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February 28, 2015

Alan Turing-style pardon will be for men who had consensual sex when homosexuality was still illegal will be pardoned

Thousands of men who had consensual gay sex when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK are closer to being officially pardoned today.

Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he is hoping the government will pass the necessary legislation before the May General Election.

If not, he announced it will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. The party may still hold the balance of power after May and enter another coalition government.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 27, 2015

The men claim they stabbed the man after he sexually propositioned them

Two men have been arrested near Saint Petersburg, Russia, over the murder of a gay man. 

The body of a 38-year-old man who had been stabbed 26 times was found on Monday night in a town in the Vsevolozhsk region of Russia. 

Police have arrested two men – aged 20 and 21 – this week in connection with the murder, which officials believe took place following a heavy night of drinking. 

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

Raymond Buys, 15, was beaten, forced to pick up his own faeces with his mouth, and chained to a bed

The owners of a South African gay 'cure' camp have been found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The ruling, made today by the Vereeniging Regional Court in Johannesburg, involved the case of Raymond Buys, 15, who tragically died in April 2011 after receiving horrific treatment at the hands of Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp.

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 27, 2015

A teenage girl allegedly stubbed a cigarette out on a woman's face during the incident

A group of teenagers have been found guilty of assaulting a couple who were trying to defend their gay son. 

Following a hearing at Dublin Children's Court yesterday, three teenage girls – aged between 16 and 17 – were found guilty of 'committing a violent disorder'. 

After responding to a group of youths standing outside their home who were shouting homophobic abuse at their son, a woman claimed she was punched, kicked and had a ciggerette stubbed out on her face.

February 27, 2015

'I couldn't defend the party or convincingly campaign for it any more'

The leader of UKIP LGBT group has quit and left the party 'due to the leadership's failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.'

Tom Booker, who manages a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, led the group for three years.

'Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now,' he tweeted on 24 February.

February 27, 2015

Andrew Caldwell became an internet sensation after he declared in church ‘I don’t like mens no more’ but he has now admitted he still does

A Missouri gay man who became a viral hit on YouTube when he declared in church that ‘I’m not gay no more,’ has spoken about the negative attention he has received as a result but has also admitted he is still same-sex attracted.

Andrew Caldwell shot to internet fame in November after video of him declaring himself ‘delivered’ of his homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ was posted online.

'I’m not gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more. I said I like women, women women women women!' he said in the video.

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.

February 26, 2015

'Can they marry one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex?'

Alabama's Chief Justice has suggested that bisexual and transgender people want to marry two different partners. 

In an interview with Associated Press on Monday, Moore claimed that if the Supreme Court vote to legalize gay marriage nationwide, it will open up the door for bisexual and transgender people to marry two different partners, one male and one female. 

'You're taking any definition of a family away,' said Moore. 

February 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign fires back at the American Family Association in a scathing blog post

The American Family Association (AFA) has published an 'anti-Christian bigotry map' that pinpoints the exact locations for all the offices of two LGBTI rights groups.

The map divides 'bigots' into four categories: anti-Christians, atheists, humanists and those with a 'homosexual agenda.'

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 26, 2015

'Bills that say they are about protecting one thing when the real goal is to target and discriminate against LGBT people'

The Indiana State Senate has passed a bill that will permit small businesses to exercise their 'religious liberties'. 

Critics of the bill, which was created by Social Conservatives in response to the state's same-sex marriage law being struck down in June 2014, have argued that it would allow small business owners to refuse service to LGBTI people based on their sexuality.

February 26, 2015

General Medical Council accused of ignoring real trans concerns while wasting time on investigation they have now dropped

One of the leading doctors advising transgender people in the UK is in the clear after almost four years under investigation into alleged professional misconduct.

The General Medical Council (GMC) started looking into Dr Richard Curtis in 2011 but throughout the investigation he has been widely supported by the trans community.

February 26, 2015

Measure is approved 'for the protection of children from harmful information'

The Senate of Kazakhstan has passed a bill banning 'propaganda of a non-traditional sexual orientation.'

The upper house of the Kazakh parliament approved the measure on 19 February 'for the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.'

Aldan Smayil, a member of the Majilis (the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament), proposed prohibiting 'gay propaganda' in August 2013.

February 26, 2015

Two men pushed the students to the ground then kneed and kicked them

A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.

Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started 'firing homophobic slurs' at the couple.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

Forbidden words also include 'obese,' 'palm oil' and 'Muslim'

Nutella on Tuesday (24 February) launched an online marketing campaign in France inviting consumers to customize a jar of the chocolate spread with a personalized message.

'Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!' the campaign website reads.

That is, as long as the person you love is not a 'lesbian.'

Internet users quickly discovered that they were not allowed to certain words in their messages, including the word 'lesbienne.'

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales. 

February 26, 2015

Over 30,000 of the signatures come from Northern Ireland residents

Almost 150,000 people have signed a petition against Northern Ireland's proposed 'Freedom of Conscience' bill. 

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced the bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.