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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 7, 2014

At least 17 gay people, with the majority of them being under the age of 25, have attempted to kill themselves over Uganda parliament introducing the anti-gay law

A Uganda gay teen has committed suicide over the homophobic law, it was reported today (7 April).

The young man, who we will call Denis, overdosed on pills and swallowed rat poison around a month ago.

For the past few weeks, he showed little signs of recovery as he slipped in and out of consciousness. He also lost his ability to speak.

Last Thursday (3 April), Denis was pronounced dead. He was just 17 years old.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a Uganda LGBTI activist, paid tribute to Denis saying he was ‘gone too soon’.

April 2, 2014

In a sermon to thousands of folllowers, Emmanuel Makandiwa said gay billionaires were tricking people to believe same-sex marriage is normal

In a sermon to 50,000 eager followers, a self-declared 'prophet' in Zimbabwe has branded gay people to be tools of the devil.

Emmanuel Makandiwa pronounced gays to be 'mentally sick' and said Satan has a strategy to make it hard for the public to realise LGBTI people are evil.

The leader of the United Family International Church (UFIC) said: ‘What amazes me is that some of these people are billionaires. Some of these people with reprobate minds are in political positions.

'Now they are passing laws to support homosexuality.’

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

March 17, 2014

Australian-American business magnate accuses Guinness of being manipulated by gay rights organizations after the Irish drinks company pulled out of sponsoring New York City's St Patrick's Day parade

Australian-American press tycoon Rupert Murdoch has attacked gay rights groups for ‘bullying’ today (17 March).

The owner of organizations such as US’ Fox News and UK’s The Sun and the now defunct News of the World stepped into the controversy surrounding the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Ireland’s most popular stout revealed it would no longer be sponsoring New York City’s parade.

February 26, 2014

New survey finds at least a third of US adults 18-34 left religion over 'negative teachings and treatments' towards the LGBTI community

A staggering number of young people have left their religion over the negative treatment of gays, a new survey has found.

While it is widely recognized younger people are more likely to be atheist than their elders, this is one of the first surveys to ask why Americans under 34 are less religious.

Released today by the Public Religion Research, it found nearly one third of millenials left the faith as they grew up because of ‘negative teachings’ or ‘negative treatment’ related to gays and lesbians.

February 20, 2014

Joaquim Chissano has called on African leaders to remember the immortal words of Nelson Mandela and to fight for equality

Mozambique’s former president has called for Africa to respect and stop introducing harsher penalties for homosexuality.

Joaquim Chissano, who served as the country’s second president from 1986 to 2005, has reacted to Nigeria introducing one of the most draconic homophobic laws in the world.

Not only does the law ban gay marriage and gay rights organizations, but any person who even provides services to someone LGBT could be imprisoned.

February 18, 2014

LEZS editor-in-chief Wang Ann-jiun urges other gay celebrities to follow her example for gay rights

The editor-in-chief of a lesbian magazine has publicly come out as gay at Taiwan’s legislative building today (18 Feb).

Wang Ann-jiun, whose LEZS is billed as Asia’s only lesbian lifestyle magazine, made her sexual orientation known, as she and other gay rights supporters met with the Legislative Yuan President to seek help in facilitating changes to the Civil Code.

‘I was born a lesbian,’ said the 32 year-old Wang, in front of the President.

February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

February 11, 2014

Nigerian LGBTI activists are calling on people around the world to hold protests against homophobic legislation

Gay people in Nigeria are calling on the world to help them protest against anti-gay laws.

Signed into law by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan in January this year, the Solidarity Alliance is hoping international pressure could help repeal the legislation.

The law prescribes 14 years of imprisonment for LGBTI people in the country, and also criminalizes the witnessing or aiding of same-sex relationships.

February 3, 2014

In an effort to protect children from 'Western values', Moscow Helsinki Group says Vladimir Putin is not doing what is in best interest for children

Banning gay propaganda in Russia is harming children, a Russian human rights group has said.

Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest Russian human rights organization, has released a report on the situation of children in the country.

The report shows how Russia is disregarding the United Nations who believes countries must always act in best interest of the child.

But with the sharp rise in homophobia and anti-gay attacks in recent years, the MHG believes the quality of life for teens is at threat.

January 30, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, will receive the Freedom of the City of London accolade for his work to end homophobic bullying in schools

A gay soldier is to receive a historic London honor for fighting to end homophobic bullying in schools.

James Wharton, one of the first openly gay soldiers in the British Army, will receive the Freedom of the City of London next month.

‘I'm honored to be awarded such an historic accolade and I accept the Freedom of the City with great humility,’ he said.

‘I find it incredible that, in the space of 45 years, we have gone from criminalizing gay people to awarding and recognizing the contribution that we make to British society.'

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

December 29, 2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed.

