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September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

40% of Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

September 1, 2014

'That feeling of, if I'm not perfect, if I'm not what people want me to be, no one will love me'

Jane Fonda says in a new interview that she was surprised at how much gay men related to her acclaimed 2004 autobiography My Life So Far.

'When I wrote my memoir, which I assumed was mostly a woman's story that would be appreciated by women, what really struck me is how many men - especially gay men - really responded to it,' Fonda says in the September issue of Out Magazine.

Fonda has been married three times - to director Roger Vadim, politician Tom Hayden and CNN founder Ted Turner - and wrote that she changed herself considerably for each man.

August 31, 2014

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, was announced as Mr Gay World last night

The search for Mr Gay World came to an end last night when one lucky man was chosen for the award.

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, took the title at the ceremony in Rome, Italy.

Hatton Jr, from South Shields, wrote a jubilant status on Facebook after his win.

‘I WON MR GAY WORLD!!!’ he wrote.

‘I am still in a complete daze about it and overwhelmed. But this is just the BEGINNING. Now it's time to show the world what we as a global gay community are made of.

August 29, 2014

Canadian singer-songwriter says he is not bothered about having a LGBTI following, saying 'gay men have terrible taste in music'

Gay singer Rufus Wainwright has said he fears, if he had a son, he would find him sexy.

We really hoping he's joking.

Speaking to The Times (£), the Canadian singer-songwriter said he is grateful to have recently fathered a daughter rather than a son because he would 'hate to be attracted' to a son.

August 29, 2014

You can be amongst the first to see the acclaimed new British movie Pride at special preview screenings on 9 September

A new, gay-themed movie is shaping up to be one of this autumn’s most eagerly anticipated film releases in the UK. Nationwide cinema chain Vue has just announced that it will be offering film-goers the first opportunity to catch the movie at a number of exclusive preview screenings on 9 September, ahead of the film’s general release on 12 September 2014.

Based on a true story, Pride is set during the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is Prime Minister and her government is at loggerheads with the National Union of Mineworkers over proposed coal pit closures.

August 29, 2014

Walking Dead executive producer Scott M Gimple has confirmed the show will definitely feature a gay male character in an upcoming season, though he has not ruled out current character Daryl Dixon also going in that direction

Walking Dead showrunner Scott M Gimple has answered speculation that the show may introduce a character who is a gay man in an upcoming season, though he has not shot down questions about the sexuality of Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon.

Gimple confirmed to TVLine.com that there would definitely be a gay male character – but not in the show’s upcoming 5th season.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 28, 2014

Daniel Franzese joins Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey in the cast of the hit HBO show

Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese has joined the cast of Looking.

The actor, best known for being too gay to function as Damian, will appear in the second season of the hit HBO show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will appear in a multi-episode arc as Eddie, a new love interest for one of the show's main characters.

Gay British actor Russell Tovey, who plays Kevin in the series, posted a picture on Instagram of the season two cast enjoying some free time in San Francisco.

August 28, 2014

700 Club host and pastor Pat Robertson has told a viewer her gay teen step son needs a strong man in his life to stop his boy-crushes

American Christian televangelist told a viewer with a gay 13-year-old step son that what he needs is a man in his life.

Robertson told the woman, who’s step son mostly lives with her biological mother, that he needed a strong male role model to stop his ‘crushes on boys’ because he has too many women in his life.

‘His attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman,’ Robertson said during a Tuesday broadcast of The 700 Club.

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

August 24, 2014

'And if people aren't politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that's just not normal, that's just not natural, that's not what human beings were designed for...'

US pundit Bryan Fischer thinks God, and humans, have an innate aversion to gay sexuality.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association went on a linguistic historical lesson on the word 'abomination.'

Fischer reassured his 21 August listeners homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes.

'When God sees it, it causes him to recoil,' Fischer explained.

August 24, 2014

Brown's killing spree was a response to US foreign policy against Muslim countries

The suspect in the double homicide of gay men in Seattle is linked to two other killings, one in Seattle the other New Jersey.

According to the Seattle Times, Ali Muhammad Brown is now charged with two other deaths. On 27 April, Leroy Henderson was walking to his Seattle home, from a store, when he was shot multiple times.

August 23, 2014

I 'thought, "There’s no way this guy’s going to hell" because in my church, it was, "Anybody who’s gay is going to hell"'

Jessica Alba had her views on faith and sexuality shaped when she was a teen and fell for someone her church had taught her would go to hell.

The actress told The Daily Beast this week that she was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont when 'I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina.

August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

August 22, 2014

Tells straights who think they are being hit on they are mistaken - it's their outfit that is being judged

George Takei answering stupid questions about gay people without uttering a word?

That is what the Star Trek icon has done by simply answering a series of questions with hilarious answers written on cards which he then shared with the readers of BuzzFeed.

A sampling:

Q. Why do gay dudes like being flight attendants so much?

August 21, 2014

'The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married'

Kristin Chenoweth makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as 'an American and marriage equality supporter - yup, I'm also a Christian.'

She then lists other things about herself that reflect 'how I was made' including being 'a shorty,' 'an Okie,' a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 20, 2014

Sian Norris was raised by her mum and her mum’s female partner. She speaks out after comments made by former boxing manager and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Kellie Maloney, about same-sex parenting

I was really upset to read Kellie Maloney’s comments, reported in GayStarNews, where she stated that she didn’t believe same-sex couples can or should raise children.

This is an issue that is very close to my heart, having been raised by my mum and her partner, and my dad and his wife. So I wanted to respond to Maloney’s comments, and to those who agree with her that there is something wrong with the way I was raised.

August 18, 2014

Angry Italians are calling for the gossip magazine Visto to be removed from shops over the free supplement 'The Best Gay Jokes Ever'

A magazine has become the butt of the joke after giving out a free pamphlet full of the worst jokes ever about gay people.

The giveaway, ‘The Best Gay Jokes’, was attached to the latest edition of the weekly Italian gossip magazine Visto.

The front cover of the joke book depicts a cartoon of two men. One says: ‘Do you want to play hide and seek?’

The other replies: ‘OK, if you find me you can rape me. If you don’t find me…I’ll be in the closet.’

Maybe the 'joke' didn’t translate.

August 16, 2014

The former boxing promoter, who recently came out as a trans woman, has a history of anti-gay views

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.

 

August 15, 2014

Carver will play Franco's ex-lover in Michael  and 'couldn't be more thrilled'

Charlie Carver is taking on another gay role only this time he doesn't turn into a werewolf.

The actor has been cast in the film Michael which stars James Franco as a man who went from being a gay activist and founder of a gay magazine to becoming a Christian pastor and an 'ex-gay.'

'Couldn't be more thrilled,' Carver tweeted on Thursday (14 August).

August 15, 2014

X Factor winner will not be on Professor Green's forthcoming album

James Arthur, the winner of The X Factor UK in 2012, has been hoping for a comeback since getting dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label.

There were plans for him to appear on rapper Professor Green’s forthcoming album.

But then, after Arthur released a diss track laden with homophobic slurs including ‘You fucking queer’, he was removed from the record.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: ‘He just kind of imploded, didn’t he? It’s a shame, when I met him he was a cool guy but he just upset so many people.

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.