Hong Kong: Trans marriages allowed to go ahead despite legislative stalling

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Transgender people in Hong Kong who have undergone full gender-reassignment surgeries will be able to marry from today, despite legislative stalling.

Last year, a trans woman known as

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UK: ‘Straight’ lap dancing club approved for Liverpool’s gay quarter, despite local worries

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Liverpool Council leaders have approved plans for a lap-dancing club in the city’s gay quarter, despite local objections that it may lead to conflict between the straight and gay communities.

The venue, which is to be called Paradise and will reportedly have a gay manager, obtained permission to open on Stanley Street, Liverpool’s official gay quarter.

Members of the LGBT community said that a venue aimed at straight men was wrong for the area, was likely to lead to an increase in hate crimes, and would undermine the entire point of having a gay quarter.

Lawyers acting for the venue rejected these claims. They pointed out that, if a gay bar wishing to open in an area where most venues catered for straight people, such objections would not be tolerated.

Labour Councillor Nick Small was among those who objected to the decision and told the Liverpool Echo:

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US: HIV returns in Mississippi baby despite believed ‘functional cure’

Email 11th July 2014, 1:20 PM Ashley Chhibber, PinkNews.co.uk Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Topics HIVchildbabyHIV curedr hannah gayantiretroviral treatmentmother to child transmissionDr Deborah PersaudDr Anthony Fauci Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

A Mississippi toddler believed to have been cured of HIV shortly after birth now has detectable levels of the virus once again, doctors reported on Thursday.

American researchers reported in March 2013 that, following early treatment with particularly aggressive antiretroviral medication, a Mississippi baby girl showed was no longer showing signs of the virus, in the first recorded

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Australia: Liberal Students call for free vote on equal marriage despite party’s opposition

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The student group associated with Australia’s Liberal party has called for a free vote to be held on same-sex marriage, in spite of the party’s formal opposition.

The governing Liberal party has long opposed equal marriage, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott giving his backing to the successful fight to end the brief recognition of same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory last year.

A vote on equal marriage was last held in the Australian Parliament in September 2012, when the House of Representatives rejected it by 98-42, with the Liberals whipped against, and the Labor party divided.

The Australian Liberal Students’ Federation passed a motion on Tuesday calling on the government to allow its MPs to vote freely on the issue.

ALSF Spokesperson Matthew Lesh said: “It’s pretty simple: two individuals who love each other should be free to marry.

“This does not impact other people’s lives, but does mean a lot to those same-sex-attracted individuals who are restricted from marriage.

“It is both liberal and conservative to support marriage equality. Liberals respect the rights of individuals to choose their own partners and their freedom to marry whom they decide.

“Conservatives recognise the importance of building a strong civil society by strengthening commitment between individuals regardless of sexual orientation.”

Abbott, who remains opposed to same-sex marriage, previously said the party would consider whether to whip MPs or not when a private member’s bill came before parliament.

He said: “Our policy has been that marriage is between a man and a woman, but in the end it’s up to the party room to decide what our policy is.”

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said: “The Liberal Students’ Federation has highlighted an important home truth to its seniors in the Coalition: marriage equality is about core the Liberal values of enhancing personal freedom and reinforcing family values.”

“The Federation’s support for marriage equality, and a free vote on the issue, is a reminder to Coalition MPs to live up to their own values.”

Despite close ties, the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation is not formally affiliated with the Liberal party.

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US: Human Rights Campaign continues to support ENDA despite religious ‘license to discriminate’

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The Human Rights Campaign continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, despite LGBT groups claiming it could lead to a religious ‘license to discriminate’ against gays.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act – which would ban homophobic discrimination in the workplace – has been stalled by Republicans in the US House of Representatives since last year.

However, following a series of compromises which strengthen religious freedom exemptions, yesterday the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the American Civil Liberties Union both announced their withdrawal of support for the measure.

A statement from the Task Force stated: “We are deeply concerned that ENDA’s broad exemption will be used as a similar license to discriminate across the country.”

Despite the shift, the Human Rights Campaign – which tackled anti-gay discrimination – has maintained support for the bill.

Human Rights Campaign Vice President Fred Sainz said yesterday: “HRC supports ENDA because it will provide essential workplace protections to millions of LGBT people.”

Obama confirmed plans to sign an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination among federal contractors last month, following the stalling of ENDA.

Also last month, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Transgender Law Center, FreedomOhio, Equality New Mexico, Wyoming Equality and the Transgender Education Network of Texas all dropped support of the bill, saying it would give religious people a

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London: Queer Social Centre to open despite ‘unlawful police harassment’

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A squatter-run “queer social centre” is to open in Brixton today, in protest at the commercialisation of LGBTQI events.

House of Brag – which describes itself as “a collective of queers and allies” and a “squatted, volunteer-run, non-commercial project” – aims to “take Pride back to its militant, intersectional roots”, and will be running the London Queer Social Centre for two weeks.

It seeks to provide “a non-commercial, non alcohol-orientated space” that will allow

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