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March 26, 2015

Straight people posting on a gay confessions page may have been in the wrong but LGBTI reactions were heterophobic

Straight men are turning to social media to engage with LGBTI people but our reactions are ruining this incredible opportunity.

I realized this as I looked through an Indian gay ‘confessions page’. The administrators and most members are closet gays, just as I am.

Many of the confessions were fascinating but the most striking ones were – surprisingly – posted by straight men.

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

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

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 25, 2015

'We need to listen to them and support them the way they have supported us all these years'

Steve Grand's debut album, All-American Boy, is out this week but he's talking about more than music.

The singer who came to fame as a YouTube sensation is an openly gay man who is also mindful of the issues and challenges facing the trans community.

March 25, 2015

Cross-dressing and drag is banned as delegates use jazz hands instead of applause

UK's National Union of Students has passed a policy to stop gay men appropriating black female culture.

Delegates at the Women's Conference today, many of them self-identified feminists, have passed plenty of motions.

Just one of them was ensuring everyone at the conference understood that some behaviors were damaging.

On Twitter, they announced: 'Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping as it's triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!'

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

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

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

An exercise in internalized homophobia or finding an authentic identity? The jury is out on David Thorpe's documentary.

I think that Do I Sound Gay? caught me just at the wrong moment.

Writer/director David Thorpe seemed excited to be presenting the European premiere of this documentary at the BFI Flare festival in London, and it was a full-house at the British Film Institute screening on the Southbank.

Thorpe described the inspiration for this documentary as being his 'gay mid-life crisis', finding himself single and the 'wrong side of forty', Thorpe began to question his identity and in particular hating the way that his voice sounded.

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

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

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

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

March 19, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

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

Protestors from around the world gathered to call for a boycott against the brand

Dolce and Gabbana have learned an important lesson on what happens when you take on the LGBTI community -- you lose.

About a hundred London gay rights activists protested today (19 March) outside the flagship store on Old Bond Street, calling for a proper apology over the fashion duo's offensive comments about children of gay parents.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father, and that children of IVF are 'synthetic'.