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March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 30, 2015

The Republican lead government of Wisconsin will have to pay nearly $1.1 million in legal fees to the ACLU over its unsuccessful bid to stop marriage equality coming to the state – and that’s not even including what they had to pay their own lawyers

The State Attorney General of Wisconsin has reached a legal fees settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and eight same-sex couples who sued to win the right to be married by the state.

The deal was announced on Friday and will see taxpayers in Wisconsin foot a nearly $1.1 million legal bill for the ACLU.

March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 30, 2015

Seeks $101,610 for property and emotional damages

A former student at Brigham Young University in Utah settled a lawsuit Thursday (26 March) after he was assaulted and evicted from student accommodation for being gay.

The amount was not disclosed but Andrew White had sought $101,610 for damage to property and 'emotional distress as a result of management's sharing his sexual orientation.'

On 23 January, White was evicted from 'BYU-approved' housing which enforces the Mormon school’s honor code, including no premarital and gay sex.

March 29, 2015

After signing the act into law, Governor Mike Pence says he is now seeking clarification that the new law does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians

Thousands in Saturday marched in the state capital of Indianapolis while several hundred others rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse as a campaign by major businesses to boycott the state over its anti-gay religious freedom gains traction.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

To curb the spread of HIV

Maharashtra's health minister has come under fire for saying LGBTI people need 'psychological treatment.'

Deepak Sawant made the comment Monday (23 March) in response to an opposition lawmaker's question about the state government's plan to curb HIV transmission in the LGBTI community.

‘There is a need for psychological treatment and counselling of the community. We would work with NGOs working in the sector,’ he told the state legislative assembly.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 25, 2015

Critics have panned the prison comedy, claiming the 'gay panic' jokes are offensive

Will Ferrell has defended the homophobic jokes in his new comedy Get Hard.

The film features hedge fund manager, played by Ferrell, using his law-abiding acquaintance, played by Kevin Hart, to prepare him for maximum security prison.

Critics have panned the film, with Variety saying it uses 'some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory'.

March 24, 2015

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

March 24, 2015

'Thirty four years is a long time for every president and every Congress to sit back and let us die'

Longtime AIDS activist Larry Kramer blasted the US government while accepting the inaugural Larry Kramer Activism Award from the Gay Men's Health Crisis on Monday night.

Kramer, who turns 80 in June, came to speak his mind.

He pointed out that around the world an estimated 78 million people have become infected - 39 million of whom have died - from AIDS in the past 34 years.

March 24, 2015

Based in Washington, D.C., the NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded in 2002 by co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, who wanted to highlight the fact that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – and are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 24, 2015

Homophobic preacher claims he is following Jesus and refuses to 'tone it down'

A British street preacher was ordered to pay a fine to a gay man he called a 'sinner' and 'sodomite' or go to jail.

Michael Overd has regularly been preaching his homophobic beliefs in town centres across the UK, but especially in his hometown of Taunton, Somerset.

When a gay man, Darren Chambers, challenged his views, they clashed.

Overd told him he was an 'abomination', and used the old homophobic favorite 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.'

March 23, 2015

The Denver employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative

An employee at Home Depot’s North Lakewood store in Denver was so disgusted and angered by a notice on a staff noticeboard advertising an LGBT History Month in June that he has written an open letter to his employer challenging it on its stance towards diversity and inclusion.

In the letter, Timothy Noffsinger says that LGBT people ‘practice and promote’ sexual behaviors that are ‘morally evil and self-destructive sexual deviations.’

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 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 21, 2015

But no marriages are likely to take place until US Supreme Court rules on upcoming marriage equality cases

The government of Puerto Rico announced on Friday (20 March) that the US territory will no longer defend its ban on same-sex marriage in court.

Secretary of Justice César Miranda told reporters that Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy. This is not correct.'

Miranda and Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla (pictured) are requesting that the commonwealth's legislature to amend the civil code which currently states that 'no recognition will be given to marriages between persons of the same sex contracted in other jurisdictions.'