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August 21, 2012

Cyber activists from Anonymous claim responsibility for posting video of Bulgarian gay singer on website of court which jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot

Hackers have attacked the website of a Moscow court that sentenced the pro-gay punk band Pussy Riot.

The cyber activists defaced the site of Khamovnichesky District Court this morning (21 August) with slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as posting a video of openly gay Bulgarian singer Aziz.

It's unclear why Aziz was chosen but the pop star is known for his lyrics about sex, money and luxury properties.

A new song by Pussy Riot called Putin is Lighting the Fires of the Revolution was also uploaded.

August 19, 2012

Queen of Pop has condemned Pussy Riot's conviction, calling the sentence too harsh and inhumane

Madonna has spoken out against Pussy Riot’s conviction after their pro-gay, anti-Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.

The three members of the band, Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison for ‘hooliganism’.

The pop star released a statement yesterday (18 August) condemning the Russian punk band’s conviction, and urged other artists to speak out for the band.

August 17, 2012

Les Miserables parody from US President Barack Obama supporters goes viral

With the US election just months away, a musical video supporting President Barack Obama’s campaign for a second term has strut its stuff on the stage.

Featuring the Broadway talents of the likes of Wicked's David Burnham, Kim Huber from Sunset Boulevard, Damon Kirsche and Christina Saffran Ashford, as well as a team of stage performers, the performers pull out all the stops to perform the final number from Act I of Les Miserables, One Day More.

August 17, 2012

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova found guilty of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral

Three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of 'religious hooliganism' for staging an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were accused of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral.

August 4, 2012

Current president has nominated the most ethnically, sexually diverse judges than any other in US history

US President Barack Obama has nominated the first Asian-American lesbian to serve on the federal bench.

Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a seasoned civil rights prosecutor based in Brooklyn, New York, will unlikely be confirmed by the Senate until after the presidential election, the NY Daily News reports.

In a White House statement, Obama said: ‘I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the United States District Court bench.

August 3, 2012

Madonna, Sting, and Jarvis Cocker are among the celebrities urging Russian president to release the three women

Russian president Vladimir Putin says Russian punk trio Pussy Riot should not face tough sentencing for their pro-gay protest in Moscow.

The female musicians are on trial over hooliganism charges after a video of their anti-Putin song appeared online.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were accused on the grounds of ‘religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church.

August 2, 2012

Amnesty International calls on UK prime minister to 'dispense with the kid gloves' during talks with Russian president in London today

Activists are calling on British Prime Minister David Cameron to pressure Russian President Vladamir Putin over the trial of pro-gay punk protesters Pussy Riot during his visit to London today (2 August).

Amnesty International has urged Cameron to 'dispense with the kid gloves' in talks with Putin and raise the issue of the Pussy Riot trial and Russia’s increasing intolerance of legitimate dissent.

July 30, 2012

Human rights campaigners denounce trial of Russian female punk band as 'politically motivated'

Three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot pleaded not guilty to 'religious hooliganism' as the trial into an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights began.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were accused of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church.

July 23, 2012

Human rights campaigners call for Russian female punk band members to be released after four months in detention

Russian female punk band Pussy Riot are due to appear in court today (23 July) over an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are accused of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' after singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church.

July 20, 2012

Government and Opposition MPs in the West African nation of Liberia have questioned President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s anti-gay credentials and have demanded she declare where she stands on the issue

Government and Opposition MPs have called on the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to declare a definite position on gay rights, despite her public comments on the issue earlier this year.

Opposition MP Bhofal Chambers demanded that Johnson-Sirleaf provide a clear position on the issue at an event formalizing the Liberian Parliament’s Fellowship of Christian Lawmakers.

At the event Liberian MPs denounced same-sex marriage as ‘immoral,’ citing the story of Sodom and Gomorrah from the Bible.

July 4, 2012

Donations from supporters immediately tripled compared to previous days

Back in 1988, the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis rejected a $1 million donation from gay donors fearing it would result in attack ads from his opponents.

Fast-forward 24 years: Barack Obama makes history with his public support of gay marriage, the first sitting US president to ever do so.

June 14, 2012

American singer Justin Brown goes viral on YouTube with a gay parody of the famous video by Obama Girl

Have you ever had a crush on a politician? Well Justin Brown, or ‘Obama Boy’, has seen his YouTube video go viral, chanting his love for the US president:

‘You let us serve openly in the military. I'm so jealous of the first lady.

