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October 31, 2014

Top court rejected two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singaporean LGBTI activists are 'shocked and disappointed' by the country's top court ruling to uphold the anti-gay law.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected two challenges to the law brought by a couple of 15 years, Kenneth Chee and Gary Lee, and Tan Eng Hong.

October 31, 2014

'I never felt it was wrong ... I never felt it was something wrong with me'

Bisexual actor Alan Cumming had a rough time growing up but not because of his sexuality.

The Tony winner reveals in a new memoir that he and his mother and brother suffered for years living with a physically and emotionally abusive father.

So when it came time for sorting out his sexuality, Cumming realized even as a teen that he was attracted emotionally and physically to both men and women.

October 31, 2014

US Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has warned that ‘climate change alarmists’ are seeking to ‘promote homosexuality’ to control the population growth of humans on the Earth

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warned yet again on Wednesday that he fears for the future of humanity if gays and lesbians are allowed their rights, saying he believes that equality for people in same-sex relationships is part of a conspiracy by people who believe in global warming.

Perkins made the comments in response to a caller on his Washington Watch radio show who said he suspected LGBTI rights were ‘promoted … because it doesn’t lead to reproduction.’

October 31, 2014

Home schooled teen was called 'faggot' and 'booty lover' by his three young attackers

A gay teen was lured to a skate park in Texas by a 'friend' and was then viciously beaten by the girl and two others while being called 'faggot'.

Dylan Beard, 17, said the 17-year-old girl asked him to come meet her at a nearby skate park in Bayton on 16 October.

When he arrived to the park, he then claims two of her male friends then jumped him calling him 'faggot' and 'booty lover'.

'They all started hitting me, got on the ground, hit me and punched me,' Beard told KHOU. 'It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess.'

October 31, 2014

Group of transgender women held off an armed mob then cleaned up after

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised a group of transgender women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.

The media has reported that the 15 women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of the capital.

Modi tweeted, 'Good effort by Laila Shah & her friends towards Clean India.

'Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!'

October 31, 2014

Two and a Half Men star describes self as an 'effeminate heterosexual dork'

Jon Cryer's character on Two and a Half Men isn't gay and yet on next week's episode of the CBS sitcom, he's getting married to a man.

In real life, Cryer has been married to second wife Lisa Joyner since 2009 and yet he has often been mistaken for being gay.

October 31, 2014

Muslim fundamentalists rioted in previous years

Jordan has banned Halloween fearing of a backlash from Muslim fundamentalists who condemn the festival as 'homosexual and Satanic.'

Ministry of Interior spokesperson Ziad Al Zoubi confirmed the decision to Al Ghad daily. He said all sorts of activities surrounding Halloween had been banned to prevent a repeat of the previous two years' riots in the capital Amman.

The ministry was forced to make the ban public after several groups asked the department permission to hold celebrations.

October 31, 2014

Unknown man threw a smoke grenade into the audience

The oldest cinema in the Ukranian capital went up in flames on Wednesday night during the screening of a LGBTI film after a smoke grenade was thrown into the audience.

The fire broke out at 21:41 and raged for five hours until it was put out by 22 fire department units, according to the State Emergency Service.

None of the 100 people at the screening were hurt, but the Zhovten cinema, built in 1931, was badly damaged.

October 31, 2014

Murder comes a week after the killing of Jennifer Laude by a US marine

Another Filipina transgender woman has been murdered less than a week after the killing of Jennifer Laude by a US marine.

Mary Joy Añonuevo, 55, was stabbed at least 33 times all over her body at her bar in Lucena city last week.

Añonuevo was found dead at about 9.30am on Monday 21 October in the basement of Koozy Resto Bar.

Residents called police after they heard screaming at 11pm the previous night and said the bar had been left open.

October 31, 2014

This heartwarming story about a little boy named Grayson with a life-threatening disease and his two awesome dads will make you cry

It all started with a haircut. Chad, a 22-year-old man, not out about his sexuality, got into Wayne’s chair at a salon. They went on a date a week later. Over the course of a year, they realized their slow moving relationship had built into something very solid. At the time, they had no idea how solid it was going to have to be.

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 30, 2014

Matthew Kreighbaum is charged with criminal trespassing, indecent exposure, and being too attractive for his own good

There are those moments in life when a hot tub is just too irresistible.

According to WKRN News, this past weekend a 9-1-1 operator received a call from a resident who had an unwelcome guest.

'I just woke up and there's someone outside in my hot tub and he's naked,' the Spring Hill resident said to the dispatcher.

Hot tub. Naked man. Sounds promising, no?

Where were the stranger's clothes? On the back steps of the caller's home.

October 30, 2014

Orange is definitely not the only fruit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come out as gay.

