week's caning of two Indonesian men as punishment for gay sex ...

South Korean soldier given suspended jail term for gay sex

South Korean soldier given suspended jail term for gay sex
- A South Korean military court has given an army captain a suspended six-month prison sentence for having sex with another male soldier.

Should gay men really still use the word 'faggot'?

Should gay men really still use the word 'faggot'?
- When it comes to members of the LGBT+ community using homophobic slurs in everyday conversation, there are usually two schools of thought.

Indonesian province introduces new police taskforce targeting LGBT citizens in latest crackdown

Indonesian province introduces new police taskforce targeting LGBT citizens in latest crackdown
- Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move ...

The times they are a-changin? Asia slowly embraces gay rights

The times they are a-changin? Asia slowly embraces gay rights
- Just this week in Indonesia, two men were publicly caned after being caught having sex while police arrested over 140 men in a raid on a gay club.

Conservative candidate Kirsty Adams linked to 'gay cure' church that 'casts out demons'

Conservative candidate Kirsty Adams linked to 'gay cure' church that 'casts out demons'
- A parliamentary candidate contesting a marginal seat for the Tories has been linked with a church which has been accused of attempting to “cure” LGBT people. Kirsty Adams is standing in Hove and Portslade, near Brighton, a constituency with a large LGBT population. Ms Adams attended the evangelical Kings’ Arms Church in Bedfordshire for many years, according to the Buzzfeed website. A 2010 investigation by The Observer exposed the church’s attempts to "cure" gay and transgender members by driving out their "demons" through prayer.


Lisa Vanderpump is marshall of Long Beach Gay Pride Parade

Lisa Vanderpump is marshall of Long Beach Gay Pride Parade
- In light of the climate and what's going on in the world in the LGBT community, as a heterosexual woman and an advocate for gay rights, I was ...

LGBT event changes venue due to high ticket demand

LGBT event changes venue due to high ticket demand
- Northern Pride, which organises free LGBT festival Newcastle Pride - sponsored by business improvement district NE1 - is moving its black tie ball event, which takes place on Wednesday 14th June to The Boiler Shop in Newcastle to cater for the increasing demand.
The evening, which celebrates the achievements of the LGBT community and highlights the challenges they face, will run from 7pm until late, and features a night of music and dance performances, along with a classic Motown set from the Shelley Stevens Show.

Eight new UK clubs you need to know!

Eight new UK clubs you need to know!
- It hasn’t been the easiest few years for the UK scene — to put things mildly. From Sankeys and The Roadhouse in Manchester, to Dance Tunnel, Plastic People and Shapes in London, The Club in Paisley to Glasgow’s legendary Arches, the list of fatalities is long and distinguished.
Thankfully, though, there have been some glimmers of hope, too. Fabric is open again after an admirable fight for survival, and firing on full cylinders like it never went away. Meanwhile, Salford’s Islington Mill, a key northern hub for everything from topless techno to LGBT events, recently came out on top following a major license battle. The good news doesn’t end here, either. 

TV show tricks gay men to reveal their sexual fantasies using Instagram star's pictures

TV show tricks gay men to reveal their sexual fantasies using Instagram star's pictures
- A model and Instagram star had his photos used in an 'homophobic' segment on TV. Comedians created a gay dating profile to lure men in then ...


Ben & Jerry's bans two scoops of same flavor until marriage equality comes to Australia

Ben & Jerry's bans two scoops of same flavor until marriage equality comes to Australia
- It's doing so to highlight the lack of marriage equality for LGBTI people in Australia. 'Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your ...

Homosexuality: from the death penalty to gay marriage

Homosexuality: from the death penalty to gay marriage
- The Netherlands in April 2001 became the first country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in a civil ceremony.
Twelve European countries followed: Belgium, Britain (except Northern Ireland), Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
Some European countries only allow homosexuals to enter into civil partnerships, including Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic.

South Korea military court punishes captain with 6 months jail term for having gay sex

South Korea military court punishes captain with 6 months jail term for having gay sex
- As part of its major crackdown on homosexual soldiers, South Korea's military has ordered an army captain to six months in prison for allegedly having ...