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September 1, 2014

Marina Silva revises pro-gay government plan just one day after publication

Brazilian opposition leader Marina Silva has retracted her support for gay marriage just one day after publishing a pro-gay government plan on Friday (August 29).

Her campaign team said in a statement on Saturday that the pledge to ‘back proposals defending civil marriage’ had been included due to an 'editorial error' and needed 'clarification'. The revised manifesto vows to 'defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.'

‘The text [initially] published was not the text which had been discussed,’ Silva told journalists.

September 1, 2014

Police has faced complaints over the alleged use of illegal drugs and high-risk sex happening in a public place

Brighton is reportedly allowing its bushes to grow in public parks so gay couples can have sex outside.

The greenery in Dukes Mound park in Brighton, a cruising spot in the gay capital of the UK, have been allowed to grow between 15ft and 20ft tall.

One cruising website describes the area as 'popular 24 hours a day'.

A Cityparks worker from Brighton and Hove City Council, who asked not to be named, revealed: 'We always err on the side of caution when pruning due to the sensitivity of the area.

September 1, 2014

International musician and civil servant, a couple from Ireland, died off the western coast of Crete

A gay man has died in a desperate struggle to save his partner, who also lost his life off the coast of Crete.

John Lynch, 45, and Kevin Devine, 46, both drowned off the coast of the Greek island last Friday (29 August).

Violist Lynch, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had lived in Dublin for many years with his civil servant partner.

September 1, 2014

One of the most renowned lawyers fighting for LGBTI freedom in Russia was attacked by two men in black hoods in Kostroma

A gay rights activist in Russia is speaking out after being attacked by two hooded thugs.

Nikolai Alekseev, a lawyer behind many of the legal fights against the country's anti-gay laws, was targeted early this morning in the city of Kostroma - a city north of Moscow.

At around 6.50am, as he was leaving the platform of the train station when two men in black hoods ran up to him.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

September 1, 2014

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will erode your trust in the rest of society

We all know that compulsively checking Facebook everyday may not be the healthiest thing in the world, but it turns out it may be doing more damage than we thought.

According to new research, if you are exposed to homophobic content on social networks it will threaten your well-being by eroding your trust in the rest of society.

September 1, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

August 31, 2014

Teen says he had come out last year, and he did not ambush his parents and then record their reactions

Earlier this week, Daniel Ashley Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia posted a candid video of himself having an argument with his family members and being beaten by his stepmother. In it, she can be heard saying that she 'cannot condone' his homosexuality.

'I believe in the word of God and God creates nobody that way. It's the path that you have chosen to choose,' she said.

August 31, 2014

Paul Ross, UK journalist and presenter, has admitted to a tabloid newspaper he cheated on his wife with a gay former teacher for one year

A UK journalist and presenter has admitted to cheating on his wife with a gay man.

Paul Ross, a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK, admitted to the gay affair in today’s The Sun newspaper (August 31).

In addition to the revelation about his gay lover, Ross, 58, also admits to now being addicted to the drug mephedrone. Ross is married with five children.

The tabloid newspaper reveals Ross was filmed with his lover.

August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 30, 2014

A Scottish air steward has been jailed for one year for sexually assaulting a man when they were sharing a bed following a night out

A 23-year-old man was jailed for a year for performing a sex act on a sleeping man.

Iain Fisher, an air steward, had been at a bar with two female colleagues when they met the 22-year-old man and invited him to a house party.

According to the Daily Record, the four carried on drinking at the house before going to bed together fully clothed at 4.30am.

The women left the room and went to sleep on couches in the lounge and Fisher also left the bed.

August 30, 2014

State Assembly passes bill prohibiting defendants from using panic defense to escape charges of murdering someone gay or transgender

Is it the end of the gay panic and trans panic defenses in California?

The California State Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill this week that would prohibit murder defendants from using the so-called panic defense.

The bill had already been psssed by the State Senate and will now go to Governor Jerry Brown who must sigb it for it to become law.

Under this defense strategy, some defendants have been able to escape murder charges by claiming they panicked because they discovered the victim was gay or transgender.

August 30, 2014

'There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity'

Neil Abercrombie, the governor of Hawaii, thinks he lost a recent primary because he signed the bill that made gay marriage legal.

Earlier this month, the Democrat was defeated by state Senator David Ige, who also supports marriage equality.

'Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in,' Abercrombie said, as reported by the Associated Press.

August 30, 2014

Vincent Piket, head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, says opponents of LGBTI rights should not invoke any cultural, traditional or religious values to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons

LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday.

August 30, 2014

A court in Rome has approved the step-child adoption of a girl by the female partner of her biological mother

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a gay couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption.

The couple have been living together in Rome since 2003, and the decision was taken by the city’s Juvenile Court. It’s believed that the child was conceived through IVF treatment abroad – where the couple also underwent a marriage ceremony.

August 30, 2014

A transgender refugee who tried and failed to gain asylum in several countries, has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’ where her gender identity is accepted

A transgender woman has spoken about her happiness at finally being allowed to live in a country where her female identity is accepted.

Eliana Rubashkyn, 26, from Bogota, Colombia, was granted asylum in New Zealand, where her certificate of identification has her gender stated as ‘female’.

She has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’.

Rubashkyn has spoken about the ordeals suffered as a refugee seeking entry into countries such as France, Norway and Finland. She was consistently rejected because of regulations on gender reassignment surgery.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 29, 2014

Prepare to have your faith in humanity renewed as generous, loving people rally around a 20-year-old who thought he lost everything

It may take two people to produce a child, but to raise one? It takes a community.

Incredible, generous people have rallied around a 20-year-old who thought he lost everything after being kicked out of his home by his religious parents.

This week Daniel Ashley-Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia captured a candid video of his parents disowning him.

'Since you have chosen that path, we will not support you any longer,' his mother is heard saying.

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 29, 2014

TV watchdog believes complaints made over the British science fiction series does not 'warrant investigation'

Ofcom will be taking no further action over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

In last Saturday's episode (23 August), the first in the new run of the British science fiction series, two openly gay characters kissed for the first time.

The lip lock, between green-skinned lesbian lizard Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny, was explained as a necessary - and passionate - form of CPR.

But others were less convinced, with half a dozen angry viewers writing to the TV regulator Ofcom to denounce the kiss as 'inappropriate' before 9pm.

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.