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December 11, 2014

But will PM David Cameron listen?

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing further divides in his Conservative party over the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

Anti-gay backbenchers have said in a letter they are 'alienated' Tories have little chance of winning the next General Election in May 2015.

The letter has been sent as dozens of gay couples have already this week converted their civil partnerships to marriages under the new UK government laws.

December 10, 2014

Australia House hosts the launch of a new work examining the wartime career of Sir Robert Menzies

As you walk down the Strand in London, Australia House is a major landmark. Construction began in 1913 and it was officially opened in 1918 – an incredibly ambitious building project that cost around £1 million – a huge investment and logistical challenge during the international upheaval of World War I.

December 3, 2014

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of the Fine Gael party, reportedly visited Pantibar for a pre-Christmas drink with his party’s LGBT group

Ireland’s Taoiseach – the country's equivalent to a Prime Minister – has been photographed enjoying a drink in a gay bar.

The photo was taken and posted on social media by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known by his drag name, Panti Bliss.

December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

November 28, 2014

Finnish MPs are expected to vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry later today and a majority of their party leaders support the reform

Finland may become the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage when MPs sit in parliament today.

Parliament debated the issue yesterday despite the parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee recommending that the bill be rejected.

A majority on the committee were concerned that allowing Finns to enter into same-sex marriages might make it harder for Finnish parents to adopt children from abroad, particularly from neighboring Russia.

November 28, 2014

Former Polish president says 'queers are ill as a result of their own wishes'

A street in San Francisco named after a homophobic Polish politician has been rechristened after a local gay hero.

The street sign was replaced on 20 November and now reads Dr Tom Waddell Place, after the man who founded the Gay Games in 1982.

The street already had a transgender clinic in his name.

November 7, 2014

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now'

A Uganda minister has claimed President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron 'must not love their children' if they let them live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal.

Simon Lokodo, the Minister for Ethics, has claimed the two political leaders are 'not responsible parents' for allowing them to grow up in a society where LGBTI have rights.

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now,' he told GQ Magazine.

'This is foreign behavior.

October 31, 2014

Group of transgender women held off an armed mob then cleaned up after

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised a group of transgender women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.

The media has reported that the 15 women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of the capital.

Modi tweeted, 'Good effort by Laila Shah & her friends towards Clean India.

'Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!'

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan says if the opportunity came up to vote for same-sex marriage again, she would vote differently

UK Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has said if the opportunity to vote for same-sex marriage came up again, she would vote differently.

The 42-year-old Conservative politician caused outrage when she was named Minister for Women and Equalities by Prime Minister David Cameron on 15 July.

How could someone who voted against same-sex marriage have the best interest of LGBTI people at heart?

But now, Morgan says she has changed her mind and 'probably would' vote for same-sex marriage.

October 28, 2014

To celebrate Animal Month, in partnership with IFAW, we are giving away 25 soft cuddly toys for the cutest selfies of you and your beloved pets!

Gay Star News, in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has spent the month celebrating all things animal from sharing our appreciation of your beloved pets to raising awareness of animal welfare among the global LGBTI community.

To celebrate the end of Animal Month we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 25 soft cuddly toys - and all you have to do is send in a cute selfie of you and your beloved pet!

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October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 13, 2014

The Tasmanian state conference of Australia’s Liberal Party has voted yet again to keep opposition to same-sex marriage in its official platform despite voices in the party calling for a more inclusive approach

The membership of the Tasmanian Liberal Party State Council voted on Saturday to keep opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry as part of its official platform, in a move that has been labelled retrograde by supporters of equality for LGBTI people.

The motion voted on at the state party’s annual conference was in support of keeping the current definition of marriage in the federal Marriage Act and was passed ‘on the voices’ without a count of hands.

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

September 30, 2014

Luka Magnotta dismembered his Chinese boyfriend and sent his limbs to political parties and elementary schools

Canadian porn star Luka Magnotta admitted yesterday to killing his Chinese boyfriend but pleaded not guilty to five charges related to his death including murder.

On the first day of his trial in Montreal, Magnotta's lawyers said he was mentally ill and jurors would have to determine his state of mind.

He faces life inprisonment if convicted of all charges.

Magnotta, 32, posted a video online of him killing Jun Lin, 33, a computer science student at Concordia University.

September 30, 2014

'If I can kiss my wife in public I don't see why you can't kiss your husband in public.'

David Cameron has said he is 'fine' with gay married men kissing in public.

Speaking on Newsnight with new gay host Evan Davis, the UK prime minister was asked to speak plainly on typical scenarios that help reveal whether he is a 'modernizer' or a 'more socially conservative leader'.

Davis asked if he saw two recently married men kissing in a public park, would he consider it to be 'sweet' or 'mildly inappropriate'?

September 29, 2014

Kamla Persad-Bissessar hinted that a referendum may be called on decriminalizing gay sex

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago has said decriminalising homosexuality and gay rights are not possible in the country because public opinion is too divided.

The first female prime minister made the comments on Thursday at the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference in New York.

She said, 'At this moment it is not legally possible. The draft gender policy came to the Cabinet, discussed at length and given the very divided voices of Trinidad and Tobago.

September 29, 2014

Kamla Persad-Bissessar hinted that a referendum may be called on decriminalizing gay sex

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago has said decriminalising homosexuality and gay rights are not possible in the country because public opinion is too divided.

The first female prime minister made the comments on Thursday at the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference in New York.

She said, 'At this moment it is not legally possible. The draft gender policy came to the Cabinet, discussed at length and given the very divided voices of Trinidad and Tobago.

September 28, 2014

An estimated 7,000 members of the police will provide the security for the Pride Parade after ultra-nationalists and far-right groups threaten to protest

Belgrade will host a Gay Pride parade today for the first time in four years after being banned for security reasons as ultra-nationalists attacked marchers and fought running battles with police in Belgrade in 2010. More than 100 people were injured in serious clashes.

Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said yesterday, 'Despite disagreements, the bureau coordinating security services did not ban the pride parade on Sunday.'

September 26, 2014

Former UK Prime Minister has been named among such people as Barbra Streisand

It is time for a former prime minister to don some gold hotpants, a conical bra and announce his 27th farewell tour, as Tony Blair has today been named a 'gay icon'.

The former UK PM has been listed among a list of the most influential figures to the LGBTI community of the last 30 years, together with such luminaries as Madonna, Cher, Joan Rivers and Leslie Jordan.

While he is a controversial figure today, his Labour government completely changed the legal landscape for LGBTI people.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

September 22, 2014

During her time as PM, she was opposed to the 'redefinition of the traditional notion of marriage'

Julia Gillard has accepted same-sex marriage will one day happen in Australia.

The former Labor prime minister opposes same-sex marriage, maintaining she believes in the 'traditional' definition of the union.

But in a new interview, she admits her views are 'old fashioned' and that marriage equality is an inevitability in the developed world.

September 16, 2014

The German man is still in hospital with severe internal bleeding and head injuries

The Serbian prime minister and members of the European parliament have condemned Saturday's attack on a German LGBTI rights activist in Belgrade.

The 27-year-old man suffered severe internal bleeding and head injuries and is still in the hospital.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said in a statement that 'the state will do everything to protect and respect the right to non-discrimination.'

The attack has also turned the spotlight on the situation for LGBTI people in the candidate EU member state.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.