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May 17, 2015

Reverend Warren Hall supported the NO H8 campaign

A Catholic priest has said he was sacked for supporting LGBTI rights.

Reverend Warren Hall, who used to work at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, posted a message on Facebook supporting the NO H8  campaign.

'I've been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT "NO H8",' he said on Twitter.

'I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here.

It came as the university’s basketball team recruited Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player.

May 16, 2015

Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Fontibon, Colombia has suggested that one of Jesus’ inner circle could have been gay or lesbian in making a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ case against gay marriage

A Colombian Catholic bishop has said that having same-sex attraction is not in itself a sin and suggested that Jesus would have been happy to have been close to someone who was gay or lesbian.

'No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Bishop Vicente Cordoba said Thursday at a conference on same-sex marriage and adoption at the University of Los Andes.

‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Londoners, Ugandans and Gambians came together this week to protest against Yayha Jammeh who has threatened to slit the throats of gay people.

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May), activists have made clear how horrific it is to be LGBTI in certain countries.

May 13, 2015

Survey shows 6% increase in LGB Christians from two years ago

More gay Americans are identifying as Christian despite a sharp decline in overall numbers, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday (12 May).

The survey found that 70.6% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 78.4% in 2013. However, the proportion of LGB respondents who identify as Christian rose 6% during the same period to 48%.

The findings could reflect a culture shift, said Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.

May 12, 2015

'Boycotting me for a discussion? When did we grown so small and intolerant?'

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed 'gay extremists' who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

May 10, 2015

At the same time the Bishop of Limerick warns of 'legal challenges' to school textbooks should the referendum return a Yes vote

Hundreds of marriage equality supporters held a rally on the streets of Dublin today to kick off the ‘final countdown’ to Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality.

 Campaigners from all sectors across society – including teachers’ union and student union representatives and politicians – came together in Merrion Square.

‘Every vote counts and we urge people to use their voice for a positive change in Irish society,’ Max Krzyzanowski of Noise, who organized the event, told RTÉ.

May 9, 2015

Father’s letter is a lesson in tolerance for us all

When husbands Eric and Rich McCaffrey decided to baptize their young son, Jack, they hoped it would be a day of joy and happiness for their entire family.

Instead of being welcomed with open arms, however, the couple were left stunned and disappointed when Jack was turned away from the Cathedral Church of St Luke in Orlando, Florida - just three days before the service was due to take place.

May 9, 2015

Some men can buy their freedom by paying a ransom, but most face death by being thrown off a roof

ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups are using honey trap methods to lure in and capture allegedly gay men.

A source inside ISIS-controlled territory told the Daily Star: ‘They set up dates to coax them into being arrested and executed.’

ISIS’ religious police, the Hisbah, have a special squad of young fighters whose task it is to trick gay men into going on dates with them, according to the Daily Mail.

May 7, 2015

A meeting of the bishops of the Catholic Church in Germany has voted to relax its guidelines for employees of the church, meaning those who divorce or remarry or are living with a same-sex partner will no longer automatically risk being fired

The Catholic Church in Germany has decided to relax its requirement that its employees live publicly in line with the church’s teachings on all issues.

Previously if someone working for a Catholic organization in Germany was discovered to have divorced or remarried or begun a relationship with a person of the same sex they would be fired.

However the Catholic bishops of Germany approved more liberal guidelines during a meeting in Wurzburg on 27 April by more than a two-thirds majority of those present.

May 6, 2015

Men are also prohibited from plucking their eyebrows

Men in Iran have been banned from wearing 'homosexual' spiky hairstyles and plucking their eyebrows. 

Tattoos and tanning beds were also deemed un-Islamic and prohibited in the annual pre-summer crackdown on western fashions.

Mostafa Govahi, head of Iran’s barbers’ union, Monday (4 April) said barbers across the country had been given a list of appropriate men's hairstyles, the Guardian reported.

May 4, 2015

The comedian has fired back at a poster that suggested children need to be raised by a mother and a father

Jason Manford has criticised those supporting a 'no' vote in Ireland's upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

The British comedian took to Twitter yesterday to share his support for LGBTI families by slamming a poster that claimed children need to be raised by a mother and father. 

Alongside the image, which has been liked almost 50,000 times on Facebook, he added: ‘The person who designed the poster had a mother and a father and look how much of an ignorant d**k they turned into!’