‘Gay marriage will soon be the norm. It makes me shiny and warm.

‘You support me unlike the right. You're my rainbow colored knight.’

Maybe it’s the president’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or maybe his recent endorsement of gay marriage: that’s why Justin Brown is becoming a new star of the social media.

April 24, 2012

President of Gambia in West Africa compares gays and lesbians to donkeys and zebras

The president of Gambia says his country has 'no room for gays and lesbians'.

Yahya Jammeh made the comments at the Legislative Chambers, while presiding over the 2012 State Opening of the National Assembly.

Referring to Western pressure for the African country to improve gay rights and threats to withdraw aid if it doesn't, he said: 'If you want us to be ungodly for you to give us aid, take your aid away, we will survive. We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation.

April 23, 2012

Judge cites lack of evidence in charges against straight attorney Sergey Kondrashov

Sergey Kondrashov is a straight attorney who was arrested for holding up a gay rights banner in Saint Petersburg, Russia, two weeks ago.

He was charged with the promotion and propaganda of homosexuality under a new law that officially prevents the ‘propaganda of homosexuality to minors.’ Kondrashov was also charged with disobeying a police officer.

On Monday (23 April), he was found guilty only of the latter charge with the judge in the case citing a lack of evidence, and protocols.

March 27, 2012

Albania'a prime minister publicly rebuked a Cabinet member’s call for gay parade participants to be 'beaten with a stick'

Albania'a prime minister publicly rebuked a Cabinet member who said participants in the country's first pride parade should be 'beaten with a stick'.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha called on Monday (27 March) the remarks by Deputy Defense Minister Ekrem Spahiu 'unacceptable'.

March 12, 2012

Leading activist Nikolai Alekseev in lawsuit against St Petersburg homophobe Vitaly Milonov for Europe jibe

Russia’s leading gay activist has filed a lawsuit against a St. Petersburg politician who has accused him of accepting financing from overseas for gay rights campaigns.

Nikolai Alekseev is claiming a million roubles (€25,800, $33,800) in a defamation lawsuit against Vitaly Milonov, the United Russia party deputy and author of the controversial St Petersburg act that prohibits ‘the promotion of homosexuality to minors’ which has now been signed into law.

February 6, 2012

Pro-Europe conservative Niinisto wins with 62% of the vote

Yesterday's presidential election in Finland resulted in defeat for the country's first openly gay candidate, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto. Sauli Niinisto, who is described as a pro-European conservative won with 63% of the vote.

February 6, 2012

V&A Museum in London celebrates Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee with a retrospective of royal portraits by gay photographer Cecil Beaton

From teenage princess to queen, Cecil Beaton photographed Elizabeth II over three decades and his unrivalled access to the British monarch is explored in a major new exhibition.

A timeline of the gay photographer's portraits of Her Royal Highness go on show at London's V&A Museum this week to commemorate her diamond jubilee.

January 22, 2012

Tunisia’s new Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, claimed to be in gay sex prison video

Tunisia’s Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in a scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him while he was in prison having sex with one of his fellow male inmates.

January 11, 2012

Ladies of The View and comic Jimmy Kimmel take issue with anti-gay remarks

Pope Benedict XVI remarks this week that gay marriage threatens 'the future of humanity itself' is drawing strong reactions from various television personalities.

The ladies of ABC's The View were among those who challenged the comments from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church made at The Vatican Monday during a New Year address to diplomatic corps from about 180 countries.

January 10, 2012

Sam Roddick, Alan Cumming and Tim Minchin tweet after Pope calls gay marriage threat to humanity.

Celebrities have been tweeting their disgust at the Pope’s anti-gay speech at The Vatican yesterday.

Giving a New Year address to diplomatic corps from 180 countries, Pope Benedict XVI said gay marriage undermined the family and ‘the future of humanity itself.'

January 10, 2012

Leader of Catholic Church makes statement to diplomats from 180 countries

Pope Benedict XVI made his strongest comments against gay marriage - ever - in a speech at The Vatican on Monday.

Giving a New Year address to diplomatic corps from 180 countries, Reuters reports that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said gay marriage was one of several treats that 'undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.'