Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Feb 12, 2015

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace on Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo award, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in Russia, judges said. AFP’s Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News ...

Feb 5, 2015

Stay or stray? First data on sexual types found

Scientists have amassed the first evidence to back theories that people fall into two broad sexual categories: faithful or promiscuous. Why humans seem to be an exception among mammals on the matter of sexual relationships has long been a puzzle. Other mammalian species are ...

Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay couples can marry

Jan 17, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay couples can marry

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution, setting up a potentially historic ruling on one of the country’s most sweeping social issues in a generation. The justices will take up ...

Jan 10, 2015

Russia bans transgender drivers

New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual “disorders” from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons. The new regulations have been criticized by rights activists, who see them as unconstitutional and likely to exacerbate an already hostile climate for the lesbian, ...

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Dec 29, 2014

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the Sharia police would raid them at any moment. Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh ...

Dec 28, 2014

Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for “inciting debauchery” for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three years in prison to one, a court official said. The court didn’t immediately give a ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the U.S.’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors ...