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April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 3, 2014

Co-founder could not overcome controversy over his donation to  Prop 8 anti-gay marriage referendum

After less than two weeks on the job, Brendon Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corp.

His undoing was a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, an anti-gay marriage referendum that was successfully overturned last year.

News of the donation emerged last week and the backlash continued to gain momentum with company employees using Twitter to call for his ouster and the dating site OK Cupid temporarily blocking the site.

April 1, 2014

Online dating website OkCupid has weighed in on Mozilla’s controversial new CEO Brendan Eich – urging its users to switch browsers over his past anti-LGBTI rights activism

Online dating website OkCupid has urged its users not to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser over the company’s appointment of a new CEO that donated to keep California’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mozilla appointed JavaScript creator Brendan Eich to be its new CEO on 24 March, raising the eyebrows of many LGBTI employees of the company as he had donated a thousand dollars to the campaign that put same-sex marriage on the ballot paper in California – resulting in the state ceasing to marry same-sex couples from November of 2008 until June of 2013.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

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.

February 18, 2014

Season 8 runner-up returns this week as mentor and says 'show is doing a really good job this year of revamping'

Adam Lambert may not have won the American Idol crown but the season 8 runner-up returns to the show this week a superstar.

The Grammy nominee, the first openly gay artist to ever have an album reach the number one spot on the Billboard sales charts, likes what is happening to the singing competition this season.

'I think the show is doing a really good job this year of kind of revamping a little bit and keeping up with the times,' Lambert says.

February 3, 2014

The Australian Government has chosen a teacher and author who once wrote that students should be taught to see LGBTI issues in a negative light to review the national school curriculum

The Australian Government has chosen a former teacher and author about education who once wrote that schools should reflect the views of homophobic parents to review Australia’s nation school curriculum.

Kevin Donnelly, director of the Melbourne based Education Standards Institute, was chosen alongside Professor Ken Wiltshire to conduct the review of the national curriculum and suggest changes to it.

January 23, 2014

Leading LGB advocate, known for his sharp wit and tireless work ethic, will be stepping down as Chief Executive of British gay lobbying charity Stonewall

Ben Summerskill will be stepping down as Chief Executive of UK gay, bisexual and lesbian charity Stonewall, it was announced today (23 January).

After 11 years at the helm, he has seen gay rights change in this country from the repeal of Section 28 to same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He will be leaving to enjoy some time off and to take a breather from his tireless work over the past decade.

January 23, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).

January 15, 2014

Co-founder of LGBTI Republican group GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia announced Monday he was no longer a Republican because of the party’s tolerance for anti-gay bigotry

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia has quit the US Republican Party over the party’s tolerance for homophobia and a leadership that he says is controlled by ‘big government conservatives.’

GOProud was founded in 2009 by former Log Cabin Republicans Christopher R Barron and LaSalvia because they felt that group was not conservative enough.

But on Monday LaSalvia posted on his blog, ‘So I changed my voter registration today – “No Party”’

January 8, 2014

Filipino American Gregory Cendana has become the first openly gay man to head the US’ National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Gregory Cendana has become the first openly gay man and first Filipino elected to chair the US National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Founded in 1996, NCAPA is a coalition of 31 national Asian Pacific American organizations representing the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities.

January 7, 2014

'It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, "Yes, I said all those things, please end my career now"'

Chris Kluwe, the former NFL punter who has made explosive allegations of homophobia against a former coach, says he's not surprised he's being called a liar.

‘Well, you know, it’s not like he’s going to come out and say, yes, I said all those things, please end my career now,' Kluwe told CNN's Anderson Cooper of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

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’.

November 27, 2013

Soap star's exit is set to be 'explosive' as he goes to seek other projects

Gay actor Charlie Condou has announced he is leaving one of Britain’s all time favorite soaps Coronation Street.

The actor plays Marcus Dent and is set to leave the soap in 2014.

After his controversial relationship with Maria, he will fall in love with returning gay character Todd Grimshaw played by Bruno Langley.

Revealing his departure on Twitter, saying: ‘So this is what I’m doing. Or rather, not doing for much longer’.

November 17, 2013

The former UKIP member has revealed her trans history in her new autobiography

A British member of the European Parliament has revealed she is a transwoman.


Nikki Sinclaire MEP, a former member of the United Kingdom Independence Party, revealed she had undertaken gender reassignment surgery over 20 years ago in her autobiography, Never Give Up.


Sinclaire believes this makes her the UK's first trans parliamentarian.


October 19, 2013

President Barack Obama calls Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary nominee, 'an absolutely critical member of my national security team'

President Barack Obama has nominated Jeh Johnson, a lawyer who co-authored the US Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell study, to be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

DADT forced gay and lesbian personnel to conceal their sexual orientation in order to avoid being discharged.

October 17, 2013

British Prime Minister praises Turing who broke German codes during World War II and tells the Commons his prosecution for gay sex was ‘completely wrong’

British Prime Minister David Cameron will ‘look at’ giving a pardon to World War II hero Alan Turing who was later persecuted for being gay.

Cameron made the commitment at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session when quizzed by openly-gay Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) Stephen Gilbert.

Turing was a mathematics genius who worked as a codebreaker during the war, famously breaking the Enigma Code so the Allies could read Nazi communications.

October 15, 2013

Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies has said that if Australia legalizes same-sex marriage they should be referred to as ‘unholy matrimony’ by Christians

If Australia legalizes same-sex marriage, Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies says it should be described as ‘unholy matrimony’ by Christians.Davies made the comments yesterday in his 2013 presidential address to the Sydney Anglican Synod.

Davies conceded ‘agitation for so-called gay marriage’ will not ‘easily disappear,’ but reiterated his church's opposition to it, saying it was contrary to God’s will.

October 6, 2013

Jacob's now-ex partner Harry Louis announces the couple's split on social media

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs has split from his long-term boyfriend Harry Louis.

Jacobs, 50, began dating the 25 year old Brazilian porn star in 2011.

Louis has cited the distance between them, combined with their heavy workloads, as the reason for their split.

Louis posted a picture of the couple together on Instagram, edited to look smashed. He also shared the image on his Twitter account.

However, despite the imagery, Louis insists the couple are still friends.

September 10, 2013

He is being charged with eight offenses alleged between 2002 and 2013

British gay MP Nigel Evans has resigned from his post as deputy speaker of The House of Commons.

The resignation today (10 September) came after Crown Prosecution Service announced that he is being charged with sexual assault, rape and other offenses.

'We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans,' said Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions told BBC News.

August 23, 2013

The UK capital's biggest minicab firm is under fire after a driver allegedly called a gay couple 'dirty' for being intimate in his car

A London minicab driver was fired today after kicking out a gay couple for holding hands.

On 21 August, Twitter user Liam Kelly said he had left London bar G-A-Y Late in Soho and got into an Addison Lee car with his boyfriend.

After holding hands, the couple were allegedly ejected for being ‘dirty’.

‘Just been ejected from an @AddisonLeeCabs taxi for being gay. Thanks for the homophobic treatment,’ Kelly said.

July 17, 2013

Heather Mizeur wants to succeed outgoing governor Martin O'Malley

The US could have its first openly gay governor if Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur succeeds in getting elected to the highest office in her state.

Mizeur announced today that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for governor to succeed Martin O'Malley who cannot run again due to term limits.

She would also be the first female governor in Maryland history.

July 8, 2013

LGBT Somali refugees and people with HIV fear persecution if they return to Somalia from Kenya despite calls by the UN for refugees to return to rebuild the nation

LGBT Somalis living in Kenya have expressed their fears about returning to their homelands despite calls by the United Nations for refugees to return to rebuild the country.

LGBTs can technically be imprisoned for up to 14 years for same-sex conduct in Kenya compared to 3 years under Somali federal law, but the Al-Shabaab islamist militant group has enforced the death penalty against LGBTs in the areas it holds.