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October 14, 2014

The video by Chinese girl group SNH48 shows two girls caressing and embracing

Korean media is speculating that a music video for Chinese girl group has been banned in the country because of several intimate scenes between two of the girls.

The MV for the song Uza shows two girls from 16-member group carressing and embracing.

The video was removed after less than three days online.

SNH48 is the Chinese sister group of the hugely popular Japanese group AKB48.

The video was shot in South Korea and directed by Hong won-ki, who is also responsible for videos by K-pop groups Girls Generation, Super Junior, F(x) and T-ara.

October 8, 2014

A new study from the Pew Research Center has found that a majority of African Americans say businesses should not be allowed to deny services to same-sex couples who are getting married despite most still opposing gay marriage

Even though only around 4 in 10 African Americans support same-sex marriage, new research has found that a majority of them still feel that it is wrong for businesses to be legally able to refuse to provide goods and services to gay couples who are getting married.

The Pew Research Center found that 61% of the African Americans they surveyed agreed that it was wrong for for-profit businesses to deny same-sex couples goods and services based on the owner or employee’s religious beliefs.

October 5, 2014

Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to make the cake for 'religious reasons', and now face bankruptcy for discrimination

An Oregon bakery which refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple is facing a fine for $150,000 - which could leave them bankrupt.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, had refused to serve a lesbian bride-to-be in January 2013 because of their religious beliefs.

October 3, 2014

The girls deny the allegation and say they were beaten by their principals

A private girls school in Kenya has suspended 11 students for exchanging kisses and love letters.

The students from Linet Girls’ High School in Nyandarua county denied the allegations.

The school's director, Ezekiel Ng’ang’a, told the People Daily that 40 girls, aged 14-17, were involved in an 'illicit love affair' and school authorities suspended 11 of the older girls on Monday.

Six have since returned to school on the condition that they are accompanied by a parent.

October 2, 2014

It's National Poetry Day in the UK, so for the second year in a row we pay tribute to the best LGBTI poets from history and today

Using only the written word, a poet can make you laugh, cry, think, or wonder with just a turn of phrase.

There are many gay, lesbian and bisexual poets who have this ability, and rank as some of the best literary voices in history.

So to celebrate National Poetry Day in the UK, Gay Star News decided to take a look at some of the most inspiring gay and bisexual poets from history and today.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

In the year that marks the centenary of World War 1, you have to begin with Wilfred Owen.

September 26, 2014

A 24-year-old was discovered by a passerby in park, lying half naked surrounded by bloody rocks and stones

A gay man was reportedly stoned to death in South Africa this week.

The body of Skumbuzo Harold Mkefile, 24, was discovered by a passerby in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (23 September).

He was found lying half naked in a field surrounded by bloody rocks and stones. His head was reportedly smashed in. Tattered women's clothing was also found near his body.

The Afrikaans Son newspaper was told, and reported by Mamba Online, that his friends and family believe he was targeted 'because he was openly gay and often wore women's clothing'.

September 24, 2014

Specialist cyber police claim the man has confessed to ‘unethical relations with several lads’ and using Facebook to find gay sex

Iran’s police have accused a man of using Facebook to find gay men for sex.

Specialist cyber police claim they discovered a Facebook user was posting a mobile phone number online asking other men to call him to have ‘immoral relations’.

The semi-official Fars New Agency quoted the head of East Azerbaijan Cyberspace Police Chief, Mohammad Ghasemlou, as saying: ‘The Cyber Police force worked with the judicial authorities to identify the suspect, using special detective techniques.

September 22, 2014

For Bisexuality Visibility Day, GSN looks to the worst offenders of pop culture that likes to pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist

Bisexuality appears to be too complicated for popular culture.

So many books, TV shows, films and more show 'straight' characters turning 'gay' or even 'gays and lesbians' going straight.

It never seems to cross the creators' minds all these people may be bisexual to start off with.

Why is that? Is it because pop culture is supposed to be simple, easier to deal with concepts like black or white, male or female, gay or straight?

Or is it that they just don't get bisexuals exist?

September 13, 2014

Morelli was married to fellow television writer Steve Basilone for two years

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers for the popular drama Orange is the New Black, is leaving her husband because she's a lesbian.

September 12, 2014

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera have been together for more than 27 years

The state of Indiana will recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple - one of whom has advanced ovarian cancer.

US District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen approved an agreement this week (11 September) as the state appeals a ruling that struck down its marriage ban.

