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November 21, 2014

The Church of God in Christ wants Caldwell to stop selling the melody, but he says it's his copyright

The 'I'm not gay no more' fellow refuses to leave the spotlight.

Andrew Caldwell, the star of a video where he announces he's 'delivered' from gay sexuality, is selling a version of his declaration on iTunes.

Called I'm Not Gay No More, the 3 minute song is a longer version of the original remix by YouTuber MusicManDre (see below).

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 21, 2014

'It doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex.'

A small town in Poland has banned the 'sexually dubious' Winnie the Pooh from a local playground.

Councilors denounced the bear as 'inappropriate' to be patron of a play area in Tuszyn, central Poland, at a meeting that was secretly taped and leaked to the press.

'The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,' the Croatia Times quoted councilor Ryszard Cichy as saying.

November 21, 2014

Be gay, but no PDA

Does two men or two women kissing in public make you uncomfortable? If it does, you're not alone.

While gay rights might be sweeping across the western world, public displays of affection between two people of the same gender still gives people the ick.

A report published by the American Sociological Review suggests while Americans are happy for gay people to have rights, they are less happy to have that gayness shoved down their throats - figuratively speaking.

November 21, 2014

Legal affairs director says public opinion is too polarized

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has said now is not the right time to legalize gay marriage.

Lin Hsiu-lien, director of the department of legal affairs, made the comment at a media reception on Wednesday (19 November).

She said public opinion and social acceptance of gay marriage should first be observed, then laws could be gradually formulated that take into account public sentiment and the demands of gay couples.

November 21, 2014

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has warned the government of Gambia to stop persecuting LGBTIs after it passed laws that would see homosexual ‘serial offenders’ and people with HIV jailed for the rest of their lives

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned Gambia that it is failing its international human rights commitments by its continued persecution of LGBTI people, citing the passage of new laws that even further criminalize sexual minorities.

Homosexuality was already punishable with up to 14 years in prison in Gambia but earlier this year the government passed a vaguely defined law punishing ‘aggravated homosexuality.’

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 20, 2014

'While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.'

Nearly half of young trans people have said they have attempted suicide, with 30% saying they have done so in the past year.

As the world pays tribute on Transgender Day of Remembrance, UK's LGBTI mental health charity Pace has revealed new research that shows how difficult it can be growing up trans.

They found young trans people were eight times more likely to attempt suicide. 48% of trans people said they have attempted it compared to 6% of the general 16-24 population.

November 20, 2014

Report finds the government is 'complicit' in the rise of anti-gay violence

LGBTI Iraqis are at 'imminent risk of death' amid a breakdown in rule of law and the rise of sectarian militias, according to a new report.

The report released yesterday (19 November) said Iraqi security forces gave 'tacit blessing' to religious militias to target perceived 'sodomites' with impunity.

The report was conducted by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, MADRE and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq over two years.

November 20, 2014

Plaintiff: 'Finally my family is equal in the eyes of the state I grew up and made my life in'

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in South Carolina.

The high court denied a motion filed by South Carolina’s Attorney General for an emergency stay to further delay the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban last week in a case filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

November 20, 2014

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie'

Former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has said he is 'ashamed' he did not come out earlier after years of denying his sexuality.

The 32-year-old Olympian was named Man of Influence at last night's GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Sydney.

'I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it,' he told the magazine.

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.'

November 20, 2014

Don Lemon: 'As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape'

Don Lemon, an openly gay anchor for CNN, came under fire this week for his line of questioning to a woman who is accusing Bill Cosby of rape.

Joan Tarshis said she faked having an infection to avoid intercourse with Cosby but did other acts. Lemon said that 'there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.'

He mentioned that one of the ways was 'the using of the teeth.'

Tarshis, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, remained composed during the interview and said it hadn't occurred to her to retaliate in that way.

November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 20, 2014

Donations to the main group campaigning against same-sex marriage in America appear to be drying up as courts continue to rule in favor of the rights of same-sex couples across the United States

The most prominent group in America campaigning against the legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be in financial trouble, with its 2013 tax filing documents showing the organization is more than $2.5 million in debt.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) only managed to raise $5.1 million in 2013 with over half of that coming from just two big donors.

That figure was more than half what the organization received in 2012.

November 20, 2014

Lawmakers want the anti-gay law back as soon as possible

Uganda's new anti-gay bill could be voted on in parliament before Christmas, lawmakers have said.

Lawmakers have drafted the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill intended to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August.

Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala has said a committee has finished a draft of the bill, and will be presented to the public before parliament retires in 11 sitting days. Other politicians have however said this could be unlikely.

November 19, 2014

African country has arrested five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 19, 2014

One was just eight years old, murdered by her father after she told him she was trans

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

November 19, 2014

Tongzhi can mean 'comrade' or 'gay' in Chinese

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to continue calling each other 'comrade' despite the word's second meaning - 'gay.'

The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Among the 487 regulations to remain is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade,' the egalitarian form of address preferred by Communists.

November 19, 2014

But did they complain about there being no 'unlike' button?

A South African church has fired a gay minister for appearing in a Facebook photo with gay people.

Philip Olivier, of the Afrikaans Protestant Church, posted the picture online showing he had attended a social function by LGBTI insurance and medical aid company Triarc.

The church charged the minister with socialising and mixing with gay people. It cited 1 Timothy 6:11 in the Bible, 'flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness'.

November 19, 2014

And the waiter was forced to leave after the manager refused to step in and do anything

A teenager is speaking out after he was called a homophobic slur on a restaurant receipt.

Blake Butler, 19, was a waiter at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Houston, Texas up until last week.

He was serving his tables and chatting to colleagues when a work friend showed him a note he got at the top of the receipt from two customers.

It read: 'Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal'.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.