'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,' he writes in a personal essay in Bloomberg Businessweek.

'I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.'

The head of Apple, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, has never denied being gay and to an extent it has been considered to be public knowledge

But until today, Cook has also never confirmed his sexuality.

October 30, 2014

The two drag queens are 'coffee frenemies'

Rupaul's Drag Race favourites Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano star in the first LGBTI Starbucks advert.

The season six winner and runner-up filmed the commercial titled Coffee Frenemies for Canadian LGBTI channel OUTtv in June while performing at WorldPride in Toronto.

Bianca may have helped Adore on the show, but she will not let her line-cutting protégé get between her and her skinny latte - which incidentally was going to be her drag name before she chose Bianca. 

October 30, 2014

'If they're your parents, they'll love you, so don't worry.'

Daniel Radcliffe has given a young 21-year-old guy advice about coming out.

The Harry Potter star was asked to be an 'agony uncle' to several young people's questions about their awkward problem for Buzzfeed.

Among them, which included adcice on when to have sex for the first time and affairs, was a young guy that was terrified to come out to his parents.

The question read: 'I'm 21 and gay, my friends know but I'm terrified of telling my parents.

October 30, 2014

Take your Jane (or Jack) on a treetop adventure through the Swedish Lapland, home to Northern Lights, reindeer and one of the most unique hotels in the world

Leave your loincloths at home.

You’ll need a little more when channeling your inner Tarzan in Swedish Lapland, the country’s northernmost region accessible from Stockholm via car, train or plane in just a few hours (SAS fly daily between Stockholm and Lulea).

If Stockholm is the gay mecca of Sweden, then Lulea is the gorgeous in a woodsy-kinda-way big brother.

October 30, 2014

A city rich in many ways, Jo’burg is home to many an architectural masterpiece and is an LGBT enclave worth checking out

Jo’burg is South Africa’s largest city population-wise, and that’s not even counting the 6 million trees.

As the biggest economy in Africa, Johannesburg is also a booming powerhouse for culture and entertainment.

Yes, sister Cape Town is Design Capital 2014, but not only does Jo’burg (as it’s affectionately called) have its own Beefcakes (see below), but it is a beautifully landscaped city with design merits all its own.

October 30, 2014

David Coburn also thinks the only LGBTI people who want same-sex marriage are 'queens in bridal frocks'

A gay UKIP politician has described people who support gay rights as 'equality Nazis'.

David Coburn, a member of European Parliament (MEP), said an issue like same-sex marriage was 'false bollocks' that only 'some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up to the aisle to the Village People' would want.

October 30, 2014

They threatened to strip if the rioters did not turn back

A group of 15 transgender women held off a mob armed with swords and stones in Delhi by threatening to strip.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of east Delhi.

The women stood at the entrance to their block and told the rioters that they would take off their clothes if they did not turn back.

Indian transgender women, or hijras, often use the same tactic to coerce people into giving them a few coins.

October 30, 2014

James David Manning says the coffee shop is 'ground zero' for the virus

A notoriously anti-gay New York pastor has said 'upscale sodomites' are spreading Ebola at Starbucks.

Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem warned viewers of his video blog, The Manning Report, to stay way from the coffee shop chain, especially in urban areas.

'Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks,' he said.

October 30, 2014

They say the law is urgent after the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine

Two Philippine lawmakers have expressed their intent to file a bill to curb anti-gay hate crimes following the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine.

Akbayan Party List Representative Barry Gutierrez and Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao have called for a nationwide protection of LGBTI people.

Several cities and states, including Quezon City, have passed local anti-discrimination laws but there is now national.

October 30, 2014

The star and father has implored the island’s officials to allow gay people to adopt

Singer Ricky Martin – who instantly became one of the world’s most famous gay dads after his twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born five years ago – has been loudly vocal about his support of LGBT families and their rights.

This week he turned his attention to his native Puerto Rico, and tweeted an appeal to top officials in the country imploring them to change legislation in order to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

 

October 30, 2014

Michael Bolton will serenade 'couple' with When a Man Loves a Man

The characters Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer play on Two and a Half Men aren't gay but they are getting married in next week's episode of the CBS sitcom.

So why would two straight men be tying the knot and sealing it with a kiss?

It seems they want to adopt a kid who otherwise would remain in the foster system.

Singer Michael Bolton will guest star in the episode airing on 6 November and serenade the 'couple' with his hit When a Man Loves a Woman only the lyrics will be 'When a man loves a man.'

October 30, 2014

Vitaly Milonov: 'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there'

Tim Cook has received widespread support after coming out publicly but his action has at least one public official in Russia calling for the Apple CEO to be banned from his country.

'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,' Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St. Petersburg City Council told the FlashNord website.

Milonov added: 'Ban him for life.'