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September 21, 2014

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men could increase total annual blood supply in the US by 2%-4%, says UCLA study

Allowing blood donations from gay men could result in more than 600,000 extra pints of blood every year and could save the lives of as many as 1.8 million individuals, says a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 21, 2014

'If we were to go down that path [of a free vote], we [the MPs] are the ones that become vilified,' says Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy who now no longer supports a conscience vote on the issue

Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy, who was one of few MPs who publicly supported a free vote on same-sex marriage last year – even though he did not support same-sex marriage himself for religious reasons, has said he no longer supports MPs having a free vote.

September 21, 2014

A group of Islamic extremists pressurized the college to cancel the seminar, citing homosexuality as a ‘virus’ needing to be stopped

A Catholic university in Indonesia cancelled an LGBT seminar, after caving in to pressure from a group of Islamic extremists.

The Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta had a seminar planned with the faculty of psychology called ‘LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One.’

However, when a local Islamic group got wind of this seminar, they began to pressurize the university to cancel it.

The Islamic Society Forum (FUI) claimed the proposed seminar would have ‘dishonoured Islam.’

September 21, 2014

Three couples filed their case against the state's same-sex marriage ban approximately a year ago

A US judge in West Virginia is waiting on the Supreme Court before going on with the gay marriage lawsuit on his docket.

According to WOUB.org, District Judge Robert Chambers points to an 'overlap of issues' with the marriage equality case in neighboring Virginia as the reason for delay.

September 21, 2014

Interesting YouTube video gives you the history behind how the word evolved and all the different connotations the word has taken on

Do you know the history of the word homosexual?

Some may use this word frequently, where others prefer to use the word gay, so YouTube vlogger Cristen Conger decided to put a video together explaining the different definitions the word has had.

And it makes for a very interesting history lesson.

For example, did you know up until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a sociopathic personality disorder?

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 20, 2014

The sharia bylaw, which could be passed as early as Monday, will apply to everyone regardless of religion

Indonesia's Aceh province – the only part of the country to enforce Islamic sharia law – is re-seeking to punish anyone who has same-sex sexual relations by 100 lashes of the cane.

According to an AFP report, the draft bylaw outlaws anal sex between men and 'the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation.'

September 20, 2014

'You're under arrest'

If James Franco and Seth Rogen are in the same room, be ready for a little skin.

The two actors never tire playing pretend couple. From locking lips in the parody of Kanye West's video Bound 2 to the photo shopped Vogue magazine cover, the thespians cheekily mock their status as 'lovers.'

September 20, 2014

This straight father of two young daughters says, 'Some of my best friends are either gay, bi, lesbian, and family too... I didn't even have to really think about it'

It was a regular Saturday night out for Drew Bartscher and his friends until he ended up with a black eye.

The 27-year-old was waiting for his two friends outside Wiley's Tavern in downtown Sioux Falls in South Dakota at around 2am when he heard a woman use a derogatory term for homosexuals.

'I hear a woman regard – make a comment to her boyfriend. Uh, along the lines of, "These F-ing F-words,"' Bartscher told the media.

September 19, 2014

Gay actor, who was a pro-independence campaigner, moves forward after the results reveal Scotland will stay part of the UK

Gay actor Alan Cumming may be a little bruised after being part of the minority who wanted Scotland to become independent.

But that didn't stop him from masterfully shutting down a Twitter troll.

'Most satisfying thought of the evening: @Alancumming must be in agony. #bettertogether,' they said.

Cumming quickly responded: 'Bravo, asshole.'

The pro-independence campaigner also had a message for people who voted yes, saying they should continue fighting for the maximum devolution powers promised to them by Westminster.

September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 19, 2014

Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the deal with the country's national airline to be dropped

The Australian Football League (AFL) has ended sponsorship from Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) due to the country's stone the gays law.

AFL Europe, the sport's governing body on the continent, touted the 12-month deal with the state-owned airline as its 'biggest ever sponsorship' when it was announced in July.

Under its first major sports sponsorship deal, RBA flew players between Melbourne and London while the AFL promoted the airline in Australia and 22 European countries.

September 19, 2014

Report finds syphilis is at an all-time high in the country, mostly among gay men

Methamphetamine use is responsible for the rise in HIV infections in the Australian state of Victoria, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne has shown that 84% of its patients living with HIV said ice was a significant cause for contracting the disease.

Dr Beng Eu, director of the clinic, told Gay News Network, 'I think we're surprised to the degree of the ice use that was common, but the infection of HIV was what we were expecting.

September 19, 2014

She says of Mean Girls star: 'He's gay'

Jonathan Bennett, the actor currently competing on Dancing With the Stars, has never officially come out as a gay man.

And now he may not have to.

One of the show's judges, Julianne Hough, made the public announcement for him during an appearance on the syndicated entertainment show Extra.

September 19, 2014

Sean Hannity: 'You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do'

In talking about child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Sean Hannity Fox News personality somehow quickly found a way to make it about gays.

Peterson is accused of beating his 4 year old son with a tree branch and has been taken off the Minnesota Vikings roster.

Here's what Hannity had to say about that: 'This is my problem with liberals. Here's where my fear goes with all of this - you guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do.

September 19, 2014

Scotland has voted no to becoming an independent country, with a vote of 55% no and 45% yes

When it comes to getting accurate results on matters of national importance, it turns out you don't need teams of researchers or an equal representation of the population.

It turns out you just need Grindr.

In the weeks leading up to the final vote on Scottish independence yesterday (18 September), a Tumblr user took his own survey on the gay dating app.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Here were just a few of the responses:

September 19, 2014

US President writes in letter to her daughter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think’

Joan Rivers, not long before her death, caught some blowback from the LGBTI community for a joke she made about US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In July, Rivers was asked about being asked about likelihood of the US ever having either a female or a gay person elected.

She replied, 'We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny. A transgender. We all know.'

Obama is not holding a grudge.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 19, 2014

A former GSN intern sends us some postcards from her autumn getaway

A year ago Anisa Easterbrook, while interning for Gay Star News, sent us a postcard from her trip to Malaysia.

Now an independent reporter, on London’s lesbian scene and more, she sends us some more postcards, from an enviable trip on Egypt’s coast.

'I have traveled around the world, but I've found Egypt knows how to take luxury to a new level.

September 19, 2014

Jonas is promoting the new single Jealous and his role in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom

Give Nick Jonas credit for business smarts. He's doing all he can to get, and keep, LGBTI admirers.

The 22-year-old, who had a birthday this week, has been spending time showing a little skin at gay clubs in New York City and publicly declaring love to his gay fans.

September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 19, 2014

Her hiring comes come five months after India's Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender

Transgender female Padmini Prakash has made history by being hired as a news anchor at Lotus News in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Prakash is the first openly trans anchor in India - ever.

'I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me,' Prakash tells the Times of India.

September 19, 2014

16 people are in hospital after Vitaly Milonov, as well as some anti-gay thugs, ruined the opening day of a LGBTI event in St Petersburg

Sixteen people have been hospitalized after the opening of an LGBTI arts festival in St Petersburg yesterday (18 September).

Thugs are alleged to have sprayed 'green paint' and to have released gas which forced those who breathed it in to seek medical help.

Vitaly Milonov, the co-author of the 'gay propaganda' ban in the Russian city, stormed the art gallery with other homophobic activists to help shut down the event.