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April 1, 2014

Gay teens kissed in front of a preacher said homosexual sinners will be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur

A UK Christian street preacher has won thousands of pounds in cash after being ‘wrongly’ arrested for a gay hate speech.

John Craven, 57, was arrested after two gay teens asked about his views on homosexuality in Manchester.

He recited Bible verses calling for gay people to be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur.

Offended, the two teens kissed in front of the street preacher and told a nearby police officer what he had said to them.

April 1, 2014

Gay woman said in court she was 'totally humiliated' by the sexual assault she allegedly suffered that dislocated her hip 

A British man tried to rape a woman to ‘cure’ her of being gay, a jury was told.

Ronald Paton, 50, is accused of hurling homophobic abuse at the 63-year-old woman before trying to sexually assault her – and dislocating her hip in the process.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the man knocked on the victim’s door, invited her in for a drink, and then attacked her.

March 26, 2014

Grief-stricken friends and family laid 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero to rest in Puerto Rico after his body was discovered on a local beach

A volleyball team, friends and family wept as they buried their gay friend this week who was shot by a gunman in Puerto Rico.

Jesus David Hernandez Otero was remembered as a clever student and a compassionate team player. He was just 21.

Hernandez was found on a beach in Dorado, half-naked with three bullet wounds on his torso after having been missing for a week.

He was reported missing by his family 12 March (Wednesday) after he left his house around midnight the night before.

March 20, 2014

A homophobic mother of ten who punched her gay son in the face after he came out to her has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and compensation by a Scottish court

A homophobic mother who verbally abused her oldest son and punched him in the face is being ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in compensation.

Scott Green, 21, had come out to his mother Emma Green and told her he had a boyfriend at a family gathering at her home in Kinross, Scotland.

Instead of sympathy, she responded with homophobic slurs calling him a 'poof', a 'gay bender' and telling him 'you take cock up the ass - you're nothing but a dirty queer.'

March 19, 2014

A 29-year-old is alleged to have strangled his 24-year-old wife before putting her into an incinerator

A gay British Indian bank worker who wanted to hide his sexuality strangled his wife, a court has heard.

Jasvir Ram Ginday, 29, is alleged to have strangled Varkha Rani, 24, at their home with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner.

He burnt her body in a garden incinerator but told a neighbor he had set fire to ‘general rubbish’, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

March 17, 2014

A woman phoned the police complaining that the bodyguard had made a homophobic comment to her

British National Party Nick Griffin’s body was arrested over accusations of anti-gay abuse at the weekend.

Martin Reynolds, 46, was taken into police custody following a fundraising event for the far-right party on Saturday night (15 March).

The BNP opposes same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and leader Griffin has described gay people as ‘poofs’ and ‘creepy’.

Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called after a woman complained a man made a homophobic comment to her.

March 6, 2014

Israeli prosecutors are considering charging the key witness in the Tel Aviv gay youth center shooting trial with perjury after their case against the main suspect collapsed

The key witness in the court case over the 2009 Tel Aviv mass shooting attack on the Bar Noar gay youth center may be charged with perjury, obstructing justice and fabricating evidence after the case against the main suspect in the attack collapsed.

Israeli prosecutors believe the case against suspect Hagai Felician will not be successful without the unnamed witness’ testimony and the witness has agreed to the cancellation of his state’s evidence agreement.

February 20, 2014

Chinese LGBTI rights activist Xiang Xiaohan is suing Hunan Province’s Department of Civil Affairs for discrimination after it refused to allow him to register a gay rights advocacy group because it said homosexuality was against Chinese social norms

Chinese LGBTI rights activist Xiang Xiaohan filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Department of Civil Affairs of Hunan Province after an official sent him a homophobic response in denying his request to register a gay advocacy group.

February 19, 2014

Berlin’s guardians of the Rainbow Flame appeal for people to show solidarity to the LGBTI protestors in Russia

One brave trans woman has stood up to Russia’s gay hate in Sochi, and it’s time to say thank you.

Vladimir Luxuria’s story has spread worldwide after she defied the Russian authorities at the Olympics and openly spoke out for LGBTI people.

February 18, 2014

Camp in Kenya is no safe haven for LGBTI refugees, say men who have fled again after attacks and death threats

Gays fleeing Uganda are facing attacks and even murder in a refugee camp in Kenya.

That’s according to a group of men who contacted Gay Star News to plead for help from the international community.

They were all at the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya – a desolate site whose name translates as ‘nowhere’ in Swahili.

When there they say they faced attack and death threats. One of their gay friends dropped dead in front of them – they believe he was poisoned.

February 18, 2014

Italian trans former MP was taken away by police then later released in the Russian countryside  

Trans activist Vladimir Luxuria was arrested for the second time in two days on Monday - this time for trying to enter an arena where an Olympic hockey game was being played.

