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September 18, 2014

'Children are born innocent with minds open to everything and everyone, they are only taught to hate. This video was only made to show that'

An adorable four-year-old boy has just got a lesson from his mother about same-sex marriage, showing how easy it is to teach love, respect and tolerance.

Devin Clifton, the mother, wanted to show that children are not born hating people - they are taught it.

'I made a video of my first conversation with my 4 year old son about gay marriage,' she wrote to Gay Marriage USA.

September 15, 2014

A conference attended by members of far-right family values groups from around the world has drafted a resolution calling on all countries to restrict the rights of LGBTI people – especially their free speech

The Large Families – the Future of Humanity International Forum was held in Moscow last week and delegates have put forward a resolution calling on world leaders to ban positive discussion of same-sex relationships all over the world.

The conference was organized after the World Congress of Families had to suspend its plans to hold a conference in Moscow in September after hostilities broke out between Russia and the Ukraine.

September 11, 2014

Three groups sent an open letter to 112 universities asking for corrections to discriminatory teaching materials and gender diversity courses

Three Chinese activist groups sent an open letter to 112 universities demanding better education and protection for LGBTI students in time for yesterday's national Teachers' Day celebrations.

The letter asked universities to correct disciminatory teaching materials and offer gender diversity courses, and was jointly signed by Changsha-based China Same Sex Love (CSSL), Beijing-based LGBT Rights Advocacy China and Nanjing-based anti-discrimination group Justice for All.

August 12, 2014

The turn away from ‘curing’ gay people of their sexuality doesn’t mean an end to extremist Christians interfering in LGBTI’s private lives

Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTI Christian is now on the rise.

No joke.

Progress has been made on federal and state levels in the US concerning LGBTI civil rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind.

August 11, 2014

Flings with ‘curious’ guys on their way to being straight, bi or gay have taught Topher Gen some important lessons

When someone mentions their sexuality do you automatically put them into specific categories: ‘gay,’ ‘lesbian’, ’bi’ or ‘straight’? Or do you, like me, blur the lines and believe that a person’s sexuality defies categories?

Do you think these groups we place people in will one day cease to exist and sexuality will be fluid, unlimited and not boxed into one teeny-weeny category?

August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

July 25, 2014

Anti-gay group head warns the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’

You might just be thinking you were watching a show about dragons and a lot of murder, but it turns out Game of Thrones is apparently proving gay rights will lead to incest.

Michael Brown, the head of Coalition of Conscience and a well-known conservative pundit, has warned the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’.

July 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

June 26, 2014

Singapore’s National Council of Churches has urged Christians to treat LGBTI people with grace and restraint in the lead up to the Pink Dot LGBTI pride event while maintaining the sinfulness of sex between people of the same sex

Singapore’s National Council of Churches (NCCS) has urged Christians to show restraint in engaging with the LGBTI community as the city state prepares to hold the LGBTI pride Pink Dot festival this week.

The council made the statement in response to some Muslim leaders and some Christian churches urging Singaporeans to wear white to protest the Pink Dot festival this weekend.

June 5, 2014

Activists have suggested Uganda's government is using the homophobic law as a political weapon against its enemies

The Ugandan government has restricted the activities of a group accused of ‘promoting homosexuality, a crime under the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The Refugee Law Project (RLP), whose office hosts the coalition of activists opposing the anti-LGBTI law, has been under investigation since mid-March.

Frank Mugisha, a Uganda LGBTI activist, has said the RLP’s activities have now been ‘halted due to their pro-gay support.’

June 3, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex because they’re not a man and a woman

Alan Keyes, a former Republican presidential hopeful and conservative commentator, has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex.

Writing for far-right news website WND in a column entitled ‘Homosexual “Rights”: Suicide for Humanity?’, Keyes claimed that only sex between a man and a woman could be defined as sexual intercourse.

‘In the strict sense of the term, it is not “sexual” activity at all,’ Keyes wrote.

May 30, 2014

Robi Ludwig claimed unresolved sexuality was behind Elliot Rodger’s rampage even though this is not supported by the evidence

As a dad, when I see news stories of young people and children being killed, my heart breaks wide open. If it were to be either of my sons I do not think I have what it would take to recover from such a loss.

