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July 23, 2014

An Egyptian cleric has accused extreme Islamists and terrorists of having gay anal sex together while fighting in the name of Allah

Militant Islamists and terrorists are waging ‘anal jihad’ by having gay anal sex with each other, an Egyptian cleric has claimed.

There is even a ‘fatwa’ or religious edict allowing it, says Mazhar Shahin.

But others have claimed Shahin may be simply trying to discredit the Muslim Brotherhood, who were kicked out of power last year in Egypt and who he fiercely opposes.

A video picked up by progressive online news show The Young Turks shows Shahin describing ‘anal jihad’ on Egyptian channel al-Tahrir.

July 23, 2014

Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has begged gay people to not get angry with him for saying they are possessed by demons that smell worse than pigs

We have heard plenty of theories for homosexuality, but this one might be the most ridiculous yet.

Bert Farias, a pastor and founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has said the reason why people are homosexual is because they are possessed by fart demons.

He claims that once a person chooses to be gay, it opens them up to engaging in ‘unclean demonic practices’.

And then once that happens, they are possessed by foul-smelling demons that even pigs will not tolerate.

July 23, 2014

'Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men'

President Barack Obama is being accused of using the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week to further a ‘radical gay agenda’.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer ranted in a predictable manner after the president paid tribute to the loss of dozens of HIV and AIDS researchers.

Obama said the US will ‘continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose’.

Fischer was not happy.

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

July 23, 2014

Athletes will be asked if their sexuality causes problems before specialists are brought in to help them

British gay athletes are to get extra help to overcome the problems they face and win gold at the Olympics and other top contests.

It will start with top-level athletes meeting with LGBTI sports experts to find out if discrimination or keeping their sexuality secret is holding them back.

Then specialists will be brought in to solve the problems they face so they get picked to represent their country and perform their best.

July 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

July 22, 2014

Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a South African girl, making them the first Danish same-sex couple to adopt a child from another country since it became legal in 2010

Danish couple Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a nine-month-old South African girl, making them the first same-sex couple in Denmark to legally adopt a child from another country.

Same-sex couples have been allowed to adopt as couples since 2010 in Denmark. However few countries allow overseas adoptions by same-sex couples so it is not until now that the first overseas adoption by a Danish gay couple has occurred.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 22, 2014

Human rights groups are calling on Malaysia’s National Unity Consultative Council to stand strong in the face of criticism after it included sexuality and gender identity among protected groups in a draft new anti-discrimination bill

Malaysian human rights groups Diversity and Penang Freedom to Love are asking their country’s National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to stand firm via a new online petition campaign after it released a draft bill of a proposed new anti-discrimination law.

The current draft of National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill would prohibit unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender and sexuality by the government or any person.

July 22, 2014

The Minister for Education has warned a headmistress that her school could lose funding if it is found she fired a teacher for being gay

A Catholic school could lose its public funding if it is found they fired a teacher for being gay.

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the Trento school after a teacher spoke out about being sacked to protect the school’s ‘ethics’.

Eugenia Libratore, the headmistress of Sacro Cuore, reportedly said she decided not to renew the ‘adequate and professional’ teacher’s contract because she ‘has the school’s environment to protect’ and ‘moral ethics’ to preserve.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 22, 2014

Recent reports that sperm donation in Britain is still in a critical state have been much exaggerated. Donors and sperm samples are in good supply, reports the London Sperm Bank

Reports continue to suggest that sperm donation in Britain is in a state of crisis: insufficient donors, insufficient supplies… and deep frozen sperm samples flown in from Denmark in yet another Viking invasion.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially at the London Sperm Bank, where more than 15,000 vials of donor sperm are in storage and where, since the London Sperm Bank opened its doors in 2010, almost 4,000 cycles of treatment have been completed.

July 22, 2014

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay

Actor George Takei has revealed he attempted to persuade Star Trek writers to include an episode dealing with gay rights.

But, sadly, the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry wasn’t interested in the idea.

Takei, who found fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, appeared on Real Time will Bill Maher this week to talk about his life and career.

He said as the show was so good as tackling women’s rights, race relations and international politics, he would have loved for Star Trek to deal with the gay rights struggle in America and around the world.

July 21, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film as the gay World War 2 genius

‘Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.’

That is the line that closes the trailer for The Imitation Game, the long-awaited biopic of Alan Turing’s life.

Benedict Cumberbatch, better known for his starring role in Sherlock, will play the gay World War 2 genius.

Based on a script by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore, the film will follow the wartime hero as he cracks the German Enigma code.

July 21, 2014

Sexism, transphobia and mockery reported in new survey. Anti-gay laws hurt engineers’ chances of working abroad

Nearly half of LGBTI engineers hide their sexuality at work and some have even been forced out of the profession.

That’s according to a new survey by the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) magazine.

It shows 41.8% are not open at work about their sexuality, compared to just over 45% who say they are.

July 21, 2014

Band donated $20 for every single member of the 'God Hates Fags' church that decided to show up to protest at their gig

Panic! At The Disco have taken on the Westboro Baptist Church after the group targeted one of their gigs.

Last week, the ‘God Hates Fags’ church announced plans to protest the band’s show in Kansas City, Missouri.

As Panic! At The Disco are the church’s latest targets, the zealots recorded a homophobic parody of the band’s 2006 single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

They dubbed their version ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’.

July 21, 2014

Two male prostitutes have been found murdered in the South American former British colony of Guyana after their friend refused the advances of another man

Two gay sex workers have been stabbed to death in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown and another has escaped an attempted murder after he spurned the killer’s advances.

An unnamed man had been in a five year relationship with a male sex worker but threw gasoline on his ex after he broke up with him and tried to set him on fire near the city’s St George’s Cathedral.

However other male sex workers intervened and he fled the scene.

After that failed the man tracked down male sex workers Jason John and Carl Sinclair and stabbed them to death.

July 20, 2014

'It's a really important time for what we think everyone needs, which is a space to grieve and to respect the six members of our community that died on MH17'

At the 20 July opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference there was moment of remembrance for those who lost their lives aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

The conference, held in Melbourne, is the biggest meeting of AIDS activists, researchers, and advocates. Approximately 12,000 delegates are expected to attend.

July 20, 2014

Colleen Simon, who worked in the food pantry and helped the homeless, was sacked after marrying a woman

A woman who was fired by a Catholic food pantry in Kansas City, Missouri, for being gay is taking the diocese and its bishop to court.

 

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 19, 2014

The data used span a decade, making this a larger and longer trend examination than any previous report

A new study shows the rate of HIV diagnosis in the US has reduced by a third in the past 10 years.

The survey was published today, 19 July, by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The investigation is part of the publication's HIV research report, made public ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference (held in Melbourne, Australia).

July 19, 2014

Campaigners are worried the new club may see a rise in anti-gay attacks in the LGBTI district

Plans for a new lap dancing club in the heart of Liverpool’s gay quarter has faced opposition from local LGBTI residents and businesses.