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August 20, 2014

Mariela Castro, a member of Cuba’s National Assembly and daughter of President Raul Castro, cast a ‘no’ vote in protest over a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from discrimination

Outspoken Cuban LGBTI rights advocate Mariela Castro has cast a historic ‘no’ vote in Cuba’s National Assembly which experts believe is the first time a dissenting vote has been recorded in the chamber since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Mariela, who is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and the niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, cast the vote in December of last year in protest at a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from workplace discrimination.

August 19, 2014

Minnesota Vikings will contribute undisclosed amount of financial support to several LGBT organizations

Former punter Chris Kluwe has reached a legal settlement with the team that fired him after he became an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage.

August 15, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, calls on the world to continue fighting for LGBTI rights in his country

Uganda’s anti-gay law is no more, and even the President might be changing his views. Could we finally be moving in the right direction?

President Yoweri Museveni’s recent comments, after the Constitutional Court nullified the law, are right. A bill like this is difficult to pass.

There are clearly so many open LGBTI people in Uganda that criminalizing them all would be a massive headache.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.

August 13, 2014

Court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter

Ever wonder why some politicians seem to blame LGBT people for everything from natural disasters to Game of Thrones?

Well, court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter.

August 13, 2014

A pink LGBTI pride sequined ‘B’ in giant letters forming the word ‘Brisbane’ will greet Russian President Vladimir Putin when he touches down in the city for the G20 summit in November this year

The state government of Queensland, Australia wants to send a message about LGBTI tolerance and diversity to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he arrives in the state capital of Brisbane for this year’s G20 summit.

Earlier today Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, a prominent supporter of same-sex marriage in the Liberal-National Coalition, told a press conference in Brisbane that the city’s name would be spelled out in three metre tall (around 10 foot) letters during the G20, with the B reserved for a message about the importance of diversity.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 12, 2014

Ruling party leader has said the law could be watered down to allow gay people to have sex without fear of prosecution

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will ‘water’ down the anti-gay law, allowing consenting adults to have sex.

Under the original law overturned by the Constitutional Court, homosexuality and the promotion of homosexuality was punishable by life in prison.

It was already watered down, as lawmakers decided to not punish gay people for having sex with the death penalty.

But now, a ruling party lawmaker has said it could be watered down even further to focus the law’s efforts on the ‘promotion of homosexuality’.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

August 8, 2014

‘As president of Ola LGBT+ Almeria, it’s my obligation to denounce these homophobic acts, and urge others to do the same in order to show that there’s still a lot left to fight for and that activism is the solution’

Alejandro Gala, the 20-year-old president of LGBT youth group Ola LGTB+ Almería was the victim of another homophobic attack this week.

On Wednesday evening, while at his house in Almería, a city in Andalusia in southeastern Spain, Gala heard a commotion outside his house.

He saw a Molotov cocktail had been launched toward his house.

The homemade explosive did not make it to the house and instead combusted and burned on the front lawn.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 8, 2014

Nigerian President told gay refugee and activist Michael Ighodaro at a Washington dinner that if he disagreed with his homeland’s anti-gay laws he had the right to fight them in court

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told an exiled Nigerian gay activist that he has the right to challenge his homeland’s anti-gay law in court in a confrontation at a $200 a head dinner in Washington DC.

Jonathan was attending a dinner on Wednesday night hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa and the US Chamber of Commerce held during the US-Africa Leaders Summit when he was confronted by gay Nigerian refugee and activist Micheal Ighodaro about his country’s anti-gay laws.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 3, 2014

Uganda president Museveni said his trip to Washington next week had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill, and sounded defiant on the future of the bill

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has said the US had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill on Friday (1 August).

Speaking at a press conference, the anti-gay leader denied the US put any pressure on him to get rid of the draconian bill.

‘I was going to Washington with the bill when it was stopped. It has nothing to do with us going to Washington,’ he told Agence France Press.

He also commented on reports circulating about countries stopping their aid to Uganda, which he also denied.

July 30, 2014

With other elected officials out of the state for the day, lesbian House Speaker Toni Atkins takes the reigns

California's Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins got to make some history Wednesday (30 July).

With the state's governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate president pro tem all out of the state for part of the day, Atkins briefly became the first openly gay person to be acting governor.

July 30, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A Uganda rapper has lashed out after getting banned from UK venues over his homophobic views.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’ and has accused President Barack Obama of promoting homosexuality and being a ‘fagot’.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

July 28, 2014

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored as sportsperson of the year by Germany’s 11Freunde football magazine for his courage in coming out as a gay man

Recently retired professional German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored by football magazine 11Freunde as its sportsperson of the year after he made the decision to come out publicly as gay in January this year.

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Hitzlsperger’s courage at an awards ceremony held by the magazine on Saturday.

‘Thomas is a trail blazer,’ Niersbach said, presenting the award, ‘He made a very deliberate decision in going public.’

July 26, 2014

'It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!'

Jenny McCarthy now regrets suggesting on The View that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

July 25, 2014

Let this be the last year you don’t experience the glitter fabulosity that is Amsterdam’s most open festival

Three (and a half) words don’t do justice to this year’s Milkshake music and dance festival in Amsterdam.

The annual party bash that welcomes DJs from around the world (this year saw Boy George, Jonny Woo and Ulta Naté spin some tunes) is so much more than just a dance rave: It’s a celebration ‘For all those who love’.

July 23, 2014

'Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men'

President Barack Obama is being accused of using the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week to further a ‘radical gay agenda’.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer ranted in a predictable manner after the president paid tribute to the loss of dozens of HIV and AIDS researchers.

Obama said the US will ‘continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose’.

Fischer was not happy.

July 22, 2014

Outgoing co-host of The Vew says: 'Well, maybe ... she has her girlfriends. You never know'

Jenny McCarthy is suggesting that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's The View, McCarthy was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the 'hidden lives of presidents' which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: 'Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.'