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November 26, 2014

Tory candidate for Mayor of London also claims a straight man is unable to stop the London gay drug problem

Gay tycoon Ivan Massow has claimed gay men do not have a blueprint on how to behave in society.

The entrepeneur, who wants to London's next Conservative mayor, has said the UK capital's LGBTI community has a 'huge drug issue' and they need to 'grow up'.

The 47-year-old has also claimed a straight mayor would be unable to deal with the problem as it would be seen as homophobic.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 24, 2014

He was lured on a 'date' by a man, taken to a police station and held there as the authorities ruined his life

A Cameroon man is facing jail after police forcibly outed him as gay to his friends and family.

The 22-year-old, identified as A.H, was lured on an alleged 'date' by a Facebook friend who he had been talking to for around three months online.

Once he went to meet the other man, A.H was taken to the police station in the Ekounou district of Yaounde where he was arrested on accusations of sexual harassment.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 19, 2014

'I spent a great deal of my life pretending to be someone else'

Actor Richard Chamberlain was nearly 70 when in 2003 he publicly acknowledged that he was gay.

By that time, he had been a major star for more than four decades and the leading man in the classic TV miniseries The Thorn Birds and Shogun as well as the hit 60s television series Dr. Kildare.

Now 80, Chamberlain says he has no regrets over his decision to stay in the closet.

November 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

October 26, 2014

‘What was my crime? I loved. I was loved’ replies the gay man who was told his homosexual lifestyle was not welcome at the Presbyterian Church of America

A gay man from the US was shocked to find a letter from his Church telling him they had found out he is gay.

‘Regretfully it has come to our attention that you have been engaging in a homosexual lifestyle,’ reads the letter.

What follows in the letter only gets worse. A private conversation had been leaked to the Church leaders, meaning the man in question had been effectively outed.

The letter informed the Church goer he must attend a meeting to defend himself.

October 21, 2014

'Dark Lady' singer supports documentary that showed LGBTI Russians being held hostage by anti-gay groups

Cher has paid tribute to LGBTI Russians, describing them as 'brave warriors' today (21 October).

The 'Dark Lady' singer and living legend also promoted a recent documentary, Hunted, which showed the plight of gay youth suffering under the country's anti-gay laws.

She tweeted: 'Sending Love 2 Our Gay Brothers & Sisters, Being Held Hostage in Russia.

'Their ONLY Crime is Being True 2Themselves!

'They R Brave Warriors.'

October 7, 2014

Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia receives its US TV premiere on HBO following its screening in the UK earlier this year

A film exposing how gay teens are lured, kidnapped and tortured in Russia received its US TV premiere on HBO last night (6 October).

Hunted: The War Against Gays In Russia aired to critical acclaim following its showing on UK television earlier this year.

Last year, GSN revealed how fascist leaders were spearheading the campaign against LGBTI teens.

September 17, 2014

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere has been arrested, evicted and beaten in his home country

A prominent Ugandan gay activist for more than 17 years has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today.

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, co-founder of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, has been in the US since February and filed for asylum in May.

In Uganda, Wambere was outed as gay by newspapers, harassed by strangers, received death threats from anonymous phone calls, arrested, evicted from his home and beaten up.

August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

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.

July 16, 2014

‘I suppose it was bound to come out eventually,’ Reverend Sally Hitchiner said after the interview

Meet Reverend Sally Hitchiner, a British priest and one of the most modern voices in religion working today.

This week, she was asked to appear on current affairs programme Channel 5 News to discuss the Church of England finally allowing women to become bishops.

The 33-year-old has become notable in recent years for not being ‘traditional’, daring to wear Prada, post funny videos online, and still continue in her priesthood.

July 3, 2014

'I sent it because people are raising stupid laws. Period'

Raven Symone doesn't have a lot to say now about taking to twitter last August and writing: 'I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.'

Rumors about her sexuality had long been swirling so reading between the lines, it seemed that the former star of TV's That's So Raven was officially coming out.

