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May 22, 2015

But which is it? Grindr? Scruff? GROWLr? Manhunt?

Gay dating app Scruff is to add a new traveller alert for users entering countries where gay sex and homosexuality are illegal.

The step follows safety concerns after a man in Saudi Arabia claimed police had used the app to entrap and deport an friend.

Speaking to the New York Times, co-founder and chief executive of Scruff Eric Silverberg explained the move.

May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

May 22, 2015

Haters using police admin to stop Pride parade

Hate-filled Christians are camping outside police stations for weeks to block LGBTI events in Korea.

Now the country’s largest LGBTI celebration, Korea Queer Culture Festival and its parade, is under threat.

The Christians are using an administrative loophole to stop it.

Police will grant permission to hold rallies and events on a first-come, first served basis after applications are submitted one month in advance.

May 22, 2015

Accuses finance minister of 'hiding some sort of fiscal gender reassignment'

New Zealand's opposition leader has apologizeed for a 'flippant' anti-trans joke he made during Thursday's (21 May) budget debate.

The Labour leader after Finance Minister Bill English presented his : 'I don’t know what he’s trying to hide – some sort of fiscal gender reassignment or something.'

'I accept my comment was flippant and I accept it has caused offence for which I apologise,' he told GayNZ.com.

May 21, 2015

Anti-gay pastor also called trans people pedophiles and compared homosexuality to alcholism

A mother has come forward to say the pastor outed on Grindr as a top who likes to cuddle told her gay son to kill himself.

Reverend Matt Makala, a married father of five and associate pastor, resigned from his position after screenshots of alleged conversations on the hookup were obtained and published by Queerty.

He has confirmed the authenticity of the conversations but has refused to comment.

May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 21, 2015

University's response: 'That's not new'

A Christian college in Texas has banned gay athletes from dating and vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.

LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview recently updated its student-athlete handbook, which bears the National Collegiate Athletic Association logo.

'Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,' it now reads.

May 21, 2015

Trans players wanted to play on their preferred team of males or females

The University of Nottingham has cancelled the Football v Homophobia Tournament after being accused of transphobia.

Trans players had wanted to play in the amateur tournament in teams of their gender, not the one they were assigned at birth.

But because of Football Association rules, they only allow trans players to do this if they have undertaken gender therapy. They must also disclose their medical information in the interests of 'fairness and safety'.

May 20, 2015

Ghost Town singer talks about 'momentary freak-out' over Madonna's song of the same name

Adam Lambert has revealed his ideal type of guy: otters.

The openly gay singer appeared on Monday (18 May) night’s Watch What Happens Live when a caller asked him what he looks for in a guy now.

'If I knew, I’d probably be dating somebody,' he replied.

'I think you get into your 30s and all the sudden you don’t know anything about anything and you’re okay with it.'

Gay host Andy Cohen then asked if he liked twinks.

'Sometimes,' Lambert replied. 'Not so much bear, more younger.'

Smooth or hairer? 

May 19, 2015

Reverend Matthew Makela is a married father of five

An associate pastor in Michigan who has preached against gay marriage and compared homosexuality to alcoholism has been found to have a profile on the gay hook-up site Grindr.

Reverend Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned from his position after his Grindr profile was made public via screenshots obtained by Queerty. He confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots but declined to comment.

May 19, 2015

'We wanted it to be like a pride parade gone rogue'

Gaymers, rejoice! The world's first LGBTI fighting game has come out more than a year after it was first announced.

The beat 'em up is like Street Fighter but with cast of RuPaul's Drag Race and is now available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play.

May 19, 2015

'[Ashers Baking Company] are not a religious organization. They are a business for profit. There are no exceptions available.'

A Christian baking company in Northern Ireland was justified in refusing to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake, a court has ruled today (19 May).

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty of discrimination after declining an order from a gay rights activist last May.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage, and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

May 18, 2015

Another is found burnt and mutilated near a bus stop

Four transgender women have been murdered within weeks of each other in Pakistan.

