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 ...

Dec 21, 2014

Plaintiff wins China gay conversion case

A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the ...

Dec 21, 2014

Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China

A leading Chinese sexologist’s revelation that she has been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about the country’s largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. Li Yinhe made the relationship public Thursday on her blog, which was ...

Nov 18, 2014

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men’s chances of being homosexual, but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it. Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 ...

U.S. businesses tap into trend for bigger butts

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. businesses tap into trend for bigger butts

Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big ...