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April 16, 2014

An anti-gay march was planned in Addis Ababa to protest against homosexuality and raise support for tougher anti-gay laws

Gay rights victories in Ethiopia are scarce. But officials announced today (16 April) a rally protesting against homosexuality was cancelled.

Two groups had been planning to hold a large rally against gay people in Addis Ababa on 26 April.

The initiative was planned after Uganda and Nigeria recently passed anti-gay legislation, with a religious group hoping to raise support of toughening up Ethiopia’s anti-homosexuality laws.

April 15, 2014

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demean us.

In last month’s New York Time’s article The Decline of the ‘H’ Word Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word ‘homosexual’ for the most part is ‘inoffensive,’ ‘outdated,’ and perhaps ‘innocuous,’ the word nonetheless is viewed by many in our LGBTI community as a pejorative term.

April 14, 2014

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Stories project is seeking the personal stories of gay and lesbian Australians of all ages to put together the picture of how gay life has changed in Australia from the 1940’s to today

Researchers from the National Library of Australia and three Australian universities are seeking the personal stories of ordinary gay and lesbians to document the gay experience in Australia since the 1940’s until today.

The researchers want to plot the course of gay and lesbian Australians lives and how they have changed since attitudes towards LGBTI issues shifted so dramatically in the last few decades.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.

April 11, 2014

Bible fundamentalist takes on the gays of Soho in the name of Christ

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,' he said.

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 9, 2014

Government believes gay people will be unable to provide proof the law contravenes the right to equality and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment guaranteed under the constitution

Uganda’s government is battling to stop a legal challenge that could threaten the new anti-gay law.

A number of gay rights activists and politicians believe the Anti-Homosexuality Act contravenes the Constitution and deserves to be repealed.

But the government has denied the activists’ claims and want the Constitutional Court to throw out the case.

‘When the rant of gay activists is done, the world will move on,’ a government spokesman Ofwondo Opondo has said.

‘Those opposed to anti-gay bill should read article 91 Uganda constitution.’

April 9, 2014

They say 37th US President 'felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out'

Lyndon Johnson was a champion of civil rights during his presidency in the 1960s but would have he have favored gay marriage if he were president today?

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, his daughters weighed in on the question about what is the civil rights battle of this generation.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

April 7, 2014

British assistant head teacher was ousted after religious parents complained about him trying to tackle homophobic bullying in primary schools

A British gay teacher is being forced to resign after parents complained about him teaching their children it is normal to be gay.

Andrew Moffat, who resigned from the secular Chilwell Croft primary school in December, will leave his post this month.

Christian and Muslim parents opposed to his book Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools being taught to 10 and 11-year-olds.

In an attempt to teach diversity and equality, one lesson describes a picnic in which gay families are guests.

April 7, 2014

Far-right Christian author Linda Harvey has blamed gay teens for running away from ‘heart-broken’ homophobic parents who want to control their lives – saying they only have themselves to blame for their homelessness

Mission America anti-gay author has made the extraordinary claim that homeless young LGBTI people only have themselves to blame for their homelessness – blaming them for running away from homophobic parents.

‘”Kids are kicked out of their homes just for being who they are,” is how the saying goes,’ Harvey said in a radio clip uncovered by RightWingWatch.org.

April 7, 2014

At least 17 gay people, with the majority of them being under the age of 25, have attempted to kill themselves over Uganda parliament introducing the anti-gay law

A Uganda gay teen has committed suicide over the homophobic law, it was reported today (7 April).

The young man, who we will call Denis, overdosed on pills and swallowed rat poison around a month ago.

For the past few weeks, he showed little signs of recovery as he slipped in and out of consciousness. He also lost his ability to speak.

Last Thursday (3 April), Denis was pronounced dead. He was just 17 years old.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a Uganda LGBTI activist, paid tribute to Denis saying he was ‘gone too soon’.

