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October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 19, 2014

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent'

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the US, is endorsing the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug approved for PrEP.

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent,' the organization said in a statement.

October 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, refutes claims the disease outbreak has anything to do with homosexuality

The Ebola virus doesn't care who it kills. Many straight and gay people have died, many have been orphaned, and others have had their lives ruined over this outbreak.

And even though this should be the last thing anyone should be thinking about, some church leaders like the ones in Liberia have chosen to blame the deadly disease on gay people.

September 30, 2014

'Meg and I were jumped coming home from a birthday party,' one of the victims said. 'I thought my girl was dead.'

A gay couple were attacked in Long Beach, California as they were riding their bicycles.

Jamie Jarvis and Meg Taylor said they got jumped after coming home after a birthday party on Saturday evening (27 September).

Posting a graphic photo of the couple's injuries on Facebook, Jarvis claimed she was attacked by three African-American females that were inside two separate vehicles, a silver Mercedes SUV and a silver four-door Ford Focus.

She says, after the attack, that she was afraid 'my girl was dead'.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 15, 2014

The men attacked a German activist after he attended an LGBTI rights conference

Three men arrested in connection to an attack on a gay rights activist in Belgrade have been caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old German man, who has only been identified as DH, was hit over the head with a glass ashtray early on Saturday morning after he attended an LGBTI rights conference in the Serbian capital organised by lesbian group Labris.

His attackers shouted, 'We don't want foreigners in Belgrade!' 

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 14, 2014

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through central Belgrade for the first time since 2010 in protest of the latest attack on Saturday

A German gay rights activist has been hospitalized with 'life-threatening' injuries after he was attacked by several assailants in downtown Belgrade early on Saturday morning, according to Deutsche Welle quoting AP and AFP.

The man is being hospitalized 'with severe head injuries and bleeding, so he has had surgery and been put in intensive care,' Dusan Jovanovic, of Belgrade's Emergency centre, was quoted by AFP as saying.

September 9, 2014

The attacker embedded a hammer in his teenage victim's head

A man who attacked his gay roomate with a hammer as he slept at their apartment in Kent has been sentenced to 14 years in jail.

Connor Huntley, 18, was found alive on his blood-spattered airbed in May last year but with the claw hammer embedded in his head. It was his first night at the apartment.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

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 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 6, 2014

A 29-year-old New Yorker had her face slashed on Friday by a homeless man with a knife after she came to the defense of her friend who he was calling gay slurs

32-year-old homeless man Takeam Brison has been charged with a hate crime after he slashed the face of a 29-year-old woman who came to the defense of a friend on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Brison told police that he had called 911 to complain that ‘a group of homosexuals’ were following him and he approached a group of friends around 10:40pm on Friday night, calling one of them a ‘faggot,’ and asking, ‘Am I in Faggotville?’

The woman told Brison to stop abusing her friend at which point he produced a pocket knife and slashed her face.

August 3, 2014

Uganda president Museveni said his trip to Washington next week had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill, and sounded defiant on the future of the bill

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has said the US had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill on Friday (1 August).

Speaking at a press conference, the anti-gay leader denied the US put any pressure on him to get rid of the draconian bill.

‘I was going to Washington with the bill when it was stopped. It has nothing to do with us going to Washington,’ he told Agence France Press.

He also commented on reports circulating about countries stopping their aid to Uganda, which he also denied.

July 23, 2014

An Egyptian cleric has accused extreme Islamists and terrorists of having gay anal sex together while fighting in the name of Allah

Militant Islamists and terrorists are waging ‘anal jihad’ by having gay anal sex with each other, an Egyptian cleric has claimed.

There is even a ‘fatwa’ or religious edict allowing it, says Mazhar Shahin.

But others have claimed Shahin may be simply trying to discredit the Muslim Brotherhood, who were kicked out of power last year in Egypt and who he fiercely opposes.

A video picked up by progressive online news show The Young Turks shows Shahin describing ‘anal jihad’ on Egyptian channel al-Tahrir.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 15, 2014

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in June to protest his church’s refusal to marry same-sex couples, prejudice against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world – hoping his death could make a change

A Texan retired United Methodist minister has made the ultimate sacrifice to protest discrimination against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world, burning himself to death in a car park in his home town of Grand Saline.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in the car park of a shopping mall, emulating Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War and Tibetan monks who did the same more recently to protest China’s rule over their country.

July 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 3, 2014

A working group of experts reviewing the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases guidelines has recommended the removal of several ‘disorders’ that continue to stigmatize LGBTIs as sick despite the removal of homosexuality as a disorder in 1990

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to remove several classifications in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines as the United Nations body prepares to release a new edition of the guidelines in 2017.

The recommendation was made by a working group of health experts from around the world who have been tasked by the WHO to review the F66 section of the guidelines.

The ICD has not listed homosexuality as a disorder in-and-of-itself since 1990.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

July 1, 2014

'We could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in'

Matt Bomer still hopes to portray closeted gay actor Montomery Clift in an upcoming film.

But the actor makes clear he will only participate if the project is handled with respect.

Clift was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and 50s and had a life-long close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor (pictured with him, below), his co-star in A Place in the Sun, Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.