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April 14, 2014

Christian pupils claimed homosexuality is offensive to their religion and decided to protest with anti-gay slogans

Two US students wore 'Gay is not ok' t-shirts in order to protest a LGBTI awareness day at school last week.

The seniors at Oregon City High School were told by administrative staff to remove their tops or turn them inside out, as other students found them offensive.

Other pupils of the school were celebrating the Day of Silence, a day where students take a silent vow in order to protest against homophobic bullying.

They said they did not care gay people found the t-shirts offensive, as 'gays' were offensive in their religion.

April 13, 2014

Cox praises the organization for making 'sure that the "T" is not silent in the LGBT community"

Ellen Page, who came out publicly on Valentine's Day, presented Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox with GLAAD's highest honor at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday (12 April) night.

Page called trans actress an 'LGBT icon' is presenting Cox with The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

March 31, 2014

Ellen Page will award the Orange is The New Black star who ‘reshaped the way Americans see transgender people’ with the award for trans activism

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month.

Cox was the first trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show, and will be presented the award by Academy award-nominated actress Ellen Page at a glitzy event held at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.

Page, who recently came out at Time to THRIVE, an event promoting issues of the gay community, said in her speech that Cox was one of her inspirations.

March 28, 2014

The notion that gay people have bigger disposable incomes than their heterosexual counterparts has been debunked by a new study that shows LGBTI Americans are actually more likely to need food stamps to get by in life

A new study of food insecurity among LGBTI Americans by the Williams Institute at UCLA has debunked the myth that people in the gay community are more wealthy than the straight community – finding instead that, on average, they are more likely to rely on food stamps to keep food on the table.

The researchers found that LGBTI adults are 1.7 times more likely than non-LGBTI adults to not have had enough money to feed themselves or their family at some point in the past year.

March 23, 2014

Sandy Rios claims gay men are ‘disordered’ and ‘trannies’ should not be allowed to serve in the military

Right-wing US commentator Sandy Rios wants gay and transgendered people to be banned from serving in the military, claiming that they are all ‘disordered.’

The American Family Radio host and Fox News contributor, known for her homophobic views, embarked on a rant attacking gay and transgender people claiming they are not fit to serve in the US military (20 March).

March 18, 2014

A Texas therapist used to tell patients to throw out any CDs by any artists that are 'popular in the gay community' and only listen to Christian music if they want to be straight

Adele is being accused of turning people gay with her music.

A retired 'therapist' used to claim the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ singer is on the list of things that men ‘should avoid if they want to be straight’.

Openly gay doctor Christian Jessen, 37, discovered the bizarre claims in a new Channel 4 documentary Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the film, he meets retired 'therapist' John Smid from Texas who used to offer rehab for gay men.

As part of his old practices, he shows Jessen how he used to 'treat' his patients.

March 11, 2014

'And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people...'

Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully 'the American people' and elected officials.

The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.

March 11, 2014

Virgin founder and fourth richest man in the UK Richard Branson has written about why LGBTI acceptance is good for business and his fears that Russia’s treatment of gay people will harm its economy

Virgin founder Richard Branson has written about why acceptance of LGBTI people is good for business in a column for Entrepreneur.com.

The 11 March column was written in a response to a question from a reader asking, ‘How do you merge the cultural diversity of individuals into a profitable brand?’

Branson replied that having people from a diverse range of backgrounds was important in any business’ success.

March 7, 2014

In a landmark statement, the reigning monarch of the UK and the Commonwealth has announced her support for a gay charity

Queen Elizabeth II has praised a gay charity, in what is believed to be her first ever comment about the LGBTI community.

In her 62-year reign of the UK and the Commonwealth, she has never once visited or become a patron of a charity for gay rights.

And even in reforming laws for the community, such as when homosexuality was decriminalized or same-sex marriage in England and Wales passed into law, the words ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, and ‘transgender’ have never been reported as crossing the lips of the reigning monarch.

February 26, 2014

London’s newest LGBT chamber choir will celebrate the new gay marriage law coming into force with a concert at the Old Finsbury Town Hall

A brand new LGBT choir will be singing in praise for same-sex marriage on Friday (28 February).

The Fourth Choir will do a performance, called Love and Adoration - the Sacred and Profane, exploring 500 years of choral music on the theme of love.

Aiming to represent the LGBTI community, the choir is also hoping to have a profound impact on the London’s world-class classical music scene.

February 19, 2014

Singer says: 'OK, come on, let's move faster. Let's get there faster. Let's get it done. This should have already been behind us'

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has had a strong connection to the gay community from her early days with lesser-known bands.

So it's no surprise that the gay-friendly singer wants to see Country music become more accepting of openly gay artists.

February 16, 2014

A harrowing report from Columbia University shows gay people living in prejudiced places have shorter life spans, are more prone to suicide and are at risk of violent and stress-induced deaths  

February 11, 2014

Nigerian LGBTI activists are calling on people around the world to hold protests against homophobic legislation

Gay people in Nigeria are calling on the world to help them protest against anti-gay laws.

Signed into law by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan in January this year, the Solidarity Alliance is hoping international pressure could help repeal the legislation.

The law prescribes 14 years of imprisonment for LGBTI people in the country, and also criminalizes the witnessing or aiding of same-sex relationships.

February 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 25, 2014

How far will donating US$300,000 to a gay rights group go to improve the brand’s image in the eyes of the LGBT community?

Having been singled out as a target of a boycott following Russia's ban on “homosexual propaganda” in June 2013 to limit the rights of the country’s LGBT people, Stoli Group (USA) has announced that it would donate US$300,000 to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in California, U.S.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

January 12, 2014

While the latest decision might sound absurd, it is significant in that it would prevent the police from misusing their power, says the activist’s lawyer

The Court of Appeal on Jan 8 upheld a gay activist's right to dance during a gay rally in 2011.

The activist, who is only identified in court only as "T", won the appeal in July last year after losing a judicial challenge to the police's decision to bar him and more than 100 participants from dancing during a 2011 street demonstration for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

January 7, 2014

Liverpool’s Homotopia takes on London and Manchester’s pride parties for Best Event. Stonewall and THT nominated as top charities

The LGBTI British public is being urged to vote for the charities, brands and business people who support them.

Voting is already underway in the Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards, dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’.

The glitzy award ceremony will pay tribute to high profile LGBTI people who have won the hearts of nation’s gay community over the past 12 months.

‘The awards are not just about the celebrity nominees,’ says organizer Sarah Garrett.

December 20, 2013

Edith Windsor, the Pope and Barack Obama head up our list of heroes for the LGBTI community in 2013

As 2013 comes to an end we look back at the heroes who have made the world a better place for LGBTI rights.

These are the people who have have fought for equality on a global scale and have had an influence over the past year.

From the woman who defeated DOMA to one of the most progressive religious leaders in history, from one hilarious politician fighting for rights to a diver just being himself.

Take a look at our heroes of 2013 below:

December 5, 2013

For his support of gay marriage and the LGBTI community, Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan has been invited as a guest of honor to the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) carol service  

The Archbishop of Wales is once again showing his support for the LGBTI movement by attending a gay Christian carol service.

Dr Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, will join a carol service organised by the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), as a guest of honour.

The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as women’s choir The Songbirds, will be performing at the service.

The Archbishop has said he is ‘delighted’ to support the event.

December 3, 2013

A Weber State University study shows bisexual women attending university are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts

Bisexual female university students in the US are more likely to deal with depression and suicide than their straight peers, according to a recent study by a Weber State University assistant professor.

The study by Laura Santurri found lesbians are four times more likely than straight girls to attempt suicide.

December 3, 2013

The iconic gay pop artist is scheduled to perform at two different locations in Russia this weekend, but speculations abound his gigs could be cancelled for speaking out on the country's anti-gay laws

Sir Elton John is set to perform in Russia this week, but fears are rising the concerts could be cancelled because of a Russian law banning 'gay propaganda'.

Sir Elton John is one of the most famous gay entertainers in the world, known by his fans for his outspoken views on gay rights, and earlier this year said he would perform in Russia to show support for the country's LGBTI community.