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November 1, 2014

'Using criminal law to prosecute individuals for engaging in consensual same sex conduct violates a host of human rights guaranteed by international law,' says the UN human rights office

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its disappointment over a ruling by the Singapore Supreme Court to uphold an 150-year-old British colonial law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal rejected two separate Constitutional challenges by Tan Eng Hong who filed the first challenge in 2010, and gay couple Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee in 2012.

October 31, 2014

Top court rejected two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singaporean LGBTI activists are 'shocked and disappointed' by the country's top court ruling to uphold the anti-gay law.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected two challenges to the law brought by a couple of 15 years, Kenneth Chee and Gary Lee, and Tan Eng Hong.

October 31, 2014

'We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.'

Uganda lawmakers will return after a small recess determined to fast-track a new anti-gay bill next Tuesday (4 November).

Following the parliament's embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Constitutional Court in August, legislators say they are insistant that the law must be back as soon as possible.

October 30, 2014

Orange is definitely not the only fruit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come out as gay.

'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,' he writes in a personal essay in Bloomberg Businessweek.

'I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.'

The head of Apple, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, has never denied being gay and to an extent it has been considered to be public knowledge

But until today, Cook has also never confirmed his sexuality.

October 30, 2014

David Coburn also thinks the only LGBTI people who want same-sex marriage are 'queens in bridal frocks'

A gay UKIP politician has described people who support gay rights as 'equality Nazis'.

David Coburn, a member of European Parliament (MEP), said an issue like same-sex marriage was 'false bollocks' that only 'some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up to the aisle to the Village People' would want.

October 29, 2014

McCleish Christmas Benham told police he had 'about 100 drinks'

A man who physically attacked a male bystander at Dallas Fort-Worth Airport and hurled anti-gay slurs at him will not face jail time or hate crime charges.

McCleish Christmas Benham, 27, has been charged with public intoxication and simple assault. They are both misdemeanors thart each punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

Neither charge carries any jail time.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 28, 2014

'It is a very serious matter; same-sex marriage is totally contrary to the standard of God.'

The Westboro Baptist Church has lodged a legal brief against the ongoing legal challenge against gay marriage in Kansas.

The 'God Hates Fags' church filed a 22-page legal brief, claiming same-sex marriage is an issue that will 'destroy' the state.

'Today the number one moral issue facing this nation is same sex marriage,' they write, in the brief filed on 26 October.

October 27, 2014

Former US president praises speed of LGBTI movement but warns against complacency

Former US President Bill Clinton last night urged LGBTI activists to continue fighting for equality following recent victories for gay marriage advocates.

'I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast as your movement, ever,' he said at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual dinner in Washington DC.

Since the beginning of October, the number of states that allow gay marriage has shot from 19 to 32, as well as the district of Columbia.

October 27, 2014

Will the UK be forced to pay out or be forced to remove filters if they are found to be defying the Equality Act 2010?

Companies that buy in internet filters that ban LGBTI content could be in for a nasty – and expensive – shock.

Trans activist Helen Belcher is considering legal action against firms involved in blocking her website, and are failing to explain why they did so.

Belcher discovered the block when her son, who attends Reading College, a part of the Activiate Learning group, told her he was unable to access her business websites Aurum Solutions Ltd and Calcul-8 through the Wi-Fi or wired connections.

October 27, 2014

Opposition leader is standing trial for sodomy this week

A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has said supporting oppositon leader Anwar Ibrahim means supporting the international LGBTI rights movement ahead of his sodomy trial on Tuesday.

Anwar has been prosecuted under the country's colonial anti-gay law four times in what LGBTI groups have called a politically motivated prosecution. He is appealing his March sentence of five years in jail.

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 27, 2014

Plaintiffs upset by what they consider to be an overly long wait

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced on Monday ( 27 October) that oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana have been scheduled for January.

The cases will be closely watched because in the Louisiana case, US District Judge Martin Feldman in September upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

Feldman was the first federal judge to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

October 27, 2014

Helen Belcher, trans activist, is considering legal action against firms that filter out LGBTI content

At the end of 2013, internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK bowed to government pressure and agreed to introduce default filtering.

Immediately there were reports that a number of LGBT sites were being blocked. With this in mind, Julian Huppert MP convened a meeting in Parliament in January 2014 to discuss issues around internet filtering.

October 25, 2014

'With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans'

The US government announced today it will recognize same-sex marriage in 6 states.

The states are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

Today's announcement (25 October) mirrors a similar one made by Attorney General Eric Holder approximately a week ago.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 22, 2014

Anti-gay TV evangelist says it's time pastors fight against this 'monstrous thing' of being forced not to discriminate

Televangelist Pat Roberton once again went off on LGBTI activists on Wednesday (22 October) calling them terrorists, radicals and extremists.

The host of TV's The 700 Club is incensed over subpoenas sent to some religious leaders in Houston who have sued the city in an effort to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance.

Excerpts of some of Robertson's diatribe:

October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

October 21, 2014

His paper called for the 60 listed people to be fired

The editor-in-chief of Armenian newspaper the Iravnuk stood trial this week for publishing a blacklist of 60 LGBTI people and calling for them to be fired.

Hovhannes Galajyan wrote an online article in May that branded the listed individuals 'enemies of the nation' and said they 'serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying.'

The article also included links to the their Facebook accounts.

October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 20, 2014

He slammed a government proposal to protect the rights of cohabiting gay couples

An unidentified man delivered an anti-gay rant after Saturday afternoon Mass at a cathedral in Hong Kong.

He also handed out sample letters that he encouraged people to send to the Equal Opportunities Commission to protest proposed revisions to the anti-discrimination law.

A note printed on top of the letter said it was also posted online 'for people to copy and paste' and reminds people to change some of the wording to reduce the risk of the EOC treating cloned letters the opinion of a single group.