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September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 11, 2014

A group of Egyptian men who say they filmed a same-sex marriage video as a joke among friends have passed a medical examination intended to show whether they were homosexual or not

Seven Egyptian men have been given medical examinations to try to prove if they have ever had gay sex and have been given the all clear after a video from April which appeared to depict a same-sex marriage saw them arrested.

The seven were charged with ‘debauchery’ after authorities discovered a video of them on a Nile river party boat.

Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt but ‘debauchery’ charges have often been used to harass gay men in Egypt none the less.

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says Section 377 is a relic of India's colonial past

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat has blasted his country's anti-gay law as 'sinful' in a blog post published on the Times of India website.

He wrote, 'We make 100 million Indians criminals and go about our daily lives as if their concerns are irrelevant to us. To me, this is nothing short of a collective sin.

September 8, 2014

Some of Gaga’s Little Monsters in Russia performed a tightly choreographed routine in tribute to their heroine

St Petersburg is not one of the more gay friendly places in the world. It was the first city in Russia to introduce anti-gay laws forbidding the promotional of ‘non-traditional’ relationships to minors before similar laws were rolled out nationwide in 2013.

September 7, 2014

Some 300 people march in the first pride parade held in the eastern city of Osijek on Saturday to celebrate the country's first same-sex civil union

The staunchly Catholic Eastern European country registered the first civil partnership between two men on Friday, according to media reports.

The couple, who were not named in the media, held their ceremony in the capital city of Zagreb. Administration Minister Arsen Bauk reportedly attended the event and presented the two with ties.

Marko Jurcic of the Zagreb Pride gay rights group called the same-sex union laws a 'major step forward'.

September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

September 3, 2014

A 32-year-old hopes to finally see justice after years of dealing with alleged sexual abuse

A gay man has claimed a male teacher at his Baptist school raped him weekly for three years to 'make him hate men'.

Jeff White, 32, has opened up about the horrific 'gay cure' he faced during the 1990s at a school in Walls, Mississippi.

His parents sent him to the school after he came out to them when he was 14 in 1996. The school's curriculum was and still is Bible based, with 'every student being taught the truths of God's word'.

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 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.