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April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

April 15, 2014

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demean us.

In last month’s New York Time’s article The Decline of the ‘H’ Word Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word ‘homosexual’ for the most part is ‘inoffensive,’ ‘outdated,’ and perhaps ‘innocuous,’ the word nonetheless is viewed by many in our LGBTI community as a pejorative term.

March 26, 2014

Piece linked Gordon romantically to openly gay racer Stephen Rhodes

A satircal site called Empire Sports fooled plenty of people this week when it posted a story this week with the headline: 'Jeff Gordon And Stephen Rhodes Confirm Homosexual Relationship; NASCAR Fans Outraged.'

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

March 21, 2014

Internet gets confused and hilariously mistakes a homophobic preacher for an Olympic swimmer

When a topic starts to trend on Twitter, everyone wants to have their say on what’s happening in the world.

When Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, died this week, it immediately went viral.

Some were a little confused and somehow mistook him for the 28-year-old Olympic swimmer, who is very much alive and well.

March 21, 2014

The founder of the 'God Hates Fags' church is dead, and now several experts believe the far-right group will soon fizzle out after the death of its leader

The founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church is dead, and now the future of the homophobic cult looks to be in doubt.

Fred Phelps, 84, died late Wednesday (19 March), according to online postings of his church.

And now, experts on the so-called church say it will likely fizzle out.

In the past few years, several members have left and it now only consists of a few remaining followers – nearly all family members of Phelps.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 20, 2014

Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church showed the world what would have happened if we kept on moving backwards, and to that we should be grateful

They say you should never speak ill of the dead, but Fred Phelps was a monster.

Very few men were as homophobic to the extreme of what Fred Phelps was, a man who called for the death – by stoning – of all LGBTI people across the world.

He was an opportunistic figure of hatred. He saw the death of a gay student in the 90s, Matthew Shepard, as a way to further his cause.

And as soon as he felt like he was being ignored, he used the suicides of gay teens in the mid-00s to get the attention back again.

March 19, 2014

By the most epic fail in anti-gay history, the hate pastor not only failed to win people over but made the homophobes’ cause untenable

It feels like Fred Phelps has always been, and always will be, anti-gay hatred personified.

But he hasn’t always been there. Back in the 90s, when we were still reeling from the AIDS crisis and struggling with painfully slow gains for LGBTI equality, Phelps was not a public figure.

Then an event occurred that was so graphic and raw, that it tore not only at the heart of the LGBT community, but caught the attention of the mass population in a way that hundreds of thousands of deaths of gay men from AIDS had not.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 3, 2014

New powerful documentary discovers homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and dealt with at soccer matches in the UK

Children are singing anti-gay hate chants at football matches, a documentary has discovered.

Channel 4 Dispatches has discovered that homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and catalogued by the authorities.

While often regarded by fans as ‘banter’, the Crown Prosecution Service - backed by the Football Association (FA) – have given out ‘robust’ new guidelines.

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

February 4, 2014

In this touching speech, the performer discussed why certain actions can seem homophobic and their real-life ramifications

An Irish drag queen has given an inspiring speech on gay hate.

For anyone who has ever, or knows anyone who has ever, been called 'faggot', this is an incredible speech on oppression and speaking out.

Rory O'Neill, the drag performer, caused outrage last week when he used the word 'homophobe' to describe those who disagree with issues of gay rights on 11 January edition of 'The Saturday Night Show'.

January 31, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin, the actor and former Russian Orthodox priest who said he wanted to ‘burn homosexuals alive,’ is being taken to court over those comments by a gay activist

An LGBTI Russian activist is taking homophobic actor Ivan Okhlobystin to court over his comment that homosexuals should be ‘thrown in a furnace while they are still alive.’

Okhlobystin made the comments during a speech to fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in December – also adding that he wanted ‘faggots’ stripped of their voting rights because they are a ‘psychical anomaly.’

January 11, 2014

X Factor winner James Arthur continues to step away from calling rapper Mickey Worthless a 'fucking queer'

'fucking q***r'

British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.

While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.

'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

December 24, 2013

Greg Lupfer's outburst at Washington State player caught by ESPN cameras

The defensive line coach for the Colorado State University football team has been suspended without pay for two weeks after hurling an anti-gay slur at a player on the opposing team.

Greg Lupfer was caught by ESPN cameras saying what appeared to be the words 'f*cking faggot' at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, according to

The outburst occurred after Halliday threw a touchdown pass in the first half of the game which Colorado went on to win 48-45 win.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

December 13, 2013

X Factor UK judge says she 'knows what's in his heart' after Arthur rows with rappers and lesbian artists

Pop star and X Factor UK mentor Nicole Scherzinger has defended James Arthur after he used a homophobic slur.

The British singer, who won the reality show in 2012, caused controversy last month when he called a rapper a ‘fucking queer’.

Speaking to reporters, including Digital Spy, Arthur’s former mentor Scherzinger said she ‘supports’ him.

She said: ‘I’m just there for him. I don’t read the press, I know who he is as a person, I know his heart.’

December 8, 2013

Trio of vigilantes, part of a group that were condemned by LGBTI groups and Muslim community, will be in prison from 24 weeks to 17 months

Three anti-gay thugs, who called themselves the ‘Muslim Patrol’ in London, have been jailed.

The trio were a part of a group that targeted gays, women and many others. In their attempts to impose sharia law in the East London streets, they recorded many of their attacks and posted them on YouTube.

Jordan Horner, 19, Ricardo McFarlane, 26, and a third man who cannot be named for legal reasons pleaded guilty on Friday (6 December).

They admitted to a variety of charges, including actual bodily harm and affray.

December 2, 2013

British Olympic diver called 'faggot' and more on social media

Tom Daley coming out as bisexual is the top trending topic on Twitter today - even ahead of Cyber Monday.

While the 19-year-old athlete has received scores of supportive tweets - including from such famous gays as Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Collins and Stephen Fry - there has been an onslaught of negative feedback ranging from snarky to homophobic slurs.

Here is a sampling:

November 27, 2013

Still insists that ‘faggot is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know'

Alec Baldwin is spreading the blame around for the demise of his MSNBC talk show including on 'the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy.'

Earlier today (26 November), Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement that they had mutually agreed to stop making Up Late With Alec Baldwin. The show was already struggling in the ratings before Baldwin was caught by TMZ cameras calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

Baldwin continues to deny he used the word 'fag' and claims he did not know 'cocksucker' was an anti-gay slur.

November 26, 2013

Weekly talk show had only aired twice before it was yanked

Alec Baldwin is out of a job.

The low-rated Up Late With Alec Baldwin has been canceled in the aftermath of an incident in which an angry Baldwin was caught on video calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag' because he got too close to his wife and baby.

'We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” Baldwin and the network said in a statement.

MSNBC added: 'This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.'

The weekly talk show that had aired just twice and initially was yanked from the air for two weeks.