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April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 12, 2015

'The rights of gay people have become, very properly, the great justice issue of our time just as the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of women were in the past': Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows

Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Michael Burrows reiterated his support for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 22.

The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 8, 2015

'The outcomes of these seminars, while being held on public grounds, can be interpreted as state-sponsored advocacy of hatred'

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to South Korean officials to express concern over two recent 'conversion therapy' seminars hosted in government buildings.

The letter dated 3 April said the failure of high-level government officials and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) to denounce 'gay cures' and the groups promoting these practices contravened the country's international commitments to human rights.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 6, 2015

He suggests that it's Republican Senator Dan Cotton who actually needs to get some perspective

Dan Savage has hit back at Senator Tom Cotton's claims that gay people need to get perspective and stop being so outraged by the religious freedom laws in the US.

During an appearance on MSNBC, Savage said that politicians such as Cotton argue that LGBTI rights are far worse elsewhere in the world just so they can justify making it worse in their own country. 

April 3, 2015

Proceeds go to a gay marriage advocacy group

Taiwanese pop diva and gay icon A-mei has launched two 'rainbow products' to raise money for gay rights ahead of her April concert marathon in Taipei.

One of the products is a rainbow towel printed with the word 'Utopia,' and the other is a hand fan.

Some 12,000 fans, each priced at NT$100 (US$3.20), will be sold and all proceeds will be donated to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, according to her label EMI.

The towels are priced at NT$500 (US$16) and NT$10 (US$0.32) will be donated for every one sold.

April 1, 2015

Argument mirrors Virginia's defense of interracial marriage bans 50 years ago

Gov Steve Beshear is arguing that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions.

A brief filed with the US Supreme Court last week states that 'men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex' and therefore the ban is not discriminatory and should be upheld.

April 1, 2015

US presidential hopeful says he doesn't believe in 'rights based on behavior'

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said he doesn't believe in LGBTI rights because they are based on 'lifestyle.'

'I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,' he said in a 2013 video interview that received little attention at the time.

By the same reasoning, the Kentucky senator should also oppose free excise of religion and freedom of speech, both of which are rights based on behaviours.

March 31, 2015

South Asian country says vote against partner benefits for gay staff was based on 'sovereignty issues'

The US ambassador to India has expressed disappointment in the south Asian country for voting against LGBTI rights at the UN.

Richard Verma made the comment last week in New Delhi.

'We were disappointed... by India's support this week for the attempt to strip benefits from UN staff in same-sex relationships,' he said.

'We will continue to support the rights of LGBT individuals in India, in international institutions, and around the world.'

March 27, 2015

Earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by a mob

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has defended the country's record of LGBTI rights.

Protestors descended on the 6th Biennal Jamaica Diaspora Conference in New York yesterday, where the PM was giving her keynote address.

The LGBTI activists demanded Simpson-Miller do more to stop the killing of gay, bi and trans people.

Just earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by an angry mob.

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 19, 2015

Immigration rules in both countries bar 'undesirable' persons from entering

A prominent gay rights activist Wednesday (18 March) challenged laws barring LGBTI people from entering Belize and Trinidad and Tabago at the region's top court.

Maurice Tomlinson argued that obscure immigration rules barring entry to LGBTI people violated his freedom of movement rights, enshrined in a key Caribbean Community treaty.

The Jamaican testified before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice via video link so as not to break the country's immigration laws.

March 19, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered to call for a boycott against the brand

Dolce and Gabbana have learned an important lesson on what happens when you take on the LGBTI community -- you lose.

About a hundred London gay rights activists protested today (19 March) outside the flagship store on Old Bond Street, calling for a proper apology over the fashion duo's offensive comments about children of gay parents.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father, and that children of IVF are 'synthetic'.

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 14, 2015

The gay-friendly furniture giant says some articles in its Ikea Family Live magazine could be viewed in Russia as gay 'propaganda'

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced the closure of the Russian edition of its Family Live magazine to avoid violating the country's anti-gay propaganda law, the BBC reports.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 12, 2015

'Children in this generation are going to have children and they're going to look back at them and say, "My parents are responsible for the suicides of 13 and 14 year old boys and girls"'

Sean Penn is well aware of the gains that have been made in marriage equality since he won an Oscar in 2009 for playing gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

But he says he's surprised at how 'slowly' attitudes are changing in American culture despite the legal and political gains.

March 10, 2015

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights?'

A British expat took on the mayor of Seoul last Friday (6 March) over rights for gay couples.

It was a bold move by Simon Hunter-Williams in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights please?' he asked.

'I also fell in love with a Korean like many people. The only difficulty is the person I fell in love with is a man.'

March 10, 2015

Pop superstar claims people are more 'open-minded' about gay people than when it comes to women

Gay people have more rights than women, according to Madonna.

The Rebel Heart singer has claimed the situation for women and equality has not changed since 1983 compared to the movement for LGBTI people.

'Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period,' she said in an interview with Out magazine.

March 9, 2015

Horrific video appears on social media

An angry mob stoned a young, allegedly gay man to death in Jamaica and filmed themselves hurling rocks at his head.

The video of the murder of the alleged gay youth, believed to be aged around 19 to 21, has gone viral on social media after being posted last week.

It shows the young man dressed effeminately with long hair, appearing to be tied up in ropes or wire, laying in a pool of his own blood. A large stone is thrown at the boy's head, blood gushes out.

It's not clear whether he is still alive or conscious as the rocks break his skull.

March 9, 2015

One in five say they have been bullied by a teacher or another adult at the school

Gay students are not receiving any information about same-sex relationships or even about their sexual health.

In a new UK study, it found three quarters of 14 to 19-year-old gay students have not been given any advice about navigating adult same-sex relationships.

A third have also said they have not been taught about HIV and safer sex, with many unaware of how the virus is actually transmitted.

The National Aids Trust, who surveyed 1,000 teens, said the lack of proper education was likely fueling the rise in young men contracting HIV.