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August 21, 2014

'The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married'

Kristin Chenoweth makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as 'an American and marriage equality supporter - yup, I'm also a Christian.'

She then lists other things about herself that reflect 'how I was made' including being 'a shorty,' 'an Okie,' a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 20, 2014

One in four people in same-sex relationships suffer from domestic violence or abuse in the UK

A charity providing support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse has thanked the UK government for planning to amend the law.

Home Secretary Theresa May is considering introducing a new criminal offence of domestic abuse to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government is looking to strengthen the law by explicitly stating domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behavior.

August 19, 2014

Women in long-term sexual relationships with other women reportedly have orgasms with more variety than straight or bisexual women

Lesbians have better sex than anyone, according to new research.

Women in lesbian relationships are more likely to reach orgasm during sex than straight or even bisexual women.

While men still experience more orgasms in bed, women of all sexualities have more variety and were generally more satisfied.

The study has found men reach orgasm an average 85% of the time when they have sex with a familiar partner, compared to 63% on average for straight women.

That figure rose to 75% for lesbians but dropped to 58% for bisexual women.

August 19, 2014

Orange Is The New Black star opens up about how she tried to commit suicide in the sixth grade

Trans star, advocate and actress Laverne Cox has said she is so thankful she survived her suicide attempt in the sixth grade.

The Orange Is The New Black actress opened up about when she was being heavily bullied at school.

She speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the state of trans rights in America, and the impact discrimination had on her childhood.

‘I was bullied and I internalized a lot of shame about who I was as a child,’ Cox said.

August 18, 2014

Actress, singer and talk show host has steadfastly refused to discuss her sexuality

Photos have surfaced of Queen Latifah kissing another woman on the lips as they held hands over the weekend.

In another photo, Latifah has her arm slug around the unidentified woman's neck.

August 18, 2014

A crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Thailand has left some intended parents unsure of their legal rights

Thailand’s military government has acted swiftly introduce laws to curb commercial surrogacy in the country.

Until now, commercial surrogacy was not illegal in Thailand but rules and regulations around its practice were unclear. This made it a popular surrogacy destination for couples – both opposite-sex and same-sex – from countries such as Australia, where commercial surrogacy is banned.

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 16, 2014

A panel of three judges in Arizona overturned a previous ruling, which claimed Beatie was in a 'same-sex union'

A trans man seeking a divorce from his wife in Arizona has been allowed to continue divorce proceedings after a panel of judges overturned a previous ruling claiming the marriage wasn't recognised.

 

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 12, 2014

Freida Hurdle had wanted to wait until after partner's daughter's wedding to get married herself

Frieda Hurdle died last week an unmarried woman.

She and longtime partner Lynn Hurdle were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage being overturned by a federal judge in May.

But the couple, already together for 24 years, did not rush to marry because the wedding of Lynn Hurdle's daughter was scheduled in November and they didn't want to steal her thunder.

In a tragic turn of events, Hurdle suffered a stroke last Friday (8 August) and died at the age of 50.

August 11, 2014

Frankie Grande and Zach Rance spent part of summer cuddling but now they are at war

Hell hath no fury than a 'straight' Big Brother housemate betrayed by his gay cuddle buddy.

The summer showmance between Zach Rance and Frankie Grande seemed to come to a dramatic end on the most recent episode of CBS's Big Brother after Rance learns that Grande had been in on a plan to have him evicted.

Rance tells Grande he is 'dead to him' and a 'backstabbing liar.'

And he also states the obvious: 'I guess that’s all for the showmance.'

August 9, 2014

Thinking of starting a family? This year’s show for would-be LGBT parents returns to the UK capital in September

Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.
There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.

August 8, 2014

One Californian mom explains why she regards surrogacy, and helping gay men to become dads, as her own form of ‘Uterine Activism’

Kelly Enders-Tharp clearly enjoys being pregnant. More significantly, she loves helping to create families. After giving birth to three of her own children (Ruby in 2001, Preston in 2003 and son Sawyer in 2006), she made the decision to help others become parents.

August 7, 2014

LGBTI respondents to the British Columbia 2013 Adolescent Survey were found to be more likely to have been responsible for an unplanned pregnancy than their heterosexual peers

Young LGBTI Canadians appear to be of greater risk of being involved in unplanned pregnancies according to new data from the British Columbia Adolescent Survey – leading to concerns that sex education is failing them.

According to the 2013 survey, gay and bisexual boys are nearly four times more likely to cause a pregnancy, and lesbian and bisexual girls are more than twice as likely to get pregnant.

Around 30,000 Grade 7-12 students from 56 out of 59 British Columbia provincial school districts participated in the latest survey.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 6, 2014

The Target retail chain, one of the largest corporations in North America, has filed a ‘friend-of-the-court’ brief in a challenge against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying

Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak yesterday announced her company is joining the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, signing an amicus brief to the US Seventh District Court case appealing the repeal of its ban on gay couples marrying.

August 4, 2014

Frankie Grande and Cody Calafiore get physical with Zach Rance nowhere in sight

Gay housemate Frankie Grande is getting all kinds of affection during his summer in the Big Brother house.

While his bromance - and possible romance -  with presumably straight housemate Zach Rance has gotten a lot of attention, he has become increasingly affectionate with hunky housemate Cody Calafiore.

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

August 2, 2014

'I find it difficult sometimes to understand why ministers are willing to abandon the scripture to go along and get along. I just find that very puzzling'

Ben Carson, a noted US neurosurgeon and Republican activist, is standing against religious leaders who support gay marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential GOP candidate was a guest on James Dobson's 31 July radio program. According to Right Wing Watch, Carson expressed dismay toward ministers who support marriage equality.

August 2, 2014

A UK man said he wanted to line up and shoot gay people in a Facebook rant, and defended himself in court by saying he was just ‘having a bad day’ 

A UK father of three was condemned by a court for threatening to ‘line up and shoot’ gay people in several Facebook rants.

Paul Gair, from Gateshead, UK, posted the disturbing threats on the Facebook page of UK local newspaper The Chronicle.

The Facebook page was promoting Northern Pride, an LGBTI pride event in Newcastle, northern England, which seemed to provoke the outburst from Gair.