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June 26, 2014

Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has backed plans for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Chile, saying God loves gays and lesbians and is proud of who they are

Chilean Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has announced his support for same-sex marriage in his homeland following his return from four years of missionary work in Burundi and the Congo.

Father Berrios made the comments in an interview with Emol.com following his return to Chile in which he expressed support for plans by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions during her second term in the country’s top job.

June 26, 2014

Nathan Parsons replaced the actor as vampire James. The character appears to be heading towards a romantic relationship with gay character Lafayette

Actor Luke Grimes left True Blood because his character was set to have a gay relationship, it has been reported.

The Taken 2 star joined the supernatural series in the sixth season and unexpectedly quit the role of vampire James in December 2013.

He blamed ‘creative differences’ with the show’s producers over his character’s direction.

Nathan Parsons replaced him in the season seven premiere, which aired in the US on 22 June. It appears the character is going to have a romantic relationship with gay character Lafayette.

June 26, 2014

A 16-year-old from South Dakota says he was so terrified of being fired for being gay he would do anything to keep his job

A gay teenage fast food worker has claimed he was forced ‘Gaytard’ on his nametag.

Tyler Brandt, 16, from Yankton, South Dakota, was working in a Taco John’s restaurant earlier this year and said he had a very difficult relationship with his manager.

‘I’ve been very vulnerable and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was jut worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,’ the teen said.

June 26, 2014

Just in time for some of the world’s biggest Gay Pride festivals around the world, Heineken features six real couples on its Instagram account for its #LikeForLove campaign

Heineken has embraced the rainbow for Gay Pride this month.

The beer company posted seven photos to its Instagram account today, featuring real gay, lesbian and trans couples in front of a color block background.

As followers scroll down the Instagram feed, the combined background of the pictures make a rainbow.

When you ‘like’ the photo, the Instagram heart pops up between the couples, a sign that Heineken, the couples and Instagram followers are proud of who they love.

June 26, 2014

While religion is not necessarily to blame for suicide, the association is 'troubling' according to the study author

Gays who were counseled from a religious leader were more likely to attempt suicide than those who sought no treatment at all, a new study has revealed.

The Williams Institute has found LGB people who received therapy from a medical professional were no less likely to attempt suicide than those who did not seek help, but assistance from faith-based counselors were associated with a higher suicide risk.

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 26, 2014

Voters in the South Carolina town of Latta have voted to strip their mayor of his executive powers after he fired their popular lesbian police chief and was recorded making a homophobic rant

Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard has been stripped of his executive powers by voters after he caused a backlash by firing the town’s lesbian chief of police after she investigating one of his appointees.

Bullard was only newly elected in April of this year when he fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore for doing a background check into a man he had appointed the town’s Parks and Recreation office – discovering the man was driving without a license and had a string of convictions.

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 26, 2014

Beaten, starved and whipped – why we must remember Yves and the many LGBTI and other victims of torture today

Yves was enjoying a quiet, early evening drink with his boyfriend in a bar when he was surrounded by police.

He was dragged outside, stripped, kicked, beaten and trampled. Later he was thrown into a dark, cramped cell, starved and repeatedly whipped with a rope.

When he was released from prison, Yves was psychologically and physically scarred by the torture he was forced to endure. The threat of further violence eventually forced him to leave his West African home and seek asylum in the UK.

June 26, 2014

Janis Hetherington became the first open lesbian to be inseminated in the UK on 12 May 1971. Now her child Nick has grown into a man. Here is their incredible story

When filming a small documentary for the prestigious BBC Tonight Program, which was picked up and enhanced by NBC in early 1978, I was told by the US producer, Peter Poor: ‘You know after this you may be responsible for a second Baby Boom?’

I was a product of the first baby boom myself having been conceived just after the Second World War but before the affluence of the 50s and the restrictive contraception availability of the 60s brought the reproductive rate of most Western countries to an all-time high.

June 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

Schaefer had been pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township for 11 years when he was defrocked.

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 25, 2014

With more and more LGBT people starting families, there’s been something of an explosion in books aimed at children that depict gay parents and alternative families. Gay Star News brings you 11 of the best…

Once upon a time it was very difficult to find books to explain same-sex love and different types of families to children.

But now this storytelling is coming out of the closet. Try these great children's reads.

