Cake but no lesbian kissing at iconic Viennese cafe

 Vienna`s iconic cafes are famous the world over, offering customers top-notch coffee, creamy cakes and sanctuary from the modern world in an atmosphere that harks back to a golden bygone era.

Staunchly oppose criminalisation of homosexuality: UN Secy Gen

 Opposing the criminalisation of homosexuality, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said that doing so breeds intolerance by violating basic rights to privacy and freedom.

Egypt court orders release of 26 men detained over bath house "orgy"

An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of 26 men who were detained last month in a raid on a Cairo bath house after police received a tip that they were holding gay orgies.

Egypt cracks down on homosexuality, arrests 33 men for alleged 'debauchery'

Police have arrested 33 men in a night-time raid on a Cairo bathhouse for alleged "debauchery", a security official said on Monday, in what appeared to be Egypt's latest crackdown on homosexuality.

Vladimir Putin says traditional values do not mean persecution of gays

President Vladimir Putin on Friday said his support for traditional family values does not mean gays and lesbians will be persecuted, despite what many describe as a crackdown on homosexuals in Russia.

EU court outlaws 'gay tests' for asylum seeker

The European Union's top court ruled on Tuesday that tests to prove claims of homosexuality by asylum seekers were unlawful.

IS stones 2 `gay men` to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation`s first executions for alleged homosexuality.

Unique stories, great talent: Producer Hansal Mehta's promise

 As a new film producer, National Award winning director Hansal Mehta promises to make movies with interesting stories and a mix of talent.

Groundbreaking study reveals sexual orientation may not be a choice
Groundbreaking study reveals sexual orientation may not be a choice

The largest ever study of its kind has found clear links between male sexual orientation and two specific regions of the human genome that erodes the notion that sexual orientation is a choice.

Transgender Bangladeshis hold first-ever pride march

At least 1,000 transgender Bangladeshis staged the conservative mainly Muslim country`s first ever pride march on Monday to mark one year since the government recognised them as a third gender.

Egypt jails eight men for three years over 'gay marriage'

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years on Saturday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet.

Singapore upholds law that criminalises gay sex

Singapore`s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a law that criminalises sex between men is in line with the city-state`s constitution, rejecting two separate appeals by three men that the measure infringed their human rights.

Be who you are: Cara Delevingne on sexuality
Be who you are: Cara Delevingne on sexuality

Cara Delevingne's past relationships with both men and women have often raised eyebrows, but opening up on the issue of sexuality the supermodel has urged her fans to simply be "who you are".

Vatican synod discusses accepting homosexuality

 Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings have called on the church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

Ayaz Ahmed's character turns gay on TV show
Ayaz Ahmed's character turns gay on TV show

'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan' will soon have an interesting twist in the storyline with Ayaz Ahmed’s character Cabir turning gay.

Briton jailed in Morocco for being gay released

 A British tourist jailed in Morocco for "homosexual acts" has been released, his family announced on Tuesday.

Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

Uganda`s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

Cinema is a strong medium to reach out to people: Jadhav

Noted Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, who has dabbled in bold topics including homosexuality, transgender culture and sex education in films including `Natarang`, `Bal Gandharv`, and `Balak Palak`, says he needed a strong medium like cinema to communicate with the audience.

Greek Cypriots in first gay pride parade

Nicosia held its first Greek Cypriot gay pride parade Saturday, 16 years after homosexuality was decriminalised on the Mediterranean island, where the influential Orthodox Church views non-heterosexual relations as sinful.

Ban Ki-moon praises Indian actors, activists for gay rights support

Amid the launch of the first ever Bollywood-style UN video on gay rights, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applauded India`s human rights activists and film fraternity for standing up for the rights of lesbians and gays.