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April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 20, 2014

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March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

March 12, 2014

The University of Missouri defensive lineman promises proceeds from the sale of merchandise will be donated

Michael Sam, the out National Football League draft prospect, is selling merchandise on his website.

According to Outsports  T-shirts and buttons, with the phrase 'Stand with Sam', can be purchased

The athlete's agents, Joe Barkett and Cameron Weiss, told Outsports the decision to sell the products was  due to customer demand.

March 6, 2014

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

February 21, 2014

Win over South African locals when you bust out with greetings and flirtations in this guttural, Dutch daughter language

What happens if you run out of sunblock while you're on the beautiful beaches of South Africa?

Use this cheat sheet you'll have already printed out (or on your smart phone) and use it to approach an attractive local. Even if you have sunblock, use this as an excuse to work on your pronunciation.

Start off by asking for help (make sure they speak Afrikaans first). Then move on to a smile, a bat of the eyelashes and hopefully your asking for help will turn into a fun story you can share with family and friends when you go back home.

February 12, 2014

Avery Edison travelled to Toronto to visit her girlfriend, and after airport staff discovered a visa infraction, she was detained

A British trans woman has live-tweeted her ‘humiliating’ ordeal over being held in a Canadian men’s prison.

Avery Edison, a 25-year-old comedian, travelled to Toronto last Monday (10 February) to visit her girlfriend and was held over a visa infraction.

She was taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, a provincial detention facility for men.

According to her tweets, she thought a non-refundable return ticket and a copy of her London lease would have been enough to avoid the predicament but admits it was her fault.

February 8, 2014

Under new directive, federal lawyers will assume same-sex couples have the same rights like opposite-sex couples, including the right not to testify against a spouse

Early next week, the US Justice Department will announce plans to extend more federal protections to same-sex married couples, even those living in states where gay marriage is not recognized.

In a speech that will be given tonight (8 February) at a Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder will report government lawyers will, in federal courts, treat same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples the same.

February 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 15, 2014

The Liberal opposition in the Australian Capital Territory have said they would support any bid to clear the criminal records of gay men prosecuted for having adult consensual sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Liberal Opposition leader Jeremy Hanson has told the Canberra Times that he would support efforts to clear the records of men who were convicted for consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Australia.

January 13, 2014

The luxurious Nadler Hotels in Soho and Kensington are offering a special rate for visitors to the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show this weekend

Visitors to the LGBTI Travel Show can get a specially discounted rate at two of London’s best gay-friendly boutique hotels this weekend.

The Nadler Hotels in Soho and Kensington offer affordable luxury at the heart of two of the UK capital’s most exciting districts.

On the 17, 18 and 19 January they are offering 15% off their best available room rates – for guests coming to the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

January 4, 2014

LGBT rights groups to file a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of India as local police refuses to investigate the incident

It was a New Year vacation gone horribly bad for Delhi-based transgender activist Rudrani Chettri and her two friends. On New Year’s Eve, the trio were in Shimla, a popular hill station destination in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, when Chettri was allegedly approached by a beat constable – a low ranking police officer – who tried to molest her. When she objected and resisted, she was beaten up by the officer as were her two friends who had tried to intervene. Her injuries are not known to be serious.

December 29, 2013

Spokesperson for Mayor Parker calls marriage a 'private matter,' adding there is nothing new to report

It's rumored that Annise Parker, Houston's lesbian mayor, will marry Kathy Hubbard, her long time partner of 23 years.

An unnamed source told website CultureMap the couple will travel to Palm Beach, California in January for a ceremony.

'I heard it from her [Parker's] own lips,' the source said, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

December 7, 2013

In ruling, Colorado Office of Administrative Courts judge points out the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop once made a wedding cake for two dogs

A judge has ruled a Colorado bakery discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to bake a wedding cake.

In 2012 July, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig requested a rainbow-layered cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop, located in Lakewood, Colorado.

The couple planned to wed in Massachusetts and have a reception for family, and friends, in Colorado.

December 5, 2013

Story by Dayna Morales, a lesbian former marine, has been called a hoax

Dayna Morales had a story that got worldwide attention.

Now because that story may not be true, she may be out of a job.

The New Jersey waitress and former marine claimed last month that she was stiffed out of a tip by an anti-gay family she waited on at the restaurant she works at.

December 5, 2013

Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has had a celebrity endorsement deal cancelled over her support for same-sex marriage but she says she would rather stay true to her beliefs

43-year-old Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has lost a celebrity endorsement deal after the company learned she had taken part in a rally supporting same-sex marriage.

The actress announced on Facebook that an unnamed company had cancelled the deal after she took part in a 30 November LGBTI rights rally in Taipei.

Ding wrote that she had not been surprised by the backlash but said ‘it would really be a little pathetic [to] play to the crowd’ at her age.

December 4, 2013

An insanely brave man jumped from a height of 10,000 feet and faced temperatures as low as -10 to raise money for a Staffordshire childrens' hospice

A bisexual British hunk has skydived to raise funds for a hospice providing care for terminally ill children and their families.

Dan Cope announced his plans back in September, in which he said if he could raise a few hundred pounds he would do his 100th dive naked.

On 30 November, he jumped from a height of 10,000 feet braving temperatures as low as -10C (14F).

While his original hope was for £500 ($820, €600), donations poured in from across the world with him raising over £2500 ($4000, €3000).

December 3, 2013

Christian Kukajiko was last seen at her Maunawili home on 19 November at 3pm

Police in Hawaii are asking for the public’s help to locate a 15-year-old transgender teen missing for two weeks.

According to KITV News, police say 15-year-old Christian Kukajiko could be ‘emotionally distraught’. 

The teen was reportedly last seen in her Honolulu home in Maunawili on 19 November around 3pm.

November 16, 2013

Fight broke out after trans student faced transphobic taunts at a California high school

A transphobic attack in a California high school which was caught on camera may be treated as a hate crime, school officials have said.

The attack, which took place at Hercules High School in Hercules, California, happened after a trans student suffered taunts due to her gender identity by a group of three girls.

The verbal abuse quickly turned into an all-out fight, with all four girls hitting, slapping and pulling each other's hair. All involved in the fight eventually ended up on the ground.

October 30, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has given $5,000 to campaign to repeal new California law

Leaders of several LGBTI groups want to meet and have a word with the chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Herman Rowland Sr. has thrown his support behind those who want to repeal a new California law designed to give equal access to transgender students.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Equality California hope to change Rowland's heart and mind after it was learned he donated $5,000 to the Privacy for All Students initiative campaign.

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 26, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has donated $5,000 to ballot initiative effort so far; law due to take effect in January

The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company is among those trying to block a new California law from going into effect designed to protect transgender students.

Under the law, students will also have access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity.