IN­DIA MOVES to end its ban on gay sex. The coun­try’s Supreme Court rules that “pri­vacy is a fun­da­men­tal right for ev­ery In­dian… Sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is an es­sen­tial at­tribute of pri­vacy. Dis­crim­i­na­tion against an in­di­vid­ual on the ba­sis of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is deeply of­fen­sive to the dig­nity and self-worth of the in­di­vid­ual.” Activists say it will re­sult in gay sex be­ing le­galised.

THE POPE says that same-sex cou­ples can only en­ter into civil unions, but not mar­riage. The com­ments came as Pope Fran­cis re­it­er­ated his op­po­si­tion to mar­riage equal­ity dur­ing an in­ter­view with a French mag­a­zine. “Al­ways in hu­man­ity, and not only within the Church, it’s be­tween a man and a wo­man… we can­not change that,” he says.

THE OWNER OF PULSE GAY NIGHT­CLUB in Or­lando says it will re­open, but in a new venue. Barbara Poma tells the press that, “By re­open­ing it, same name, the same for­mat that we had, it just proves, you know, that hate will not win.” Forty-nine peo­ple were mur­dered at Pulse in June 2016 by Omar Ma­teen in a ter­ror at­tack and anti-gay hate crime.

DIS­NEY­LAND PARIS is forced to apol­o­gise af­ter re­fus­ing to al­low a 3-year-old English boy to get a Dis­ney Princess Makeover. Noah hoped to be trans­formed into Elsa from the film Frozen as part of the park’s Princess For A Day ex­pe­ri­ence but was barred be­cause of his (as­sumed) gen­der. Dis­ney­land Paris later re­sponded to say they are sorry and that the de­ci­sion by a mem­ber of staff, “is not re­flec­tive of any pol­icy or be­lief held here at Dis­ney­land Paris. We are go­ing to en­sure this does not hap­pen again.”

AMER­ICA’S IVY LEAGUE uni­ver­si­ties re­port that in­creas­ing num­ber of its male stu­dents are iden­ti­fy­ing as bi­sex­ual. As the col­lege terms be­gin, sur­veys are taken at Har­vard and Yale and re­sults in­di­cate that al­most 8 per­cent iden­tify as bi­sex­ual.

AN AMER­I­CAN in­sur­ance com­pany sends out let­ters to thou­sands of cus­tomers that in­ad­ver­tently dis­plays their HIV sta­tus through the front of the en­ve­lope. The mix up by Aetna In­sur­ance meant that the first few lines of the let­ter, which dis­cussed “HIV med­i­ca­tion”, could be seen through the win­dow of the en­ve­lope. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, more than 12,000 of the let­ters were sent out. Activists say it not only breaches pri­vacy laws, but could re­sult in dis­crim­i­na­tion.

THE ITAL­IAN VER­SION of the fash­ion mag­a­zine Vogue fea­tures two men kiss­ing on its front cover. The strik­ing im­age, on Vogue Italia’s Septem­ber is­sue, runs with the cap­tion, “It’s just a kiss”. Mar­riage equal­ity and LGBT rights are a hot topic in the coun­try where the Catholic Church has power and in­flu­ence over pol­i­tics.

SYD­NEY THEATREGOERS are tar­geted by anti-gay thugs who slash their car tyres while they watch a per­for­mance of the gay play Hold­ing The Man. The at­tacks hap­pened

As a lead­ing youth en­ter­tain­ment brand that sup­ports in­clu­sive­ness and equal rights… MTV wants to en­cour­age young Aus­tralians to get out and do their part in en­sur­ing their voices are heard in the Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law postal vote.

– Si­mon Bates (pic­tured), Head of MTV Asia Pa­cific, on the chan­nel’s de­ci­sion to stop broad­cast­ing for a day in Au­gust in sup­port of mar­riage equal­ity in Aus­tralia.

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