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April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 23, 2015

Extends marital leave to gay employees

Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees.

The computer game developer Wednesday (22 April) announced that the policy had taken effect on 1 April.

Gay employees can now apply for eight days of paid marital leave by presenting their wedding invitations, marriage certificate or other evidence.

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 23, 2015

A UK sportswear shop staff member allegedly used the anti-gay slur to describe the couple

A gay couple are mortified after a staff member of JD Sports allegedly referred to them as 'battymen'.

Gavin Matthews, and his partner Craig Hards, went to the Eltham store in south-east London on 5 April to buy new trainers when a male worker made the alleged remark.

Shocked, they complained to JD Sports' head office to tell them they were referred to with a homophobic slur.

April 22, 2015

The New Zealand organization, which specializes in providing LGBTI diversity training for businesses, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week

Rainbow Tick, the Auckland-based organization that provides diversity training to private and public sector companies, celebrated its first anniversary this week with a party at the Sub Rosa café in the Auckland Viaduct on Monday night.

April 22, 2015

Restaurant will be staffed by half-naked men

A male version of Hooters is coming Dallas' gay Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Tallywackers will be staffed by half naked men and is scheduled to open on Lemmon Avenue in May.

Last week, the restaurant started hiring for bartenders, servers, cooks, bus boys and hosts on Craigslist.

'Dallas' Newest and most exciting place to be is now hiring for all positions!' the ad reads.

Hooters is restaurant chain staffed by curvy young women in revealing outfits and bills itself as 'delightfully tacky yet unrefined.'

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 21, 2015

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network's ratings grow in the time period.

April 21, 2015

Landmark ruling makes transgender citizens eligible for food security benefits

In another landmark decision for India's transgender community, a court has ruled that members are entitled to head of household status, making them eligible them to food security benefits.

Allahabad High Court observed that the intended public good of the National Food Security Act 2013 would be furthered if transgender citizens were recognized as head of household.

The court said the 'law needs to travel beyond non-discrimination, by recognising an affirmative obligation of the state to provide access to social security.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

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 19, 2015

The Republican is not a supporter of marriage equality

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a guest at the wedding reception of a same-sex couple.

The likely candidate for a 2016 presidential run made the announcement last night, 18 April, after a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

April 18, 2015

'Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,' the judge said as she rejected the prosecutors' claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men

Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail on Friday with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet in a nature reserve in November 2013.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.

April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 18, 2015

'This is simply about protecting the essential religious freedom rights in the First Amendment'

A bill is working its way in Louisiana's state house that will eclipse anything in Indiana's freedom of religion law.

According to MSNBC HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act. is being considered by the state's congress.

If passed the measure would protect state workers from punishment who do not want to process papers for same-sex marriages.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 17, 2015

He is now suing the psychiatrist

A former prison guard is suing the psychiatrist that he claims locked him in a room behind numerous locked doors with a large dog to 'cure' him of being gay.

Calvin Chang claims he was originally sent to Doctor Benjamin Kaufman after he complained to his employers that he was denied promotion because of his sexual orientation.

And now he is accusing him of losing his job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after 20 years of service and forcing him to find a job as an attorney.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 16, 2015

He was the suspect of a shooting before it is believed he turned the gun on himself

​A gay porn star, who was just 18, has committed suicide after becoming a suspect in a workplace shooting.

Christopher Luke McAteer, a Corbin Fisher model who performed under the name Clay in at least three scenes, died on Sunday night (13 April) in Kentucky.

Owensboro Police confirmed the death, saying he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It began after 8pm at Ninki's Japenese Restaurant on Saturday where McAteer had just been fired for making threats.

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.