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April 24, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 24, 2015

Sympathizers claim the embraces show compassion

Shocking images emerged on social media Thursday (23 April) of Islamic State (ISIS) militants stoning a gay couple to death, seconds after hugging them in 'forgiveness.'

The photos were taken in ISIS-controlled territory in the Syrian province of Homs.

The first few images are close-ups of the two blindfolded men hugging their executioners in an apparent display of forgiveness.

ISIS sympathizers who shared the photos online claim the embraces showed compassion.

April 24, 2015

'I was not attacking the homosexual community, I was attacking their campaign for marriage, which is seeking an end to traditional marriage'

Northern Ireland's Health Minister Jim Wells has apologised for saying gay couples are more likely to abuse children.

Speaking at a South Down hustings event last night (23 April) the DUP minister said gay couples were more likely to be in 'unstable relationships'.

Social media erupted, with opposition party Ulster Unionists issuing a statement describing the comments as 'absolutely appalling' and 'totally wrong'.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 23, 2015

Think you can't change an animal's sexuality? These scientists claim you can

Scientists have come up with a way to turn 'straight' rats 'gay' by using happy-making chemicals.

A group of researchers in Mexico have been working for four years to come up with the best way of making rats gay with their experiments.

Using mind-altering drugs, they stimulated the male rats' brains to make them feel good when they were put together.

They also covered the rats with almond oil which they had made them associate with sex.

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 21, 2015

Survey finds 60% of respondents in their twenties back same-sex unions

South Koreans have become more tolerant of homosexuality and more supportive of gay marriage, according to annual surveys conducted over the last four years.

The number of respondents showed no reservations about homosexuality increased from 15.8% in 2010 to 23.7% in 2014. In the same period, those who supported the legalization of gay marriage rose from 16.9% to 28.5%.

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies interpreted this change in attitude as the conservative country 'consolidating its democratic and liberal values.'

April 20, 2015

'I don't like muscle boy... a man has to be a man'

Georgio Armani has criticized gay men who 'dress homosexual.'

The 80-year-old fashion designer, who has never denied that he is gay, said 'a man has to be a man.'

'A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual,' he told the Sunday Times.

'When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme - to say, "Ah, you know I'm homosexual," - that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.'

The Italian also condemned men who work out too much.

'I don't like muscle boy,' he said.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 20, 2015

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'

US Senator Marco Rubio doesn't believe people choose to be gay but that doesn't mean he thinks they should be able to marry each other.

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

April 19, 2015

Two legally married men and their son are fighting for same-sex marriage in Ohio - despite living more than 500 miles away

A married couple from New York City are joining the legal fight for same-sex marriage in Ohio because they cannot adopt their son in the state.

Married since 2011, Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas adopted a newborn baby, Cooper, in 2013.

They slept in hospital for the legally required 72 hours as they waited for the birth, before taking their son home to New York where they received a final adoption decree on January 17 2014.

The decree included a directive that a new birth certificate be issued, naming Vitale and Talmas as Cooper’s parents.

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

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 17, 2015

Gay couple was victorious in more ways than one

A gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory.

A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013.

After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not 'gay friendly'.

April 17, 2015

Right-wing lawyer claims studies show gay sex 'can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it'

Right-wing lawyer Mat Staver claims that homosexuality has cost the US government more than $225 billion.

On his Freedom’s Call radio bulletin Wednesday (15 April), the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor discussed 'the damage of homosexuality.'

Staver is the founder of anti-gay law firm Liberty Counsel, which provides free legal assistance in defense of 'religious freedom,' abortion and the 'traditional family.'

'Studies repeatedly show that homosexual conduct can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it,' he said.

April 17, 2015

He is now suing the psychiatrist

A former prison guard is suing the psychiatrist that he claims locked him in a room behind numerous locked doors with a large dog to 'cure' him of being gay.

Calvin Chang claims he was originally sent to Doctor Benjamin Kaufman after he complained to his employers that he was denied promotion because of his sexual orientation.

And now he is accusing him of losing his job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after 20 years of service and forcing him to find a job as an attorney.

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

To protect public interest and religious and social values

An Egyptian administrative court Tuesday (14 April) ruled that LGBTI foreigners can be deported and banned them from entering the country.

The case in question involved an allegedly gay Libyan man who the interior ministry barred from returning to the Muslim-majority country in 2008.

The unnamed graduate student appealed the decision in hope of continuing his studies at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport but the court ruled in favor of the ministry.

April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

'Many have a phallic appearance to push teenagers to enjoy this shape'

Pokemon 'perverted' the sexuality of many teenagers from 1985 into the 1990s, according to a study by the Credo Dollar Ministry.

The Atlanta mega church said the first clue to the cartoon's homosexual agenda was the relationship between hero Ash and his companion Brock.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).