It's not something she denies, but she doesn't have a lot to say about it - at least publicly.

June 27, 2014

Simon Hobbs says after awkward silence: 'Oh dear, was that an error?'

Apple CEO Tim Cook was ranked second this year on Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

The year before, he was ranked first.

But because he has never publicly uttered the words 'I'm gay,' there was an awkward moment Friday (27 June) on CNBC's Squawk on the Street show during a discussion about the lack of openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

May 4, 2014

After denying that he had worked as a female impersonator, he later said on Facebook : 'My job was embarrassing – I had to have a job!'

A Republican candidate for the North Carolina Senate – who is campaigning on a platform in support of his state's ban on same-sex marriage – has been outed as a former female impersonator and drag show emcee by the co-owner of the club where he once worked some 10 years ago.

Former club owner Randy Duggins told the Winston-Salem Journal that Steve Wile, 34, who is now a real estate agent in Belews Creek, NC, worked at Club Odyssey until 2010 under the name 'Mona Sinclair.' Wiles was also a show director and performance booker.

April 19, 2014

Archbishop Justin Welby admits gay marriage is still an issue for the Church and fears global repercussions if Church supports it

UK Archbishop Justin Welby has spoken about the way the Church has persecuted gay people throughout history, and admits gay marriage is still a contentious issue for the Church.

Welby voiced his concerns about gay marriage and the effect this may have on the global Church community.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Independent, he addressed the ‘great harm’ the Church has done to gay people.

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

March 10, 2014

Telecoms company is protesting against Uganda's anti-gay law that punishes homosexuality with life in jail

Telecom company Orange is pulling advertizing from a Uganda tabloid that outed hundreds of gay people in the country.

Red Pepper, a prominent tabloid, published 200 names and faces of LGBTI people in Uganda sparking fears of mob violence.

Orange spokesperson Jean-Bernard Orsoni said: ‘Orange Uganda is advertising in most newspapers and radio stations in the country.

March 5, 2014

Would shutting down gay saunas be the start of a slippery slope which could lead to re-criminalization of consensual sex and self-loathing among LGBTI people?

A few weeks ago I was having a chat with my mate about going to a gay sauna. He told me he just went to sauna himself for the first time and loved it. He wanted to know if I had been to one and what my experience was.

The truth is I never have been to one, but that’s not in the least a moralistic decision. I am not a choirboy, I have my flaws, and I wouldn’t judge people who enjoy saunas, it just doesn’t appeal to me.

March 3, 2014

'Basically, it's OK to hate now and you can get away with it'

Reflecting in her whirlwind trip to the Olympics in Sochi last month, sports icon Billie Jean King left inspired by the athletes but worried about the gay people who live in Russia.

King, 70, spent three days in Russia and attended the closing ceremonies as part of the official US delegation to the games.

While there, she met with a Russian teen who is gay and is getting bullied in an atmosphere where an anti-gay propaganda law has led to an increase in violence.

February 27, 2014

A Texas woman who was forcibly outed to her mother by her high school softball coaches has won a $77,000 settlement from her school after a 6 year legal battle

21-year-old Skye Wyatt has won a 6 year battle seeking compensation for the violation of her privacy after sports coaches at her Kilgore, Texas high school forcibly outed her to her parents.

At age 16 Wyatt had been in a secret relationship with another girl at her high school when her softball coaches learned of the relationship and confronted her about it.

The coaches confronted her in a locker room and told her that unless she admitted she was a lesbian she would not be allowed to play in that day’s softball game.

February 26, 2014

James Dornan MSP has called on the Ugandan High Commissioner in the UK to hold equality talks during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The UK is being called on to offer asylum to the 200 Ugandan gay people outed by a tabloid newspaper.

James Dornan, a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), has written a letter to the Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs asking him to make it clear that asylum should be offered to anyone ‘living in fear of their life simply because of their sexual or gender identity’.