LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Social Issues

April 16, 2014

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared ‘promoting’ homosexuality to promoting axe murders in criticizing Honey Maid’s gay family inclusive advertising campaign

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson has compared gay people to axe murderers and cannibals in attacking a recent advertising campaign by US baked snacks line Honey Maid – owned by Nabisco - which presented a family with two gay dads as ‘wholesome.’

April 16, 2014

Hakim was betrayed to the police by his uncle, tortured and forced onto the streets where a journalist put him on a ‘most wanted’ list of gays

A few weeks ago, I told the story of a teen named Corey who was driven from his birth home when his parents found out he was gay, and into the arms of a loving home that rescued him.

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

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality president Peter LaBarbera has been arrested along with a Canadian anti-gay activist after they refused to leave a university where they were staging a protest

One of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States was arrested on Monday in Canada - just days after he was almost not allowed in the country.

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, had been in Saskatchewan province to attend an anti-abortion conference but decided to also hold protests against abortion and gay rights in Canada at two local universities while he was in the country.

April 15, 2014

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality

Brunei will now stone you if you have gay sex from next week.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has adopted a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

This includes homosexuality, adultery, rape, and declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

Gay sex was originally only punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The United Nations human rights office has appealed to Brunei to hold off enforcement of the new penal code, scheduled to take effect 22 April.

April 15, 2014

Malta parliament also voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption

Malta has become the first country in Europe to protect trans people in the constitution.

On 14 April, as the Maltese parliament voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption.

The entirety of the Labour party, 39 members of parliament, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex unions. The opposition, the 30 members of the Nationalist party, abstained.

April 15, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has instructed the Indian Government to create a legal third gender category to recognize transgender people and also that they should be classed as a marginalized group to receive affirmative action in jobs and education

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today.

Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female.

April 15, 2014

No Parking, the first gay bar in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, closed this past weekend to make way for a Planet Fitness gym

Latino and black gay men and their admirers in New York City were dealt a blow on Sunday (13 April) when their bar was closed down.

The venue, No Parking, provided a unique watering spot for gay guys in a traditionally non-gay-friendly neighborhood.

Now it will re-open in the fall as a Planet Fitness, a gym chain seen throughout Manhattan’s boroughs.

April 15, 2014

A US hate-group activist is in rough weather as students unite against malicious propaganda 

A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).

Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.

The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 14, 2014

Conservative Mothers for America leader Mary Baker says ‘gay supremacy is becoming a monster that carries greater evils than white supremacy ever did’

The African American leader of US group Conservative Mothers for America claims that there is a powerful growing ‘gay supremacy’ movement that is worse than the white supremacy movement – which she could tolerate more because at least those racists were Christians.

Mary Baker, a speaker for the Tea Party Express, made the claims in an article for Tea Party Nation which warned that America needed to take a similar approach to putting down ‘Gay Supremacy’ like it had the white supremacist movement.

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 14, 2014

Joe Orton’s sexually loaded comedy was censored by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for being too controversial for the ‘Swinging Sixties'

A 'psychopathic' murderer character in a play had his age raised by censors as gay sex was considered too shocking at the time, new research reveals.

Gay British playwright Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, which first premiered in 1964, was forcibly changed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Emma Parker, a professor from the University of Leicester, came across several letters when she was researching for the 50th anniversary edition of the play.

April 14, 2014

Florida athlete Bubba Watson voiced his support for a reporter who called Jason Collins' coming out as an 'open rebellion to God'

A US golfer, who believes being gay is a sin, won the Masters yesterday (13 April).

Bubba Watson, a 35-year-old from Florida, won the green jacket, the $1.6 million prize and in doing so pleased a lot of conservative Christians.

When basketball star Jason Collins came out publicly as gay last year, Watson took the opportunity to preach against homosexuality.

He was one of the very few professional athletes to take a stand against Collins.

‘Thanks @Chris_Broussard for sharing your faith & the bible!! #GodIsGood,’ Watson tweeted.

April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

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

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has completed his London Marathon bid in 4hrs and 14mins and scored a victory in the fight against AIDS

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has raced passed three big goals today (13 April) – a successful London Marathon finish, a unique challenge to get people tested for HIV and a massive fundraising victory for AIDS.

Joseph was supported by Gay Star News, his own staff and a team of volunteers from Student Pride in his unique marathon effort today.

He managed the race in 4hrs, 14minutes and 48seconds.

And as he passed each mile post, a team from 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s Soho was on hand to test a person for HIV at his G-A-Y Bar.

April 13, 2014

A UK newspaper published the open letter, where a mother tells her son ‘my love for you is and has always been completely unconditional and non-gender specific’

UK newspaper The Guardian’s ‘letter you always wanted to write...’ series has turned out some thought-provoking and interesting pieces.

It allows someone to anonymously write an open letter to someone special, or to address a particular situation they never had the courage to before.

The latest letter, posted yesterday 12 April, was from a mother to her teenage transgender son.

Both extremely heartfelt and moving, the mother in question confronts her relationship with her son from childhood to now.

Read the full letter here:

April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph is completing his fifth marathon today, which will also see 26 new people knowing their HIV status

And they’re off – not just the London Marathon runners but also 26 people who are going to test for HIV.

The Race for Life is the brainchild of Jeremy Joseph, owner of the G-A-Y bar and club chain.

He wanted a new way to mark his fifth marathon, so has organized for a person to test for HIV every time he passes a mile point.

Volunteers from G-A-Y, Gay Star News and Student Pride are out on the route and will be tweeting at every mile he completes, to make it all work.

April 13, 2014

Chris Windows’ anti-gay comments drew 1,500 signatures to stop him becoming Lord Mayor of Bristol

Bristol councillor Chris Windows has withdrawn his bid to become Lord Mayor of the UK city, after a petition to stop his campaign because of his anti-gay comments gathered over 1,500 signatures.

In November 2010, Conservative councillor Windows was highly critical of gay actor Sir Ian McKellen when he visited two Bristol schools to talk about what it means to be gay, on behalf of LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

April 13, 2014

'At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered'

An advocate for abandoned LGBTI teenagers published a Palm Sunday open letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit a homeless center in New York City.

In the full page New York Times' advertisement Carl Siciliano, executive director for Ali Forney Center, notes that one of the reasons   many LGBTI youth are homeless is because of rejection from families.

April 12, 2014

Sexually assaulted at gunpoint, then taken to five nearby ATMs to withdraw cash

A 34-year-old Canadian man was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed by a man he invited to his hotel room in Philadelphia, US after talking with him on the gay hookup app Grindr.

The victim, who did not want to be identified by NBC Philadelphia, was in the city to attend an education conference when he invited the suspect to his Hilton Home2 Suites hotel room around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.