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April 18, 2015

'Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,' the judge said as she rejected the prosecutors' claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men

Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail on Friday with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet in a nature reserve in November 2013.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

Many young people are forced to live in sewers or other squalid areas

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families have been chased out of a shelter by a mob in Kingston.

Members of a congregation gathered together at a shopping venue in Clocktower Plaza in order to 'cleanse' the premises of gays at around 1pm yesterday (15 April).

It is unknown whether anyone was hurt in the raid.

The shopping venue was one of the few places that was relatively clean and safe, somewhere better than the sewers and other squalid areas that many homeless LGBTI young people are forced to live in.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 16, 2015

'Women incorrectly wearing the hijab leads to homosexuality among men'

A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay.

Ayatollah Hossein Dehnavi is a celebrity in Iran, where he regularly offers advice on family and sexual matters on state television.

'When fantasizing about another woman while impregnating your wife, the child will be homosexual,' he said.

According to Dehnavi, women who wear Islamic dress wrongly also turn men gay.

April 15, 2015

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

April 15, 2015

Apple's voice-activated assistant refuses to discuss anything gay

Siri learned to speak Russian earlier this year but it seems Apple's voice-activated assistant learned more than just the language from the notoriously anti-gay country.

A Russian-speaking Londoner has accused Siri of homophobia in a video to YouTube – in which the assistant outright refuses to discuss anything gay.

'Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands,' the female voice says when the word 'gay' is mentioned.

When asked about gay marriage, the Siri says, 'Alex, you are so rude!'

April 15, 2015

UK fashion brand Matalan are celebrating families in all genders, colors and sizes with a new ad campaign

A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign showcasing the modern family in Britain.

The campaign, created by fashion brand Matalan, celebrates the shift from the 'traditional' family of a husband, wife, and 2.4 children, to the wonderfully diverse combinations in modern arrangements today - often including step-parents, in-laws, partners, and pets.

April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 14, 2015

'Bottoming demands trust, admiration, confidence, loyalty, respect, enthusiasm and hope. Those feelings we have toward Hillary'

A gay man from San Francisco has launched the Bottom for Hillary campaign, which he describes as a fun way for LGBTI people to show their support for the presidential candidate.

Ryan, 23, said the campaign started as a tipsy conversation between friends – all gay men who support Clinton – that quickly escalated into an Instagram account and T-shirts emblazoned with 'I'd Bottom For Hillary.'

April 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 10, 2015

A five-day seminar will invite infamous 'ex-gay' activists to 'help' homosexuals overcome their sexuality

A 'gay cure' convention is scheduled to take place in London this month. 

The Holy Sexuality Conference will take place over five days from 21 to 25 April, with gay people being specifically invited in order to help them 'overcome' their 'sexual habits'.

Three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates have been invited to speak; Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries.

April 8, 2015

A long-running TV commercial has prompted complaints after a recent airing in Australia: some viewers felt it could turn people gay, while others felt that it was mocking man-on-man affection

Viewers in other parts of the world, including the UK, will no doubt be familiar with a Maltesers advert in which two sleeping men cuddle up with one another.

The advert, which has been airing since 2007, shows two men asleep on a sofa.

Two female friends – presumably their girlfriends – are eating Maltesers and watching TV. Mischievously, the women position the men so that they are snuggled up against one another, and one of the men subsequently kisses the other man while they sleep.

April 8, 2015

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April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 7, 2015

'If I was asked to serve food at an anti-gay marriage rally, I would decline'

A gay woman who donated money to the Indiana pizzeria who refused to cater a same-sex wedding has defended her decision.

Courtney Hoffman was just one of the many thousands of people who donated over $824,000 (€760,000) to the Christian owners of Memories Pizza that was forced to temporarily close its doors over the outrage. She donated $20 (€18).

Writing on the donation page, she said: 'As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 1, 2015

'This is why I mention I'm gay in my enquiries. Dodged a bullet'

A gay house-hunter has said he was rejected from a London property because he is gay.

Olly Barter, 29, were outraged when he received a text explaining the 'reason' why he would not be able to take the room in Tooting he found on Spareroom.co.uk.

The message read:

'It looks like one flatmate would prefer a straight individual. It is terrible, but it is something this person would not negotiate...

'Really sorry, good luck with your search.'

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: