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July 23, 2014

'Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men'

President Barack Obama is being accused of using the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week to further a ‘radical gay agenda’.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer ranted in a predictable manner after the president paid tribute to the loss of dozens of HIV and AIDS researchers.

Obama said the US will ‘continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose’.

Fischer was not happy.

July 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

July 22, 2014

'I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.'

A letter written by a loving mom to her 13-year-old gay son has gone viral.

When Connor came out to his parents, his mother wrote him a letter to hold onto, reminding him he will always have their support.

The letter was published on A Note To My Kid, a website is a project of PFLAG National, allowing the parents, families and friends of the LGBTQ community to share their support online.
 

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 21, 2014

Two male prostitutes have been found murdered in the South American former British colony of Guyana after their friend refused the advances of another man

Two gay sex workers have been stabbed to death in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown and another has escaped an attempted murder after he spurned the killer’s advances.

An unnamed man had been in a five year relationship with a male sex worker but threw gasoline on his ex after he broke up with him and tried to set him on fire near the city’s St George’s Cathedral.

However other male sex workers intervened and he fled the scene.

After that failed the man tracked down male sex workers Jason John and Carl Sinclair and stabbed them to death.

July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

July 19, 2014

Campaigners are worried the new club may see a rise in anti-gay attacks in the LGBTI district

Plans for a new lap dancing club in the heart of Liverpool’s gay quarter has faced opposition from local LGBTI residents and businesses.

 

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 17, 2014

Raul Vera Lopez, Catholic bishop of Saltillo, has said that it is homophobia, not gay people that is a sickness in society

Raul Vera Lopez, Catholic bishop of Saltillo, Mexico, has spoken out against homophobia in an interview with El Pais.

The newspaper asked Bishop Lopez his views on the issue after it was made public that he had baptized the daughter of a lesbian couple.

When asked what his stance on the issue of homosexuality was, Lopez replied, ‘That is a topic that we have refused to address.’

July 16, 2014

The US Census Bureau published its first ever data on the sexual orientations of the American people this year and found 3.4% answered with something other than heterosexual

The US Census Bureau has this month published data on the sexual orientations of the American people for the first time in its 57 year history.

The bureau found 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over were prepared to say that they were gay.

Another 0.7% identified as bisexual, while another 1.1% refused to answer the question, identified as something other than bisexual, gay or heterosexual, or were unsure.

The total percentage of respondees that were prepared to say they were something other than heterosexual was 3.4%.

July 16, 2014

‘I suppose it was bound to come out eventually,’ Reverend Sally Hitchiner said after the interview

Meet Reverend Sally Hitchiner, a British priest and one of the most modern voices in religion working today.

This week, she was asked to appear on current affairs programme Channel 5 News to discuss the Church of England finally allowing women to become bishops.

The 33-year-old has become notable in recent years for not being ‘traditional’, daring to wear Prada, post funny videos online, and still continue in her priesthood.

July 15, 2014

Singapore’s Court of Appeal will decide the fate of the country’s 76-year-old Section 377A anti-sodomy law this week, opening a two day hearing on Monday

This week Singapore’s Court of Appeal is hearing a challenge to the country’s ban on anal and oral sex which punishes sex between men with up to two years in prison.

The challenge has been brought by Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim, a gay couple in a 17 year relationship and the case has also been joined by Tan Eng Hong, a man who was charged under the law in 2010.

Section 377A of Singapore’s Criminal Code was introduced by the British in 1938 but the law has been rarely enforced in recent years.

July 13, 2014

Some 350 people including parents and children gather at library to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents

An estimated 350 people including parents and children gathered at a reading event held at the atrium of the National Library Building atrium this afternoon to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents.

Co-organizers Germaine Eliza Ong said on Facebook: 'We believe that we and our children should be able to access a diverse range of reading materials'.

