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June 15, 2015

'I accept my daughter loves women and men'

Kristen Stewart is bisexual and dating her personal assistant Alicia Cargile, her mother has confirmed.

Kristen, 25, split from long-term love Robert Pattinson, 29, two years ago.

The Twilight actress is notoriously private about her love life, but speculation about her relationship with Cargile has been rife since they were photographed cosying up together at Coachella music festival in April.

Her mother Jules Stewart, who also works in Hollywood as a script supervisor, has given her blessing to the relationship.

June 15, 2015

Gay hotelier hosted a dinner for homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

Gay hotelier Mati Weiderpass was kicked out of a gay bar in Fire Island over the weekend for his affiliation his Ted Cruz.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC hotel, which has been the target of protests and boycotts by its mainly gay clientele after they hosted a dinner for the homophobic Texan senator at their Central Park penthouse.

Weiderpass was sitting at a table at Sip-n-Twirl on Sunday (13 June) with some friends.

June 1, 2015

'It is time'

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten Monday (1 June) introduced legislation to legalize gay marriage.

The private member's bill would replace the words 'man and woman' with 'two people.'

'It is time. The right time to make marriage equality a reality,' the Labor party leader told the lower house.

Shorten said his legislation sent the following message to young LGBTI Australians, two out of five, he noted, have thought about self-harm or suicide: 'We are proud of you, for who you are. You belong.'

May 6, 2015

Would you ever consider relocating to the Middle East for work purposes? And is the situation different for gay people who move there as opposed to nationals?

Countries in the Middle East are among the worst in the world when it comes to laws relating to LGBTI people.

If you’re gay, what might it be like to relocate to the region for work purposes?

The Middle East is a large and diverse area. While being gay can result in capital punishment and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, the situation if very different in Israel, where same-sex sexual activity is legal and gay people go about their lives without too much fear of persecution.

April 28, 2015

Linda Thompson: 'I’m so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn’t know'

When she married Bruce Jenner in 1981, Linda Thompson did not know that her Olympic champion husband secretly identified as a woman.

But by 1986 and the birth of two sons, the couple was divorced and Jenner's gender dysphoria was the reason.

'If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. Pure and simple,' Thompson writes in Huffington Post.

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.

April 25, 2015

The bill, to be voted by the lower house, aims to protect the rights of transgender persons and end discrimination against them through a national commission and special courts

The Rajya Sabha, upper house of India’s Parliament, voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a bill to protect the rights of transgender people.

According to media reports, the private member's bill by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva who represents Tamil Nadu was the first member-sponsored bill to be passed since 1970.

On Friday, MPs are said to have cut across party lines to support the proposed legislation that aims to safeguard the welfare of transgender people who are known in India as the 'third gender'.

April 22, 2015

The New Zealand organization, which specializes in providing LGBTI diversity training for businesses, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week

Rainbow Tick, the Auckland-based organization that provides diversity training to private and public sector companies, celebrated its first anniversary this week with a party at the Sub Rosa café in the Auckland Viaduct on Monday night.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

Makes comments while defending Indiana's 'religious freedom' law

Pat Robertson spouted another anti-gay conspiracy this week on his The 700 Club television show.

The 84-year-old televangelist, speaking in defense of Indiana's controversial 'religious freedom' law, called the liberals who led the backlash against the law 'totalitarian socialists. They want the government to force everybody into their mold.'

The state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act led to a nationwide backlash because it opened the door for private businesses to legally discriminate against gay people if they cited religious beliefs.

April 16, 2015

Mike Pence now has favorable rating of just 35%

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is paying the price for rushing to sign the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA) into law last month.

After nationwide backlash and a disastrous interview with ABC News defending the law, Pence called for amendments to legislation that was viewed as giving license to private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and others.

It's also been damaging to the Republican governor's reputation.

April 14, 2015

'Many have a phallic appearance to push teenagers to enjoy this shape'

Pokemon 'perverted' the sexuality of many teenagers from 1985 into the 1990s, according to a study by the Credo Dollar Ministry.

The Atlanta mega church said the first clue to the cartoon's homosexual agenda was the relationship between hero Ash and his companion Brock.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 10, 2015

Two weeks after voting to allow same-sex couples to adopt in the state, the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to reject them as potential parents on religious grounds

The Florida state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies that have contracts with the state to discriminate against same-sex couples if the owner says they have a religious objection to them.

Representatives voted 75-38 in support of the bill with most of the votes against it coming from House Democrats.

Republicans say the bill is needed to protect religious adoption agencies from having to either go against their conscience or close down if another bill formally allowing same-sex couples to adopt becomes law.

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 9, 2015

This is perfect

When you see a picture of two young women wearing matching outfits staring lovingly in each other's eyes, and you hear there's a rant coming, you can only think one thing.

But thankfully, when Brazilian man Nelson Felippe expressed his disapproval of this photo, it was very different to what you might expect.

On the scene in Rio, he writes: 'I’m not prejudiced, I think everyone does what you want out of your life. But I think it’s absurd I be forced to witness a scene like that.

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 4, 2015

The couple tied the knot at he same venue where they had their civil partnership nine years ago

British TV presenter Clare Balding has revealed she married her long-term partner in a very low-key ceremony.

Balding and her partner, newsreader Alice Arnold, have been together for 14 years and entered a civil partnership in 2006, which they now converted to a marriage.

‘We converted,’ she tells Jonathan Ross in the Jonathan Ross Show tonight, according to the Huffington Post.

April 3, 2015

Who's up for a railway romance?

There are few forms of travel that evoke the romance and adventure of the railway.

Conjuring nostalgia for travel’s golden era, an epic train trip not only gives you the chance to just relax and enjoy the view, the view itself can give you special insight into a country you’d never get by sticking to the roads. In some more perilous areas, rail travel is the only option.

Here, Asia specialists Backyard Travel lead us on a tour through three of Asia’s most thrilling train trips.

April 3, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: 'The fact that it might not solve every problem for everyone probably means that it's a good bill'

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Thursday that provides protections for religious freedom but was revised to not appear anti-gay.

Hutchinson surprised many this week when he refused to sign an earlier version of a bill which closely resembled the law that has caused a firestorm of controversy in Indiana in the past week.

April 3, 2015

'I can only hope that (the government) will do the right thing for the people of our state'

Singer John Mellencamp doesn't plan to join others in the boycott of Indiana over the signing of its 'religious freedom' law.

But he 'thought seriously' of canceling some upcoming shows.

The life-long resident of the state states in a Facebook post that he has a 'heavy heart' over legislation that opens the door for private businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians for religious reasons.

April 3, 2015

Crystal O'Connor: 'We have to accept them, and we just ask they accept us'

Flush with nearly $800,000 in donations from supporters, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, aren't through talking about gay people.

'God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him,' Crystal O'Connor tells Fox News.

She also said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 3, 2015

Tom Cotton of Arkansas: 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay'

Tom Cotton, the junior US senator from Arkansas, thinks the critics of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law need some perspective.

There has been a national backlash against the state over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act which opens the door for private businesses and others to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

'I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,' Cotton said on CNN this week. 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.'

April 1, 2015

Asa Hutchinson says his own son signed a petition demanding a veto

He had vowed to sign it, then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson didn't.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson surprised all when he announced he would not #HB1228 into law.

The 'religious liberty' bill passed by the legislature this week is nearly identical to the one causing a firestorm of protest in Indiana. They are seen by critics as a way for private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians.

'This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. these are not ordinary times,' Hutchinson said.