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November 27, 2014

Organizer is charged with publishing lewd content in a public space

LGBTI activists have slammed Cypriot police for seizing a transgender photographer's exhibition after receiving a single complaint.

The exhibition Correction by Greek activist Paola Revenioti was shown at Nicosia municipal market to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The photos were confiscated on Friday (21 November) following a single complaint about their content, which included nude men.

Organizers Accept-LGBT Cyprus said the photos were covered during the market's normal operating hours.

November 27, 2014

Lord Christopher Monckton, the former deputy leader of UK political party UKIP, has launched a no-holds barred attack on LGBTI people

In a piece entitled ‘Calling the non-heterosexual’s bluff’ on WorldNewDaily, the former political adviser mocked the LGBTI acronym and ‘deathstyle’ led by gay people.

November 27, 2014

Jim Hood says he has 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday (26 November) that Mississippi will fight a decision this week by a federal judge to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Hood said in a statement that his office has a 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws.

November 27, 2014

The principal of a catholic school in Ottawa, Canada, has stepped in to halt a school project from two 11-year-old pupils on the topic of gay rights.

Grade 6 students Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton, who attend St. George’s Catholic School in Ottawa, were asked to complete a project on social justice and allowed to choose their own specific theme.

They chose gay rights, because, as Quinn told the Ottawa Citizen, ‘A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing.

‘They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.’

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 26, 2014

Ceremony is Rio de Janeiro state's fifth such event since 2011

Rio de Janeiro married 160 LGBTI couples on Sunday (23 November) in what the state hailed as 'the largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world.'

The event was the fifth mass gay wedding organized by state program Rio Without Homophobia and the state court, which have married a total 500 LGBTI couples.

'It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community,' Cláudio Nascimento, coordinator of Rio Without Homophobia, told Agência Brasil.

November 26, 2014

' ... The soul of America is in real trouble'

On a speaking tour in Europe, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee attacked gay marriage saying it threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture.'

November 26, 2014

But no marriages yet as ruling put on hold pending possible appeal

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage on Tuesday (25 November) then placed a stay on the ruling to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

The stay means no marriages can take place between same-sex couples - yet.

US District Judge Kristine Baker stated in her ruling that even though the state's 2004 ban was approved by voters, that 'does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny.'

Baker ruled in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who sued on the grounds that the ban was in violation of the US Constitution.

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

November 26, 2014

Tory candidate for Mayor of London also claims a straight man is unable to stop the London gay drug problem

Gay tycoon Ivan Massow has claimed gay men do not have a blueprint on how to behave in society.

The entrepeneur, who wants to London's next Conservative mayor, has said the UK capital's LGBTI community has a 'huge drug issue' and they need to 'grow up'.

The 47-year-old has also claimed a straight mayor would be unable to deal with the problem as it would be seen as homophobic.

November 26, 2014

'Corrective rape' is common in the country

A South African man will spend the next 30 years in jail for murdering a lesbian then raping her dead body with a toilet brush.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday (25 November) to both charges at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecution described how he killed Duduzile Zozo, 26, after she refused his advances.

November 26, 2014

His mother claims her son was 'embarrassed'

A 23-year-old British man is said to have killed himself days after coming out as gay to his family.

Darren Crotty's body was found near the River Severn after it appears he set a suicide date on his calendar and penned a detailed suicide note.

Police told the inquest Crotty had been reported missing on 5 March after his housemate found a suicide note under the pillow.

And on a calendar on a wall in the house he had written the letter 'S' on 31 January. The end of January was just a few days after he had come out to his friends and family.

November 26, 2014

There have been 300 violent homophobic attacks in London alone from January to October this year alone

Recorded instances of violent homophobic crimes have risen in the UK this year, according to new figures.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police in 2014, including more than 300 in London alone.

Gay rights charities believe LGBTI people feel more encouraged to speak out if they have been victims of hate crime.

Some of the UK's biggest police forces reported the following to Press Association:

November 26, 2014

The United States Department of State has expressed its dismay that The Gambia has moved forward with a bill that punishes ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with life imprisonment and reports that security forces are actively hunting down LGBTI people

The United States Government has issued its strongest warning to date to the Government of The Gambia over its persecution of LGBTI people, with the Department of State issuing an official warning over the issue.

‘We are dismayed by President Jammeh’s decision to sign into law legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals and are deeply concerned about the reported arrests and detention of suspected LGBT individuals in The Gambia,’ State Department Bureau of Public Affairs director Jeff Rathke said in a statement on Monday.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 26, 2014

And he didn't even need to unwrap it

The rainbow could be seen as a representing two main concepts: the gay rights movement and a 'blessing' from God.

So one lesbian politician thought of the perfect gift to give to Pope Francis: a rainbow scarf.

Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek, the gay Vice President of the European Parliament, gave the leader of the Catholic Church his early Christmas present yesterday (25 November).

'Today I handed Pope Francis a rainbow scarf for gays, lesbians, and for peace,' Lunacek proudly said.

November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 25, 2014

Football Association in UK has groundbreaking trans policy

Britain’s Football Association has today thrown open the door for trans soccer players to be themselves on the pitch at every level in the game.

Most sports, including the International Olympic Committee, openly discriminate against or ban transgender athletes saying they are too masculine or feminine to play on either female or male teams.

But now the FA, long criticized for not doing enough to tackle LGBTI bigotry in soccer, has made a major breakthrough.

November 25, 2014

Grand jury does not charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen

LGBTI rights groups have condemned the lack of indictment in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

A St Louis grand jury has not charged police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri three months ago.

The case sparked outrage in majority-black Ferguson and heightened longstanding tensions with the majority-white police force.

The National LGBTQ Task Force (NLTF) described the decision not to indict Wilson as 'shocking and painful for millions.'

November 25, 2014

Place of worship will need to be 're-sanctified', clerics say

Two teen boys have been brutally beaten after allegedly having sex in a Ghana mosque.

The two 14-year-olds, who we have chosen to not name, were reportedly caught having sex in the religious building in the Brong Ahafo region last week.

Homosexuality is taboo in Ghana, punishable by up to three years in prison.

It is believed the two teens, a Christian and a Muslim, snuck into the mosque late at in the evening, started kissing, where they were eventually stopped by an elderly man who was at prayer.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 25, 2014

A video ad supporting LGBTI rights in Lithuania can only air after 11pm under the anti-gay law

Lithuania psychologists have claimed gay propaganda laws brought in to 'protect' children are actually harming them.

A social video ad about LGBTI rights on television was banned from airing before 11pm at night by broadcasters, saying it would violate the law 'protecting children'.

The Union of Lithuanian Psychologists have claimed censorship of this kind, seen in many countries including Russia, is what harms young people.