Dec 3, 2014

U.S. mulls lifting ban on gay blood donations

A U.S. ban on blood donations by gays could be eased after 31 years, depending on the decision of an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that began two days of meetings Tuesday. The current rules bar any man who has ...

Nov 26, 2014

Islamic State stones two 'gay men' to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organization’s first executions for alleged homosexuality. “The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,” the Syrian ...

Oct 17, 2014

Bishops slam brakes on reform push for gays and divorcees

Catholic bishops have spoken out against a landmark Vatican report calling for a more open approach to gay believers, presenting a series of strongly worded changes bound to disappoint progressives. A preliminary report on Monday for a special synod of bishops in the Vatican ...

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Oct 15, 2014

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn’t reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week ...

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Oct 14, 2014

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with “precious” support. In a preliminary report half-way through a ...

Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

Jul 15, 2014

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the do-gooder comic book icon. The famous 73-year-old red-headed comic book character will die in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Sen. ...

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

Jan 24, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

by Anna Mukai

With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, ...