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December 18, 2014

'You have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce'

US evangelist Pat Robertson has made the bizarre claim that gay people will go extinct because they cannot reproduce.

A viewer wrote into his 700 Club show on Christian Broadcasting Network, complaining that her church did not allow dating and even showing interest in the opposite sex was treated like a sin.

'We’re getting older and no one is getting married,' she said.

Robertson said this was 'absurd' because a church with a no-dating policy would 'die out' – like gay people.

December 12, 2014

Nigerian pastor explains why Jesus loves gays but African Christians do not

To win the struggle to change men and women’s hearts and minds, one must consider what the Bible calls strongholds – ideologies, views or thinking that have been held on to for a long time.

When that thinking is wrong, the challenge is great.

Many African strongholds include the view that homosexuality is paganistic and paganism is bad. The second is that gay white men want to pollute black children (see the justifications for Uganda's anti-gay laws).

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 10, 2014

Followers by director Tim Marshall will be screened in front of A-list critics and avid movie-goers

A gay short film will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Followers is produced by the Iris Prize, the Cardiff-based LGBTI film award.

Written, directed and edited by Tim Marshall, it will be screened from 22 January to 1 February.

It is a dark comedy drama about faith and loneliness with a cast including Valmai Jones and Mark Oliver.

December 9, 2014

Also says same-sex marriage has 'not crossed our minds'

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents faced with the 'somewhat unusual situation' of having gay children

He wants the parents to stand by those children but as far as those children growing up and being able to marry someone of the same sex, the Pope says that's not something church leaders have even discussed.

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 8, 2014

The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland say they can no longer support the agency now that it’s ‘legally obliged’ to allow same-sex couples to adopt

The Catholic Church has announced that it is ending its relationship with an adoption service in Northern Ireland following changes in legislation that mean the service must accept applications from unmarried and same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.

The agency in question is The Family Care Society NI. The agency was originally founded by the Church and has offices in Belfast.

December 8, 2014

'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it'

Connor Franta has 3.6 million followers on YouTube and today he has some big news for those fans: he is gay.

The 22 year old posted his most personal video to date as he shared the news and the lifelong journey of finally getting to the point of accepting himself.

'I put a vast majority of my life on the Internet and I want this to be one of those things too,' he said in a six minute and 27 second video (see below). 'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it.'

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

December 2, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

December 1, 2014

Archbishop 'rejoiced' when parliament approved gender-neutral marriage

Nearly 8,000 Finns have left the official state church after the country legalized gay marriage on Friday (28 November).

The Archbishop of Finland Kari Mäkinen said he 'rejoiced' when the law was approved, which seems to have caused a spike in resignations from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

December 1, 2014

You can bet the DJs are sick of them requesting Like A Prayer

Irish Catholic priests have revealed they regularly go to gay bars.

New research has revealed the sex lives of 'celibate' priests in the Church, revealing many of them have been sexually active and there is an 'active gay scene'.

'Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity' publishes new analysis of priests' views from a series of interviews conducted by Dr John Weafer, a former seminarian who is now married with children.

November 29, 2014

Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Kari Makinen couldn’t be happier that same-sex couples will now be able to legally marry in his country – though he admits some in the church will struggle with the change

The leader of the church that 3 out of 4 Finns claim membership to has welcomed his country's lawmakers’ decision to finally legalize same-sex marriage, posting his thoughts on the matter online on Friday following the vote.

Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Kari Makinen posted to Facebook, ‘I know how much this day means to the rainbow community, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them.’

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

November 29, 2014

Openly gay referee Nigel Owens welcomes the banning of those who targeted him ‘I'd tell them to think twice about saying things’

An openly gay UK rugby referee has had the last laugh after two people who were caught shouting homophobic abuse at him were banned from attending matches.

Welsh Nigel Owens, 43, is the first openly gay referee to work at the highest level, and was subjected to anti-gay abuse hurled from the crowd at an England against New Zealand rugby match.

The match took place at Twickenham stadium, in southwest London, on 8 November and supporters alerted officials to the taunts being directed towards Owens.

November 28, 2014

Archbishop of Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Harris has spoken out against religious parents who desert their gay children as he helped open a new Catholic shelter for children that will not discriminate against gay and lesbian kids

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Harris helped launch a new shelter for at-risk children on Wednesday – one of four operated in the Caribbean nation by the Holy Faith Sisters religious charity.

According to the Credo Center’s administrators, the shelter will welcome children regardless of their sexual orientation and the same policy exists for all the Holy Faith Sister’s children’s shelters in Trinidad and Tobago.

November 27, 2014

'…You have courts that are taking away the very essence of our democracy, the ground from which this great country came...'

Poor Pat Robertson. His Thanksgiving meal will be extra salty due to tears.

His TV show, The 700 Club, ran a segment about the Pilgrims, the religious sect associated with the end of November US holiday.

According to Right Wing Watch, after the clip the televangelist moaned about how the work of the Pilgrims, and Founding Fathers, is being destroyed by judges who support marriage equality.

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

November 23, 2014

Anti-gay pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church posted a video to Twitter that had been reedited and set to animation to make him appear to come out with no explanation

Anti-gay New York preacher Pastor James David Manning, who made headlines with his claim that Starbucks puts semen in their coffee to attract gay men, has now appeared to out himself after a fashion.

On 19 November Manning posted an animated video to Twitter by Herd Mentality Podcast’s Adam Reakes which Reakes had selectively edited the audio of to make it seem that Manning was calling himself a ‘homosexual sodomite.’

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 18, 2014

Raymond Burke was head of the Vatican's supreme court until last month

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he would refuse communion to lawmakers who voted for gay marriage, as he did with pro-choice legislators in his native US.

The prelate made the comments on Saturday (15 November) at a Catholic conference on the family in Limerick, Ireland.

Burke refused to comment on his recent demotion and Ireland's upcoming referendum on gay marriage, but said he would have 'issues giving holy communion' to lawmakers who voted in favour of gay marriage.

November 18, 2014

'The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that's exactly what they would do'

A US televangelist sees little difference between LGBTI activists and the terror organization ISIS.

According to Right Wing Watch Donnie Swaggart, son of famous evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, was hosting an October panel discussion on a television show called  Frances & Friends.

The conversation turned to  subpoenas sent to some religious leaders in Houston who sued the city in an effort to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance.