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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

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

April 23, 2014

'...In the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said'

in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said.” - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-falsely-claims-san-antonio-banned-pastors-beaching-bible#sthash.LLEGzhvs.dpuf

Rafael Cruz, the father of US Senator Ted Cruz, is railing against San Antonio's anti-discrimination laws, which covers LGBTI citizens, with a falsehood about ministers facing fines.

This past September, the city council of Texas' second most populated city, voted to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status in the city's anti-bias statutes.

April 23, 2014

A gay Muslim man from India has successfully sought asylum in Australia after a tribunal reversed an Australian Department of Immigration decision that had found he was not a victim of persecution

A gay Muslim man fleeing an arranged marriage and homophobic relatives in India has been found to be a genuine refugee and granted asylum by Australia’s Refugee Review Tribunal.

The tribunal is an appeals body that can overturn decisions about a person’s eligibility to claim asylum by the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration.

The Department of Immigration accepted that the unnamed man was gay in July of 2012 but suggested he could avoid persecution by simply moving from his home city of Hyderabad and relocating to another city.

April 23, 2014

Lawrence Wee Kim San has decided not to continue with his efforts to have sexual orientation included in employment discrimination laws in Singapore after he left his job over what he claimed was homophobic harassment in the workplace

A Singaporean senior executive who left his position at a department store because he claimed he was harassed over his sexuality has dropped his bid to have sexual orientation recognized as a protected category in Singapore’s employment anti-discrimination laws.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, worked for the Robinsons department store but said he left because of a hostile environment towards homosexuals at the top of the company.

April 23, 2014

Actor reveals that he and Hollywood publicist Simon Halls wed in 2011 - the year before he came out publicly

It was no secret that Matt Bomer isn't single.

But until now, it had been a secret that he is married.

The star of TV's White Collar and of the upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart has revealed that he and longtime partner Simon Halls have been married since 2011 to Details magazine.

The couple are raising three sons: an eight-year-old and six-year-old twins.

April 23, 2014

The openly gay chair of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea has been attacked by state media over his sexual orientation

Former Australian High Court justice Michael Kirby has been labelled a ‘disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality,’ by North Korean state media – saying his sexual orientation makes him a ‘ridiculous’ person to investigate the country’s human rights record.

Kirby is the chair of the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea and released a recent report detailing North Korea’s terrible human rights record which the government there has claimed is based on ‘fabrications.’

April 23, 2014

Discover the deliciousness that is the LGBTI wine event of the summer, set in Northern California’s luxurious wine country

‘Think Aspen Gay Ski Week, but with wine.’

Out In The Vineyard founder Mark Vogler is in the business of quenching people’s thirst, particularly LGBTI people, and particularly with wine.

Vogler gave Gay Star Travel the low-down on what is due to be this year’s most respectably boozy event: Gay Wine Weekend taking place from 13 to 15 June.

Now in it’s fifth year, Gay Wine Weekend is so much more than what is says on the tin.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

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

Was the Bard interested in men as well as women? From secret messages to love poems, we look at the possible arguments to the sexuality of William Shakespeare

We cannot have real proof about the sexuality of a man who was born 450 years ago on 23 April.

But like the entirety of William Shakespeare’s work, in books and blogs across the globe, it has never stopped anyone from voicing their interpretations.

1 ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’

Written to a man. Yes, the most famous of sonnets is a man writing to another man.

April 22, 2014

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

Brunei has said it has delayed a law punishing gay sex by stoning, but said it will happen ‘in the very near future’.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has faced international criticism after adopting a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

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

The implementation of the harsh Islamic punishments was due to begin today (22 April).

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

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 22, 2014

Daniel Franzese writes open letter to his movie alter ego:  'I’m not afraid anymore'

Actors and athletes are finding all kinds of interesting ways to come out these days from Twitter to a casual quote in an interview.

Daniel Franzese, who played openly gay Damian in Mean Girls, has found one of the most unique ways yet: he's written an open letter to his character in the 2004 film which is marking its 10th anniversary this month.

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

India’s Naz Foundation is appealing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India over the criminalization of homosexuality - hoping a recent court ruling that recognized transgender people as a third legal gender will make their case stronger

India’s Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay sex after HIV non-government organization the Naz Foundation applied this morning for the Chief Justice of the court to review the matter.

The Naz Foundation’s lawyers hope that the Chief Justice will take into account the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that created a legal third gender status for transgender Indians.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 21, 2014

Was TV personality was mocking gay coming out process by tweeting: 'I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Pat Sajak, who has been presenting contestants with puzzles on TV's Wheel of Fortune since the early 80s, has posted a puzzling tweet on his Twitter page.

The game show host tweeted: 'Damn the career consequences! I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Sajak, 67, did not follow up with any kind of explanation but the timing of the tweet comes at a time when an increasing number of people in entertainment and sports are getting a lot of attention for coming out publicly.

The tweet has gotten plenty of reaction from followers including some who were not amused.

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 21, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist church in Seattle stood by Geoffrey McGrath when he got fired for being gay, now the Boy Scouts of America want nothing to do with them

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have told a Seattle church they cannot host a troop, because the scoutmaster is an openly gay man.

The BSA wrote to Rainier Beach United Methodist Church over the Easter holiday saying they are no longer affiliated with them because of their connection with gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

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 20, 2014

'I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples'

Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, thinks orphanages might offer better opportunities to children than same-sex households.

The US conservative activist was a guest on the ABC News show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

A panel discussion dealt with the recent comments of Reverend Franklin Graham.