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Ireland set to have first gay PM. Leo Varadkar has been announced as the leader of the biggest party in Ireland's ruling coalition, Fine Gael.

Ireland set to have first gay PM

Mr Varadkar beat his rival, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, with 60% of the votes. He will become Ireland's first gay taoiseach (prime minister). He is expected to take over from former Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, in the next few weeks. At 38, he will also be Ireland's youngest ever prime minister. Image copyright PA The leadership was decided in an electoral college system that gives 65% of the vote to the Fine Gael parliamentary party - made up of 73 TDs (members of the Irish assembly), senators and MEPs. Oxford University puts up more portraits of women. 100 Women 2016: My sham marriage.

In China, the pressure for young women to get married is huge.

100 Women 2016: My sham marriage

So what do you do if you are a gay woman? Ou Xiaobai, a 32-year-old living in Beijing, describes how a marriage of convenience helps her please her family and preserve her freedom. I want to protect and be with my girlfriend for my entire life. LGBT characters on TV 'at record high' Image copyright AP Shows like Transparent mean there are more LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) characters on US TV than ever before, a report has found.

LGBT characters on TV 'at record high'

The advocacy group Glaad analysed shows seen or to be shown between June 2016 and May 2017 and counted 278 regular and recurring LGBT characters. The number of transgender characters has risen from seven to 16 this year. But Glaad bemoaned the fact that more than 25 lesbian and bisexual female characters died or were killed off. They include the characters Poussey Washington and Bea Smith, who met violent ends in Orange is the New Black and Wentworth respectively. Image copyright Netflix The report also found a record high percentage of black characters on broadcast television, thanks mostly to shows like Empire, Luke Cage and How to Get Away with Murder. Glaad's Where We Are on TV study based its findings on scripted broadcast, cable and streaming series already being shown or for which casting had been confirmed.

Being gay when it was still a crime - BBC Newsbeat. fE bishop reveals he is in gay relationship. The bishop of Grantham has become the first Church of England bishop to say that he is gay and in a relationship.

fE bishop reveals he is in gay relationship

Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain, a suffragan in Lincoln diocese, was consecrated last year by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby - who has said he knew about the bishop's sexuality. He was in a "long-term and committed" relationship, Archbishop Welby said. Bishop Chamberlain says he obeys Church guidelines which say gay clergy must remain celibate. Miss Fa'afafine: Behind Samoa's 'third gender' beauty pageant. Image copyright SFA Bright lights, glittering dresses and dazzling smiles are a feature of every beauty pageant, but Samoa's Miss Fa'afafine is a pageant with a difference - an annual celebration of the island nation's third gender tradition.

Miss Fa'afafine: Behind Samoa's 'third gender' beauty pageant

"I believe I was born a fa'afafine. Though originally I was born male, my feminine side is much stronger", says Velda Collins. United Reformed Church approves gay marriage services. Image copyright Getty Images The United Reformed Church has voted overwhelmingly to allow same-sex couples to marry in its buildings.

United Reformed Church approves gay marriage services

Members of the URC's ruling general assembly voted in favour at a meeting in Merseyside, although individual churches will not be forced to comply. The URC becomes the largest Christian organisation in Britain to offer same-sex weddings in its churches. The Church, which has about 60,000 members, is a Protestant Church with roots in Presbyterianism. Viewpoint: How has marriage changed life for gay people?

Image copyright Getty Images Writer and activist Peter McGraith married his partner David in the first ceremony conducted under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 covering most of the UK.

Viewpoint: How has marriage changed life for gay people?

Here, he asks what effect it's had on gay and lesbian couples - and on marriage itself. Do we care if marriage equality contributes to the demise of gay culture, identity and community? I do. We should consider what might be lost, as well as gained, if a new generation of gay men and lesbians were to rush into marriages without firstly having experienced that blast of emancipation that follows on from the realisation that you are that thing that some people loathe or pity and you feel utterly thrilled with it. This experience of asserting a positive identity, outside of mainstream sexual morality, makes us question what we've been taught about gender, social hierarchies, religion, the family and the impropriety of sex. Pursuing the pink pound: How big is the UK's LGBT market? Civil partnerships: Ten years on. On 19 December 2005, the UK's first civil partnerships took place.

Civil partnerships: Ten years on

In the 10 years that have followed, nearly 140,000 people have entered into one, while more than 9,000 same-sex couples have since married. Two couples whose lives were changed by civil partnerships describe what it meant to them. Where is it illegal to be gay? 10 February 2014Last updated at 12:23 ET Millions of people continue to live in places that outlaw same-sex relationships and prosecute people for being gay.

Where is it illegal to be gay?

In five countries and in parts of two others, homosexuality is still punishable with the death penalty, while a further 70 imprison citizens because of their sexual orientation. Even where homosexuality is legal, many countries treat those in same-sex relationships differently, such as having an unequal age of consent or a ban on marriage. In Russia, host of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a law banning the promotion of "non-traditional" sexuality to under-18s was introduced last year. So, where is it illegal to be gay? Continue reading the main story.