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April 24, 2014

Police have arrested five members of a group of Haredi ultra-Orthodox Jews who beat up 22-year-old gay black New Yorker Taj Paterson during a vigilante patrol of their neighborhood

Police have arrested and charged five ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jews over the December beating of a gay black fashion student they caught walking in their neighborhood at 4.30am in the morning.

Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19, and Joseph Fried, 25, were charged with gang assault and other counts on Wednesday.

They were part of a group of close to 20 religious Jews that attacked 22-year-old Taj Patterson while he was returning home to Fort Green after a night out partying.

April 23, 2014

India’s Chief Justice has decided he will hear an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision reinstating the country’s ban on gay sex in what will be the last chance to reverse that verdict before a new government takes power

Chief Justice P Sathasivam has decided to hear a final appeal of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 colonial era sodomy law – giving new hope that homosexuality will again become legal in the South Asian country.

The judicial appeal was sought by the Naz Foundation earlier this week but it was unknown whether Sathasivam would accept the case which seeks to contradict the rulings of more junior Supreme Court justices.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 21, 2014

Madurai’s Home Guards are training their first six transgender recruits in a first for India and the state of Tamil Nadu

Six transgender Indian women, or hijras as they are traditionally known in Hindi, have become the first of their kind to be accepted as cadets in India’s Home Guards – a paramilitary force that assists the police.

The six were accepted into the Home Guards in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state on the southern tip of India as part of a pilot program to better integrate LGBTI people into the Indian mainstream.

April 21, 2014

India’s Naz Foundation is appealing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India over the criminalization of homosexuality - hoping a recent court ruling that recognized transgender people as a third legal gender will make their case stronger

India’s Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay sex after HIV non-government organization the Naz Foundation applied this morning for the Chief Justice of the court to review the matter.

The Naz Foundation’s lawyers hope that the Chief Justice will take into account the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that created a legal third gender status for transgender Indians.

April 20, 2014

'The bill will create more problems than it will solve by telling some Louisianians that their belief system is not full equal'

The legislature in Louisiana is considering making the Bible the state's official book.

On 10 April, a committee in the southern US state's House of Representatives passed the bill 8 to 5.

According to National Public Radio the legislation, which is ready for consideration by the full House, was supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

April 20, 2014

Sarah Mbuyi is claiming unfair dismissal after reportedly telling her gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read gay stories to children

A UK nursery worker is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for telling a gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

Sarah Mbuyi, 30, is taking her former employer Newpark Childcare in London, UK to court after claiming she lost her job because of religious discrimination.

Mbuyi, a Christian originally from Belgium, has been accused of harassing her lesbian colleague, giving her a Bible and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

April 19, 2014

Father of one of the women tweeted: 'Dear @kfc the manager at your Bath,UK store just kicked my daughter and her g/f out for being #gay. Is this one of your policies ?'

A KFC franchise in Bath, Britain has apologized for booting a lesbian couple – whose names have not been reported in the media – out of the restaurant after a customer complained about them.

TheGayUK website reported that Stephen Pope, the father of one of the women, went on Twitter on April 17 to ask if it was KFC policy to kick out gay couples.

April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 17, 2014

Good Morning America anchor recalls her late mom saying to her: 'You are my child, and you're a child of God, and I love you'

After spending decades on television not discussing her sexuality, Robin Roberts is now an open book - literally.

The Good Morning America anchor has penned a memoir called Everybody's Got Something about her harrowing fight against a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome.

To promote the book, Roberts has landed on the covers of several US magazines this week including People in which she talks about her coming out to her tight-knit family decades ago.

April 17, 2014

Sydney man Paul Armstrong pleaded guilty to killing Felipe Flores 23 years ago after his blood was found under the victim’s fingernails but says he did it because Flores told him he had AIDS after they had sex

An Australian man who had previously been found guilty of male rape in 1992 has been found guilty of killing of a gay man the year before.

Sydney man Paul Armstrong had been found guilty of murdering Felipe Flores in 1991 by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed blood found under Flores’ fingernails belonged to him.

However an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial.

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 16, 2014

Timothy Black stayed his ruling striking down state's marriage ban to prevent 'premature celebration and confusion'

The federal judge in Ohio who struck down the state's ban on gay marriage this week has ordered that the marriages of the four same-sex couples involved in the case as plaintiffs be recognized immediately.

Judge Timothy Black is making those couples an exception to the stay he issued on his ruling pending appeal.

April 16, 2014

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk

The Louisiana House of Representatives turned down a bill that would have removed the southern US state's anti-sodomy law.

Last week a committee passed the legislation in a 9-6 vote, but on 15 April the proposal was easily defeated in the full House 27-67; 11 representatives did not vote.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in the criminal case Lawrence v. Texas that all anti-sodomy laws in the US are unconstitutional.

April 16, 2014

Second time lucky for Mozilla after Brendan Eich was found to have donated to anti-gay marriage campaigns

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has appointed a new CEO after the last one turned out to be not very gay-friendly.

Chris Beard is now the interim chief executive of the company after the newly promoted boss was forced to resign over his donation to an anti-gay marriage campaign.

Brendan Eich spent less than two weeks as CEO of the company.

Following his appointment, it was revealed Eich had donated $1,000 (€720) to anti-gay marriage campaign Prop 8.

April 16, 2014

Straight man accused Sprint of 'not treating their customers like they should' after he received a shocking email

A US phone company is in trouble after it appears they called a customer a ‘gay sissyboy’ in an email.

Kelvin Mathews, a married straight guy from Chicago, was wondering if someone had their wires crossed when he received a message from Sprint.

He claims after he contacted customer service, he received the message addressed to ‘Sissyboy Kelvin Gay Matthews’.

April 15, 2014

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demean us.

In last month’s New York Time’s article The Decline of the ‘H’ Word Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word ‘homosexual’ for the most part is ‘inoffensive,’ ‘outdated,’ and perhaps ‘innocuous,’ the word nonetheless is viewed by many in our LGBTI community as a pejorative term.

April 15, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has instructed the Indian Government to create a legal third gender category to recognize transgender people and also that they should be classed as a marginalized group to receive affirmative action in jobs and education

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today.

Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female.

April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 15, 2014

Anti-gay spokesman believes the 'left' is using religion to further causes, such as climate change and homosexuality

A US pundit is angry over the new film Noah did not blame the flood on gay people.

Don Feder, a spokesman for the World Congress of Families, spoke out against the new movie starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

The pundit claims the ‘left’ is trying to use cinema in order to advance its pet causes – in this case climate change.

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.