Three transgender women were shot dead in a drive-by on the night of  8 May.

The two motorcycle riders opened fire on a group transgender women who were standing on the corner of a busy street in Rawalpindi.

Billi and Shah Zaib died at the scene and Saima Shahzadi died the next morning in hospital. Four others, including two transgender women, were injured.

May 18, 2015

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race

Ice-cream brand Magnum, owned by Unilever, has made a promotional film featuring – according to their own marketing material – ‘drag queens’.

The film, entitled Be True to Your Pleasure, received its premiere at a party on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Against a slow and atmospheric cover version of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ by the band Mechanical Bride, four gender-bender performers are seen eating the brand’s ice creams and looking seductively at the camera.

May 17, 2015

Marchers call on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples

Organizers say an estimated 50,000 people in Santiago, the capital of the South American country nation of Chile, marched on Saturday ahead of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday.

Marching through downtown Santiago, Marcha Por La Igualdad (March for Equality) participants called on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 17, 2015

'It's tough, members of the LGBT community face lots of discrimination in their lives, at work, at school... people are faced with violence in the streets'

Moscow police are holding 17 protestors after they attempted to release balloons in a IDAHOT celebration.

According to Reuters, approximately 50 people assembled today, 17 May, in a square outside a Moscow theater.

Before they could release balloons and a banner, crowd control police came up, in a bus, and pushed people in.

May 17, 2015

A homophobic thug threw a gas canister at the back of the former teacher's head

A Russian gay man was brutally attacked during an IDAHOT protest earlier today (17 May).

Alexander Ermoshkin, along with several others, attempted to hold a 'Rainbow Over Cupid' event. They were hoping to release a rainbow of balloons over the city of Khabarovsk to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

But as soon as they were preparing to fill the balloons, two males approached the group from behind.

Grabbing one of the gas canisters, they bashed Ermoshkin on the back of his head. He fell immediately to the ground, unconscious.

May 17, 2015

Brett Lee says that he has no doubt that there are professional level cricketers who are gay but he fears they feel they still need to hide their sexuality

Australian cricket legend Brett Lee has used the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) to express his concern that no top level cricketer in Australia has felt comfortable to come out as gay yet.

May 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 16, 2015

While allowing gay ministers, this final vote will see whether those in a civil partnership or a marriage will be allowed to preach

The Church of Scotland is to vote on whether ministers in same-sex relationships will be welcomed in its ranks this week.

Opening today (16 May), the issue will be debated and voted on at the General Assembly In Edinburgh.

If the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships is agreed on, another vote will be held on Thursday on whether to allow priests married to someone of the same sex.

May 16, 2015

Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Fontibon, Colombia has suggested that one of Jesus’ inner circle could have been gay or lesbian in making a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ case against gay marriage

A Colombian Catholic bishop has said that having same-sex attraction is not in itself a sin and suggested that Jesus would have been happy to have been close to someone who was gay or lesbian.

'No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Bishop Vicente Cordoba said Thursday at a conference on same-sex marriage and adoption at the University of Los Andes.

‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’

May 16, 2015

The Attorney General's office kicked off an initiative schooling health care professionals on best practices in working with transgender patients

The Attorney General of New York has announced a new initiative to ensure equal access to medical care for transgender people across the state.

Eric Schneiderman said his Civil Rights Bureau is working with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Mt Sinai Health Systems and Lambda Legal to address the challenges trans patients face and to ensure healthcare providers know best practice to treat them.

May 15, 2015

#IDAHOT

A crowd of Londoners have just created a human rainbow along the Thames to celebrate and push for equality.

Dozens of eager volunteers put on their T-shirts and tops in varying colors in order to raise awareness of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia  and Transphobia (IDAHOT, or IDAHOBiT) on 17 May.

Organized by Stonewall, it was intended to kick off the pro-LGBTI events that will be held around the world from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan.