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March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

Counters ballot initiative with her own – the Intolerant Jackass Act

A Californian activist has responded to a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in the best possible way.

Charlotte Laws, filed a counter initiative – the Intolerant Jackass Act – with the state attorney general’s office on Monday (23 March).

March 25, 2015

To curb the spread of HIV

Maharashtra's health minister has come under fire for saying LGBTI people need 'psychological treatment.'

Deepak Sawant made the comment Monday (23 March) in response to an opposition lawmaker's question about the state government's plan to curb HIV transmission in the LGBTI community.

‘There is a need for psychological treatment and counselling of the community. We would work with NGOs working in the sector,’ he told the state legislative assembly.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 22, 2015

Can the outrageous proposal to make it legal to execute gays and lesbians be stopped?

A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.'

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 20, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 20, 2015

Money not well spent

Uganda has spent over 600 million shillings on PR trying to deal with the backlash over the anti-gay law.

In an attempt to clear the country's image after legalizing the Anti-Homosexuality Act, they spent 614 million Ugandan shillings ($208,000, €195,000).

Aston Kajara, the State Minister for Finance in charge of privatization, said Uganda needed some good publicity in the US congressional caucus after the president's visit.

'When the president [Yoweri Museveni] came back he told us that even at the hotel they had booked for him had to be changed.

March 19, 2015

Australian lawmakers will debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage for the third time in five years next Thursday amid hopes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will finally allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on the issue

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm today announced his Freedom to Marry Bill will return for debate in the Australian Senate as soon as next Thursday.

In doing so, Senator Leyonhjelm called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs and senators a conscience vote on the issue.

Abbott has said in the past that his MPs would get a conscience vote on the issue when his party room decided they should and Leyonhjelm believes there is enough support amongst members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition for that to occur.

March 19, 2015

After being raised by her mom and mom's partner, the former LGBTI rights activist has 'come out' against same-sex marriage

A US woman raised by a lesbian couple has angered many in the LGBTI community by 'coming out' against same-sex marriage.

March 18, 2015

Ruling coalition votes against the motion

Australia's national Senate has supported a motion calling on all parties to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

The motion, proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, passed the upper house where opposition parties have the majority. The ruling Liberal-National coalition voted against.

'[Prime Minister] Tony Abbott should lift the gag on his MPs and let them vote freely on the issue of marriage equality. There's nothing to be afraid of,' she wrote on Twitter.

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 14, 2015

'The reality is this was just pandering to their constituents so they could say they stood up on same-sex marriage when it didn’t do anything'

Patricia Todd, Alabama's first out elected official, is confused why her colleagues support a 'religious freedom' bill that offers protection that is currently law.

March 14, 2015

Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer among the stars to appear at PaleyFest 2015

It was nirvana for loyal Gleeks at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Friday (13 March).

As part of the PaleyFest 2015, Glee cast members Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Dot-Marie Jones, Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet were on hand to talk about their years on the show which ends its six-year run next week.

Some attendees flew in from out of state and even other countries to be present and were rewarded by being among the first to see the first half of the show's two hour finale.

March 13, 2015

Perverting the Constitution and religious freedom

State legislatures across the country are disenfranchising LGBTI Americans.

Lawmakers are introducing a surprising number of bills in state legislative sessions, overtly sanctioning and enforcing discrimination. These bills are called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), but don’t be fooled. These politicians are looking to codify LGBTI discrimination.

This week the Georgia Senate, with a vote of 37-15, approved their controversial RFRA (House Bill 1023).