Last year, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, issued a ruling that would have offered marital benefits for the first time in the organization’s history to gay and lesbian employees in domestic partnerships. Unfortunately, Russia has said no. At a budget meeting, diplomat Sergey Khalizov from Russia said that the policy must be reversed. According to Foreign Policy, Russia said that “[the] U.N. chief’s action violated a U.N. General Assembly resolution that left it to U.N. employees’ governments to determine whether are eligible for spousal benefits. Moscow has been weighing whether to force a vote in the budget committee, known as the Fifth Committee, to halt funding such benefits, a vote that it likely could win. Unlike the U.N. Security Council, the United States and other big powers don’t have the power to veto votes in the Fifth Committee. While its decisions are generally made by consensus, states can call for a vote.”
Egyptian police have arrested seven young men in the country’s newest crackdown on LGBT people. Inciting “debauchery,” a pro-Egyptian regime television outlet, Youm7, aired the arrest of the seven by declaring it the arrest of “perverts” and “transsexuals.” The network described the entrapment used by the police to arrest the men. The police allegedly used fake Web sites and arranged to meet the seven at a venue in Giza to then go to an apartment. Instead, they were arrested. [StarObserver]
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Step aside New York City Firemen, rowers, and this season’s Iowa-farmer Bachelor, we’ve found new poster boys to make us swoon. These real-life Irish farmers show us that farmer tans are sexy as hell (especially when holding a baby goat, are we right?). You can purchase this year’s by clicking here—you still have ten months of hot fir. Sleep better knowing that money goes to Bothar, an organization that sends livestock to the developing world since 1991.
A ruling by the Alabama state Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order, which has no foundation in constitutional law, flies in the face a prevailing federal ruling by Judge Callie V.S.Granade issued weeks ago. “In the bizarre, rambling 150 page opinion, the majority on the state Supreme Court steps far beyond the complaint before it, arguing, ‘Throughout the entirety of its history, Alabama has chosen the traditional definition of marriage. […] Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law,'” according to the HRC.
The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the country the 21st in the world to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. “We commend the elected representatives of Slovenia for passing such historic legislation ensuring the nation’s LGBT citizens receive the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who helped make this momentous day possible,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global.
In measuring 15,000 penises worldwide, a new scientific study has revealed that the average size of a penis when erect is 5.16 inches in length and 4.6 inches around. Show-er not a grower? The average man’s flaccid penis measured up to be 3.6 inches and 3.7 around. The head British researcher said that the study should help those with “small penis anxiety.” They should help “reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range.”
Men from the ages of 17-91 from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US all took part in the trial. The study also found that there is no correlation between a man’s foot size and the size of his piece. [Guardian]
Something like a little fall can’t keep the Queen of Pop from reaching her fans. The 56-year-old singer has announced her 35-city ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour with an August 29th opening in Miami, Florida. Additional performances to follow include New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal, and even San Juan, Puerto Rico. Don’t worry Europe, the “Living for Love” singer will also make stops in Barcelona, London, Paris, Gloagow, and others with additional dates to be added for Asia and Australia.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he has named openly gay Benjamin C. Mizer as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Mizer replaced Joyce R.Branda, who will return to her permanent role as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch. Mizer and Branda assumed their positions today. Prior to this appointment, Mizer served as a senior advisor to Attorney General Holder on matters related to constitutional law, national security, civil rights, civil litigation, antitrust law, and the Supreme Court.
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ABC Family’s The Fosters has already made television history as one of the first shows to depict a lesbian-headed foster care household. In addition to last night’s return of Rosie O’Donnell, it showed the tension-so-high-you-can-cut-it relationship between 13-year-olds Jude and Connor. While both have been in “relationships” with girls—despite an unknown event occurring during a camping trip and a “pink holding” during a group-date movie outing—things reached a boiling point when Connor had to stay overnight at Jude’s house (the Foster’s house). After being invited to hang out with his girlfriend, Connor decided instead to spend more time with Jude. After finally confirming that the two had kissed in the tent, Jude expressed his frustration with the situation. Connor leaned forward and kissed the 13-year-old.
Next week it seems that the two have to deal with the ramifications of the kiss from Connor’s homophobic father.
Tiffany & Co. has already been upfront about their advertising toward the LGBT community when they launched an ad campaign featuring a real gay couple, and now the iconic jeweler has released an inclusive TV spot. The ad follows a diverse range of couples on the road to becoming engaged. “Nowadays, the road to marriage is no longer linear,” Tiffany spokesperson Linda Buckley after the release of their first gay print ad. “True love can happen more than once with love stories coming in a variety of forms.”
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