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September 16, 2014

'Open mosque’ in Cape Town will allow male and female Muslims to worship together and welcome LGBTI people

The Muslim academic who wants to launch a woman and gay-friendly mosque in South Africa is facing death threats.

The first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial religious venue will open its doors to the public this Friday, led by academic Taj Hargey.

He says he has received several death threats over the plans, claiming he is not a real Muslim for breaking tradition.

Hargey, on the other hand, says the religious practices observed by Muslims in South Africa were old civil customs and not holy law.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 15, 2014

Gay rights activists are outraged by Pennsylvania's blasphemy laws, with some saying: 'This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States'

A teenager is facing jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue.

The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian, unnamed by the press, was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive.

The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.

September 12, 2014

Russia’s Orthodox Christian Church has cancelled a planned doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church after it refused to condemn homosexuality before the two churches can meet

The archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Church has said that he could not attend a doctrinal dialogue summit with Russian Patriarch Kiril after the Russian Orthodox Church demanded that he sign on to a statement condemning gays and lesbians before they meet.

Archbishop Kari Mäkinen was due to meet with the patriarch in Moscow for a summit on Christianity’s approach to anthropology – an area where the topic of human sexuality was bound to come up.

September 12, 2014

Group's president Bill Donohue complains: 'They decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics'

An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be.

The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years.

September 10, 2014

A Californian vlogger welled up after reading messages that had been sent to him from LGBTI people when he asked if being gay was a choice

Like so many others, Chris Thompson of California was deeply affected and moved when Georgian teen Daniel Pierce posted a video on YouTube of his parents reacting with fury and denial when he revealed to them that he was gay.

September 8, 2014

Conservative Judaism, also known as the Masorti Movement, has ordained its first openly gay rabbi, British born Mikie Goldstein, who will lead the Adat Shalom Emanuel synagogue in Israel

The Conservative Judaism Jewish denomination has ordained its first openly gay rabbi two years after clearing the way for gay and lesbian Jews to serve as religious leaders.

British born Mikie Goldstein, 49, became the first openly gay man to become a Conservative Jewish rabbi after finishing his studies for the rabbinate earlier this year at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Last week he was installed as rabbi at the Adat Shalom Emanuel Synagogue in the city of Rehovot in Israel.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 3, 2014

Says he doesn't know any other sports correspondents who are gay

Longtime Sky Sports correspondent Mark McAdam has come out publicly as gay and is thanking his followers on Twitter for their support.

'Already received so many unbelievable msgs, I just wanted to be true to myself,' he tweeted this week.

McAdam, who has been with Sky Sports for seven years, first went public in an interview with Gay Times magazine.

September 1, 2014

He takes his clothes off and jumps in to Lake Superior after a show

Steve Grand, who gained fame last year with his viral hit All-American Boy, has made a lot of fans happy without singing a note.

He simply took all of his clothes off.

Grand decided to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - but he did it his way.

'I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause,' he explained to his Facebook followers over the weekend.

'I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. '

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 28, 2014

This family will not listen as they kick their 20-year-old son out, hit him, and disown him

Daniel is 20. Brought up in a hyper religious household, he knew the day was coming when his parents would kick him out.

On Reddit, user rythymknight posted a video on the sub-reddit GayBros of the day in question.

'You have made a choice, independent of what you've told your daddy,' Daniel's mother is heard saying.

'You can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God. And God creates nobody that way, it is a path that you have chosen.'

August 28, 2014

700 Club host and pastor Pat Robertson has told a viewer her gay teen step son needs a strong man in his life to stop his boy-crushes

American Christian televangelist told a viewer with a gay 13-year-old step son that what he needs is a man in his life.

Robertson told the woman, who’s step son mostly lives with her biological mother, that he needed a strong male role model to stop his ‘crushes on boys’ because he has too many women in his life.

‘His attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman,’ Robertson said during a Tuesday broadcast of The 700 Club.

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 20, 2014

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.

August 19, 2014

The members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will be greeted with a billboard saying ‘God loves gays’ for the next 12 months thanks to Facebook’s ‘God’

The brain behind Facebook’s popular ‘God’ humor page has crowdfunded over $US40,000 in a campaign to erect pro-gay billboards in the home town of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.

August 18, 2014

John Baptist Odama, the bishop of the Church in Gulu, has reminded Ugandans that homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God

A Uganda archbishop has taken an unusual stance in his country, calling on people to not harm gay people.

John Baptist Odama, the bishop of the Church in Gulu, has reminded Ugandans that homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God.

‘Let us learn to love God’s human creatures. It is not that I am advocating for homosexual practice in the country, but we should not take laws into our hands to harm and hate the homosexuals because we all have weaknesses,’ he has said.

August 17, 2014

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson also criticised Christian homophobia in a debate at St John's Church, Kidlington

The Bishop of Buckingham has shown his support to same-sex marriage.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, already known as a supporter for LGBTI rights within the Church of England, gave his support during a debate at St John’s Church in Kidlington concerning marriage equality.

Speaking to worshippers at the church, Dr Wilson said ‘The root of marriage is not sex but companionship.

August 14, 2014

Travel company Hotwire has produced a sweet and matter-of-fact video advert featuring a couple of same-sex parents

When campaigning group One Million Moms makes a complaint about a company it’s usually because that company – in the eyes of many LGBTI people – is doing something right.

The latest organisation to draws its ire is travel brand Hotwire. Its crime? It’s produced an advertising video featuring a real-life couple of gay dads.

August 13, 2014

Robin Williams influenced modern fatherhood more than any other person in today’s culture

The shock of the news of Robin Williams death will be forever carved in my memory. I heard it from one of my least favorite sources, Fox News. I was taking care of my elderly parents who insisted on having the conservative channel on, and the breaking bulletin interrupted their regular programming. Robin Williams was dead.

I had been filtering out the misinformation from the channel for the previous hour, but this report, sadly, was true.

August 13, 2014

The right wing Christian News Network have accused the United Church of Christ of practicing apostasy for their involvement in this year’s Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio this month

Articles which appeared on US Christian news websites CrossMap and ChristianNews.net circulated by the Christian News Network have accused members of America’s United Church of Christ of committing apostasy by being a major sponsor of this year’s Gay Games, accusing them of abandoning Biblical principles.

‘Being the Silver Sponsor, Apostate United Church of Christ Sponsoring Ohio’s Gay Games,’ one headline read.

August 12, 2014

The turn away from ‘curing’ gay people of their sexuality doesn’t mean an end to extremist Christians interfering in LGBTI’s private lives

Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTI Christian is now on the rise.

No joke.

Progress has been made on federal and state levels in the US concerning LGBTI civil rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind.

August 7, 2014

Vision America and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough believes God would be ‘perfectly just and vindicated’ if he allowed half of America to be destroyed by nuclear weapons over its support for LGBTI rights

Southern Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough has told an audience in Florida that God would be right to destroy America over its support for LGBTI rights and has claimed that this is why the Muslim world views it as ‘the great Satan.’

Scarborough, who is the founder of the organizations Tea Party Unity and Vision America made the comments in a video posted to YouTube by Right Wing Watch at the end of July.