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April 24, 2014

Police have arrested five members of a group of Haredi ultra-Orthodox Jews who beat up 22-year-old gay black New Yorker Taj Paterson during a vigilante patrol of their neighborhood

Police have arrested and charged five ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jews over the December beating of a gay black fashion student they caught walking in their neighborhood at 4.30am in the morning.

Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19, and Joseph Fried, 25, were charged with gang assault and other counts on Wednesday.

They were part of a group of close to 20 religious Jews that attacked 22-year-old Taj Patterson while he was returning home to Fort Green after a night out partying.

April 24, 2014

Idaho Veterans Cemetery won’t let US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor be interred with her wife’s ashes when she dies because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage

74-year-old US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor wants to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes but Idaho’s state military cemetery won’t let her while that state retains its ban on same-sex marriage.

Taylor had been in a relationship with Mixner beginning in 1995 but she died of emphysema in 2012 and was cremated – leaving Taylor to think about what she would like to have done when she died.

April 24, 2014

'Marriage is a fundamental freedom, and freedom means freedom for everyone'

Today, 23 April, a federal court judge heard arguments challenging Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union, and two law firms, brought the case on behalf of two same-sex couples and a local gay rights group called Basic Rights Oregon.

April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 23, 2014

Dr Barry Morgan said many religious leaders are using the Bible to fight against LGBTI equality, suggesting there is no single Christian viewpoint on gay relationships

Gay couples who want to get married should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, its archbishop has said today (23 April).

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales took place on 29 March with many gay couples able to say they were one of the first to be officially married.

In the legislation passed by parliament, the Church of England and the Church in Wales was expressly banned from blessing same-sex marriages.

Other religious organizations had the power to ‘opt-in’ if they wished.

April 23, 2014

India’s Chief Justice has decided he will hear an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision reinstating the country’s ban on gay sex in what will be the last chance to reverse that verdict before a new government takes power

Chief Justice P Sathasivam has decided to hear a final appeal of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 colonial era sodomy law – giving new hope that homosexuality will again become legal in the South Asian country.

The judicial appeal was sought by the Naz Foundation earlier this week but it was unknown whether Sathasivam would accept the case which seeks to contradict the rulings of more junior Supreme Court justices.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

April 23, 2014

'...In the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said'

in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said.” - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-falsely-claims-san-antonio-banned-pastors-beaching-bible#sthash.LLEGzhvs.dpuf

Rafael Cruz, the father of US Senator Ted Cruz, is railing against San Antonio's anti-discrimination laws, which covers LGBTI citizens, with a falsehood about ministers facing fines.

This past September, the city council of Texas' second most populated city, voted to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status in the city's anti-bias statutes.

April 23, 2014

A gay Muslim man from India has successfully sought asylum in Australia after a tribunal reversed an Australian Department of Immigration decision that had found he was not a victim of persecution

A gay Muslim man fleeing an arranged marriage and homophobic relatives in India has been found to be a genuine refugee and granted asylum by Australia’s Refugee Review Tribunal.

The tribunal is an appeals body that can overturn decisions about a person’s eligibility to claim asylum by the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration.

The Department of Immigration accepted that the unnamed man was gay in July of 2012 but suggested he could avoid persecution by simply moving from his home city of Hyderabad and relocating to another city.

April 23, 2014

Lawrence Wee Kim San has decided not to continue with his efforts to have sexual orientation included in employment discrimination laws in Singapore after he left his job over what he claimed was homophobic harassment in the workplace

A Singaporean senior executive who left his position at a department store because he claimed he was harassed over his sexuality has dropped his bid to have sexual orientation recognized as a protected category in Singapore’s employment anti-discrimination laws.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, worked for the Robinsons department store but said he left because of a hostile environment towards homosexuals at the top of the company.

April 23, 2014

The openly gay chair of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea has been attacked by state media over his sexual orientation

Former Australian High Court justice Michael Kirby has been labelled a ‘disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality,’ by North Korean state media – saying his sexual orientation makes him a ‘ridiculous’ person to investigate the country’s human rights record.

Kirby is the chair of the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea and released a recent report detailing North Korea’s terrible human rights record which the government there has claimed is based on ‘fabrications.’

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 23, 2014

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious in Uganda for screening gay porn in his churches and claiming gay men eat 'poo-poo'

A Ugandan pastor who has spent years calling for a stricter anti-gay law could now be charged under that very same law.

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for screening gay porn in church and claiming it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo’.

But now, after the pastor promoted and held a huge 10,000 rally to celebrate the Anti-Homosexuality Act after it was signed into law, is being accused of promoting homosexuality.

