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January 30, 2015

State Rep. Patricia Todd: 'My friends are worried about my safety'

First Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd was the one making the threats - now she's getting them.

This week, the openly gay Todd said she would expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage in response to negative comments made after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge.

January 30, 2015

UK department store will no longer have men's and women's sections

UK department store Selfridges has announced that it will do away with men's and women's sections and instead offer three floors of unisex fashion.

Male and female mannequins will be removed from the shop floor, and beauty products and accessories will also be rearranged when the six-week 'agender' project launches in March.

'We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,' the store said in a statement.

January 30, 2015

Legislation creates a special LGBTI envoy in the State Department

US lawmakers in both of houses of congress yesterday (29 January) introduced a bill to promote and protect LGBTI rights globally.

The International Human Rights Defense Act would create a special envoy in the State Department to coordinate efforts to prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against LGBTI people worldwide.

January 29, 2015

No matter what age, you can be free

Actor Joel Grey has responded to the support after coming out as gay at the age of 82.

The father of actress Jennifer Grey, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, has said he now feels comfortable being known in public as a gay man.

'I don't like labels,' Grey told People magazine. 'But if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man.'

On Twitter, Grey thanked the many people who sent him messages of support.

'Grateful for all the love and support coming my way,' he said. 'What a gift.'

January 29, 2015

'Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no'

Australian feminist pioneer Germaine Greer stunned members of Cambridge University's student union on Monday (26 January) evening with a vitriolic anti-trans rant.

The renowned academic said she did not think there was such a thing as transphobia and sex reassignment surgery was 'unethical.'

'Women are 51% of the world’s population and [now I’ve been told] I’ve got to worry about transphobia,' she said.

'I didn’t know there was such a thing. Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no.'

January 29, 2015

Mayor hopes the capital's example will lead to full marriage equality

Rome yesterday (January 28) recognized gay civil unions by approving the establishment of a civil union register for same-sex couples.

The city council voted in an amendment saying that gay marriages contracted abroad are to be automatically transcribed into the newly created register.

Mayor Ignazio Marino hailed the controversial move a 'historic milestone' and thanked all the councilors who voted for the registry.

January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 29, 2015

Out singer raised $325,000 on Kickstarter to make album his way

Plenty of people have been smitten by Steve Grand since that day in July 2013 when his self-made video All-American Boy went viral on YouTube.

The openly gay singer gained such a rabid following that he was able to raise $325,000 via Kickstarter to make his debut album - his way.

Grand announced this week that the album will finally be released on 24 March.

Although his debut hit is about a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, the singer says his music is for everybody - gay or straight.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.

January 28, 2015

Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews join as new judges

RuPaul's Drag Race FINALLY has a launch date for season seven.

The draggiest day of the year will be 2 March, and there are two new surprises.

Queer Eye's Carson Kressley and TV personality Ross Matthews will be joining the judges table to read the queens alongside Michelle Visage and the mother herself RuPaul.

'Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!' beams RuPaul. 'I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two!

January 28, 2015

Hint: because they are Republican

A recent Pew Center survey has found that 7% of LGBTI Americans are opposed to gay marriage.

While 58% of respondents said gay marriage should be the top priority for LGBTI people right now, 39% said the issue was taking too much focus away from other issues important to them.

The strongest opposition to gay marriage within the LGBTI community came from Republicans – with one in five opposed to same-sex marriage. In contrast, 96% of Democrats supported marriage equality.

January 27, 2015

Most of them were teenagers and could be possibly put to death

12 men were arrested for holding a 'gay wedding' in Nigeria yesterday (26 January).

Fariq Maidguri, 18, and Abba Mohammed, 25, who was not caught, are accused of attempting to hold a ceremony for their relationship.

The suspects, most of them teenagers, were arrested by the Islamic state police Hisbah on the outskirts on the northern city of Kano.

In the northern Nigerian states, under Sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 27, 2015

US president wraps up a three-day visit to the south Asian country

LGBTI activists are calling for US President Barack Obama to help end India's anti-gay law during his visit to the country.

A social media campaign was launched earlier this month leading up to the president's three-day visit to the south Asian country, which ends today, using the hashtags ObamaForQueerIndia and ReadDown377.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 26, 2015

See more of the viral photos inside

A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A Weibo user Saturday (24 January) night posted four photos of the the man proposing to and kissing his boyfriend, and of his silver BMW convertible filled with white roses.

'This just happened! Near Taicang Road in Shanghai, a male-male marriage proposal!' wrote nikawa.

'Forgive the bad photo quality, when I was taking the photo, my leg kept shaking from excitement…'

January 26, 2015

Art teacher, football coach and mentor was shot and killed in Minnesota

A teacher, a coach, a mentor and ally to LGBTI teens was the victim of a fatal shooting on Saturday (24 January).

David Frigaard, a 46-year-old who taught art at Park High School in Minnesota, was killed in Mahtomedi close to a bar he owned.

The Washington County Sheriff's office has confirmed a suspect is in custody.

In the news release, they said authorities responded at 3.17am to a report of a gunshot in the area of Highway 244 and 75th Street. Frigaard was found dead in the area.

January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 24, 2015

'Some friends had fun lampooning "My Husband's Not Gay" on TLC, which showcases gays in Salt Lake who are married to women. What if straight men tried the same in a gay world, hmmm?', he wonders

'My Husband's Not Gay,' a TLC special which explores unconventional marriages between male Mormons who are attracted to men but also claim to be happily married to women, sparked outrage since it was aired earlier this month.

LGBT media watch group GLAAD has called the show 'downright irresponsible.'

January 24, 2015

Figures released by the Department of Education show 300+ kids went to live with same-sex parents last year

The number of children formally adopted by same-sex parents in the UK has sharply increased over the last four years, according to reports from the Department of Education.

The figures show that 180 children were adopted by gay couples last year, while 150 went to live with lesbian parents.

This is up from the total of 120 children who were adopted by same-sex couples in 2011, according to The Telegraph.