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November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

November 12, 2014

LGBTI groups say the conservative city government is trying to weaken freedom of speech

The organizing committee of Buenos Aires pride has slammed the conservative city government for refusing to provide security during the march, which will go ahead on Saturday (15 November.)

The committee of 30 LGBTI groups signed a joint statement denouncing the government's actions as unconstitutional and an attack on freedom of speech.

November 9, 2014

The mayor of the Ukranian capital was asked to support the fight for human rights after a man threw a smoke grenade into a theatre that was screening a LGBT film last month

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and who is described as a 'dedicated social activist' by the Eurocities2014 website, has said that he considers human rights to be a good thing but he is not going to speak up for the rights of gays and lesbians, according to a statement by UPO Gay Aliance Ukraine.

November 8, 2014

The city has approved a budget of 370,000 kroner for the project, including the training of nursing staff

The Danish capital will set up its first elderly home for LGBTI people.

The Politiken newspaper reports that the Health and Care Committee of Copenhagen has agreed to set aside 370,000 kroner (£39,000) to set up the regnbueplejehjem (rainbow elderly home).

November 6, 2014

Thousands attended the funeral of Boston’s greatest mayor and a powerful ally for LGBTI citizens of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Thousands attended the funeral of Thomas Menino on Sunday – one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had.

Menino was not just Boston’s longest-serving mayor but also a public servant of great integrity who served all his people.

He was possibly the most pro-LGBTI mayor in the country.

November 4, 2014

There are reports that rumors have been spread among Chinese speaking voters in Burnaby, British Columbia, claiming there are plans to have local school children injected with a serum that will make them gay

Reports out of Burnaby, British Columbia are suggesting that a rumor has been deliberately spread claiming school children will be injected with a ‘serum’ to turn them gay as voters prepare to decide who will be the next mayor and who will sit on the local school board.

According to BurnabyNow.com and Yahoo News Canada, the rumor has been spread among migrant voters, particularly Chinese speakers.

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 29, 2014

Newly out trans woman and former boxing promoter says is also confused about her sexuality at the age of 61

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney has said she now regrets her homophobic comments, saying at the time she thought it was a 'joke'.

The 61-year-old, who once ran as a UKIP candidate for London Mayor, has said coming out as a trans woman has made her more wiser and more tolerant of other people in the LGBTI community.

When she was campaigning in 2004, she said she would not go to Camden as there were 'too many gays'. She said, pre-transition, that she had a problem with them 'flaunting their sexuality'.

October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 19, 2014

Mayor Ignazio Marino on Saturday performed the first ever ceremony of its kind at the city hall in the Italian capital sparking anger from the interior minister and the Roman Catholic Church

On the same day bishops in the Roman Catholic Church voted (118 to 62) to remove language that was earlier hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people, the mayor of Rome transcribed 16 same-sex couples’ marriages onto the city’s registers on Saturday although the predominantly Catholic country does not allow for the recognition of such unions.

The 11 male and six female couples were legally married abroad.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

October 13, 2014

Park Won-soon says the constitution permits same-sex unions

The liberal mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, has said he hopes South Korea becomes the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage.

While on a recent trip to the US, Park told the San Francisco Examiner, 'I personally agree with the rights of homosexuals.

'But the Protestant churches are very powerful in Korea. It isn't easy for politicians. It's in the hands of activists to expand the universal concept of human rights to include homosexuals. Once they persuade the people, the politicians will follow. It's in process now.'

October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

October 10, 2014

Government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments are required to have 'all gender' toilets

All government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments in Quezon City are required to have gender-neutral restrooms under the municipality's new LGBTI anti-discrimination law.

All public buildings in the Philippines' largest city must have restrooms labelled 'All Gender CR', an acronym for comfort room.

The provision falls under the citywide Gender Fair Ordinance, which was passed unanimously last week.

October 9, 2014

Quezon City mayor says he is checking if he can officiate same-sex unions

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has said he hopes to see gay marriage legalized in the Philippines and is checking if he can officiate them.

The popular former actor made the comments on Tuesday during his State of the City Address.

The Inquirer quoted him as saying, 'I was watching the news and there was another court in America which [legalized] same-sex marriage or what they call "equality marriage."

'I look forward to the day the Philippines or Quezon City will have an equality marriage ordinance.'

October 8, 2014

Several cities say they will not obey

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday he would stop the registration of gay marriages contracted abroad because it was against the law.

He told RTL radio station that he had sent out a circular ordering cities to remove gay marriages from their registries, and if they did not comply the government would step in and annul them.

October 2, 2014

On 1 October 1989 Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples – taking the first step on the road to marriage equality

Denmark is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of legally recognizing same-sex couples with civil partnerships this week – marking 25 years since it became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

On 1 October, 1989 the first 11 Danish same-sex couples were wed through civil ceremonies at the Copenhagen Town Hall by the then deputy mayor of the city Tom Ahlberg.

The same civil ceremony that was used for heterosexual couples to marry was used but with the word ‘marriage’ replaced with ‘registered partnership.’

September 30, 2014

UKIP is one of the only mainstream parties in the UK to be opposed to same-sex marriage

The former deputy mayor of London has defected to UKIP.

Richard Barnes, the gay former right-hand man of London Mayor Boris Johnson, announced he was renouncing his Conservative membership to join the Eurosceptic party headed by Nigel Farage.

He has claimed he has made this choice as the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems do not 'speak the language of normal people'.

In the past year alone, UKIP politicians have been revealed to have believed the following:

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 9, 2014

Organizers of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s have bowed to pressure to allow a gay group to participate, but the decision does not go far enough for some LGBT campaigners