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December 19, 2014

This Liverpool mayor candidate also quotes Bible scripture to attack the UK soccer club, and gets it wrong

Liverpool football club is cursed by God for 'promoting' homosexuality, a far-right politician has claimed.

Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate and current English Democrat, has claimed the soccer team is on a losing streak for supporting local Pride events.

'From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. Lev.18.23,' he posted on Facebook this week.

'In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse.'

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

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 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

December 19, 2014

Police are looking to question her

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of the person they believe went on a 'pro-longed', homophobic rant on the London underground.

Detectives say the woman abused a 23-year-old man on a Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Northwood stations on the evening of 14 November.

The man was then followed off the train to the station exit.

December 19, 2014

More than 40% of MPs vote in favor of the draft bill

Polish lawmakers has voted against putting a gender-neutral civil unions bill on the agenda of this parliamentary session.

MPs on Wednesday (17 December) voted down the bill proposed by the Your Movement party by 235 ballots to 185, with 18 absentations.

This is the third time parliament has rejected the legislation, which was first introduced in 2012.

December 19, 2014

'I would like him to be remembered as a humble and very generous person'

The partner of the gay café owner who has been hailed a hero for his part in the Sydney siege today paid tribute to his 'soulmate.'

Tori Johnson, 34, was one of 17 hostages seized at Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martins Place on Monday.

He was shot while protecting the other hostages and died later in hospital.

Barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, was also killed while shielding her pregnant friend.

December 19, 2014

A 23-year-old woman no longer 'fears death' after being given reprieve from deportation

A Ugandan lesbian who was tortured to 'cure' her will not be deported from the UK - for now.

Judith Twikirize, 23, is walking free after a sudden decision to release her from Yarl's Wood detention centre last night (18 December).

While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision.

Twikirize has told GSN she feels like the 'fear of death' is no longer on her back.

December 19, 2014

AG Eric Holder has announced that federal prosecutors will take the position going forward that sex discrimination provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include protections against discrimination based on gender identity

US Attorney General Holder announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will take the position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covering sex discrimination extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status when prosecuting government job discrimination cases.

December 19, 2014

Matt Mead believed an appeal would be futile

Two months after he decided not to appeal a judge's ruling which struck down a gay marriage ban in his state, Wyoming Governor Mark Mead is under fire from some of his fellow Republicans.

GOP leaders in Wyoming's Goshen County have sent a letter to the governor ripping 'for not strenuously supporting and defending our platform planks on family and marriage.'

December 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 18, 2014

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality

Leading Australian political figures are offering to get up close and personal with members of the public as part of a campaign to raise $50,000 for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The fundraising campaign is being run by the group Australian Marriage Equality and has already raised $33,000 of a goal of $50,000 through crowdfunding website Pozible.

December 18, 2014

'For the first time in a divorce case, a judge has ruled that the state laws banning same-sex marriage and the recognition of those marriages is void and unenforceable...'

While Florida fights against marriage equality, one lesbian couple is able to have their marriage recognized so they could be divorced. At least for now.

Today, 17 December, Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen granted a divorce between Heather Brassner and Megan Lade.

December 18, 2014

Butch Otter believes Idaho case is 'best vehicle' for same-sex marriage issue to be decided for the nation

Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants his state's gay marriage case to be decided by the nation's highest court.

On Wednesday (17 December), lawyers for the governor filed what is known as a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court.

In it, they ask that the court - which is considering hearing several gay marriages cases this term - hear a case out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which includes Idaho.

December 18, 2014

Gaylard Williams allegedly approached man at a lake - gay pornography later found in his car

Gaylard Williams leads a church in Seymour, Indiana, which preaches that homosexuality is a sin.

This week, the 59-year-old pastor was arrested for allegedly approaching a man parked at a lake, squeezing his genitals and asking to perform oral sex.

The man told the pastor he was 'barking up the wrong tree.'

The man took down the pastor's license plate and called police. Williams told police he was in the area looking for a friend who goes fishing there, according to WLKY.

December 18, 2014

Poll finds significant change in attitudes over the past decade

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey.

A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago.

In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents said they were in favor of equal opportunities for gay people in the workplace.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 18, 2014

New legislation draft is of big concern to trans voters

The UK government has fixed the 'glitch' that forced trans people to provide a previous name in order to register to vote.

Following a report by Gay Star News, the Cabinet Office has responded swiftly, ensuring only those who changed names in the past 12 months must provide their 'dead name'.

While disclosure of previous names is not currently a legal requirement, legislation has been drafted to make it so.

December 18, 2014

'You have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce'

US evangelist Pat Robertson has made the bizarre claim that gay people will go extinct because they cannot reproduce.

A viewer wrote into his 700 Club show on Christian Broadcasting Network, complaining that her church did not allow dating and even showing interest in the opposite sex was treated like a sin.

'We’re getting older and no one is getting married,' she said.

Robertson said this was 'absurd' because a church with a no-dating policy would 'die out' – like gay people.

December 18, 2014

And, according to a new study, don't be a gay guy

Want to get paid more than your colleagues? The key, apparently, is to be a lesbian.

A new study has showed a person's sexual orientation affects how much they earn, and while it's good news for the lady-loving woman, it's not for gay men.

In the US alone, the pay premium rises to 20% for lesbians compared to straight women while gay men can expect to be paid 16% less than straight men.

December 17, 2014

He was protesting against a cardinal who said he believed gay people didn't exist

A gay Italian teacher is being forced to hang a crucifix on his classroom wall after the school cited a Mussolini fascist-era law.

Professor Davide Zotti, a philosophy teacher in the city of Trieste, northeast Italy, took down the crucifix in protest of homophobic statements made by the Catholic Church.

He said he was especially offended by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who in October claimed he had no reason to support 'imaginary rights' as he believes gay people do not exist.

December 17, 2014

LGBTI military veterans group OUTVETS will be the first ever gay or lesbian group to be allowed to march openly in South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrating the Irish American experience

The organizers of South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade have voted to allow the first ever LGBTI group to participate openly in the event despite having a Supreme Court validated right to exclude LGBTI groups if they choose.

The United States Supreme Court found in favor of the march's organizers in a 1995 case brought by the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, ruling the parade could exclude groups they felt ran contrary to its message.

December 17, 2014

‘It has for sure provided us extra energy to continue our campaign for rights'

An investigation by a Nepalese govenment agency has refuted allegations of corruption at the country's largest LGBTI group.

The Social Welfare Council (SWC) has released a report that rebutted charges of corruption and irregularities leveled against the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) and founder Sunil Pant.

The allegations were made two years ago and resulted in the group losing its license as well as funding gaps and the demoralization of  its 750 full-time staff who were not paid for more than seven months.

December 17, 2014

NGO completely relies on government funding

The Malaysian government has abruptly pulled funding of a transgender group amid a national uproar after a court found a state cross-dressing ban unconstitutional.

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry informed Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) it would not renew funding for 2015 earlier this month.

The ministry has given the group RM700,000 ($199,880) a year for the last seven years, directly from 2007 to 2013 and last year through the Malaysian AIDS Council.