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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 has arrested 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.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

November 17, 2014

Are you born that way?

A study has taken a 'giant leap forward' in proving there is a genetic link to homosexuality.

The large study, which looked at gay brothers, has added to the view that genes influence a man's chances of being gay, but there's isn't enough concrete results to prove it yet.

Researchers looked at almost 800 gay male siblings. Dr Alan Sanders of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois, says his work 'is not proof but it's a pretty good indication' of genes on the X chromosome influencing sexual orientation.

November 14, 2014

Gay man writes an incredible open letter

Gay bars are not just for LGBTI people, we all know this, but it is a sanctuary for them.

We all know that feeling when we see a drunk straight girl angry she's not getting any attention or when a straight guy reacts badly to getting hit on.

So a gay guy has absolutely nailed how the straights should act when they're in a gay space, and it essentially comes down to 'have respect'.

November 13, 2014

Is popular LGBTI-themed book The Princes and the Treasure set to make its cinematic debut?

Is Disney really making an animated feature film about two gay princes that fall in love?

Sorry, but no.

The false story is circulating this week, raising the hopes of many that everyone's favorite children's filmmakers will show gay characters on screen.

The 'report', which has so far been shared 60,000 times on Facebook, claimed it would be adapted from Jeffrey A. Miles' children's book The Princes and the Treasure.

November 11, 2014

Pacific nation bans gay sex and marriage

The 'queen of the Cook Islands' has said it is 'unfair' to criminalize gay people because of who they love.

The paramount chief of the Takitumu tribe, Marie Pa Ariki, made the comments last week in New Zealand at Hui Takataapui, an annual gathering of indigenous people from the Pacific nations.

'[Gay] people are knowledgeable and contribute to society and to home life,' she told GayNZ.com.

'They are human like everyone else... we are all whanau.'

November 7, 2014

Organizer blames conservative backlash on 'latent homophobia'

Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week.

What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners.

The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.’

The class was named after an ode to anal sex that went viral.

November 4, 2014

'We must confront homosexuality the same way we confront terrorism'

Egypt's Religious Endowments Minister has accused Zionists of 'promoting' homosexuality and atheism in the Muslim country.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa blamed the spread of atheism on 'the colonialist Zionist force which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism, and finances homosexuals and homosexuality.'

'We must confront atheism, nihilism, homosexuality and moral depravity the same way we confront extremism and terrorism,' he said.

November 3, 2014

Actor Aamir Khan is accused of endorsing a criminal offense

An Indian court has issued actor Aamir Khan with a notice to respond to a petition alleging he 'promoted' gay rights on his talkshow.

An episode of Satyamev Jayate broadcast on 19 October titled 'Accepting Alternative Sexualities' tried to dispels myths surrounding homosexuality.

November 3, 2014

British comic is single once again says: 'I'm tedious with my heterosexuality'

Russell Brand, who recently split from Jemima Khan and was once married to Katy Perry, jokes that he wishes he was attracted to men too.

'I wish I was bisexual,' he told Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd as the host told him he wondered what it was like to kiss him.

'That's one of the things about me where I've got a very traditional moral code. I'm tedious with my heterosexuality.'

Last year, Brand revealed that he once had gay sex in a pub toilet on heroin for a TV stunt.

He said he ‘wanked off a man in a toilet’ back in 2002.

November 3, 2014

Animals make us fitter in our bodies and minds, help the most vulnerable and even unite communities

Most people like to think of themselves as animal lovers. Turns out animals return that love many times over, not just with wagging tales and cuddles but with a real contribution to our health and happiness as proven by numerous studies.

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Pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious and socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles (they were less fearful and less preoccupied) than non-owners, according to a 2011 study.

October 30, 2014

Twenty models from six Asian cities feature in the awareness drive

Taiwanese diva and gay icon A-mei is the face and body of a nude gay awareness campaign for ELEMENT magazine.

