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April 23, 2014

India’s Chief Justice has decided he will hear an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision reinstating the country’s ban on gay sex in what will be the last chance to reverse that verdict before a new government takes power

Chief Justice P Sathasivam has decided to hear a final appeal of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 colonial era sodomy law – giving new hope that homosexuality will again become legal in the South Asian country.

The judicial appeal was sought by the Naz Foundation earlier this week but it was unknown whether Sathasivam would accept the case which seeks to contradict the rulings of more junior Supreme Court justices.

April 23, 2014

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious in Uganda for screening gay porn in his churches and claiming gay men eat 'poo-poo'

A Ugandan pastor who has spent years calling for a stricter anti-gay law could now be charged under that very same law.

Pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for screening gay porn in church and claiming it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo’.

But now, after the pastor promoted and held a huge 10,000 rally to celebrate the Anti-Homosexuality Act after it was signed into law, is being accused of promoting homosexuality.

April 22, 2014

Bachelor Boy singer said speculation over his sexuality has 'hurt' his family, especially when he was younger

British singer and lifelong bachelor Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time.

The 73-year-old, who was once hailed as the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, has long been the subject of speculation about whether or not he’s gay.

‘It did [hurt] when I was young,’ the singer said on Australian TV show A Current Affair.

‘It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends.

April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

April 22, 2014

We meet Hiro Mizuhara, a young leading light of Singapore’s emerging LGBTI community, and learn what life and the scene is really like on the island were gay sex is still against the law

Not all advice you get from locals is sound. Picking me up from Singapore’s airport, Hiro Mizuhara had told me not to believe the weather forecast predicting thunder – it hadn’t rained for months he pointed out.

The next day I was in the middle of the stunning Gardens By The Bay when the storm started. The downpour delivered three months worth of rain in a few hours, while I sheltered in the gardens’ enormous greenhouses.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 21, 2014

New research published by Pew Research has found that Catholic Spain has the lowest rate of moral disapproval of homosexuality of any of the 40 countries they surveyed

The Pew Research company has revealed some interesting results as part of its Global Attitudes Project on a range of social issues.

Pew asked people in 40 different countries across five continents the question, ‘do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?’

April 20, 2014

It's not a gay pride parade as reported online, organizers tell Gay Star News

It was not a gay pride parade as reported by online media outlets, organizers of the rainbow contingent told Gay Star News today.

Several reports reported this week that Bangladesh's LGBT community members had marched in Dhaka's New Year festivities, 'wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as "unnatural" and a crime.'

April 20, 2014

Sarah Mbuyi is claiming unfair dismissal after reportedly telling her gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read gay stories to children

A UK nursery worker is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for telling a gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

Sarah Mbuyi, 30, is taking her former employer Newpark Childcare in London, UK to court after claiming she lost her job because of religious discrimination.

Mbuyi, a Christian originally from Belgium, has been accused of harassing her lesbian colleague, giving her a Bible and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.

April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

April 19, 2014

Archbishop Justin Welby admits gay marriage is still an issue for the Church and fears global repercussions if Church supports it

UK Archbishop Justin Welby has spoken about the way the Church has persecuted gay people throughout history, and admits gay marriage is still a contentious issue for the Church.

Welby voiced his concerns about gay marriage and the effect this may have on the global Church community.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Independent, he addressed the ‘great harm’ the Church has done to gay people.

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

April 16, 2014

Romance your way to the heart of a bello or bella with our English-to-Italian translations

Italians are infamous for succulent food and mouthwatering natives.

While religion and macho culture make the country less than gay-friendly, Italy has been a hugely popular destination for LGBTI travelers.

Whether you’re headed to the rolling hills of Florence, the stylish streets of Milan or the stunning coasts of the Amalfi, you’re certain to encounter that Italian hospitality and natural beauty, and we haven’t even gotten to the natives!

April 15, 2014

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them

Nearly half of all women have had a gay experience, a new survey has revealed.

1000 British women were asked about their sexuality, fantasies and behaviors in order to understand how they identify themselves.

While 26.5% of those surveyed said they were bisexual, that figure rose to 38% when asked if they ever had some form of sexual activity with another woman.

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them.

April 15, 2014

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demean us.

In last month’s New York Time’s article The Decline of the ‘H’ Word Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word ‘homosexual’ for the most part is ‘inoffensive,’ ‘outdated,’ and perhaps ‘innocuous,’ the word nonetheless is viewed by many in our LGBTI community as a pejorative term.

April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 14, 2014

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Stories project is seeking the personal stories of gay and lesbian Australians of all ages to put together the picture of how gay life has changed in Australia from the 1940’s to today

Researchers from the National Library of Australia and three Australian universities are seeking the personal stories of ordinary gay and lesbians to document the gay experience in Australia since the 1940’s until today.

The researchers want to plot the course of gay and lesbian Australians lives and how they have changed since attitudes towards LGBTI issues shifted so dramatically in the last few decades.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 14, 2014

Christian pupils claimed homosexuality is offensive to their religion and decided to protest with anti-gay slogans

Two US students wore 'Gay is not ok' t-shirts in order to protest a LGBTI awareness day at school last week.

The seniors at Oregon City High School were told by administrative staff to remove their tops or turn them inside out, as other students found them offensive.

Other pupils of the school were celebrating the Day of Silence, a day where students take a silent vow in order to protest against homophobic bullying.

They said they did not care gay people found the t-shirts offensive, as 'gays' were offensive in their religion.

April 13, 2014

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o presents awards to winners who deliver emotionally rich acceptance speeches

Fresh off dominating the awards circuit for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was on the presenting side of things at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (12 April) in Los Angeles.

Nyong'o was on hand to present the outstanding documentary award and told the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel: 'I wanted to be here tonight in solidarity with this community.'

She then announced that there was a tie in the category between two very different but very acclaimed films: Bridegroom and Call Me Kuchu.

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.

April 13, 2014

JLo is honored along with ABC Family's The Fosters which she produces

Jennifer Lopez paid emotional tribute to her 'way cool' lesbian aunt as she accepted the Vanguard Award on Saturday at the star-studded GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills.

'Her struggles were mostly kept to herself,' Lopez said of her late aunt. 'Tonight, I know she's proud of me and everybody here.'

The Vanguard Award is presented to a media professional, who - through their work - has made a significant difference in support of LGBT equality.