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September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.

August 24, 2014

Brown's killing spree was a response to US foreign policy against Muslim countries

The suspect in the double homicide of gay men in Seattle is linked to two other killings, one in Seattle the other New Jersey.

According to the Seattle Times, Ali Muhammad Brown is now charged with two other deaths. On 27 April, Leroy Henderson was walking to his Seattle home, from a store, when he was shot multiple times.

August 22, 2014

The brief video was taken from a taxi cam

The police in San Francisco released a video of a person of interest in the homicide of Bryan Higgins/Feather Lynn.

The clip, posted on the site The Castro Biscuit, shows an unidentified man in a hoodie and baseball cap. The outside hoodie appears to be gray, and the inside garment red.

August 22, 2014

Adam Hills ranted about the 'God Hates Fags' church after they said they would picket Robin Williams' funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church has accepted comedian Adam Hills’ offer to go to Iraq.

August 21, 2014

Voice actress Olivia Olson has revealed that Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward told her that her character Marceline the vampire used to date Princess Bubblegum in her back story, but that plot twist will not be appearing on the show

Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward has reportedly revealed that his characters Marceline and Princess Bubblegum once dated, explaining their rivalry on the show, but that history will not be revealed to viewers of the cartoon.

Voice actress Olivia Olson, who voices Marceline the vampire told an audience at a recent book signing event that Ward had asked her ‘You know they dated, right?’ during a discussion of her characters motivations ahead of recording a scene between her character and Princess Bubble Gum.

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 21, 2014

A same-sex family in Massachusetts are in the running for a $50,000 scholarship prize and dream vacation

Here at GSN, we love to hear stories about happy same-sex families.

International dating site match.com is currently running a scholarship competition, with a $50,000 scholarship prize on offer to any kid who has a parent that either met or remarried through the site.

Students aged between 13-20 were invited to submit a 1-2 minute video that captured their parents’ love story in a creative way. From the many entries submitted, Match.com selected five finalists – and one is from the daughter of a same-sex couple.

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

Former soap stars take lead roles in a new play exploring sperm donation and gay parenting

Breeders, by playwright Ben Ockrent, will premiere for a month-long run at London’s St James Theatre from 3 September 2014.

August 19, 2014

The members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will be greeted with a billboard saying ‘God loves gays’ for the next 12 months thanks to Facebook’s ‘God’

The brain behind Facebook’s popular ‘God’ humor page has crowdfunded over $US40,000 in a campaign to erect pro-gay billboards in the home town of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Speaking anonymously out of fear of retribution, a former Islamist militant has opened up about how he came to accept and tolerate gays and lesbians and people of other faiths

A former Islamic extremist has spoken about his journey to accepting LGBTI people and people of other faiths in an interview with conservative website Breitbart.com.

August 15, 2014

NFL quarterback says: '... It’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have'

It seems New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a pretty handsy guy with some of the other guys on the team.

Well, at least with the guys who play the position of center and provide him with a snap.

'I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so you know, it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have,' Brady said earlier this week in a post-practice interview.

August 14, 2014

Victim Bryan Higgins was known to friends and family as Feather Lynn

A 31-year-old gay man brutally beaten over the weekend in San Francisco's Castro District has been taken off of life support and police are searching for his attacker.

Bryan Higgins, called Feather Lynn by those who know him, was found early Sunday morning outside of a church without identification. The attack resulted in a brain anyeurism that left him on life support.

August 14, 2014

Travel company Hotwire has produced a sweet and matter-of-fact video advert featuring a couple of same-sex parents

When campaigning group One Million Moms makes a complaint about a company it’s usually because that company – in the eyes of many LGBTI people – is doing something right.

The latest organisation to draws its ire is travel brand Hotwire. Its crime? It’s produced an advertising video featuring a real-life couple of gay dads.

August 14, 2014

The X-Men and Lord of the Rings star has spoken out in support of one of his chosen charities

Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video to encourage people to support the UK’s Albert Kennedy Trust by holding a fundraising party in their own home.

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports homeless LGBT youth – many of whom find themselves on the streets after being turned out from their family homes. The AKT operates a safe house (the Purple Door Project) and also coordinates a network of foster carers. Many of these are LGBT people who are willing to offer a desperately needed home to an LGBTI teenager.

August 13, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of the late actor, saying he was a 'fag enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral for being a ‘fag enabler’.

The ‘God Hates Fags’ church has said it will hold signs at the memorial for the late actor, claiming he ‘decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy lifestyles, flagrant debauchery and hedonism.

WBC announced its plans on Twitter, using the hashtags #MustPicketFuneral and #PicketFuneral.

The 63-year-old actor died at his home in Northern California on Monday (11 August), and is believed to have committed suicide.

August 12, 2014

For a same-sex couple in Merseyside, adoption provided the answer to their dreams of motherhood

When gay male couples think about starting a family, the options most usually explored are adoption, surrogacy or an arrangement with a willing female friend. When a female couple or single woman wants to have children, then sperm donation or IVF treatment are the methods often utilised. However, not all women want – or are able – to give birth to their own kids, and for them, fostering and adoption are a more likely route to family life.

August 11, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man was punched and kicked by a fellow passenger

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered a homophobic assault on a London train.

The victim boarded the train from Charing Cross, an area popular with the LGBT community, to Bexleyheath at around 5.30am on 15 July. This was only the second train to run that Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Michael Willoughby said: ‘During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

‘The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.’

August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

August 9, 2014

Thinking of starting a family? This year’s show for would-be LGBT parents returns to the UK capital in September

Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.
There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.