April 23, 2014

Gay rights activist says: ‘Oh look. The process of forgetting what all the fuss was about RE: same-sex marriage has begun'

Same-sex marriage is now a reality in England and Wales, and it appears the first legal unions a little less than a month ago has drastically changed people’s views.

A majority of Conservative and UKIP supporters, traditionally known as the ‘homophobic’ parties, are now in favor of same-sex marriage.

A study found 61% of Tories and 54% of UKIP supporters said they would agree same-sex couples deserve to have legal unions.

April 22, 2014

But Franklin Graham says unlike gays, he has repented and turned away from his sins

The son of evangelist Billy Graham said during an Easter Sunday television appearance that homosexuals can go to heaven if they 'repent' the sin of being gay.

Franklin Graham said on ABC's This Week: 'Franklin Graham is a sinner, and I’m no better than a gay person. I’m a sinner. But I’ve been forgiven, and I’ve turned from my sins.'

Graham, who said last month that gay couples who adopt children are trying to 'recruit' them, stood by his recent statements in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay propaganda law.

April 22, 2014

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality

Brunei has said it has delayed a law punishing gay sex by stoning, but said it will happen ‘in the very near future’.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has faced international criticism after adopting a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

This includes homosexuality, adultery, rape, and declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

The implementation of the harsh Islamic punishments was due to begin today (22 April).

April 22, 2014

Activists will hold public kissing protest in response to ‘violent’ arrest

Mexican cops abused a gay couple, bundled them into a police van and fined them – just for sharing a kiss.

Jorge, 24, and Alan, 26, were accused of ‘disturbing the peace’ by officers as they kissed on a street corner at around 10pm in La Paz on Sunday (20 April).

The couple claims an officer approached them, called them a homophobic slur, and ordered them to come with him to a police station.

When they refused, the policeman allegedly ‘violently’ forced them into a van and held them at the station for a few hours.

April 22, 2014

Lead plaintiff Christopher Inniss: 'Marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are'

A federal lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (22 April) by three same-sex couples and a widow challenging the state of Georgia's ban on gay marriage.

The plaintiffs on the case are: Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman of Snellville; Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler of Jonesboro; Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas of Atlanta; and Jennifer Sisson of Decatur.

Inniss, veterinarian and pet resort owner, said in a statement released by Lambda Legal that he and Stroman have been together 13 years, own a home and a business together and are raising a son.

April 22, 2014

Six Illinois Republican party central committee members who sought to dump their party chairman after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage have themselves been dumped out of office

A group of Illinois Republican officials who sought to dump their own party’s state chairman have felt the wrath of party members themselves this week – getting dumped from their positions.

The six were part of a group of seven members of the party’s state central committee who sought to sack their party’s then chairman, Pat Brady, after he gave his public support for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.

April 22, 2014

Delta state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has used an Easter address to warn that a gay cult of teenagers called ‘Yansh’ is operating in his state

A Nigerian state governor has promised to crack down on a gay teenage ‘cult’ he claims is operating in his state.

Delta state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan made the claims in an Easter address, saying officials had identified a building in Warri that the cult, which he said goes by the name of Yansh, was operating out of.

Uduaghan told worshipers at Warri’s First Baptist Church that gay youths aged 16 to 18 were renting rooms in apartments close to Enerhen Junction and prostituting themselves to men through the cult.

April 21, 2014

Madurai’s Home Guards are training their first six transgender recruits in a first for India and the state of Tamil Nadu

Six transgender Indian women, or hijras as they are traditionally known in Hindi, have become the first of their kind to be accepted as cadets in India’s Home Guards – a paramilitary force that assists the police.

The six were accepted into the Home Guards in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state on the southern tip of India as part of a pilot program to better integrate LGBTI people into the Indian mainstream.

April 21, 2014

India’s Naz Foundation is appealing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India over the criminalization of homosexuality - hoping a recent court ruling that recognized transgender people as a third legal gender will make their case stronger

India’s Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay sex after HIV non-government organization the Naz Foundation applied this morning for the Chief Justice of the court to review the matter.

The Naz Foundation’s lawyers hope that the Chief Justice will take into account the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that created a legal third gender status for transgender Indians.

April 21, 2014

New research published by Pew Research has found that Catholic Spain has the lowest rate of moral disapproval of homosexuality of any of the 40 countries they surveyed

The Pew Research company has revealed some interesting results as part of its Global Attitudes Project on a range of social issues.

Pew asked people in 40 different countries across five continents the question, ‘do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?’

April 21, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist church in Seattle stood by Geoffrey McGrath when he got fired for being gay, now the Boy Scouts of America want nothing to do with them

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have told a Seattle church they cannot host a troop, because the scoutmaster is an openly gay man.

The BSA wrote to Rainier Beach United Methodist Church over the Easter holiday saying they are no longer affiliated with them because of their connection with gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.