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January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 23, 2015

As a famed atheist who has written extensively about his disbelief in God, Richard Dawkins receives plenty of hate mail, including plenty that questions his sexuality

A video has appeared of the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, reading out some of the hate mail that he regularly receives.

Dawkins' well-documented opposition to creationism has earned him the wrath of some religious fundamentalists; all the more so since the best-selling success of his 2006 book, The God Delusion.

Despite the fact that he has been married three times to women, some think his opposition to religious belief must mean that he is gay.

The video was shot last April but has only just appeared this week on the internet.

January 19, 2015

Ultra-modern chic meets Elizabethan mystique at this stylish stopover, just 30 minutes from Brighton

Ah, the great, green county of Sussex. Home to an abundance of outstanding natural beauty and a slew of charming chocolate box towns and villages – and yet so many of us rarely venture out of the bustling gay mini-capital which is Brighton. But just half an hour north, perched atop a hill and boasting breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, you'll find the Tudor village of Cuckfield – and nestling its edge, the inviting Ockenden Manor.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

January 19, 2015

See pictures from the magical day here

The UK's first official Pagan same-sex wedding took place yesterday (18 January).

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, tied the knot (literally) in the handfasting ceremony held in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh.

What once served as an interrogating room during the grisly witch hunts of the 16th century now served as the enchanting venue for the blessed couple, encompassing ancient Pagan traditions.

They cast a circle, invoked the elements, exchanged rings, drank mead out of a two handed cup called a quaich and jumped the broom.

January 17, 2015

Another photograph shows a man falling in mid-air with a crowd watching in the background

The Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS, has released graphic photographs purportedly showing a man being thrown off a roof in Mosul, Iraq, for being gay. The images were reportedly shared by ISIS-affiliated social media accounts and by mainstream media outlets.

An image shows a man being pushed off of the ledge of a tall building by two masked men while another photograph shows a man falling in mid-air with a crowd watching in the background.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the biggest gay political names in the UK said about huge issues

The UK’s first big political debate of 2015 was on gay rights as the three big parties faced off during the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Labour’s Lord Michael Cashman, Liberal Democrat’s Baroness Liz Barker and Conservative’s Crispin Blunt MP answered a variety of questions from the engaged and curious British public.

It was chaired by Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.

They were asked, in overview, what is Britain’s role in global LGBTI rights.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 16, 2015

The NFL's first openly gay draftee and Vito Cammisano were at top of St. Peter's Basilica when he popped the question

It seems that Michael Sam wanted to make a statement when he proposed to boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team got down on one knee and popped the question while the couple were at the top of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Whether it is meant to be or not, the location Sam chose would seem to be a statement to the Catholic Church which is still officially against same-sex marriage.

January 16, 2015

Podcaster is charged with apostasy

A promiment Mormon critic and pocaster faces excommunication from the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for supporting of gay marriage.

John Dehlin yesterday (15 January) said he had been summoned to appear before a disciplinary council on January 25.

'The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely
outcome of the disciplinary council will be either disfellowshipment (ie, official
censure) or excommunication (ie, termination of my membership),' he said in a statement.

January 16, 2015

Once the leader of the Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Pope Francis has claimed the family is being threatened by gay marriage.

Speaking in the Phillippines, the leader of the Catholic Church criticized what he called the 'ideological colonization of the family' - language that many have taken to mean the marriage of same-sex couples.

'The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,' Francis said.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

Emoticons include a fish taco, U-Haul truck and The L Word DVD

A Los Angeles advertising director has created a suite of nearly 50 lesbian emojis out of frustration with the lack of Sapphic emoticons for iPhone.

The Lesbian Emojis app launched two weeks ago on the Apple Store and includes a The L Word DVD cover, turkey baster and her personal favorite – a plaid shirt.

Kimberly Linn, associate creative director at Pitch ad agency, started Lesbian Emojis six months ago as a joke Instagram account that now has more than 10,000 followers.

January 12, 2015

It is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film

The winner of the 2015 Iris Prize will receive a bigger cash reward, organizers announced today (12 January).

The LGBTI short film awards, which are supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, will raise the prize from £25,000 ($38,000, €32000) to £30,000 (€38,000, $45,000).

Together with sponsorship from Pinewood Studios, Gorilla Post and Martin Briggs, there is now a total prize fund of £45,000 ($68,000/€57,600).

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

January 12, 2015

Pope Francis is to visit the Catholic-majority country on Sunday

Philippine Archbishop Socrates Villegas has said homosexuality is not a sin ahead of the Pope's first visit to the Catholic-majority country on Sunday (15 January).

The archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan made the comment today at a forum hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer at University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

January 11, 2015

The infamously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church met their match on Saturday night when they were overwhelmed by pro-gay supporters at their picket 

Westboro Baptist Church is known for turning up at funerals, events and concerts to protest what they call ‘Fag America.’

They often succeed in tarnishing whichever event they are protesting at by displaying their homophobic signs and chanting abuse at attendees.

However, on Saturday night in Portland, US the church met their match when they were driven away from one of their protests by pro-gay supporters. Their protest lasted for only 15 minutes.

January 10, 2015

London Collections: Men continues and we bring you the highlights of day two.

It was cold, wet, and grey with a blustery wind as the city’s followers of fashion faced into day two of London Collections: Men.

January 9, 2015

Now that's something worth praising

A Dublin priest decided to risk everything by choosing to come out in front of his congregation in order to fight for same-sex marriage.

But it was worth taking, for he received a standing ovation from his parishioners.

Father Martin Dolan, a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Dublin's city center, led Mass last weekend by calling on his flock to support same-sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum.

'I'm gay myself,' he revealed.

January 9, 2015

Men’s fashion hits the catwalk in London

In the dark depths of a London winter, it is easy to get excited by AW15 at London Collections: Men as the UK’s menswear designers reveal their vision of what we will all be wearing in the seasons ahead.

The challenge with any major fashion event is that, despite your best intentions, it is impossible to see everything. But armed with a pair of sensible shoes and a willingness to dash madly between venues, I am doing my best to squeeze as much as possible into each day.

January 8, 2015

Staff are warned to 'exercise discretion' when using social media

The Archdiocese of Miami has threatened to fire employees who openly show support for gay marriage, on the same day the first same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Florida.

The Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, Tuesday (6 January) sent a letter to staff warning them that they could be sacked for unCatholic behavior – even outside of work and on social media.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.

January 7, 2015

More than 70,000 people sign a petition to cancel the show

Media watchdog GLAAD has condemned a TLC special about gay Mormon men married to women as 'downright irresponsible' and 'dangerous.'

My Husband's Not Gay will air on Sunday (11 January) and sparked outrage when previews were released last month.