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March 28, 2015

The two met while incarcerated in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire

Two gay men, both serving life sentences for murder, have become England's first same-sex couple to marry while in prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin (pictured) exchanged vows in the visiting center of Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire.

According to The Independent, the newlyweds fell in love during the time they spent in prison.

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 27, 2015

Film's subject and producer Shane Bitney Crone invited group of 'prayer warriors' in for Q&A

Shane Bitney Crone has been through a lot in his young life.

The love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, died after accidentally falling from a rooftop during a photo shoot. Despite their having been together for six years, Bridegroom's family did not invite Crone to the funeral and tried to erase any evidence that their son was gay.

But the evidence is for the world to see in the acclaimed documentary Bridegroom which Crone brought this week to the University of Texas at Tyler for a screening.

March 26, 2015

Man was asked to leave after he was kissed by a male friend

An expat in South Korea has claimed he was kicked out of a bar in Seoul for being gay.

Eric Michael said he was asked to leave Zen Bar in Hongdae area on Sunday (22 March) after he was kissed by a male friend.

'I know I was singled out because I am gay, and that’s the simple fact,' he told the Korean Observer.

Eric said he was dancing with a group of friends when one, another gay man, 'snuck a gentle kiss in on my neck area.'

March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 24, 2015

This, despite introduction of gay marriage last year

A survey has found that 90% of gay couples would be afraid to be romantic in public if they were to honeymoon in the UK.

Gay-friendly accommodation website Further Afield conducted the research ahead of the one-year anniversary of gay marriage in the UK, on the 29 March.

They asked their customers 'whether gay couples feel more able to be romantic in public on a honeymoon in the UK' since the change in law – with the overwhelming majority answering that they do not.

March 24, 2015

Canadian activist Bill Whatcott says he’s been forced to flee to the Philippines after handing out half a million pamphlets over a decade that state that homosexual activists are trying to recruit children through the school system

A Canadian Christian who was fired from his job as a nurse over his anti-abortion activism and was sued after he claimed that homosexual activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system has left the country – saying there is no longer room for people like him in Canada.

‘My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future,’ Bill Whatcott announced earlier this month.

‘Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.’

March 24, 2015

LGBTI children in schools across the UK will benefit from a £2 million charity investment, awarded to anti-bullying initiatives

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying may one day be a distant memory, thanks to a £2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) grant awarded by the UK government today (24 March).

The money is going to eight charitable and not-for-profit organisations to help them stamp out bullying in Britain's schools, following a consultation process started in October 2014.

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 21, 2015

Calling for a calm and respectful discussion, he said the language used in the correspondence he had received from those who oppose gay marriage was 'obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for a calm and respectful discussion before an upcoming referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May.

In an address on Thursday night, Dr Martin said he had received correspondence from people who supported a 'No' vote and hit out at those who had used language that was 'not just intemperate but obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people.'

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

March 20, 2015

Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely to get skin cancer as their heterosexual counterparts and the experts are laying the blame on sun beds

A new study of gay and bisexual men in the United States has found that they get skin cancer at twice the rate of heterosexual men but lesbians and bisexual women do not have the same problem.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at data from government health surveys conducted in California between 2001 and 2009 which found elevated rates of skin cancers among gay and bisexual men but not gay and bisexual women.

March 20, 2015

As long as it can choose priests 'even on the basis of sexual orientation'

The Philippines church has stated its support for an anti-gay discrimination bill, as long as it does not infringe on its 'exclusive right' to choose priests – 'even on the basis of sexual orientation.'

Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) clarified its stance on LGBTI issues as Congress is set to approve the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bill.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 19, 2015

Immigration rules in both countries bar 'undesirable' persons from entering

A prominent gay rights activist Wednesday (18 March) challenged laws barring LGBTI people from entering Belize and Trinidad and Tabago at the region's top court.

Maurice Tomlinson argued that obscure immigration rules barring entry to LGBTI people violated his freedom of movement rights, enshrined in a key Caribbean Community treaty.

The Jamaican testified before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice via video link so as not to break the country's immigration laws.

March 19, 2015

After being raised by her mom and mom's partner, the former LGBTI rights activist has 'come out' against same-sex marriage

A US woman raised by a lesbian couple has angered many in the LGBTI community by 'coming out' against same-sex marriage.

March 19, 2015

Three in ten lie about their age, height or weight

A new survey has revealed how often gay men lie on dating apps and their online mating habits.

Nearly 4,000 gay men aged 18 to 65 participated in the grabhim.net survey over four weeks in February.

Some 83% of respondents admitted to sending pictures of their penis, which could explain why only 3% said they exaggerate their size when asked.

March 18, 2015

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts

Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.

'As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities,' he said.

'We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games.'

March 18, 2015

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me'

Liam Payne has revealed he once kiss his One Direction band mate Zayn Malik.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the favourite couple in One Direction fan fiction but it was Payne, 21, who admitted to locking lips with Malik, 22.

‘I ended up kissing Zayn once! Zayn was like, “Come on then, come on,” putting his head close to me,’ he told We Love Pop magazine.

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me.’

Styles could not decide which member he would kiss in a life or death situation.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 17, 2015

UK Prime Minister also said we need to 'take a look' at the problems trans people face

David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is 'very proud' of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.