Thursday, July 24, 2014

Circuit Festival Barcelona 2014

From 6 to 17 August 2014, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

During last year’s festival, more than 40 artists performed at the different Circuit stages including international artists like Loreen, Offer Nissim, the late Peter Rauhofer, Ruby Rose and many others.

Circuit Festival began to take shape six years ago in response to the needs of a concerned international gay scene that began to demand new entertainment options apart from the traditional ones that had been associated with the LGBT audience.

And, until then, in Europe there had been an obvious gap in terms of a leisure and holiday quality offer that was able to satisfy the expectations of an audience that, increasingly, was as diverse as demanding.

With the conviction that Barcelona has the necessary capacity and structure to offer to the gay community a comprehensive leisure option as respectful to their needs and preferences as capable to satisfy their expectations, Circuit Festival Barcelona was born, which is the biggest cultural and leisure international festival for gays and lesbians in Europe.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First overseas adoption in Denmark by Same-sex couple

Same-sex couples have been allowed to adopt as couples since 2010 in Denmark. However few countries allow overseas adoptions by same-sex couples so it is not until now that the first overseas adoption by a Danish gay couple has occurred.

Danish couple Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a nine-month-old South African girl, making them the first same-sex couple in Denmark to legally adopt a child from another country.

Denmark’s Equality Minister Manu Sareen said: "I hope that more couples are allowed to experience the great joy of being parents and to giving a child a good life".

Adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 16 countries and in some territories.

Rasmus and Thomas with their son

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama signs order protecting LGBT workers from employment discrimination

President Obama today has signed a new executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

"No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. This is both contrary to our values as Americans, and bad for business", a White House official said. 

The official added the change for federal contracting will impact some 24,000 companies with 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the U.S. workforce. Many large federal contractors already have employment policies barring anti-gay workplace discrimination, as do 21 states. However, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School estimates that the executive order would extend protections to about 14 million workers whose employers or states currently do not have such nondiscrimination policies.

A poll conducted last fall by Republican pollster Alex Lundry showed that more than two-thirds of registered voters, including 56 percent of Republicans, support the protections of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.