May 3, 2015

'I would like to lead the world to a point where it is not essential to even have a coming out,' says the 21-year-old winner

Twenty-one-year-old Mr Gay Germany Klaus Burkart has beaten 20 other men to take home the Mr Gay World title.

The 1.83m tall milk technician from Wangen im Allgäu was presented with the Mr Gay World sash and trophy by 2014 winner Stuart Hatton in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday night.

May 2, 2015

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death

A gay porn perfomer has taken his own life, it has been reported today.

Florida-based performer Rylan Knox died ‘after hanging himself in his boyfriend’s apartment’ at around 7.30pm on 29 April, according to Edge Boston.

NSFW-website Str8UpGayPorn called Knox a ‘relative newcomer’ who had performed in scenes for GayCastings and Hot House, amongst others.

They described him as ‘extremely well-liked among fans, directors and co-stars.’

May 1, 2015

Iconic sportsman, committed family man, original Spice Boy and clothes-allergic friend of the gays – Becks, we salute you

It seems like only yesterday an awkward, red-shirted early-20-something started blazing a trail in British football.

Now, almost two decades, four kids and at least 50 hairstyles later, former England captain David Beckham today hits the big 4-0 (on 2 May).

To mark the occasion, David this morning joined Instagram, posting a sexy snap of himself in bed in Morocco where he's spending his special day – and at last glance he'd amassed over 1m followers in a matter of hours!

April 26, 2015

The NBA player, previously married to Kim Kardashian, has announced he supports Jenner's transition to female

 NBA player Kris Humphries has apologised for a tweet he sent which appeared to criticise Bruce Jenner for coming out as a transwoman.

Following Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer where the former Olympian announced he would be transitioning to a woman, Humphries, who was previously married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days, said: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’.

April 24, 2015

Sympathizers claim the embraces show compassion

Shocking images emerged on social media Thursday (23 April) of Islamic State (ISIS) militants stoning a gay couple to death, seconds after hugging them in 'forgiveness.'

The photos were taken in ISIS-controlled territory in the Syrian province of Homs.

The first few images are close-ups of the two blindfolded men hugging their executioners in an apparent display of forgiveness.

ISIS sympathizers who shared the photos online claim the embraces showed compassion.

April 24, 2015

Gender-fluid deities, gay sex in temples and much more

Think all religion is anti-LGBTI? Think again.

While many know the arguments for and against equality from Christians, Muslims and Jews, have you considered the world’s other major religions?

In my last article for Gay Star News I was struck by the number of readers who commented that religion was our enemy.

If you think that, much of what follows will surprise you.

Hinduism

Hindu views of LGBTI issues are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views.

April 22, 2015

'Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me'

Actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp, came out as bisexual back in 2010.

She's been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community since which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film The Danish Girl. In the film, Eddie Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

Heard plays the artist's wife.

April 21, 2015

'I cannot take this pressure'

India's entrant to Mr Gay World (MGW) has withdrawn from the competition and gone into hiding after his family received threats.

Alarm bells were raised Sunday (19 April) when Thahir Mohammed Sayyed, 28, and his family could not be found at their home in Kochi and Kottayam, and all references to MGW were deleted from his Facebook page.

His nomination sparked outrage among the region's close-knit Muslim community last week when the MGW poster was released on social media.

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

More than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members say he sets 'pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization'

In an open letter published Thursday (16 April), more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members are calling on San Francisco's anti-gay Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to be replaced.

The letter to Pope Francis accuses Cordileone of having 'a single issue agenda against gay marriage' and for setting a 'pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.'

April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

Over 30,000 people called for visas to be denied to the 'gay cure' preachers invited to speak at the summit

A 'gay cure' convention scheduled to take place in London later this month is now cancelled.

Thousands protested over the Holy Sexuality Conference that was scheduled from 21-25 April, with three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates invited to come and preach dangerous 'therapies'.

Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries were invited to speak by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a conservative Christian organization.

Gay people had been specifically invited in order for them to 'overcome their sexual habits'.

April 12, 2015

'The rights of gay people have become, very properly, the great justice issue of our time just as the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of women were in the past': Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows

Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Michael Burrows reiterated his support for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 22.

The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.