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera, a couple for more than 27 years with two children, were legally married in Illinois earlier this year. They filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to have the union recognized in the state in which they live.

September 11, 2014

TV evangelist, 84, also decries 'girl-on-girls' action in movies

TV evangelist Pat Robertson, who has made a series of anti-gay statements in recent years, continues to get calls for advice from parents of gay children.

Robertson, 84, heard from one of those parents on Thursday on his weekday show The 700 Club.

The woman asked how she should handle the fact that her 21-year-old daughter is in a lesbian relationship.

September 10, 2014

The woman was told recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary

A Taiwanese fertility clinic refused eggs from a lesbian donor because recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary.

The 22-year-old woman surnamed Chang told the Apple Daily that her donation was immediately refused when the Stork Ladies Clinic in the northern city of Hsinchu found out she was a lesbian.

Chang registered as a donor online a month ago and was invited to have a physical examination at the clinic. A nurse then gave her a questionnaire to fill in. One of the questions was, 'Have you had any homosexual contact in the last eight years?’

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 8, 2014

After dating only women for 365 days, Brooke Hemphill suggests people should have more same-sex experiences in order to have an educated dialogue on sexuality

In 2010, Brooke Hemphill kissed a girl, and she liked it.

The Sydney-based dating columnist and sex author has released a book titled Lesbian For a Year, in which the 35-year-old shares her experiences during her year of ‘sexual exploration’ with women.

September 8, 2014

The biggest gay ski week in the Southern Hemisphere closes with a bang, but the fun doesn't stop there in New Zealand

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

September 2, 2014

The two students could face up to three months in jail and six cane strokes after a sex toy was found in their room

A lesbian couple was arrested by religious officers yesterday during a raid of a budget hotel in Malaysia.

Nine officers from the Johor Islamic Religious Department raided their room in Johor Bahru at around 12.45am as part of a morality raid ahead of the country's national day, the Sinar Harian newspaper reported.

One of the women answered the door while the other was naked in the bathroom. 

August 31, 2014

A lesbian kissing scene has been cut from the first episode of popular British TV series Doctor Who’s Asian broadcasts last weekend

Thousands of Doctor Who fans in Asia missed out on the kiss between green-skinned lesbian lizard-woman Madame Vastra and her human wife in the first episode of the new eighth season of British science fiction series Doctor Who when it premiered in Asia last weekend.

August 29, 2014

TV watchdog believes complaints made over the British science fiction series does not 'warrant investigation'

Ofcom will be taking no further action over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

In last Saturday's episode (23 August), the first in the new run of the British science fiction series, two openly gay characters kissed for the first time.

The lip lock, between green-skinned lesbian lizard Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny, was explained as a necessary - and passionate - form of CPR.

But others were less convinced, with half a dozen angry viewers writing to the TV regulator Ofcom to denounce the kiss as 'inappropriate' before 9pm.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 25, 2014

Two lesbians in southern Cameroon have been freed after 9 months in prison awaiting trial

Two lesbians have been freed from jail in Cameroon after spending 9 months in prison awaiting trial and then potentially facing two years in prison.

‘Liliane’ and ‘Nicole’ were arrested in the agricultural center of Ebolowa, capital of Cameroon’s South Region, in November of 2013 on charges of sexual behavior involving another woman.

Liliane and Nicole potentially faced jail terms of up to five years, and were handed a sentence of two years in jail on 21 August.

August 24, 2014

Kerry Byrnes was set upon by two thugs while she was walking home alone at night, and the attack has left her scared to leave her home

A UK lesbian posted horrific photos online of injuries she received from anti-gay attackers who targeted her as she walked home.

Kerry Byrnes was left unconscious for over 15 minutes when the incident happened on 17 August in Oakland, Leicestershire, UK where she lives.

The 23-year-old, who works in a Tesco supermarket, claims the two men recognized her from her job and targeted her as she walked home in the early hours of the morning.

The men, believed to be in their 20s, hurled anti-gay slurs at her before attacking her from behind.

August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media:

August 19, 2014

Women in long-term sexual relationships with other women reportedly have orgasms with more variety than straight or bisexual women

Lesbians have better sex than anyone, according to new research.

Women in lesbian relationships are more likely to reach orgasm during sex than straight or even bisexual women.

While men still experience more orgasms in bed, women of all sexualities have more variety and were generally more satisfied.

The study has found men reach orgasm an average 85% of the time when they have sex with a familiar partner, compared to 63% on average for straight women.

That figure rose to 75% for lesbians but dropped to 58% for bisexual women.