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Gay and lesbian couples are happier than straight couples, new study reveals


Maybe you've already suspected it, while looking at your straight friends and their relationships.  That hint of sadness in their eyes, compared to the joyous glint in yours and your partner's. Well, now an extensive study has provided some much-needed evidence. After questioning more than 25,000 people in the UK and over 9,000 in Australia, researchers found that gay and lesbian couples are better off. However, bisexual people suffered from worse relationships, on average, than straight or homosexual people. Francisco Perales and Janeen Baxter from the University of Queensland conducted the study. In their findings, they wrote: "Relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom, and higher in Australia. "The lowest relationship quality in both countries was reported by bisexual individuals." The researchers suggested that gay and lesbian couples might have better relationships because they are less concerned about sticking to stereotypical gender roles.

 

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Austria court legalises same-sex marriage from start of 2019, ruling all existing laws discriminatory


Austria's Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, ruling that the existing laws are discriminatory. The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations including Germany, France, Britain and Spain. Same-sex couples in Austria have been allowed to enter legal partnerships since 2010, but until now have not been able to marry.

 

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Goa Hosts Its First Pride Parade Ever


GOA : The Indian state of Goa hosted its first LGBT Pride parade today. Organizers of Goa Rainbow Pride Walk 2017 in Goa's capital, Panaji, believe that the event will help raise awareness of LGBT issues in the state. The planning committee took inspiration from previous LGBT events in other Indian states when organizing Goa's celebration, which also includes parties and an LGBT film festival.

"We hope this walk will get rid of homophobia in some way," event organizer Alexander Fernandes tells It's Goa. "We want people to know that we are not harmful or 'bad people.' We deserve respect like anyone else, and that we too have human rights."

"We have a large LGBT community in Goa, but most prefer to stay under the scanner since it's a very small place and everyone knows each other," adds organizer Diana Dias. "However, we are trying to create more awareness now." Parade organizers, who have insisted that the event avoid religion and politics, asked participants not to wear any costumes that could potentially offend conservative Goa residents. Participants were also permitted to wear masks if they preferred to keep their identity private.

 

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4th October 2017

More young people in the UK identify as LGB, ONS finds


Around one in 25 young people in the UK identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, new figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics said 4.1% of 16 to 24-year-olds identified as LGB, up from 3.3% in 2015. Across all ages, the ONS noted a "statistically significant increase", with 2% of the population - more than a million people - identifying as LGB last year, compared with 1.7% in 2015. Some 2.3% of UK men said they were LGB, compared with 1.6% of women.

 

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1st October 2017

Germany gay marriage: Couple are first to marry under new law


Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin. Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on the first day it was legally possible.


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