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March 27, 2015

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'

Today, 27 March, the Arkansas Senate has passed a 'religious freedom' bill, mirrors Indiana's new law.

According to Arkansas Online, the southern state's senate passed HB 1228, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, in a 24-7 vote.

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 27, 2015

It doesn't

When Katy Perry first hit the big time in 2008, it was because of her insanely catchy song I Kissed A Girl.

But that was pop, and in country there is a lot of work still to be done.

Country radio stations have banned the song, Girl Crush, because they claim the lyrics 'promote the gay agenda'.

The song is about wanting an ex back so much, she would 'taste her lips, cause they taste like you'.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 27, 2015

One of the most popular LGBTI destinations is on fire

A blaze on Fire Island has destroyed several buildings in one of the most popular destinations for LGBTI travelers.

The Ice Palace, the Grove Hotel, Holly House and other buildings are completely destroyed.

The fire also damaged the boardwalk, officials said.

More than a dozen fire departments responded to the fire, which broke out around 1.30am today on Cherry Grove (27 March).

Two firefighters have been hurt. They are being treated on mainland hospitals for minor injuries.

March 27, 2015

Earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by a mob

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has defended the country's record of LGBTI rights.

Protestors descended on the 6th Biennal Jamaica Diaspora Conference in New York yesterday, where the PM was giving her keynote address.

The LGBTI activists demanded Simpson-Miller do more to stop the killing of gay, bi and trans people.

Just earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by an angry mob.

March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

March 27, 2015

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he will ask medical regulatory bodies in the province to prohibit attempts to ‘cure’ young LGBTI people of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Ontario looks to become the next North American jurisdiction to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies aimed at ‘curing’ young people of their sexual orientation or gender identity after provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he would move to ban the practice.

Hoskins said he would write to medical regulatory bodies to instruct them to prohibit the practice after New Democrat lawmaker Cheri Di Novo introduced her own bill to ban the practice earlier this month.

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 26, 2015

Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland refused to make a pro-gay marriage Bert and Ernie cake

A Christian baker was told they cannot justify refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake in court today (26 March).

Ashers Baking Company, based in Northern Ireland, declined an order from a gay rights activist that wanted to support same-sex marriage with dessert.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage, and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 26, 2015

Man was asked to leave after he was kissed by a male friend

An expat in South Korea has claimed he was kicked out of a bar in Seoul for being gay.

Eric Michael said he was asked to leave Zen Bar in Hongdae area on Sunday (22 March) after he was kissed by a male friend.

'I know I was singled out because I am gay, and that’s the simple fact,' he told the Korean Observer.

Eric said he was dancing with a group of friends when one, another gay man, 'snuck a gentle kiss in on my neck area.'

March 26, 2015

Mike Pence: 'If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it'

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a controversial anti-LGBTI bill into law.

In a private ceremony today, Pence signed SB101 which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 26, 2015

Claims policy 'enables sexual harassment and endangers women and kids'

A Michigan woman is suing a gym over its trans-friendly locker room policy.

Yvette Cormier, 48, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages after Planet Fitness canceled her membership for complaining to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

The gym's non-discrimination policy states that 'members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.'

March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 26, 2015

'Sexually deviant' monks could face up to a month in jail

Buddhist-majority Thailand has approved a bill that would ban LGBTI people from the entering the monkhood.

The junta cabinet approved the bill in August and is now preparing to submit it to the National Legislative Assembly.

Religious authorities have unsuccessfully tried to propose the Bill to Patronize and Protect Buddhism since 2006 but previous military and civilian governments rejected the measure.

March 26, 2015

Illustration shows an official greeting the leader with a hand sign used to insult LGBTI people

A Turkish court has fined two cartoonists for implying President Tayyip Erdogan is gay.

Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan were prosecuted over an illustration on the cover satirical magazine Penguen in August, the Hurriyet newspaper reported Wednesday (25 March).

The picture shows an official greeting Erdogan while making a circle with his thumb and forefinger, a hand sign commonly used people in Turkey to insult LGBTI people.

March 25, 2015

Counters ballot initiative with her own – the Intolerant Jackass Act

A Californian activist has responded to a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in the best possible way.

Charlotte Laws, filed a counter initiative – the Intolerant Jackass Act – with the state attorney general’s office on Monday (23 March).

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

March 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

March 25, 2015

To curb the spread of HIV

Maharashtra's health minister has come under fire for saying LGBTI people need 'psychological treatment.'

Deepak Sawant made the comment Monday (23 March) in response to an opposition lawmaker's question about the state government's plan to curb HIV transmission in the LGBTI community.

‘There is a need for psychological treatment and counselling of the community. We would work with NGOs working in the sector,’ he told the state legislative assembly.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.