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Sweden cuts aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill

Ugandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. AP

Sweden has joined a number of countries in halting aid to Uganda after the East African nation strengthened its anti-gay legislation last week.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

A Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law. AP

A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong tycoon doubles bounty to marry off gay daughter

Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. AP FILE PHOTO

A Hong Kong tycoon may double a “marriage bounty” to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to US$130 million, despite his initial offer attracting 20,000 candidates, a report said.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

US sides with same-sex couples in Utah

Megan, left, and Candace Berrett, right, hold their daughter Quinn as they speak to supporters of gay marriage during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in Salt Lake City. Supporters of gay marriage filled the rotunda for a rally and to deliver a petition with over 58,000 signatures in support of gay marriage to Utah Governor Gary Herbert. AP

Gay couples in Utah have experienced a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks: They were suddenly allowed to marry, then saw the weddings stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court and were told the state wouldn’t recognize the unions.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Utah turns to higher court to halt gay marriage

Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The Freidemans arrived at the county clerk's office on Sunday and spent the night on the sidewalk outside in order to make sure they had a chance to get married in Utah. AP

Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge’s narrow view of a “new and fundamentally different definition of marriage.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Derek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity look at each other following court in Salt Lake City. A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples was back in court Dec. 4, as a federal court judge heard arguments. AP

A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a growing shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hey, it ain’t easy being gay

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ME IN my fully-beaded “Chrysler Building” gown and headdress, plus killer heels, as director Roger de Bris in Repertory Philippines’ “The Producers”

To paraphrase “Sesame Street’s” Kermit the Frog: “It’s not easy being ‘gay.’” I learned this lesson when I accepted a gay role for Repertory Philippines’ production of “The Producers.”

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why Efren Ocampo can relate to ‘My Husband’s Lover’

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DESIGNER Efren Ocampo at Face-Off 2012 curtain call

When the US Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in July 2013, legally married gay and lesbian couples celebrated since they would now be able to receive the federal protections denied them. These protections included Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance and retirement savings.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Gay UK asylum seekers pressured to prove sexuality

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A British parliamentary committee slammed the country’s asylum system on Friday, saying its flaws have left some gay claimants feeling they must prove their sexual orientation and its bad decision making could put the U.K. at risk of harboring terrorists.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Thousands celebrate at Australia’s gay Mardi Gras

Performers march in Sydney's annual Mardi Gras gay pride parade, an event which bills itself as the world's biggest night parade, on March 2, 2013.  The Mardi Gras is in its 35th year and is celebrating the theme "Generations of Love", focused on its origins as a gay rights protest march that ended with violence and arrests. Some 10,000 revellers on 115 individual floats made the journey down Oxford Street, hub of Sydney's gay and lesbian nightlife, in a vibrant show featuring drag queens, political parodies and plenty of sparkle.  AFP/WILLIAM WEST

Drag queens and scantily-dressed dancers joined with politicians and military personnel for Sydney’s colourful gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, and to call for acceptance and equality.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships

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The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate, it confirmed on Friday.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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