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May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 25, 2015

Says he will bypass legislature and 'directly enforce' marriage equality

Taiwanese presidential hopeful Shih Ming-teh on Sunday (24 May) said he will allow gay couples to marry and give them the same rights as straight couples if he is elected.

The 74-year-old said posted an article about the Irish referendum on Facebook with the comment, 'If only I was elected president, in fact the Legislative Yuan wouldn't need to pass any new bills.'

May 25, 2015

Local campaigners in Roscommon-South Leitrim say very few politicians responded to their letters and phone calls

 Campaigners in the Irish constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim have blamed local politicians for the return of a ‘no’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

The constituency was the only one in the Republic of Ireland to return a ‘no’ vote in the historic referendum.

The YesEquality Roscommon group have said they ‘watched in envy’ as politicians from across Ireland backed the equal rights campaign, saying that compared to the rest of the country, they only received backing from two politicians.

May 25, 2015

City's only gay lawmaker proposed the motion

Hong Kong's parliament could debate same-sex unions by the end of the year.

The city's first openly gay lawmaker Ray Chan said Sunday (24 May) that he had proposed a motion to discuss the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships earlier this year.

'In January this year, I submitted a motion to the Legislative Council urging the government to conclude a civil union law, and legislate to protect the rights of same-sex couples who enter a relationship,' he wrote on Facebook.

'The earliest it will be debated is later this year.'

May 23, 2015

Franklin Graham blasts Robert Gates for wanting to end organization's ban on gay adults

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, is blasting the president of the Boy Scouts of America for wanting to end the group's ban on gay adults.

Franklin Graham accuses BSA President Robert Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense of 'not having the moral courage to do what is right.'

'What are you thinking?' he asked Gates in Facebook post. 'This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would put young, innocent boys at risk.'

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

NYPD is seeking Bayna El-Amin in beating caught on video by customer which then went viral

A suspect has been identified in the brutal attack of a gay couple earlier this month at the 'Dallas BBQ' restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The attack, captured on video, shows Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams being hit over their heads with a chair on 5 May by a man New York City police have identified as Bayna El-Amin.

May 19, 2015

Ohio bar is facing negative reviews and a boycott

A Ohio bartender who wrote 'fags' on a customers' receipt has claimed it was a 'joke'.

Alissa Maugen, who was serving her friends at West End Tavern in Cleveland, put the homophobic slur on the ticket.

Thinking it was funny, the group then put it on Instagram.

But it soon started going viral on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, with several Ohioans saying they plan to never go to the bar again.

May 19, 2015

Following global media coverage the city's councilor for transport matters announced the lights will become a permanent sight in the Austrian capital

Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights will not be removed in June but are set to become a permanent sight in the Austrian capital.

Maria Vassilakou, Vienna’s councilor for transport matters, shared the news on her Facebook page yesterday, quoting the attention and support the traffic lights received.

In her post, Vassilakou said the traffic lights – showing gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples at dozens of crossings throughout the city – ‘do not only have thousands of fans on Facebook but have become a popular sight to include in pictures’.

May 17, 2015

Reverend Warren Hall supported the NO H8 campaign

A Catholic priest has said he was sacked for supporting LGBTI rights.

Reverend Warren Hall, who used to work at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, posted a message on Facebook supporting the NO H8  campaign.

'I've been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT "NO H8",' he said on Twitter.

'I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here.

It came as the university’s basketball team recruited Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player.

May 14, 2015

'Bostian was active in the Proposition 8 fight'

The engineer who was involved in Tuesday (12 May) night's Amtrak train crash has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian.

His lawyer, and officials at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he received treatment, confirmed the identity of the 32-year-old resident of Queens, New York.

Bostian likes several LGBTI pages on Facebook and was interviewed at a gay marriage protest in 2012.

May 13, 2015

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs'

At 55, Allison Janney has never been married.

But the six-time Emmy winner doesn't rule out getting hitched one day - possibly to a gay man.

'I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,' she tells The Advocate in an interview posted Wednesday (13 May).

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs. Maybe I’d get on Tinder?'

May 13, 2015

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport

Gender variant artist Del LaGrace Volcano has been deleted off Facebook because they refused to believe their real name.

It’s part of an ongoing war between the social network and a wide variety of its users, including non-binary, transgender people, drag queens and others.

Volcano, who lives as both male and female, is internationally famous for producing images, films and performance focusing on the masculine and feminine.

May 13, 2015

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport

Gender variant artist Del LaGrace Volcano has been deleted off Facebook because they refused to believe their real name.

