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March 4, 2015

Malaysian national wants to legally change gender so she can get married

Immigration officers in Indonesia have arrested a Malaysian transgender woman who applied for a female passport with fake documents.

Reggeana Fiziana, 38, had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand and want the passport to legally marry her boyfriend, a man from a Arab country who is currently studying in Malaysia.

Transgender people cannot legally change their gender in either Malaysia or Indonesia, and neither country recognizes gay marriage.

March 3, 2015

Characters played by Hayden Byerly, 14, and Gavin MacIntosh, 15, lock lips in sweet scene

Fans of the ABC Family drama The Fosters have seen this coming for awhile.

The characters of Jude and Connor finally kissed on this week's episode of the series about a lesbian couple raising their mix of biological, foster, and adopted children.

Jude is the youngest son in the family and he is played by Hayden Byerly, 14. Connor, the school friend who stood up for Jude when he was bullied, is played by 15 year old Gavin MacIntosh.

March 3, 2015

'Sodomistic propaganda' would be also punished with a $1 million fine

A Christian lawyer has filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in California 'by bullets to the head.'

Matt McLaughlin, 45, submitted his draft Sodomite Suppression Act to the justice department on 24 February.

The bill says gay sex is a 'monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.'

March 3, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

March 3, 2015

Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry born over the weekend

Actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert gave birth to her first child over the weekend with music producer Linda Perry.

The announcement was made on Monday (2 March) by Gilbert's co-hosts on The Talk.

'Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was born on Saturday and both mother and child are doing well,' co-host Julie Chen told viewers.

Co-host Sharon Osbourne then held up a photo of the baby and Chen described it as 'Pure perfection.'

March 3, 2015

23-year-old persuaded users of the app to meet in person and smoke ice

A Sydney man who robbed men he met on Grindr has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Corey Draper, 23, persuaded two men on the hook-up app to meet in person and smoke ice, then robbed them at knifepoint.

The first incident occured on 9 February 2014 at 1:30am.

Draper met a 28-year-old man, who gave him $200 for ice. He then robbed him of further $270 and a mobile phone. Draper told his victim he was a member of a gang and would kill him if he reported him to police.

March 2, 2015

Letters are posted ahead of the country's annual legislative sessions

The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.

His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.

'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'

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'.

March 2, 2015

#HisNameWasAsh

A 16-year-old transgender boy from North Carolina has taken his life after enduring years of bullying.

Ash Haffner stepped into oncoming traffic near his home in Indian Trail on Thursday (26 February) night.

His mother, April Quick, found the body. She said the suicide was a result of years of bullying, which became worse when he decided to transition and asked to be referred to as 'he.'

March 1, 2015

British star of HBO’s Looking also talks about how he thinks he would have been more ‘effeminate’ if he had gone to stage school

British actor Russell Tovey has opened up about events which he feels shaped him as a gay man.

As one of the stars of HBO gay drama Looking, Tovey has spoken about his unique position as an actor who can convincingly play both gay and straight roles.

The actor also attributes his upbringing in Billericay, Essex as having a significant effect on him and the fact that he couldn’t go to Sylvia Young Theatre school, a very famous stage school in London with a great deal of famous alumni.

February 27, 2015

Raymond Buys, 15, was beaten, forced to pick up his own faeces with his mouth, and chained to a bed

The owners of a South African gay 'cure' camp have been found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The ruling, made today by the Vereeniging Regional Court in Johannesburg, involved the case of Raymond Buys, 15, who tragically died in April 2011 after receiving horrific treatment at the hands of Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp.

February 26, 2015

Two men pushed the students to the ground then kneed and kicked them

A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.

Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started 'firing homophobic slurs' at the couple.

February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.

February 25, 2015

'This is symptomatic of what happens in the broader Evangelical community'

A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.

Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.

The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.

Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.

February 24, 2015

Massachusetts teen refuses to enter plea

A Philippine court has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a US marine charged with the murder of a transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, refused to enter a plea at his arraignment on Monday (23 February).

The courthouse in Olangapo is a five-minute drive from the motel where Jennifer Laude, 26, was found dead in October last year.

The Massachusetts teen, who was in the Philippines for joint military exercises, was the last person to be seen with her.

February 23, 2015

Lesbian commentator receives a flurry of criticism for her remark

CNN pundit Sally Kohn has come under fire for saying she hopes that her child turns out to be gay – just like her two moms.

'I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too,' she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published on Friday (20 February).

The political commentator said, like many other parents, she simply wanted her six-year-old daughter to follow in her footsteps.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 20, 2015

You can never have too many hats, gloves, and shoes.

It was Coco Chanel who said:

'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.' 

AW15 Fashion Week has hit London. This is a massive event that is defined by the collections, created by talented designers, and presented by an army of unsmiling models. But Fashion Week is also so much more than that.

February 20, 2015

Televangelist defends florist who has been ordered by court to service same-sex wedding

Televangelist Pat Robertson says it is 'outrageous' that a florist in the state of Washington has been ordered by a judge to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

The 84-year-old Robertson, who has a long history of anti-gay remarks, likened the order to having to provide flowers for a man-dog wedding.

'To tell as florist that she's got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding - what if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She's got to have flowers for that?'

Robertson said during a broadcast of The 700 Club. Then he brought up polygamy.

February 20, 2015

Both are serving life for killing gay men

Two convicted murderers will tie the knot next month in the UK's first gay marriage behind bars.

Psychopath Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, and gay-basher Marc Goodwin, 31, have been given permission to wed at Full Sutton Prison, East Yorkshire.

A notice of their marriage was posted at the register office in nearby Beverley, according to the Daily Mirror.

February 20, 2015

'I guess it's just a matter of what people are willing to sacrifice for what they consider to be success'

With his role as Spock in the current Star Trek franchise, Zachary Quinto is one of the most high-profile openly gay actors working in movies today.

While he has some company such as the in-demand Ian McKellen, there still is not a single A-list leading man who is out.

February 19, 2015

Rugby player says revealing his sexuality was 'the scariest moment in my life'

Gareth Thomas has said coming out was 'probably the scariest moment in my life.'

The Welsh rugby player told his ex-wife, Gemma, and coach he was gay in 2006.

'We just sat down, we had a couple of cans and basically I told him why Gemma had left me and what I was going through,' he told Channel 4 News.

'I told him my attempted suicide and basically how my life was falling apart.'

February 19, 2015

#HisNameWasZander

A 15-year-old trans boy has committed suicide.

Zander Mahaffey, from Austell, Georgia, took his life on Sunday (15 February), announcing his death with a heartbreaking suicide note published on Tumblr.

In it, he blamed his disabled mother calling her an 'abusive piece of shit'. He also claimed he had been raped when he was younger.

'I’m sorry I wasn’t strong enough, that I gave up,' Mahaffey said. 'But I just couldn’t, I couldn’t take it anymore.'