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June 30, 2015

Fan threatened to 'unlike' Schwarzenegger after he joined millions in adding Pride rainbow filter to his profile photo

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a short but sweet response to one of his 3.38 million Twitter followers who took issue with The Terminator altering his profile pic to reflect LGBTI pride.

'What's wrong with you Arnie?' the follower asked. 'I have to unlike.'

Schwarzenegger replied with one of his signature movie lines: 'Hasta la vista.'

The actor and former California governor was one of 26 million people who used a rainbow filter to his profile image after the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

June 29, 2015

Government spokesman says Philpline law limits marriage to a man and a woman, only Congress and not the courts can change the law

Several hundred people turned out for the Metro Manila Pride in the Philippine capital on Saturday to celebrate a US Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all US states and to push for LGBT rights locally.

The leadership of the Philippines' dominant Roman Catholic church, which has fiercely opposed gay marriages along with divorce and artificial contraceptives, stressed its opposition to legalizing gay marriage in the country.

June 28, 2015

The reporter mistakes a parody flag to be an ISIS flag with 'gobbledegook' on it along a sea of rainbow colors

During an exclusive segment on London's city's gay pride celebrations on Saturday, a CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle reported that she had spotted an unidentified man 'quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd' who was dressed in white and black waving an 'ISIS flag'.

'If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic,' Pawle said.

'In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag,' she told viewers.

June 26, 2015

In historic ruling, US Supreme Court rules there is an absolute right to marriage equality

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage legal across the United States.

The high court has voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion.

'The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,' Kennedy wrote. 'This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.'

Kennedy also wrote that laws banning same-sex marriage are unfair to gay couples and to their children.

June 26, 2015

Kevin Tsai of Taiwan is worried others can't take the pressure

One of the very few publicly out stars in Greater China has broken into tears on air as he recalled how he usually advised fellow gay celebs against coming out.

'A lot of stars that aren't so familiar with me would secretly go through friends to send me texts, saying they want to come out of the closet,' said talk show host Kevin Tsai during a recording of the mainland Chinese online program U Can U Bibi.

June 26, 2015

Lies, mistranslations and anti-gay editing – it’s not what you think, writes Kevin Childs

We’ve a lot to celebrate this pride season. The Irish have voted to extend marriage to same-sex couples, Greenland too, and across the US anti-gay laws have been droping like alcopopsicles in the sun – with the highlight being the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

It’s not all bread and roses. In Kenya LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned with threats of ‘we are going to drink your blood’.

June 26, 2015

Jewish nonprofit that offers gay conversion therapy violated state’s consumer fraud act and must pay $72,400 in damages

A jury has found a New Jersey nonprofit that offers so-called gay conversion therapy guilty of consumer fraud in state Superior Court.

JONAH, or Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, and its co-founder Arthur Goldberg made false promises that its therapy could turn gay men striaght, said the seven-person jury.

Their decision was immediately hailed as a landmark civil-rights verdict. The judge will rule later whether to revoke JONAH's license.

June 26, 2015

Image celebrates Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling - gets mixed reaction

If you check out The White House Facebook and Twitter accounts today, you'll see that the house is not so white.

Shortly after the US Supreme Court handed down its ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal in every state, The White House social media photo was changed to reflect the colors of the LGBTI rainbow.

The change in photos had nearly 500,000 'likes' as of Friday afternoon and had been shared more than 150,000 times.

June 25, 2015

The Austrian drag queen said it was 'an honor' to be chosen as the cover model

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Germany topless.

The Austrian drag star’s cover shoot for the July issue of Rolling Stone's German edition sent the press into overdrive when it was revealed on Wednesday, 24 June.

Showing the bearded lady topless, her nipples covered by black electrical tape, the teaser for her interview reads ‘Take the plunge! Conchita is living the difference”.

June 23, 2015

Uses #poweredbypride hashtag to raise funds for Hetrick-Martin Institute

Actor Russell Brand reached out to his more than 10 million Twitter followers on Tuesday (23 June) to raise money for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

June 23, 2015

Document to guide discussions at the October synod of bishops released

A working document released by the Vatican on Tuesday (23 June) reveals there won't be any movement towards accepting same-sex marriage when bishops gather in Rome for the Catholic Church's October synod.

But the document does again state that as church teaching requires, gays should be welcomed and respected and that gays and their families should receive special pastoral care, according to the Associated Press.

June 19, 2015

Bishop of Antwerp Johan Bonny wants the Catholic Church to embrace same-sex couples and bless their relationships with an alternative rite to marriage and he will be taking his views to Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family in October

The Belgian Catholic Church is sending one of the most outspoken priestly allies of the LGBTI community in Catholicism to the Vatican’s special Synod on the Family that has been called by Pope Francis to revisit the church’s views on relationships and human sexuality.

