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April 7, 2014

Kuwaiti MP Hamdan Al Azimi, who earlier this month called for the police to raid gay people in their homes has said he is willing to meet with homosexuals who want ‘solutions for their issues.’

Kuwaiti MP Hamdan Al Azimi has called for homosexuals to come forward to have their ‘physiological and psychological issues’ ‘treated’ by health professionals just days after he called for police to raid homosexuals in their homes to catch them in the act.

Earlier this month Al Azimi called on the Interior Ministry to launch raids on apartments where ‘gay people indulge in their illicit debauchery that could not be tolerated under any pretext.’

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

April 4, 2014

Three of the eight victims of the Los Angeles invasive bacterial meningitis outbreak have died and all three who died were men who had sex with men

Three of the eight people who have contracted invasive bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles this year have died and all three were men who had sex with other men.

The announcement of the men’s death comes as Los Angeles County health officials ramp up calls for all men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease – with free vaccines available for those without health care.

March 20, 2014

17-year-old student delivered a touching speech for LGBTI rights in Saporro, Japan

A gay Japanese student  is setting the world alight with his inspiring coming out speech called 'I Have A Dream Too'.

The 17-year-old boy entered the Hokkaido Prefectural English Speech Contest with his oration on LGBT rights last year.

He begun his inspiring monologue by describing the anti-gay legislation recently passed by Russia and the effect it would have on the Western societies.

‘Why do gay people have to face discrimination? Is it because they are not heterosexual?’, he asked.

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 12, 2014

A 35-year-old from Nepal hopes to be the first known trans person to reach the peak, aiming to prove LGBTI people can conquer any challenge

A woman is hoping to make history by becoming the first known trans person to climb Mount Everest.

Manoj Shahi Monika, a 35-year-old from Nepal who describes herself as third gender, has lived in the shadows of the mountain’s dizzy heights for her whole life.

But now she is determined to conquer the world’s tallest peak to give a message to the world that LGBTI people can take on any challenge.

March 10, 2014

Man who helped to set up an anti-homophobia in football group was stabbed in the arms and lung after a rally celebrating International Women's Day

A 25-year-old gay rights activist is fighting for life after being reportedly stabbed by Nazis in Sweden.

Showan Shattak was assaulted by extreme right-wing thugs in Malmö on Saturday night (8 March).

A football fan and activist against human rights abuses, he attended a rally to celebrate International Women’s Day and fight against sexism.

According to his friends, the gang of neo-Nazis attacked him as he was heading home after the protest.

Shattak was stabbed in the arms and lung causing life-threatening injuries.

February 26, 2014

Despite the new anti-gay law that states you must report homosexuals to the police, the health minister has promised doctors and nurses will be able to keep patient confidentiality

Uganda’s health minister has said gay people will still have access to healthcare despite the introduction of the new anti-gay law.

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has suggested the law will not apply to doctors or other healthcare professionals when LGBT people go to hospitals to seek treatment.

Under the law, it will be illegal to not report gay people to the police.

Health charities have warned that the law will be catastrophic in the fight against HIV, as gay people will be unable to be fully honest with doctors.

February 24, 2014

Embattled actor also rips Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin and laments being thought of as a homophobe

Alec Baldwin has penned a blistering magazine piece in which he says goodbye to public life asd laments being thought of as homophobic following a run-in with a photographer last November.

Despite the incident being captured by a TMZ camera, Baldwin denies calling the photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

In a New York Magazine piece scheduled to be published Monday and posted early online by Gawker, Baldwin tries to explain himself - exhaustively.

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, a gay dad of two tells his 11-year-old sons how they have made him into a superhero

The other day, my friend John linked me onto a tweet from a gentleman in Utah. The man was Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mero’s organization had just submitted an amicus brief in the pending same-sex marriage case in Utah, one of which, he is very proud. ‘A brilliant articulation of the state interest in marriage. Can’t wait for the plaintiffs’ non-response,’ were his exact words.

February 14, 2014

Paul Hard wants to be listed as surviving spouse on death certificate and proceeds from pending wrongful death lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a surviving spouse who is challenging Alabama's laws banning gay marriage.

Paul Hard is fighting for his 2011 Massachusetts marriage to David Fancher to be recognized in Alabama, the state the couple was living in when Fancher was killed in a car crash in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed on Hard's behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks to overturn the Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.

February 14, 2014

Texas Republican introduces bill that would prevent federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where there is a ban in place

Accusing the Obama administration of 'trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states,' Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Thursday (13 February) that would limit federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, wants to pass the State Defense of Marriage Act which would limit federal programs and benefits to married gay or lesbian couples living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

February 7, 2014

19-year-old Jamie Jackson, who was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, has been awarded $40,000 in costs against the NSW Police Force and now intends to sue for damages

Sydney teenager Jamie Jackson has been awarded $39,000 but the officer who assaulted him while he was handcuffed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is still working for the police.

