On the Gaydar: Montenegro activist seeks asylum, Canadian Olympic team urged to wear rainbow, and more
Here's a roundup of LGBT news from across Canada and around the world.
Montenegro gay activist seeks asylum in Vancouver Thirty-year-old Zdravko Cimbaljevic became the first publicly out gay man in the southeastern European nation of Montenergo and was a grand marshal for Vancouver's 2013 Pride parade. He returned to Vancouver on September 11 to flee death threats and will have a key hearing for his Canadian refugee claim on November 22.
Canadian Olympic team urged to wear rainbow flags A social media campaign is asking the Canadian Olympic Committee sponsors to demand rainbow flags be incorporated into athletes' uniforms for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Russian adoptions by straight Canadian couples in limbo Russia has denied the adoption of a Russian child by a straight Halifax couple. Russia is closing adoptions to countries that permit same-sex marriages. Adoptions by Swedish and the U.S. citizens have already been banned by Russia.
Nova Scotian gay man's family thanks international support The family of a gay man, who was attacked in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, is thanking people for the outpouring of support they have received. People from around the world have donated over $41,000 to a trust fund to help Scott Jones, who is now a paraplegic from the stabbing that severed his spinal cord.
Transgender student discriminated against at Halifax university A transgender student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia says she has been discriminated against and harassed by campus cafeteria staff. In spite of sensitivity training for staff in response to her complaint, she says nothing has changed.
B.C. transgender girl wants gender removed from birth certificate Ten-year-old Harriette Cunningham from Comox, B.C., and her family have made a formal request to have her gender removed from her birth certificate.
Wildrose party shifts to supporting gay rights Alberta's opposition Wildrose party voted on October 26 to denounce intolerance, including against gay people. The party lost the last election after party leader Danielle Smith received criticism for failing to reject two candidates for their homophobic and racist comments.
Hawaiian lawmakers considering same-sex marriage State lawmakers are holding a special meeting this week to debate the legalization of same-sex marriage. If passed, Hawaii would become the 15th American state to legalize gay marriage.
Gay apps growing in popularity in China Chinese gay people are increasingly turning to hookup apps to find others. However, many of the sites remain ruled by conservative attitudes and sexual modesty.
Gay diversity in video games Video game designers and academics are calling for more sexual-orientation and gender diversity to counter homophobia and sexism in video games.
Ellen DeGeneres developing lesbian comedy Ellen DeGeneres and writer-producer Liz Feldman are teaming up with NBC to develop a half-hour lesbian-themed comedy series, about a lesbian who gets pregnant.