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September 15, 2014

Gay rights activists are outraged by Pennsylvania's blasphemy laws, with some saying: 'This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States'

A teenager is facing jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue.

The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian, unnamed by the press, was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive.

The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.

September 9, 2014

The Sherlock actor talks about Alan Turing, gay ‘cures’ and why he believes the US should elect a gay president

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

January 23, 2014

British gay rights campaigner and House of Commons speaker will be honored for their fight for worldwide LGBTI equality

British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK at a ceremony today (23 January).

Tatchell, 62, will be honored because of his political activism and commitment to human rights, especially his campaigns for LGBTI equality, throughout his life.

John Bercow, House of Commons speaker and chairman of international LGBTI rights charity Kaleidoscope, will also be honored at the ceremony.

December 18, 2013

The controversial penal code 377 was reinstated in India last week and protestors worldwide came out in force to show their disapproval on Sunday

It is a week since India's Supreme Court reinstated section 377 of the penal code.

Overnight they made 17% of the world's gay population into criminals again. And, because it punishes 'unnatural' sex, they forced even straight people to only have intercourse in the missionary position or risk a jail term.

The court's decision has been met with outrage around the world, with LGBTI equality groups and public figures gay and straight lining up to condemn it.

And on Sunday (15 December) protests took place worldwide under the name ‘Global Day of Rage.’

December 16, 2013

Graphic photos were published in notorious homophobic tabloid Red Pepper of the soccer boss allegedly having sex with a young player

A Ugandan former national football manager is being held in a police station and is awaiting trial over charges of gay sex, it was revealed today (16 December).

Chris Mubiru, the former head of the country’s soccer team, was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly ‘sodomizing’ one of his team players last year.

Police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba confirmed the former Uganda Cranes chief was arrested, but it is unknown when a trial is likely to take place.

November 17, 2013

The X Factor star apologised on Twitter after upsetting his fans, including Little Britain star Matt Lucas

British X Factor winner James Arthur has apologized for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter earlier in the week.

 

Arthur, who won the singing reality show last year, caused outrage after he attacked rapper Mike Worthless on the social network, calling him 'a fucking queer.'

 

September 14, 2013

Clips of anti-gay attack appear on social media tool WhatsApp

A gay man living in Russia has been subjected to a vicious attack and rape by a group of anti-gay 'vigilantes', who have since shared the recording on social networks.

The man, who is believed to be of Uzbek origins, had his ordeal caught on camera by the thugs, who proceeded to share the clips on the social media application WhatsApp.

In one of the clips, the man can be seen being forced to strip on camera, with his clothes later being set alight.

September 12, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 8, 2013

Crowds gathered to stage a mass kiss-in for LGBT equality outside the famous London monument

Gays and straights alike came out in the London sun tonight (8 September) to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses around the world by holding a mass snog.

With the rain halting and the sun breaking through, crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square to show their support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities worldwide by kissing in the name of tolerance. The crowd started to build in Trafalgar Square at 5.30pm, with the mass snog commencing at 6pm.

September 8, 2013

Online counseling comes under fire for not being stern enough with man who admits to having sex with nine-year-old boy

After bouquets, a new web site launched in Pakistan to provide support to the nation’s underground LGBTQ community has begun receiving brickbats as well.

Outraged netizens have taken it to task for being too easy on a man who admitted to haing sex with children as young as nine years old, forcing the counselor to apologize and amend the advice.

The web site, Queer Pakistan, started an online support group to counsel gays in Pakistan, where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, or even death.

September 6, 2013

Sunday 8 September will see protests for LGBT equality in cities all over the world

Gay, trans and straight people have been urged to snog each others faces of to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses all around the world.

The International Day of Solidarity for LGBT Equality on Sunday (8 September) will highlight abuses via kissing sessions, marches, speeches and other actions.

Organizers said: ‘The time has come, where we send a message to countries like Russia, Uganda, Iran and every anti-LGBT nation, that all humans are created equal and deserve freedom. We must take a stand.’

June 20, 2013

A 23-year-old was sentenced to four months in prison after protesting outside a television studio where President François Hollande was in an interview

The first person to be thrown in jail for protesting against equal marriage in France was sentenced to jail yesterday (20 June).

A Paris court sentenced Nicolas (no last name reported), 23, to four months in prison and given a fine of €1000 ($1.3k).

On Sunday (16 June), he participated in an anti-gay protest outside French television channel M6 studios where President François Hollande was being interviewed.

April 23, 2013

Man describes self-made sign as reflective of his ‘Christian opinion’

An anti-gay marriage sign has caused outrage in the northwestern coastal town of Wynyard, Tasmania.

The sign, which was put up next to a busy main road, depicted the male and female gender symbols next to two wedding rings.

