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April 13, 2014

'At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered'

An advocate for abandoned LGBTI teenagers published a Palm Sunday open letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit a homeless center in New York City.

In the full page New York Times' advertisement Carl Siciliano, executive director for Ali Forney Center, notes that one of the reasons   many LGBTI youth are homeless is because of rejection from families.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.

April 11, 2014

Bible fundamentalist takes on the gays of Soho in the name of Christ

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,' he said.

April 9, 2014

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon lock lips and roll around the sand and water for nearly 5 minutes in ad for Florida/France Festival

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon might have needed some chapstick after filming a very affectionate spot for an ad promoting this month's Florida/France Festival.

As moody music plays, the two hunks begin to kiss passionately while at the beach and they do not stop until 4 minutes and 45 seconds later.

And this is no stationery kiss.

The two, intertwined horizontally, roll off of their towel and onto the sand and keep rolling over seaweed and into the water.

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

April 7, 2014

Says kiss with Evan Handler on TV's Californication 'would make A Place in the Sun’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift proud'

Rob Lowe has kissed many attractive leading ladies during his more than three decade career in movies and television.

Now he's started kissing men.

The same-sex smooching was a part of his role in the Showtime comedy Californication and he writes about the experience in his newly-released memoir Love Life.

April 2, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has given African countries the strongest warning yet – calling laws that criminalize homosexuality a ‘disgrace’ and warning they will lead to cuts to development aid

The President of the European Parliament has given African leaders the strongest warning to date over their criminalization of homosexuality – suggesting Europe is not prepared to back down when it comes to the rights of LGBTI people in Africa.

European Parliament President Martin Shulz told a told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament on Monday that such laws were a ‘disgrace’ in response to Ethiopia making homosexuality an unpardonable offense.

Shulz called such laws ‘an unacceptable violation of the basic rights of individuals.’

April 2, 2014

Under the new anti-homosexuality law, the two face up to life in jail for engaging in gay sex in the northern town of Oyam

Two men were arrested and tortured after they were accused of having gay sex in Uganda.

Maurice Okello, 22, and Anthony Oluku, 18, were caught ‘red-handed engaging in homosexuality’ in the northern town of Oyam.

The 22-year-old is married.

Under the new anti-homosexuality law, the two face life imprisonment.

Najibu Waiswa, police commander of the Oyam District, told local media: ‘Anthony Oluku, 18 years, sodomized Maurice Okello, 22.

‘Maurice Okello is married, he has a wife, he has a kid. He was sodomized by the younger one.

April 1, 2014

Gay teens kissed in front of a preacher said homosexual sinners will be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur

A UK Christian street preacher has won thousands of pounds in cash after being ‘wrongly’ arrested for a gay hate speech.

John Craven, 57, was arrested after two gay teens asked about his views on homosexuality in Manchester.

He recited Bible verses calling for gay people to be burned in a lake of fire and sulfur.

Offended, the two teens kissed in front of the street preacher and told a nearby police officer what he had said to them.

April 1, 2014

Lesbian coming of age movie Blue is the Warmest Color has been accused of being pornographic gay propaganda in Russia and a group is seeking to have the film banned

Russia’s League of Safe Internet is seeking to have the Palme d’Or winning lesbian coming of age film Blue is the Warmest Color banned – claiming it constitutes child pornography.

The film depicts a relationship between Adèle a 15-year-old girl, and Emma, an art school student, but both actresses were over 18 when the film was shot.

March 29, 2014

The Hollywood star spoke about her own definition of sexuality in an interview with Glamour magazine

US Hollywood star Cameron Diaz has admitted to being attracted to women, saying she believes all women are sexually attracted to each other.

The 41-year-old actress was speaking to UK’s Glamour magazine to promote her new film The Other Woman when she touched upon her views on sexuality.

"I think women are beautiful - absolutely beautiful’ she said.

‘I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It's natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women.’

March 29, 2014

Kyrgyzstan has gone a step further than its former parent-state Russia to introduce a bill that not only prohibits 'gay propaganda' but statements that may 'create a positive attitude' towards 'non-traditional sexual relations'

The ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan last week announced a new bill that would make any statement that creates 'a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation' – whether or not it amounts to a criminal act under the law – punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine.

Although there are no laws that prohibit sexual relations between men as it was decriminalised in 1998, a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to a range of physical, sexual, and psychological abuses at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan.

