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March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

January 16, 2015

Ex-Southern Baptist president delivers an anti-gay sermon at the legislature

A baptist minister invited to give a devotional at the opening of the Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday (14 January) took the opportunity to rant against gay rights, which he called 'erotic liberty.'

Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist convention, reminded legislators that their role was to protect citizens against the 'evil,' in this case gay marriage.

February 7, 2014

Russian police busy enforcing country's anti-gay propaganda law during Olympics - see video

At least 10 LGBTI activists were arrested in Moscow on Friday by Russian police as they sang and waved Rainbow Pride flags in a snow-covered Red Square to protest the country's anti-gay laws.

The group continued to sing the Russian national anthem and wave their flags as police struggled to put them into vehicles - at times dragging them.

The demonstration took place on the same day as opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi.

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

September 25, 2013

Prosecutors in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk have reassured a concerned citizen that a lamp post painted with rainbow colors in the city of Magnitogorsk is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors

Chelyabinsk region prosecutors have reassured a concerned member of the public that a lamp post in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk that is painted like a rainbow is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

Yevgeny Dubrovsky told Russkaya Planeta that he asked prosecutors to look into whether the lamp post was now illegal due to the change in law to ‘see how the law works in practice,’ rather than having a homophobic motivation.

August 13, 2013

'That would be pretty embarrassing for Putin'

US Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on athletes to wave rainbow flags during opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Russia next February.

July 5, 2012

Video footage shows police officers arguing with marchers for using the Dominican flag at the gay pride event

Dominican Republic authorities repeatedly disrupted this year's gay pride march.

Video provided by Imagenes Dominicanas shows police officers forbidding marchers from carrying the Dominican flag in the 5th annual Dominican pride on 1 July (Sunday).

According to Imagenes Dominicanas, authorities at the beginning of the route told marchers they could not carry rainbow banners that had been fashioned to look like the country's flag.

Authorities reportedly confiscated the rainbow flags before returning them on condition they be kept out of sight.

July 3, 2012

Welcome to the new Gay Star News comment section

If I believed a little more strongly in metaphors, I would constantly be pinching myself when I think about Gay Star News.

Just seven-ish months old, we have grown far faster and are now much stronger than even we expected.

Throughout, we’ve achieved our success by responding to feedback from you. And that’s why we are launching a Comment section today.

June 13, 2012

Despite concerns over homophobia during Euro 2012 soccer tournament, Ukrainians and Swedes both embraced Kyiv gay protest

Swedish and Ukrainian soccer fans delighted a lesbian activist by supporting her rainbow flag demonstration to show solidarity with Ukraine’s gay and trans population.

Human rights campaigners had raised concerns about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans attending the European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine, which both have poor records on LGBT rights, and Amnesty International had even suggested gay fans should stay away.

May 2, 2012

17 gay activists were arrested in Russia's second largest city for unfurling rainbow flags

Seventeen gay activists were arrested at a May Day rally in St Petersburg after unfurling rainbow flags.

The campaigners were detained by police in the Russian city yesterday (1 May) at a protest attended by 300,000 people, led by the ruling United Russia party, as well as Communist and nationalist groups.

‘The first activists who unfurled their flags were detained. Some tried to raise posters, they were also detained,’ Yury Gavrikov, a local gay rights leader, told The Guardian.

March 28, 2012

A-Mei Chang Hui-mei will raise money for families hit by HIV/AIDS as she celebrates the 15th anniversary of her singing career

A leading Taiwanese singer will sell 10,000 rainbow flags during the upcoming concerts at home to raise funds for an HIV/AIDS group.

Long-term LGBT rights supporter A-Mei Chang Hui-mei - who has been on her ‘AMeiZing’ world tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her singing career from September – will be selling rainbow flags and distributing red ribbons during the six concerts in Taipei, starting from Friday (30 March).

March 10, 2012

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lashes out at reporter

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is in hot water due to an off color comment he made to a reporter.