There are 76 of them.
In 76 countries, having a same-sex relationship is illegal.
In seven countries, LGBT people can face the death penalty.
A message from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was delivered by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on May 16 at the International Forum on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The UN has issued a call for international governments to protect the rights of all LGBT people and to remove discriminatory laws.
To highlight this issue, the UN Human Rights Office released a video called "The Riddle", asking viewers to guess what they are talking about.
As usual, it is glorious.
I can't quite decide what's makes me laugh the hardest: when the animated Rob Ford throws a beer bottle at a child or the partying with a beaver, a Mountie, and a Toronto Maple Leaf.
One thing's for sure: the video is entirely correct in its assessment that if Ford's "smoking, drinking, fighting, bad driving, and colorful racial comments didn't bother Toronto voters, crack smoking probably won't either."
Mayor condemns arson Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said a deliberately set fire "is of significant concern to me". He issued the statement after an anti-gentrification anarchist group claimed credit for the arson attack on a duplex being built on East 1st Avenue near Victoria Drive.
Apartment fire in Mission Residents of a wood-framed apartment complex in Mission were safely evacuated last night when it caught fire.
Three MLAs in wheelchairs Vancouver disability-rights activist Jill Weiss is applauding the election of three MLAs in wheelchairs—Stephanie Cadieux, Sam Sullivan, and Michelle Stilwell—saying this sends a positive message to young people across the province.
"Well, that was easy," Premier Christy Clark quipped as she took the stage to speak before a packed ballroom at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver last night (May 14).
The leader of the B.C. Liberals was joking about her party's victory over the NDP, which was not easy, and almost totally unexpected.
Clark may have led the Liberals to a fourth consecutive win, but she lost her own constituency of Vancouver-Point Grey to the NDP's David Eby.
Liberals hold power The B.C. Liberals bucked the polls and stunned many people across the province by winning a resounding election victory. A preliminary count indicates the incumbents took a 50-seat majority in the legislature, up from 45 seats captured in the last election. It’s the Liberals' fourth consecutive win over the NDP.
B.C. election day British Columbians head to the polls today in a provincial election that is expected to oust the Liberals after more than a decade in power. Polls are open until 8 p.m. Everything you need to know about how and where to vote can be found on the Elections BC website. You can also view the Georgia Straight’s candidate recommendations for Vancouver and the inner suburbs here.
If you're curious to know more about Femen—the kamikaze-style Ukrainian group of topless feminist protesters—you might want to check out this article on the Vice magazine site.
Writer Milene Larsson decided to accompany some of the members on their latest mission: an action against neo-Nazis.
Larsson quoted one member of the group saying that the last time the antipatriarchal demonstrators confronted these fascists, the women were badly beaten. One of the Femen leaders lost a tooth.
So this time, they decided to conduct a protest from a distance. Here's how Larsson described what happened:
Leaders make final push On the last day of the provincial election campaign, B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark will campaign in the Lower Mainland, including a stop in Vancouver-Point Grey, and on Vancouver Island. NDP Leader Adrian Dix will campaign for 24 hours in numerous communities, including late-night stops at the Gate Gourmet restaurant in Richmond and the Naam Restaurant in Kitsilano.
Concerned Citizens of B.C. vanishes The shadowy group that spent vast amounts of money on ads attacking NDP Leader Adrian Dix has pulled down its website and shut down its Twitter account.
Every week, WOWtv—Canada’s first 24/7 HD digital channel in Chinese—sits down with the Georgia Straight to discuss the topics of the day.
Here's May 12's report.
Food and lifestyle writer Michelle da Silva gives us the lowdown on some food events not to be missed in Vancouver this week as well as recent Straight food coverage.
Catch the Georgia Straight's weekly TV show on WOWtv (channel 562, which is included in the basic Telus package) on Sundays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.