April 6, 2014

A helpline set up to allow UK muslims to report prejudiced attacks has been described as deliberately provocative after it invited gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to become a patron

Fiyaz Mughal, chairman of anti-Muslim hate helpline Tell MAMA, is being criticized by members of the Islamic community after he asked gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to become a patron.

Mughal has been warned his group will be shunned by fellow Muslims for being deliberately provocative.

Tell MAMA, an acronym for Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks, collects data on all forms of abuse against Muslims and has received over £200,000 from the government since it was launched in 2012.

April 4, 2014

Spokesman for 'gay cure' group claims through therapy he was able to change behaviors, such as his 'mincing walk', that meant his orientation somehow also changed

A British man who claims to have slept with over 200 men has declared he is ‘straight’.

James Parker has claimed, through therapy, he was able to marry a woman and have a child.

The 46-year-old, who is now part of a British Christian ‘gay cure’ group People Can Change, has now written about how he was able to ‘convert’.

When he was 18, and he moved to London, he believed he had over 200 sexual partners while he was on the gay scene.

April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

April 3, 2014

Olivia Cajero Bedford defends her comments on Steve Gallardo's sexuality as a joke

Steve Gallardo may be gay, but he's not acting gay enough in the opinion of one of his  Arizona State Senate colleagues.

During a closed door caucus meeting this week, Olivia Cajero Bedford remarked that Gallardo should 'act more gay,' according to Arizona Capitol Times.

April 3, 2014

In what is being called the last chance to legalize the lives of over 40 million people, Supreme Court will hear activists' plea after they recriminalized homosexuality last year

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the law criminalizing homosexuality today (3 April).

The Naz Foundation, a HIV and LGBTI rights charity, filed a curative petition calling on the Supreme Court to ‘correct’ its verdict from last year.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court recriminalized homosexuality – overturning the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that said the colonial era law banning homosexuality was discriminatory and should not be a crime.

April 2, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has given African countries the strongest warning yet – calling laws that criminalize homosexuality a ‘disgrace’ and warning they will lead to cuts to development aid

The President of the European Parliament has given African leaders the strongest warning to date over their criminalization of homosexuality – suggesting Europe is not prepared to back down when it comes to the rights of LGBTI people in Africa.

European Parliament President Martin Shulz told a told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament on Monday that such laws were a ‘disgrace’ in response to Ethiopia making homosexuality an unpardonable offense.

Shulz called such laws ‘an unacceptable violation of the basic rights of individuals.’

April 2, 2014

Under the new anti-homosexuality law, the two face up to life in jail for engaging in gay sex in the northern town of Oyam

Two men were arrested and tortured after they were accused of having gay sex in Uganda.

Maurice Okello, 22, and Anthony Oluku, 18, were caught ‘red-handed engaging in homosexuality’ in the northern town of Oyam.

The 22-year-old is married.

Under the new anti-homosexuality law, the two face life imprisonment.

Najibu Waiswa, police commander of the Oyam District, told local media: ‘Anthony Oluku, 18 years, sodomized Maurice Okello, 22.

‘Maurice Okello is married, he has a wife, he has a kid. He was sodomized by the younger one.

April 2, 2014

Two Nigerian men that were accused of being homosexuals have been acquitted by an Islamic court due to a lack of evidence against them

Two men who were accused of having gay sex have been acquitted by a Nigerian Islamic court because the judge decided there was insufficient evidence to convict them.

The men were part of a group who were arrested late last year after they were accused of belonging to a gay club.

The men were arrested after locals raided a home in the city of Bauchi that they believed was being frequented by homosexuals.

April 1, 2014

Gay teens kissed in front of a preacher said homosexual sinners will be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur

A UK Christian street preacher has won thousands of pounds in cash after being ‘wrongly’ arrested for a gay hate speech.

John Craven, 57, was arrested after two gay teens asked about his views on homosexuality in Manchester.

He recited Bible verses calling for gay people to be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur.

Offended, the two teens kissed in front of the street preacher and told a nearby police officer what he had said to them.