Luke Evans talks being openly gay in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Luke Evans has opened up about what it’s like for him being openly gay in Hollywood.

In an interview with The Jackal, Evans says he tries to “keep my personal life and my private life separate.”

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British Vogue appoints first gay, male editor-in-chief

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Edward Enninful has been named editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Condé Nast announced on Monday.

Enninful, 45, will succeed Alexandra Shulman for the position. The job brings a series of firsts to the publication. Enninful will be the first male editor, first black editor and the first openly gay editor to helm the magazine.

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State Dept. urges Russia to investigate gay Chechen men’s arrests

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A State Department spokesperson on Wednesday urged the Russian government to investigate the reported arrests of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya.

“We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests and hold the perpetrators responsible,” the spokesperson told the Washington Blade in a statement.

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German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany.

The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men.

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Fire at gay sauna in Berlin kills 3 men, injures 1

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BERLIN (AP)- German officials say three men have died and one was seriously injured in a fire at a gay sauna in Berlin.

The fire broke out Feb. 5 at the Steam Works club in the German capital’s Schoeneberg district. Berlin’s fire department said in a statement Monday that 25 people were able to escape the fire on their own.

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Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

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MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.

Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child. In a bid to accommodate conservative voters, deputies in the lower house of parliament have given initial approval to a bill eliminating criminal liability for domestic violence that stops short of serious bodily harm or rape.

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Andrew Garfield hits the London stage for Angels in America

By : Jeremy Williams
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andrew garfieldThe Tony Kushner play Angels in America is set to hit the London stage in May 2017, and ex-Spider-Man himself Andrew Garfield will be joining the cast. The play, which won multiple awards including several Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, examines the AIDS epidemic and what it was to be a gay man in the 1980s.

Garfield will play Prior Walter, a gay man diagnosed with AIDS who believes he is a prophet. He joins Looking’s Russell Tovey and Robin Hood’s Denise Gough in the London production.

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Sexual orientation not ‘key factor’ for man who killed gay son

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police believe the primary reason a Los Angeles man shot and killed his adult son was to cover up for the stabbing death of his wife the previous day, and not chiefly because the son was gay, as prosecutors had alleged.

LAPD homicide Detective John Doerbecker tells the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that his son’s sexuality was a contributing factor for Shehada Issa, 69, in the killing, but not the main factor. Officers discovered the body of the wife, Rabihah Issa, while investigating the killing of the son, Amier Issa, on March 29.

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Canadian prime minister stands with LGBT community

By : Jeremy Williams
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Go Canada! Dreamy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to make sure the LGBT community knows that he is with them. Trudeau will become the first Canadian prime minister to march in Toronto’s annual gay pride parade.

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Panasonic a pioneer for LGBT rights in Japan

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TOKYO (AP) – For decades, Panasonic Corp. has shaped Japanese corporate tradition – be it morning exercise routines or lifetime employment. But don’t hold your breath waiting for other Asian businesses to emulate its latest policy announcement: Recognizing same-sex partnerships.

Much of Asia remains far behind the West in such attitudes. Panasonic’s move is rare, although bold, and seems unlikely to herald a sea change.

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Oscar speeches look more like presidential debate at 88th Academy Awards

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Oscar night is often filled with award shocks and surprises and the 88th Academy Awards did not disappoint as Sam Smith becomes the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Well, okay so he wasn’t, but he wasn’t sure about it so he said it anyways.

Sam Smith was among the winners considered an upset by Oscar experts. The winner of the Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre was as shocked as the rest of the viewing world when his name was called instead of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for the emotional song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape in the United States.

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Italian Senate approves bill to allow civil unions

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ROME (AP) – Italy’s Senate voted Feb. 25 to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to give some rights to gay couples after a bitter, years-long debate.

Premier Matteo Renzi described the passage of the bill Thursday as “historic.” But gay and lesbian groups denounced the watered-down legislation as a betrayal because Renzi’s Democratic Party sacrificed a provision to allow gay adoption in order to ensure passage.

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