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April 17, 2014

The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it

Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga has said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

‘Our domestic refugee law does not have a provision granting refugee status for being gay. And we will never do that,’ Mushelenga said in comments reported by the Namibian Sun newspaper.

‘We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use.’

April 16, 2014

Actor lost 20 pounds and also undergoes nearly two hours of make-up to become transgender punk rock singer in Broadway show

Neil Patrick Harris was so serious about transforming into a transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch that he went way beyond wearing make-up, miniskirts and fishnet stockings.

'I've lost 20 pounds almost for the role to try and be more feminine which sort of changed my whole posture,' Harris said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America which aired today.

Harris, his cheekbones sunken in, described himself as 'Jared Leto manorexic.'

April 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star met with two huge snakes in his shoot for Vanity Fair

Gay actor Neil Patrick Harris has a huge snake in his pants.

Literally.

The How I Met Your Mother star posed for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in the May issue of Vanity Fair.

But this was not any old beauty shot, this was of the star half naked with a lot of eyeliner on, and with two snakes draped around his chest.

While most of us would be terrified at just the thought of posing topless in a magazine, never mind with two snakes around you, he looks like a rock star.

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

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

April 14, 2014

The religious holiday brings out some unique customs and traditions from all over the globe

Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways.

The religious holiday marks the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and an onslaught of Easter bunnies and dip-dyed eggs.

Easter also means extra days off work to join family and friends in the celebrations.

While Easter Island isn't the go-do destination during this time (the island was named because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722), many travelers take advantage of the extra time off to depart on a new adventure.

April 10, 2014

'I am amazed how quickly the press can turn on you. It's especially true of the gay press at times'

Until he was 37, Cheyenne Jackson had what he considered 'a pristine reputation.'

He was known mainly for his work on Broadway (Xanadu), television (30 Rock) and film (United 93) and had been with the same man for a decade before marrying him in 2010.

Then, it all changed in the summer of 2012. He split from husband Monte Lapka,  shaved his head and got a crazy tattoo. It also became public that he was in a 12-Step program.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 8, 2014

The clothing designer and movie director tied the knot with Buckley after 27 years together

Tom Ford didn't send out any big announcements to let the world know that he had gotten married.

He just casually mentioned during an appearance at an Apple Store in London that he and his longtime partner, Richard Buckley, are now wed.

'We are now married, which is nice,' Ford said according to The Telegraph.

'I know that was just made legal in the UK, which is great, but we were married in the States.'

April 4, 2014

Australian Victoria’s Secret model has told GQ that she would not rule out a relationship with another woman – though she prefers men in the bedroom

Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has spoken about her love of the female form in a new interview with GQ magazine – revealing that she would not rule out a relationship with another woman.

‘I appreciate both men and women,’ Kerr said in the interview, ‘I love the female body and truly appreciate the female form.’

‘I really enjoy sketching women, especially their backs.’

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

April 1, 2014

'We can live without aid,' Yoweri Museveni says to thousands in order to drum up support for the homophobic law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).

Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.

International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

March 30, 2014

The couple say they want to be able to call each other ‘husband’ instead of ‘partner’

Celebrity gay couple Elton John and David Furnish are planning to get married, following suit of gay couples all over England and Wales who can now legally marry.

British music icon John, 67, and partner Furnish, 51, have been civil partners since December 2005, entering their civil partnership on the day the act was passed.

The couple told Attitude magazine they plan to marry to further fly the flag for gay equality.

March 28, 2014

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will introduce a bill to recognize overseas same-sex marriages in Australia as gay couples in the UK start to wed

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced she will introduce a bill to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in overseas jurisdictions in reaction to same-sex couples in England and Wales being able to marry from tomorrow.

Hanson-Young has also proposed an inquiry to examine the affect that the legalization of same-sex marriage has had in those jurisdictions where it is legal which would then draft a report for the parliament.

Hanson-Young made the announcement at a press conference earlier today in Melbourne.

March 28, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Church of England should react to gay marriage with the 'love of Christ for every human being'

The Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, according to the Anglican head Justin Welby.

Same-sex marriage will be legalized from 29 March with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight.

The Church was deeply divided over the same-sex marriage law in England and Wales.

During the fight to get it legalized, it claimed giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would ‘alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.’

March 27, 2014

A Zimbabwe judge has cited his country’s disapproval of homosexuals in his decision to allow a man who stabbed another man he claimed sexually propositioned him to go free

A Zimbabwean man who stabbed an acquaintance he claimed had hit on him has been allowed to walk free by a Zimbabwean court.

22-year-old Bongani Phiri was acquitted by a Bulawayo court over the stabbing incident which he claimed was provoked by the man’s ‘behaving like a gay’ and sometimes caressing him without his consent.

Phiri testified that he had quarreled with the man outside a bar on 26 October last year around 10pm after accusing him of being gay.

March 26, 2014

Rick Snyder believes unions are 'legal and valid' but points to an appeals court stay of judge's ruling that struck down marriage ban

Governor Rick Snyder has announced that the marriages of same-sex couples wed in Michigan last weekend will not be recognized by the state - for now.

Hundreds of couples rushed to get married after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March). An appeals court on Saturday (22 March) granted the state's request for a stay of the ruling and put a halt to the marriages.

March 26, 2014

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.

March 25, 2014

'It sounds like I've lost my mind, but I feel like I'm becoming aware of it'

Elaine Stritch has legions of gay fans but it is only recently that this Broadway legend is realizing the depth of that popularity.

Stritch, semi-retired at 89, is doing gay press interviews in connection with the release of a new documentary about her life called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and finding them to be educational as far as learning of her exalted standing among gays.

'I'm just becoming aware of it - by articles such as this one,' she admits to PrideSource magazine.

March 25, 2014

The News Quiz presenter and her civil partner Debbie will renew their union in front of the public celebrating same-sex marriages in England and Wales

Danish/British TV and radio presenter Sandi Toksvig and her partner Debbie will renew their vows in celebration of the first day of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The couple, who have been civil partners since 2007, will celebrate with their four children on the Royal Festival Stage, Southbank Centre in London on 29 March.

‘This is a joyous occasion which Debbie and I look forward to celebrating with old and new friends,’ Sandi Toksvig said.

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.