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May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 28, 2015

But gay activists hope Ugandans will see them for enjoying life as human beings

A Ugandan tabloid has published pictures of LGBTI Ugandans celebrating Pride on its front page, branding it a 'sex fest' today (28 May).

Activists from the Out and Proud Diamond Group attended Birmingham Pride last weekend, kissing their loved ones and celebrating in a way they cannot do in the country they once called home.

The knowledge they can never go back was heightened when Hello Daily newspaper published their full photos, making clear they would risk violence if they return.

May 27, 2015

Speaking at a Sydney festival, the entrepreneur and publisher warned that excessive health and safety regulations were harming the city’s party image and the country’s global reputation

The gay businessman behind revered design and travel magazines has blasted authorities in Australia for the harm that he believes they are doing to the country’s image abroad.

Tyler Brûlé made his name as the creator of Wallpaper magazine, which he launched in 1996. He subsequently sold the title to Time, Inc in 1997 for a reported £1million ($1.54million/€1.4million).

In 2007, he launched global affairs and lifestyle publication and website, Monocle.

May 27, 2015

British couple say they were 'naive' about stock photo sites

The family whose image was used in the poster campaign to stop same-sex marriage in Ireland would have voted yes to equality.

The British couple, whose image was used from a stock photo site, said they were 'naive' about what would happen to the photo and said they do not agree with its message.

On the poster, the fine print makes clear the people in the picture are models and are being used for an illustrativive purpose.

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 26, 2015

Even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional

Alabama has given a minister jail time for exercising her 'religious freedom' and trying to marry a lesbian couple, even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional.

Non-denominational minister Anne DiPrizio on 18 May was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine of $250 after she pleaded guilty to misdemenour disorderly conduct.

The sentence was then suspended for six months.

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 22, 2015

Book is expected to be the blockbuster celebrity memoir of 2017

Barbra Streisand, an A-List superstar for more than 50 years, is working on a memoir to be published in 2017 by Viking.

'Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,' Viking president Brian Tart said in a statement.

'There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.'

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 22, 2015

Censors say the song promotes same-sex marriage and therefore contravenes the city's anti-gay law

Singapore has banned the song We're All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.

The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.

In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.

May 21, 2015

'They have no clue that I’m gay!'

Sam Smith has said he loves that there may be homophobes who listen to his music and don't know he's gay.

The 23-year-old British singer appears on the cover of French gay magazine Têtu's 20th anniversary edition this month.

'I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!' he told the publication.

'I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,' he continued.

'I just created a foundation.'

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 19, 2015

Ohio bar is facing negative reviews and a boycott

A Ohio bartender who wrote 'fags' on a customers' receipt has claimed it was a 'joke'.

Alissa Maugen, who was serving her friends at West End Tavern in Cleveland, put the homophobic slur on the ticket.

Thinking it was funny, the group then put it on Instagram.

But it soon started going viral on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, with several Ohioans saying they plan to never go to the bar again.

May 19, 2015

London Chanel, 21, is eighth trans woman of color to be killed in US this year

A 21-year-old black transgender woman was stabbed to death early Monday (18 May) in Philadelphia.

London Chanel was stabbed twice in the back and once in the neck in an abandoned house at around 12.40am.

She is the eighth trans woman of color to be killed this year in the US.

May 18, 2015

This 90-year-old is a practising Catholic - which is why she’s voting ‘yes’ in Ireland’s marriage referendum on 22 May

Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22.

The incredible 90-year-old, who has 14 children, 25 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, is the star of a video created by YesEquality, an organisation campaigning in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.

‘God made us all and he made us all equal,’ she said.

May 17, 2015

94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will

The largest Protestant Christian denomination in France has approved church blessings for same-sex couples when they marry just two years to the month after France legalized same-sex marriage.

The United Protestant Church of France is the fourth largest religious denomination in France after Catholicism, Islam and Judaism and the largest group representing Protestants and has around 400,000 members.

May 17, 2015

'It's tough, members of the LGBT community face lots of discrimination in their lives, at work, at school... people are faced with violence in the streets'

Moscow police are holding 17 protestors after they attempted to release balloons in a IDAHOT celebration.

According to Reuters, approximately 50 people assembled today, 17 May, in a square outside a Moscow theater.

Before they could release balloons and a banner, crowd control police came up, in a bus, and pushed people in.

May 16, 2015

Tasmanian woman Lee Bransden has achieved her dying wish to marry her partner Sandra Yates in Rotorua, New Zealand but their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia

A Tasmanian lesbian couple who turned to online crowdfunding to help pay for their wedding before one of them succumbed to a fatal lung condition have successfully married in New Zealand in a Maori themed wedding.

Lee Bransden had been given only weeks to live by her doctors when she and her pensioner partner Sandra Yates put out a call for support on GoFundMe.com with the help of Australian Marriage Equality, hoping to raise $6,500 to pay for their flights to the nearest jurisdiction to their homes where same-sex marriage is legal.

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 13, 2015

New bill would close loophole that allowed trans woman to wed her girlfriend

Russian lawmakers Tuesday (12 May) introduced a bill to ban transgender people from getting married.

Gay marriage is already banned in the country. But the proposed amendment to the family code would prohibit marriage between 'persons of the same gender (as identified at birth), including in cases of gender change, either before the marriage or at the moment of marriage.'

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals

LateRooms.com and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 11, 2015

Mother's Day isn't over until Bey has spoken

Here in the US, Mother's Day (9 May) is about to end.

If you forgot your mom today, you're in trouble. Lots of it. However, take solace that Beyonce is thinking about you.

She's not going to call your mother, but she is sending all the ladies out there some love.

On Facebook, she posted a cropped photo. One the left is the Queen B, when she was young. Next to her is Queen B-1, Beyonce's mother.

On the right, the  singer is all grown up. Next to her is daughter Blue Ivy.

May 8, 2015

Experience Sweden's best at this unique Stockholm museum

Ernest Thiel was a wealthy art collector who constructed this purpose-built residence to showcase his art. Thiel was a prolific collector, particularly focused on artists that he knew or had some some connection with. On show are extensive pieces from Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, and Anders Zorn.

Eugène Jansson is particularly interesting – an openly gay artist, he is notable for an extensive series that explored male nudes in bathhouses and swimming pools. Beautiful and erotic.