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January 28, 2014

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'

A British newspaper has printed a ‘bizarre’ advert attacking a columnist for her pro-gay views.

The Daily Telegraph published the open letter from UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini about Times writer Libby Purves, who discussed her views about Russia’s gay propaganda laws in a recent column.

‘What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral,’ Marchessini argues.

‘How can anybody, less alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?’

December 11, 2013

'Muggle' version of fictional sport is gaining traction, and is LGBTI-inclusive

‘Brooms up!’ the referee cries, and the game begins.

This is not exactly the beginning of a regular sports match, as people weave past each other trying to avoid the smack of a hard ball into their back, or a wooden pole into their chest as they get tackled. This is a real-life quidditch match, straight out of Harry Potter.

The teams are not flying, but running around with brooms between their legs, playing what is essentially a combination of rugby, dodgeball and lacrosse.

November 25, 2013

Taylor Square, in the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street gay precinct, will host a HIV rapid testing clinic this week from Wednesday in the lead up to World AIDS Day to help more people know their status

People will be able to find out their HIV status for free in under 30 minutes this week in Sydney’s iconic gay precinct thanks to a pop-up clinic in Taylor Square.

Taylor Square lies at the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street and is surrounded by some of its most popular gay venues and this week Wednesday until Sunday it will host LGBTI community health organization ACON’s (formerly the state AIDS Council of New South Wales) a[TEST] rapid HIV testing service.

The clinic will act as a drop-in testing service and no appointments are necessary to get tested.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 7, 2013

Organizers cancel talks by Mufti Ismail Menk at leading British universities

Organizers have cancelled a UK university tour by a Muslim cleric who says gays are ‘worse than those animals’.

Ismail Menk was due to visit nine venues around Britain next week, including the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow.

While often viewed as a moderate, he has been criticized for calling lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘filthy’.

As a mufti, or religious legal expert, he is authorized to give definitive rulings, called fatwas, based on Islamic law.

September 25, 2013

Police in Sydney, Australia have warned men who have sex with men to be wary when using online dating websites and apps after a man was allegedly seriously assaulted and robbed by two men who lured him to a hotel room

Surry Hills Police Local Area Command (LAC) is warning Sydney men who have sex with men who use online gay dating websites and apps to be wary of becoming victims of assault and robbery by criminals who use them to find potential targets

On Monday, 16 September, Police say a 34-year-old man met with another man at a hotel on Sydney’s Oxford Street gay entertainment precinct after arranging to meet on a gay dating website.

August 29, 2013

A NSW Police officer who was captured throwing a handcuffed teen to the ground during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night

The police officer who was captured on video throwing 18-year-old Jamie Jackson to the ground during the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been one of the officers involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night.

Sydney LGBT rights activist Bryn Hutchinson was charged by police with assault when they arrested him for crossing Oxford Street in disobeyance of their instructions after the parade had finished.

August 7, 2013

The New South Wales state Administrative Decisions Tribunal has ruled that the bashing of an LGBT activist by a man who had previously harassed him over his sexuality was not an act of vilification

A court in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has ruled that a man who had yelled ‘I am going to eradicate all gays from Oxford Street,’ at a gay activist had vilified him but not when he subsequently bashed the man – leaving him with serious facial injuries.

July 12, 2013

The Labor Party Opposition leader in the Australian state of New South Wales has backed plans for a permanent giant rainbow flag to fly over Sydney’s Taylor Square to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community

New South Wales (NSW) Opposition leader John Robertson has backed plans for a permanent symbol of LGBT equality to be erected in Taylor Square in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community.

Labor City of Sydney councilor Linda Scott put forward the proposal after a rainbow crossing that had been painted on the road for the Sydney Mardi Gras was removed by the NSW Government.

June 25, 2013

As transphobia enters the Oxford English Dictionary, Helen Belcher asks if it’s hate, ignorance or government stubbornness that is the real problem

Scrabble players have the benefit of some new words thanks to the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Transphobia and transphobic are two of them. Judicious placing of tiles on pink squares may see scores just about reaching three figures.

In the interests of assisting Scrabble aficionados, let me help by supplying a definition: Transphobic – hostile towards transsexual or transgender people.

June 10, 2013

Organizers say an attack on a gay man in the southern English university city proves why gay pride needs to exist

Oxford Pride marched on and was called a ‘success’ despite a homophobic attack during the week.

Police are investigating after two men beat up a 29-year-old man in the southern English university city last Tuesday (4 June).

Dave Legg, chair of Oxford Pride, told Gay Star News how an attack like this proves why we need Pride.

‘I was very surprised as Oxford is a very friendly city. We sometimes get homophobic comments, but an attack is very rare,’ he said.

The attack happened after a LGBT equality event at a music venue.

June 5, 2013

A lecture in Perth, Western Australia against same-sex marriage by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis was disrupted by protesters who drowned out most of his speech

Dozens of LGBT rights supporters disrupted a lecture by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis last night, drowning out most of his speech.

Finnis had been at the conservative Catholic Notre Dame University in Perth to deliver the lecture ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’ but a group of protesters organized by Equal Love WA (Western Australia) managed to render most of his speech unintelligible by banging on walls and chanting outside the lecture theater.

