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July 30, 2014

Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists claiming the law is not constitutional

One of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world has faced court scrutiny for the first time.

Earlier today, the Uganda Constitutional Court’s five judges heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

The petitioners’ central argument heard today was the law passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 29, 2014

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations, three of the UK’s top politicians send messages of congratulations and solidarity to the British seaside city

The LGBTI community in the coastal city of Brighton received messages of support from the highest level of the UK government ahead of Gay Pride this weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter of encouragement and support in the name of LGBT rights in the UK, joined by Labour Leader Ed Milliband and MP Caroline Lucas John who recorded heartening YouTube videos.

July 28, 2014

The first same-sex couple to legally marry in the Mexican state of Michoacan has set another precedent in obtaining the legal right to have children

A lesbian couple in Mexico won a court ruling validating their marriage, allowing them to pursue parenthood should they wish.

Alejandra Banderas Rosales y Claudia Brizeiry López Ramos, who became the first same-sex couple to legally wed in the state of Michoacan on 12 March 2014, were informed over the weekend their case against Mexico’s Family Code proved successful.

July 27, 2014

Should a public library warn parents that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, a book which advocates gay conversion therapy in children, promotes homophobia and discrimination and is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science?

The book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, which is co-authored by controversial American psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who practises gay conversion therapy, is currently available for loan in Hong Kong’s Central Library's adult lending section.

Gay rights activist Betty Grisoni, co-founder of lesbian organisation Les Peches and co-director of the LGBT cultural festival Pink Season, says the library should put a warning on the book as it encourages parents to 'prevent' homosexuality in their children which is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science.

July 27, 2014

An LGBTI pride was held in the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, despite authorities telling gay groups they should use a dumping ground to celebrate pride

150 people gathered to attend an LGBTI pride event in a public park in Russia, despite being told by Russian authorities they should hold the event at a landfill site.

The event was held yesterday (26 July) at the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, a public park where federal law decrees such an event was allowed to be held.

The pride rally was organized by gay rights group Ravnopraviye (Equality), even though they were banned from marching, because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

July 25, 2014

The Italian city of Bologna will recognize its citizens' same-sex marriages that were performed in jurisdictions where they are legal, becoming the latest local government area in Italy to act on the issue while the national government fails to do so

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign marriages registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Italy.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed outside of Italy will be recorded in the city’s civil register.

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 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

Emily Rios: 'This is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family'

It was already public knowledge that the character Emily Rios plays on the FX drama The Bridge is a lesbian.

But it was not until this week that the 25-year-old actress has acknowledged that she is also a lesbian off screen.

Rios plays a young reporter in the series that follows two police detectives - one Mexican, one American - who have joined together to investigate a serial killer menacing both the US and Mexico along the Texas-Chihuahua border.

July 22, 2014

In GLAAD's new report, it shows there were only seven decent well-rounded characters out of 107 films studied

Hollywood is failing at the representation of LGBT people, according to a new report.

GLAAD has mapped the quantity, quality and diversity of the community in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during 2013.

Out of the 102 releases from the major studios, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The majority of these were minor roles or cameos. Many of these were also outright offensive and defamatory, such as in Pain & Gain and Riddick.

July 22, 2014

Upload a photo of your #ProudatPride tattoo available at select UK Gay Prides, and you could win a weekend packaged with champagne, accommodation, breakfast and more with Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels is Proud at Pride, and showing it by offering Brighton and Manchester Pride guests the chance to win an amazing weekend package at one of their selected hotels.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Marriott Hotels to offer pride-goers the chance to celebrate their pride after the parties.

Here’s how you win a luxury weekend package at a London or Manchester and Marriott hotel:

We’ll be handing out bespoke Jean Paul Gaultier goodie bags with free and fun items, one of which is a Marriott #ProudatPride tattoo.

July 21, 2014

Sexism, transphobia and mockery reported in new survey. Anti-gay laws hurt engineers’ chances of working abroad

Nearly half of LGBTI engineers hide their sexuality at work and some have even been forced out of the profession.

That’s according to a new survey by the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) magazine.

It shows 41.8% are not open at work about their sexuality, compared to just over 45% who say they are.

July 18, 2014

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’

A drag queen is speaking out after being banned from a Scottish TV show, being told a man dressed as a woman was ‘inappropriate’ for kids.

Pride Glasgow was due to appear on The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow this week to promote the event, but when they suggested a drag queen appear, the show’s producers refused.

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 18, 2014

Songs based on pro-LGBT books for kids are being trialed in UK city where Islamists have tried to seize control of schools

Homophobia and transphobia may be rife in schools but the youngest children are fighting back – through song.

And it’s happening in Birmingham, the UK city at the heart of allegations this year that Islamists have been using ‘Trojan Horse’ tactics to infiltrate and take control of schools.

July 18, 2014

The victim is the sibling of Reggie Bullock, a player in the National Basketball Association

On 16 July the body of a transgender woman was discovered in a Baltimore alley.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Mia Henderson was found by law enforcement officials when they were serving a warrant on a matter not related to the victim.

According to authorities the 26-year-old sustained 'severe trauma.' There are no suspects.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 16, 2014

Remembers being told: 'This is really going to hurt your career. You have a chance to be a movie star, and you can’t do that'

Even decades before he began portraying scandalous US President Fitzgerald Grant III on ABC's Scandal, Tony Goldwyn was determined to call the shots in his career.

Back in 1990, the same year he had a lead role in the box office smash Ghost, Goldwyn said he was advised not to keep the role of a gay man in the play The Sum of Us when it moved off-Broadway.

July 15, 2014

Singapore’s Court of Appeal will decide the fate of the country’s 76-year-old Section 377A anti-sodomy law this week, opening a two day hearing on Monday

This week Singapore’s Court of Appeal is hearing a challenge to the country’s ban on anal and oral sex which punishes sex between men with up to two years in prison.

The challenge has been brought by Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim, a gay couple in a 17 year relationship and the case has also been joined by Tan Eng Hong, a man who was charged under the law in 2010.

Section 377A of Singapore’s Criminal Code was introduced by the British in 1938 but the law has been rarely enforced in recent years.