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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.

March 24, 2015

'Thirty four years is a long time for every president and every Congress to sit back and let us die'

Longtime AIDS activist Larry Kramer blasted the US government while accepting the inaugural Larry Kramer Activism Award from the Gay Men's Health Crisis on Monday night.

Kramer, who turns 80 in June, came to speak his mind.

He pointed out that around the world an estimated 78 million people have become infected - 39 million of whom have died - from AIDS in the past 34 years.

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 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 20, 2015

As long as it can choose priests 'even on the basis of sexual orientation'

The Philippines church has stated its support for an anti-gay discrimination bill, as long as it does not infringe on its 'exclusive right' to choose priests – 'even on the basis of sexual orientation.'

Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) clarified its stance on LGBTI issues as Congress is set to approve the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bill.

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 18, 2015

Nichi Vendola said he dreams of getting married and having children

One of the only two gay regional leaders in Italy has said Dolce and Gabbana are in too 'lofty' position to understand homophobia kills.

Nichi Vendola, the president of Puglia and leader of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party, has said the fashion duo's comments about children of gay parents was offensive.

Vendola said it proved Dolce and Gabbana cannot possibly understand the damage they are doing to Italian LGBTI youth.

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 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 16, 2015

Rabbi Denise L Eger was appointed president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis during the Reform Judaism annual convention in Philadelphia on Monday – becoming only the third woman to hold that post and the first openly gay person

The socially progressive North American Reform Judaism religious denomination has appointed the first openly gay or lesbian person to serve as the president of its Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Founded in 1889 the central conference is the highest religious body for Reform Judaism rabbis and the Jewish denomination made Rabbi Denise L Eger its president during its annual conference in Philadelphia on Monday.

March 16, 2015

Grandparents give their honest, touching, and sometimes surprising opinions ahead of Ireland's marriage referendum

Students in Ireland are changing perceptions around same-sex marriage - one granny at a time.

As part of the #RingYourGranny campaign ahead of Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum on 22 May, members of Trinity College Dublin called members of their family for an honest chat to get them thinking about how they'll be voting - and even change their minds if possible.

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

March 8, 2015

'If this campaign has any impact at all, its obvious prejudice and fearmongering will actually increase support for marriage equality,' says activist Rodney Croome

The Australian Marriage Forum, an anti-marriage equality group, last night launched a new fearmongering TV commercial as hundreds of LGBTI people and their allies turned out to celebrate the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

March 8, 2015

'We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge'

Ever since he became a national political figure in 2004, President Barack Obama's speeches have included references to LGBTI history.

That tradition continued today, 7 March, in a ceremony celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Called Bloody Sunday, on 7 March, 1965 approximately 600 civil rights marchers were violently attacked by state troopers.

'The Americans who crossed this bridge, they were not physically imposing,' the president said in his speech.

March 7, 2015

Time Magazine releases list that also includes President Obama,  Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Swift

The LGBTI community is represented on Time Magazine's newly-released  '30 Most Influential People on the Internet' list by transgender activist Janet Mock and YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

They are part of a list that includes such heavy-hitters as President Barack Obama, singers Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

March 5, 2015

Outspoken Republican makes U-turn on offensive comments

Dr Ben Carson has publicly apologized for suggesting prison ‘turns you gay’.

Carson, who is possibly running for president in 2016, made the blunder during an interview on CNN while discussing gay marriage.

The interview clip went viral and the internet quickly flooded with backlash against the inflammatory comment, and today Carson took to Facebook to rectify his mistake.

March 4, 2015

Asks gay bros for advice

Finding a daddy on Grindr is nothing unusual, but that man is not usually your biological father.

Such was the case for teen Reddit user stilldecidinginbetween when he turned to the gay bros community for advice.

'Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car,' he wrote.

March 3, 2015

Will it become the first Central European country with marriage equality?

Slovenia could become the first Central European country with marriage equality following a vote tonight (3 March).

Parliamentarians will vote on the same-sex marriage bill, with a vote planned for around 7pm local time. If passed, it will be sent to President Borut Pahor to be signed into law. 

Suggested by the opposition party United Left (ZL), the sponsors of the bill said Slovenia's constitution calls for all members of society to be provided with equal rights, and the bill will extend those to rights to all groups.

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 21, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 20, 2015

This is the first Finnish bill petitioned by the public and approved as a law

Finland's president has signed the same-sex marriage bill into law today, but couples will have to wait until 2017 to get married.

President Sauli Niinistö confirmed the new law that will make marriage gender neutral will come into force on 1 March 2017.

This is the first piece of legislation that has been brought to Parliament by the public, under the citizens' initiative, and approved as the law of the land.

LGBTI rights activists have hailed the change as not only historic, but a symbolic, move to equality.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.