Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

May 8, 2014

Gang-raped Indonesian woman may be caned under Shariah law

An Indonesian woman who was gang-raped for allegedly having extramarital sex may be publicly caned for violating Islamic law, an official said Wednesday. The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who claimed to have found her with a married man in ...

First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

May 5, 2014

First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, ...

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

May 1, 2014

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

Drag queen Conchita Wurst will take to the European stage as Austria’s contender for Eurovision, the song contest that pits nation versus nation and launched the global careers of ABBA and Celine Dion — Wurst’s idol. Sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full ...

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Apr 18, 2014

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220) to the ...

Cod caught in Norway with sex toy in its stomach

Apr 12, 2014

Cod caught in Norway with sex toy in its stomach

An unexpected catch ended up in the net of a Norwegian fisherman, who said he had landed a cod with a sex aid in its stomach. Bjoern Frilund, 64, said Friday he found a 5- to 6-kg cod in his net while fishing for ...

Apr 8, 2014

In Tunisia, fake virgins get spliced

It happens every April ahead of the popular summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynecologist Dr. Faouzi Hajri — desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them “virgins” again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as “used” women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital ...

Apr 4, 2014

Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. The nonprofit, which makes the Firefox browser, infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of ...