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August 21, 2014

Girls are getting married quicker than the boys, with a 56%-44% split between gay and lesbian couples

Official figures have revealed how many same-sex marriages have taken place in the UK.

A total of 1,409 marriages have taken place from 29 March, the first day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales, and 30 June.

Of these, 56% were female couples (796 marriages) and 44% were male (613).

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 was introduced in England and Wales, it triggered a rush of couples wanting to be among the first tie the knot.

August 20, 2014

Sian Norris was raised by her mum and her mum’s female partner. She speaks out after comments made by former boxing manager and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Kellie Maloney, about same-sex parenting

I was really upset to read Kellie Maloney’s comments, reported in GayStarNews, where she stated that she didn’t believe same-sex couples can or should raise children.

This is an issue that is very close to my heart, having been raised by my mum and her partner, and my dad and his wife. So I wanted to respond to Maloney’s comments, and to those who agree with her that there is something wrong with the way I was raised.

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

August 20, 2014

From one drag queen to another: 'The Jesus look isn't my cup of tea'

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is known for her reads, and now Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is in her rolodex of hate.

The season six star and insult comic was on Joan Rivers’ online show when she was asked about the Austrian drag queen.

‘You’ve all seen Conchita, very feminine, very pretty, and with a beard!’ Rivers said.

‘I found him slash her…repellent…and others go insane for her! What do you think of Conchita?’

August 19, 2014

Aussie comedian rants on The Last Leg about the 'God Hates Fag' church's plans to hold anti-gay signs at the late Mrs Doubtfire actor's funeral

Aussie comedian Adam Hills has set a challenge for the Westboro Baptist Church, which has announced plans to protest at Robin Williams’ funeral.

Going on a rant on the Channel 4 show The Last Leg, he had some harsh but incredible words for the ‘God Hates Fags’ church.

Watch the video below, or read the transcript here:

‘Firstly, regardless of your religious beliefs you don’t just disrupt a funeral. A person has died, his family are mourning, it’s not about you dickhead.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Speaking anonymously out of fear of retribution, a former Islamist militant has opened up about how he came to accept and tolerate gays and lesbians and people of other faiths

A former Islamic extremist has spoken about his journey to accepting LGBTI people and people of other faiths in an interview with conservative website Breitbart.com.

August 18, 2014

Angry Italians are calling for the gossip magazine Visto to be removed from shops over the free supplement 'The Best Gay Jokes Ever'

A magazine has become the butt of the joke after giving out a free pamphlet full of the worst jokes ever about gay people.

The giveaway, ‘The Best Gay Jokes’, was attached to the latest edition of the weekly Italian gossip magazine Visto.

The front cover of the joke book depicts a cartoon of two men. One says: ‘Do you want to play hide and seek?’

The other replies: ‘OK, if you find me you can rape me. If you don’t find me…I’ll be in the closet.’

Maybe the 'joke' didn’t translate.

August 17, 2014

'Islan’s death was not an isolated incident'

A year ago today, 17 August 2013,  Islan Nettles was walking the streets of New York City with her transgender friends.

The group encountered another. Words were exchanged, including transphobic epithets, and a suspect allegedly punched Nettles.

The trans woman fell to the ground, and the suspect continued the attack.

Four days later, the 21-year-old was removed from life support and died.

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 16, 2014

The number of Americans who say they know someone who's gay has skyrocketed to over 70% over the last 15 years, and those who do are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage

The attitudes of Americans towards gay men and lesbians are changing at a rapid pace with a solid majority supporting same-sex marriage, a majority say they wouldn't be upset if their child were gay, and an ‘overwhelming majority’ say that the orientation of a Congressional candidate wouldn't matter, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.

August 14, 2014

Artist will use hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff to ask men to meet up with him in public spaces as part of a performance art piece

A gay man is to have sex with someone new everyday for a year as part of an art piece.

Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist born in Russia but based in Berlin, hopes the ‘performance’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the age of dating apps.

But while you may think his project, entitled ‘Save The Date’, is just an extreme way of getting some action, it was apparently inspired by the ‘gay condition’, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

August 14, 2014

Parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests

Kenya’s dreaded bill, threatening to ‘stone gay people to death’, was reportedly found unconstitutional today (14 August).

According to unconfirmed reports, parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests.

The Uganda-style bill was introduced by the Republican Liberty Party who sought to ‘protect the family’ by banning any form of same-sex relations or promotion of homosexuality.

August 13, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of the late actor, saying he was a 'fag enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral for being a ‘fag enabler’.

The ‘God Hates Fags’ church has said it will hold signs at the memorial for the late actor, claiming he ‘decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy lifestyles, flagrant debauchery and hedonism.

WBC announced its plans on Twitter, using the hashtags #MustPicketFuneral and #PicketFuneral.

The 63-year-old actor died at his home in Northern California on Monday (11 August), and is believed to have committed suicide.

August 13, 2014

Two men are believed to have been put to death for 'consensual sodomy'. One source indicates the two men were put to death in order to ‘promote community safety’

Two gay men were hanged in Iran this week, according to reports.

Abdulla Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri were killed on 6 August, according to at least one report, for ‘consensual sodomy’.

Other reports are not specific about the ‘crime’ committed by these two men, but describe them as ‘immoral villains’.

One source indicates the two men were put to death in order to ‘promote community safety’ and to ‘reduce the suffering of the victims’.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

August 11, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.

Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.

Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.

August 11, 2014

Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party has proposed stoning gays and lesbians to death and has put a bill to that end before the National Assembly for its consideration

Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party wants to impose the death penalty for homosexuality and has put forward a bill that would see foreign gays and lesbians in the country stoned to death.

The party’s draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill would also see gay and lesbian Kenyans jailed for life and stoned to death in public for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ which the bill defines as sex with a person under 18, where the person has HIV or where the person is in a position of authority over the person they have had sex with.

August 11, 2014

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’

Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’

Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.

August 11, 2014

25% of pupils say they are physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to new findings

A shocking number of LGBTI students suffer discrimination during PE at school, a new report has found.

Four out of five pupils have said they experience casual homophobia in physical education lessons.

A quarter also said they had been physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to the new findings.

August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 8, 2014

‘As president of Ola LGBT+ Almeria, it’s my obligation to denounce these homophobic acts, and urge others to do the same in order to show that there’s still a lot left to fight for and that activism is the solution’

Alejandro Gala, the 20-year-old president of LGBT youth group Ola LGTB+ Almería was the victim of another homophobic attack this week.

On Wednesday evening, while at his house in Almería, a city in Andalusia in southeastern Spain, Gala heard a commotion outside his house.

He saw a Molotov cocktail had been launched toward his house.

The homemade explosive did not make it to the house and instead combusted and burned on the front lawn.