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September 1, 2014

Marina Silva revises pro-gay government plan just one day after publication

Brazilian opposition leader Marina Silva has retracted her support for gay marriage just one day after publishing a pro-gay government plan on Friday (August 29).

Her campaign team said in a statement on Saturday that the pledge to ‘back proposals defending civil marriage’ had been included due to an 'editorial error' and needed 'clarification'. The revised manifesto vows to 'defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.'

‘The text [initially] published was not the text which had been discussed,’ Silva told journalists.

September 1, 2014

Gay singer is believed to have helped save a little boy from Ukraine, giving him and his family safe passage away from the conflict

Elton John is being named as the savior of a six-year-old boy's life from the conflict in Ukraine.

Lev Ageyev, six, his brother Artyom, seven, and their grandmother Yulia Ageyeva were given safe passage out of the conflict in the port city of Mariupol.

The gay singer has known Lev since he attempted to adopt him in 2009. He was banned over laws in Ukraine that ban gay couples from adoption.

'I would love to adopt him...he has stolen my heart,' he said at the time. 'I wouldn't give up on him, ever.'

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

September 1, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

August 31, 2014

Teen says he had come out last year, and he did not ambush his parents and then record their reactions

Earlier this week, Daniel Ashley Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia posted a candid video of himself having an argument with his family members and being beaten by his stepmother. In it, she can be heard saying that she 'cannot condone' his homosexuality.

'I believe in the word of God and God creates nobody that way. It's the path that you have chosen to choose,' she said.

August 30, 2014

A Scottish air steward has been jailed for one year for sexually assaulting a man when they were sharing a bed following a night out

A 23-year-old man was jailed for a year for performing a sex act on a sleeping man.

Iain Fisher, an air steward, had been at a bar with two female colleagues when they met the 22-year-old man and invited him to a house party.

According to the Daily Record, the four carried on drinking at the house before going to bed together fully clothed at 4.30am.

The women left the room and went to sleep on couches in the lounge and Fisher also left the bed.

August 30, 2014

Vincent Piket, head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, says opponents of LGBTI rights should not invoke any cultural, traditional or religious values to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons

LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday.

August 30, 2014

A court in Rome has approved the step-child adoption of a girl by the female partner of her biological mother

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a gay couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption.

The couple have been living together in Rome since 2003, and the decision was taken by the city’s Juvenile Court. It’s believed that the child was conceived through IVF treatment abroad – where the couple also underwent a marriage ceremony.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.

August 29, 2014

Walking Dead executive producer Scott M Gimple has confirmed the show will definitely feature a gay male character in an upcoming season, though he has not ruled out current character Daryl Dixon also going in that direction

Walking Dead showrunner Scott M Gimple has answered speculation that the show may introduce a character who is a gay man in an upcoming season, though he has not shot down questions about the sexuality of Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon.

Gimple confirmed to TVLine.com that there would definitely be a gay male character – but not in the show’s upcoming 5th season.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 28, 2014

This family will not listen as they kick their 20-year-old son out, hit him, and disown him

Daniel is 20. Brought up in a hyper religious household, he knew the day was coming when his parents would kick him out.

On Reddit, user rythymknight posted a video on the sub-reddit GayBros of the day in question.

'You have made a choice, independent of what you've told your daddy,' Daniel's mother is heard saying.

'You can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God. And God creates nobody that way, it is a path that you have chosen.'

August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.

August 27, 2014

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The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

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August 27, 2014

Singer is telling you that she is not going to get bothered about rumors surrounding her sexuality

Jennifer Hudson has said rumors surrounding her sexuality do not bother her in the slightest.

The 32-year-old singer has said she would not have a career if it was not for the LGBTI community, so she doesn't care if people think she's gay.

Speaking to PrideSource, she said she had been looking at old pictures of herself when she was performing in gay clubs.

'I saw a picture of me performing in a gay club and a picture of being dressed,' Hudson said.

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 26, 2014

The founder of right wing American ‘news’ website World Net Daily has claimed that being opposed to same-sex marriage is a sexual orientation that should be protected like LGBTI people

World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah has claimed that people who oppose same-sex marriage are their own sexual minority that deserve legal protection from ‘discrimination’ in an op-ed titled ‘The same-sex marriage tyranny.’

Farah wrote the column in reaction to a New York State Division of Human Rights decision whereby an Albany farm that rents itself out for weddings was ordered to pay $13,000 after it refuses to allow a lesbian couple to book the venue for their marriage in 2012.

August 26, 2014

An advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan gay bar has taken out a bronze award at a regional advertising competition despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing

A controversial advertising campaign for a gay bar in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan is causing controversy despite winning a regional advertising award.

Posters for Almaty gay bar Studio 69 show Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing passionately and have been the subject of official complaints – though homosexuality has not been illegal in the country since 1998.