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Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of referendum say

Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.

Ireland's gay marriage vote: 5 things to know

DUBLIN - Ireland is about to hold a referendum on whether same-sex marriage should be legal — and the traditionally Catholic stronghold could buck the Church.

Irish voters are being asked whether to approve a constitutional change that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples. Here are five things you need to know:

1. It's a public vote. Eighteen countries, mostly in Europe, permit gay marriages but all approved same-sex marriage through legislation or the courts. Ireland would be the first to do so in a national referendum.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel marries same sex partner

LUXEMBOURG, May 15 (Reuters) - Luxembourg's prime minister married his civil partner on Friday, becoming the first serving leader in the European Union to wed someone of the same sex.

Xavier Bettel, 42, and Belgian architect Gauthier Destenay were among the first men to marry under a new law, which came into force in the Grand Duchy in January and made it the latest on nearly a dozen EU states to allow gay marriage.

Crosswalk signals depict same-sex couples in Vienna, Freedom Party not happy

The crosswalk lights in Vienna have a special look this month according to The Guardian (via The Associated Press). Instead of the usual linear images of figures telling you it is safe to cross or not, the new signals depict two men and two women, complete with hearts giving you the okay.

This woman is suing all gay people on Earth on God's behalf

NEBRASKA - Identifying herself as an ambassador for God and Jesus Christ, a Nebraska woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all homosexual people on the planet for breaking “religious and moral laws.”

Sylvia Ann Driskell of Auburn argues in a seven-page, handwritten petition delivered to the U.S. District Court of Omaha that “homosexuality is a sin and that the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality,” according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “Why else would they have been hiding in the closet(?)”

LGBT identities and relationships have roots in early human civilization

In only 13 days thousands of advocates and LGBT allies form around the world will celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in an attempt to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally.

As part of GLAAD's Global Voices program, which works to accelerate LGBT acceptance across the globe, GLAAD will participate and celebrate IDAHOT together with thousands of diverse groups and individuals.

Transgender prisoner badly beaten in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Graphic images have emerged of a badly beaten transgender prisoner amid reports police 'pulverized' her face, forced her to strip and shaved her head.

Pictures show Veronica Bolina lying partially naked on the ground in front of a group of officers and other prisoners in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 25-year-old had previously been arrested over an alleged attack on her 73-year-old neighbour.

How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, killing more than 1,800 people. As the rescue and recovery efforts get underway, many charities and NGOs are sending teams, essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that you can assist.

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Jiraiya creates homoerotic art for cross-cultural fans

Jairiya is a Japanese Manga artist who transcends the cultural boundaries of the gay Asian culture and hopes to do the same for the rest of the world.

The artist is well-known for his depictions of big, beefy men either naked or alone, engaging in typical Manga sexuality. The cross-cultural company InterTrend is exposing the artist's work to the United States, and hopes that the usual images of gay Asian culture will forever be changed.

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Obama addresses lack of LGBT rights in Jamaica, cites Angeline Jackson's advocacy | UPDATED!

President Barack Obama continued building his legacy as the most gay-friendly leader of the free world by meeting on Thursday with LGBT activists and young leaders in Jamaica, known as one of the most homophobic places on Earth.