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December 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

December 19, 2014

Police are looking to question her

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of the person they believe went on a 'pro-longed', homophobic rant on the London underground.

Detectives say the woman abused a 23-year-old man on a Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Northwood stations on the evening of 14 November.

The man was then followed off the train to the station exit.

December 19, 2014

Trailblazing activists reach out to queer community in Southeastern Europe

It has been called the most anti-gay country in Europe – after last year's European Social Survey (ESS) indicated that over 53% of people there opposed homosexuality.

However, a gay rights group in Albania has broken boundaries by opening the first LGBTI shelter in the country.

The project, founded by queer gay rights groups Alenaca LGBT and ProLGBT, will help queer victims of violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

December 19, 2014

A 23-year-old woman no longer 'fears death' after being given reprieve from deportation

A Ugandan lesbian who was tortured to 'cure' her will not be deported from the UK - for now.

Judith Twikirize, 23, is walking free after a sudden decision to release her from Yarl's Wood detention centre last night (18 December).

While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision.

Twikirize has told GSN she feels like the 'fear of death' is no longer on her back.

December 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 18, 2014

The new smoke-free alternative to cigarettes

Are there times when you can’t or don’t want to smoke traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes?

You may spend long periods of time in non-smoking environments, such as the office, long-haul flights, concerts, gigs or restaurants.

An innovative and revolutionary smoking alternative has launched in the UK to give you a smokeless satisfaction without all the bad stuff (i.e. tobacco, tar, smell). With more than 5,000 customers in less than three months we see how Nicoccino is catching on!

December 18, 2014

Poll finds significant change in attitudes over the past decade

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey.

A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago.

In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents said they were in favor of equal opportunities for gay people in the workplace.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 18, 2014

'You have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce'

US evangelist Pat Robertson has made the bizarre claim that gay people will go extinct because they cannot reproduce.

A viewer wrote into his 700 Club show on Christian Broadcasting Network, complaining that her church did not allow dating and even showing interest in the opposite sex was treated like a sin.

'We’re getting older and no one is getting married,' she said.

Robertson said this was 'absurd' because a church with a no-dating policy would 'die out' – like gay people.

December 18, 2014

And, according to a new study, don't be a gay guy

Want to get paid more than your colleagues? The key, apparently, is to be a lesbian.

A new study has showed a person's sexual orientation affects how much they earn, and while it's good news for the lady-loving woman, it's not for gay men.

In the US alone, the pay premium rises to 20% for lesbians compared to straight women while gay men can expect to be paid 16% less than straight men.

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

December 16, 2014

Kathryn Knott, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan will be tried as a group for on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges

Two men and the daughter of a local sheriff were ordered to stand trial Tuesday (16 December) in connection with the September beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, Philip Williams, 24, and Kathryn Knott, 24, are to be tried for aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges.

The trio cannot be charged with a hate crime, however, because sexual orientation is not covered in the stat of Pennsylvania's current hate crime law.

December 13, 2014

36 elementary schools in the UK will teach their students about gay and lesbian rights and stamp out anti-gay language

36 UK schools have vowed to stamp out homophobia in schools, by signing up to a scheme to teach their pupils about LGBTI values.

The group of elementary schools in and around Birmingham, UK have pledged to stamp out homophobic bullying with a new range of teaching materials called CHIPS - Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

The CHIPS programme is used in 36 elementary schools and was created by Andrew Moffat, who authored a series of books used as resources to teach children about the LGBTI community.

December 12, 2014

Marchers denounce the EU's withdrawal of aid over the country's anti-gay law

Thousands of Gambians on Tuesday (9 December) marched through the capital Banjul denouncing the EU for withdrawing foreign aid over the country's new anti-gay law.

President Yahya Jammeh joined protesters, who held placards and banners reading, ‘Homosexuality is inhuman,’ ‘Even cows don’t do it!’ and ‘Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.’

The European Union withdrew millions of euros in aid after the west African country passed a law to punish 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment in September.

December 12, 2014

And it might just surprise you

Listening to a gay person talking about how they want to get married is the best way of getting a former homophobe to change their minds, a new study has found.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of California has found a gay person is far more effective than straight person in shifting voters' views towards supporting marriage equality.

December 12, 2014

It is adorable and amazing

It's hard to capture a perfect kiss. Most of the time on camera the actors look uncomfortable, or there's no chemistry, or it just feels unnatural.

For New York Times Magazine, 18 of the year's biggest stars coupled up to participate in nine short films about trying to capture that single kiss.

While a masked Benedict Cumberbatch kisses a big-haired Reese Witherspoon and Timothy Spall wins an arm wrestling match by pecking David Oyelowo on the lips, we have a favorite.

December 12, 2014

Nigerian pastor explains why Jesus loves gays but African Christians do not

To win the struggle to change men and women’s hearts and minds, one must consider what the Bible calls strongholds – ideologies, views or thinking that have been held on to for a long time.

When that thinking is wrong, the challenge is great.

Many African strongholds include the view that homosexuality is paganistic and paganism is bad. The second is that gay white men want to pollute black children (see the justifications for Uganda's anti-gay laws).

December 11, 2014

Another one has come back to the fold

Another 'ex-gay' leader has come out as gay and proved once again that 'cures' do not exist and are detrimental to a person's health.

Christian Schizzel, who spent seven years as the poster boy for the young generation of 'ex-gays', has said he was manipulated and 'molded' by his religious peers.

But now he is out, repenting his past and apologizing if he has influenced anyone to believe that it is possible to 'cure' your sexuality.

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 11, 2014

You will not believe what happened in conservative Korea

A Korean middle school student's response to a survey on homosexuality has gone viral in the conservative country after their former teacher posted it online last week.

The principal heard a rumor that two students were in a lesbian relationship and created a survey to find out who they were and punish them.

Students were assured their answers were anonymous and their honesty would help create a 'safe and healthy school environment.'

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 10, 2014

Activists are 'concerned' after a report finds only 33 anti-trans attacks in 2013

One in five hate crimes committed in the US last year were motivated by anti-gay bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The agency's annual hate crime report released on Monday (8 December) found that 20.8% of the 5,928 reported single bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, second only to race at 48.5%.

Of these, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay male bias.

Gender identity was also added to the list of bias categories for the first time this year.

December 10, 2014

Teams with Colby Peters to parody just how close two 'heterosexual' pals can but still not be gay

There's nothing gay about caressing your hot buddy as you show him how to shoot pool, right?

Or having pillow fights wearing just your speedo or feeding each other ice cream or doing shirtless sit-ups and pull-ups together, right?

It's just a bromance.

Nothing really gay about it - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Fitness model Bryan Hawn - a veteran of video parodies - enlists Colby Peters to participate in a series of physical activities that call for them to be scantily clad and basically all over each other.