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April 7, 2014

Far-right Christian author Linda Harvey has blamed gay teens for running away from ‘heart-broken’ homophobic parents who want to control their lives – saying they only have themselves to blame for their homelessness

Mission America anti-gay author has made the extraordinary claim that homeless young LGBTI people only have themselves to blame for their homelessness – blaming them for running away from homophobic parents.

‘”Kids are kicked out of their homes just for being who they are,” is how the saying goes,’ Harvey said in a radio clip uncovered by RightWingWatch.org.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

March 31, 2014

‘What would you do if you found out your child was gay?’ A Jamaica Observer article yields a mix of homophobic and positive responses

Parents in Jamaica responded to an article asking what they would do if they discovered their son or daughter was gay.

An online article published by the Jamaica Observer today (31 March) included a series of responses that reflected how many people in the Caribbean island continue to perceive homosexuality in a negative light.

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

February 18, 2014

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.

February 17, 2014

Scientists believe by analyzing your earwax, you can discover your sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender and health

You can tell if you’re gay or straight by looking at your earwax, scientists have claimed.

Researchers at the Monell Center believe the substance is an untapped source of information about a person’s identity.

They say new tests could be developed to prove identification, like similar tests that have been done with odors from people’s armpits.

February 14, 2014

Singer easily beats the likes of Chris Colfer, Ricky Martin, and Steve Grand in annual OUT Magazine poll

Adam Lambert is, by a landslide, the most dateable gay guy on the planet.

That is the verdict, announced today, of the readers of OUT Magazine who chose Lambert from a list of 100 eligible bachelors.

With 21.8% of the vote, the American Idol alum and Grammy nominee took over the top spot that was occupied by his Glee co-star Chris Colfer last year. Colfer slipped down to number 6 in this year's poll.

February 14, 2014

Thomas Rob Smith, the acclaimed writer behind Child 44, will be penning the story of a gay spy love drama

An acclaimed gay author will be penning a new drama about a gay spy for the BBC.

Tom Rob Smith, the author of Child 44, will be writing the five-part hour long contemporary thriller London Spy.

The story will look at Danny, described as a ‘gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy’ who falls for the ‘anti-social and enigmatic’ Alex.

But as they get closer, Alex disappears leaving Danny to pick up the pieces and track him down.

The drama will be going into production later this year and is expected to be lined up to air in 2015.

February 13, 2014

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has said a gay contest must take place behind closed doors

A Russian lawmaker who sponsored the federal gay propaganda law wants Moscow’s ‘Gay Olympics’ banned.

Vitaly Milonov has urged Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to ban the LGBT Sports Games that is being planned to be held shortly after the Sochi Winter Games.

The lawmaker has become a central figure in the battle on gay rights in Russia after he authored the original ‘gay propaganda’ bill in St Petersburg before it became federal law.

February 6, 2014

Mock calmly tries to educate a defensive Morgan who feels he's been unfairly vilified by the trans community he supports

Piers Morgan and transgender author Janet Mock squared-off on Morgan's CNN show Wednesday (6 February) night - a day after an earlier interview resulted in a bitter Twitter war.

'I've spent an infuriating 24 hours and I want you to help explain why I've had to go through this,' said an aggrieved Morgan who opened up the program with a 1:35 question/statement explaining his fury.

February 6, 2014

CNN host tweets: 'As for all the "transgender community members" currently sending me vicious abuse - I'm truly sorry....that you're so ignorant'

Piers Morgan is under fire for his interview with transgender advocate Janet Mock which aired this week and he's plenty irritated about it.

'As for all the "transgender community members" currently sending me vicious abuse - I'm truly sorry....that you're so ignorant,' Morgan tweeted Wednesday afternoon in reponse to accusations that the CNN host was disrespectful to Mock.

Mock takes particular issue with some of the promos to her interview.