Jackson, then 18, had been watching the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade when two police officers arrested him over they say was a kick at another spectator which did not connect.

February 6, 2014

Mock calmly tries to educate a defensive Morgan who feels he's been unfairly vilified by the trans community he supports

Piers Morgan and transgender author Janet Mock squared-off on Morgan's CNN show Wednesday (6 February) night - a day after an earlier interview resulted in a bitter Twitter war.

'I've spent an infuriating 24 hours and I want you to help explain why I've had to go through this,' said an aggrieved Morgan who opened up the program with a 1:35 question/statement explaining his fury.

February 4, 2014

A 30-year-old Libyan Muslim man with a history of instability has been arrested over an attempted New Years Eve arson attack on a Seattle, Washington gay bar but the incident does not appear to have been a hate crime

30-year-old Libyan US resident Musab Mohamed Musmari has been arrested over a New Years Eve incident where 750 people were forced to flee Seattle’s Neighbours night club to escape a fire.

Musmari, who also uses the surname Masmari, was caught Saturday preparing to flee the country on a one-way ticket to Turkey.

January 29, 2014

US singer and Christian Martha Wash dismisses UKIP member David Silvester’s biblical theories

Original Weather Girl Martha Wash has some news for the politician who blamed gay people for God bringing floods to Britain, saying God loves 'all people'.

In response to the media storm surrounding the homophobic remarks made by UKIP politician David Silvester, a campaign was launched to get gay anthem Weather Girls' 'It's Raining Men' to the top of the UK charts.

The 61-year-old Wash, enjoying her comeback in the charts, called the British suspended councilor 'daft' and 'out of touch with reality'.

January 28, 2014

Now anti-gay bigots are trying to block straight marriages

For years, in thousands of same-sex marriage debates which I have participated, those opposing marriage equality have claimed if it was made legal, harm would be done to opposite-sex marriages.

There was nothing about their argument that seemed the least bit logical, so I fought back vehemently with all the rational thought I could muster against, what to me, was a purely irrational concept.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

January 10, 2014

The National Hockey League (NHL) has becomes the first professional sport league in the US to have pro-LGBT representation from each of its teams

Every Northern American professional ice hockey league team has at least one pro-gay player.

The National Hockey League (NHL), the world’s most popular leaguge of its kind,  has secured pro-LGBT representation from every single team.

It comes as Colorado Avalanches player Gabriel Landeskog announced his support of the campaign in an advertisement launched on Tuesday (7 January).

A You Can Play spokesperson said: ‘Today’s NHL milestone is a step.

December 16, 2013

Judge rules that if one partner has life-threatening illness, couples can marry before law goes into effect in June 2014

Same-sex marriage does not become legal in Illinois until next June but two couples were able to exchange vows today (16 December) due to life threatening illness and others will be allowed to follow.

A federal judge has ordered that marriage licenses be immediately granted to all same-sex couples in the state who can provide a doctor's declaration stating that one or both of them is seriously ill enough to possibly not survive until the summer.

December 16, 2013

Unconfirmed reports claim two Nigerian men were beaten to death as a crowd watched and did nothing

A video has surfaced online appearing to show two gay men being beaten with sticks and wooden planks.

In the short two-and-a-half minute video, a crowd is gathered around the two broken half-naked men on the ground.

And in further horrific scenes from the film, one man’s head is split open and his brains pour out of his skull.

With the mob’s weapons, they appear to brutally murder them. It is impossible to say whether the men are dead but they stop moving and the injuries appear to be life threatening.

December 10, 2013

Uganda’s Health Minister plans to roll out a series of HIV clinics targeting the needs of LGBTIs and sex workers in the East African nation, but the country’s Minster for Ethics and Integrity is outraged by the plan

18 months after attacking activists for opening a HIV clinic for LGBTIs in Kampala, Uganda’s Health Ministry has announced plans for similar clinics of their own – but the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity is strongly against them, showing a split in the government.

December 9, 2013

In a controversial move, the Kremlin has announced a restricting of the country’s media outlets, putting an anti-gay commentator at the head of the new state-run media conglomerate

Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Kiselyov to head a newly organized state-run media agency.

Sparking controversy for liquidating a radio broadcasting agency, a news agency and the official government newspaper, Putin has also assigned Kiselyov to run what is now being called Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).

Kiselyov’s appointment comes as a surprise move given the global criticism of Putin over his new law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’.