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July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

July 28, 2014

Hardy portrays Ronald and Reggie Kray (aka the Kray Twins) who ran East London’s underworld in the 1950s and '60s

It's already known that Tom Hardy will portray gay singer Elton John in an upcoming biopic.

Now it turns out that the gangster twins he plays in the film Legend - Ronald and Reggie Kray (aka the Kray Twins) - were also both gay.

The film is currently in production and is expected to be released in 2015. It tells the story of the infamous twins who started a gang that ran East London’s underworld in the 1950s and '60s called The Firm.

July 27, 2014

Should a public library warn parents that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, a book which advocates gay conversion therapy in children, promotes homophobia and discrimination and is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science?

The book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, which is co-authored by controversial American psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who practises gay conversion therapy, is currently available for loan in Hong Kong’s Central Library's adult lending section.

Gay rights activist Betty Grisoni, co-founder of lesbian organisation Les Peches and co-director of the LGBT cultural festival Pink Season, says the library should put a warning on the book as it encourages parents to 'prevent' homosexuality in their children which is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science.

July 26, 2014

New director of player development for the New York Giants, David Tyree, has a history of anti-gay comments, including advocating gay conversion therapy 

Former US National Football League (NFL) player David Tyree has said he would support an openly gay football player.

Tyree, the newly-appointed Director of Player Development for the New York Giants, seems to have had a change of heart regarding gays.

In 2011 he said he would do anything to stop gay marriage from becoming legal, and he also tweeted his support for gay conversion therapy.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

July 25, 2014

Anti-gay group head warns the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’

You might just be thinking you were watching a show about dragons and a lot of murder, but it turns out Game of Thrones is apparently proving gay rights will lead to incest.

Michael Brown, the head of Coalition of Conscience and a well-known conservative pundit, has warned the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 25, 2014

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

July 25, 2014

Lyrics in his songs include: 'Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man’

A Ugandan rapper that wants to ‘shoot all the battymen’ will be performing in the UK.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’.

He has a reality show in his country with a comparable popularity to something like the Kardashians, focusing on his music career and life with his three wives.

He is scheduled to appear alongside drama and music troupe, The Ebonies, in London and Birmingham on 10, 11, 23 and 24 August.

July 24, 2014

Torchwood actor kissed a male dancer in front of 42 Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality

Gay actor John Barrowman is being told to 'die' after kissing a male dancer at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

He performed a song called Welcome to Scotland, celebrating everything that makes the country great including Nessie, Gretna Green and equal marriage.

However, some criticized the Scottish-American host – saying he deserved to ‘die’, ‘should commit suicide’ and the kiss was ‘embarrassing for everyone involved’.

‘[John Barrowman is] a horrific human being,’ one said on Twitter. Another said he ‘needs to die for this.’

July 23, 2014

Award winning openly gay actor Nathan Lane has told a TV critics meeting that he thinks the idea that only gay actors should take on gay roles is ‘madness’

Birdcage and The Producers actor Nathan Lane has hit out at the notion that straight actors shouldn’t be allowed to take on gay roles, praising Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Normal Heart as an example where a heterosexual actor has shined in a gay role.

Lane made the comments at a meeting of TV critics on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn’t have been able to take on some of his iconic roles if he wasn’t allowed to play straight characters as a gay man.

July 23, 2014

Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has begged gay people to not get angry with him for saying they are possessed by demons that smell worse than pigs

We have heard plenty of theories for homosexuality, but this one might be the most ridiculous yet.

Bert Farias, a pastor and founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has said the reason why people are homosexual is because they are possessed by fart demons.

He claims that once a person chooses to be gay, it opens them up to engaging in ‘unclean demonic practices’.

And then once that happens, they are possessed by foul-smelling demons that even pigs will not tolerate.

July 22, 2014

'I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.'

A letter written by a loving mom to her 13-year-old gay son has gone viral.

When Connor came out to his parents, his mother wrote him a letter to hold onto, reminding him he will always have their support.

The letter was published on A Note To My Kid, a website is a project of PFLAG National, allowing the parents, families and friends of the LGBTQ community to share their support online.
 

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

July 22, 2014

'You make a statement, a big statement, when you go, "I don't want to play this part because it's gay"'

Actor Luke Grimes left the role of James on HBO hit True Blood reportedly over the character's same-sex pairing with gay character Lafayette.

Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette, is speaking out for the first time about the departure of Grimes who was replaced by Nathan Parsons.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

July 19, 2014

Campaigners are worried the new club may see a rise in anti-gay attacks in the LGBTI district

Plans for a new lap dancing club in the heart of Liverpool’s gay quarter has faced opposition from local LGBTI residents and businesses.

 

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 16, 2014

The US Census Bureau published its first ever data on the sexual orientations of the American people this year and found 3.4% answered with something other than heterosexual

The US Census Bureau has this month published data on the sexual orientations of the American people for the first time in its 57 year history.

The bureau found 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over were prepared to say that they were gay.

Another 0.7% identified as bisexual, while another 1.1% refused to answer the question, identified as something other than bisexual, gay or heterosexual, or were unsure.

The total percentage of respondees that were prepared to say they were something other than heterosexual was 3.4%.

July 16, 2014

'They are belligerent, they are intolerant, they are bullies and we have been meekly capitulating to this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies now for a couple of decades and it's time that we stop with all of that'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is confused why Christians permit a 'tiny little minority' of gay people to have so much power.

July 16, 2014

The preliminary results of the Out on the Fields survey into homophobia in sports for Australia has found that 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced homophobia in a sporting context - as have many straight people

The researchers behind the Out on the Fields study into homophobia and sports have announced their findings for Australia as Australia prepares to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby in Sydney next month.

Nearly 2,500 Australians have taken part in the study so far and the preliminary findings have been compiled by sports market research firm Repucom, which is conducting the research pro bono.

July 16, 2014

‘I suppose it was bound to come out eventually,’ Reverend Sally Hitchiner said after the interview

Meet Reverend Sally Hitchiner, a British priest and one of the most modern voices in religion working today.

This week, she was asked to appear on current affairs programme Channel 5 News to discuss the Church of England finally allowing women to become bishops.

The 33-year-old has become notable in recent years for not being ‘traditional’, daring to wear Prada, post funny videos online, and still continue in her priesthood.

July 16, 2014

A 25-year-old is being accused of conning women into believing he is gay so he could rape them

A British paramedic is accused of raping and assaulting multiple women after telling them ‘he didn’t want to be gay’.

Christopher Bridger, 25, is accused of raping one student and fondling four others after gaining their trust.

It is alleged he carried out two of the attacks while studying at St George’s University Hospital In London and the other three were while he worked for South East Coast Ambulance Service.

In court, one woman described how Bridger told her ‘he just wanted to fancy girls’ after he had raped her in his student bedroom.