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April 24, 2014

The owner of Brooklyn bar Lulu’s is taking his landlord to court over a condition in his lease that bars him from operating it as a gay bar

Lulu’s bar owner John McGillion wants to change his clientele to keep up with changing demographics in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to cater to a growing gay and lesbian presence in the area.

But a clause in his lease agreement stipulates he cannot operate as a gay bar.

McGillion’s lease includes a ‘use of premises’ clause that stipulates the bar ‘shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.’

April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 23, 2014

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious in Uganda for screening gay porn in his churches and claiming gay men eat 'poo-poo'

A Ugandan pastor who has spent years calling for a stricter anti-gay law could now be charged under that very same law.

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for screening gay porn in church and claiming it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo’.

But now, after the pastor promoted and held a huge 10,000 rally to celebrate the Anti-Homosexuality Act after it was signed into law, is being accused of promoting homosexuality.

April 22, 2014

Bachelor Boy singer said speculation over his sexuality has 'hurt' his family, especially when he was younger

British singer and lifelong bachelor Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time.

The 73-year-old, who was once hailed as the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, has long been the subject of speculation about whether or not he’s gay.

‘It did [hurt] when I was young,’ the singer said on Australian TV show A Current Affair.

‘It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends.

April 22, 2014

Daniel Franzese writes open letter to his movie alter ego:  'I’m not afraid anymore'

Actors and athletes are finding all kinds of interesting ways to come out these days from Twitter to a casual quote in an interview.

Daniel Franzese, who played openly gay Damian in Mean Girls, has found one of the most unique ways yet: he's written an open letter to his character in the 2004 film which is marking its 10th anniversary this month.

April 22, 2014

We meet Hiro Mizuhara, a young leading light of Singapore’s emerging LGBTI community, and learn what life and the scene is really like on the island were gay sex is still against the law

Not all advice you get from locals is sound. Picking me up from Singapore’s airport, Hiro Mizuhara had told me not to believe the weather forecast predicting thunder – it hadn’t rained for months he pointed out.

The next day I was in the middle of the stunning Gardens By The Bay when the storm started. The downpour delivered three months worth of rain in a few hours, while I sheltered in the gardens’ enormous greenhouses.

April 20, 2014

Sarah Mbuyi is claiming unfair dismissal after reportedly telling her gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read gay stories to children

A UK nursery worker is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for telling a gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

Sarah Mbuyi, 30, is taking her former employer Newpark Childcare in London, UK to court after claiming she lost her job because of religious discrimination.

Mbuyi, a Christian originally from Belgium, has been accused of harassing her lesbian colleague, giving her a Bible and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

April 20, 2014

'I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples'

Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, thinks orphanages might offer better opportunities to children than same-sex households.

The US conservative activist was a guest on the ABC News show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

A panel discussion dealt with the recent comments of Reverend Franklin Graham.

April 19, 2014

'Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way'

It's only been less than two weeks since Derrick Gordon became the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player to come out publicly as gay.

But he wants some company - quick.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore is advising other young gay athletes to follow his lead.

April 19, 2014

Archbishop Justin Welby admits gay marriage is still an issue for the Church and fears global repercussions if Church supports it

UK Archbishop Justin Welby has spoken about the way the Church has persecuted gay people throughout history, and admits gay marriage is still a contentious issue for the Church.

Welby voiced his concerns about gay marriage and the effect this may have on the global Church community.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Independent, he addressed the ‘great harm’ the Church has done to gay people.

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

April 18, 2014

A plumber in Norway has been sentenced to compulsory mental care after he stabbed a workmate that had made gay jokes about him ten times despite a psychologist finding he was not mentally ill at the time of the attack

A plumber in Norway will avoid jail time and instead be forced into compulsory mental care after he stabbed a workmate ten times who had made jokes about him saying he was gay.

The unnamed 42-year-old had been working with a younger man on a plumbing job in summer of 2012 when his workmate started to make comments questioning his sexuality.

The younger man told him he had heard rumors that he had a secret gay lover and later in the day refused to follow his instructions on the job saying he did not want to work with ‘a grumpy little gay.’

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 17, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past director's attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’

Gay director Bryan Singer, about to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, is being accused of sexually abusing an underage teen.

The lawsuit filed in Hawaii yesterday (16 April) claims the director forced a former child model - when he was 17 - into sex in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’.

‘It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,’ the attorney Marty Singer said.

April 17, 2014

Asylum seeker's mother came forward and said her son was gay, and does not deserve to be sent back to homophobic Jamaica

A Jamaican man who killed a British teen will not be deported as he is gay, a judge has ruled.

The 29-year-old killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will stay in the UK after Lord Justice Maurice Kay said sending him back would violate his human rights.

Referred to as JR in legal documents, the judge said the murderer arrived in the UK in December 2000 when he was 15 and was ‘party to the murder of another teenage boy’ less than a year later in 2001.

He was sentenced to detention in 2002 and was freed in June 2012.

April 17, 2014

Host of The 700 Club Pat Robertson has reiterated his belief that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God but says that is no reason that Christians should end a friendship with a gay or lesbian person

US Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has advised Christians to remain friends with gay and lesbian people while disapproving of their sex lives – saying a disagreement over the morality of same-sex conduct isn’t a reason to end a friendship.

‘You don't turn the light out just because you disagree with somebody,’ Robertson said on Wednesday during a broadcast of his show The 700 Club.

‘The Lord's not going to punish you for having homosexuals as your friends. But I do think that when you read the Bible very carefully, homosexuality is condemned.’

April 16, 2014

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared ‘promoting’ homosexuality to promoting axe murders in criticizing Honey Maid’s gay family inclusive advertising campaign

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared gay people to axe murderers and cannibals in attacking a recent advertising campaign by US baked snacks line Honey Maid – owned by Nabisco - which presented a family with two gay dads as ‘wholesome.’

April 16, 2014

Romance your way to the heart of a bello or bella with our English-to-Italian translations

Italians are infamous for succulent food and mouthwatering natives.

While religion and macho culture make the country less than gay-friendly, Italy has been a hugely popular destination for LGBTI travelers.

Whether you’re headed to the rolling hills of Florence, the stylish streets of Milan or the stunning coasts of the Amalfi, you’re certain to encounter that Italian hospitality and natural beauty, and we haven’t even gotten to the natives!

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

April 15, 2014

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them

Nearly half of all women have had a gay experience, a new survey has revealed.

1000 British women were asked about their sexuality, fantasies and behaviors in order to understand how they identify themselves.

While 26.5% of those surveyed said they were bisexual, that figure rose to 38% when asked if they ever had some form of sexual activity with another woman.

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them.

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.

April 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star met with two huge snakes in his shoot for Vanity Fair

Gay actor Neil Patrick Harris has a huge snake in his pants.

Literally.

The How I Met Your Mother star posed for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in the May issue of Vanity Fair.

But this was not any old beauty shot, this was of the star half naked with a lot of eyeliner on, and with two snakes draped around his chest.

While most of us would be terrified at just the thought of posing topless in a magazine, never mind with two snakes around you, he looks like a rock star.

April 15, 2014

A US hate-group activist is in rough weather as students unite against malicious propaganda 

A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).

Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.

The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.