March 28, 2014

With the first same-sex couple is wed in Brighton, history is made as gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to marry legally

As the clock struck 12, history was made as the first gay couples in the UK married moments ago.

Gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to wed, giving them all the same legal benefits as straight unions.

GSN was there in the middle of the media storm in the seaside British gay capital, Brighton, to witness the first official same-sex wedding.

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, a couple of seven years, had their first married kiss in front of the world’s press in Brighton’s historical Royal Pavilion.

March 26, 2014

As England and Wales prepares for its first lesbian and gay weddings, educators are advising teachers what books to use to explain it all to children

Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s how to teach kids about gay marriage, and it all starts in a distant land with a prince who doesn’t care much for princesses.

Prince Bertie’s mother troops princesses past him from as far away as Mumbai, Texas and Greenland. He just isn’t interested.

But it all changes when Princess Madeleine arrives, escorted by her brother prince Lee. Both Bertie and Lee exclaim: ‘What a wonderful prince!’

They fall in love, marry, are declared King and King and the Queen can finally relax.

March 25, 2014

Author warns of the 'hazards' of homosexual behavior and urges parents to protect their children

A Nigerian columnist has said gay sex leads to adults wearing diapers.

Benedict Hart wrote an article in the Nigerian Vanguard daily newspaper in order to support the new draconian anti-gay law.

March 25, 2014

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

March 24, 2014

Retired Ghanaian MP Mike Ocquaye believes African countries will be able to resist Western nations’ calls for Africans to stop persecuting gay people by refusing to buy any Western goods

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent.

March 24, 2014

Hundreds of parody videos have been made inspired by the 'First Kiss' film that went viral earlier this month, and this is the best yet

Earlier this month, a video of 20 straight and gay couples kissing for the first time went viral.

Viewers loved the slight awkward moments that slowly became romantic and beautiful, with the video being seen over 69 million times.

And now Love Your Condom, a New Zealand group promoting safe sex among gay and bi men, have created their own version.

March 21, 2014

London student Clayton Pettet has told his accuser that he is 'ruining art' by having sex live with a man and a woman on stage

A gay London teen who planned to lose his anal virginity ‘in the name of art’ is now being accused of stealing the idea.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, is vowing to perform in April the piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

A different art student, 24-year-old John Bingham, has now accused Pettet of stealing his performance piece ‘Art School Stole My Sexuality’.

March 20, 2014

British politician Samuel Fletcher seems to think 'part-time homosexuals' exist - they don't

Some have struggled in the past to fully embrace the rich diversity of the LGBTI community.

But one man, Samuel Fletcher, is perhaps the most baffled man alive.

A UKIP councillor for Bracken Bank and Ingrow Ward in Keighley, he seems to believe bisexual and trans people are ‘part-time homosexuals’.

In the past, he has also accused LGBTI people of being 'strange', and saying British society has become 'far more complex and harder to immediately understand since it became socially acceptable to be openly homosexual'.

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 18, 2014

After the boy was bullied for being different, his unsympathetic parents took him back to the adoption home because he had ‘too many problems'

An Italian teen boy was given up by his adopted Italian family for being gay, it was reported today (18 March).

The boy, 14, was abandoned by his biological parents as a baby. Described as ‘sweet, shy and insecure’, other children bullied him because of his sexuality.

But instead of providing support, his unsympathetic adoptive parents disowned him and took him back to the adoption home as it created ‘too many problems’.

March 17, 2014

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has spoken out against a Christian school’s policy of refusing to hire gay staff – saying that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to do their job

A Christian school in Hong Kong’s policy of excluding gay staff has drawn criticism from the territory’s Anglican Church but the government’s Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation is only voluntary so the school can legally discriminate.

The International Christian School in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, has a policy of refusing to hire anyone who is a relationship that is not a heterosexual marriage because it says teachers should be ‘good Christian role models for our students.’

March 16, 2014

Five men are charged with ‘group licentiousness’, after police bust a gay club with 2800 members

Police in Guangzhou, China have raided a gay ‘club’ in a rented apartment, according to state media.

In the midnight crackdown, the authorities caught a total of 13 men, some of them naked, reports China Youth International.

Police were first notified of the venue, after residents nearby suspected the large number of strangers frequenting it were brothel patrons.