Luxuria, a former member of the Italian parliament, was wearing a rainbow colored outfit and a large rainbow headdress when she was detained by police as she entered the Shayba Arena.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 16, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria, a member of the Communist Refoundation Party, is allegedly 'alone in a room with neon lights on the face'

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Various media outlets are reporting that Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first out transgendered elected official, has been arrested in Sochi.

According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Vladimir Luxuria was allegedly arrested after holding a rainbow colored banner that said 'Gay is OK' in Russian.

Luxuria took a photo, holding the banner, outside of Olympics' Medal Park. She put the picture on Twitter.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

February 11, 2014

Donté Stallworth: 'If any NFL team can’t “handle the media coverage" of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field'

NFL free agent Donté Stallworth took to Twitter to try and silence those in the league who are pessimistic that pro football in the US will is ready for an openly gay player like Michael Sam.

'If any NFL team can’t “handle the media coverage” of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field,' tweeted Stallworth, a wide receiver who most recently played for the New England Patriots.

February 8, 2014

Since the Winter Olympics began, Russian police have arrested 61 people for speaking out against the Olympics

61 people have been arrested by the Russian police for speaking out against the Olympics so far.

The New York Times reports that of the 61 arrests, 23 of them were gay rights protestors.

The first of these arrests came yesterday (7 February) when four protesters, one of whom was a pregnant woman, gathered in St. Petersburg to protest the anti-gay laws currently in place in Russia.

They held a flag quoting Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which says any form of discrimination is contrary to the ideals of the Olympics.

February 7, 2014

19-year-old Jamie Jackson, who was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, has been awarded $40,000 in costs against the NSW Police Force and now intends to sue for damages

Sydney teenager Jamie Jackson has been awarded $39,000 but the officer who assaulted him while he was handcuffed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is still working for the police.

Jackson, then 18, had been watching the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade when two police officers arrested him over they say was a kick at another spectator which did not connect.

February 4, 2014

A 30-year-old Libyan Muslim man with a history of instability has been arrested over an attempted New Years Eve arson attack on a Seattle, Washington gay bar but the incident does not appear to have been a hate crime

30-year-old Libyan US resident Musab Mohamed Musmari has been arrested over a New Years Eve incident where 750 people were forced to flee Seattle’s Neighbours night club to escape a fire.

Musmari, who also uses the surname Masmari, was caught Saturday preparing to flee the country on a one-way ticket to Turkey.

January 27, 2014

Coca-Cola declines chance to comment after being pulled from awards. Gay advocates say they should condemn Russian homophobia

Gay awards bosses have chucked Coca-Cola off their shortlist after it refused to use its sponsorship of Sochi to speak out on LGBTI rights in Russia.

The Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards had nominated Coca-Cola in its Brand of the Year category for what are dubbed ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

But the brand’s sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has sparked criticism.

January 24, 2014

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera, outed by Wikileaks, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa is out to get him and that the government is using a man accused of stealing from his house to frame him for breaking the country’s sodomy law

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera says the ruling party is out to get him for splitting from the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and says they are using false accusations of sodomy by a thief who robbed his home to try to destroy him.

The man accused of burglarizing Samaraweera’s home was arrested last week but was soon out on bail and President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, a former ambassador and political appointee of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been hired to defend him.

January 21, 2014

Russian neo-Nazi leader Maxim Martsinkevich, who posts videos on Youtube of him torturing gay men, has been reportedly arrested in Cuba after fleeing Russia

Anti-gay Russian fugitive Maxim Martsinkevich has been arrested in Cuba.

Wanted in Russia for his ‘extreme’ acts of violence where he lured gay men and young boys with the promise of sex and then taped torturing them, Maxim Martsinkevich also known as Machete is currently detained in Cuba.

Over the weekend Interpol informed the Russian Interior Ministry of Martsinkevich’s arrest, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti.

January 19, 2014

Law authorities arrest Mitchell Munro Taylor on suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

A suspect is being held for leaving threatening posts on the Facebook page of Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested this past Thursday (16 January), two days after Murray's staff discovered approximately 20 anti-gay notes.

'Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,' one of the Facebook posts said, according to the Associated Press.

January 17, 2014

President has said Russia does not ban homosexuality, unlike many other countries who have passed homophobic legislation such as Uganda and Nigeria

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said gays will be welcome during the Olympic Games, but must stay away from children.

Speaking to volunteers today (17 January), LGBTI people ‘can feel calm and at ease’ while visiting Russia.

But he emphasized no gay person will be arrested as long as they do not speak to anyone underage.

Under the ‘gay propaganda’ law, the wording of the legislation specifically bans the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’ to children.

January 12, 2014

A Cameroonian man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘I’m very much in love with you’ and labeled a ‘curse’ by his family has died

Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, 34, died on Friday (10 January) in Cameroon after his family removed him from hospital where he was seeking treatment for a hernia, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Mbédé was arrested in March 2011 after texting another man with the message ‘I’m very much in love with you’. He was convicted the following month and sentenced to three years in jail under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts.