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April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.

April 1, 2014

Gay teens kissed in front of a preacher said homosexual sinners will be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur

A UK Christian street preacher has won thousands of pounds in cash after being ‘wrongly’ arrested for a gay hate speech.

John Craven, 57, was arrested after two gay teens asked about his views on homosexuality in Manchester.

He recited Bible verses calling for gay people to be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur.

Offended, the two teens kissed in front of the street preacher and told a nearby police officer what he had said to them.

March 25, 2014

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

March 18, 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to do more on the world stage to help end the criminalization of LGBTI people

Australian senators voted yesterday on a motion acknowledging the persecution of LGBTI people in many parts of the world and called on the Australian Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to do more to combat the problem.

The motion was moved by opposition Australian Labor Party Senator Claire Moore on behalf of Labor Senator Louise Pratt and ruling Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce at around 4.30pm in a bipartisan effort.

March 12, 2014

An MP with the Parti Travailliste Congolais wants the Democratic Republic of Congo to jail homosexuals for up to 5 years and transgender people for up to 12 years – with minimum sentences of 3 years in jail for both

Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) MP Steve Mbikayi is moving forward with a bill to criminalize homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of Congo – alarming human rights advocates and HIV groups.

Mbikayi introduced a draft of his bill in the Congolese National Assembly in December and has now threatened to build a religious coalition around the bill and stage protests until the bill is passed.

March 9, 2014

Archbishop of Cyprus condemns religious institutions that allow gay people to get married in a homophobic rant

March 3, 2014

The Anglican Church in Nigeria has banned homosexuals and bisexuals from all official roles within the church – forcing potential office holders to denounce homosexuality before God

People seeking to hold official positions within the Anglican Church of Nigeria are being forced to swear that they are not gay before God - inviting God to destroy them if they are not telling the truth.

February 26, 2014

A new analysis by The Mirror newspaper has found that 40% of the world’s gay population are living in countries that still criminalize gay sex – including a handful with the death penalty

An estimated 165 million gay people live in countries where there are laws targeting them because of their sexuality according to a new global snapshot by The Mirror newspaper.

According to the analysis the countries these gay people live in account for 40% of the global population of humans and thus 40% of the gay and bisexual people on the planet.

February 21, 2014

Elena Klimova, who ran the Children 404 social media page, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging gay teens to believe homosexuality is normal

Good news might be scarce for Russian LGBTIs, but the founder of a gay teen online help group was released from propaganda charges today (21 February).

Elena Klimova, the founder of the group Children-404 which operates on Russian social network VK, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging teens to believe being gay is normal.

February 18, 2014

A secret guide telling Singapore Christians how best to lobby their government against scrapping the country’s colonial era sodomy law has been leaked online - exposing their talking points about how to write to lawmakers

A secret guidebook created by a group of Singapore churches telling people how best to lobby lawmakers against repealing the country’s colonial era 377A law banning sex between men has been leaked online.

‘This Guide is not meant for mass distribution to everybody in your church or everybody you know on Planet Earth,’ the guidebook states.

February 17, 2014

Ugandan scientists have issued a report about the origins of homosexuality to justify President Yoweri Museveni in signing new anti-gay laws

What kind of science could justify President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda agreeing to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law?

Well science twisted by politics and ideology. The strange thing about the scientists’ report from Uganda’s Ministry of Health about the origin of homosexuality, is that much of it was right. But what was left out, the way the words were twisted, the flaws in the scientists’ conclusions, make it false.

February 16, 2014

A harrowing report from Columbia University shows gay people living in prejudiced places have shorter life spans, are more prone to suicide and are at risk of violent and stress-induced deaths  

February 14, 2014

A study of 400 pairs of twins has found that gay men share genetic signatures in their chromosomes but also that sexual orientation is not entirely genetic in cause

New research by Chicago’s Northwestern University indicates that specific genes can increase the chance that a man will be homosexual.

Researchers studied the genetic makeup of 400 pairs of twins and found that those that were openly gay were more likely to share similarities in the Xq28 region of their X chromosome and also in Chromosome 8.

The researchers believe this shows that genetics is about 30 to 40% responsible for determining a man’s sexuality.

February 10, 2014

Bigotry is the 'newest Olympic sport', a new short film proclaims produced by the Fair Games Project

In a powerful new public service announcement, it proclaims Russia has introduced discrimination as the 'newest Olympic sport'.

The two-minute film project is aiming to show brutal violence against a gay couple highlights LGBT discrimination worldwide.

The new Public Service Announcement (PSA), titled ‘Russia Declares Discrimination Newest Olympic Sport’, portrays a depiction of bigotry and violence against LGBT Russians.

February 6, 2014

Newly appointed Cardinal Fernando Sebastián is being investigated by Spanish prosecutors over comments he made in which he called gay people defective and said they should try to correct their sexuality like he does his high blood pressure

Spain’s Cardinal Fernando Sebastián is being investigated by authorities to see if he has vilified gay people after he compared homosexuality to an ailment – saying gay people were suffering from a defect.

‘A lot of people complain and don't tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality,’ Sebastián said in late January in an interview with the Diario Sur newspaper.

February 5, 2014

Singapore’s leading public health organization has declared that LGBTI people are normal and not mentally ill in publishing an online Q&A on LGBTI issues – though homosexuality is still technically banned in the South East Asian nation

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board has said that gay people are normal and not suffering from mental illness in a new online resource aimed at better educating Singaporeans around LGBTI issues.

January 27, 2014

Europe joins North America and Australia as the only continents with no laws criminalizing gay sex

Northern Cyprus has decriminalized gay sex, 16 years after its southern state.

The move by Northern Cyprus lawmakers means Europe is now the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing gay sex.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, said in a statement: 'This is a historic day for gay people in Europe and a major victory for human rights, equality and the Human Dignity Trust.

January 26, 2014

Protesters in Malaga staged a kiss-in to protest comments made by new Spanish Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar who said that homosexuality is a 'defect' which can be treated

Almost 30 protesters gathered for a kiss-in at the gates of Malaga Cathedral in the southern Spanish city last Thursday to protest newly chosen Spanish cardinal Fernando Sebastián's recent remarks that homosexuality is a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment.

Earlier this week, he made the international headlines when he told Diario Sur, a newspaper in Malaga, his views on homosexuality.

January 24, 2014

Headmaster asks teachers to promise not to have gay sex or show gender non-conforming behavior, even in private

In order to make Christian examples out of its staff both on and off campus, an international school in Hong Kong has asked them to endorse ethical codes that allegedly give it the right to fire or even sue violators.

The International Christian School’s draconian policy against gays and trans peoples is uncovered today (24 Jan) after local newspaper Ming Pao received complaints about the private institute from readers.

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.

January 21, 2014

In a statement to journalists in Nigeria, the US ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle said the US is not cutting but carefully considering HIV/AIDS and Malaria funding in light of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A US government representative has said the western country will not cut off aid to Nigeria despite the country’s new anti-gay law.

Yesterday (20 January) the US ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle confirmed while the US would not cut funding, Nigeria’s anti-gay law was a ‘worrisome precedent,’ according to Nigerian news source The Leadership.

January 15, 2014

Panel debate at LGBTI Travel Show will ask the experts and audience the biggest question in global gay activism

Is the gay world really fighting LGBTI oppression or are we just following fashions in global activism and doing more harm than good?

That’s one of the questions that will face our expert panel at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show on Saturday (18 January).

We will be debating: ‘Global LGBTI activism: Are we doing good or harm?’