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February 18, 2015

New instructions rule out 'sexually explicit' questioning of those fleeing persecution

Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office.

Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was 'interrogated' and asked 'shockingly degrading' questions about his sexual history.

February 14, 2015

Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over after embattled Governor John Kitzhaber resigns from office

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the first openly bisexual governor in US history next Wednesday (18 February).

Brown will succeed current Governor John Kitzhaber who announced his resignation on Friday (13 February).

Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has been immersed in an influence-peddling scandal involving his fiancée Cylvia Hayes who is accused of using her role in Kitzhaber's office for personal gain.

There is a criminal corruption probe underway.

January 27, 2015

Who is most likely to be controlling?

Lesbians are less bossy about getting their lovers to change their style than straight women.

That’s according to a new survey by British retailer Littlewoods.

It showed 16% of women with a new girlfriend have changed or would change their partners’ style – compared with almost 20% of women with a new boyfriend.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 9, 2015

He thinks Stephen Fry and his fiancé having sex is a 'disgusting reality'

A former BNP officer has ranted about Stephen Fry and his fiancé, purely because the idea of them having sex is a 'disgusting reality' to him.

Dr Stuart Russell reportedly emailed Guardian journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson after she wrote a thinkpiece about why people have a problem with age gaps in relationships. In the article, she talks about her previous relationships with older men and women.

He said: 'Your piece failed to mention the most salient point re Fry and his boyfriend - ie the disgusting reality of men having sex together.

January 6, 2015

'Here's somebody who is so great and has an amazing side of himself that he can't really share'

John Travolta, married more than 20 years to actress Kelly Preston, has never confirmed or denied speculation that he is gay or bisexual.

But that hasn't stopped others from talking about his sexuality.

The latest to weigh in is bisexual comic Margret Cho who was questioned by HuffPost Live this week about previously saying that outing Travolta would be 'like outing Liberace' because 'it's so obvious.'

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 3, 2014

Are the gays recruiting?

Human sexuality is incredibly complex. Take away the emotional and religious hyperbole and you still find the scientific research and analysis is inconclusive.

What shapes our sexuality? Biology? Society? Or something else? Is our sexuality some sort of fixed concept or are we all somewhere on a fluid spectrum? No one has the definitive answers to these fundamental questions. Nobody knows what makes us who we are.

December 2, 2014

'I do think women are gorgeous. Crazy but gorgeous.'

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has revealed she was in a long-term relationship with a woman before meeting her husband in 2007.

'I did have a four-year relationship with a woman. But I’ve been very happily married for seven years to a penis. Ha ha! An amazing guy,' she told the Guardian.

'But I’ve definitely not been shy or been one to hold back. If I wanted to try something, I did. I had a girlfriend. So what?'

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 4, 2014

Singer says gender 'not that important' when it comes to a potential love interest

One Direction's Harry Styles and Liam Payne gave very different answers this week when asked what are the four things they look for in a lady.

Payne was quick to say: 'female' while Styles simply shrugged and said: 'Not that important.'

When answering the rest of the question posed by ODE’s Lucy Jones, Styles was not gender specific.

'I would say sense of humor and like natural - someone who's nice.'

He added: 'You're not going to go out with a dickhead.'

Styles and Payne then moved on to other questions without further comment.

November 3, 2014

British comic is single once again says: 'I'm tedious with my heterosexuality'

Russell Brand, who recently split from Jemima Khan and was once married to Katy Perry, jokes that he wishes he was attracted to men too.

'I wish I was bisexual,' he told Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd as the host told him he wondered what it was like to kiss him.

'That's one of the things about me where I've got a very traditional moral code. I'm tedious with my heterosexuality.'

Last year, Brand revealed that he once had gay sex in a pub toilet on heroin for a TV stunt.

He said he ‘wanked off a man in a toilet’ back in 2002.

October 31, 2014

'I never felt it was wrong ... I never felt it was something wrong with me'

Bisexual actor Alan Cumming had a rough time growing up but not because of his sexuality.

The Tony winner reveals in a new memoir that he and his mother and brother suffered for years living with a physically and emotionally abusive father.

So when it came time for sorting out his sexuality, Cumming realized even as a teen that he was attracted emotionally and physically to both men and women.

October 23, 2014

Think homosexuality is unnatural still? You won't believe what these 11 animals are getting up to

You might have heard the quote that homosexuality exists in every single species on the planet but homophobia is found in only one: Humans.

But what is ‘homosexuality’ in animals?

Most zoologists would probably prefer you to say they are showing ‘same-sex attraction or behavior’, rather than label them with our words of ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ or ‘straight’.

But very often animals can form relationships and bonds with others and do not stray away from them. Some show exclusive interest in only one gender and have their own ways of mating with the same sex.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

October 5, 2014

Organizers are asking people to use Twitter hashtags #StandForEgyptLGBT and #SolidarityWithEgyptLGBT to voice their support ahead of coordinated protests outside Egyptian embassies worldwide

Following recent anti-gay crackdowns and arrests by police, activists in Egypt have launched a social media campaign to draw international attention to the surveillance and persecution of the local LGBT community.

September 29, 2014

How many Brits still think HIV is a 'gay-only disease?' Do gay or straight couples have more adventurous sex? And how long is the average gay relationship?

A sixth of Brits and more than one fifth of Londoners believe the UK should criminalize gay sex.

The new survey of British sexual behavior, carried out by The Observer, has found that 16% of Britons believe homosexuality should be outlawed. Men (19%) are more likely than women (13%) to want gay sex banned.

It has been six months since the first gay Brits got legally married.

September 23, 2014

To celebrate Bisexuality Visibility Week, Twitter users create hilarious but fake facts about bisexuality

For the second year in a row, Twitter has come up with a hilarious way to mark Bisexuality Visibility Week.

For this week (22-28 September), the social media users come up with funny (and fake) #BisexualFacts.

A lot of the jokes are along the lines of bi visibility, pointing out how a lot of pop culture likes to pretend that bisexuals don't exist.

Looking through the Twitter hashtag, there are loads more bisexual facts on offer.

Here are some of the best so far:

September 23, 2014

Men and women who are attracted to both genders are found to disproportionate levels of poverty, violence, suicide, and discrimination

Bisexual people have it worse in life compared to gays and lesbians, a new report has found.

Even though they are estimated to make up more than half of the LGBT community, experts say they face disproportionate levels of discrimination, violence, poverty and suicide.

'Bisexual people are vulnerable to...poor physical and mental health outcomes - often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers,' the report states.

Around 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, in contrast to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.

September 22, 2014

For Bisexuality Visibility Day, GSN looks to the worst offenders of pop culture that likes to pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist

Bisexuality appears to be too complicated for popular culture.

So many books, TV shows, films and more show 'straight' characters turning 'gay' or even 'gays and lesbians' going straight.

It never seems to cross the creators' minds all these people may be bisexual to start off with.

Why is that? Is it because pop culture is supposed to be simple, easier to deal with concepts like black or white, male or female, gay or straight?

Or is it that they just don't get bisexuals exist?