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March 2, 2015

Letters are posted ahead of the country's annual legislative sessions

The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.

His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.

'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'

March 2, 2015

David Benham's show was canceled over his anti-gay comments

A Christian TV host whose show was canceled over his homophobic comments has said he convinced a gay man to walk away from his 'lifestyle' – by giving him tickets to a baseball game.

David Benham made the claim Thursday (26 February) at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

March 2, 2015

The national event included a careers fair, panel discussions, performances, and a club night.

National Student Pride 2015 was held in central London on 28 February 2015.

2015 was the 10th National Student Pride event held and organizers have declared it as the biggest so far.

Thousands of students from universities across the UK attended the careers fair at the University of Westminster. There were also appearances from Oscar-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black, actress Alicya Eyo and singer Heather Peace. Also in attendance was TV boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins who revealed that EastEnders would soon be featuring a trans storyline.

March 2, 2015

Retailer claims it is to 'prevent gay being misused'

'Gay' is on a list of banned words by UK retail company Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages.

Customers who attempt to buy a product, from flowers to bedding, are allowed to enter a free message before they complete their order.

But if you were to put 'Best gay night ever', 'You're so gay', or 'Have a gay old time', then this would not be allowed.

An on-screen notification, which pops up if any blocked words are entered, reads: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

March 2, 2015

UK singer will play a series of fundraising concerts in summer

Sam Smith has revealed plans to set up a global charity to help gay men struggling with their sexuality.

The UK singer said he was annoyed by the negative reaction he received in September after saying he did not want to be a gay spokesperson, and that he was trying to play his part for LGBTI rights – but in his own way.

March 2, 2015

Closeted right-wing politicos looking for love at CPAC

Are there gay men at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference? Two men did an experiment to find out.

Reason TV sent along Paul Detrick to set up a profile on the hookup app to find out the future of gay politics and LGBTIs in the conservative movement.

It yielded surprising results, considering the event brings together many of the country’s most avid right wing and homophobic politicians and supporters.

February 28, 2015

Images have been released of yet another gay men being flung off a building and stoned to death by a crowd in Syria

Images have surfaced of a blindfolded man falling to his death for being gay.

They show a blindfolded man, with his hands and legs bound, being thrown off the top of a tall building and then stoned by a crowd below.

Reportedly, this took place in the Syrian town of Raqqa and was carried out by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

February 27, 2015

Andrew Caldwell became an internet sensation after he declared in church ‘I don’t like mens no more’ but he has now admitted he still does

A Missouri gay man who became a viral hit on YouTube when he declared in church that ‘I’m not gay no more,’ has spoken about the negative attention he has received as a result but has also admitted he is still same-sex attracted.

Andrew Caldwell shot to internet fame in November after video of him declaring himself ‘delivered’ of his homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ was posted online.

'I’m not gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more. I said I like women, women women women women!' he said in the video.

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 26, 2015

How to Get Away With Murder star steadfastly refuses to say if he is gay or straight

Jack Falahee knows people want to know how much he is like his very sexually active gay character on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.

They just really want to know if he's gay in real life too.

He's still not telling.

February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 25, 2015

Wishes he'd been more open about being gay during his playing days

Jason Burch was a pitcher in the minor leagues for six seasons and played for four Major League Baseball franchises.

He did so as a gay man.

Burch confided in some teammates who asked but was still largely closeted when he left the sport in 2008 to pursue a law degree.

'Looking back, I wish I had told the whole world that I'm gay from day one,' he tells Outsports in a story published Tuesday (24 February).

February 25, 2015

Language Teacher - Education

"Love, accept and embrace yourself first"

My name is Tobe and I’m a gay man in my mid-twenties living in Nigeria, a country that recently passed a law condemning people who show same-sex attraction to up to 14 years in jail.

There are no words to describe what it’s like being gay in an environment such as this. You just have to live it to understand. The greatest torture is not having the possibility of a 14-year jail sentence hanging over your head. Nor is it the daily prejudice you have to endure silently.

February 25, 2015

'I've been married happily for a long time, but then there are times – like when Ryan Gosling’s on the show'

US talk show host Conan O'Brien has signed up to gay dating app Grindr. 

O'Brien signed up to Grindr in a segment on his late night talk show last night, where he enlisted openly gay actor Billy Eichner to help him set up a profile on the app.

The celebrity pair chatted with a variety of gay men before getting in a customised 'Grindr Van' emblazoned with drawings of Cher and Liza Minnelli, and heading off to meet one of the lucky guys in the middle of a supermarket carpark. 

Watch the video below:

February 24, 2015

Doorman unleashes a homophobic rant at a student who isn't even gay

A UK bouncer has been suspended after he was caught on camera saying 'gay people should be fed to dogs.'

The doorman unleashed a homophobic rant Friday (20 February) night outside the Corporation club in Sheffield – to a student who isn't gay.

'If you want to take a gay boy home with you... If you want to take a gay man home with you... you can feed him to your dogs,' he appears to say.

Rory Barker, a chemistry student at the University of Sheffield, said he was left 'astonished and incredulous' by the homophobic comments.

February 24, 2015

'Excellent show but no gays please'

The Walking Dead has been criticised after it featured a gay kiss between two men. 

Aaron and his partner Eric, who are the first gay male characters to appear on the popular action series, shared a kiss during last Sunday's (22 February) episode of the show in the US. 

Despite the AMC series being renowned for its over the top scenes of violence and gore, a number of the show's fans took to Twitter after the gay kiss aired to express their disgust at having to watch two men sharing an intimate moment.