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August 15, 2014

Gay Christian rock star says she wants to come out to help young people in the church who could be affected by extremist homophobic pastors

US pastor Scott Lively, who believes gay people can be ‘cured’, came to blows with lesbian Christian rock star Vicky Beeching yesterday (14 August).

He told her she had ‘given into a lie’ into believing there is any such thing as a ‘gay person’.

Beeching, a British theologian and musician who made her name in the US Bible Belt and came out this week, said she wants to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.

But Lively has called on Beeching to not succumb to the ‘temptations of the flesh’ and repent her ‘sins’.

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 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.

August 5, 2014

A new vote by parliament could undo a ruling by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the law

Uganda lawmakers are gathering together to demand a swift vote to restore the anti-gay law.

A new vote by parliament could undo a ruling by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the law.

But now lawmaker Latif Sebagala has said the petition for a re-vote had already collected 100 signatures.

On Friday, he said he believed he would have signatures from a majority of parliament.

‘We want the speaker to allow us suspend our rules of procedure so we can have the Anti-Homosexuality Act back and passed in three days,’ he said.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

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

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 26, 2014

The second biggest bank in Italy will give gay employees the same marital rights as straight employees, despite gay marriage being illegal in Italy

One of the biggest banks in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo, will give their LGBTI employees the same marital benefits as their heterosexual colleagues.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy, however, the bank will give marital benefits to gay and lesbian employees who have been married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

‘The importance of the agreement serves to reinforce the group’s commitment to politics of non-discrimination and equal opportunity,’ said Intesa Sanpaolo.

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

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

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 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

July 14, 2014

In July 2009, Argentina became the first country in Latin America, the second-biggest in the Americas and tenth in the world legalize same-sex marriage

15 July marks four years of Argentina passing marriage equality laws.

Four years later, pro-gay marriage advocates continue to face opposition from religious leaders.

In a March 2014 interview with La Nacion, Héctor Aguer, one of Argentina’s highest religious officials, called marriage equality an ‘unjust law’ that goes against the ‘natural order’, not just that of the Church.

July 11, 2014

Homophobic pundit Peter LaBarbera attacked gay people on a US radio show, and accused Obama of being obsessed with homosexuality

A US anti-gay pundit went on air to attack gay men, saying men choose to be gay for a ‘cheap orgasm’.

Peter LaBarbera, a self-confessed opponent of gay rights and founder of anti-gay group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, was a guest on the James David Manning’s radio show (8 July).

Manning, a pastor who regularly rallies against the LGBTI community, and LaBarbera also claimed US president Barack Obama is obsessed with gay people.

July 9, 2014

‘The promotion and protection of human rights has been upheld and the criminalization of gay men and lesbians has been recognized for what it is, a grave human rights violation'

When one group that campaigns on LGBTI issues were told they would not be allowed to be a charity as they were too political, they didn’t take no for an answer.

The Human Dignity Trust has won a major battle in the step to protect LGBTI rights in the name of the public.

This means any gay man, woman, bisexual, transgender or intersex person will be able to get the help of this charity to use the law to end discrimination in their country.

July 6, 2014

In a new poll, statistics showed the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women

The average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women, a new poll has revealed.

Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the LGBTI community.

The information was gathered by independent polling agency YouGov in a survey aiming to find a reasonable number for how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK. 

July 5, 2014

The greatest opposition to same-sex unions in Taiwan is coming from a small but extremely vocal and organized Christian minority, says Taipei Times report

Given its relatively small numbers, Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy on same-sex marriage.

The main drivers behind last year's anti-same-sex-marriage demonstration on Nov 30, which attracted tens of thousands of people and reportedly one of the largest mobilizations of Taiwan’s religious groups in recent years, comprised Christian, Taoist and Buddhist groups.

July 3, 2014

After spending over a year in jail, James Mwape and Philip Mubiana have been acquitted due to lack of evidence

Zambia has freed two men charged with having gay sex after a year in prison.

Philip Mubiana and James Mwape, both in their early 20s, walked free after being held since May 2013.

They faced up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

The Zambian magistrate acquitted the two men charged with having sexual relations ‘against the order of nature’, saying the state had failed to prove its case.

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

June 30, 2014

As several nations celebrate Pride, one country decided to hold a homophobic response to the growing 'homosexuality problem'

Several nations across the world may have held their Pride events celebrating LGBTI people, but there was one country that did the complete opposite.

On Saturday (28 June), thousands of Jamaicans were a part of a rally to stop the ‘gay agenda’ in Kingston.

Church groups, under the umbrella coalition CAUSE, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat of homosexuality.

Helene Coley Nicolson told RJR News that the LGBTI community was a cause for concern.

June 30, 2014

Sikh parents Harcharan and Kamlesh Bagga have made a video for the Asian Pride Project in which they urge other Asian parents of LGBTI people to accept their children and fight for their right to equality

The North America based Asian Pride Project has released a video in which an Indian Sikh family talk about their support for their gay son and urge other Asian parents to support their LGBTI children and help fight for their rights.

The Asian Pride Project posted the video to video hosting website Vimeo last month.

June 29, 2014

The UK music icon believes Jesus would be a supporter of gay equality, and talks about going to meet Putin later this year

UK musician Sir Elton John has said he thinks if Jesus was alive today he would be a supporter of gay rights and equal marriage.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer also spoke about the Pope, Putin and his plans for a low-key wedding with his partner of over 20 years David Furnish.

Speaking about gay marriage, John believed Jesus would not have stopped gay clergy or congregation from marrying someone of the same sex.