June 4, 2013

Students and supporters of LGBT rights in Perth, Western Australia will picket a speech by controversial University College Oxford law professor and LGBT rights opponent John Finnis

A lecture by a controversial anti-gay scholar will be picketed by students and supporters of LGBT rights tonight in Perth, Australia.

University College Oxford law professor John Finnis has written a series of articles opposing LGBT rights and same-sex marriage throughout his academic career and was scheduled to speak at the Perth Notre Dame University tonight.

Finnis will present a lecture entitled, ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’

May 25, 2013

Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby has announced he will vote for marriage equality on the same day that hundreds of LGBTs and their supporters marched in Sydney

Around 500 people participated in rallies and a march for marriage equality today in Sydney.

The marchers assembled next to Sydney’s town hall and then marched through the city past Hyde Park and up Oxford Street to assemble at Taylor Square where they used chalk to remark a ‘rainbow crossing’ which had been controversially removed by the New South Wales state government.

April 14, 2013

Local residents have created their own rainbow crossings all over Sydney in chalk to protest the removal of a rainbow crossing from Oxford Street that was torn up by the state government

Local residents across Sydney have created their own rainbow crossings in chalk after the New South Wales (NSW) State Government dismissed public pressure and had a rainbow pride crossing installed for the Sydney Mardi Gras torn up in the dead of night on Wednesday.

Not even Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore had been told that road workers would be blocking off Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street to tear up the rainbow section of the road and replace it with black bitumen.

April 2, 2013

Sydney’s Oxford Street gay nightlife quarter will lose its rainbow crossing despite it becoming a local tourist attraction and nearly 15,000 people signing a petition to keep it

The City of Sydney will be forced to spend $35,000 to remove a rainbow flag gay pride crossing on Sydney’s Oxford Street despite the City wanting to keep it and police having no issue with it.

March 4, 2013

Now the Mardi Gras party is over, thousands want permanent reminder of LGBT history in central Sydney

Over 6,000 people have signed a petition to make a rainbow colored road crossing in Sydney's city center a permanent celebration of LGBT life in the city.

A week ago stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple were painted over a road crossing in Oxford Street, close to the gay party area of the city, in time for last Saturday's Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

March 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of tourists and Sydneysiders turned out to watch the 2013 Mardi Gras parade despite an early threat of rain
 

Sydney’s 35th annual Mardi Gras Parade has been a success despite an early threat of rain from bad weather that thankfully cleared up at the last minute.

It had rained the previous night and all day but that didn’t deter the hundreds of thousands who turned up to line Sydney’s Oxford Street to watch the parade - which itself contained 10,000 people across 110 different marching groups and floats.

February 25, 2013

Road crossings in Oxford Street, central Sydney will be painted rainbow colors to honor the LGBTI community

In time for the Mardi Gras festival, road crossings on Oxford Street, in the centre of Sydney have been painted rainbow colors.

The rainbow crossings were proposed by Mayor Clover Moore who got the idea from a similar initiative in West Hollywood.

February 5, 2013

Dating sites Grindr and Gaydar pull advert that invited gay men to test for HIV protection gene. Test firm Cool Genes says ‘sorry’

Grindr and Gaydar have pulled an advert that invited gay and bi men to find out if they had a ‘cool gene’ that could protect them from HIV.

Now Cool Genes, a firm in Oxford, southern England, has apologized for advertising the £39 ($61 €45) service and said it will rethink the test.

The firm advertised on gay dating app Grindr and site Gaydar under headline ‘Got the cool gene?’

It was promoting a test that could find out whether you have a genetic mutation which makes it less likely you will contract HIV.

January 30, 2013

Museum to commemorate the history of Sydney Mardi Gras opens, but is yet to secure permanent home

The first museum to commemorate the history of LGBT rights activism in Australia has opened in Sydney.

The Mardi Gras Museum features archive materials, such as costumes, photograps and posters from Sydney's annual gay rights festival which started in 1978.

Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore and MP Alex Greenwich opened the museum at a packed event last night.

January 18, 2013

The House of Lords has ruled to amend a law which allowed police to arrest anyone who used insulting behavior

You can now call a police horse ‘gay’ in the UK, after the House of Lords ruled to amend a law allowing police to arrest any person who used insults.

Six years ago, Sam Brown asked a police officer: ‘Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?’

The Oxford student was arrested for making homophobic remarks, but Brown refused to pay the £80 ($130, €95) fine and the prosecution dropped the case.

January 17, 2013

Julia Gasper who said gays are more likely to sexually abuse children and compared it to bestiality, has resigned

A UK Independence Party chair has chosen to leave her post after her anti-gay views were exposed.

Dr Julia Gasper, a former parliamentary hopeful, resigned from her post as chair of the Oxford branch of the Eurosceptic British political party.

On 13 January, it was revealed members used an official online forum to express extreme right-wing opinions.

January 15, 2013

Oxford University debating society invited three hate speakers to discuss gay parenting, while dropping far-right politician, Nick Griffin, who they claimed was invited ‘by mistake’

World-famous debating society, The Oxford Union, has invited three gay hate camapigners to promote their views on gay parenting.

The debate at Oxford University in southern England, one of the world's most famous educational establishments, will take place on Thursday (17 January) with well-known homophobes Scott Lively, Winston McKenzie and Peter D Williams invited to take part.