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April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 7, 2014

At least 17 gay people, with the majority of them being under the age of 25, have attempted to kill themselves over Uganda parliament introducing the anti-gay law

A Uganda gay teen has committed suicide over the homophobic law, it was reported today (7 April).

The young man, who we will call Denis, overdosed on pills and swallowed rat poison around a month ago.

For the past few weeks, he showed little signs of recovery as he slipped in and out of consciousness. He also lost his ability to speak.

Last Thursday (3 April), Denis was pronounced dead. He was just 17 years old.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a Uganda LGBTI activist, paid tribute to Denis saying he was ‘gone too soon’.

April 2, 2014

In a sermon to thousands of folllowers, Emmanuel Makandiwa said gay billionaires were tricking people to believe same-sex marriage is normal

In a sermon to 50,000 eager followers, a self-declared 'prophet' in Zimbabwe has branded gay people to be tools of the devil.

Emmanuel Makandiwa pronounced gays to be 'mentally sick' and said Satan has a strategy to make it hard for the public to realise LGBTI people are evil.

The leader of the United Family International Church (UFIC) said: ‘What amazes me is that some of these people are billionaires. Some of these people with reprobate minds are in political positions.

'Now they are passing laws to support homosexuality.’

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

March 21, 2014

Judge: 'State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people'

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The ruling on Friday (21 March) by US District Judge Bernard Friedman stems from a lawsuit filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

The couple contended that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the constitution.

March 17, 2014

Australian-American business magnate accuses Guinness of being manipulated by gay rights organizations after the Irish drinks company pulled out of sponsoring New York City's St Patrick's Day parade

Australian-American press tycoon Rupert Murdoch has attacked gay rights groups for ‘bullying’ today (17 March).

The owner of organizations such as US’ Fox News and UK’s The Sun and the now defunct News of the World stepped into the controversy surrounding the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Ireland’s most popular stout revealed it would no longer be sponsoring New York City’s parade.

March 12, 2014

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 18, 2014

LEZS editor-in-chief Wang Ann-jiun urges other gay celebrities to follow her example for gay rights

The editor-in-chief of a lesbian magazine has publicly come out as gay at Taiwan’s legislative building today (18 Feb).

Wang Ann-jiun, whose LEZS is billed as Asia’s only lesbian lifestyle magazine, made her sexual orientation known, as she and other gay rights supporters met with the Legislative Yuan President to seek help in facilitating changes to the Civil Code.

‘I was born a lesbian,’ said the 32 year-old Wang, in front of the President.

February 17, 2014

International LGBTI activist Omar Kuddus argues openly gay sportspeople have been ‘selfish’ in Russia while more attention should be paid to Uganda, Nigeria and elsewhere

Despite the setbacks we have seen in recent months, I’m sad to have to report that activism for LGBTI rights remains very much a ‘fashion’ statement and vehicle to get media attention for oneself.

February 12, 2014

Following out Olympian Tom Daley's revelation that he will be face of a UK campaign, global sports brand says banning 'gay' on trainers is to protect it from being abused

Adidas has banned the word ‘gay’ from its customizable trainers available online.

On the online entry system, the global sports brand also bans the words ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘trans’ and ‘homophobia’.

But it does ban the word ‘straight’ to be entered into the ‘personalise name’ entry box.

Out Olympian and diving star Tom Daley, who last year revealed he was in a relationship with a man, has recently been announced as the face of an Adidas UK campaign.

February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 12, 2014

From Frank Ocean to Freddie Mercury, RuPaul to Josephine Baker, we celebrate our favorite gay, lesbian, bisexual and pansexual chart-toppers

It's the end of Britain's LGBT History Month which has been celebrating musicians and music this year.

So we've compiled this list of some of our favorites. Who would make your list of best LGBTI musicians? Tweet us @GayStarNews. Enjoy the dance breaks!

Frank Ocean

US singer and rapper Frank Ocean published an open letter online in 2012, revealing a teenage love affair with another boy. He gained even more fans, both straight and gay, for coming out in the notoriously homophobic world of hip hop.

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 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

February 3, 2014

In an effort to protect children from 'Western values', Moscow Helsinki Group says Vladimir Putin is not doing what is in best interest for children

Banning gay propaganda in Russia is harming children, a Russian human rights group has said.

Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest Russian human rights organization, has released a report on the situation of children in the country.

The report shows how Russia is disregarding the United Nations who believes countries must always act in best interest of the child.

But with the sharp rise in homophobia and anti-gay attacks in recent years, the MHG believes the quality of life for teens is at threat.

January 30, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, will receive the Freedom of the City of London accolade for his work to end homophobic bullying in schools

A gay soldier is to receive a historic London honor for fighting to end homophobic bullying in schools.

James Wharton, one of the first openly gay soldiers in the British Army, will receive the Freedom of the City of London next month.

‘I'm honored to be awarded such an historic accolade and I accept the Freedom of the City with great humility,’ he said.

‘I find it incredible that, in the space of 45 years, we have gone from criminalizing gay people to awarding and recognizing the contribution that we make to British society.'

January 26, 2014

Coca-Cola's marketing campaign website wants fans to personalise virtual Coke cans to be shared on social media but bans the word "gay"

Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola’s new social media marketing campaign in South Africa wants fans to share on social media a virtual can of Coke personalised with a friend’s name or message but has banned the word "gay".

Should a user attempt to personalise the can with “gay” on the Share a Coke website, the error message will read: “Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that.”

Other banned words include sex, fuck, homo and dyke. The website does not, however, ban the word “straight.”

January 23, 2014

Mark Herring believes law against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he has no plans to defend his state's gay marriage ban against pending lawsuits challenging it.

Herring, elected in November, believes that law 'unlawfully discriminates on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender.'

'After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia's ban on marriage between same sex couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,' he said in a statement Thursday (23 January).

January 22, 2014

The United Nations body tasked with tackling HIV around the world has announced it will join local activists and the Malawi Law Society in a court challenge to Malawi’s law criminalizing gay sex

UNAIDS will join with local human rights activists and the Malawi Law Society to challenge Malawi’s anti-gay laws.

Malawi’s President Joyce Banda said her government would repeal her country’s colonial era sodomy law in May of 2012 and it did suspend the law in November of that year.

However by January of 2013 Banda had backed away from the reform after months of attacks on her government by Opposition MPs over the issue.

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.