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August 5, 2014

Bid launched to ensure religiously-affiliated adoption agencies continue to receive US funding even if they refuse to deal with LGBT prospective parents

The Family Equality Council is the latest campaigning group to react with protest at the news that a US Federal Bill could create, what it calls, ‘adoption discrimination’.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 28, 2014

Nigeria’s State Security Service have arrested a ‘homosexual cross-dresser,’ over a an attempted assassination on the country’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari but the country’s Opposition think it’s a set up

Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper is reporting that the country’s State Security Service has arrested a ‘clearly homosexual cross-dresser’ as the ‘suspected mastermind’ of an attempted suicide bombing attack on former dictator Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

The State Security Service apprehended the ‘homosexual cross-dresser’ near the site of the bombing near a market in Kaduna in which 80 people were killed and three aides of Buhari were injured.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 20, 2014

One of the Channel Islands is being told to 'pull its finger out' and give gay couples the right to marry

The Channel Island of Jersey is being told to introduce same-sex marriage.

The Trade Union Congress has launched a campaign to ensure the island, the British crown dependency off the coast of France, supports equal marriage today (20 June).

In a letter to Ian Gorst, Jersey’s chief minister, the trade union General Secretary Frances O’Grady has said gay marriage has proved a popular move among politicians and the wider public.

‘Not everyone wants to get married, but those who do should be able to – their sexuality shouldn’t be a barrier,’ she said.

June 18, 2014

'In the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense'

The day before speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraiser in New York City Tuesday (17 June), President Barack Obama had already let it be known that he was taking action on a long-simmering issue.

As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives continues to ignore the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Obama has finally agreed to sign an executive order that would offer some of the protections as that long-delayed legislation.

June 3, 2014

Peter Purton, LGBT policy officer for the Trade Union Congress, looks at the evolution and current state of homophobia in schools, work and sport

It’s easy to think how good things are for LGBT people in Britain today, particularly when compared to Russia, with Putin’s law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, or Uganda, Nigeria, or Brunei, where the government just introduced stoning to death for adulterers and those caught having homosexual relations.

Here in Britain we can now get married!

May 23, 2014

Milk joins other civil rights pioneers honored with stamps including Martin Luther King Jr and Caesar Chavez

Americans can now begin mailing letters with a stamp bearing the likeness of Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials.

The stamp was dedicated at a White House ceremony on Thursday (22 May) which was attended by Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and the slain politician's nephew.

'We have this beautiful stamp to remind us that hope resides in you, hope resides in me,' Stuart Milk told the crowd. 'As President (Barack) Obama said about Harvey: `Hope unashamed. Hope unafraid."'

May 19, 2014

The Congressman pushing for civil unions in Peru has come out as gay as he continues to push for the reform in the South American nation

Lima Congressman Carlos Bruce has come out as gay – becoming the first openly gay member of Congress in Peruvian history.

Bruce, a long time campaigner for civil unions for same-sex couples, made the revelation in an interview with the El Comercio newspaper published on Sunday.

‘Yes, I am gay and I am proud to belong to this group of people who are so valuable to Peru,’ Bruce told the newspaper.

Bruce was asked why he had waited until now to come out,

May 19, 2014

The two sons of gay Peruvian politician Carlos Bruce say they don’t care their father is gay, and they support him completely in his coming out

Newly-out Peruvian politician Carlos Bruce has been congratulated for coming out by his two sons, saying his sexuality does not bother them at all.

Last week Bruce, a congressman in the capital Lima, became the first openly gay member of Congress in Peruvian history.

Since his coming out was published in newspaper El Comercio, his two sons Alex and Paul, have said they don’t care about his sexuality and they don’t judge him.

May 7, 2014

Darrell Trigg believes God wants him to rule the US, and to drive LGBTI Americans back underground

Darrell Trigg, author of Developing a More Effective Prayer Life: A Practical Approach, has declared his intentions to run for President of the United States of America.

He will run as an independent, but in the future will create the Christian Political Party. If you haven’t heard of him or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President.

May 2, 2014

The gay man who came second place in the 2003 American Idol contest is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and take North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district for the Democrats

2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is making a bid for national political office in his home state of North Carolina, hoping his star power can unseat a Republican incumbent for the Democrats.

Aiken announced his candidacy with a campaign website and video on 5 February but it had gone largely unnoticed until he made a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss why he is running for office.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 1, 2014

He didn't get a response after sending 100 letters to lawmakers last year, so he roped in 20 other students to send 2,900 more letters this time

Liang Wenhui, a graduate student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and founder of Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance, with the help of other students wrote and posted 3,000 individually-addressed letters to individual deputies of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) last week urging them to legalize same-sex marriage.

Twenty-two students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are said to have spent five and half hours stuffing the letters in the envelopes, piling them into four big boxes before taking them to the post office.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

January 29, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (28 January), US President Barack Obama had been expected to make some mention of the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It did not happen.

Known as ENDA, the act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination protections. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage.

January 6, 2014

Gay dad Rob Watson had seen people refuse to eat to get what they want before – but like his sons, he hopes protestor Trestin Meacham will grow out of it

These past few years may end up being known as the years of ‘Conservatives behaving badly’.

December 20, 2013

Goverment is calling on the two Supreme Court judges, who ruled the colonial-era law was still valid, to reconsider their views

India’s government has told the Supreme Court to review their ruling after they shocked the world by recriminalizing gay sex.

The government filed a petition today (20 December), saying it believed the ruling was ‘violative of the principle of equality’.

The Congress-led government insisted they wanted an ‘open hearing on the matter’.

Gay sex was made legal in 2009 when Delhi’s High Court ruled Section 377, a colonial era law criminalizing intercourse ‘against the order of nature’, was an infringement of human rights.

December 18, 2013

Baba Ramdev has said any homosexuals who do not want to be arrested should come for him for yoga classes

An Indian guru has said anyone who supports gay rights must have the ‘gay disease’.

Baba Ramdev, a spiritual leader known for popularizing yoga, was asked for his comments on the leaders of the ruling party opposing a law banning homosexuality.

Last week, the Supreme Court in India shocked the world by recriminalizing 12.5% of the world’s LGBTI population.

He said if the Congress leaders were opposed to Section 377, it seems ‘most Congress leaders must be gay’.

December 13, 2013

Leading members of India’s ruling Congress party say they will fight the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law as the party explores the best options to move forward with towards reform

The Indian Government has indicated that it will move to re-decriminalize homosexuality despite Indians going to the polls in five months for general elections.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi spoke out Thursday against the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the country’s colonial era Section 377 buggery law the day before – and several other prominent voices within the party have now joined her.