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July 31, 2014

Gay couple George Kounanis and Harry Vassilakis say they were harassed by a group of about ten police officers who shoved one of them up against a wall last Friday

A gay couple who say they were harassed and assaulted by police in Athens last Friday say they are now fearful of reporting the incident.

George Kounanis and Harry Vassilakis say they were taunted by a group of around ten police officers while walking in the city’s historical quarter because they were holding hands.

The couple told Lifo.gr that when they spoke back to the police one of them shoved Kounanis up against a wall and told him ‘this is what real violence is.’

July 31, 2014

Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality

A writer is speaking out about being fired for writing an article about homophones after his boss thought it could be linked to homosexuals.

Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.

His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

July 31, 2014

Pat Robertson has compared the situation around LGBTI rights in America today to that of Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed those cities, suggesting pansexuality will soon be made compulsory

700 Club televangelist Pat Robertson has compared the situation for anti-gay Christians today to how things were in the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, suggesting that LGBTI rights advocates are inviting God to destroy America.

July 31, 2014

Justices rule that registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage

Same-sex couples still can't get married in Wisconsin but they can continue to register to have some of the rights heterosexual married couples automatically have.

The state's supreme court ruled Thursday (31 July) that a 2009 that established a registry for same-sex couples in 2009 does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage.

The registry grants same-sex couples such things as insurance benefits under their partner's plan, the right to inherit assets upon the death of their partner as well as hospital visitation and medical leave to care for their partner.

July 31, 2014

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’

A ‘gay cure’ group has lost its battle to put its adverts on London buses.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 30, 2014

With other elected officials out of the state for the day, lesbian House Speaker Toni Atkins takes the reigns

California's Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins got to make some history Wednesday (30 July).

With the state's governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate president pro tem all out of the state for part of the day, Atkins briefly became the first openly gay person to be acting governor.

July 30, 2014

Court to hear six challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee next week

The fight for marriage equality in the US will have a historic day next week (6 August) when a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in six different cases from four states.

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, located in Ohio, is considering challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee.

It will mark the fourth argument heard by a federal circuit court since the US Supreme Court’s decision last summer which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

July 30, 2014

Yvette Schneider, formerly a leading spokesperson for the ‘ex-gay’ movement in America, has come out as bisexual and now supports bans on attempts to change children’s sexual orientations which she once spoke in favor of

Yvette Schneider, one of the most prominent poster children for the American ‘ex-gay’ movement, has come out in favor of LGBTI rights and as bisexual and has joined the call for so-called 'reparative therapies' that aim to change people’s sexualities to be banned for minors.

July 30, 2014

Game ranger course 'general' is on trial for murder, child abuse, neglect and allegedly forced teen to eat his own faeces

The man behind a South African ‘gay cure’ camp has insisted he is not the reason behind the death of a 15-year-old boy.

A picture of Raymond Buys, 15, taken in April 2011 showed a skeletal, emaciated figure fighting for his life.

Just 10 weeks before, the teen’s parents signed him up to the Echo Wild Game Rangers training course in South Africa in perfect health.

July 30, 2014

Russia will revive the Cold War era Intervision song contest in October in protest at Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win

Following on to hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian coastal city of Sochi will host the 2014 edition of the Soviet era Intervision song contest in October which Russia is reviving in protest at Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision song contest.

The contest is open to members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Co-operation Organization and former Soviet Republics including the Baltic states.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 30, 2014

Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists claiming the law is not constitutional

One of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world has faced court scrutiny for the first time.

Earlier today, the Uganda Constitutional Court’s five judges heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

The petitioners’ central argument heard today was the law passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 30, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A Uganda rapper has lashed out after getting banned from UK venues over his homophobic views.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’ and has accused President Barack Obama of promoting homosexuality and being a ‘fagot’.

July 30, 2014

Guy Scott, whose parents were born in Scotland, said it was an 'unreasonable expectation' for Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality

Zambia’s Vice-President has used the Commonwealth Games to attack same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Dr Guy Scott, who was born in the Zambian city of Livingstone to Scottish parents, has travelled to Glasgow to attend this year’s sporting event.

With his family coming from a country that legalized same-sex marriage in March, and him leading a country that punishes homosexuality with jail, he was asked about his views.

Speaking to STV, Scott said it was ‘not right’ for the UK to expect Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 29, 2014

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations, three of the UK’s top politicians send messages of congratulations and solidarity to the British seaside city

The LGBTI community in the coastal city of Brighton received messages of support from the highest level of the UK government ahead of Gay Pride this weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter of encouragement and support in the name of LGBT rights in the UK, joined by Labour Leader Ed Milliband and MP Caroline Lucas John who recorded heartening YouTube videos.

July 29, 2014

Young LGBT Jamaicans who live in a sewer and are under constant threat of brutal attacks from locals share the alarming truths and silver linings of their distressing situation

Fans of Rihanna and looking for work, these Jamaican youth might sound like your typical teens.

Except that they’re LGBTI, and they’re living in a Kingston, Jamaica sewer under constant threat of deadly attacks.

VICE News has released a new documentary titled Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens, in which camera crews 'explore the reality of being gay in a country known for LGBT intolerance'.

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 29, 2014

Claiming voter fraud, a gay rights group has published 50,000 signatures from people who opposed a bill protecting LGBTI people from workplace discrimination

A Texas LGBT group has published on the Internet the personal details of Texans who signed a petition against a recent LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

A group under the website HeroPetition.com, named after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), published the 50,000 names and addresses of Texans who want to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance via public vote in November elections.

July 29, 2014

Roy Cooper believes federal court decision in Virginia case makes gay marriage inevitable in his state

North Carolina's attorney general announced Monday (28 July) that he believes it will be 'futile' to defend his state's ban on gay marriage in court.

July 29, 2014

A family in Longueuil, Canada have received a threatening note warning they would ‘suffer the consequences’ if they didn’t take down an LGBTI rainbow pride flag

A family in the Quebec city of Longueuil have received a threatening note demanding that they stop displaying a rainbow pride flag on their property, warning that they will ‘suffer the consequences’ if it is not taken down.

‘For your sake please remove the homosexual flag immediately, as soon as you receive this letter,’ the note left at the family’s house reads.