She will also appear on the cover of the Singapore-based LGBTI bi-monthly, the only cover shoot she is doing this year. 

A-mei said, 'Love needs to be respected regardless of who you are, who I am.

'I hope by taking part in this campaign, more people will be aware, understand and recognize the LGBT community.'

October 17, 2014

Mia Freedman said neither gay people nor pedophiles can change who they are attracted to

Australian journalist Mia Freedman has 'unreservedly apologized' for comparing gay people to pedophiles on national TV.

The founder of women’s website Mamamia made the comment yesterday night during a debate about the Northern Territory’s plan to set up a public sex offender register on Channel 10's Project TV.

'We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated,' she said.

October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 10, 2014

'I was cuddling with a gay guy, giving him a massage . . . you know, let’s be real—guys give other guys massages'

The most recent season of Big Brother on CBS ended last month but the high-profile bromance between gay contestant Frankie Grande and straight contestant Zach Rance continues.

Rance said this week that the two had a reunion at a Starbucks last weekend and that there are no hard feelings over Grande's role in getting him voted out of the house.

He knows many people find it hard to believe that after a summer of cuddling together, giving massages and proclaiming their love for each other that this can possible be just a gay-straight bromance.

September 29, 2014

The men were arrested in a raid on an apartment they rented out as a place for gay sex

An Egyptian court has sentenced six allegedly gay men to two years in jail with labor on charges of 'committing debauchery.'

Ahram Online reported on Thursday that the men were arrested in a raid on an apartment and two of them were caught 'red-handed.'

The court said the men were advertising their apartment as a place for gay sex on Facebook for $200 a night.

The men were also fined LE200 each ($30). One of them was a Moroccan national.

September 27, 2014

‘Homos bully the poor and needy’ reads church sign erected by notorious anti-gay pastor James David Manning in Harlem

A notorious anti-gay pastor has put up a new sign at his church, claiming gay people are bullies and Jesus would have killed them with fire and brimstone.

The ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York has a sign outside which currently reads: ‘When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem Jesus fire and brim-stoned them’ alongside a Bible reference.

This is not the first time the church has erected homophobic signs.

September 26, 2014

'Philadelphia is known all over the world as a city that celebrates and values diversity and we will not allow a few thugs to tarnish that reputation'

Two Philadelphia councilors have introduced a bill that will cover sexual orientation in the city's hate crime laws.

The legislation is a response to the 11 September attack of two gay men. While three suspects are facing four charges each, sexual orientation and gender expression are not listed n the city's, or state's, bias statutes.

September 24, 2014

Specialist cyber police claim the man has confessed to ‘unethical relations with several lads’ and using Facebook to find gay sex

Iran’s police have accused a man of using Facebook to find gay men for sex.

Specialist cyber police claim they discovered a Facebook user was posting a mobile phone number online asking other men to call him to have ‘immoral relations’.

The semi-official Fars New Agency quoted the head of East Azerbaijan Cyberspace Police Chief, Mohammad Ghasemlou, as saying: ‘The Cyber Police force worked with the judicial authorities to identify the suspect, using special detective techniques.

September 24, 2014

It states: 'A country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'

After holding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia where there are anti-gay laws, the International Olympic Committee has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The three 2022 candidate cities are Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The IOC came under widespread criticism for allowing the most recent Olympics to be held in Sochi after a series of anti-gay laws were passed in Russia including one that made it illegal to show any kind of public support for homosexuality.

September 22, 2014

The country's new penal code abolishes the death penalty but punishes gay sex with up to 20 years in jail

The Chadian cabinet has adopted a new penal code that punishes gay sex with up to 20 years in prison.

Section 361 of the code states that the punishment for anyone who has sexual intercourse with persons of the same sex is 15 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 ($98) to 500,000 francs ($980), according to an official document obtained by AFP.

The draft text, which still has to be approved by parliament, was adopted on 4 September by the Council of State.

The old penal code did not explicitly mention homosexuality.