Speaking to The Advocate in Australia, Graham Hodge, the man who made and put up the sign, described marriage equality as ‘a complete misnomer’. 

February 17, 2013

Azealia Banks gets into another Twitter spat and throws out more anti-gay bigotry

Sometimes it's best to walk away from Twitter.

Singer Azealia Banks is having a second round of anti-gay bigotry. The set up is easy. She remixed the Internet sensation the Harlem Shake. Baauer, the artist behind the hit, didn't appreciate Banks' interpretation. There was a Twitter conversation, and Banks said the following:

January 23, 2013

One of two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group has discussed the harsh conditions of where she is serving her prison sentence

One of the two jailed members of Russian political opposition group Pussy Riot has said she is in solitary confinement after receiving death threats from other prisoners.

Maria Alyokhina, who with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was imprisoned for performing a pro-gay, anti-Vladimir Putin song in a Moscow cathedral for two years, has revealed the harsh conditions where she is serving her sentence.

A third member of the group was also sentenced but released on appeal.

December 30, 2012

Two top-level football players are being accused of being gay after 'intimate' holiday pictures have emerged

Two top-level Russian footballers have sparked outrage after a series of 'gay' holiday pictures have emerged.

Pavel Mamayev, 24, a midfielder for CSKA Moscow, and Alexander Kokorin, 21, a striker from FC Dynamo Moscow, are believed to be in a relationship after ‘intimate’ photographs of them were posted on the internet.

On VK, an Eastern-European social network similar to Facebook, Kokorin posted one of the pictures, saying ‘I love him’.

Other snaps include the two hugging, sharing dinner, going to a basketball game, and having a bath together.

December 21, 2012

Former Chelsea and Liverpool player Raul Meireles has been banned for 11 matches after spitting on a referee

A top footballer says he cannot be homophobic because of his haircut.

Raul Meireles, a former Chelsea footballer now playing for Istanbul-based club Fenerbahce, was suspended for 11 games after being found guilty of spitting at the referee.

The referee Halis Ozkahya also accused the Portugal international player of not only spitting at him, but also directing a ‘gay gesture’ in his direction.

December 15, 2012

Twenty students shot to death in their Connecticut classrooms

Five-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein was among the gay and lesbian celebrities who took to Twitter on Friday (14 December) to express their shock and outrage over the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

'Guns do nothing but encourage paranoid lunacy, arm fools and criminals, and rain grief and destruction down on the innocent,' tweeted Fierstein (pictured). 'And what will the NRA answer? 'If those teachers were armed this never would have happened.' You can't talk sense to the brain dead.'

December 8, 2012

A pro human rights event and against homophobia was brutally crushed by police and attacked by far-right groups in Kyiv, Ukraine

Several participants were beaten up and six detained during an event to unite all human rights advocates against homophobia and censorship by police and anti-gay far right groups.

The event was held today (8 December) in the country’s captial Kyiv (also known as Kiev) in honor of

International Human Rights Day with title ‘Say NO to legislative violence against human rights!’

December 7, 2012

Ugandan paper has published graphic photos allegedly of the head of the country's main football team having gay sex with a young team player 

Red Pepper, a Ugandan daily has published today (7 December) graphic photos allegedly depicting the head of the country’s prime football team ‘sodomising’ a young team player.

A photo depicting Chris Mubiru having anal sex with a young man covered the entire front page of the paper entitled: ‘SMOKED OUT! Uganda Cranes boss nabbed sodomising players – Shocking pictures inside’.

The paper printed five striking photos of the head of Cranes football team allegedly in the process of ‘sodomising’ a young team player.

November 30, 2012

Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell says tougher rules are needed on British press to stop LGBT hate and give right to reply for false allegations

Veteran gay activist Peter Tatchell has said the Leveson Report into British press standards will help protect the private lives of LGBT people.

And the Australian-born, UK-based human rights campaigner has called for new rights for people to be able to reply to false allegations in the media.

Lord Leveson published his report yesterday after a year-long inquiry sparked by a series of tabloid newspaper standards.

November 29, 2012

Amnesty International supporters in the UK have sent 15,000 messages to Uganda telling it not to proceed with its ‘Kill The Gays’ law

Amnesty International supporters in the UK have sent 15,000 messages in just 24 hours to Uganda urging it to drop plans to further criminalize homosexuality.

November 7, 2012

Conservative politician Nadine Dorries to face questioning on her return to the UK after flying to Australia to star in reality TV show

Nadine Dorries, the British Member of Parliament to appear on reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, has been suspended by the Conservative Party.

The anti-gay politician caused controversy when it was revealed she had left for the Australian jungle without consulting her peers yesterday (6 November).

The party believe that the mid-Bedfordshire MP would be unable to fulfil her role and support her constituency whilst away as she could be out of the UK for up to a month.