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April 19, 2014

'Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way'

It's only been less than two weeks since Derrick Gordon became the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player to come out publicly as gay.

But he wants some company - quick.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore is advising other young gay athletes to follow his lead.

April 19, 2014

Her boyfriend gets 12 and a half years' prison for his role in the child's death

Jessica Dutro, a 25-year-old Oregon woman, convicted in the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Burgess has been sentenced to life in prison on Friday in a Washington County Circuit Court. She will serve 25 years for her murder and second-degree assault conviction before she gets her first chance at parole.

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

April 18, 2014

A conference of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has taken its business away from The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to protest its owner’s, the Sultanate of Brunei, new policy of stoning homosexuals to death

The South East Asian Sultanate of Brunei’s sharia based new penal code is getting some blowback in the United States where a gathering of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has dropped plans to use a hotel owned by the Sultanate for a conference.

April 18, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 18, 2014

Gay priest Reverend Richard Coles accidentally tweeted a link to a porn website in his morning Easter tweets

Reverend Richard Coles Twitter followers were sent to a porn website instead of a picture of Jesus, in an unfortunate Twitter mistake this morning (18 April).

Gay British priest Richard Coles had an embarrassing Twitter mishap this morning when he was tweeting a series of Easter related images for Good Friday.

Coles was tweeting different pictures to represent the 14 stations of the cross to those who celebrate Easter, each one was a modern take on each station.

April 18, 2014

The Philippine National Police (PNP) have put their support behind a proposal to put a dedicated desk aimed at solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station in the country

Police in the Philippines are backing a legislator’s efforts to ensure there is a desk dedicated to solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station across the country.

Lawmaker Representative Sol Aragones put forward House Bill 2571 which would ensure there was a police officer responsible for investigating sex crimes, sexual harassment, hate crime and other abuses committed against members of the LGBTI community at every police station in the Philippines.

April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 17, 2014

A group of international fashion icons and celebrities are protesting the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia by donning Pussy Riot style balaclavas in a new campaign in support of Amnesty International

Celebrities including Lily Allen, Kate Moss, Colton Haynes and Courtney Love have joined forces with a group of models and fashion designers in a new campaign in solidarity with Amnesty International and its campaign to protect LGBTI people in Russia.

The Proud To Protest project was the brainchild of English fashion designer Gareth Pugh and SHOWstudio photographer Nick Knight.

The first of the two videos was launched on 14 February to mark the start of London Fashion Week and the Sochi Winter Olympics and a second was released on 21 March.

April 17, 2014

Actor tells Gay Star News: 'I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love'

Guy Wilson has only been a part of the cast of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives since January but already he is a part of daytime television history.

His character of Will Horton was one of the grooms in what was the first same-sex wedding between two men in an emotional three-part episode that aired earlier this month.

'When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, with each day it became increasingly powerful for us,' Wilson told Gay Star News at the recent GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles where the show was named outstanding daytime drama.

April 17, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past director's attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’

Gay director Bryan Singer, about to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, is being accused of sexually abusing an underage teen.

The lawsuit filed in Hawaii yesterday (16 April) claims the director forced a former child model - when he was 17 - into sex in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’.

‘It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,’ the attorney Marty Singer said.

April 17, 2014

Asylum seeker's mother came forward and said her son was gay, and does not deserve to be sent back to homophobic Jamaica

A Jamaican man who killed a British teen will not be deported as he is gay, a judge has ruled.

The 29-year-old killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will stay in the UK after Lord Justice Maurice Kay said sending him back would violate his human rights.

Referred to as JR in legal documents, the judge said the murderer arrived in the UK in December 2000 when he was 15 and was ‘party to the murder of another teenage boy’ less than a year later in 2001.

He was sentenced to detention in 2002 and was freed in June 2012.

April 17, 2014

African American lesbian Rev Irene Monroe debates Jesus’ sexuality after the discovery of an ancient papyrus referring to his wife

Many biblical scholars have ignored non-canonical texts like the gnostic and apocryphal gospels suggesting Jesus had a wife.

However, they are now unable to ignore a faded fragment of papyrus, discovered in 2012, that suggests he was indeed married.

According to this month's New York Times article titled 'Papyrus Referring to Jesus' Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say,' that piece of papyrus is now known as the Gospel of Jesus' Wife.

This discovery disrupts the Christian church’s depiction of Jesus for many reasons.

April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

April 17, 2014

Sources say the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets are considering the defensive lineman

Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect, is getting attention from six teams.

April 17, 2014

The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it

Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga has said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

‘Our domestic refugee law does not have a provision granting refugee status for being gay. And we will never do that,’ Mushelenga said in comments reported by the Namibian Sun newspaper.

‘We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use.’

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

April 16, 2014

An anti-gay march was planned in Addis Ababa to protest against homosexuality and raise support for tougher anti-gay laws

Gay rights victories in Ethiopia are scarce. But officials announced today (16 April) a rally protesting against homosexuality was cancelled.

Two groups had been planning to hold a large rally against gay people in Addis Ababa on 26 April.

The initiative was planned after Uganda and Nigeria recently passed anti-gay legislation, with a religious group hoping to raise support of toughening up Ethiopia’s anti-homosexuality laws.

April 16, 2014

Timothy Black stayed his ruling striking down state's marriage ban to prevent 'premature celebration and confusion'

The federal judge in Ohio who struck down the state's ban on gay marriage this week has ordered that the marriages of the four same-sex couples involved in the case as plaintiffs be recognized immediately.

Judge Timothy Black is making those couples an exception to the stay he issued on his ruling pending appeal.

April 16, 2014

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk

The Louisiana House of Representatives turned down a bill that would have removed the southern US state's anti-sodomy law.

Last week a committee passed the legislation in a 9-6 vote, but on 15 April the proposal was easily defeated in the full House 27-67; 11 representatives did not vote.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in the criminal case Lawrence v. Texas that all anti-sodomy laws in the US are unconstitutional.