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April 1, 2015

Sean Allen makes post on social media under the headline: 'Deal With It'

After football season was over at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, defensive player Sean Allen decided it was time to share something with the rest of the world that only his mother and a handful of friends knew.

So he took to social media and under the headline 'Deal With It,' he posted a photo of himself with this breezy bombshell for a caption: 'Sorry girls, I'm gay.'

April 1, 2015

Family who own restaurant says they now have the right to refuse service

The family behind an Indiana pizzeria has said the new law allows them to refuse service to gay couples.

Crystal O'Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, said their Christian beliefs mean they will not cater a same-sex couple's wedding.

'If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no,' O'Connor told WBND.

'That's a lifestyle that you choose,' Kevin O'Connor, her father, added.

April 1, 2015

While member of US Congress, he vocally opposed gay marriage, anti-discrimination laws and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is scrambling this week to portray himself as being opposed to discrimination against gay people after he signed a 'religious freedom' bill into law.

'I don’t support discrimination against gays or lesbians, or anyone else,” the governor said at a press conference Tuesday (31 March). 'I abhor discrimination.'

But Pence's record tells a different story.

April 1, 2015

US presidential hopeful says he doesn't believe in 'rights based on behavior'

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said he doesn't believe in LGBTI rights because they are based on 'lifestyle.'

'I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,' he said in a 2013 video interview that received little attention at the time.

By the same reasoning, the Kentucky senator should also oppose free excise of religion and freedom of speech, both of which are rights based on behaviours.

March 31, 2015

Read how four unintentional oppressive moments can push you further into the closet

Bisexual women have a tough time claiming their identity, especially in the LGBTI community.

But one comic, published by Funny Honey Bunny on her Tumblr page, shows exactly how bisexual women can be pushed  further in the closet.

The 'four unintentionally oppressive moments' include her interactions with her mother, her boss, people in a gay bar and her queer friends.

The comic has already been shared and liked over 70,000 times on Tumblr.

Read it below:

March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 30, 2015

Richard Mesich felt like the only deaf gay man in the world, until his family – including a gay uncle and his partner – helped him come to terms with who he is

Lost, isolated and unsure.

That’s how Richard Mesich, a deaf gay man from Portage, Indiana, felt throughout his senior year.

In an attempt to get away from the negativity of school, Mesich moved to L.A. to start college, where he spent time with his mom’s brother, who lives with his male partner and their two adopted children.

March 30, 2015

Think asexuals are completely different from gay people? Think again as we bust some myths

You might think of sexuality as a spectrum, a straight to gay gauge with every color of the rainbow in between. Or you might think of it in boxes, labeled upon delivery at birth.

But there are those who don’t fit on any scale or section of sexuality, asexuals. Asexuals don't feel any sexual attraction, and there's a bunch of misconceptions about them.

One is that asexuals are very different than LGBTI people. While one is not sexual and the other is, if you consider what is said to them, it feels very much the same.

March 28, 2015

Newspapers allege co-pilot was bullied as gay because he used to work as cabin crew

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was secretly gay, according to unproven rumors in the media.

British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star splashed the claims on its front page today.

It comes as further evidence emerges that Lubitz likely had serious psychological problems which he kept secret.

But the question of his true sexuality is far more speculative.

March 28, 2015

'I want people to know that you aren't alone. If I can just help one person get through, then I will be happy.'

Mike Pucillo, a 3-time All-American and 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion Wrestler, has come out as gay.

In an article by Jason Bryant at The Open Mat, the 26-year-old said he struggled with his sexuality for years and spent his high school years hoping he wasn't gay.

March 27, 2015

It doesn't

When Katy Perry first hit the big time in 2008, it was because of her insanely catchy song I Kissed A Girl.

But that was pop, and in country there is a lot of work still to be done.

Country radio stations have banned the song, Girl Crush, because they claim the lyrics 'promote the gay agenda'.

The song is about wanting an ex back so much, she would 'taste her lips, cause they taste like you'.

March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 26, 2015

Man was asked to leave after he was kissed by a male friend

An expat in South Korea has claimed he was kicked out of a bar in Seoul for being gay.

Eric Michael said he was asked to leave Zen Bar in Hongdae area on Sunday (22 March) after he was kissed by a male friend.

'I know I was singled out because I am gay, and that’s the simple fact,' he told the Korean Observer.

Eric said he was dancing with a group of friends when one, another gay man, 'snuck a gentle kiss in on my neck area.'

March 26, 2015

Straight people posting on a gay confessions page may have been in the wrong but LGBTI reactions were heterophobic

Straight men are turning to social media to engage with LGBTI people but our reactions are ruining this incredible opportunity.

I realized this as I looked through an Indian gay ‘confessions page’. The administrators and most members are closet gays, just as I am.

Many of the confessions were fascinating but the most striking ones were – surprisingly – posted by straight men.

March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 25, 2015

'We need to listen to them and support them the way they have supported us all these years'

Steve Grand's debut album, All-American Boy, is out this week but he's talking about more than music.

The singer who came to fame as a YouTube sensation is an openly gay man who is also mindful of the issues and challenges facing the trans community.

March 25, 2015

Cross-dressing and drag is banned as delegates use jazz hands instead of applause

UK's National Union of Students has passed a policy to stop gay men appropriating black female culture.

Delegates at the Women's Conference today, many of them self-identified feminists, have passed plenty of motions.

Just one of them was ensuring everyone at the conference understood that some behaviors were damaging.

On Twitter, they announced: 'Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping as it's triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!'

March 24, 2015

This, despite introduction of gay marriage last year

A survey has found that 90% of gay couples would be afraid to be romantic in public if they were to honeymoon in the UK.

Gay-friendly accommodation website Further Afield conducted the research ahead of the one-year anniversary of gay marriage in the UK, on the 29 March.

They asked their customers 'whether gay couples feel more able to be romantic in public on a honeymoon in the UK' since the change in law – with the overwhelming majority answering that they do not.

March 24, 2015

Canadian activist Bill Whatcott says he’s been forced to flee to the Philippines after handing out half a million pamphlets over a decade that state that homosexual activists are trying to recruit children through the school system

A Canadian Christian who was fired from his job as a nurse over his anti-abortion activism and was sued after he claimed that homosexual activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system has left the country – saying there is no longer room for people like him in Canada.

‘My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future,’ Bill Whatcott announced earlier this month.

‘Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.’

March 24, 2015

Mother and girlfriend are mourning the loss of their loved one

A woman was killed in Swaziland with an axe just for being gay.

Kaylo Glover, a young lesbian from the southern town of Nhlangano, was in a bar with friends on 15 March.

A man, furious to be in the presence of lesbians, left the bar and fetched an axe from his car.

He then plunged the axe into her back. As her friends rushed her to hospital, they heard men shout 'let's finish off these dogs'.

On the way there, Glover bled to death.

She was just 26.

March 24, 2015

Knitters are calling it the world's first actual 'so gay' object

If you were to describe this sweater as 'so gay', you'd be right.

The world's first proclaimed 'gay object' is a sweater knitted from the donated hair of more than 100 LGBTI people.

Making its debut during Toronto Fashion Week, it was created in order for people to stop using gay as an offensive slur.

'The idea for the sweater was born from a desire to educate and encourage everyone to use "gay" the correct way,' said Jeremy Dias, director of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), which commissioned the sweater.