Gay rights

Filipino gays find sanctuary in Catholic stronghold

Filipino gays find sanctuary in Catholic stronghold

In the Philippines, a deeply religious country, homosexuals find it difficult to be accepted by the Church. But one particular house of prayer offers one of the few places they can practice their faith without denying their sexuality. (Photo: AFP) 

Sunday, 19 July, 2015, 3:38pm

Italian pasta maker Barilla feels heat from gays over 'family' remark

Guido Barilla, chairman of the world's leading pasta manufacturer, prompted calls for a consumer boycott on Thursday after telling Italian radio his company would never use a gay family in its advertising. Photo: Reuters

Gay rights activists in Italy have launched a boycott of the world's leading pasta maker after its chairman said he would only portray the "classic family" in his advertisements and, if people objected, they should feel free to eat a different kind of pasta.

28 Sep 2013 - 3:10am

Tchaikovsky's sexuality downplayed in biopic under anti-gay laws

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky is the subject of a new film.

Russia's legislation banning "gay propaganda", which has already cast a cloud over the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has now reportedly prompted local filmmakers to self-censor their portrayal of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who is widely believed to have been homosexual.

27 Aug 2013 - 3:11am

US journalist pulled off Russian TV after pro-gay rant

Journalist James Kirchick. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Russian government-funded TV channel RT faced a new controversy yesterday after taking an American journalist off air for launching into a diatribe against Russia's anti-gay legislation.

23 Aug 2013 - 2:50am

No political motive behind podium kiss, says Kseniya Ryzhova

Ksenia Ryzhova kisses Yulia Guschina on the podium at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Photo: Reuters

A Russian athlete denied on Tuesday that she had intended to show her disapproval of her country’s “anti-gay propaganda” law when she kissed a teammate on the lips on the winners’ podium at the Moscow world championships.

20 Aug 2013 - 10:54pm

Gay rights campaigner tortured and killed in Cameroon

Eric Lembembe

A gay rights campaigner in Cameroon has been found dead in his home after being tortured. Eric Lembembe's body was discovered in the African nation's capital, Yaounde, on Monday and his body showed he had been extensively tortured, Human Rights Watch said.

18 Jul 2013 - 3:20am

Gay pride raring to break out in Singapore

About 20,000 people attended the Pink Dot rally. Photo: Xinhua

The conservative city state of Singapore convicted men for homosexual behaviour as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change - the prime minister's advice has been to just let things be.

3 Jul 2013 - 2:17am

Millions march in US to hail Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage

New Yorkers watch the pride parade pass. Photo: NYT

Dancing, cheering and toting placards, gay rights supporters took to the streets in huge numbers at annual gay pride parades across the United States, with attendance boosted by recent Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.

2 Jul 2013 - 3:34am

Changsha gay parade inspires war veteran to appeal 1969 male rape conviction

Activists hold a rainbow flag at a gay pride parade in Changsha in south China's Hunan province on May 17. Photo: EPA

Inspired by gay rights activists, a war veteran from Hunan has said he wants to clear his name more than 40 years after he was convicted of raping 11 men, a crime he said he did not commit. 

28 May 2013 - 11:59am

France's gay marriage law draws thousands of protesters to Paris

A demonstrator holds a placard with a portrait of French President Francois Hollande during the protest march in Paris. Photo: AFP

One of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges, the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption was voted into law last Saturday after months of protests across a country that has been bitterly divided over the issue.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Policeman's suspicious death brought change in attitudes, but discrimination against gays persists

John MacLennan

Before Inspector John MacLennan was found with five gunshots to the chest in 1980, he knew he was about to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Unit - a specialist police unit charged with investigating homosexuals.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts

Members of Scouts for Equality hold a rally to call for equality and inclusion for gays in the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

The Boy Scouts of America voted on Thursday to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts in a major victory for gay rights activists.

24 May 2013 - 4:34pm

British PM David Cameron ‘proud’ of gay marriage bill but economy now focus

Anti-gay marriage demonstrators listen to a speech by a fellow activist as they gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was proud MPs had voted to back gay marriage but admitted the debate has been divisive and said his focus would now be on economic matters.

22 May 2013 - 9:43pm

Church of Scotland votes by narrow majority to admit gay ministers

The Church of Scotland has narrowly voted to admit gay and lesbian ministers after traditionalists agreed to compromise after four years of division. The church's ruling general assembly voted to allow congregations to admit gay ministers but only if they specifically elect to do so, in a radical departure from more than 450 years of orthodoxy set in train by the protestant reformer John Knox.

22 May 2013 - 4:13am

Lawyer Michael Vidler: rights hero pushing waves of change

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After solicitor Michael Vidler skimmed through the top court's landmark ruling affirming the right of his client, a transsexual woman known as "W", to marry her fiancé, he summed up how the victory felt. It was, he said, like "taking a through-train to justice".

20 May 2013 - 11:28am 3 comments