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May 29, 2015

Club owner says the club is not run by 'bigots'

A gay couple has claimed they were kicked out of a Cardiff club for kissing.

Oliver Brown and boyfriend Hugh Squire, both students at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a couple for seven months, went to police after allegedly being ejected from the Welsh capital venue DC.

They also claim a member of security staff called them a homophobic slur.

The couple allege they had been having an argument but were making up when a member of the door staff pulled Squire away.

May 29, 2015

An actor and graphic designer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Correa reflects on being out at work and experiencing homophobia in the acting world

I grew up in Belo Horizonte, the sixth largest city in Brazil.

My parents were poor but emphasized education for their children. I suffered bullying at school until the day that I fought back. Then I was no longer bothered.

I never hid my sexual orientation in the places I worked, and always demanded respect. As I did in school, I responded to bullying in the workplace with defiance, and the abuse stopped.

I currently work in a museum as a graphic designer.

May 29, 2015

Judge Craig Revel Horwood says it will happen

Strictly Come Dancing will include its first same-sex pairing of celebrity and professional partner in 2015 or 2016.

Craig Revel Horwood, who is a judge on the show known as Dancing With The Stars across the world, has said it is 'on the cards' to happen very soon.

'A same sex couple on Strictly - that is on the cards,' he told OK Magazine. '

It'll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.'

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 13, 2015

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs'

At 55, Allison Janney has never been married.

But the six-time Emmy winner doesn't rule out getting hitched one day - possibly to a gay man.

'I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,' she tells The Advocate in an interview posted Wednesday (13 May).

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs. Maybe I’d get on Tinder?'

May 8, 2015

The channel aims to give viewers and insight into 'a hidden world and a surprising, sideways look at modern gay relationships'.

British TV station Channel 4 will show a documentary about Gay Saunas in the UK.

‘Sauna visitors come from all walks of life – teachers, plumbers and accountants, young and old,’

Focusing on the CS2 sauna in Nottingham, Secrets of the Sauna is set to reveal an ‘insight into a hidden world and a surprising, sideways look at modern gay relationships’.

‘Customers come here at any time of the day – during their lunch break or after a night out to have sex with perfect strangers,’ the statement reads.

‘And business is booming.’

May 8, 2015

'When I was young, I was the female that gay guys wanted to try to become heterosexual with'

In her new Netflix series Grace & Frankie, Jane Fonda plays a woman whose husband leaves her for another man.

Dealing with men conflicted about their sexuality is not something Fonda had to do any research for.

She's had plenty of personal experience.

'Oh yes! Oh my god. When I was young, I was the female that gay guys wanted to try to become heterosexual with,' Fonda tells PrideSource.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 6, 2015

'Homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet?'

A Nebraska woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all LGBTI people on Earth for breaking 'religious and moral laws', on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ.

Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, filed a seven-page handwritten gramatically incorrect petition at an Omaha court, asking US District Judge John M Gerrard to decide once and for all if homosexuality is a sin.

May 6, 2015

He argues he showed the film to highlight changes in the attitude towards homosexuality

A Missouri high school has indefinitely suspended one of their teachers after he showed his class a film warning boys of ‘predatory homosexuals’.

Ken Simons, a history teacher at Raymore-Peculiar High School, was suspended weeks before he was due to retire for showing a law enforcement class the film Boys Beware; it warns students to avoid strangers ‘because they might be homosexual’.

May 5, 2015

'I loved that everyone cheered!'

Two baseball fans locked lips Saturday (2 May) in what fans are calling the first gay kiss on the Los Angeles Dodgers kiss cam.

In the middle of the fourth inning, the kiss cam scanned the crowd for 30 seconds before settling on two guys in Dodger jerseys.

The unidentified men, who seem to be a genuine couple, share a kiss, then give the stadium a thumbs-up.

The crowd of more than 43,000 people can then be heard erupting in cheers!

May 4, 2015

'If this goes through, persecution is coming. I mean serious persecution'

Glenn Beck has predicted church attendance will half in the next five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

The radio host Thursday (30 May) said the government would start seizing church property and they would lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Beck made the prediction after interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are facing fines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 1, 2015

Defends disgraced former Health Minister Jim Wells' anti-gay comments

An election candidate in Northern Ireland has claimed gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children.

Susan-Anne White, who is standing as an independent in West Tyrone, sparked outrage earlier this week with her 'Biblically correct' manifesto, which calls for gay people to be jailed.

April 30, 2015

It turns out he knows more than you'd think

Meet Jacob Trueman and his very straight, very hetero brother Mike.

In their new video, Jacob attempts to teach his bro some of the latest slang.

While you might think he might getting a schooling from someone knowledgable in everything from styling to throwing shade, it turns it on its head.

Jacob tells Mike, for example, that 'reading' is an acronym that stands for 'Really, Ethan? A Dentist?! I Need Gin!'.

Watch the whole video below:

April 29, 2015

Is this about antique morality or thinly disguised hatred of LGBTI people? Jane Fae asks the big question to Britain's far-right party

Let’s get this straight (if that is not, given the subject, too unfortunate a turn of phrase!). UKIP has produced a manifesto that would give workers with traditional views on sex and marriage the right to refuse to carry out tasks which they believe would amount to condoning same-sex unions.

This, they claim, is no more than standing up for traditional Christian values. Alongside Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP) – likewise not renowned for embracing diversity – they are enthusiastically endorsing 'muscular Christianity'.

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 23, 2015

Think you can't change an animal's sexuality? These scientists claim you can

Scientists have come up with a way to turn 'straight' rats 'gay' by using happy-making chemicals.

A group of researchers in Mexico have been working for four years to come up with the best way of making rats gay with their experiments.

Using mind-altering drugs, they stimulated the male rats' brains to make them feel good when they were put together.

They also covered the rats with almond oil which they had made them associate with sex.

April 21, 2015

Survey finds 60% of respondents in their twenties back same-sex unions

South Koreans have become more tolerant of homosexuality and more supportive of gay marriage, according to annual surveys conducted over the last four years.

The number of respondents showed no reservations about homosexuality increased from 15.8% in 2010 to 23.7% in 2014. In the same period, those who supported the legalization of gay marriage rose from 16.9% to 28.5%.

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies interpreted this change in attitude as the conservative country 'consolidating its democratic and liberal values.'

April 20, 2015

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'

US Senator Marco Rubio doesn't believe people choose to be gay but that doesn't mean he thinks they should be able to marry each other.

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

April 17, 2015

Gay couple was victorious in more ways than one

A gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory.

A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013.

After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not 'gay friendly'.