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April 25, 2015

'I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

When Bey came out as trans to her dads, she hoped they would accept her for who she really is.

But the 22-year-old was shocked to discover that, despite both parents struggling to come out as gay when they were younger, they refused to accept her coming out as trans.

Now, she’s sharing her story in the hope her parents will see she’s serious about her transition.

'I'm hurt,’ she explained, speaking to GSN.

'I feel as though they should understand. I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’
 
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

But they don’t want to win elections, they just want a tax break

Manif Pour Tous, a group that came to fame protesting same-sex marriage in France, is becoming a political party.

But the group doesn’t actually want to win elections. They won’t even be fielding any candidates.

Instead, they admit that their new status will mean they benefit from tax breaks, reports leading French newspaper Le Monde.

April 24, 2015

Mama June: 'It's open season. I will keep ALL my options open'

The older sister of reality TV star Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Shannon has come out as bisexual and in the process outed her mother as bisexual as well.

'She is gay, too! June is gay, too!' 15-year-old Lauryn 'Pumpkin' Shannon said of Mama June during an interview with Inside Edition.

June 'Mama June' Shannon chimed in to correct her daughter: 'Bisexual.'

'I'm not going to lie, I played in the minors but never went pro,' she added.

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

Fans have accused the comic book writers of biphobia

Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief and top writer has defended the outing of Bobby Drake/Iceman.

In the new issue of All New X-Men, the young time-travelling version of the ice-wielding mutant is outed as gay by psychic Jean Grey.

In the comic, Iceman thinks he could be bisexual. Grey, on the other hand, tells him she knows he is 'full gay'.

Some fans have accused the Marvel writers of biphobia or bisexual erasure.

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 21, 2015

British political party pledges to review gender identity law, tackle homophobic bullying and deliver 'Turing's Law'

Labour has revealed their manifesto specifically for LGBTI issues today (21 April).

In the list of pledges, the left-leaning British political party says they are determined to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and undertake a review of gender identity law.

They will appoint an international envoy for LGBTI rights and also ensure asylum procedures are fair to people fleeing persecution based on sexuality or gender identity.

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

'I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there'

Sam Smith has said he would rather be called a faggot than fat.

The British singer, 22, who recently lost 14lbs in 14 days, said he had been 'controlled' by food for most of his life.

'When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well,' he said during an interview with Australia TV show 60 Minutes on Sunday (19 April).

'I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat.'

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

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

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

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

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

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.