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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 has claimed that homosexuality has cost the 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 the 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).

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 13, 2015

'And Tango Makes Three' is ruffling feathers in the US, as one of the most complained about books in schools and public libraries in the past year

A picture book featuring two male penguins raising their baby is one of the most complained about books in US libraries, according to a report released yesterday by the American Library Association.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins who got together and raised a chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

April 13, 2015

Mihaela Rădulescu's blog post compares homosexuality to terrorism, asks for LGBTI events to be quenched

One of the judges of Romania’s Got Talent has been accused of starting a hate campaign against LGBTI people.

Mihaela Rădulescu uploaded a homophobic post to her weblog in which she calls the LGBTI community, and gay men in particular, abnormal and a threat to family values.

She also compares being gay to being a terrorist, calls for public LGBTI events to be quenched – and asks same-sex couples to refrain from public displays of affection.

April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

April 10, 2015

A five-day seminar will invite infamous 'ex-gay' activists to 'help' homosexuals overcome their sexuality

A 'gay cure' convention is scheduled to take place in London this month. 

The Holy Sexuality Conference will take place over five days from 21 to 25 April, with gay people being specifically invited in order to help them 'overcome' their 'sexual habits'.

Three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates have been invited to speak; Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 9, 2015

White House responds to petition urging the government to enact legislation named for late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday (8 April) that he supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors.

April 9, 2015

He also claimed gay sex results in '72% of HIV cases'

An Irish university is investigating after one of its researchers has described homosexuality as a 'bizarre fetish' similar to pedophilia.

Dr Mark Gilfillan used his Facebook account to claim homosexuality 'results in 72% of new cases of HIV' despite being under '2% of the population at large'.

A research associate in Irish Jewish History at Ulster University, he made the comments during a public Facebook debate over Ashers Bakery - the Christian-run business that refused to bake a cake for a pro-gay campaign.

April 8, 2015

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has likened the owners of an Indiana pizzeria to Nazi Holocaust victim Anne Frank because they temporarily closed their restaurant and went into hiding after a public backlash

Bryan Fischer, one of the most extreme homophobic public figures in the United States, has made the bizarre comparison between the owners of an Indiana pizzeria that announced they intended to use their state’s controversial ‘religious freedom’ law to refuse to cater gay weddings to one of the most well known victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The former Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA) made the comments on his FocalPoint show on the AFA Channel online on Monday.

April 8, 2015

A long-running TV commercial has prompted complaints after a recent airing in Australia: some viewers felt it could turn people gay, while others felt that it was mocking man-on-man affection

Viewers in other parts of the world, including the UK, will no doubt be familiar with a Maltesers advert in which two sleeping men cuddle up with one another.

The advert, which has been airing since 2007, shows two men asleep on a sofa.

Two female friends – presumably their girlfriends – are eating Maltesers and watching TV. Mischievously, the women position the men so that they are snuggled up against one another, and one of the men subsequently kisses the other man while they sleep.

April 7, 2015

'If I was asked to serve food at an anti-gay marriage rally, I would decline'

A gay woman who donated money to the Indiana pizzeria who refused to cater a same-sex wedding has defended her decision.

Courtney Hoffman was just one of the many thousands of people who donated over $824,000 (€760,000) to the Christian owners of Memories Pizza that was forced to temporarily close its doors over the outrage. She donated $20 (€18).

Writing on the donation page, she said: 'As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business.