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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 24, 2014

Do relationship counselors know quickly when a couple are likely to stay together or split up? And what do they consider to be the warning signs that a couple are in trouble?

Relationship problems are nothing new for same-sex couples, but with more and more countries legalizing gay marriage, and an increasing number of LGBT people choosing to become parents, the practicalities of ending a relationship can be more complicated and the consequences more far-reaching.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

July 16, 2014

The US Census Bureau published its first ever data on the sexual orientations of the American people this year and found 3.4% answered with something other than heterosexual

The US Census Bureau has this month published data on the sexual orientations of the American people for the first time in its 57 year history.

The bureau found 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over were prepared to say that they were gay.

Another 0.7% identified as bisexual, while another 1.1% refused to answer the question, identified as something other than bisexual, gay or heterosexual, or were unsure.

The total percentage of respondees that were prepared to say they were something other than heterosexual was 3.4%.

July 8, 2014

Zach and gay Frankie even cuddle in bed but Zach insists 'I'm straight and I only date women

During a recent episode of CBS's Big Brother, male contestants Zach Rance and Frankie Grande were laying on a bed together.

Zach, the straight one, said softly to his gay friend: 'Frankie, can you just like caress me.'

They then began to spoon.

Grande, the brother of singer Ariana Grande, and Rance are the season's first big 'showmance' and have given themselves the moniker of 'Zrankie.'

'I'm not gay,' Rance tells viewers. 'But the bond Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel that he is my boyfriend.' '

July 4, 2014

Author claims the reason why many LGB people believe homosexuality and bisexuality is not a choice is because they have 'internalised doctrine'

British lesbian writer and campaigner Julie Bindel has defended her assertion that being gay is a choice.

The 52-year-old journalist believes she made a ‘conscious and happy choice to be a lesbian’ more than 30 years ago because she had ‘better taste than other young women’.

She claims in an Independent interview when she ‘fell in’ with the feminist crowd, she became more open to lesbian experiences.

July 3, 2014

A working group of experts reviewing the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases guidelines has recommended the removal of several ‘disorders’ that continue to stigmatize LGBTIs as sick despite the removal of homosexuality as a disorder in 1990

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to remove several classifications in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines as the United Nations body prepares to release a new edition of the guidelines in 2017.

The recommendation was made by a working group of health experts from around the world who have been tasked by the WHO to review the F66 section of the guidelines.

The ICD has not listed homosexuality as a disorder in-and-of-itself since 1990.

June 25, 2014

Openly gay former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass has executive produced the documentary Kidnapped for Christ about a controversial Christian reform school run by Americans in the Dominican Republic where teens are held against their will

Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass has executive produced a new documentary on a controversial Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic where kids are held against their will and subjected to extreme discipline to try to change their behavior and their sexuality.

Kidnapped for Christ investigates Escuela Carib, an American owned ‘behavioral modification program,’ in which teens are held against their will on the orders of their parents in order to straighten them out – whether that be for behavioral problems, drug use – or their sexual orientation.

June 22, 2014

Archbishop of Singapore William Goh has attacked the LGBTI community, saying gay people need to be ‘restored to wholeness’

The Archbishop of Singapore has written a blistering attack on the LGBTI community, labelling gay lifestyles as ‘detrimental to society.’

In a letter dated 19 June, Singaporean Archbishop William Goh said LGBTI people were contrary to religious teachings and their relationships are invalid because they cannot procreate.

‘My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,’ wrote Goh.

‘The LGBT movement is gaining momentum. Some of you are confused and are asking what the Church's position is with regard to the family.

June 16, 2014

A politician has written an incredible Father's Day message to his child, affirming his belief in gay rights

A Texas politician has written an incredible letter to his lesbian daughter.

Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, a state senator, said it saddens him to know she lives her life in a society that views her as ‘different’.

‘You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love,’ he said.

In 2013, Hinojosa sponsored a bill to legalize civil unions in the US state, but in the letter he declares he now supports full equal marriage.

Read the entire letter:

June 12, 2014

A new report reveals the extent of youth homosexuality, straight sex outside marriage and sex work in Iran – and has an interesting ‘solution’

Iran has admitted it actually does have gay people – and gay sex is widespread among its youth.

An 82-page report which has just come to light draws on figures compiled by the Iranian Ministry of Education in 2007 and 2008.

They show 17.5% of male and female high school students across Iran admit to ‘being homosexual’. That’s 24,889 of a survey of 141,552 young men and women even though homosexuality can be punished by death in the country.

June 11, 2014

A new study by researchers at Princeton University claims that gay African American men have similar advantages when it comes to finding work to white heterosexual men

Controversial new research published by a sociologist at Princeton University seems to show that African American gay men have an advantage over heterosexual African American men when it comes to being considered for jobs.

Princeton sociologist David Pedulla sent four resumes from fictional college graduates to hundreds of potential employers with names that were stereotypical of black applicants and white applicants.

Some of the resumes mentioned participation in a Gay Student Advisory Council.

June 6, 2014

'We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle'

The Texas Republican Party is standing up for ex-gay therapy.

The party of the southern US state is holding its convention in Fort Worth. Thirty-one delegates are revising the platform, and the first draft supports the theory sexuality can be changed.

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 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

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 21, 2014

The government, the army and all political parties in Chile have condemned a graffiti attack on the headquarters of LGBTI rights group MOVILH in a sign of growing acceptance in Latin America

The headquarters of Chilean LGBTI rights group the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH) was defaced with homophobic graffiti on Saturday, sparking an outcry from across Chilean society.

Slogans such as ‘gay AIDS patients’ and ‘death to gays’ were scrawled on the building’s facade and footpath by unknown persons on the same day that 50,000 people marched in support of LGBTI equality in Alameda.

It was the first time in MOVILH’s 23 year history that such an attack was carried out on its headquarters.

May 14, 2014

'I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer'

Bryan Singer dropped out of doing press to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past because he did not want a recent lawsuit filed against him to divert attention from the film.

But by the time the lawsuit - in which a man alleges Singer sexually assaulted him in 1999 when the man was still a teenager - was filed Singer had already done an extensive interview with Out Magazine that was posted today.

May 8, 2014

While people may think of gay and straight men to be equally competent, gay men are still viewed as being more 'feminine'

People still consider straight men to be more masculine than gay men, a new study has shown.

In new research aimed at attempting to reduce prejudice and discrimination, participants were asked to evaluate and react to a fictional man.

The 158 Portuguese participants were given a man described either straight or gay and either single or married. Other facts stayed the same.

It was discovered the man was evaluated as most masculine when he was both heterosexual and married, and more feminine when he was described as gay, independent of marital status.

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 25, 2014

Asian sexual health groups fear that Brunei’s plans to stone convicted homosexuals to death will hamper efforts to combat HIV among men-who-have sex with men in South East Asia

The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and the Islands of South East Asian Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN) have expressed alarm at the prospect of the implementation of the Sultanate of Brunei’s new penal code which would see the death penalty imposed for adultery, homosexuality and leaving the Islamic faith.

April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’