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September 22, 2014

Hashtag #stopjailinggays to be used Wednesday and Thursday

Egyptian activists are hoping to have the hashtag #stopjailinggays take over social media this week.

Wednesday (24 September) and Thursday (25 September) are the days selected for a tweeting and blogging campaign to protest repression of LGBTI people in their country.

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

September 22, 2014

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people

Eight men who were arrested in Egypt for appearing in a 'gay marriage' video will face trial for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said today (22 September).

Egyptian police have been cracking down on the LGBTI community in recent weeks, using dating apps like Grindr to entrap and arrest people.

Gay people are normally punished for 'fujur', the law banning sexual excess or debauchery. Courts interpret this to mean homosexuality.

September 22, 2014

Ruling comes in case that involves lesbian couple's adoption of a child

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional in a case involving a lesbian couple and the adoption of a child.

The ruling by Judge Edward Rubin will be made public on Tuesday (23 September) and is expected to be appealed by the state's attorney general.

Rubin's ruling came in family court in the case of Chasity S. Brewer and Angela M. Constanza who were legally wed in California and want the marriage recognized in Louisiana where they live.

September 22, 2014

The pictures, which are splashed all over social media, show a naked Payne look alike lounging on a bed with another man

One Direction's Liam Payne wants everyone to know if any sexy photos of his are made public they will be in better taste than the pictures that are supposed to be him.

September 22, 2014

'Empire State of Mind' singer reveals a picture with a peace sign on her pregnant belly

Alicia Keys has painted a peace sign on her pregnant belly and posted a nude photo for gay rights and for other equality causes.

Hoping to 'make the world a better place', the Empire State of Mind singer says she wants to gather an army of her fans to support 12 specific groups.

Two of the groups are All Out, a gay rights orgaization, and The Trevor Project, which helps to prevent suicide among LGBTI youths.

September 22, 2014

For Bisexuality Visibility Day, GSN looks to the worst offenders of pop culture that likes to pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist

Bisexuality appears to be too complicated for popular culture.

So many books, TV shows, films and more show 'straight' characters turning 'gay' or even 'gays and lesbians' going straight.

It never seems to cross the creators' minds all these people may be bisexual to start off with.

Why is that? Is it because pop culture is supposed to be simple, easier to deal with concepts like black or white, male or female, gay or straight?

Or is it that they just don't get bisexuals exist?

September 22, 2014

Authorities say fake gay couples are harder to detect

Gangs in the UK are selling sham gay marriages to illegal immigrants as fake same-sex couples are more difficult to detect.

One such gang organizes sham gay marriages for £10,000 ($16,326).

The gang's leaders, Peter and Ricardo, told an undercover BBC reporter that it was easy to 'fix' weddings and they had done so 'lots of times.'

They offered the female reporter two Romanian brides, both of whom said they were not lesbians but were willing to go through with a fake gay marriage for money.

September 21, 2014

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men could increase total annual blood supply in the US by 2%-4%, says UCLA study

Allowing blood donations from gay men could result in more than 600,000 extra pints of blood every year and could save the lives of as many as 1.8 million individuals, says a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 21, 2014

A group of Islamic extremists pressurized the college to cancel the seminar, citing homosexuality as a ‘virus’ needing to be stopped

A Catholic university in Indonesia cancelled an LGBT seminar, after caving in to pressure from a group of Islamic extremists.

The Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta had a seminar planned with the faculty of psychology called ‘LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One.’

However, when a local Islamic group got wind of this seminar, they began to pressurize the university to cancel it.

The Islamic Society Forum (FUI) claimed the proposed seminar would have ‘dishonoured Islam.’

September 21, 2014

Interesting YouTube video gives you the history behind how the word evolved and all the different connotations the word has taken on

Do you know the history of the word homosexual?

Some may use this word frequently, where others prefer to use the word gay, so YouTube vlogger Cristen Conger decided to put a video together explaining the different definitions the word has had.

And it makes for a very interesting history lesson.

For example, did you know up until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a sociopathic personality disorder?

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 19, 2014

Gay actor, who was a pro-independence campaigner, moves forward after the results reveal Scotland will stay part of the UK

Gay actor Alan Cumming may be a little bruised after being part of the minority who wanted Scotland to become independent.

But that didn't stop him from masterfully shutting down a Twitter troll.

'Most satisfying thought of the evening: @Alancumming must be in agony. #bettertogether,' they said.

Cumming quickly responded: 'Bravo, asshole.'

The pro-independence campaigner also had a message for people who voted yes, saying they should continue fighting for the maximum devolution powers promised to them by Westminster.

September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 19, 2014

Homophobes killed by gay people: Very few, if any. Gay people killed by homophobes: Countless

Scott Lively has claimed gay people are out to murder him.

The hate preacher, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his alleged LGBTI human rights abuses in Uganda, has published an article condemning the Human Rights Campaign and their 'hit list'.

As he is number one on the HRC's 'exporters of hate', he says he has 'special cause for concern'.

'Not every “gay” activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their “human rights advocacy” to harassment, intimidation and slander,' Lively claims in his article on Barbwire.

September 19, 2014

'Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian'

A suspect in the recent Philadelphia attack of two gay men has lost his job coaching high school students.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement today, 18 September, announcing the suspect in the crime no longer works as a basketball coach.

September 19, 2014

Unless dads Chad and Wayne strictly monitor everything that their son eats, they run the risk of him developing irreversible brain damage. They’ve now made a video to raise awareness about children with rare diseases

When husbands Chad Farquharson, age 39, and Wayne McGill, 48, decided to adopt a baby boy, they knew that being a parent would present them with challenges.

However, they had no idea quite what lay in store when they welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world.

Farquharson and McGill are both Canadian, and are based just outside of Vancouver. They met in 1998 and married in 2001.

September 18, 2014

'Children are born innocent with minds open to everything and everyone, they are only taught to hate. This video was only made to show that'

An adorable four-year-old boy has just got a lesson from his mother about same-sex marriage, showing how easy it is to teach love, respect and tolerance.

Devin Clifton, the mother, wanted to show that children are not born hating people - they are taught it.

'I made a video of my first conversation with my 4 year old son about gay marriage,' she wrote to Gay Marriage USA.

September 18, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee Lebanon if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

A militant allegedly associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has described gay people as the 'worst of creatures'.

In an eight-minute clip, a masked man holding a rifle calls upon recruits to leave their countries and join ISIS in a rogue Islamic state where they've enacted sharia law.

Sharia law punishes homosexuality with being stoned to death.

September 18, 2014

Daniéle Watts claimed she was harassed and racially profiled by the LAPD because she is black and her boyfriend is white

The cops who arrested a Django Unchained actress because they allegedly thought she was a prositute have denied they are racist. They argue they can't be because one of them is gay.

Daniéle Watts claimed she was harassed and racially profiled by the LAPD because she is black and her boyfriend is white.

September 18, 2014

New South Wales approved the bill a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation

New South Wales today became the second Australian state to introduce a bill that will clear historical gay sex convictions, a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation.

The Parliament of New South Wales approved the bill which will be debated later this year.

Bruce Notley-Smith, the gay Liberal MP for Coogee district, introduced the legislation a week after he announced his intention to do so.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.