June 18, 2015

Olympian tweets that OITNB star is 'fierce and fabulous'

Current Vanity Fair cover subject Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter on Wednesday (17 June) to reach out to past Time magazine cover subject Laverne Cox.

June 18, 2015

Gays would have been a lot better off if the French won 200 years ago, says Kevin Childs

The Battle of Waterloo, fought 200 years ago today (18 June), was the start of a new world order. The British see it as the defining moment in the history of Europe, the defeat of the tyrant Napoleon and his Frenchified ways: au revoir to liberté, egalité and fraternité.

It was the return of business as usual for the despotic crowned heads of Europe and an end to the career open to talent represented by Napoleon’s empire.

June 18, 2015

These artists are breaking boundaries all over the world

You've listened to Elton John, you love Sia, and you know every word to Freddie Mercury's discography.

But, in the last few years, the gay music scene has started to blow up around the world, changing perspectives and breaking the rules while getting everyone dancing.

Here are the eight ground-breaking, out and proud artists who are changing the face of music from San Francisco to Lebanon:

1. Double Duchess

June 16, 2015

Whoever operates the American Airlines Twitter account was in an unapologetic mood with a Twitter user who questioned the firm’s use of a rainbow logo for Pride month

American Airlines is just one of the companies that has taken a public stance in support of LGBTI Pride Month in the US – even if its stance has not been welcomed by all its customers.

At the beginning of the month, it changed its logo to feature a rainbow background, and included the new logo on all its social media accounts.

June 16, 2015

'Parenthood is based on the diversity of being male and female'

Pope Francis said Sunday (14 June) children need straight parents, a day after tens of thousands of people marched at Rome Pride.

The pontiff said that the Bible taught parenthood was based on the diversity of being male and female – 'the "first" and more fundamental difference, constitutive of the human being.'

Francis likened a long-lasting marriage to a fine wine, in which a husband and wife make the most of their gender differences.

June 15, 2015

One gay man is taking on the Church in an employment tribunal

One ruling could lead to British married gay clergy being protected from discrimination from the Church of England.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton is taking the Church to task after being refused to work as a hospital chaplain at King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

He was the first gay British clergyman to get married, shortly after it was made legal in England and Wales, in April 2014.

June 14, 2015

800 years old and a pre-runner to modern human rights in the UK, US and beyond. But the world of Magna Carta is not what you think, writes Kevin Childs

How gay was Magna Carta? The sealing of this unique document 800 years ago tomorrow (15 June) by England’s King John may seem remote to modern LGBTI rights, but is this really the case?

Did the Magna Carta create a legal framework where same-sex love and intimacy could subsist and even thrive? What was the world from which Magna Carta emerged? The image of early medieval England is one of relentless, roaring heterosexuality, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, lock up your daughters, the king’s in progress. But was it?

June 11, 2015

New bill is expected to pass without difficulty in July

Greece's radical-left government Wednesday (10 June) introduced legislation on same-sex unions for the first time, two years after the European Court of Human Rights condemned the country for excluding gay couples from civil unions.

The bill will extend insurance, taxation, inheritance rights to gay couples, but not adoption.

June 9, 2015

The Iranian-born singer says he wants to raise awareness of what's going on in Iran and that religion is guilty of legitimizing violence against LGBT people

Norwegian Eurovision star Tooji on Monday released a controversial music video shot inside an Oslo church which has since attracted criticism by the Bishop of Oslo, Ole Christian Kvarme.

The video for the track Father features the singer having sex with a male priest in front of a shocked congregation.

The bishop has condemned the video saying it is 'totally unacceptable' and 'a gross misuse of the church,' according to The Local.

He added that the video’s producers had misinformed the church about the video's contents.

June 6, 2015

The Russian Orthodox Church says it will reconsider its relations with 'churches and associations which trample upon the principles of traditional Christian morality'

The Russian Orthodox Church this week announced its decision to severe its ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions.

The Moscow Patriarchate said 'formal contacts' with the two institutions were pointless after the Presbyterian Church of Scotland’s decision to ordain clergy who are in same-sex civil unions and the United Protestant Church of France’s move to allow clergy to bless same-sex marriages.

June 4, 2015

Jenner’s life is privileged by contrast to the everyday reality of her trans brothers and sisters

Caitlyn Jenner has caught the world’s attention. Not as the beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

This time Jenner has won applause and admiration for her bravery in coming out as a trans woman debuting on the July cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

And she looks amazing!

June 4, 2015

In her first tweet, the Motown legend says she's 'loving it'

The great diva Diana Ross made an announcement on Wednesday (3 June): 'I am on Twitter now and loving it.'

The Motown legend in her first 21 hours has gained 20,000 followers - not exactly Caitlyn Jenner numbers (1 million in four hours) but still pretty respectable for a 71-year-old superstar.