July 12, 2014

Gay and banned from donating blood? Gay men brought eligible allies to donate on their behalf

Friday marked the second annual National Gay Blood Drive to protest an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men.

In over 60 blood donation sites across the US, gay and bisexual men who cannot donate showed up with their heterosexual or lesbian friends and family members, who are eligible donors, to give on their behalf.

July 12, 2014

Football's global governing body is given an epic fail in handling of slurs hurled during World Cup

Football's global governing body is under pressure by more than two dozen LGBTI and human rights organizations to take 'concrete action' on homophobia and anti-gay chants yelled in the stands during this year's World Cup.

July 11, 2014

Tinuola Adeyemi, who believes being gay is a choice, had nobody turn up to her first service of new branch of Christian church in UK town of Sevenoaks

An anti-gay UK Church leader turned up to her first service on a Sunday to a congregation of precisely zero, it has been revealed.

Tinuola Adeyemi, from Thamesmead, London began a new branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Sevenoaks, Kent on Sunday 6 July.

Adeyemi, who believes being gay is a choice, had spread the word about the service by handing out leaflets but nobody turned up to the first service.

July 11, 2014

Flint Dollar was told 'that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church'

Flint Dollar, a popular music teacher at a Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, is suing after his teaching contract was not renewed after four years.

The reason: he is gay and announced on Facebook that he was going to marry his partner this summer.

Although he had been open with school administrators since he came Mount de Sales Academy, there was now a problem and he found himself called into the office of the school president.

July 11, 2014

Homophobic pundit Peter LaBarbera attacked gay people on a US radio show, and accused Obama of being obsessed with homosexuality

A US anti-gay pundit went on air to attack gay men, saying men choose to be gay for a ‘cheap orgasm’.

Peter LaBarbera, a self-confessed opponent of gay rights and founder of anti-gay group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, was a guest on the James David Manning’s radio show (8 July).

Manning, a pastor who regularly rallies against the LGBTI community, and LaBarbera also claimed US president Barack Obama is obsessed with gay people.

July 10, 2014

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson compared incest and pedophilia to homosexuality while hearing an incest rape case in comments that have shocked many

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson has suggested that social taboos around sex between siblings and sex between adults and children may no longer exist because of changes in attitudes towards gay people.

Neilson made the comments during a hearing in which a 58-year-old man is being tried over charges of sexual intercourse without consent with his sister.

July 9, 2014

Round-up appears to endorse government’s bid to win back aid from the west

Five people have been arrested for ‘promoting’ homosexuality in northern Uganda.

The senior officer Pader Central Police Station, Romeo Ojara Onek, confirmed the arrest to the Monitor, and said they are investigating.

He said the among the suspects are two businessmen, one teacher, and two students.

Locals apparently accused the group of ‘promoting’ homosexuality in primary and secondary schools Pader district and ‘recruiting’ pupils and students to be homosexual.

July 9, 2014

Smoking is now deadlier for LGBTIs than HIV as gay Americans continue to smoke at higher rates while advances in medicine have seen a decline in deaths from HIV

Smoking tobacco is now a bigger killer for people in the LGBTI community than HIV and the US Surgeon General has released a video campaign specifically targeting them to encourage them to quit.

According to the US Network for LGBT Health Equity having HIV as a non-smoker takes an average of 5.1 years off one’s life but people who smoke and have HIV will die 12.3 years earlier on average.

July 9, 2014

‘I've dealt with enough of these morons in my life that I am not affected by it. But I am really annoyed that she used a boring off-white. I would have much preferred fluorescent green'

A woman has been caught on camera throwing paint at the entrance of a New Zealand gay sauna, but the manager has taken an untypical view.

Gabriel Clifton, the manager of Centurian Sauna in Auckland, says a woman is clearly seen on film emptying a can of white pain in the doorway.

‘The footage shows that this was planned and that we were clearly the target,’ he said.

A few days earlier, he received a call from a woman who said she needed to speak to him ‘as she needed to pray for my soul’.