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May 29, 2015

Author was unable to provide the raw data for the study

Science magazine has formally retracted a study that posited how gay people were better at changing former homophobe's minds on LGBTI issues than straight people.

Columbia University political science professor Donald Green asked for a retraction, saying his co-author Michael LaCour had been unable to provide the raw data that was used in the study.

May 29, 2015

'This is a defiance of God'

One of the Catholic church’s most senior cardinals has said Ireland is worse than than pagans for legalizing gay marriage.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, told Oxford University’s Catholic society Wednesday (27 May) night that he struggled to understand 'any nation redefining marriage.'

May 29, 2015

Judge Craig Revel Horwood says it will happen

Strictly Come Dancing will include its first same-sex pairing of celebrity and professional partner in 2015 or 2016.

Craig Revel Horwood, who is a judge on the show known as Dancing With The Stars across the world, has said it is 'on the cards' to happen very soon.

'A same sex couple on Strictly - that is on the cards,' he told OK Magazine. '

It'll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.'

May 28, 2015

One gay boy was made to eat banana held in front of classmate's groin

Around 65% of student teachers in Hong Kong harbor moderate and extremely negative attitudes toward LGBTI people, a new study by the city's Institute of Education shows.

Researchers also found that more than 80% of trainee teachers in the city have never received any education about sexuality or gender diversity.

The institute interviewed 332 trainee teachers between May 2014 and April and 42 LGBTI sttudents aged 14 to 25, as well as 13 parents of LGBTI children and seven community service workers.

May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 26, 2015

Two were caught having sex in a mechanic's workshop

Three men have been sentenced to three years in jail for gay sex in Morocco, where homosexuality and premarital sex are illegal.

The sentence was handed down on Friday (22 May) by a court in the northeastern city of Taourirt.

Police were tipped off to two of the men, a mechanic in his 40s and a man in his 20s, who they caught having sex in the mechanic's workshop. 

During their detention, they said they met through a mutual friend, who was then also arrested.

May 22, 2015

But which is it? Grindr? Scruff? GROWLr? Manhunt?

Gay dating app Scruff is to add a new traveller alert for users entering countries where gay sex and homosexuality are illegal.

The step follows safety concerns after a man in Saudi Arabia claimed police had used the app to entrap and deport an friend.

Speaking to the New York Times, co-founder and chief executive of Scruff Eric Silverberg explained the move.

May 20, 2015

Enough is enough after fifth gay sex shop opens on five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, New York

Gay parents in New York City are campaigning against the opening of multiple sex shops in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Known for its large gay population and its liberal values, Chelsea now has five sex shops within a five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, prompting 125 residents to sign a letter of opposition.

May 20, 2015

Host Chris Harrison says it's the audience who will dictate whether that ever happens

The latest season of the ABC reality franchise The Bachelor/The Bachelorette kicked off this week with 25 presumably heterosexual guys vying for the affections of one lucky lady.

The show's longtime host Chris Harrison has recently asked if the the show will ever feature an openly gay bachelor or bachelorette looking for same-sex love.

Harrison, who publicly supports same-sex marriage, says this would depend on the viewers and indicates that things would only change if ratings dropped.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 19, 2015

Reverend Matthew Makela is a married father of five

An associate pastor in Michigan who has preached against gay marriage and compared homosexuality to alcoholism has been found to have a profile on the gay hook-up site Grindr.

Reverend Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned from his position after his Grindr profile was made public via screenshots obtained by Queerty. He confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots but declined to comment.

May 19, 2015

'A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything'

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for gay marriage.

She has called on all families across Ireland to vote yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday (22 May), saying the future for gay children is at stake.

Speaking of her hopes and fears for her gay son Justin, she said she hoped to live in a country that truly believes in equality.

She was speaking at an event in Dublin hosted by BeLonG To, a national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

May 18, 2015

'But in 2015, the point should be: Who cares?'

Cate Blanchett has denied having a lesbian past and said she has never had sex with a woman.

