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March 6, 2015

'We are not a lifestyle choice – we are a family'

A gay dad and baseball fan has written an open letter to Daniel Murphy, the New York Mets second baseman who earlier this week said he 'disagrees with the [gay] lifestyle, 100%.'

March 5, 2015

The European wide LGBTI celebration could be cancelled as a result

A group of 'no-homo' activists is trying to kill off EuroPride 2015, due to be held in Riga, Latvia.

Calling themselves 'Anti-Globalists' (Antiglobālisti), the homophobic activists appear to have found a way to ensure the Pride event for Europe will not happen on its scheduled date of 20 June and may not happen at all.

When Mozaika, the gay rights group planning this year's EuroPride, turned up to Riga City Council first thing on 20 February - they got a shock.

March 5, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful later apologizes 'unreservedly'

Ben Carson has said homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice and prison sex proves this.

The potential Republican presidential candidate made the comments Wednesday (4 February) during an interview on CNN.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

The retired doctor then said he supported partnership rights for gay couples but not marriage.

March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

March 5, 2015

Human rights group says the trial seems unfair

A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial.

An elected local official in his 50s and a student in his 20s were arrested in al Hoceima province on 13 December.

Only five days after their arrest, a court convicted the men of sexual deviancy and public indecency based on confessions they made to police then repudiated in court. No witnesses were called to testify.

March 5, 2015

Parent writes in text that she does not want her child influenced by tutor's 'lifestyle'

A mother fired the tutor of her four-year-old child after finding out the young woman is a lesbian.

The tutor then shared screen grabs of a series of texts she exchanged with the mom on Twitter.

The exchanged began with the mom asking the tutor: 'Are you a lesbian?'

After she answered yes the mother texted: 'Well I don't want you to teach anymore as it's against what I believe.'

The tutor replied that she had no intention of mentioning she is a lesbian to a four-year-old child and that being a lesbian has no impact on her ability to teach.

March 5, 2015

Touching video, which features a pair of kissing skeletons, has gone viral with millions of views

A heartwarming video has hit 13 million views after being uploaded only days ago.

The three minute clip shows confused bystanders watching two skeletons hugging and kissing, who then reveal themselves as a female couple. Many more then choose to join in the frolics behind the screen which digitizes them to skeletons.

The ad is promoting the Diversity and Inclusion- Love Has No Labels campaign by the non-profit website which aims to raise awareness about the truth of prejudice and bias in America.

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March 4, 2015

Asks gay bros for advice

Finding a daddy on Grindr is nothing unusual, but that man is not usually your biological father.

Such was the case for teen Reddit user stilldecidinginbetween when he turned to the gay bros community for advice.

'Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car,' he wrote.

March 4, 2015

Teachers are told to listen to the worries and anxieties of LGBTI students

The Japanese education ministry has issued a document to schools and the education board requiring educational institutions give attention and support to LGBTI students.

Local media reports that LGBTI students are often abused and bullied on Japanese campuses, while experts and scholars are recommending schools carry out effective responses earlier to prevent suicide.

But current measures are limited to laws on 'homosexual disorder.'

March 4, 2015

A trawl of Indian social media shows a darker side to our demands for equality

As gay men living in the Indian subcontinent, we often complain about the discrimination we face at the hands of society.

Our complaints are obviously justified. There is no doubt that the conditions gay men face are bad. We are physically attacked, emotionally abused and treated in every way as second-class citizens.

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

March 3, 2015

Actor Alec Mapa among his critics: 'He's glad he's not effeminate? Well the feeling is mutual lady, I'm glad I'm not you

Looking star Russell Tovey is suffering backlash for comments he made about why he is masculine enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The openly gay actor told The Guardian he's grateful his father didn't allow him to attend theater school because 'I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. ... where I felt like I had to toughen up.

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 3, 2015

Looking star criticized 'effeminate' gay men

Looking star Russell Tovey has said sorry after he said he was glad he was 'masculine' enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The British actor suffered backlash for his criticism of 'effeminate' men, with him saying he was branded the 'worst gay ever'.

During an interview with the Observer, he said if he had gone to drama school, he would have 'pranced around ' and 'could have been really effeminate'.

Writing on Twitter, the Australian actor and singer Brendan Maclean accused Tovey of 'internalized homophobia'.

March 3, 2015

One trans woman was raped by 14 soldiers and performed sex acts for food

The first in-depth study on the treatment of LGBTI Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge has uncovered widespread sexual and emotional abuse.

All 48 interviewees for the study, which was released on Friday (27 February), reported having to hide their sexuality for fear of being killed, while many said they were subjected to forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse by Khmer Rouge soldiers and officials.

All the gay men and most of the transgender women surveyed said they had experienced sexual violence.

March 2, 2015

The President and Founder of Witeck Communications reflects on a key moment in corporate America’s evolution regarding the public endorsement of LGBT issues

One evening in 1998, when the CEO of American Airlines telephoned, I could feel my temperature rising.

My anxiety didn’t stem from his title or the surprise nature of the call. Rather, it stemmed from an ongoing battle with conservative groups over the company’s right to serve LGBT customers.

But let me back up a few years.

In 1994, I began to consult closely with marketing colleagues at American Airlines to launch an innovative effort to help grow the company’s loyal and frequent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers.

March 2, 2015

Letters are posted ahead of the country's annual legislative sessions

The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.

His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.

'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'

March 1, 2015

'Love is defined by two people in an intimate and personal way, and superimposing an institution on that isn't necessarily, for me, the most exciting idea.'

Actor Zachary Quinto, one of Hollywood's most high-profile gay celebrities and outspoken gay rights advocate, says he's not a fan of marriage, whether it’s gay or straight, which he sees as 'superimposing an institution' on a personal relationship between two people.

February 28, 2015

Vice sends their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions

US-based Vice, known for its guerrilla-style and constroversial documentaries, has released a three-part documentary investigating gay conversion therapy – a practice that has been denounced by medical communities and partially banned by several states including California and New Jersey.

For the documentary, Vice sent their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities to 'cure' themselves of their attraction to other men.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.