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May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 17, 2015

Fairfax County School Board set to expand the curriculum to teach students about gender identity and transgender issues

 Conservative parents are furious about proposed changes to the curriculum for grades 7 to 12 at some schools in Virginia.

Last week, the Fairfax County School Board voted to include gender identity in their non-discrimination policy to expand protection for trans students and staff.

Parents and students opposing the policy change claimed children could choose which bathroom or locker room to use, heightening the danger of sexual harassment.

May 12, 2015

Final nail in coffin for study which claims being raised by same-sex parents harms children

Research used to 'prove' that same-sex parenting is bad for children has been debunked once and for all - thanks to its extremely unusual participants.

An eight-times married man claiming to be 7'8" tall and weighing an impossible 88 pounds, and a respondent who claimed to have been arrested at the age of one were among the suspect participants in the original 2012 study, published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regenerus.

May 8, 2015

'When I was young, I was the female that gay guys wanted to try to become heterosexual with'

In her new Netflix series Grace & Frankie, Jane Fonda plays a woman whose husband leaves her for another man.

Dealing with men conflicted about their sexuality is not something Fonda had to do any research for.

She's had plenty of personal experience.

'Oh yes! Oh my god. When I was young, I was the female that gay guys wanted to try to become heterosexual with,' Fonda tells PrideSource.

May 7, 2015

SPONSORED: The University of Essex is conducting research with identical twins

Dozens of identical twins have now come forward to take part in a unique new study to help understand how childhood experiences shape our sexual orientation and wellbeing as adults.

Now the University of Essex scientists behind the project are looking for more identical twins – where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight – to take part in the research.

We often assume our upbringing is important in many ways, but the research being carried out at Essex is looking at how this relates to identical twins where one is straight and one is gay or bisexual.


May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 5, 2015

'I loved that everyone cheered!'

Two baseball fans locked lips Saturday (2 May) in what fans are calling the first gay kiss on the Los Angeles Dodgers kiss cam.

In the middle of the fourth inning, the kiss cam scanned the crowd for 30 seconds before settling on two guys in Dodger jerseys.

The unidentified men, who seem to be a genuine couple, share a kiss, then give the stadium a thumbs-up.

The crowd of more than 43,000 people can then be heard erupting in cheers!

May 1, 2015

Defends disgraced former Health Minister Jim Wells' anti-gay comments

An election candidate in Northern Ireland has claimed gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children.

Susan-Anne White, who is standing as an independent in West Tyrone, sparked outrage earlier this week with her 'Biblically correct' manifesto, which calls for gay people to be jailed.

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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 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 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 9, 2015

White House responds to petition urging the government to enact legislation named for late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday (8 April) that he supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors.

April 2, 2015

A new study from Australia had identified big differences in the average earning power of gay men and lesbians when compared to their straight counterparts

A new study from Australia has concluded that lesbians earn – on average – 33% more than heterosexual women – but that gay men face negative discrimination from employers when it comes to their pay.

Although, at first, such statistics may be surprising, the study mirrors similar research published in December that concluded that lesbians earn 20% more than their heterosexual counterparts

April 2, 2015

Terms for non-heterosexual orientations are forbidden and LGBTI-related information has to be removed

South Korea has banned schools from teaching about homosexuality in the conservative country’s first guidelines on sex education.

Training materials, issued to education offices in every city and province on 29 March, stated that ‘teaching about homosexuality is not permitted.’

‘Sex education is not intended to be an opportunity for teachers to share their views on sexuality,’ it added.

The document also forbids the use of terms for non-heteroxual orientations and orders schools to remove LGBTI-related information from their current curriculums.

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 18, 2015

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me'

Liam Payne has revealed he once kiss his One Direction band mate Zayn Malik.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the favourite couple in One Direction fan fiction but it was Payne, 21, who admitted to locking lips with Malik, 22.

‘I ended up kissing Zayn once! Zayn was like, “Come on then, come on,” putting his head close to me,’ he told We Love Pop magazine.

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me.’

Styles could not decide which member he would kiss in a life or death situation.

March 16, 2015

'There was quite a strong taste of kebab that was a bit off putting'

Orlando Bloom locked lips with David Walliams for the annual Comic Relief telethon on Saturday (13 March) night.

The Little Britain actor set a new record for the most kisses in 30 seconds – with 55 men and women planting pecks on his cheeks.

But it was a surprise appearance from the Hollywood hearthrob before the record attempt had even begun that was on everyone's lips.

Before the record attempt, Bloom warmed up the openly bisexual comedian smooch on the lips that lasted four seconds.

March 6, 2015

Gay Star News brings you the research, the debates, and the opinions on why sexuality matters.

Human sexuality is much discussed and debated but we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of why we are gay and what that means for us in the wider world.

Here is a round-up of some of our most recent reports on this fascinating and important subject.

Business & Workplace

March 5, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful later apologizes 'unreservedly'

Ben Carson has said homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice and prison sex proves this.

The potential Republican presidential candidate made the comments Wednesday (4 February) during an interview on CNN.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

The retired doctor then said he supported partnership rights for gay couples but not marriage.

March 5, 2015

Human rights group says the trial seems unfair

A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial.

An elected local official in his 50s and a student in his 20s were arrested in al Hoceima province on 13 December.

Only five days after their arrest, a court convicted the men of sexual deviancy and public indecency based on confessions they made to police then repudiated in court. No witnesses were called to testify.

March 5, 2015

Touching video, which features a pair of kissing skeletons, has gone viral with millions of views

A heartwarming video has hit 13 million views after being uploaded only days ago.

The three minute clip shows confused bystanders watching two skeletons hugging and kissing, who then reveal themselves as a female couple. Many more then choose to join in the frolics behind the screen which digitizes them to skeletons.

The ad is promoting the Diversity and Inclusion- Love Has No Labels campaign by the non-profit website which aims to raise awareness about the truth of prejudice and bias in America.

Watch the video here: