Toilets at British Army headquarters are now gender-neutral, according to the London media. “Ladies” and “Gentlemen” signs have been removed as part of a huge equality drive across the military. Chiefs have warned officers that promotions will be blocked unless they improve the “inclusiveness and diversity” of units.
Chilean actress Daniela Vega made history by becoming the first transgender presenter at the Oscars ceremony. But, at a news conference after meeting Chile's President Michelle Bachelet this week, she spoke of the inequalities transgender people face in her home country.
Taking home the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Sebastian Lelio's drama became the first-ever Chilean film to win an Oscar. But, more importantly, it marked a breakthrough in transgender cinema. The Spanish-language feature, about a trans woman who faces bigotry and intolerance after her partner dies, has become a touchstone for an entire movement, and the film's star, trans actress Daniela Vega, its spokeswoman.
A debate over gay marriage has upturned Costa Rica's presidential race, giving ammunition to conservative frontrunners ahead of Sunday's vote and challenging the Central American country's image as a progressive bastion. Evangelical Christian singer and congressman Fabricio Alvarado, who leads recent polls, has pitted himself against a January ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that urges Costa Rica to legalize same-sex marriage.
The International Tourism Trade Show of Madrid, FITUR, hosting its 8th edition of FITUR GAY (LGBT), a monographic section dedicated to LGBT tourism, organized in collaboration with the consulting firm LGBT Diversity Consulting International and IFEMA, opened this Wednesday in Madrid and will last until January 21.
A Mexican brewery has launched the first beer targeted to the gay community with a slight honey flavour and with plans to market the product in Mexico, Colombia and Japan among other interested countries.