Gay rights http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19430/all en In Poland, it's no longer okay to joke about gays http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110225/poland-gay-rights <p> Fears of conservative Poles, who warned that joining the EU would steadily change the country, have been borne out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110225/poland-gay-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Culture & Lifestyle Poland Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:52:34 +0000 Jan Cienski 5626892 at http://www.globalpost.com Audio slideshow: Gay pride at carnival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/110311/barranquilla-carnival-gay-lesbian <p> For members of Barranquilla&#39;s LGBT community, the four-day carnival celebration is a chance to be more open about their sexuality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/110311/barranquilla-carnival-gay-lesbian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Culture & Lifestyle Colombia Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:46:56 +0000 Nadja Drost 5630037 at http://www.globalpost.com Gay kiss-in held at John Snow pub in London http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110416/john-snow-pub-protested-over-gay-kiss <p> The incident began Wednesday night when two young men met at the John Snow pub in London&#39;s Soho district to share a first date &mdash; and a first kiss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110416/john-snow-pub-protested-over-gay-kiss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Food & Drink Offbeat United Kingdom Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:05:00 +0000 News Desk 5638182 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia's anti-gay camp should be abolished, says minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110419/malaysia-gays-boys-camp <p> Teachers in the east Malaysian state of Terengganu identified boys between the ages of 13 and 17 who displayed effeminate mannerisms and sent them to a four-day camp for counseling on how to act masculine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110419/malaysia-gays-boys-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Malaysia Asia-Pacific Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:56:00 +0000 News Desk 5638740 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch gays don't take advantage of opportunity to marry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/110419/netherlands-gay-rights-same-sex-marriage <p> AMSTERDAM &mdash; In the country that pioneered the movement toward same-sex marriage, gays haven&#39;t exactly been rushing to tie the knot.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/110419/netherlands-gay-rights-same-sex-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Gay rights Europe Culture & Lifestyle Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:04:00 +0000 Paul Ames 5638786 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil gives gays more rights http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/110506/brazil-gays-rights <p> &quot;Those who opt for a homosexual union cannot be treated less than equally as citizens,&quot; Justice Camen Lucia said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/110506/brazil-gays-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Brazil Fri, 06 May 2011 05:13:21 +0000 News Desk 5642901 at http://www.globalpost.com Ugandan lawmakers debate anti-gay bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110510/uganda-anti-gay-bill-hearings-death-penalty <p> Uganda&#39;s parliament could vote on the anti-gay bill as early as this week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110510/uganda-anti-gay-bill-hearings-death-penalty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Gay rights Uganda Tue, 10 May 2011 09:25:00 +0000 News Desk 5643749 at http://www.globalpost.com Is this the end of Uganda's anti-gay law? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110513/uganda-gay-bill-rights <p> KAMPALA &mdash;&nbsp;Uganda&#39;s parliament didn&#39;t pass its notorious anti-gay law. But the lawmaker that drafted it says he will try again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110513/uganda-gay-bill-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Gay rights Uganda Fri, 13 May 2011 23:35:17 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5644652 at http://www.globalpost.com Moscow bans gay pride parade, citing fears of "civil unrest" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110517/russia-moscow-lgbt-gays-pride-parade-banned <p> Previous attempts to hold a parade with official permission have been banned and violently broken up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110517/russia-moscow-lgbt-gays-pride-parade-banned" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Russia Tue, 17 May 2011 18:27:00 +0000 News Desk 5645407 at http://www.globalpost.com Moscow's controversial gay rights leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110527/moscow-gay-pride-nikolai-alexeyev <p> MOSCOW &mdash; It takes a brave person to be openly gay in Russia, but that hasn&#39;t stopped a daring few from trying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110527/moscow-gay-pride-nikolai-alexeyev" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Orthodox Church Europe Culture & Lifestyle Russia Fri, 27 May 2011 19:24:54 +0000 Miriam Elder 5647818 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Questions surround reported disappearance of lesbian blogger http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110608/syria-lesbian-blogger-gay-middle-east <p> News media reported that Arraf, who has supposedly been chronicling life in Syria during the uprising in &quot;A Gay Girl in Damascus,&quot;&nbsp;had been kidnapped on Monday night in Damascus by armed men.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110608/syria-lesbian-blogger-gay-middle-east" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Gay rights Conflict Zones Middle East Wed, 08 Jun 2011 20:33:00 +0000 News Desk 5650032 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil gays celebrate first mass wedding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/110623/first-mass-same-sex-marriage-brazil <p> RIO DE JANEIRO &mdash; Brazil became the largest nation to legalize same-sex civil unions through a Supreme Court decision in early May.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/110623/first-mass-same-sex-marriage-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Brazil Culture & Lifestyle Health Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:35:00 +0000 Taylor Barnes 5653197 at http://www.globalpost.com Australians to put same-sex marriage to a vote ... of sorts (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/down-under/australia-gay-marriage-lesbian-same-sex-video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New York's decision to legalize same-sex marriage Twittered, Facebooked and otherwise made its way to gay- and lesbian-friendly Australia, renewing calls for similar equal treatment of two-person unions Down Under. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freya Petersen </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It was the &quot;I do&quot; heard around the world.</p> <p> The New York state legislature&#39;s &quot;historic&quot; vote to legalize <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Clinton+calls+York+marriage+vote+historic/5016494/story.html">same-sex marriage</a> tweeted, Facebooked and otherwise made its way to Australia, eliciting a rowdy reception and renewed calls for similar equal treatment of two-person unions Down Under.</p> <p> The governing party of the country&#39;s most populous state, New South Wales &mdash; the Labor Party, which also governs at a federal level &mdash; is expected to vote in support of <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/pressure-on-gillard-to-legalise-gay-marriage-20110628-1gp7y.html#ixzz1QaNXapPz">gay marriage</a> at its annual conference next month, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.</p> <p> And the ruling committees of the center-left party in other states &mdash; namely Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia &mdash; have adopted similar motions calling for equal marriage rights for the gay and lesbian community.</p> <p> Australia prides itself on diversity &mdash; and the largest city, Sydney, on having one of the world&#39;s biggest out-and-proud gay populations, although how such a statistic is arrived at remains a mystery to Down Under. (A number of academic papers &mdash; including this report titled &quot;<a href="http://elecpress.monash.edu.au/pnp/cart/download/free.php?paper=38">How Gay is Australia</a>&quot; &mdash; appear to rely on census data, which is as trustworthy as any. )</p> <p> And for what it&#39;s worth, the Independent newspaper has named Sydney as one of the <a href="http://www.samesame.com.au/news/local/6031/Sydney-in-worlds-top-10-gay-cities.htm">top-10 cities</a> of the world in which to &quot;to live gay life to the full.&quot; The only drawback being, the report says, that same-sex marriages are still not enshrined in federal law in Australia, as they are in parts of the U.S. and elsewhere.</p> <p> Meanwhile, the colorful and irreverent Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade this year highlighted marriage equality.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DKiVYiYwNBw" width="425"></iframe></p> <p> The issue of gay marriage is scheduled to be debated at a national Labor conference, to be held in December this year.</p> <p> Advocates of a change in national policy, which only recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman, hope a yes vote at the state Labor meetings will increase pressure on the Labor Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to legalize single-sex unions.</p> <p> Although Gillard herself &mdash; who is unwed, childless and by all accounts proud of it &mdash; has said she is not in support of legalizing gay marriage in Australia, the backroom powerbrokers of the Labor Party usually get what they want, a point Gillard knows only too well, having been installed in the prime ministership after the elected leader Kevin Rudd was ousted in backroom coup.</p> <p> And as Penny Sharpe, a member of the powerful NSW branch of the party, told the SMH: &#39;&#39;The Labor Party has a proud history of supporting equality and this is the final piece in the puzzle to removing discrimination against same-sex couples.&#39;&#39;</p> <p> Meanwhile, a spokesman for conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott said his Coalition party&#39;s position at a national level was that marriage should be between a man and woman, surprising no-one. Abbott owes his nickname &quot;the Mad Monk&quot; from his time studying to enter the Catholic priesthood.</p> <p> A change ought to make at least one Australian mother proud.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/down-under/australia-gay-marriage-lesbian-same-sex-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Asia-Pacific Politics Culture & Lifestyle Down Under Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:58:00 +0000 Freya Petersen 5661257 at http://www.globalpost.com NY mayor Bloomberg pops the question to gay couple — marry... with me http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/bloomberg-day-marriage-same-sex-lesbian-wedding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate at the wedding of two city employees — one his longtime adviser — at his official residence, Gracie Mansion, on the day gay marriages becomes legal. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate at the wedding of two city employees &mdash; one his longtime adviser &mdash; at his official residence, Gracie Mansion.</p> <p> What&#39;s more, Bloomberg popped the question.</p> <p> The wedding is reportedly to take place on Sunday, July 24, the first day <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/nyregion/bloomberg-to-preside-at-gay-aides-wedding.html?_r=2&amp;hp">gay marriage</a> will be legal in New York.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/bloomberg-day-marriage-same-sex-lesbian-wedding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Americas Weird Wide Web Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:57:00 +0000 News Desk 5669838 at http://www.globalpost.com Latin American cities jockey for gay tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/gay-travel-rio-buenos-aires-mexico-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Rio all want to claim bragging rights as the Latin American mecca for gay tourism. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephanie Garlow </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Rio de Janeiro is trying to lure tourists with pictures of muscular men.</p> <p> But the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jul/11/rio-de-janeiro-gay-tourism">brochure</a>, with the slogan&nbsp;&quot;live the Rio sensation,&quot; isn&#39;t aimed at women.</p> <p> It&#39;s for gay men.</p> <p> And it&#39;s part of an effort by Rio&nbsp;to position itself as the global capital of gay tourism.</p> <p> Brazil is&nbsp;the largest nation to recognize same-sex civil unions and this week marks&nbsp;Rio&#39;s inaugural diversity week.&nbsp;It follows months of gay-friendly initiatives, including vocational training for transvestites, anti-bullying projects aimed at gay and lesbian students and legislation outlawing discrimination in nightclubs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/gay-travel-rio-buenos-aires-mexico-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina Gay rights Travel/Tourism Brazil BRIC Yard Mexico Que pasa Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:15:00 +0000 Stephanie Garlow 5670188 at http://www.globalpost.com