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September 3, 2014

Vine video seems to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof' - alleged incident being investigated by league

The Rugby Football League has launched an investigation into whether or not British rugby star Zak Hardaker used an anti-gay slur during a game over the weekend.

Hardaker, 22, was suspended for five games earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [force] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

September 3, 2014

Zelda Williams takes her dad's friend's advice to 'never allow yourself to be made a victim

Robin Williams daughter has returned to social media after a two week absence with a message about bullying.

Zelda Williams, 25, had encountered some negative and at times cruel remarks about her father's suicide last month which resulted in her deleting her Twitter account.

But on Tuesday (2 September), she resurfaced with a quote by her father's friend and Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Harvey Fierstein.

September 2, 2014

Conchita Wurst and Lady Gaga's stylist was there in Stockholm to celebrate Björn Borg's gaming themed fashion show

Log on and be game for Björn Borg's new fashion show.

With his underwear adored by gay Swedes, his game-inspired fashion show paired hot looks and avatar masks in a freaky, sexy fashion show.

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst joined around 400 to enjoy the brand's spring/summer 2015 collection, Björn Borg's first in the home market in six years.

All models were wearing masks looking like avatars of the upcoming game.

September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

September 2, 2014

Retired rugby star planned to commit suicide because 'I hated myself for what I had inflicted on her'

Retired gay rugby star Gareth Thomas recalls in a new book how he planned to kill himself when his wife of five years left him.

Thomas confessed to then wife Jemma in 2006 that he is gay. She eventually left him and when she did, he recalls in his new memoir, Proud, how he planned to drown himself in their swimming pool.

He was going to do so dressed in his best Welsh Rugby Union issued suit.

'A form of madness gripped me that first night after Jemma left,' he writes.

September 2, 2014

Even though a Zimbabwe-born man is happily civilly partnered to his British partner, he could be sent home

A gay man could be deported to Africa over a few hundred pounds.

Brett Rice, 26, civilly partnered with 23-year-old Matt Mallinson, could be separated by thousands of miles if the Home Office continues to go along with the deportation.

When the pair filed papers for Rice to stay in the UK, the two men were students at the University of Huddlesfield. The couple's combined income fell short of a small sum, £321.20, when they asked for a marriage/civil partner visa.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 2, 2014

81-year-old comic has had huge gay fan base throughout career

It's been five days since Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a vocal cord procedure and her daughter issued a statement Tuesday saying that the legendary comic remains on life support.

Rivers, 81, had been working up until the night before her medical procedure doing stand-up and had been expected at New York's Fashion Week to tape an episode of her Fashion Police TV series for E!

September 2, 2014

'Reply to all' claims another victim as a lawyer cites the Bible slamming a judge's decision to rule in favor of gay rights

A lawyer is regretting hitting that 'reply all' button after he sent out an offensive email calling AIDS the 'gay plague' to his entire company.

Now he is in 'severe' trouble after rallying against same sex marriage, spouting off religious bile in the name of opposing equality.

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff, was angry a federal court recently found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

September 2, 2014

The two students could face up to three months in jail and six cane strokes after a sex toy was found in their room

A lesbian couple was arrested by religious officers yesterday during a raid of a budget hotel in Malaysia.

Nine officers from the Johor Islamic Religious Department raided their room in Johor Bahru at around 12.45am, the Sinar Harian newspaper reported.

One of the women answered the door while the other was naked in the bathroom. 

The women, both students aged 20 and 21, were not initially suspected of breaching 'close proximity' laws but officers became wary when the women remained silent as they searched the room.

September 2, 2014

Despite strong pre-season, first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was cut by Rams then passed over by other teams

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, has now been completely shut out of the league - for now.

The St. Louis Rams, the team that made history when it drafted him last spring, did not include Sam in its practice squad which was announced on Monday (1 September).

The team had cut Sam on Saturday (30 August) and no other team in the league took him over the 24 hour period that he was available.

September 2, 2014

League's first openly gay player will have to pass physical this week before being signed

After a weekend during which it seemed that Michael Sam was being completely rejected by the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (2 September) have invited him to be a part of their practice squad.

Should he pass a physical this week, as expected, Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL during the regular season.

'Culturally, this signing would be an earthquake,' Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler writes.

September 2, 2014

Winners of The Sing Off, with two openly gay members, performs a mash up of his Disclosure songs

Pentatonix have revealed their Sam Smith mash up today (2 September).

This is their latest release from their forthcoming album PTX Volume 3, following their cover of Ariana Grande's Problem.

