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December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 9, 2014

‘It was about being more confident in my own skin’

It is a story that often starts with a few stray hairs found on a pillow one morning, but frequently ends in a noticeably less covered scalp.

Hair loss affects roughly eight million men in the UK but, despite this large figure, there is an obvious theme in most of their stories – the effect it has on their confidence. While very few bar the sufferer themselves notice the gradual change it’s not how our patients look that tends to bother them, it’s how they feel.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 7, 2014

'...The Minnesota State High School League allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression in an environment free from discrimination with an equal opportunity for participation in athletics and fine arts'

In the 2015-2016 school year, Minnesota high school transgender students will be permitted to be on sports teams.

According to local station KARE 11, the Minnesota State High School League voted on the policy this past Thursday (4 December).

The MSHSL is a nonprofit association of public and private schools in the Midwestern US state.

December 3, 2014

Veteran is the first out umpire in the league

Dale Scott has become the first umpire in Major League Basball to come out as gay.

The 29-year veteran also revealed he is married to his partner of 28 year.

Scott told Out Sports in a interview published yesterday (2 December) that he is openly gay in his private life and his colleagues already know his sexual orientation.

'I realized that it could open a Pandora's Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It's not a surprise to the umpire staff,' he said.

December 3, 2014

'NGOs and whites come deceiving you that circumcision and condom use are the best ways to protect yourself'

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said people living with HIV 'have betrayed their families' and advised youths to completely abstain from pre-marital sex as the way to prevent infection.

The notoriously anti-gay leader made the comments on Monday (1 December) to a group of youths at a World Aids Day event in Kabarole District, the Daily Monitor reported.

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 24, 2014

Eight LGBTI people were arrested and torturted in the country this month

Gambia's president has signed into law a bill that punishes 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment.

The notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh approved the bill on October 9, according to documents uncovered last week. 

The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV but because 'homosexuality' and 'homosexual acts' are not defined in Gambian law, human rights groups fear that LGBTI people will be persecuted arbitrarily under the new enactment.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 10, 2014

Kees van Baar, human rights ambassador for the Netherlands, wants to work with corporates to improve life for LGBTIs around world

The new human rights ambassador for the Netherlands wants to work with the world’s biggest firms to make the world a better place for LGBTI citizens.

In particular, Kees van Baar hopes to change cultures in countries where homosexuality is illegal, by encouraging big employers to promote diversity for gay, bi and trans employees.

He said it would be one of his aims during his time as the human rights ambassador, a four-year term which started two months ago.

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!

To Enter:

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 14, 2014

The 10th annual event will feature a wealth of exhibitors and opportunities to ask questions of experts and gay men who have already become parents

Gay men in New York or the surrounding areas who are thinking about starting a family should mark Sunday 2 November 2014 down in their diaries.

That’s the date that the tenth, annual NY Men Having Babies expo returns to the Big Apple.

The event is organized by the New York-based nonprofit group Men Having Babies and it is being co-sponsored and hosted by the the JCC in Manhattan.

October 10, 2014

Government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments are required to have 'all gender' toilets

All government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments in Quezon City are required to have gender-neutral restrooms under the municipality's new LGBTI anti-discrimination law.

All public buildings in the Philippines' largest city must have restrooms labelled 'All Gender CR', an acronym for comfort room.

The provision falls under the citywide Gender Fair Ordinance, which was passed unanimously last week.

October 8, 2014

60 people were injured at last year's event, the first ever LGBTI celebration in the country

Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack.

The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November.

Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community.

But hundreds of hooligans started throwing stones and bottles, leading to the police using tear gas against them. Around 60 people were injured.

October 2, 2014

'It's unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head'

Getting her start at the age of 3 on The Cosby Show, Raven-Symoné has been famous for a quarter of a century.

Now 28, the actress came out publicly as a lesbian last year and did so on her terms in a simple Twitter message in support of gay marriage.

The former star of Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven and the popular Cheetah Girls movies credits her mom and dad for giving her the tools to be able to navigate the pitfalls of fame.

September 27, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 26, 2014

Gay TV host and writer admitted to taking the drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House as well as BBC Television Centre

Stephen Fry claims he took cocaine during a visit to Buckingham Palace..

The broadcaster, actor and comic also admitting to using the class-A drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, BBC Television Centre as well as several offices of the top British newspapers.

September 23, 2014

WikiLeaks whistle-blower claims to have received no medical treatment for her gender dysphoria

Wikileaks mole Chelsea Manning is suing US Army and Department of Defense  officials over their refusal to assist her in transitioning from male to female.

The former Army private came out as trans publicly in 2013 after it was announced she would serve a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 secret military documents while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

September 23, 2014

Thousands of political prisoners were 're-educated' in the island jail

The Croatian government has received a controversial proposal to turn a former gulag into a gay resort.

Only a few abandoned prison buildings stand on the uninhabited island of Goli Otok, which translates to the Barren Isle.

Between 1949 and 1956, 13,000 political prisoners were sent to the gulag for 're-education' when Croatia was part of Communist Yugoslavia. About 400 of them died there.

September 22, 2014

Hashtag #stopjailinggays to be used Wednesday and Thursday

Egyptian activists are hoping to have the hashtag #stopjailinggays take over social media this week.

Wednesday (24 September) and Thursday (25 September) are the days selected for a tweeting and blogging campaign to protest repression of LGBTI people in their country.

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

September 17, 2014

The 16-year-old girl has been held without charge since April

A transgender teenager, whose imprisonment without charge sparked national outrage, was found hours after she escaped from a private treatment facility in Connecticut yesterday.

The 16-year-old girl made headlines in April when a judge ordered her to be held in an adult prison without charge at the request of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which said she was too violent to remain in its custody.

September 5, 2014

A former security guard is speaking out, alleging he was not given further employment for being a 'moffie'

A gay man has claimed he was fired after his boss discovered his Facebook profile.

Alexander Bruce was working as a security guard in a top private school in Johannesburg on a three month contract. When it came to an end, he was promised further employment.

After he took a brief break to go to hospital to have his appendix removed, he was contacted by his supervisor.