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February 16, 2015

Robin Duff helped establish the first national LGBTI group

The first openly gay man to stand for parliament in New Zealand has died at 67.

Robin Duff was also involved in the beginnings of the first national LGBTI group, the National Gay Rights Coalition, and senior vice president of the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA).

He passed away this morning (16 February) at Christchurch hospital surrounded by family and friends.

PPTA president Angela Roberts praised Duff’s commitment to supporting secondary teachers and the work he had done to make schools a better place for LGBTI students.

February 6, 2015

Anti-LGBTI activists have held a rally in Bishkek where they claimed gay people were linked to pedophiles as lawmakers prepare to debate the controversial piece of legislation again

A controversial bill that would ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ will be debated by the Kyrgyzstan parliament before the end of the month in the latest step in the former Soviet Central Asian nation to pass a similar law to the one passed by Russia in 2013.

The Kyrgyz bill would see people imprisoned for up to a year for disseminating ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,’ including journalists who cover LGBTI issues in a positive light.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 2, 2015

Karma Nightclub & Cabaret burned to the ground on Saturday night and authorities are yet to determine the cause of the blaze

A popular gay nightclub in Lincoln, Nebraska was destroyed by fire on Saturday night and authorities will have to wait weeks to determine the cause because of freezing weather.

More than a dozen fire crews attended the scene of the fire at Karma Nightclub & Cabaret and had to deal with water freezing on their equipment and the ground while they fought to try to contain the huge fire – one of the largest they have had to battle in recent memory.

The fire is believed to have started on or near the club’s stage around 7.45pm on Saturday night.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 9, 2015

He also suggests too many 'hunks' on TV are making being gay seem 'attractive'

Taylor Swift is turning kids gay, a pastor has claimed.

Larry Tomczak is now suggesting children are learning 'homosexuality is a beautiful way of life' because of the many pro-gay messages on television.

He suggests people like Ellen DeGeneres are exploiting the 'Shake It Off' singer into forcing girls into embracing an 'immoral', 'unnatural' and 'shameful' lifestyle.

January 9, 2015

Larry Tomczak is urging American families to raise their children on a television diet of shows that were made before gay people had rights to avoid them seeing anything that might approach a positive depiction of LGBTI people on the TV

US Christian author Larry Tomczak is warning American parents to be ‘aware of the avalanche of gay programming that is assaulting your home,’ urging them to retreat into only allowing their children to watch entertainment programming from before the era when gay people were depicted positively on TV.

Tomczak is afraid that the number of LGBTI characters on American television at the moment has a hidden agenda, calling it a gay ‘tsunami’ aimed at ‘promoting’ homosexuality to the American public.

January 7, 2015

Over 900 people have called for the honor to be removed

The politician awarded a MBE despite his homophobic views has said he welcomes the 'scrutiny' from celebrities such as Ellen Page.

Maurice Mills, a Northern Irish councillor, has said it is a 'silly' idea that his honor be removed and then repeated his claim that God punishes the world for homosexuality.

Mills has blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy' and also blamed Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBTI pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 6, 2015

Swears in tweet because anti-gay Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills included in annual list of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page is not amused that Queen Elizabeth II has included an anti-gay politician in the New Year's Honours list.

The monarch has bestowed upon Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Among the homophobic opinions shared by Mills are blaming the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy.'

He also blamed 2005's Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBT pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 5, 2015

One was treated at hospital for his injuries

A group of Russian thugs stormed a gay club on 3 January, injuring several people there on a night out.

The unknown number of men bypassed the security at Fantom in Togliatti, a city in southwestern Russia.

At least one of the customers was hospitalized with serious injuries, local media reports, with at least three recieving medical care after being attacked.

Police say they currently have no suspects.

Konstantin Golava, a local gay activist, demanded a full investigation into the crime and to finally bring homophobic thugs to justice.

December 26, 2014

It was 10 years ago today that Berkus' partner was swept out to sea while they were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka

For the past 10 years, the day after Christmas has marked a sad anniversary for TV interior design guru Nate Berkus.

It was on 26 December in 2004 that Berkus was vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka with his his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, and the Indian Ocean tsunami hit.

Bengoechea was swept out to sea, his body never recovered.

'My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all who lost someone in the tsunami 10 years ago today,' Berkus tweeted today.

December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 18, 2014

Praise these people

The golden rule of Christianity is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Even though Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people (seriously), and was far more interested in people being good to one another, a lot of people forget that.

Some religious people still continue to use the Bible as a way of propagating their hate, their unease, their ignorance.

But there are some who have realised that you can be both religious and support LGBTI rights.

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 18, 2014

Gay travel operators Pink Iceland share their clients' awe-inspiring wedding snaps

As Iceland's go-to gay travel and event specialists, Pink Iceland have organised more than their fair share of heart-swellingly romantic same-sex weddings – and they have the pictures to prove it. Here, the founder of this fab organisation – the lovely Eva María Thorarinsdottir Lange – shares some of the most beautiful nuptial moments ever caught on camera. Probably. Tissues at the ready...

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 3, 2014

Former BBC commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest opposes a drag queen winning the show

Irish TV personality Terry Wogan has called the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst a 'freak'.

The 76-year-old, who has appeared on numerous British and Irish television and radio shows, used to be the BBC's commentator for Eurovision until 2008.

Following this, gay Irish TV host Graham Norton took over the role.

To pay tribute to this, Wogan was asked by the Irish Times to review Norton's new book The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.

'The inspired, logical choice for my replacement was Graham,' Wogan says.

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 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 15, 2014

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’

Kyrgyzstan lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a law that will punish 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

Earlier today (15 October), the bill passed its first reading with a vote of 79 to 7.

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country.

October 10, 2014

The rightwing, eurosceptic party UKIP continues to gain ground in the UK with the election of its first MP, Douglas Carswell, to Parliament

Rightwing political party UKIP is celebrating gaining its first MP in the British Parliament this morning, following a by-election yesterday in the constituency of Clacton, Essex.

New MP Douglas Carswell was previously Clacton-On-Sea’s Conservative MP. However, in August he defected from the Conservatives to UKIP, triggering a by-election in which he re-stood as a UKIP candidate.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

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: