Brendan O’Neill on the “Queer Imperialis​m” of the Sochi protests

Brendan O’Neill on the “Queer Imperialis​m” of the Sochi protests – Westerners have launched a gay Culture War against what they view as “redneck Russia”, says Brendan O’Neill on spiked today. Describing the gay-friendly protests over Sochi as an “outpouring of ersatz homophilia”, O’Neill says the Winter Olympics have been “turned into a platform for a showdown between enlightened Westerners who like gays and wicked Ruskies who apparently do not”.

Masti

MASTI is an opportunity for Asian Gay/Bi men to talk with other Asian Gay/Bi men. To discuss their experiences of sex, relationships and life, explore their culture, identity, religion and sexuality. The weekend will develop confidence to make stronger informed decisions by a mix of fun reflective activities in a confidential safe place.

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music – Manchester has long been the spiritual home of Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Over the coming month people from far and wide will descend on the city for LGBT History Month, an annual celebration of the LGBT community that takes place in February

Channel 4 to flood peak-time advertising slots with “Gay Mountain” Anthem

Channel 4 to flood peak-time advertising slots with “Gay Mountain” Anthem. Tonight (6th February) watch out for an extremely camp version of the Russian national anthem, set to a disco beat and performed by a ‘bear’ in front of a rainbow of necoloured lightbulbs as Channel 4 wishes ‘Good luck to everyone in Sochi’

The Brutal, Bloody Horror of Gay Life in Putin’s Russia

The Brutal, Bloody Horror of Gay Life in Putin’s Russia – Ever since virulently homophobic Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed through a law effectively outlawing openly gay people, the country’s LGBTQ community has, predictably, been plagued by violence. Now a study published in Harvard University’s Health and Human Rights journal confirms what myriad horrific anecdotes suggest: Gay people in Russia are being beaten, raped, and murdered at record rates—and the government is doing little to stop it.

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays – New Zealand has unanimously passed a motion to support the LGBTI community in Russia and all athletes competing at the Olympic Games. Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said it was important to use the opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly.

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month – Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should, writes BJ Epstein for the Huffington Post. But why? February is LGBT History Month in the UK. The aim of LGBT History Month is to recognise and celebrate all the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who have contributed to society and to history, and to highlight relevant and important events and issues. Just as with Black History Month (October in the UK, February elsewhere), Women’s History Month (March), or other such heritage months (such as Jewish American Month in May in the US), LGBT History Month seeks to call attention to an often overlooked group of people.