This week in Santa Barbara California, six sets of parents faced that situation. A seventh set, the parents of Elliot Rodger, 22, who allegedly killed the other six before killing himself, have a whole other horror in front of them.

May 28, 2014

Core Issues Trust were criticized by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 'misinterpreting' their statement about sexual orientation

A Christian group fighting to keep ‘gay cures’ legal in the UK has been left red-faced after they ‘misinterpreted’ a statement made by psychiatrists.

The Core Issues Trust pronounced their victory today after saying Royal College of Psychiatrists had made it clear people are not born gay.

Calling it a ‘major admission’, they criticized the college for continuing to support a ban on conversion therapy.

Mike Davidson, the director of Core Issues Trust, interpreted two lines of a two-page document as proof of the change in view.

May 12, 2014

As we approach IDAHO, Dr Paula Gerber of Kaleidoscope Australia explains why the Pacific is an important frontier for LGBTI rights

The United Nations recently invited people to imagine what it would be like if you were not free to be you. If the only sexual orientation you were allowed to express was a heterosexual one. For people in 80 countries around the world, this requires no imagination, because it is their day-to-day reality. That is why IDAHO – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – is so important.

May 3, 2014

South Dakota representative Steve Hickey launched into a vile Facebook rant demonizing gay sex and asked doctors to testify homosexuality is bad for you

A US state legislator wrote a vile, anti-gay open letter on Facebook crudely comparing gay sex to a garbage truck.

Steve Hickey, a pastor and a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, posted the lengthy rant on his Facebook page on 28 April.

He called for doctors to demonize gay sex, attacked transgender children and said gay-sex is a ‘one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down.’

Hickey started his post by telling his followers he sent the article to local news source the Argus Leader.

May 2, 2014

In the latest research to suggest sexuality is hardwired in the brain, Chinese researchers have shown that gay men and women react to the pheromones that other men release when aroused

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have released the latest research suggesting that sexuality is hardwired in the human brain by showing that gay men and women react to male sex pheromones while heterosexual men ignore them.

The scientists set up an experiment in which they exposed men and women to the pheromones androstadienone (found in male sweat and semen) and estratetraenol (found in female urine).

April 29, 2014

According to the Latter Day Saints, you are either 'struggling with your same-sex attraction' or 'not struggling'

Being gay is not an option for young Mormons in a new survey on sexual orientation and marriage.

This past week, the Latter Day Saints Church has been surveying Mormon ‘millennials’ on their views.

But even though it is about sexuality, the survey does not give young believers a chance to identify as gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The survey was sent to students by email at Brigham Young University, in Utah, and to members who attend a Young Single Adult Mormon congregation.

April 28, 2014

Draft legislation would ban foreign non-government organizations from helping LGBTI people

Uganda is to draft a new anti-gay law banning non-governmental organizations promoting gay sex as the situation for LGBTI people shows no sign of getting better.

This draft legislation would ban foreign non-government organizations from helping LGBTI people.

The law passed in February made it illegal to promote homosexuality and introduced life sentences for having gay sex.

April 27, 2014

GSN speaks to trans activist Luca Dalen Espeth on why Norway is a far tougher place than you expect to be LGBTI

Being gay in Norway can be tougher than you expect.

There is an unwritten rule called the Law of Jant commonly known in Norway. The law is planted in children’s heads before they can walk and its meaning is simple: Whatever you do, don’t be different.

Despite Norway celebrating 200 years of constitutional democracy this year, not everyone is enjoying equal rights.

As a Norwegian myself, I know the country is built on social norms and unofficial sanctions.

April 14, 2014

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Stories project is seeking the personal stories of gay and lesbian Australians of all ages to put together the picture of how gay life has changed in Australia from the 1940’s to today

Researchers from the National Library of Australia and three Australian universities are seeking the personal stories of ordinary gay and lesbians to document the gay experience in Australia since the 1940’s until today.

The researchers want to plot the course of gay and lesbian Australians lives and how they have changed since attitudes towards LGBTI issues shifted so dramatically in the last few decades.

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.