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April 20, 2015

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'

US Senator Marco Rubio doesn't believe people choose to be gay but that doesn't mean he thinks they should be able to marry each other.

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

April 14, 2015

'If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands'

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia's Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to anyone under 18.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

Homophobic attacks have increased since parliament registered an anti-gay law

An LGBTI organization was targeted in an attempted arson attack earlier this month in Kyrgyzstan.

CCTV cameras caught two unknown persons throwing three bottles of explosives into the yard of Labrys' headquarters in Bishek around 10.30pm on 3 April.

Two bottles caused an open fire but the office building remained untouched.

'The nature of the attack shows that the attackers were planning arson,' the group said.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

April 12, 2015

'So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey'

The speculation is over. Hillary Clinton is running for president.

The former US Secretary of State announced her candidacy today, 12 April, in a two-minute video.

Various individuals, including a gay male couple, describe their plans for the immediate futures.

At the video's end, Clinton talks directly to camera.

'I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for President,' the Democrat announces.

April 12, 2015

While she now supports marriage equality, question remain about how, and when, the former Secretary of State 'evolved'

Papers released by the Clinton Library this past week do not show where then First Lady Hillary Clinton stood on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In 1996, the bill passed both the House and Senate by huge margins. 

It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 10, 2015

President Francois Hollande considers Laurent Stefanini 'one of the best diplomats'

Pope Francis has reportedly refused to accept the nomination of the new French ambassador because he is gay.

Laurent Stefanini, a close aide of President François Hollande, was nominated in early January but the Vatican has yet to accept his credentials.

As envoys are normally accepted within six weeks, and as the Vatican does not explicitly refuse credentials, a prolonged silence is being taken as a rejection.

April 9, 2015

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors

President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect.

The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April).

It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual discrimination or gender identity.

April 9, 2015

White House responds to petition urging the government to enact legislation named for late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday (8 April) that he supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors.

April 8, 2015

National AIDS charity demands apology, calling the comment 'vulgar and defamatory'

Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of making an offensive comment about a rival politician, claiming he is like AIDS and if you 'touch him, you die!'

The former president of France made the alleged comments about the leader of the Democratic Movement party François Bayrou.

As quoted by La Parisien, Sarkozy said: 'Bayrou is like AIDS...whoever touches him - dies!

Sarkozy, who is also the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party, and his spokespeople have denied that he made this comment.

April 8, 2015

Jeremy Bernard is the first man to ever hold the post

Jeremy Bernard made history in early 2011 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama as White House social secretary.

He was not only the first man to hold the post, he also happened to be openly gay.

A little over four years later, Bernard is quitting the job thst has him responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House.

April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love's principal had said: 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is'

Claudetteia Love will be wearing a tuxedo to her high school prom after all.

The honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, had been told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux at the dance on 24 April.

But after The National Center for Lesbian Rights got involved, the teen's story went public and school officials have backed down.

April 7, 2015

Over 100 tech leaders have signed a joint statement demanding non-discriminations civil rights protections for LGBT people

More than 100 tech leaders in the US have signed a statement calling for nationwide LGBT non-discrimination protections, reports Human Rights Campaign

The statement, printed below, comes in response to the wave of ‘religious freedom’ laws being considered in several states, and the recent passing of such laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 1, 2015

‘The notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness’

Earlier this week, tech figureheads Tim Cook (Apple) and Max Levchin (PayPal and Yelp) spoke out forcefully on their disapproval of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

April 1, 2015

The National Black Church Initiative coalition of churches have declared that Presbyterians are effectively no longer Christians and have lost ‘Christ’s saving grace’ for allowing gays and lesbians to have church weddings

A coalition of conservative African American churches from 15 denominations claiming congregants numbering almost 16 million have declared they are no longer in Christian fellowship with Presbyterians over that church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage – and they ‘urge the entire [of] Christendom to do so as well.’

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 30, 2015

'No matter your opinion of the law, it is hard to argue with the fact it has done significant damage to our state'

The presidents of three colleges in Indiana have released statements opposing the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Last week, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone in the Midwestern US state - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 26, 2015

Illustration shows an official greeting the leader with a hand sign used to insult LGBTI people

A Turkish court has fined two cartoonists for implying President Tayyip Erdogan is gay.

Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan were prosecuted over an illustration on the cover satirical magazine Penguen in August, the Hurriyet newspaper reported Wednesday (25 March).

The picture shows an official greeting Erdogan while making a circle with his thumb and forefinger, a hand sign commonly used people in Turkey to insult LGBTI people.

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.