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December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

December 18, 2014

Reality TV star says his family loves gay people

Duck Dynasty narrator Willie Robertson is trying to figure out if being gay was a choice after his father caused a media firestorm with his anti-gay views.

The reality TV star said Monday (December 15) on Larry King Live that he did not agree with his Phil Robertson's comments equating gay sex to bestiality.

'Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn’t agree with — and I’ve even said so.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 18, 2014

'You have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce'

US evangelist Pat Robertson has made the bizarre claim that gay people will go extinct because they cannot reproduce.

A viewer wrote into his 700 Club show on Christian Broadcasting Network, complaining that her church did not allow dating and even showing interest in the opposite sex was treated like a sin.

'We’re getting older and no one is getting married,' she said.

Robertson said this was 'absurd' because a church with a no-dating policy would 'die out' – like gay people.

December 17, 2014

Father says her fears were 'misplaced'

A British girl who was found dead in September hung herself rather than come out as gay to her parents, an inquest has heard.

Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, was discovered in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester at around 11.15pm on 10 September.

In the months before her death, she confided to friends that she thought she was a lesbian but was scared to tell her Christian parents.

Her friends told the coroner that Lizzie, 14, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, and was 'finding it hard to connect with God as she thought she was lying to him.'

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

'You don't have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do'

A nine-year-old has written an incredible, heartfelt, A+ letter to her gay teacher.

You can read the full screencap below, or read the transcription here:

Dear Mr R,

Even though you're gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You're a great teacher and these are just some of the words that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

December 16, 2014

Kathryn Knott, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan will be tried as a group for on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges

Two men and the daughter of a local sheriff were ordered to stand trial Tuesday (16 December) in connection with the September beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, Philip Williams, 24, and Kathryn Knott, 24, are to be tried for aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges.

The trio cannot be charged with a hate crime, however, because sexual orientation is not covered in the stat of Pennsylvania's current hate crime law.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 15, 2014

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life

More than a decade after Queer As Folk, the UK is set to air another huge gay drama.

And this time, there are three of them - Cucumber, Banana and Tofu.

Created by the creator of Queer As Folk, Russell T Davies, it will follow the loves and lives of the gay community in Manchester.

The video shows many of the characters and what we'll see them getting up in January 2015.

December 13, 2014

Model Kyle Roux: 'I was obviously quite shocked'

Imagine Kyle Roux's surprise when he learned photos of him are being used on a billboard erected in Virginia by an 'ex-gay' group.

The billboard on I-95 in Richmond by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) reads: 'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Roux, who is gay, does not have a twin.

Both images are from a portfolio shot of him about a decade ago for use in commercial and corporate ads and other materials. He signed away his rights to the photo and has had no control over how they are used.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 11, 2014

You will not believe what happened in conservative Korea

A Korean middle school student's response to a survey on homosexuality has gone viral in the conservative country after their former teacher posted it online last week.

The principal heard a rumor that two students were in a lesbian relationship and created a survey to find out who they were and punish them.

Students were assured their answers were anonymous and their honesty would help create a 'safe and healthy school environment.'

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 10, 2014

Activists are 'concerned' after a report finds only 33 anti-trans attacks in 2013

One in five hate crimes committed in the US last year were motivated by anti-gay bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The agency's annual hate crime report released on Monday (8 December) found that 20.8% of the 5,928 reported single bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, second only to race at 48.5%.

Of these, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay male bias.

Gender identity was also added to the list of bias categories for the first time this year.

December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 9, 2014

Also says same-sex marriage has 'not crossed our minds'

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents faced with the 'somewhat unusual situation' of having gay children

He wants the parents to stand by those children but as far as those children growing up and being able to marry someone of the same sex, the Pope says that's not something church leaders have even discussed.

December 9, 2014

Prepare to be wowed

A lot of us know how hard it is to say those three words, 'I am gay', for the first time.

One brave man did it, managing to come to terms with his sexuality, live on the radio.

Giving the name Dominic, he spoke to presenter Cristo Foufas on LBC radio.

'Sometimes I have trouble thinking I do deserve love. I feel guilty within myself,' he told the presenter.

'It seems like you’re totally alone in a world where everyone else is different and you are the freak, you’re the weirdo, and you’re disgusting in a way.'

December 9, 2014

Bill allows the refusal of goods and services on religious grounds

A Northern Ireland legislator is seeking to add a 'conscience clause' to equality laws after a Christian bakery was sued for refusing to make a gay marriage cake.

Paul Givan yesterday (8 December) introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the legislative assembly that would allow those with strongly held religious beliefs to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation.

'The dilemma facing people of faith is the choice of violating their sincerely held beliefs or going out of business,' he told the legislature.

December 8, 2014

Gay actor Andrew Scott also won Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards

Gay rights and pit workers drama Pride is 2014's best UK film, according to the British Independent Film Awards.

The heartwarming tale, based on the real alliance that happened between the gay community and miners in the 1980s, collected three awards in total.

Gay actor Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton took home the best supporting actor and actress prizes.

December 7, 2014

One customer wanted to check he isn’t going to a gay bar for his Christmas party and the response he receives is brilliant

What is one guaranteed way to get your Christmas staff party cancelled? Send a homophobic email to the venue.

Alex Proud, London-based restaurant owner, knows the perfect way to respond to homophobic emails from customers.

On his Twitter account, Proud tweeted screenshots of an exchange with a customer who wanted to know if his restaurant in Camden was a gay bar.

‘We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud,’ read the email.

December 6, 2014

Some of the attitudes about the LGBTI community expressed in this documentary might shock you, or perhaps more worryingly, they may seem all too familiar

In 1967, US TV network CBS aired an episode of their CBS Reports program entitled ‘The Homosexuals.’

The program aimed to decipher and discover more about homosexual lifestyles, what people knew about them and how people felt towards them.

The documentary opens with the results of a survey into what the average American thought about gay people.

‘Homosexuality is an enigma,’ says presenter Mike Wallace.

‘We discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion or prostitution.’