With more subscribers than Beyoncé and over half a billion views on YouTube, this group is comfortably the biggest a cappella group in the world.

The openly gay members are Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, with the other members being Avi Kapling, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola.

PTX Volume 3 will be released on 23 September.

September 2, 2014

Gay celebrity blogger has apologized after posting the leaked photos onto his website

Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being accused of being a 'sex offender' after posting leaked naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

The gossip writer published the nude images, believed to have been stolen or hacked from the Oscar-winning actress' iCloud, on his site shortly after they surfaced online.

Numerous people on social media called him out for publishing the private images, with some calling him a 'sex offender', 'a rapist' and a 'desperate faggot' for his decision. None of these accusations are true.

September 2, 2014

Gay singer reflects on his unrequited love for his friend, the inspiration for his hit debut album In The Lonely Hour

Sam Smith has opened up about the love he had for a straight friend, the inspiration for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut album.

The Stay With Me singer, who came out earlier this year, has revealed more about the man who inspired In The Lonely Hour.

He said: 'It's really tough to explain. But no, he's not gay. Nothing ever happened between us. I know he loved me too, but not in that way.'

September 2, 2014

Yes LGBT group says an independent Scotland would enshrine gay equality in a written constitution

Gay campaigners for Scottish independence have published a Rainbow Paper outlining how  independence would deliver greater equality to LGBT people in Scotland.

This would include enshrining LGBT equality in a written constitution, protecting and improving equality law, protecting spending on LGBT equality measures in public services, creating a compassionate asylum system and promoting LGBT rights around the world.

September 2, 2014

Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello return for Magic Mike XXL - Matt Bomer also rumored to be in the cast

The sequel to the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike has begun filming this week with Channing Tatum returning in his starring role as a male stripper.

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is not in the cast this time around but True Blood's Joe Manganiello returns and Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer are also rumored to be resuming their roles, according to Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).

September 2, 2014

The first pride event in the English-speaking Caribbean was cut short after death threats

The first gay pride event in the Bahamas was cut short after no locals showed up and the organizer received death threats.

The event started on Thursday (28 August) and was meant to run until Tuesday.

Organizer Victor Rollins told the Nassau Guardian that only 11 people other than the organizers attended the event, all of whom were foreigners. No one from the local gay community turned up, even the people who were to be honored at the event.

‘Everyone is scared,’ Rollins said. ‘No Bahamian from the LGBT community showed up.’

September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

40% of Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

September 1, 2014

Marina Silva revises pro-gay government plan just one day after publication

Brazilian opposition leader Marina Silva has retracted her support for gay marriage just one day after publishing a pro-gay government plan on Friday (August 29).

Her campaign team said in a statement on Saturday that the pledge to ‘back proposals defending civil marriage’ had been included due to an 'editorial error' and needed 'clarification'. The revised manifesto vows to 'defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.'

‘The text [initially] published was not the text which had been discussed,’ Silva told journalists.

September 1, 2014

Police has faced complaints over the alleged use of illegal drugs and high-risk sex happening in a public place

Brighton is reportedly allowing its bushes to grow in public parks so gay couples can have sex outside.

The greenery in Dukes Mound park in Brighton, a cruising spot in the gay capital of the UK, have been allowed to grow between 15ft and 20ft tall.

One cruising website describes the area as 'popular 24 hours a day'.

A Cityparks worker from Brighton and Hove City Council, who asked not to be named, revealed: 'We always err on the side of caution when pruning due to the sensitivity of the area.

September 1, 2014

The country’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a lesbian who wants to step-adopt her partner’s biological children

Following a five-year legal battle by a lesbian couple, Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that sexual orientation must not be regarded as a discriminating factor by welfare services considering second-parent adoptions.

Ana Leiderman and Veronica Botero, who live in Medellin, share the upbringing of Leiderman’s children: a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. Both children were born after Leiderman underwent artificial insemination. The women underwent a civil union in Germany in 2008, and Botero first applied to adopt the-then baby girl five years ago.

September 1, 2014

Gay singer is believed to have helped save a little boy from Ukraine, giving him and his family safe passage away from the conflict

Elton John is being named as the savior of a six-year-old boy's life from the conflict in Ukraine.

Lev Ageyev, six, his brother Artyom, seven, and their grandmother Yulia Ageyeva were given safe passage out of the conflict in the port city of Mariupol.

The gay singer has known Lev since he attempted to adopt him in 2009. He was banned over laws in Ukraine that ban gay couples from adoption.

'I would love to adopt him...he has stolen my heart,' he said at the time. 'I wouldn't give up on him, ever.'