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August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married after nine years together, breaking a longstanding pledge to not get married until same-sex couples can, though we suspect most will forgive them after years of speaking out for the LGBTI community

Long time Hollywood allies of the LGBTI community Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reneged on a 2006 pledge to not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized across America but we suspect most people will forgive them after years of advocacy by the couple for gay rights.

The couple were reported to have married in France on Saturday in a small private ceremony in a chateau near Nice.

The couple were married by a Californian judge who also provided their marriage license.

August 29, 2014

Prepare to have your faith in humanity renewed as generous, loving people rally around a 20-year-old who thought he lost everything

It may take two people to produce a child, but to raise one? It takes a community.

Incredible, generous people have rallied around a 20-year-old who thought he lost everything after being kicked out of his home by his religious parents.

This week Daniel Ashley-Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia captured a candid video of his parents disowning him.

'Since you have chosen that path, we will not support you any longer,' his mother is heard saying.

August 29, 2014

One Direction performs in St. Louis on 27 August, the day before Sam's final preseason game

Michael Sam has a One Direction fan.

Harry Styles wore the jersey of the gay St. Louis Rams rookie when the pop group performed in the city  yesterday (27 August).

Styles' sartorial selection earned notice from the Rams on Twitter (see below).

August 29, 2014

Flamboyant superstars stars team up for powerful version of Queen's Another One Bites the Dust

Wearing a gigantic afro wig, Lady Gaga surprised fans at a Sydney concert of Adam Lambert and Queen when she joined Lambert on the stage.

What followed was an energetic duet of Queen's number one hit from 1980 Another One Bites the Dust.

Lambert posted a backstage photo of the pair on Instagram with the caption: 'So much fun tonight.'

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.

August 29, 2014

They file official request for high court review a day after plaintiffs in Virginia case do the same

It seems likely that the US Supreme Court will take on a gay marriage case next year but the question is which case will be the one to settle the issue once and for all.

Plaintiffs in a Utah case made clear on Thursday (28 August) that they want their lawsuit to be heard by the high court by officially filing a brief making that request.

The three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case.

August 29, 2014

Walking Dead executive producer Scott M Gimple has confirmed the show will definitely feature a gay male character in an upcoming season, though he has not ruled out current character Daryl Dixon also going in that direction

Walking Dead showrunner Scott M Gimple has answered speculation that the show may introduce a character who is a gay man in an upcoming season, though he has not shot down questions about the sexuality of Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon.

Gimple confirmed to TVLine.com that there would definitely be a gay male character – but not in the show’s upcoming 5th season.

August 28, 2014

Final four perform to Wind Beneath My Wings with routine choreographed by Travis Wall

They let the dancing do the talking.

Although nothing was said about it on the air, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday (27 August) featured what is believed to be the first romantic same-sex routines in its 11-year history.

Top four contestants Valerie Rockey, Jessica Richensm Ricky Ubeda and Zack Everhart Jr danced in same-sex pairings to the song Wind Beneath My Wings to choreography by the show's openly gay choreographer Travis Wall.

August 28, 2014

David LeCours was a suicidal closeted gay teen, but it was Britney's music that gave him the strength to be who he is

Britney Spears has written a touching response to a young fan who told her that her music gave him the strength to come out as gay.

You better werk bitch!

David LeCours met his idol backstage at her Piece of Me show in Vegas, handing her a letter thanking her for giving him the courage to be who he is.

On Instagram, he said: 'She is the sweetest and nicest person alive.

'The letter explained how she helped me get through a real tough period in my life these past couple of months, and how I wanted to end it all but she made me be strong.'

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 28, 2014

Group hopes to pressure Supreme Court to reject gay marriage when cases are appealed in October

A Christian group have decided on an unusual way of attempting to stop same-sex marriage in the US.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation have embarked on a 40 day 'fast' - but they're still allowed to eat.

They believe this pressure will force the Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage appeals when they come up in October.

However, when it comes to giving up food - an integral part of the fasting process - they're not that bothered.

August 28, 2014

In filmed comedy bit, she wonders if she was never invited onto Chelsea Lately because she's a lesbian

In the seven years that the late night show Chelsea Lately was on the air, Ellen DeGeneres never appeared as a guest.

That is until the show's finale on Tuesday (26 August) during which DeGeneres barges into a shower and confronts host Chelsea Handler who has given up her cable show on E! to do a future show with Netflix.

In the filmed comedy bit, Handler is nude (with private parts blurred out) and DeGeneres is wearing a pantsuit and shower cap.

DeGeneres wonders if she was never asked on the show  'because I'm a lesbian.'

August 28, 2014

24-year-old sailor Mauricio Ruiz has come out as gay on national television in front of a television conference and says he has the full support of his superiors

24-year-old Mauricio Ruiz has become the first member of Chile’s armed forces to come out publicly as gay, revealing his identity Wednesday at a press conference organized by Chilean LGBTI rights group Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH).

Ruiz, a member of the Chilean Navy told the press conference that, as a gay man in the armed forces, he had ‘no reason to hide.’

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 28, 2014

This family will not listen as they kick their 20-year-old son out, hit him, and disown him

Daniel is 20. Brought up in a hyper religious household, he knew the day was coming when his parents would kick him out.

On Reddit, user rythymknight posted a video on the sub-reddit GayBros of the day in question.

'You have made a choice, independent of what you've told your daddy,' Daniel's mother is heard saying.

'You can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God. And God creates nobody that way, it is a path that you have chosen.'

August 28, 2014

Comic now in stable but critical condition at a New York hospital

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a throat operation on Thursday (28 August).

The 81-year-old was being operated on at an outpatient clinic and was rushed to a New York hospital where she is reported to be in stable but critical condition.

'This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to,' said hospital rep Sid Dinsay.

August 28, 2014

Judge said while the attack was 'vile and vicious', the attack was not motivated by homophobia

A man will be jailed for two years and four months after spraying six people with a 'noxious substance' in a homophobic attack.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, London.

Several of the victims reported feeling like their 'faces were melting', they thought they were going to die, and it caused ulcers on their eyes and mouths. One victim could have very easily had his vision permanently damaged.

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 28, 2014

Daniel Franzese joins Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey in the cast of the hit HBO show

Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese has joined the cast of Looking.

The actor, best known for being too gay to function as Damian, will appear in the second season of the hit HBO show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will appear in a multi-episode arc as Eddie, a new love interest for one of the show's main characters.

Gay British actor Russell Tovey, who plays Kevin in the series, posted a picture on Instagram of the season two cast enjoying some free time in San Francisco.

August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.