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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.

November 17, 2014

He tweets: “Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!?"

It's not lost on Adam Lambert that some supposedly straight male pop stars are aggressively courting gay male fans.

He's not naming names but it seems clear he's got to be talking about Nick Jonas who has flashed his abs at gay clubs or One Direction's Harry Styles who seemed to hint in a recent interview that he might be bisexual.

The openly gay Lambert is asking his Twitter followers: 'Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!? Should we be flattered? Progress or strategy?'

November 14, 2014

Another senior figure in the church has lashed out at gay people who wish to marry and start families

A Catholic Cardinal in Italy has said this week that gay couples that wish to have children are undermining traditional families and are ‘irresponsible’.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is the Archbishop of Genoa and the President of the Italian Bishops Conference, is regarded as a senior figure in the church.

Addressing a meeting of Italian bishops in Umbria on Monday, he spoke out against same-sex civil unions, saying that they ‘confuse people’, especially if children are involved.

‘It is irresponsible to weaken the family by creating new forms.’

November 12, 2014

Religious authorities say only 15 to 20 participants rejected their advice

Malaysian religious authorities have said 1,000 'gender confused' individuals have joined government 'rehabilitation' programs since they were started in 2010.

The director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), Othman Mustapha, said on Monday that only 15 to 20 people had rejected the advice given at the voluntary camps, which 'are based on self-empowerment, spirituality and rehabilitation.'

November 11, 2014

What happened after Pastor John Pavlovitz told the world what he promised to do if his kids were gay

Love doesn’t always look like love.

When I published this blog a few weeks ago promising to love my kids if they were gay, I was fully prepared for waves of both support and hostility.

November 10, 2014

Court found a state ban on cross-dressing unconstitutional

Malaysia's deputy prime minister has called for a review of last week's landmark ruling that scrapped a state Sharia enactment banning cross-dressing.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that while the government respected the Court of Appeal's decision, the Attorney-General's Chambers and Negeri Sembilan state religious department should appeal to the federal court because of its huge implications on society.

November 9, 2014

'What would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living (in) a disordered relationship with another person?'

Pope Francis has officially demoted an anti-gay US cardinal.

In a move that has been anticipated since mid-October, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke has been removed as prefect of the Apostolic Signature.

In that position, Burke was the head of the Vatican's highest court.

Now the ex-archbishop of St. Louis is the cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta, a ceremonial appointment.

November 8, 2014

The prominent gay actor, activist and prolific tweeter says his 7.8 million followers won't be hearing from him for a month as it is 'unsafe' for him to be on Twitter

British comedian-actor-presenter Stephen Fry has sent a farewell tweet to his 7.8million followers saying he won’t be tweeting until December as he's filming in an undisclosed location and has been 'advised it is safest not to tweet.'

November 8, 2014

Ohio student Cole Ledford posted a defiant message to his attacker, who beat him up for kissing his boyfriend

A US student, who was beaten up for being gay, tweeted a defiant message to his attacker and instantly became a viral sensation.

Ohio student Cole Ledford, who tweets at @ColeLedford11, was beaten up for kissing his boyfriend, and was left with a painful black eye.

Yesterday (November 7), he tweeted a picture of himself and his injuries alongside a text with the words: ‘To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend.’

‘I'm sorry that you called me fag,’ wrote Ledford.

November 4, 2014

'We must confront homosexuality the same way we confront terrorism'

Egypt's Religious Endowments Minister has accused Zionists of 'promoting' homosexuality and atheism in the Muslim country.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa blamed the spread of atheism on 'the colonialist Zionist force which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism, and finances homosexuals and homosexuality.'

'We must confront atheism, nihilism, homosexuality and moral depravity the same way we confront extremism and terrorism,' he said.

October 31, 2014

Singer and AIDS activist praises head of Catholic Church as a 'compassionate, loving man'

Elton John is praising Pope Francis for his attempts to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place for gay people.

'Make this man a saint now, OK?,' John said this week during a benefit in New York City for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

CBS News reports that the singer was cheered when he said: 'Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it.'

October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 26, 2014

A 26-year-old nun in Italy is releasing a 'secular', ballad version of ‘Like A Virgin’ – to the obvious bemusement of Ms Ciccone

We know that the Pope has recently made statements that indicate a softening in the church’s approach to LGBTI people, but we’re not sure how gay music fans around the world are likely to react to a nun’s interpretation of a gay icon’s classic hit song.

Sister Cristina Scuccia heralds from Sicily. She won the Italian version of The Voice earlier this year and her debut album is due early November.

October 24, 2014

Dangdang is the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce company has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral.

The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing on Tuesday uploaded the advert to his Weibo account - the Chinese version of Twitter - anyway, making Dangdang the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love.’

The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has come under fire for hosting the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 21, 2014

'When my brother was told that God didn't love him I was like, "OK, that's not cool."'

Ariana Grande has revealed she renounced Catholicism in order to support her gay brother.

Her sibling, Frankie Grande, who recently appeared on Big Brother, was told by the Church that 'God didn't love him'.

The 21-year-old singer then decided to turn to Kabbalah.

'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph magazine.

'They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.'

October 20, 2014

'This synod was not to make any decisions'

The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan went on a Sunday news program to explain the most recent family report by the Catholic Church.

The cardinal was a guest on ABC News' This Week. He explained more conservative bishops, especially those from Africa, are worried about anything seen as undermining traditional marriage.

October 19, 2014

Mayor Ignazio Marino on Saturday performed the first ever ceremony of its kind at the city hall in the Italian capital sparking anger from the interior minister and the Roman Catholic Church

On the same day bishops in the Roman Catholic Church voted (118 to 62) to remove language that was earlier hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people, the mayor of Rome transcribed 16 same-sex couples’ marriages onto the city’s registers on Saturday although the predominantly Catholic country does not allow for the recognition of such unions.

The 11 male and six female couples were legally married abroad.

October 18, 2014

Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke will instead be named to the Patron of the Knights of Malta

Anti-gay American Cardinal Raymond Burke is about to lose his job as head of the Roman Catholic Church's version of a Supreme Court.

Burke has clashed with Pope Francis since he became head of the church last year and confirmed his demotion on Friday (17 October) to Buzzfeed News.

He will go from being the church’s chief guardian of canon law to patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which is a minor post.

October 18, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 16, 2014

And he calls gay people evil

A man who claims he can 'cure' gay people is facing charges he raped a teenage boy and threatened to kill him with his 'warlock powers' if he told.

Kentucky police have arrested Polly Ann Church of God youth pastor Rex Allen Murphy after the 16-year-old male came forward to say he was being sexually abused.

The abuse allegedly happened at the church and at the suspect's home for a period of at least six months.

Colin Hatfield, the chief of Eubank police, has described the accusations as 'very graphic and to the point'.