February 3, 2014

The Australian Government has chosen a teacher and author who once wrote that students should be taught to see LGBTI issues in a negative light to review the national school curriculum

The Australian Government has chosen a former teacher and author about education who once wrote that schools should reflect the views of homophobic parents to review Australia’s nation school curriculum.

Kevin Donnelly, director of the Melbourne based Education Standards Institute, was chosen alongside Professor Ken Wiltshire to conduct the review of the national curriculum and suggest changes to it.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 30, 2014

Prize winning Indian author Vikram Seth has published a poem protesting India’s Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the colonial era Section 377 ban on gay sex just days after a review panel refused to reverse the court’s decision

WH Smith Literary Award winning author Vikram Seth has published a poem in reaction to the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality in his homeland.

January 22, 2014

Award winning author Binyavanga Wainaina has published the missing chapter of his debut memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, in which he acknowledges his homosexuality, to protest the passing of anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria

Famed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana has come out as gay to protest homophobia in Africa, publishing a missing chapter of his debut book One Day I Will Write About This Place in which he remembers telling his mother about his sexuality on her death bed.

Wainana shot to fame as an author internationally after the book was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey.

In the missing chapter, titled ‘I am a homosexual, mum,’ Wainana remembers sitting by his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying and he had still not told anyone about his sexual orientation.

January 6, 2014

The comedy icon and the writer got hitched on New Year's Eve

No one could accuse Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner of rushing into anything.

The Emmy winning couple, already together 42 years, got married on New Year's Eve.

Tomlin, 75, is a comedy icon and star of stage and screen. Wagner, 78, is the author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and other Tomlin vehicles.

December 25, 2013

'A Ken’s Happy Home' features nine men of different traits living under the same roof

A social-minded government primary school teacher has teamed up with an illustrator to produce a picture book to promote equality education in gender and sexual orientation.

The children’s book, whose title translates as ‘A Ken’s Happy Home’, is based on genuine local gay families and is the first of its kind in Taiwan.

‘Love makes a family,’ said author Liu Jia-yu, who has taught in Kaohsiung for 13 years.

December 24, 2013

Out of all the anti-gay politicians, priests, professors and preachers we encountered this year, which was the biggest bigot of 2013?

American author Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: 'The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.'

For as much progress countries and communities are making with regards to marriage equality, homophobic bullying and transgender discrimination, the fight is far from over.

With the rapid-fire speed of social media, it seems someone, somewhere, is always making harmful comments to and about the LGBTI community.

December 19, 2013

'I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance'

Brian Boitano, selected by President Barack Obama to be a part of the US delegation at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, has announced that he is gay.

Bointano is the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist and joins Billie Jean King as an openly gay representative for the US in a country where an anti-gay propaganda law makes it illegal to speak openly in support of homosexuality.

'I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am,' Boitano stated.

November 26, 2013

Man is calling on the Kenyan government to protect LGBTI people far beyond their HIV/AIDS response

A straight Kenyan man has paid tribute to his gay friend in a moving blog post.

The author spoke of how his friend Georgie had committed suicide a few years ago, ‘[succumbing to] the lamentable lacerations that society seared on his soul’.

Georgie was infamous at a bar near his home in Nairobi, where he liked to hang out rather than going a little further to a gay-friendly pub.

His sexuality was well known, having confessed to his friends too many times after binge drinking.

November 24, 2013

Dan Savage reminds Mary Cheney supported a presidential candidate who called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage across the US, including states where it was legal

Gay columnist Dan Savage offered scathing commentary about the argument between sisters Liz and Mary Cheney.

November 8, 2013

Jennifer Boylan to share duties at LGBTI media advocacy organization with Steve Warren

GLAAD, a group that didn't include transgender people in its original acronym, today appointed a transgender woman as co-chair of its board of directors.

The media advocacy organization no longer uses the original name of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and instead is simply known as GLAAD.

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is now co-chair of the national board of directors along with a gay man, Steve Warren.