Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code 377, an archaic and barbaric law that criminalizes "homosexual" acts, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal.
It goes without saying that gays have become more and more accepted in our culture, making gains in the workplace, Hollywood, and in legislation, but has that acceptance come at a price?
On December 15, 2013, the NOH8 Campaign celebrated its 5th anniversary with a special event at Avalon in Hollywood, California.
Section 377 violates the Indian Constitution, which defends the rights to equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression and liberty which includes dignity and privacy. These are all universal rights for all people, whether they are LGBT or not.
There are areas of public life -- sports, country music -- in which a disclosure of sexuality still causes ripples. And these ripples are good.
Is it time to rethink the longstanding ban on plural marriage? While the ability to choose one's sexual partners is an important element of constitutionally protected privacy, polygamy has long been associated with unique harms
GLAAD is among a number of LGBT organizations that stand with the immigrant rights community as part of a broad coalition that is fighting to ensure comprehensive reform and a path to citizenship.
If there was any question about where things are headed, the outpouring in the media makes clear that the decision of India's Supreme Court to uphold the colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual relations between same-sex partners reflects the nation's past but does not likely reflect the future.
Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.
By refusing marriage to same-sex couples, social conservatives are undermining traditional marriage more than lesbian brides and gay grooms ever could.
A horrid year -- good riddance, you say? / But did you forget to celebrate gay / Marriage (with apparel) in Jersey and Maine, / Maryland, Hawaii? The tide has changed. / All right, it's true, the government shut down.
Although many countries celebrated the legalization of gay marriage this year, in many corners of the world, LGBT persons are condemned to a life of silence and secrecy. They are treated as pariahs and are subjected to violence and discrimination.
Now that Harvey Milk is on a stamp, I'll be able to ask for him by name whenever I go to the post office. The announcement was made close to the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay official to hold public office.
Jan Krc tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.
LGBT people have faced extreme discrimination in Sri Lanka. For more than a century, the country has outlawed same-sex relationships under its colonial-era "gross indecency" laws.
After that morning I became numb to the word faggot. But hearing the word again in Manhattan, in 2012, in my late 20s with a better haircut, shocked me.