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October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 17, 2014

While gay couples do have 'gifts', he claims homosexuality is still 'not the orientation God wants'

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he knows some 'marvellous' gays.

Speaking to journalists yesterday (16 October), he was asked for an example of the 'gifts and qualities' gay people can offer the church as cited in a Vatican document this week.

He said he knew an Austrian gay couple who were 'marvellous human beings', as, shockingly, they supported each other when they were sick.

'The basic principle is that we first look at the person and not at their sexual inclination,' Schönborn said.

October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star reveals how he struggled with his sexuality, sleeping with different men, before he met love of his life David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed how he knew for certain he was gay when Burt Reynolds kissed him on the mouth.

The 41-year-old gay actor has revealed how he came to terms with his sexuality, but a surprising encounter sealed the deal for good.

In his new autobiography, he said he first suspected he was gay when he developed a crush on a trumpet player in his middle school band in 1986.

'Mom, I'm afraid I'm gay,' he said.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

October 11, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account

Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October).

Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page.

The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compared gay rights advances to cancer.

October 11, 2014

US Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments came in an interview during the Pope’s Synod of the Family in Rome, in which he also commented on the ‘aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda’

A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships.

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to discuss family issues, including same-sex marriage.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 10, 2014

Reflecting on ABC’s latest comedy show, Rev. Irene Monroe thinks there’s a fine line to tread between reflecting reality and causing offence…

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish, aired last week, left its LGBTQ viewership ‘black and blue.’

‘It looks a little gay,’ Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre – short for Andre – while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the ‘birds and the bees.’

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

October 6, 2014

Israel’s Ministry of Health issued a public warning on Sunday that attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions are not based on real science and can be potentially harmful

Israel’s Health Ministry has formally adopted the recommendations of its country’s Council of Psychologists and the Israeli Psychological Association against so-called reparative therapies aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation - issuing a public warning against them on Sunday.

October 3, 2014

London 2012 Olympian Greg Rutherford has spoken openly in support for his friend

A gay couple say they were turned away from a London property because they are not a 'regular couple'.

George Poole, 26, and boyfriend Matthew Greenaway were outraged after they received a homophobic text when they enquired about a house share in Clapham, south London.

'Hi guys, sorry but we are looking for a regular couple,' the text said. 'Thanks for understanding.'

Poole, in response, said: 'FYI we are a regular couple. Homosexuality is not irregular! Thanks for being ignorant.'

October 2, 2014

It's National Poetry Day in the UK, so for the second year in a row we pay tribute to the best LGBTI poets from history and today

Using only the written word, a poet can make you laugh, cry, think, or wonder with just a turn of phrase.

There are many gay, lesbian and bisexual poets who have this ability, and rank as some of the best literary voices in history.

So to celebrate National Poetry Day in the UK, Gay Star News decided to take a look at some of the most inspiring gay and bisexual poets from history and today.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

In the year that marks the centenary of World War 1, you have to begin with Wilfred Owen.

October 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.

September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

September 29, 2014

Defendents can no longer claim their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity

California has become the first state in the US to ban the so-called 'panic defense' that has been used successfully by some defendants in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which eliminates the excuse that a person was 'panicked' into committing a killing or assaulting a gay or trans person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.

Some defendants have succeeded in having homicide or manslaughter charges reduced by saying their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 29, 2014

How many Brits still think HIV is a 'gay-only disease?' Do gay or straight couples have more adventurous sex? And how long is the average gay relationship?

A sixth of Brits and more than one fifth of Londoners believe the UK should criminalize gay sex.

The new survey of British sexual behavior, carried out by The Observer, has found that 16% of Britons believe homosexuality should be outlawed. Men (19%) are more likely than women (13%) to want gay sex banned.

It has been six months since the first gay Brits got legally married.