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April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

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 11, 2014

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal they have been told to sleep with politicians in order to further their career

A shocking report has revealed the House of Commons is a hotbed of gay sexual harassment and abuse.

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal many members of parliament – particularly Conservatives – are abusing their power in a game of sexual politics.

In a new investigation, Channel 4 reports a small group of MPs regularly become drunk and make passes at male researchers in particular.

One unidentified man spoke of how he was approached to ‘go to the gents’ with an MP at an event for young political activists.

April 9, 2014

Meanwhile British parliamentary meeting hears about the real problems facing European sex workers

British LGBTI organizations have been challenged to speak up for sex workers at a meeting organized by the English Collective of Prostitutes.

But when a group called Queer Strike ‘named and shamed’ LGBTI organizations who they said were refusing to help decriminalize sex work in the country, the picture they gave was misleading.

April 9, 2014

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon lock lips and roll around the sand and water for nearly 5 minutes in ad for Florida/France Festival

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon might have needed some chapstick after filming a very affectionate spot for an ad promoting this month's Florida/France Festival.

As moody music plays, the two hunks begin to kiss passionately while at the beach and they do not stop until 4 minutes and 45 seconds later.

And this is no stationery kiss.

The two, intertwined horizontally, roll off of their towel and onto the sand and keep rolling over seaweed and into the water.

April 7, 2014

Says kiss with Evan Handler on TV's Californication 'would make A Place in the Sun’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift proud'

Rob Lowe has kissed many attractive leading ladies during his more than three decade career in movies and television.

Now he's started kissing men.

The same-sex smooching was a part of his role in the Showtime comedy Californication and he writes about the experience in his newly-released memoir Love Life.

April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

March 29, 2014

Kyrgyzstan has gone a step further than its former parent-state Russia to introduce a bill that not only prohibits 'gay propaganda' but statements that may 'create a positive attitude' towards 'non-traditional sexual relations'

The ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan last week announced a new bill that would make any statement that creates 'a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation' – whether or not it amounts to a criminal act under the law – punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine.

Although there are no laws that prohibit sexual relations between men as it was decriminalised in 1998, a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to a range of physical, sexual, and psychological abuses at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan.

March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered that some gay men are attracted to straight men, and would like to sleep with them in order to fulfil a 'fantasy'

One in 10 men who have sex with men are looking for ‘non-gay’ men on a dating site, a study has revealed.

In research published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, it found one in 10 men who use Craigslist M4M section are specifically seeking out ‘sexual partners who do not identify as gay’.

The researchers reviewed 1,200 personal ads posted on Craigslist for analysis.

Researchers believe these men are looking to either fulfill a ‘fantasy’ or because it allows closeted men to seek out others for anonymous sexual encounters.

March 16, 2014

Following the viral success of the First Kiss video uploaded to YouTube this week, the Gay Women Channel has recorded its own version, with alleged homophobes hugging gay people

The First Kiss video uploaded onto YouTube on Monday (10 March) has spawned many imitators and parody attempts, the latest of which shows homophobes and gay people hugging it out on camera.

First Kiss was presented by WREN and currently has over 57 million views. The film shows 20 strangers, of different ages, races and sexual orientations, kissing on camera.

The Gay Women Channel yesterday (15 March) uploaded their own take on the idea, titled First Gay Hug (A Homophobic Experiment).

February 28, 2014

Psychologist groups say conversion therapy is dangerous, has the potential to cause harm, and is often based on religion than actual understanding of sexuality

UK’s most senior mental health bodies have released a joint statement condemning ‘gay cure’ therapy today (28 February).

The groups have condemned the practice known as ‘conversion therapy’, as requested by the Department of Health, to say it has potential to cause harm and are more likely to be based on religion rather than on an informed understanding of sexual orientation.

Conversion therapy suggests to vulnerable people, they say, that sexuality is the root cause of their difficulties. This claim the groups say is misleading and prejudiced.

February 24, 2014

The group of MPs tasked with advising Uganda President Museveni on whether homosexuality is a choice misled him on the results of a report put together by a group of scientists

A team of Ugandan doctors and scientists who were commissioned to investigate whether homosexuality is a choice found that it was not – but Government MPs subsequently distorted their findings in their report to President Yoweri Museveni, leaked documents reveal.

February 23, 2014

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked President Museveni to use Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill debate to strengthen human rights and justice rather than restrict them

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu today (23 February) pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to use the debate on the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a ‘catalyst’ for improvements to human rights in the country.

The 82-year-old anti-apartheid champion said improving other areas of law would provide families and children with more protection than criminalising ‘acts of love between consenting adults’.

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 17, 2014

Scientists believe by analyzing your earwax, you can discover your sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender and health

You can tell if you’re gay or straight by looking at your earwax, scientists have claimed.

Researchers at the Monell Center believe the substance is an untapped source of information about a person’s identity.

They say new tests could be developed to prove identification, like similar tests that have been done with odors from people’s armpits.

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 12, 2014

'And with the “bromance” type of close relationships that many players enjoy, would they be as physical and free with a homosexual teammate?'

Bigots in the US have been wailing ever since Michael Sam, a University of Missouri football defensive lineman, announced he's gay.

Michael Brown's cries are particularly hysterical. The anti-gay writer is certain close relationships on teams, 'bromances,' will be destroyed with a gay player.

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 25, 2014

Proposed amendments to the controversial anti-gay law would remove the term ‘non-traditional’ but would ban the promotion of all sexual relations, gay or straight, to minors

Russian MPs from several political parties have submitted a proposal to amend the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, according to Queer Russia.

If the proposal is signed into law, it would ban the promotion of any sexual relations to underage children. Currently only the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations, such as same-sex partnerships, is forbidden.

January 20, 2014

Neuroscientist suggests if women live a stressful life, take drugs or smoke while pregnant then it can lead to a child having a lower IQ and an 'influenced sexuality'

Smoking while pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to a gay child, a scientist has claimed.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

‘Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,’ Swaab told the Sunday Times.

January 18, 2014

In a letter the the Ugandan parliament, Museveni says gays have a 'terrible sickness' but shows admiration for British scientist Alan Turing

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has maintained his anti-gay stance, despite blocking a bill which would make homosexuality illegal.

In a letter addressed to the members of the Ugandan parliament, Museveni calls LGBTI people ‘abnormal’ and says those with same-sex attractions have a ‘terrible sickness’

January 13, 2014

Catholics are furious over the draft legislation, demanding it be rewritten to remove the 'grudging tolerance'

Scottish schools will be introducing lessons in same-sex marriage and sexual health for gay couples.

The government is currently updating its guidelines on relationships, parenthood and sexual health education, aiming to publish a final version in late March.

But a draft version has revealed they are planning on taking into account the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, saying all children should understand same-sex couples exist and are a part of everyday life.

December 11, 2013

Germany GQ has launched the 'Gentleman against Homophobia' campaign, aiming to spread love and stamp out intolerance across Europe and the world

Straight male celebs have kissed in order to fight homophobia in Russia, Germany and around the world.

In the brand new German campaign, titled #Mundpropaganda (a pun on ‘word of mouth’ and ‘kissing propaganda’), the hunks are hoping to stamp out intolerance and discrimination.

Lifestyle monthly GQ, generally known for advertising fast cars and hot women to its readers, launched the Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign.

December 3, 2013

A Weber State University study shows bisexual women attending university are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts

Bisexual female university students in the US are more likely to deal with depression and suicide than their straight peers, according to a recent study by a Weber State University assistant professor.

The study by Laura Santurri found lesbians are four times more likely than straight girls to attempt suicide.