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May 27, 2015

'He is gay, gay, gay and pretty popular in the ballroom scene'

The suspect in a brutal attack on a gay couple is himself gay.

Bayna El-Amin is wanted by police after hitting Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams over their heads with a chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ in Manhattan earlier this month.

Snipes alleged that his attacker said, 'Take that faggot,' while kicking him, and police are treating the assault as a hate crime.

May 26, 2015

Let there be (no gay) cake

The Northern Ireland Christian bakery at the center of a legal row is now not serving any wedding-themed cake as they can not, by a court ruling, discriminate against LGBTI people.

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty earlier this month after refusing to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake.

As they are not a religious organization, the judge ruled they cannot discriminate against LGBTI people.

They are appealing the decision.

May 25, 2015

Says he will bypass legislature and 'directly enforce' marriage equality

Taiwanese presidential hopeful Shih Ming-teh on Sunday (24 May) said he will allow gay couples to marry and give them the same rights as straight couples if he is elected.

The 74-year-old said posted an article about the Irish referendum on Facebook with the comment, 'If only I was elected president, in fact the Legislative Yuan wouldn't need to pass any new bills.'

May 25, 2015

Huckabee stated Supreme Court is not 'the supreme being', so will not listen to their ruling

 Anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has suggested he would ignore any supreme court rulings on same-sex marriage should he win the election in 2016.

When he announced he was running for president on 5 May, he stated: ’Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.’

May 25, 2015

Surrogacy is in the news, and gay men looking to become parents should pay attention, says Natalie Gamble from law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

Earlier this month, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ruled that a UK gay couple should have main care of their 15 month old baby daughter after a ‘surrogacy dispute’ with the baby’s mother.

The decision followed a battle over what had been agreed, and a history of the mother breaching court orders and conducting a homophobic smear campaign against the father and his partner.

May 23, 2015

Franklin Graham blasts Robert Gates for wanting to end organization's ban on gay adults

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, is blasting the president of the Boy Scouts of America for wanting to end the group's ban on gay adults.

Franklin Graham accuses BSA President Robert Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense of 'not having the moral courage to do what is right.'

'What are you thinking?' he asked Gates in Facebook post. 'This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would put young, innocent boys at risk.'

May 23, 2015

About 20 men disrupted an IDAHOT event last week shouting threats over the fence before breaking the lock on the gate and breaking through a door to enter the cafe

Transgender Europe (TGEU), a transgender advocacy group, has condemned the actions of the local police and anti-gay protesters who disrupted and threatened participants at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last week.

May 22, 2015

Probate judges must issue licenses to same-sex couples but ruling on hold until US Supreme Court rules on pending marriage cases

A federal judge has ordered all of Alabama's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The ruling handed down by US District Court Judge Callie Granade on Thursday (21 May) will take effect when the US Supreme Court issues its decision - expected in late June - in several pending marriage equality cases in four states.

Granade's ruling came after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand the ruling in a Mobile County lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges in all of the state’s 67 counties.

May 22, 2015

Accuses finance minister of 'hiding some sort of fiscal gender reassignment'

New Zealand's opposition leader Andrew Little has apologizeed for a 'flippant' anti-trans joke he made during Thursday's (21 May) budget debate.

The Labour leader after Finance Minister Bill English presented his : 'I don’t know what he’s trying to hide – some sort of fiscal gender reassignment or something.'

'I accept my comment was flippant and I accept it has caused offence for which I apologise,' he told GayNZ.com.

May 22, 2015

Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland strikes down last year's ruling allowing both men to be registered as fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has struck down a 2014 ruling allowing both partners in a gay relationship to be registered as the parents of their child.

Last year an administrative court in the canton of St Gallen ruled both men could be entered into the register as the boy’s parents.

Now the Swiss Federal Supreme Court returned a three to two verdict denying the men, who relied on a Californian surrogate to conceive and carry their child, to both be recognized as the child’s legal parents.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 21, 2015

Trans players wanted to play on their preferred team of males or females

The University of Nottingham has cancelled the Football v Homophobia Tournament after being accused of transphobia.

Trans players had wanted to play in the amateur tournament in teams of their gender, not the one they were assigned at birth.

But because of Football Association rules, they only allow trans players to do this if they have undertaken gender therapy. They must also disclose their medical information in the interests of 'fairness and safety'.

May 20, 2015

LGBT and working in the legal professions in the US? Details have been announced for this year’s Lavender Law conference, including networking events, workshops and a careers fair

The 2015 Lavender Law Conference and Careers Fair will take place in Chicago, Illinois, between 5-8 August 2015.

Lavender Law is organized by LGBT Bar, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations.

May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 20, 2015

Host Chris Harrison says it's the audience who will dictate whether that ever happens

The latest season of the ABC reality franchise The Bachelor/The Bachelorette kicked off this week with 25 presumably heterosexual guys vying for the affections of one lucky lady.

The show's longtime host Chris Harrison has recently asked if the the show will ever feature an openly gay bachelor or bachelorette looking for same-sex love.

Harrison, who publicly supports same-sex marriage, says this would depend on the viewers and indicates that things would only change if ratings dropped.

May 19, 2015

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t'

An appeals court in Buenos Aires has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a 6-year-old boy because his victim is gay.

In a newly publicized 2014 ruling, judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Sal Llargues cut the prison sentence of Mario Tolosa, vice-president of a neighborhood soccer team, from six years to 38 months.

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t,' it read.

The judges reasoned that the boy had been previously abused by his father and was 'used to it.'

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 18, 2015

Teen ‘tired of seeing the pain’ in moms’ eyes says it’s time for America to accept her parents’ relationship

A daughter who hopes to be maid of honor at her moms’ wedding took to the steps of the US Supreme Court last month to campaign in favour of same-sex marriage.

In an impassioned speech, 18-year-old Kinsey Morrison shared her views on behalf of the 6 million children of gay parents in the USA, in the hope that families like hers will become less invisible in the state of Kentucky.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 16, 2015

New group Teachers for No do not consider teaching marriage equality and LGBTI rights to be appropriate for primary school children

A group of Irish teachers has launched a new organization calling for people to vote No in the upcoming referendum over fears of teachers being accused of homophobia.

Teachers for No, or Educators for Conscience, say the possibility of same-sex marriage becoming legal will have consequences which have not been dealt with and discussed properly.

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 16, 2015

The Attorney General's office kicked off an initiative schooling health care professionals on best practices in working with transgender patients

The Attorney General of New York has announced a new initiative to ensure equal access to medical care for transgender people across the state.

Eric Schneiderman said his Civil Rights Bureau is working with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Mt Sinai Health Systems and Lambda Legal to address the challenges trans patients face and to ensure healthcare providers know best practice to treat them.