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May 29, 2015

Club owner says the club is not run by 'bigots'

A gay couple has claimed they were kicked out of a Cardiff club for kissing.

Oliver Brown and boyfriend Hugh Squire, both students at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a couple for seven months, went to police after allegedly being ejected from the Welsh capital venue DC.

They also claim a member of security staff called them a homophobic slur.

The couple allege they had been having an argument but were making up when a member of the door staff pulled Squire away.

May 29, 2015

An actor and graphic designer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Correa reflects on being out at work and experiencing homophobia in the acting world

I grew up in Belo Horizonte, the sixth largest city in Brazil.

My parents were poor but emphasized education for their children. I suffered bullying at school until the day that I fought back. Then I was no longer bothered.

I never hid my sexual orientation in the places I worked, and always demanded respect. As I did in school, I responded to bullying in the workplace with defiance, and the abuse stopped.

I currently work in a museum as a graphic designer.

May 29, 2015

'We're all men. It's in our DNA to go for it'

Ricky Martin has opened up about how being single dad has affected his dating life.

The openly gay singer is the father of twins Valentino and Matteo, who were born by surrogate in 2008.

Martin, who split with businessman boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella in January 2014, said he was dating again and would eventually like to get married.

'For me that paper is important. I also love the romanticism behind it,' he told the Sun.

May 29, 2015

Author was unable to provide the raw data for the study

Science magazine has formally retracted a study that posited how gay people were better at changing former homophobe's minds on LGBTI issues than straight people.

Columbia University political science professor Donald Green asked for a retraction, saying his co-author Michael LaCour had been unable to provide the raw data that was used in the study.

May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 27, 2015

British couple say they were 'naive' about stock photo sites

The family whose image was used in the poster campaign to stop same-sex marriage in Ireland would have voted yes to equality.

The British couple, whose image was used from a stock photo site, said they were 'naive' about what would happen to the photo and said they do not agree with its message.

On the poster, the fine print makes clear the people in the picture are models and are being used for an illustrativive purpose.

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 26, 2015

Even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional

Alabama has given a minister jail time for exercising her 'religious freedom' and trying to marry a lesbian couple, even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional.

Non-denominational minister Anne DiPrizio on 18 May was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine of $250 after she pleaded guilty to misdemenour disorderly conduct.

The sentence was then suspended for six months.

May 26, 2015

But how will the hand give birth?...

A Turkish televangelist has claimed men who masturbate will meet their 'pregnant hand in the afterlife'.

Mücahid Cihad Han, a Muslim preacher, was answering viewers' questions on 2000 TV on 24 May when one asked him about masturbation.

The viewer said he 'kept masturbating, although he was married, and even during the Umrah', the piligrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims.

In the bizarre response, Han insisted Islam strictly bans masturbation.

May 26, 2015

Two were caught having sex in a mechanic's workshop

Three men have been sentenced to three years in jail for gay sex in Morocco, where homosexuality and premarital sex are illegal.

The sentence was handed down on Friday (22 May) by a court in the northeastern city of Taourirt.

Police were tipped off to two of the men, a mechanic in his 40s and a man in his 20s, who they caught having sex in the mechanic's workshop. 

During their detention, they said they met through a mutual friend, who was then also arrested.

May 26, 2015

Leading same-sex family academic shares worries for children born from egg and sperm donation following study into ‘modern families'

Children born from sperm and egg donation are more likely than previously thought to end up in a sexual relationship with a half sibling accidentally, according to a Cambridge professor.

Susan Golombok, Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, said previous research could have underestimated the chances of half-siblings meeting and forming relationships later in life.

May 25, 2015

With prominent Australian Labor Party right faction member Tony Burke going public with his support for marriage equality, campaigners say they would only need 2 more House of Representative MPs to change their mind for the reform to pass

Two more prominent members of the right wing of the Australian Labor Party have gone public with their support for marriage equality – saying their Western Sydney and rural electorates are now ready for the reform.

Watson MP Tony Burke revealed his change of mind yesterday, saying the success of the referendum in Ireland had convinced him that same-sex marriage in Australia was now an inevitability.

May 25, 2015

Surrogacy is in the news, and gay men looking to become parents should pay attention, says Natalie Gamble from law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

Earlier this month, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ruled that a UK gay couple should have main care of their 15 month old baby daughter after a ‘surrogacy dispute’ with the baby’s mother.

The decision followed a battle over what had been agreed, and a history of the mother breaching court orders and conducting a homophobic smear campaign against the father and his partner.

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.


There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 19, 2015

'I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make'

Sam Smith may be on a break from performing as his voice heals but he's still quite active on social media.

The openly gay singer, who won three Billboard Music Awards over the weekend, took to Instagram to share his thoughts about turning 23 today.

'Prepare yourself for dramatic speech lol - I've only lived on this earth for 23 years and I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make,' he writes.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 18, 2015

This 90-year-old is a practising Catholic - which is why she’s voting ‘yes’ in Ireland’s marriage referendum on 22 May

Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22.

The incredible 90-year-old, who has 14 children, 25 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, is the star of a video created by YesEquality, an organisation campaigning in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.

‘God made us all and he made us all equal,’ she said.

May 18, 2015

Survey finds transgender women are most at risk

Some 89.3% of LGBTI people in Indonesia have experienced some form of violence due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by LGBTI group Arus Pelangi, found that 79.1% of respondents had experienced psychological abuse, 46.3% had been physically assaulted, 45.1% were the victims of sexual assault and 63.3% had endured cultural violence.

Most had been bullied at school.

May 17, 2015

'As a matter of fact, that is bullying me,' one angry father claims to have been bullied when his child was read the book in class

It was meant to be a lesson against bullying when a third-grade teacher picked a gay-themed storybook to read to his Orange County, North Carolina class in response to a bullying incident.

Dozens of angry parents are now demanding answers from school officials with a parent claiming that he is in fact being bullied when his child is being read such a book in school.

May 17, 2015

Fairfax County School Board set to expand the curriculum to teach students about gender identity and transgender issues

 Conservative parents are furious about proposed changes to the curriculum for grades 7 to 12 at some schools in Virginia.

Last week, the Fairfax County School Board voted to include gender identity in their non-discrimination policy to expand protection for trans students and staff.

Parents and students opposing the policy change claimed children could choose which bathroom or locker room to use, heightening the danger of sexual harassment.