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December 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

December 19, 2014

In the most tumultuous two months of his life, Greg Guelda split from his partner, adopted his daughter, and then found out he’d become HIV positive

In early 2007, Greg Guelda thought that he had everything; relative financial security, health, a loving partner and a child on the way.

A successful entrepreneur, Guelda, now aged 46, had long dreamed of being a father and had began the process of adopting a baby from Guatemala. He’d been with his same-sex partner for two and a half years.

December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

December 19, 2014

'I would like him to be remembered as a humble and very generous person'

The partner of the gay café owner who has been hailed a hero for his part in the Sydney siege today paid tribute to his 'soulmate.'

Tori Johnson, 34, was one of 17 hostages seized at Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martins Place on Monday.

He was shot while protecting the other hostages and died later in hospital.

Barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, was also killed while shielding her pregnant friend.

December 19, 2014

A 23-year-old woman no longer 'fears death' after being given reprieve from deportation

A Ugandan lesbian who was tortured to 'cure' her will not be deported from the UK - for now.

Judith Twikirize, 23, is walking free after a sudden decision to release her from Yarl's Wood detention centre last night (18 December).

While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision.

Twikirize has told GSN she feels like the 'fear of death' is no longer on her back.

December 17, 2014

Emma Hill of the London Women’s Clinic answers some of the questions that women might have if they’re thinking about conception over the age of 40

The British newsreader Kate Silverton, 44, was recently interviewed by the Evening Standard about her experience as an older mum. Kate, who has just had her second baby at 43, discussed whether her generation had got it right by getting pregnant at 40 or over.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 17, 2014

Father says her fears were 'misplaced'

A British girl who was found dead in September hung herself rather than come out as gay to her parents, an inquest has heard.

Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, was discovered in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester at around 11.15pm on 10 September.

In the months before her death, she confided to friends that she thought she was a lesbian but was scared to tell her Christian parents.

Her friends told the coroner that Lizzie, 14, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, and was 'finding it hard to connect with God as she thought she was lying to him.'

December 16, 2014

Michael Martin: 'If I can come out in a small town in West Virginia and be accepted, and dance with the homecoming king, it shows things are changing'

High school soccer player Michael Martin decided to stop hiding when he went to his school's homecoming dance this fall.

The All-State goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, was on the homecoming court. When the Alan Jackson song Remember When played, Martin took to the dance floor for a slow dance with Jem, his boyfriend of two weeks.

December 16, 2014

Kathryn Knott, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan will be tried as a group for on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges

Two men and the daughter of a local sheriff were ordered to stand trial Tuesday (16 December) in connection with the September beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, Philip Williams, 24, and Kathryn Knott, 24, are to be tried for aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges.

The trio cannot be charged with a hate crime, however, because sexual orientation is not covered in the stat of Pennsylvania's current hate crime law.

December 16, 2014

Tori Johnson wrestled the gunman giving several hostages time to escape

The gay manager of the café at the center of the Sydney hostage crisis has been hailed a hero for wrestling the gunman before he was shot dead.

Tori Johnson, 34, lunged at hostage-taker Man Haron Monis as he shot at several fleeing hostages at around 2am this morning, giving them time to escape.

Johnson was shot trying to take the gunman's weapon and died later in hospital.

Barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, was also killed while shielding her pregnant friend and four others were injured.

December 15, 2014

'I feel like I’m representing a whole community ... it is a lot of pressure'

At the young age of 28, Andy Mientus is already set to make some television history.

The actor, who was a regular during the second season of NBC's Smash until his character was killed off, will debut next month as Pied Piper on TV's The Flash.

The Pied Piper (aka Hartley Rathaway) will be the first openly gay supervillian to be featured in a comic book TV show or movie, according to Variety.

December 15, 2014

Proposed to Julia Lemigova at the US Open - they have been together since 2006

Martina Navratilova got married on Monday (15 December) to her longtime partner Julia Lemigova.

'I'm 58 years old - I got married for the first time,' Navratilova told the BBC shortly after the ceremony. 'It's about time. Growing up as a gay woman you just don't ever thing about that.'

Navratilova proposed to Lemigova during the US Open where she was doing commentary for Tennis Channel.

During a break, she turned to Lemigova, got on one knee, and popped the question.

December 15, 2014

Jennifer Laude was found naked with her head in a toilet

Philippine prosecutors today filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipina transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, had 'probable cause' and used 'treachery, abuse of superior authority and cruelty' against his victim, lead prosecutor Emilie Fe delos Santos told a televised briefing.

'You can see the kind of cruelty she endured, the injuries she sustained,' she said.

'We believe we have a strong case.'

Pemberton will not be allowed to post bail.

December 13, 2014

'I can't breathe'

The cast of the highly regarded drama Orange Is The New Black joined thousands others in New York City to take a stand against police brutality.

According to Mediaite Vicky Jeudy, who plays Janae Watson, posted photos of her fellow actors on Twitter.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 11, 2014

Sales fall in the last 11 quarters of Mike Jeffries' controversial leadership

The controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries has retired after 11 consecutive quarters of falling sales.

The clothing brand Monday (9 December) announced his departure, 'effective immediately,' without a successor in place. He also stepped down from the board of directors.

Openly gay Jeffries, 70, helmed the company for more than 20 years.

In the 90s, he successfully turned the drab sportswear retailer into an sexualized teen brand with nightclub-like stores and topless male sales assistants.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 9, 2014

She has a matter of days before she could go back to the country where her family and teachers sent her to witch doctors to 'cure' her

A Ugandan woman has a matter of days to prove she is a lesbian and was tortured over her sexuality.

Judith Twikirize, 23, was told she would be forced to return home to Uganda, flying home yesterday evening (8 December), after the UK government ruled she was lying over her sexuality.

Due to the case being fast-tracked, after she had claimed asylum on 29 September, the young woman could not compile the necessary evidence in time.

December 8, 2014

Middle school student stabs the boy in the neck with a folding knife

A 12-year-old Chinese middle school student was stabbed to death by his classmate after he touched his 'lower body,' a euphemism for genitals.

The boy, surnamed Cheng, was found dead on 4 December in an alley in Dongshan city, Jingyan county, Sichuan province.

According to police, his classmate, surnamed Lu, also 12, and two older boys arranged to meet Cheng there, then stabbed him once in the neck with a folding knife and fled the scene.

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.