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April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 28, 2015

Election promise follows Sesame Street cake row in Northern Ireland

British right-wing political party UKIP has revealed it would offer legal protection to those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in the workplace, if it wins the 2015 general election.

The party outlined the pledge in a manifesto titled 'Valuing Our Christian Heritage'.

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 24, 2015

But they don’t want to win elections, they just want a tax break

Manif Pour Tous, a group that came to fame protesting same-sex marriage in France, is becoming a political party.

But the group doesn’t actually want to win elections. They won’t even be fielding any candidates.

Instead, they admit that their new status will mean they benefit from tax breaks, reports leading French newspaper Le Monde.

April 23, 2015

Extends marital leave to gay employees

Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees.

The computer game developer Wednesday (22 April) announced that the policy had taken effect on 1 April.

Gay employees can now apply for eight days of paid marital leave by presenting their wedding invitations, marriage certificate or other evidence.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 20, 2015

'We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future'

A celebrity lesbian couple got married in a symbolic ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday (19 April) amid growing calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage.

Actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 — both dressed in white bridal gowns — tied the knot in front of about 80 relatives and friends.

'We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future,' Sugimori told press after the ceremony in Shinjuku ward.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 16, 2015

Conservative US senator and presidential candidate is outspoken opponent of marriage equality

Would any of Marco Rubio's gay relatives invite such an outspoken opponent of marriage equality to their wedding?

If so, the US senator from Florida insists it's not an invitation he would turn down.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.

April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 10, 2015

A new poll of voting aged people in the United States finds that most Americans do not believe that business owners should be allowed to use their religious beliefs as a legal excuse to refuse to serve or hire LGBTI people or other groups

New polling by the Ipsos polling company for the Reuters news agency of the American public has found that only 28 percent believe that businesses should have the right to refuse service because they have a religious objection to a person being LGBTI or belonging to other groups.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 8, 2015

A separate event for same-sex couples will be held later in the year

Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple's application to participate in the city's annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year.

The Department of Civil Affairs said Ray and Hsiao Ting did not conform to the Civil Code's requirements for marriage, which stipulates that an agreement to marry must be made between male and female parties of their own accord.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

April 5, 2015

The boys were insulted, hit and even choked by other students because their father is gay

A gay father of two took to YouTube to raise awareness of the bullying his two sons endure every day at school.

Joshua Alameda Franklin from Puna, Hawaii, is seen engaging his sons in conversation about their experiences at school, where they frequently are the victims of bullies.

The children talk about being called ‘gay’, ‘retarded’ and ‘fag’; their father says he even witnessed one of his sons being insulted and a teacher, standing right next to them, doing nothing.

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'.