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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 4, 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’.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

December 16, 2013

A tribunal has found a police officer was 'oversensitive' and had an 'extreme' reaction after she said she felt 'very distressed' about outing herself on three separate occasions on police radio

An employment tribunal has rejected claims by a trans police officer after she said she was ‘forcibly outed’.

PC Emma Chapman has been deemed to be ‘oversensitive’ and had an ‘extreme’ reaction after she complained she had to out herself over a police radio system.

The 44-year-old claimed Essex Police control room staff had questioned about her gender identity on three separate occasions.

The first occasion, in October 2012, the operator did not believe who she was, saying she had a ‘male voice’.

October 3, 2013

One of the 20 charged with homosexuality last year attempted to flee Gambia after losing his job and being disowned by his family and move to Senegal

A Gambia gay man who fled the country after being arrested and outed died yesterday evening (2 October).

The man known only as EJ was one of the 20 charged for ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’, otherwise known as homosexuality, in 2012.

Even though the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence, the men will still hounded after their names and pictures were published in the newspapers.

August 29, 2013

London rally held outside Jamaican High Commission in memory of murdered LGBT teen

Gay rights activists staged a protest outside Jamaica's High Commission building in London yesterday (28 August) in protest against a mob murder of teenage cross-dresser Dwayne Jones.

The Out And Proud Diamond Group, a group of African lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists, held the protest demanding the killers of Jones be brought to justice.

August 24, 2013

Due to the US Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act decision, some conservative Christian churches are worried about facing legal challenges from gay couples

While the Supreme Court's late June Defense of Marriage Act ruling caused supporters of marriage equality to rejoice, it made a few Christian conservatives dream of lawsuits.

According to an Associated Press report, there are conservatives churches changing their bylaws to show they only will sanction marriages between men and women. This being done to protect the churches from being sued.

August 22, 2013

Soap star Charlie Condou got a shock when The Daily Star 'revealed' he had two 'secret love children' - something he has spoken about for years

A gay parenting columnist and soap star was ‘outed’ as a gay parent in a UK tabloid today (22 August).

Charlie Condou, known for his starring role in British soap Coronation Street, got a shock when he looked at the front page of the Daily Star.

On the cover, the headline reads ‘Corrie Star’s Shock Secret Love Children’ and ‘revealed’ how the actor had ‘secretly fathered two kids with a straight gal pal’.

Somewhat embarrassingly for the tabloid newspaper, Condou had a regular column about gay parenting for The Guardian from 2011 to 2012.

August 20, 2013

Brett Williams sued after the Colorado State Patrol refused to rehire him

A judge has ordered the Colorado State Patrol to pay one of its former captains $768,000 in damages for outing him as gay during a polygraph test.

Brett Williams, 45, had left the force in 2010 to become a helicopter pilot. But he re-applied for his job a few months later and was not re-hired.

He sued.

It seems that during the interview process, Williams was made to take a lie detector test and was asked about a sexual encounter with a male masseuse.