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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. 

February 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry slams Yahya Jammeh for calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is 'deeply troubled' by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes.

Kerry labeled Jammeh's remarks 'hateful rhetoric' and called on the international community to condemn them.

'All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation,' Kerry said in a statement.

February 18, 2014

Rival politicians and right-wing broadcasters have accused the popular prime minister Elio Di Rupo of being 'shameless' by appearing shirtless

Belgium’s gay Prime Minister is being accused of trivializing his job by appearing topless in pictures.

While Elio Di Rupo’s physique is nothing to be ashamed of, the 62-year-old has angered rival politicians who have criticized him for being ‘shameless’ and ‘outrageous’.

In a documentary to be screened on Belgian television this week, a three-second clip of the popular Socialist leader changing his shirt is caught on camera.

It was from a national day last July that saw the inauguration of the country’s new King Philippe.

October 22, 2013

A national day of action has been organized for 23 November to defend the newly passed same-sex marriage law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from the Australian Government

A national day of protest has been called by LGBT rights group Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) for 23 November to defend the ACT Government's passing of same-sex marriage from a court challenge by the Australian Government.

The ACT Government’s law allows any couple who are not allowed to marry under the federal Marriage Act to marry in the ACT.

May 31, 2013

Changing Attitude and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement provide prayers for Christian supporters of equal marriage as anti-gay Christians hold day of prayer against equality

LGBT Christians will go head-to-head with anti-gay Christians as they both spend a day praying to God – for or against marriage equality.

Gay-hating Christians have declared Sunday (2 June) as Britain's National Day of Prayer for Marriage.

But, on being alerted to the day by Gay Star News, Christians who support LGBT equality have responded by issuing their own prayers – hoping for divine help to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales.

April 27, 2013

OutServe-SLDN asks US Defense Department to reconsider having Pastor Greg Laurie participate in the National Day of Prayer.

OutServe-SLDN is asking the US Defense Department to reconsider Pastor Greg Laurie as the headline speaker at next week's National Day of Prayer.

The advocacy organization that works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families insists the minister's anti-gay past makes him an unacceptable speaker for an open military.

April 19, 2013

Across the US and the world, students are raising awareness of homophobia in schools by staying silent

Students are staying silent to raise awareness of homophobia in schools today (19 April).

The National Day of Silence has over 8,000 schools and universities in the US, and many more across the world, participating by not saying a word.

Organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), many students are posting pictures of themselves on the National Day of Silence Facebook.

February 27, 2013

A 16-year-old US student was banned from participating in the National Day Of Silence, aiming to combat homophobic bullying

A lesbian teen is suing a Florida school district for suspending her for participating in an event raising awareness of LGBT bullying.

Last April, Amber Hatcher, 16, requested to participate in the National Day of Silence, a gay and lesbian supporters education network (GLSEN) sponsored event.

On a day every April, students remain quiet for the entire day to raise awareness of homophobic bullying and harassment.

October 4, 2012

Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang have become the first gay couple to publicly say ‘I do’ in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian

China’s Fujian province has seen its first ever public gay wedding between two young men, who had already made history by getting engaged in nearby Guangdong province.

Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang, 24 and 20 respectively, wowed their hometown of Ningde on Tuesday (2 Oct), a day after the national day, as their cascade of wedding cars paraded the city’s roads and parks and showcased their love.

September 9, 2012

The entire student body of an Australian high school has pledged not to use the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way, becoming only the second in Australia to do so

A South Australian state high school has marked Wear It Purple Day, Australia’s national day supporting LGBT youth, by its entire student body signing a pledge to not use the word in a derogatory manner going forward.

Over 800 students at Wirreanda High School in the Adelaide suburb of Morphett Vale signed the pledge on Friday – becoming the second school to do so in the state.

The students all signed a banner with the slogan, ‘Pledge – It’s not okay to say “it’s gay.”

July 27, 2012

Iranian LGBT activists celebrate the country's third national day of sexual minorities 

Iran’s LGBT community celebrated its third national day of sexual minorities today (27 July).

They used it to send a message of love and solidarity.

Activists in Iran took photos, wrote blogs and recorded themselves to show that they exist everywhere, and are proud of their sexuality.

July 9, 2012

Gay Star News talks to a prominent LGBT rights activist Anan Bouapha in the sleepy South-East Asian nation of Laos

At the end of last month Laos celebrated its first gay pride with an event at the US consulate.

Lao LGBT rights activist Anan Bouapha was one of the organizers. He talks to Gay Star News about the effect of the event and the situation for gay rights in Laos.

What’s been the effect of the LGBT Pride event at the US consulate?

May 22, 2012

Court rules in favor of Maverick Couch, an openly gay student who had previously been threatened with suspension for his attire

Maverick Couch got a lot more than he bargained for when he wore a a T-shirt to classes at Waynesville High School in Ohio last year with the slogan 'Jesus is not a homophobe' on it.

After being called into the principal's office, he agreed to turn the shirt inside out. It also had a rainbow Ichthys (or 'sign of the fish') on it. But Couch went home and slept on it and decided to wear the same shirt to school the next day. He was then threatened with suspension.

April 20, 2012

An anti-LGBT rally will go ahead on Saturday despite being denied permission to meet at KL's central square

An anti-LGBT rally in Kuala Lumpur is going ahead tomorrow (Saturday) despite being denied permission to assemble at Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), the site of the annual National Day parade and where Malaysian students have demonstrated for a free education this week.

April 4, 2012

Lambda Legal still proceeding with lawsuit on behalf of gay student

A school district in Ohio said Wednesday (3 April) that a gay student  an wear his T-shirt bearing the slogan 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' on National Day of Silence on April 20.

The Wayne Local School District made the concession a day after Lambda Legal filed suit and a motion for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Maverick Couch, an openly gay junior who was threatened with suspension if he wore the T-shirt.

April 3, 2012

Ohio school claimed 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' shirt was sexual in nature

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (3 April) against a high school in Ohio after a student was barred from wearing a T-shirt stating 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' to school on National Day of Silence.

The openly-gay student, Maverick Couch, was called into the principal's office of Waynesville High School last April and told to turn his T-shirt inside out. In addition to the slogan, the shirt also had a a rainbow Ichthys (or 'sign of the fish').