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April 24, 2015

Mama June: 'It's open season. I will keep ALL my options open'

The older sister of reality TV star Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Shannon has come out as bisexual and in the process outed her mother as bisexual as well.

'She is gay, too! June is gay, too!' 15-year-old Lauryn 'Pumpkin' Shannon said of Mama June during an interview with Inside Edition.

June 'Mama June' Shannon chimed in to correct her daughter: 'Bisexual.'

'I'm not going to lie, I played in the minors but never went pro,' she added.

April 24, 2015

Actor plays father of a gay teen in new movie Blackbird

Isaiah Washington isn't gay, but he knows what it's like to be gay bashed.

The Grey's Anatomy alum told HuffPost Live this week that when he was working as a professional dancer in New York in the 1980s, he was attacked becvause he was perceived to be gay.

'I had on leggings,' Washington explained. 'Walking around in the Bronx, you're getting a beatdown.'

April 24, 2015

'Celebrate by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexuality'

Posters promoting Straight Pride have appeared on a Ohio university campus days after a Pennsylvania high school made headlines for organizing an anti-gay day.

The anonymously posted flyers popped up at Youngstown State University (YSU) earlier this week and invite students to celebrate during finals week 'by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexual orientation.'

'Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride,' they read.

April 23, 2015

'I think it's important for us to stand up for people and to have each other's back'

Vanessa Hudgens says she 'doesn't see people as gay or straight.'

But when it comes to how other people perceive gay people, the High School Musical alum does not always like what she sees.

'People can be very close-minded and I think it's not right. I don't think it's fair,' Hudgens, 26, tells GLAAD in an interview this week for its All Access video series.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 23, 2015

Fans have accused the comic book writers of biphobia

Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief and top writer has defended the outing of Bobby Drake/Iceman.

In the new issue of All New X-Men, the young time-travelling version of the ice-wielding mutant is outed as gay by psychic Jean Grey.

In the comic, Iceman thinks he could be bisexual. Grey, on the other hand, tells him she knows he is 'full gay'.

Some fans have accused the Marvel writers of biphobia or bisexual erasure.

April 23, 2015

Think you can't change an animal's sexuality? These scientists claim you can

Scientists have come up with a way to turn 'straight' rats 'gay' by using happy-making chemicals.

A group of researchers in Mexico have been working for four years to come up with the best way of making rats gay with their experiments.

Using mind-altering drugs, they stimulated the male rats' brains to make them feel good when they were put together.

They also covered the rats with almond oil which they had made them associate with sex.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 22, 2015

'Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me'

Actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp, came out as bisexual back in 2010.

She's been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community since which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film The Danish Girl. In the film, Eddie Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

Heard plays the artist's wife.

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 21, 2015

New books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile show our past struggles and a path to future victory

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that ‘the gay agenda’ was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America on LGBT issues. Much of its outlook was basic common sense and PR.

April 20, 2015

'I don't like muscle boy... a man has to be a man'

Georgio Armani has criticized gay men who 'dress homosexual.'

The 80-year-old fashion designer, who has never denied that he is gay, said 'a man has to be a man.'

'A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual,' he told the Sunday Times.

'When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme - to say, "Ah, you know I'm homosexual," - that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.'

The Italian also condemned men who work out too much.

'I don't like muscle boy,' he said.

April 20, 2015

'If someone in society is like him please don’t marry to a girl to save yourself'

An Indian doctor slashed her wrists in an apparent suicide Saturday (18 April), blaming the emotional abuse her husband subjected her to after she found out he was gay.

Priya Vedi, 31, was found lying in blood at a New Delhi hotel early the next morning.

Her husband, also a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has been arrested for abetment of suicide.

In a suicide note posted on Facebook, Priya said they had been married for five years but had not had sex until recently.

April 20, 2015

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'

US Senator Marco Rubio doesn't believe people choose to be gay but that doesn't mean he thinks they should be able to marry each other.

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

April 19, 2015

'Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down'

District officials are investigating claims a group of high school students harassed peers during last week's Day of Silence.

On Friday,17 April, parents and students contacted Channel 11 News (WPXI-TV) voicing concerns about a group of students from McGuffey High School in Washington County, located near Pittsburgh.

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 17, 2015

Reactions include: 'Are you trying to die?'

How does a straight guy react when he's with his buds and a gay stereotype walks up to him and talks about their 'chats' on Grindr?

Well, pretty much like you'd expect.

The hidden camera prank video features Kevin Brueck as Gaybriel. The prank is two hot girls get a guy's info on the beach and then it gets sent over radio to the 'gay guy'.

Gaybriel then goes over to the guy, says 'Hey! It's me, Gaybriel! You know, from Grindr?' and uses a variety of info he's found out from the girls to trick the guy's friends into thinking it's for real.

April 17, 2015

He is now suing the psychiatrist

A former prison guard is suing the psychiatrist that he claims locked him in a room behind numerous locked doors with a large dog to 'cure' him of being gay.

Calvin Chang claims he was originally sent to Doctor Benjamin Kaufman after he complained to his employers that he was denied promotion because of his sexual orientation.

And now he is accusing him of losing his job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after 20 years of service and forcing him to find a job as an attorney.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

'Women incorrectly wearing the hijab leads to homosexuality among men'

A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay.

Ayatollah Hossein Dehnavi is a celebrity in Iran, where he regularly offers advice on family and sexual matters on state television.

'When fantasizing about another woman while impregnating your wife, the child will be homosexual,' he said.

According to Dehnavi, women who wear Islamic dress wrongly also turn men gay.

April 15, 2015

UK fashion brand Matalan are celebrating families in all genders, colors and sizes with a new ad campaign

A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign showcasing the modern family in Britain.

The campaign, created by fashion brand Matalan, celebrates the shift from the 'traditional' family of a husband, wife, and 2.4 children, to the wonderfully diverse combinations in modern arrangements today - often including step-parents, in-laws, partners, and pets.