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October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

October 6, 2014

Legislator says a public hearing on gay marriage will be held later this month

A coalition of more than 120 civic groups protested yesterday outside the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei demanding the legalization of gay marriage.

Organizers, the Marriage Equality Revolution Front, estimated 20,000 people participated in the ‘rainbow siege’ outside the Legislative Yuan but media reports put the number at 2,000-4,000.

Activists attached 112 padlocks with each legislator's name on them to the parliament gates.

October 2, 2014

Former leader of the anti-gay British National Party was forced to leave for causing 'disunity by deliberately fabricating a state of crisis'

Nick Griffin was forceably expelled from the British National Party, it was announced last night.

The former leader of the far-right political party and ex-MEP, who believes gay marriage 'kills' children and two men kissing is 'creepy', was told to leave for 'trying to cause disunity'.

He has been accused of harassing members of BNP staff, allegedly making physical threats in at least one case, and of 'bringing the party into disrepute'.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

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.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

June 25, 2014

On a visit to Vienna, the Russian president said he will look at the homophobic legislation and 'improve' it in the future

Vladimir Putin has said he will look at the homophobic laws in Russia and ‘improve’ them in the future.

The Russian president was in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer to make a deal on a pipeline that will reportedly pump half of Russia’s gas supply to Europe from 2016.

At a press conference, he was forced to answer questions on human rights abuses in Russia.

‘There are stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on issues of sexual minorities, to a large extent…[are] a fictional idea,’ he said.

June 13, 2014

'You do have many people in Wisconsin basically taking the law into their own hands and there can be legal repercussions for that'

The attorney general for Wisconsin warns clerks, who issued marriage certificates to LGBTI couples, that they could be brought up on charges.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the midwestern state's same-sex marriage ban.

On 9 June, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sought a stay on the ruling to block clerks from releasing licenses to gay couples. Judge Crabb denied the request.

May 16, 2014

LGBTI rights activists warn under the new government, homosexuality could stay illegal for another five years and the persecution of the community can only increase

Gay sex in India could be banned for another five years now a homophobic political party has gained power in the national election.

The opposition Hindu nationalist BJP party is on course for a landslide victory, as suggested by early results.

Although final results are not expected until later, the scale of the predicted victory is on course for a landslide victory. More than 500 million people voted in the election.

Narendra Modi, the leader of the BJP, tweeted: ‘India has won. Good times ahead.’

May 15, 2014

Russian Orthodox Church is being ridiculed by social media users for opposing Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst

Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church are being ridiculed for opposing Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.

A Russian blogger, Rustem Adagamov, tweeted a picture of the priests in flowing robes with the message: ‘The ROC categorically opposes bearded men in dresses!’

Retweeted hundreds of times, the comment was sparked by the Church’s opposition against the Austrian drag queen singer.

May 13, 2014

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned their church would have to sever ties with the Church of England if it begins blessing same-sex couples as it will result in violence against Christians

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned the Church of England against blessing the marriages of same-sex couples – saying their church would have to end its association with it if it did.

Wau Diocese Bishop Moses Deng Bol warned that his church members would be tarred by association with the Church of England by other Africans who would subject them to sectarian violence.

May 8, 2014

Humiliating scenes for the homophobic leader as he attempts to give a speech to the sounds of chanting against his anti-gay law

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni is spending some a few days in the British capital, and he has been unable to escape criticism of his anti-gay law.

Last night (7 May), he showed up at St James’ Court hotel in London to give a speech following the UK-Uganda Business Forum which he participated in earlier that day at the invitation of the UK government.

But from inside, you could hear the many protestors outside chanting, drumming and speaking out against the homophobic law.

April 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espín will welcome hundreds of delegates for International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) this May to champion LGBTI rights, including legal same-sex partnerships, on the island

Amidst global celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 17 May, Cuba’s LGBTI community is holding a quiet revolution.

And Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of president Raul Castro, is so proud she’s welcoming over 400 delegates from London, South America and the Caribbean to look at the best strategies to eradicate discrimination and pave the way for gender equality in Cuba.

April 20, 2014

President of Zimbabwe tells the BBC: 'I pity the one lady I admire, the Queen, that she is in these circumstances, I'm sure down deep she must be groaning [at] the loss of values in Britain'

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has lashed out on Britain claiming it had 'gone to the dogs' and people with 'gay habits' should be ashamed.

In a BBC interview that aired on Saturday night, the 90-year-old president, added that he felt 'pity' for the Queen 'at the loss of values'.

April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 14, 2014

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted Thursday in support of targeted sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people after they passed harsh new laws eroding the rights of gay people

The European Parliament has voted in support of sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over the passage of draconian new anti-gay laws.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law in January which makes being anyway involved in a same-sex marriage an actual crime punishable by serious jail time and also bans any advocacy in support of LGBTI rights or support for gay people.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

March 3, 2014

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has accused the Anglican Church of being 'spiritually blind' on the issue of homosexuality

Uganda is threatening to break away from the Church of England over gay rights.

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has said the head of the Anglican Church has become ‘spiritually blind’ on homosexuality.

Addressing Christians at St Andrew’s Church in Bukoto, he said he had received a letter from Ugandan-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In the letter co-signed by Archbishop of Canterbury, they said the Church of England was ‘concerned’ about the African country’s homophobia.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 24, 2014

Cher said no, and the world listened. From ballet demonstrations to national commercials, from tweets to open letters, here are the 14 ways the world came together for the Russian LGBTI community

Did you pour your Stoli vodka down a drain, or stop eating McDonald’s during the Winter Olympics?

In recent months Russia has been at the center of a civil rights firestorm, between president Putin signing anti-gay laws to politicians threatening LGBTI Olympic athletes and spectators.

Even though the Sochi Winter Olympics wrapped up this weekend, the reactions to Russia's anti-gay laws are still being seen, heard and felt around the world.

February 24, 2014

‘Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality'

The United States has condemned President Yoweri Museveni for taking a step backward by signing the anti-gay bill into law today (24 February).

It is one of the most draconic legislations in the world, toughening up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.

February 20, 2014

Conservative life peer caused controversy last year when he said the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales would lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.