Last week, the Australian actress was quoted as saying she had had 'many' relationships with women in an interview with Variety magazine. 

Blanchett plays a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl in her new film Carol, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (16 May) night.

At a news conference the next day, Blanchett was quick to refute any lesbian rumors.

May 17, 2015

Fairfax County School Board set to expand the curriculum to teach students about gender identity and transgender issues

 Conservative parents are furious about proposed changes to the curriculum for grades 7 to 12 at some schools in Virginia.

Last week, the Fairfax County School Board voted to include gender identity in their non-discrimination policy to expand protection for trans students and staff.

Parents and students opposing the policy change claimed children could choose which bathroom or locker room to use, heightening the danger of sexual harassment.

May 16, 2015

Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Fontibon, Colombia has suggested that one of Jesus’ inner circle could have been gay or lesbian in making a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ case against gay marriage

A Colombian Catholic bishop has said that having same-sex attraction is not in itself a sin and suggested that Jesus would have been happy to have been close to someone who was gay or lesbian.

'No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Bishop Vicente Cordoba said Thursday at a conference on same-sex marriage and adoption at the University of Los Andes.

‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’

May 16, 2015

Nororiously private about her own sexuality, Latifah laments intolerance

Queen Latifah has made clear that she will not dicuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie premiering Saturday (16 May) has her talking about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

'People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

May 14, 2015

Survey finds 13 million are banned from their family home

Four million gay men were victim of serious physical violence in 2014, according to a new survey.

PlanetRomeo released these shocking figures ahead of the launch of its Gay Happiness Index on the International Day Against Homophobia (17 March).

The gay dating network, in cooperation with the University of Mainz in Germany, questioned 115,000 gay men from 127 countries for the survey.

'When applying the survey results to the entire world population, the estimated outcome is shocking,' the company said in a statement.

May 14, 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appears in the video launched in time for IDAHOT

United Nations' Ban Ki-Moon stars in a powerful video for LGBTI rights posted today (14 May).

Faces, a part of the UN Free and Equal campaign, features real LGBTI people from around the world in their homes and workplaces.

It challenges you to look beyond the label and see these people for what they truly are, just normal people going about their daily lives.

The video was launched in Times Square in New York City, where it will play throughout the day, and on YouTube.

May 13, 2015

Only around 60% of Turks now say gay and lesbian relationships are unacceptable according to new research by the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center of Kadir Has University

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Turkey are at a record high in the majority Muslim nation, according to new research.

The Gender and Women's Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University in Istanbul surveyed a thousand people across 26 cities on a range of issues and found that attitudes towards women’s rights and LGBTI rights are steadily improving.

Only around 6-out-of-10 of those surveyed said that same-sex relationships were unacceptable.

May 13, 2015

Survey shows 6% increase in LGB Christians from two years ago

More gay Americans are identifying as Christian despite a sharp decline in overall numbers, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday (12 May).

The survey found that 70.6% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 78.4% in 2013. However, the proportion of LGB respondents who identify as Christian rose 6% during the same period to 48%.

The findings could reflect a culture shift, said Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.

May 12, 2015

Final nail in coffin for study which claims being raised by same-sex parents harms children

Research used to 'prove' that same-sex parenting is bad for children has been debunked once and for all - thanks to its extremely unusual participants.

An eight-times married man claiming to be 7'8" tall and weighing an impossible 88 pounds, and a respondent who claimed to have been arrested at the age of one were among the suspect participants in the original 2012 study, published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regenerus.

May 11, 2015

As IDAHOT approaches, Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara reflects on the past, present and future of homophobia in his country

I am a gay man from an endemic homophobic nation - Uganda.

In order to 'fit' in society, I had to conceal my sexuality from a very young age. There's a lot of stigma in the general population, often characterised by familial rejection, violence, blackmail, mental torture, physical torture. Therefore, I work for the social justice and liberation of the LGBTI community in my country.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.