Russian magazine lists "acceptable" gay men

RUSSIA - Titillating and rather tame men’s magazine Maxim has offices all over the world. For its Russian edition the male-centric monthly published an article about gay men they have “forgiven” for being gay.

Buzzfeed reports that the article lists the gay men who have earned “respect” and therefore are a little more accepted in their public eye.

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The HRC ranks the best and the worst LGBT inclusive companies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for companies which have policies in place for the fair treatment of their LGBT employees.

The index focuses on the marketplace and Fortune 500 companies who make it a priority to include their LGBT staff with equality and non-discrimination polices.

This year, the HRC is proud to announce that they have given more than half of their examined companies a score of 100-percent.

Official: As many as 120 dead in string of Paris attacks

A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed as many as 120 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. President Francois Hollande pledged that France would stand firm against what he called terrorism.

The worst carnage was at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, where scores of people were held hostage and attackers hurled explosives at their captives. Police who stormed the building, killing three attackers, encountered a bloody scene of horror inside.

Qantas Airlines asked lesbian couple to move so that straight couple could sit together

A lesbian couple travelling with their daughter on Qantas Airlines from Brisbane to Melbourne said they were humiliated when the flight manager continually barraged them with questions about why they would not let a straight married couple take one of their seats.

Kristina Antoniades, a 35-year-old lawyer, was sitting with her partner Merrin Hicks and daughter Lilly in business class, when an elderly man and woman boarded the aircraft whose assigned seats were not together.

Religious groups think Starbuck's plain red cups equal blasphemy

Starbucks is feeling the wrath of Christian evangelists everywhere as they ridicule the espresso king for taking a more conservative approach to this year’s holiday cup designs.

In the past, the twin-tailed Siren on the logo has hosted holiday motifs such as Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeers. But this year the company left out the holiday flair and simply went red.

November is the time when Starbucks offers the public limited time flavors such as Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha. It is also the time each year the design of the highly anticipated red cup is unveiled.

Tokyo issues gay union certificates

JAPAN - Two Tokyo districts issued Japan's first certificates officially recognising same-sex partnerships on Thursday, a major step forward for gay couples in a nation where being openly gay remains largely taboo.

The move may seem insignificant compared to the United States, which has made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, but just approving the measures earlier this year set off an unprecedented discussion on equality and has paved the way for other Japanese cities to consider similar steps.

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'Real name' policy changes coming to Facebook

Social media giant Facebook announced on Friday that it is slowly making changes to the “authentic self” policy which hinders transgender users and entertainers from registering on the site as anything other than the name of which friends and family know them.

In a letter from Facebook’s Vice President of Growth, Alex Schultz, he states that the policy will still be in place for safety, but will have a less rigorous guideline for using different names.

Jamaican man beaten, called gay slur for sleeping with hands down his shorts

KINGSTON, Jamaica, - A man was allegedly thrown out of his sleeping quarters and beaten, called “fag” just because he slept with his hands down his boxers.

Three men from Kingston: Janil Barette, 25, and Wayne Richards, 19, and Randy Livingston, 54, pleaded not-guilty to the charges pressed against them which includes unlawful wounding and causing bodily harm.

Two more "gay" men murdered in Syria by public stoning

SYRIA -- The violence against LGBT people continues in the Middle East, as two more men have been murdered in Alppeo; they are accused of being homosexuals. Very graphic images of the “gay” men being put to death by stoning have surfaced on Twitter.

The self-described Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are reportedly responsible for the torture inflicted upon the men, and some of the images may be too graphic for certain readers.

London officer tells gay co-worker, "I’m going to open you like a tin of beans"

LONDON, - A Metropolitan police officer was dismissed from his duties after being found guilty of harassing a gay co-worker, making threats which he insists were meant as jokes.

Parliamentary and Protection team officer Nicholas Vanner was investigated by Scotland Yard after charges were brought against him for harassing a civilian colleague known only as “Witness A.”

It is asserted that Vanner repeatedly singled-out Witness A as the recipient of his mean spirited and frightening pranks.