December 28, 2013

Some 5.6% of respondents admit having been in a same-sex relationship

China's largest dating and marriage website says roughly one out of every 20 university students in the country has had a lover of the same sex.

In an effective poll of 8894 respondents by Jiayuan.com, 5.57 percent admitted being in a gay love at least once, reports news portal Danlan.

A Google expert has also estimated the number of gay men in the United States at roughly 1 in 20.

December 21, 2013

Local Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Christian chiefs say the court prevents India from ‘going on to the path of destruction’

In a rare display of unity, six leaders of different religious hues in India have released a joint statement to commend the apex court’s decision to reaffirm the country’s colonial anti-sodomy law, and warn against any repeal in violation of eastern culture.

December 15, 2013

Amazon, The Home Depot and Sony on list of 26 brands which don’t make the mark for anti-gay consumers at Christmas

American Express, Adidas, Microsoft and Target have all been listed as too gay-friendly for Christmas by anti-gay Christians.

They have made a list, they’ve checked it twice, they’ve decided who is naughty and nice.

While some companies like Hallmark and Toys R Us still make it into the ‘faith-friendly’ category despite supporting LGBTI equality, others like Gap, Visa and Sears are deemed beyond the pale.

December 13, 2013

Thousands of Indians, both straight and gay alike, have changed their profile to a picture of them kissing someone of the same gender

India’s youth is fighting back against the Supreme Court’s decision to ban gay sex.

Thousands of straight allies and gay couples have posted pictures of themselves up on Facebook, aiming to celebrate homosexuality.

Organizer Tanmay Sahay said: ‘All you have to do is change your profile picture to one in which you are kissing someone from your gender in protest of the Supreme Court of India's ruling that criminalizes homosexuality.

December 11, 2013

British pop legend has written an open letter to explain why he decided to go to Moscow and Kazan and speak out against the gay propaganda ban during his concerts

Elton John, the gay British pop legend, has done it. He has gone to Russia to perform, spoken out against the law and has appeared to come back unscathed.

While we do not know whether the promoter, like with Lady Gaga’s tour, will be fined, but for now it seems like the singer has done his job.

Following his performances on 6 and 7 December in Moscow and Kazan, he met with gay and HIV rights activists.

For his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the singer decided to write an open letter about his experiences.

Check it out below:

December 3, 2013

The iconic gay pop artist is scheduled to perform at two different locations in Russia this weekend, but speculations abound his gigs could be cancelled for speaking out on the country's anti-gay laws

Sir Elton John is set to perform in Russia this week, but fears are rising the concerts could be cancelled because of a Russian law banning 'gay propaganda'.

Sir Elton John is one of the most famous gay entertainers in the world, known by his fans for his outspoken views on gay rights, and earlier this year said he would perform in Russia to show support for the country's LGBTI community.

November 28, 2013

After tying up and beating two members of Kouraj, a Haitian gay rights organization, three men ransacked the office and stole files with member information

Three armed men raided a gay rights group’s office in Haiti last week.

According to human rights group Amnesty International, the three men ransacked the office of the Kouraj group, an LGBTI rights group on the island, wielding handguns and machetes.

The attackers reportedly tied up and beat two group members who were in the office, directing anti-gay remarks at the two activists and saying the center shouldn’t be allowed to operate.

November 20, 2013

The second most common word to appear in the headline of a new story posted by Australians to social media in 2012 was ‘gay,’ showing how important the debate over LGBTI rights has become in Australia

A three month analysis of Australians’ social media habits has found that articles with the word ‘gay’ in the headline were the second most shared in 2012 – with only articles with the word ‘you’ trending higher.

The Share Wars project found that Australians tended to share stories about gay rights issues in order to express moral judgement and what they saw as the social norm, and Australians most often shared stories about gay issues in order to show their support.

November 7, 2013

As three men face 14 years in prison for being gay, Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has said no one should be discriminated against for being gay

Zambia’s first lady has made ‘miracles’ happen as she becomes one of the most senior names in politics to stand up for gay rights.

Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has called for an end to discrimination of gay and bisexual men.

Speaking during a reception hosted by UNAIDS in the county’s capital Lasaka, she reflected on the recent waves of outings of LGBTI people by Zambian tabloids.

‘Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,’ she said.

November 6, 2013

Messages of support and scorn are flooding in as the Catholics, Church of Ireland and LGBTI campaigners have their say on a equal marriage referendum in 2015

In what could be one of the fiercest fights for gay marriage across the globe, Ireland’s Prime Minister has thrown down the gauntlet by revealing his ‘strong support’ for the issue.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised to campaign for it in a referendum in front of reporters last night (5 November), ending a long silence over his views on equal marriage.

The Government has decided the Irish public will vote on same-sex marriage by mid-2015.