The Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013

The Co-Operative Group Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013 – get voting. The awards are very much back to basics. They are an opportunity for people from all over the UK (anyone in the world can vote too) to vote for their favourites in 27 diverse categories.

Gay rights protest in St Petersburg ends in clashes

The Guardian – Gay rights protest in St Petersburg ends in clashes

Police arrest 67 during protest against law introduced in June banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ directed at children

How’s Russia’s culture of homophobia was made in America

How’s Russia’s culture of homophobia was made in America – American reporter Rachel Maddow shows how the anti-gay religious right has exported their special brand of hate to Moscow, specifically how people like NOM’s Brian Brown have impacted Russia’s anti-gay legislation, and how the American religious right is helping to create “a virulently anti-gay Russia.”

Scotland: National LGBT Youth Awards 2013 Winners!

LGBT Youth Scotland celebrated the achievement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people at Awards as part of their annual National Gathering event. 120 young people attended the ceremony with Awards being presented to young people, youth groups and organisations committed to improving services for LGBT young people.

Assimilation and Its Discontents: Q-and-A with Justin Sayre on the State of Gay Culture

Justin Sayre, Chairman of the International Order of the Sodomites; at a recent edition of The Meeting —the group’s monthly gathering that’s executed in the form of a comedy/variety show (naturally) and dedicated to a different gay icon/cultural touchstone each time, delivered a deliciously icy rebuke of modern gay taste and discourse (pegged to the MTV VMAs). This interview was conducted by www.theslate.com as a follow up.

October is LGBT History Month USA!

October is LGBT History Month in the USA. As part of their celebrations, they are featuring a Hero-A-Day. Check out who is today’s LGBT USA Hero….

LGBT rights, Latvian vodka and Putin’s Russia

Stephen Fry’s call for a boycott of everything Russian was widely reported, Cher won’t sing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The prime minister raised the issue when meeting president Putin at the G20 two weeks ago. But it’s important that such solidarity is properly informed and doesn’t lead to unintended consequences – like the campaign started in the USA for boycotting vodka actually made in Latvia, not Russia.