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December 18, 2014

Praise these people

The golden rule of Christianity is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Even though Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people (seriously), and was far more interested in people being good to one another, a lot of people forget that.

Some religious people still continue to use the Bible as a way of propagating their hate, their unease, their ignorance.

But there are some who have realised that you can be both religious and support LGBTI rights.

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 10, 2014

Trans actress Laverne Cox also nominated for Orange is the New Black

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game picked up three Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday (10 December).

The nominations are seen as providing crucial boosts for films hoping to score Oscar nods next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance as Turing and co-star Keira Knightly earned a supporting actress nod for her work as Joan Clarke in the film.

December 5, 2014

Harris and Jackson up for Broadway cast albums and Waters nominated for Best Spoken Word Album

Neil Patrick Harris has won a Tony and four Emmys.

Now he has a change to add a Grammy to his collection of the biggest awards in showbiz.

He is among the openly gay artists who scored Grammy nominations on Friday (5 December) besides British singer Sam Smith.

Smith earned five nominations including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

December 1, 2014

Gay rights campaigner Robert Biedron has pledged to ditch the limos and ride a bike

Poland has made history by electing the country's first openly gay mayor.

Voters in the Eastern European country, which is 90% Roman Catholic, showed their support behind LGBTI campaigner Robert Biedron.

The 38-year-old, a member of maverick MP Janusz Palikot’s ultra-liberal ‘Your Movement’, won the mayoral elections in Slupsk, northern Poland, today (1 December).

He secured 57% of the vote, beating the ruling Civic Playform candidate Zbigniew Zonwinski.

November 28, 2014

Taiga Ishikawa could become the first out male lawmaker in the country

A LGBTI Tokyo assemblyman has announced that he will run for parliament in next month's elections.

If successful, Taiga Ishikawa, 40, will become the first gay male lawmaker in the conservative country.

'My goal is to promote diversity in the community,' he told the Wall Street Journal.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 18, 2014

Grant Robertson says he will not run again

Grant Robertson today (18 November) narrowly lost his bid to be the first gay leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by 1 per cent in the final round of voting.

Despite leading in party and caucus votes, the former deputy leader did not have the overwhelming support of the unions that winner Andrew Little had.

'I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,' he told press after the results were announced.

November 17, 2014

Anthony Callea and actor Tim Campbell have been together seven years

Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend last week in New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

Callea announced their marriage today (17 November) on social media and his Facebook post had 34,000 likes within six hours.

'Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week!' he wrote. 

'Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!'

November 13, 2014

'We are thrilled she will be joining the White House team and look forward to working with her on important issues in our ongoing fight for full equality'

This week the White House named a new LGBT liaison in its Office of Public Engagement.

Aditi Hardikar's official title is director of public engagement. She will serve as the White House's point person for the LGBT and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

November 10, 2014

'Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person’s values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side'

Marcus Bachmann is defending himself and conversion therapy.

The husband of retiring Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann faced severe criticism a few years back when it was revealed a clinic he ran supported 'ex-gay' therapy.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 6, 2014

American Idol alum had been followed for months by documentary crew

Clay Aiken had hoped his bid to represent his home state of North Carolina in the US House of Representatives would allow him to fully transition out of show business.

Instead, it has landed him back as the star of a reality series.

Aiken, 35, lost the election decisively to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers this week. The openly-gay Democrat had faced an uphill battle from the start in the heavily-Republican 2nd District.

Viewers will get a close-up view of Aiken's journey from announcing his candidacy back in February to election day.

November 6, 2014

Openly gay Mike Michaud has conceded defeat in his effort to be elected governor of the state of Maine

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud has lost his bid to become the first openly gay state governor in the United States of America, losing to Republican incumbent Paul LePage.

Michaud had been tipped to be a winner as LePage appeared to be among the more politically vulnerable state governors but the voters of Maine decided otherwise.

At last count Michaud had received 44% of the vote compared to LePage’s 47% while an independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, received 8% of votes.

November 5, 2014

American Idol alum projected to lose in North Carolina to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers

Clay Aiken has lost his bid for a North Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives.

A runner-up on both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken found himself finishing second once again - this time to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers was leading Aiken with more than 56 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

November 4, 2014

Former American Idol runner-up is running for North Carolina seat

Clay Aiken is hoping for a better finish to election day than how things got started.

Aiken had just finished voting for himself for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina when he boarded his campaign bus and discovered it had broken down.

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 24, 2014

'They’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument'

Young people are generally more accepting of gay people than their elders and this has Rick Santorum crying foul.

The anti-gay former US senator from Pennsylvania alleges the LGBTI community has 'effectively silenced the church' to the degree that the younger generation is not aware of the arguments against homosexuality and equality.

October 23, 2014

The former Friends actor offers a biological argument for gay men being ‘superhuman’, and talks about the possibility of a judging appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race for her character, Valerie Cherish

Actor Lisa Kudrow will always be famous for her long-running role as Phoebe on the hit sitcom Friends, but she also has a cult following for her portrayal of sitcom D-lister Valerie Cherish on HBO’s The Comeback.

The series, which was co-created by Kudrow and Sex & The City producer Michael Patrick King, first premiered in 2005, ran for one season, and then was promptly cancelled.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'