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January 18, 2015

Civil partners Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, of Nottingham, England, explain why they chose to become foster carers and why others should consider it

Have you ever considered fostering?

A British agency, Fostering Solutions, has just launched a campaign, Foster15, to highlight the fact that, on average, a child is taken into care in England every 15 minutes; a figure that it believes is set to rise if current trends continue.

Among the foster carers supporting the campaign is same-sex couple, Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, aged 38 and 43, of Nottingham.

January 15, 2015

Top court says the law contravenes the European Human Rights Convention

Austria's top court yesterday (14 January) lifted a ban on gay adoption, bringing the country into line with many other EU countries.

The Constitutional Court said the law contravened the European Human Rights Convention.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger said there was 'no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation' of the parents.

Previously, only married couples were allowed to adopt but gay marriage is not legal in Austria.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 13, 2015

The Green Carnation is set to become a new venue

Another London gay bar has announced it is set to close its doors.

The Green Carnation in Soho is to give its final farewell this weekend to make way for a new venue to take its place.

It is unknown whether it will remain a gay bar, but owners have promised a 'new concept' that is 'aspirational to the Soho clientele'.

Numerous LGBTI-friendly venues have announced their closure in the last few years, including The Joiners Arms, Profile, Madame JoJo's, Manbar and Candy Bar.

January 13, 2015

He also thinks you can 'cure' AIDS with herbs and bananas, so we're probably fine

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has claimed the world is doomed because of gay people.

In another speech condemning homosexuality, he has said the US and other countries that support LGBTI people are leading to the 'collapse' of modern society as we know it.

'Let me make it very clear that if they think that they can be homosexuals and want to impose homosexuality on the globe, they are doomed,' Jammeh told soldiers in the capital of Banjul, according to independent news website Gambia Affairs.

January 13, 2015

Plymouth couple were celebrating one of their birthdays

A gay couple who kissed in a UK pub were told to 'get out' for being 'revolting'.

Darren Barnett, 22, and his boyfriend Dylan Morris, 20, say they were told to leave the St Levan Inn, in Devonport, Plymouth if they carried on kissing.

It was Morris' birthday, and they were celebrating the occasion with family and friends.

'We were there for a few hours and everyone was having a great time when Dylan and I shared a kiss at the bar,' Barnett said.

January 13, 2015

Goa chief says 'homosexuality is a natural gift'

Goa's sports and youth affairs minister has denied saying that he planned to set up LGBTI 'rehabs' after receiving criticism far beyond the Indian state.

Ramesh Tawadkar today (13 January) blamed the media for misunderstanding and misquoting him.

'I was not talking about the LGBT (youths) but about drug addicted and sexually abused youths,' he told the Press Trust of India.

January 13, 2015

UK supermarket is investigating the incident

Tesco has apologized to a lesbian couple after a checkout worker told them gay people 'shouldn't have babies.'

Natalie Rivans and girlfriend Helen Embleton were shopping at a London branch of the supermarket on 3 January when a cashier – who had just served a pregnant lesbian couple – said homosexuality was 'wrong' and 'all gay people should die alone.'

When Rivans challenged the worker, she responded, 'It's a free country so I can say what I like.'

The women, both 30, then complained to the store manager.

January 13, 2015

Ban Ki-moon says such laws breed intolerance even if not enforced

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 'staunchly opposes' India's anti-gay law, which he said breeds intolerance in the world's largest democracy.

He made the comments yesterday (12 January) at while addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi.

'We are all different from one another, but we all have the same human rights,' he said.

'I am proud to stand for the equality of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. I staunchly oppose the criminalization of homosexuality.

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

January 8, 2015

'I saw the kiss by Michael Sam.. It made me mad–he kissed a man!

This is not going to win any poetry prizes, unless it's for 'Most Bigoted Entry'.

Evangelist and apparent amateur poet Peter LaBarbera has released a new work attacking gay athlete Michael Sam.

It is titled 'I Saw the Kiss by Michael Sam. It Made Me Mad. He Kissed a Man!' (Hardly 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' is it?).

It is in 'tribute' to the gay athlete when he learned he would become the first openly LGBTI player to be drafted into the NFL.

January 8, 2015

Company have finally realised gay and bisexual men ocassionally use Lynx/Axe products

Lynx have revealed a new hair-raising advert that features a gay kiss.

The company, which also uses the name Axe for its deodorant and hair gel, have finally realised some gay and bisexual men use their products.

For years, their adverts have shown that men would only use them if they wanted to attract the opposite sex.

But in this Australian ad, for Lynx hair gel, it shows a male character kissing both a woman and a man.

January 7, 2015

Over 900 people have called for the honor to be removed

The politician awarded a MBE despite his homophobic views has said he welcomes the 'scrutiny' from celebrities such as Ellen Page.

Maurice Mills, a Northern Irish councillor, has said it is a 'silly' idea that his honor be removed and then repeated his claim that God punishes the world for homosexuality.

Mills has blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy' and also blamed Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBTI pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 6, 2015

But 60% say refusing to hire an LGBTI person is discriminatory

Almost 70% of Hong Kong people believe society should tolerate anti-gay views, according to a new survey.

The results released yesterday (5 January) also showed that 57% of respondents said schools should not have to teach that homosexuality and heterosexuality are both 'beautiful.'

Hong Kong Polytechnic University interviewed 611 adults in November for the survey, which was commissioned by the anti-gay Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group.

January 5, 2015

UK prime minister says he is proud of legalizing same-sex marriage

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is proud of his role in legalizing gay marriage but has yet to attend one.

The Conservative leader said he had received 'lots' of invitations to same-sex weddings and was certain he would go to one soon.

December 27, 2014

Research of census data and other surveys has concluded that an increasing number of children are born outside of marriage or are being brought up by a single parent or same-sex couple

New research undertaken by the Pew Research Center has revealed that less than half of children beneath the age of 18 in the US now live in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage.

The Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

December 23, 2014

Its owner says that escalating costs and the rise in popularity of hook-up apps have made it impossible to turn a profit

Urge in Auckland – which recently celebrated its 17th birthday – will be closing in the New Year.

According to stuff.co.nz, owner Paul Heard described the decision to close the venue as the ‘toughest day I've had’.

Heard bought the bar ten years ago with his business partner, Alan Granville. The two were formerly romantic partners, having met at the venue.

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 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 18, 2014

Poll finds significant change in attitudes over the past decade

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey.

A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago.

In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents said they were in favor of equal opportunities for gay people in the workplace.

December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

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 12, 2014

Marchers denounce the EU's withdrawal of aid over the country's anti-gay law

Thousands of Gambians on Tuesday (9 December) marched through the capital Banjul denouncing the EU for withdrawing foreign aid over the country's new anti-gay law.

President Yahya Jammeh joined protesters, who held placards and banners reading, ‘Homosexuality is inhuman,’ ‘Even cows don’t do it!’ and ‘Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.’

The European Union withdrew millions of euros in aid after the west African country passed a law to punish 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment in September.