June 25, 2014

But same-sex marriages put on hold pending a final appeal to the US Supreme Court

An appeals court has struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling has been stayed pending an appeal to the US Supreme Court which means marriages cannot yet resume in the state.

The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit marks the first federal appellate court ruling in a same-sex marriage case since the US Supreme Court ruled last June that the federal government must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples.

June 25, 2014

President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to behead LGBTI people and has has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos

The Gambia has revealed a new bill to ban all homosexuals and charities from the country.

Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally has said a bill has been submitted to parliament saying it will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture.

He said it was important to ward off attempts to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes.

‘Gambia will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid,’ Sabally said.

June 25, 2014

Newly-enthroned monarchs preside over official reception that included, for the first time, LGBTI leaders

Saying their work 'deserves to be better known and acknowledged,' Spain's new king and queen made history on Tuesday (24 June) when they hosted LGBTI leaders at an official palace reception.

In all, King Felipe and Queen Letizia invited 350 organizations and charities involved with social causes to royal El Pardo palace. Among them were Boti Garcia, president of Spain's State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, and José María Núñez-Blanco, president of the Triangle Foundation.

June 25, 2014

One of a group of Ugandan activists the Canadian Government tried to refuse visas to out of fear they will claim asylum has spoken about why he refuses to flee his homeland despite being outed by a tabloid and says he is prepared to die for his cause

Ugandan LGBTI rights activist Richard Lusimbo has spoken to CTV about his decision to remain in his homeland despite its anti-gay climate and draconian new laws further criminalizing gay people and their freedom of expression.

‘Uganda is home. It's where my family is. It's where my livelihood is. It's where I've grown up and there's a lot of work to be done,’ Lusimbo said.

June 25, 2014

Ruling comes in lawsuit filed by lesbian couple - one of whom is terminally ill with cancer

A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Court Judge Richard L. Young did not stay his ruling which means Indiana immediately becomes the 20th state in the US where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Young acknowledged the string of recent rulings in favor of gay marriage and wrote: 'It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love.'

June 25, 2014

On a visit to Vienna, the Russian president said he will look at the homophobic legislation and 'improve' it in the future

Vladimir Putin has said he will look at the homophobic laws in Russia and ‘improve’ them in the future.

The Russian president was in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer to make a deal on a pipeline that will reportedly pump half of Russia’s gas supply to Europe from 2016.

At a press conference, he was forced to answer questions on human rights abuses in Russia.

‘There are stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on issues of sexual minorities, to a large extent…[are] a fictional idea,’ he said.

June 25, 2014

Inquest hears how a sauna's drug policy has become more 'aggressive' since the death of one of its patrons

Three men have died within eight months after taking a party drug at a London gay sauna, inquests have heard.

Greg Page, 41, was found dead at the Pleasuredrome sauna in Waterloo at 8am on 27 October 2012.

John Scott, 46, was found collapsed at the same time and rushed to hospital where he died two days later.

And not only that, but Konstantinos Bamptazis was found dead eight months earlier in a locked private room after taking mephedrone and GHB.

June 25, 2014

Gaydio will be broadcasting on DAB across Central Scotland from 14 July to 31 August

UK’s biggest gay radio station Gaydio is expanding its digital service.

The station will be broadcasting across Central Scotland from 14 July to 31 August for Pride.

Toby Whitehouse, station director, said: ‘Gaydio is already available online throughout the UK and with almost half of the population now owning a DAB Radio, it's the perfect time for us to make the station as easily available as we are in other parts of the UK.

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

June 25, 2014

Gay Star News will be live streaming the London Gay Pride parade from a terrace party overlooking Oxford Street, featuring free food, art shows and live musical performances

Don’t miss any of London Gay Pride this year... Join the Arts Pride terrace party overlooking the parade route in central London.

£7.50 ($13, €9) gets you entry into this year’s Arts Pride party where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the parade procession, a free drink upon entry, hot food with a veggie option, Krispy Kreme donuts and best of all for Pride: Access to toilets.

June 24, 2014

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June 24, 2014

Representative from New York had already been with husband Randy Florke for more than 20 years

US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and longtime partner Randy Florke got married over the weekend in New York.

Although they are technically newlyweds, the couple has been together for more than 21 years and have three children.

The couple exchanged vows at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, New York, according to CBS New York.