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April 24, 2015

'Gays cannot be an inspiration in Singapore society!!'

Two nieces write similar essays about their lesbian aunt; one gets an A, the other gets an F. The difference? One lives in the Netherlands and the other in Singapore.

Singapore-Dutch blogger Jane said her niece from Amsterdam wrote an essay on why she is the best aunt someone could ever have, and added that she liked other girls.

Jane said her the girl described some of the issues some Singaporean family members had with her sexuality, and said she hoped that everyone could just be  friends as it was not fair it was because she liked girls and not boys.

April 24, 2015

But they don’t want to win elections, they just want a tax break

Manif Pour Tous, a group that came to fame protesting same-sex marriage in France, is becoming a political party.

But the group doesn’t actually want to win elections. They won’t even be fielding any candidates.

Instead, they admit that their new status will mean they benefit from tax breaks, reports leading French newspaper Le Monde.

April 24, 2015

Police say attack is not a hate crime, 'just a fight amongst kids’

A gay school student was slashed on the face with a screwdriver while his principal watched.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and another gay student were called anti-gay slurs and assaulted in a pre-meditated attack at Carver High School on Monday (April).

'My face is messed up some,' he told WXIA TV.

'There was like 30 people out there that we was fighting because he's gay. And I'm gay.'

April 24, 2015

Sympathizers claim the embraces show compassion

Shocking images emerged on social media Thursday (23 April) of Islamic State (ISIS) militants stoning a gay couple to death, seconds after hugging them in 'forgiveness.'

The photos were taken in ISIS-controlled territory in the Syrian province of Homs.

The first few images are close-ups of the two blindfolded men hugging their executioners in an apparent display of forgiveness.

ISIS sympathizers who shared the photos online claim the embraces showed compassion.

April 24, 2015

British boyfriend: 'When people complain about immigration, this is not someone you need to worry about'

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker could be deported at any moment after being detained by the UK government today (24 April).

Orashia Edwards, 32, was ruled to be lying about his sexuality in the final judgment of his asylum case earlier this month.

This is in despite of a man in the UK saying he has been in a relationship with Edwards for the past two years and his entire family being British citizens. Two specialists living in Jamaica have also written on Edwards' behalf to the UK, saying it is not safe for him to return.

April 24, 2015

'I was not attacking the homosexual community, I was attacking their campaign for marriage, which is seeking an end to traditional marriage'

Northern Ireland's Health Minister Jim Wells has apologised for saying gay couples are more likely to abuse children.

Speaking at a South Down hustings event last night (23 April) the DUP minister said gay couples were more likely to be in 'unstable relationships'.

Social media erupted, with opposition party Ulster Unionists issuing a statement describing the comments as 'absolutely appalling' and 'totally wrong'.

April 24, 2015

'Celebrate by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexuality'

Posters promoting Straight Pride have appeared on a Ohio university campus days after a Pennsylvania high school made headlines for organizing an anti-gay day.

The anonymously posted flyers popped up at Youngstown State University (YSU) earlier this week and invite students to celebrate during finals week 'by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexual orientation.'

'Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride,' they read.

April 24, 2015

A picture of her kissing a woman was posted on social media without her consent

A Russian court has ruled a school is right to fire a teacher for being gay.

Russian LGBTI rights group Coming Out said pictures of her kissing a woman had been posted on social media, meaning she is unfit to teach under the country's 'gay propaganda' law.

In December, the teacher known only as Alevtina, was called into the principal's office.

The music teacher who worked with disabled children in St Petersburg was told pictures of her hugging her girlfriend had been forwarded to the school along with a demand she be fired for 'immoral behavior'.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 23, 2015

Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and white evangelicals are the least supportive

Buddhists and Jews are two the major religious groups most supportive of gay marriage, according to a recent survey.

Some 84% of Buddhists and 77% of Jews support gay marriage, as well as 77% of the religiously unaffiliated and 75% of Americans who selected 'other religion' also support gay marriage.

The findings from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans.

April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 23, 2015

Girlfriend also tries to kill herself

An Indian actress has commited suicide due to social pressure caused by her lesbian relationship with another actress.

Disha Ganguly, 23, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her home in Kolkata, Bengal state on 9 April.

No suicide note was found but police recovered her phone and diary.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 23, 2015

A UK sportswear shop staff member allegedly used the anti-gay slur to describe the couple

A gay couple are mortified after a staff member of JD Sports allegedly referred to them as 'battymen'.

Gavin Matthews, and his partner Craig Hards, went to the Eltham store in south-east London on 5 April to buy new trainers when a male worker made the alleged remark.

Shocked, they complained to JD Sports' head office to tell them they were referred to with a homophobic slur.

April 23, 2015

A new study by the University of Guam has found most people in the US overseas territory want same-sex couples to be allowed to marry there but Governor Eddie Calvo continues to hold up the reform

55% of Guamanians say they would like to see same-sex marriage legalized in Guam, a new poll by the University of Guam has revealed.

Students from the university’s Public Administration Department working under Professor Ron McNinch surveyed close to 200 of the island’s 160,000 residents, with half that sample male and half female, and half under 40 and half over 40.

Only 29% of those sampled said they opposed same-sex marriage while 16% said they had no opinion on the issue.

The poll was conducted anonymously to ensure the most honest responses.

April 23, 2015

Pope Francis reportedly met with openly gay French diplomat Laurent Stefanini over the weekend to tell him that he could not accept his appointment to become an ambassador to the Vatican City

France’s openly gay pick to become its next ambassador to the Holy See has met with Pope Francis only to be told he is unacceptable for the job, according to new reports.

Laurent Stefanini met with Pope Francis for a 15 minute audience over the weekend, according to the Le Canard Enchâiné newspaper, and was told that France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 was part of the reason he could not accept him into the Vatican’s diplomatic community.

April 23, 2015

Think you can't change an animal's sexuality? These scientists claim you can

Scientists have come up with a way to turn 'straight' rats 'gay' by using happy-making chemicals.

A group of researchers in Mexico have been working for four years to come up with the best way of making rats gay with their experiments.

Using mind-altering drugs, they stimulated the male rats' brains to make them feel good when they were put together.

They also covered the rats with almond oil which they had made them associate with sex.

April 23, 2015

Get ready to werk! On your homework

Ready your high heels and put on that eyeliner, because a UK university is offering the first course dedicated to drag.

Performing arts students Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire will be able to take the third year module Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance from next year.

Covering a variety of topics, it will include drag performance, costume, lip-syncing and the use of humor.

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 22, 2015

'Who wants to burn down Memories Pizza with me?'

When it was exposed that Memories Pizza would become the first business in Indiana to say they would never serve their food at a gay wedding, thousands of people posted angry messages on social media.

But a high school coach who sent her own angry tweet is now fired.

Jessica Dooley, who was the girls golf head coach for Concord Community Schools in the state, was accused of promoting 'harmful' and 'illegal' activity to students with her online message.

April 22, 2015

Hypocrisy is also a sin, by the way

It turns out a Baptist pastor, who considers trans people to be sex offenders, is a violent rapist himself.

Acra Lee Turner, 60, is part of a group calling for a repeal of Eureka Springs, Arkansas' Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBTI people from discrimination.

He claims gay, and especially trans people, are dangerous pedophiles, violent rapists and 'sex offenders'.

April 22, 2015

Restaurant will be staffed by half-naked men

A male version of Hooters is coming Dallas' gay Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Tallywackers will be staffed by half naked men and is scheduled to open on Lemmon Avenue in May.

Last week, the restaurant started hiring for bartenders, servers, cooks, bus boys and hosts on Craigslist.

'Dallas' Newest and most exciting place to be is now hiring for all positions!' the ad reads.

Hooters is restaurant chain staffed by curvy young women in revealing outfits and bills itself as 'delightfully tacky yet unrefined.'

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.