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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.

August 7, 2014

The National Diversity Awards returns to honor some of the most incredible names in the UK

The National Diversity Awards has revealed the nominees for the 2014 ceremony.

It celebrates the incredible work that people have done in the UK to fight for equal opportunities.

Sue Sanders, a teacher and advocate for over 40 years, is nominated for one of the lifetime achievement awards.

The nominees for LGBT Role Model are:

August 6, 2014

A young man has gone on social media and threatened to murder gay people 'one by one' as that is what the Bible says

Mass attacks and gay murders are being threatened in Uganda following the repeal of the anti-gay law.

With fears escalating as the homophobic rhetoric soars, gay activists are expecting the worst. Several lawmakers are hoping to reinstate the law as quickly as possible.

Since the Anti-Homosexuality Act was found to have been passed illegally last week:

August 5, 2014

Bid launched to ensure religiously-affiliated adoption agencies continue to receive US funding even if they refuse to deal with LGBT prospective parents

The Family Equality Council is the latest campaigning group to react with protest at the news that a US Federal Bill could create, what it calls, ‘adoption discrimination’.

August 5, 2014

Three men were targeted with homophobic and racist abuse in the middle on Preston Park

A man was punched unconscious in the middle of the Pride party in Brighton on Saturday (2 August).

The victim and two others were shouted at by homophobic and racist thugs during the festivities in Preston Park.

The three attacked men and one woman were sat on the grass near the Hog Roast vans at around 4.50pm when two men started to urinate close by.

When the group asked if the men could use one of the toilets, the two men became aggressive and a fight broke out.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

August 1, 2014

Free gay social networking app GiFi has launched new features and is using Brighton Pride in the UK this weekend to share them with you

GiFi, the free, inclusive app on iPhone and Android has launched a range of new functions.

And the guys are going to be strutting their stuff at Brighton Pride on Saturday so you can find out what GiFi is all about.

GiFi is a next-generation free gay social networking app changing the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

July 31, 2014

Pidgen Music CEO Panji Anoff announced on Facebook on Monday that he is gay in a prank to see who would unfriend him if they believed it was true

A leading music producer in Ghana has played a prank on his social media followers, pretending to come out as gay to see who his real friends are.

‘I wish to announce today that I am gay, so that all the people who don't want a gay friend on Facebook, can unfriend me now,’ Pidgen Music CEO Panji Anoff wrote on Facebook on Monday.

‘I will miss you all, but I think it will make my Facebook world a better place.’

Anoff made the declaration as he was approaching five thousand Facebook friends – the maximum that Facebook allows.

July 31, 2014

Pat Robertson has compared the situation around LGBTI rights in America today to that of Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed those cities, suggesting pansexuality will soon be made compulsory

700 Club televangelist Pat Robertson has compared the situation for anti-gay Christians today to how things were in the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, suggesting that LGBTI rights advocates are inviting God to destroy America.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.