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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.

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 10, 2014

Teams with Colby Peters to parody just how close two 'heterosexual' pals can but still not be gay

There's nothing gay about caressing your hot buddy as you show him how to shoot pool, right?

Or having pillow fights wearing just your speedo or feeding each other ice cream or doing shirtless sit-ups and pull-ups together, right?

It's just a bromance.

Nothing really gay about it - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Fitness model Bryan Hawn - a veteran of video parodies - enlists Colby Peters to participate in a series of physical activities that call for them to be scantily clad and basically all over each other.

December 8, 2014

New rules imply that any host city will have to prove they do not actively discriminate against gay people

The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December).

Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.'

December 5, 2014

Openly gay swimmer Martin Cremin also poses in his Speedos alongside Team GB stars for magazine's Sex Issue

British diving star Chris Mears has posed for a revealing, flesh-filled photoshoot for Attitude's latest Sex Issue.

The 21-year-old appears on the cover of the gay magazine in his Speedos, alongside Team GB swimmers Tom Haffield, Ieuan Lloyd and openly gay Martin Cremin.
 
In the accompanying interview, the guys discuss why divers and swimmers often shave their body hair, with 23-year-old Martin explaining: 'it's a powerful psychological thing – [and] the water feels different against your skin.'

December 5, 2014

Suicidal 23-year-old woman faces deportation to Uganda

At the age of 10, a tomboy-ish Ugandan girl was escorted by her grandmother to a witch doctor to 'cure' her of being a lesbian.

With razors, they sliced deep on her joints to force the 'demons' in her blood out. She would then be forced to sleep in a 'house of spirits'. This went on once a week, twice a week, sometimes daily for a year.

This is what happeneed to Judith Twikirize, now 23 and living in the UK. She faces deportation back to Uganda on Monday (8 December).

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

December 4, 2014

Department's book on modern marriage says diverse gender identities and same-sex love deserve equal respect and treatment

Taiwan's interior ministry has said gay marriage is 'an inborn right everyone can pursue, despite it being illegal in the country.

After two years of compilation, the department published a book entitled Modern Citizen Marriage on Tuesday (2 December) to 'promote new thinking and practices for compatriots planning weddings.'

The book includes a passage on gay marriage that reads:

'Apart from marriage between a man and woman, diverse gender concepts and gay love should also, in modernity, receive equal respect and treatment.

December 3, 2014

Are the gays recruiting?

Human sexuality is incredibly complex. Take away the emotional and religious hyperbole and you still find the scientific research and analysis is inconclusive.

What shapes our sexuality? Biology? Society? Or something else? Is our sexuality some sort of fixed concept or are we all somewhere on a fluid spectrum? No one has the definitive answers to these fundamental questions. Nobody knows what makes us who we are.

December 2, 2014

'It makes me sad to think I'd waited so long to experience something that should have been a natural part of my adolescence'

American soccer pro Robbie Rogers, who came out to the world as a gay man in early 2013, knew he was gay from an early age but didn't dare act on it.

Instead, he dated girls and hoped none of his teammates or family and friends would find out his secret.

It wasn't until he was 25 and living in London that he met a man named Scott. Rogers had only recently come out to his family and had not yet cone out to the world.

December 2, 2014

Night that began at South Carolina gay bar turns violent

Three men who met at a gay bar in South Carolina got into trouble when their evening moved on to a hot tub.

After 'kissing and touching each other' in the bubbles for a bit, a fight broke out between two of the men.

Michael Gordon, 33, and Austin Adams, 18, met 21-year-old Douglas Tench at a nightclub in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where the trio had some drinks.

Gordon was dog sitting at a house in Boiling Springs and it was there that the three men got into a hot tub.

December 2, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga says foreigners adopt African kids and train them to be gay

The notoriously anti-gay speaker of the Ugandan parliament has said gay groups are infiltrating the country's schools through donated computers.

Rebecca Kadaga was one of the main backers of the now defunct 'Kill the Gays' law and has promised to bring it back.

During a speech at a church in Tororo District on Sunday (30 November), she warned clergy that gay groups were recruiting members of religious institutions.

December 1, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, reveals how gay people with HIV are treated in Africa

Take a moment to pay respect on World AIDS Day.

Many people all over the world have been affected by this virus in many ways either by losing a relative, friend or family member. There are so many children all over the world who have lost parents and left to face the world on their own.

We have lost many talented straight, bi and gay people to this virus, people who could have shaped and help develop the world in ways we couldn't possibly imagine if their lives hadn't been cut short.

November 27, 2014

Movie is about a university professor who was suspended for being gay

Top Indian director Hansal Mehta is producing and directing a film based on the true story of a gay professor which he hopes will bring the debate on sexual orientation into the mainstream.

Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, 64, was suspended from Aligarh Muslim University weeks before his retirement after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

A court later revoked the suspension but he died the same year – police suspected suicide.

November 27, 2014

'…You have courts that are taking away the very essence of our democracy, the ground from which this great country came...'

Poor Pat Robertson. His Thanksgiving meal will be extra salty due to tears.

His TV show, The 700 Club, ran a segment about the Pilgrims, the religious sect associated with the end of November US holiday.

According to Right Wing Watch, after the clip the televangelist moaned about how the work of the Pilgrims, and Founding Fathers, is being destroyed by judges who support marriage equality.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 24, 2014

Eight LGBTI people were arrested and torturted in the country this month

Gambia's president has signed into law a bill that punishes 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment.

The notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh approved the bill on October 9, according to documents uncovered last week. 

The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV but because 'homosexuality' and 'homosexual acts' are not defined in Gambian law, human rights groups fear that LGBTI people will be persecuted arbitrarily under the new enactment.

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 19, 2014

African country arrests five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.