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October 23, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.

October 23, 2014

Legislators oppose a clause requiring transgender people have sex change surgery

Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday dismissed an amendment to marriage laws that would have recognized the status of transgender people who have had sex change surgery.

The Marriage (Amendment) Bill was voted down by 40 lawmakers to 11 at its second reading. Five Legislative Council members abstained.

October 23, 2014

The former Friends actor offers a biological argument for gay men being ‘superhuman’, and talks about the possibility of a judging appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race for her character, Valerie Cherish

Actor Lisa Kudrow will always be famous for her long-running role as Phoebe on the hit sitcom Friends, but she also has a cult following for her portrayal of sitcom D-lister Valerie Cherish on HBO’s The Comeback.

The series, which was co-created by Kudrow and Sex & The City producer Michael Patrick King, first premiered in 2005, ran for one season, and then was promptly cancelled.

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 22, 2014

A comprehensive report by Human Rights Watch details how Jamaica’s LGBT community faces widespread discrimination and violence

A new report by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica.

The Human Rights Watch report – Not Safe at Home – follows five weeks of study on the Caribbean island country from April to June last year.

October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star reveals how he struggled with his sexuality, sleeping with different men, before he met love of his life David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed how he knew for certain he was gay when Burt Reynolds kissed him on the mouth.

The 41-year-old gay actor has revealed how he came to terms with his sexuality, but a surprising encounter sealed the deal for good.

In his new autobiography, he said he first suspected he was gay when he developed a crush on a trumpet player in his middle school band in 1986.

'Mom, I'm afraid I'm gay,' he said.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers:

October 14, 2014

The Vatican, who believes gay people have 'gifts' to offer the Catholic Church, might have already changed one view

The Vatican, who has said gay people may have 'gifts and qualities' to offer the Catholic Church, may have already changed one bigoted view.

Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has flipped his position on the country's anti-gay laws that punishes homosexuality, gay clubs and societies with up to 14 years in jail. 12 states in Nigeria that enforce Shari'a law punishes gay sex with death.

October 13, 2014

Fireworks will be going off not just for the new year this NYE, but for the first ever same-sex marriage in Scotland

Gay couples hoping to get married in Scotland finally have a date from when they can say their vows, following an announcement today (13 October).

The first official same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland on Hogmanay, 31 December 2014.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act will come into force on 16 December. This means any gay couple in a civil partnership can convert it into marriage, free of charge, from that date.

October 13, 2014

Park Won-soon says the constitution permits same-sex unions

The liberal mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, has said he hopes South Korea becomes the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage.

While on a recent trip to the US, Park told the San Francisco Examiner, 'I personally agree with the rights of homosexuals.

'But the Protestant churches are very powerful in Korea. It isn't easy for politicians. It's in the hands of activists to expand the universal concept of human rights to include homosexuals. Once they persuade the people, the politicians will follow. It's in process now.'

October 13, 2014

Nathan Gale, of Scottish Transgender Alliance, explains why trans people will be free from the 'spousal veto'

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland from 16 December. Hogmanay, our New Year's Eve, will take on special significance for many couples this year as this will be when the first same-sex weddings take place.

As couples across Scotland plan their big day, trans people who are already married or in a civil partnership can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can finally have the gender they live as legally recognized without being forced to break up their families.

October 12, 2014

Activist warns: gay bashers will be able to buy .gay domains and 'any legitimate use of the name by individuals, businesses, and organizations associated with the LGBTQ community will likely be drowned in a sea of sex'

Despite being endorsed by over 200 LGBTI organizations worldwide, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which grants top level domain names globally, has rejected an application by Dotgay LLC, the only LGBTI community application, to administer the .gay domain name.

Dotgay LLC had applied under ICANN's 'community priority evaluation' process set up by the authority to protect certain domain names that served the interests of a particular community.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

October 11, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account

Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October).

Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page.

The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compared gay rights advances to cancer.

October 11, 2014

US Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments came in an interview during the Pope’s Synod of the Family in Rome, in which he also commented on the ‘aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda’

A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships.

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to discuss family issues, including same-sex marriage.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.