It’s part of an ongoing war between the social network and a wide variety of its users, including non-binary, transgender people, drag queens and others.

Volcano, who lives as both male and female, is internationally famous for producing images, films and performance focusing on the masculine and feminine.

May 10, 2015

'Your first relationship starts with yourself. Know who you are and cultivate that'

Tonight, May 9, is all about the LGBTI media that portrays our humanity.

LGBTI stars, and their glitterati allies, walked GLAAD's red carpet for the group's 26th annual award show.

GSN's camera was clicking away so check our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.

May 9, 2015

Father’s letter is a lesson in tolerance for us all

When husbands Eric and Rich McCaffrey decided to baptize their young son, Jack, they hoped it would be a day of joy and happiness for their entire family.

Instead of being welcomed with open arms, however, the couple were left stunned and disappointed when Jack was turned away from the Cathedral Church of St Luke in Orlando, Florida - just three days before the service was due to take place.

May 8, 2015

Wisconsin teen was constantly tormented for being 'feminine'

A bullied 15-year-old transgender girl committed suicide last week days after coming out.

Cameron Langrell from Racine, Wisconsin told her parents a few years ago that she felt trapped in the wrong body.

She recently announced she was transgender and dating a boy on Facebook, and changed the gender on her profile to female.

Days later on 30 April, her mother, Jamie Olender, found her dead in the basement of their home.

May 8, 2015

'It has become clear that Facebook’s apology was empty and their promise to make any real change to their policy was a lie.'

A group of drag queens and members of the LGBTI community have reignited the protest over Facebook’s ‘real name policy’ months after a public apology.

An online petition has been started by user Lil Miss Hot Mess, asking the organizers of San Francisco Pride and New York Pride to ban Facebook from participating in the events; as of today, roughly 1800 people have signed the petition.

On 1 June they are also planning to hold a protest outside Facebook’s headquarters.

May 8, 2015

'It has become clear that Facebook’s apology was empty and their promise to make any real change to their policy was a lie.'

A group of drag queens and members of the LGBTI community have reignited the protest over Facebook’s ‘real name policy’ months after a public apology.

An online petition has been started by user Lil Miss Hot Mess, asking the organizers of San Francisco Pride and New York Pride to ban Facebook from participating in the events; as of today, roughly 1800 people have signed the petition.

On 1 June they are also planning to hold a protest outside Facebook’s headquarters.

May 7, 2015

Suspects who brutally attacked gay couple in front of diners remain at large

The 'Dallas BBQ' restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City has released a statement on Facebook saying it is 'deeply saddened' by a brutal attack on a gay couple by another diner.

May 7, 2015

ChadMichael Morrisette recalls being bullied so severely that 'I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me'

ChadMichael Morrisette remembers being bullied - a lot - during junior high and high school.

'I was bullied for being who I am,' he writes on his Facebook page. 'I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.'

Morrisette, now a successful brand consultant and visual designer, was surprised recently when one of his tormenters reached out to him on Facebook.

May 7, 2015

'This family believes that everyone has a right to marry the person they love regardless of their gender. This family believes that EVERY family matters. And this family would vote Yes.’

Following a Facebook by comedian Adam Hills, the family whose picture has been printed on Vote No-campaign posters in the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum has spoken up.

‘Here is what we think. This family believes that every child deserves to be loved and cherished,’ they said in a statement published by Amnesty International on their behalf.

‘This family believes that everyone has a right to marry the person they love regardless of their gender. This family believes that every family matters. And this family would vote Yes.’

May 7, 2015

With society and the law against us, we can only protect ourselves

Yesterday I met face-to-face for the first time with a Facebook friend, Rohan, who lives in my city. As both of us are gay we talked about all the LGBTI issues in India.

The topic then turned to sex and blind dates. And that meant we very quickly started talking about the molestation and vulnerability of gays.

Rohan told me he had a very bitter experience and argued gays in India are really unsafe and vulnerable.

May 6, 2015

The couple have been slammed by comedian Jason Manford for lending their picture to No Voters - but they can't do anything about it

A couple slammed by comedian Jason Manford said they were ‘appalled’ to find their picture on a poster opposing gay marriage.

Mothers & Fathers Matter, an Irish group favoring a No vote in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality, used a picture of the couple and their baby for their posters.

Comedian Jason Manford blasted the couple in a post on Facebook this this weekend, saying: ‘The person who designed this poster had a mother and a father and look how much of an ignorant prick they turned out to be! #voteyesireland #childrendeservelove’.