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October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

October 1, 2014

Hulk star refuses to keep supporting a Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on LGBTI rights

Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has announced he has withdrawn support for Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on gay marriage.

On his Tumblr account, the Avengers star said he could not in good conscience support someone with such views on LGBTI rights - even if they do have a good approach to environmental isues.

Ruffalo had previously posted a video backing Silva, who is running on the Brazilian Socialist Party ticket.

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

October 1, 2014

'He recited a biblical passage -- I think it's a Deuteronomy passage'

A gay couple was shot with a BB gun while they were in front of a gay bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In a report by KMSP-TV, a local television station, the attack took place last week (25 September).

Suspect Wayne Steven Odegard was harassing customers of The Saloon, a gay bar in the Midwest US city

October 1, 2014

The reports also estimate the number of LGBT people in the US and the number who are in same-sex marriages

Two new studies conducted by the Williams Institute have thrown light on the size of the LGBT community in the US, as well as the number of people in same-sex marriages and raising children.

The Williams Institute is a respected LGBTI think tank based at UCLA Law School, which is dedicated to carrying out independent research on sexuality, gender identity and public policy in the US.

October 1, 2014

Meet the gay campaigner who is working to end commercial whale hunting in Iceland

For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling.

While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country.

Másson, 47, who works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) didn’t start out as a whales campaigner.

October 1, 2014

'I am pleased both boys accepted responsibility for their actions'.

Two UK teens have been ordered to give away their pocket money after they sentenced for an anti-gay assault.

The pair from Battle, East Sussex - around 30 miles east of Brighton - attacked a man and used homophobic slurs on 14 March this year.

As they are aged 15 and 16, they cannot be named for legal reasons. They have both been ordered pay a total of £200 ($320, €260).

This included compensation to the victim, a victim surcharge and legal costs. The pair were also made the subject of a referral order with the Youth Offending Panel.

September 30, 2014

Christians rally in Coahuila a month after the state legalized gay marriage

An estimated 30,000 people marched on Sunday in Coahuila to protest the Mexican state's new gay marriage law.

The march was organized by the Christ Lives group in the state capital Saltillo, a week after the first gay couples were married in the northern state.

Pastor Carlos Pacheco, director of the evangelical Christian group, led the march carrying a large Bible while activists distributed pamphlets on gay 'cures.'

September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

September 30, 2014

IPL delivers the same results as laser hair removal but is quicker, cheaper and pain-free

Laser hair removal has long been popular with women and men – particularly gay men – but you may not have heard of IPL.

Generally cheaper, quicker and less painful than laser hair removal, it uses the same principle to get you permanently smooth.

We asked Matt Simmonds, managing director of No+Vello, in the UK to explain.

What’s the difference between laser and IPL?

September 30, 2014

Is a religious extremist group deliberately targeting LGBTI pride celebrations in the hope of inciting hatred and violence?

Hate groups hoping to incite violence against British LGBTI people may be targeting UK pride events.

That's what Gay Star News has discovered after investigating the distribution of homophobic leaflets last weekend in Lincoln, Preston and Chester – three regional English towns.

September 30, 2014

Emmy nominated actor will shoot action-drama The Nice Guys after wrapping sequel to Magic Mike

Matt Bomer's feature film career is beginning to gain some serious momentum.

The openly gay actor with the leading man looks has been cast in the action-drama The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The film, scheduled to be a summer 2016 release, is set in the 1970s and takes place in 1970s Los Angeles.

September 30, 2014

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit

A study of men who have sex with men in Ireland has suggested that vaccinating men who are already sexually active against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may still be beneficial in protecting them against the cancer causing strains of the virus.

Previously cost-benefit analyses around the vaccine have suggested that it is only worth vaccinating children against HPV before they become sexually active.

September 30, 2014

Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect nearly half of the population of the United Kingdom at some point in their lives

Hemorrhoids can seem embarrassing. They’re not talked about in the mainstream media, so you may believe they are a rare condition.

But in fact, they affect many of us. Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect half of the population of the UK at some point in their lives.

Many people are unwilling to seek help so just suffer in silence. For them, bowel movements and sitting on hard surfaces, among other things, are dreadfully painful experiences.

Worst case scenario is surgery, and that means at least an overnight stay in hospital.

September 30, 2014

'I did my job'

A Ugandan judge has revealed she has received death threats after anulling the anti-gay law earlier this year.

Solomy Bossa Balungi has said she has received numerous attacks from the public after she helped with the ruling the Anti-Homosexuality Act must be nullified.

On 1 August, the Constitutional Court found speaker Rebecca Kadaga had acted 'illegally' in rushing the anti-gay legislation through parliament.

'We have received a lot of community backlash for the annulment of the anti-gay law,' Bossa told local media.

September 30, 2014

He was fined $65 but his local partner is still on the run

A Vietnamese man arrested for gay sex in Burundi has been released after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was released on 19 September, 76 Crimes reported, citing Burundian human rights group Movement for Individual Liberties (MOLI).

He was the first person convicted under the African country's 2009 anti-gay law, which punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 29, 2014

The 24-year-old was peeing in the bushes when his attacker asked the victim to have sex with him

A young British man was raped by two men at Munich's Oktoberfest in a well known gay cruising area.

The 24-year-old, believed to be from Leeds, was attacked at around 9.30pm on Saturday (27 September) while relieving himself in a bush on the Theresienwiese field where the world's largest funfair and beer festival is held. 

Police told reporters that a man came up to the victim and said he wanted to have sex with him.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 29, 2014

West End run also expected for Britain’s favorite gay play, telling the story of teens Jamie and Ste finding love on a London council estate

Britain’s favorite gay play, Beautiful Thing, will return in 2015 for an 18-week UK tour.

The urban love story of two London teens realizing their sexuality has won millions of hearts since it was written by Jonathan Harvey in the early 1990s and was turned into a film in 1996.

The comedy-drama remains relevant as ever as a story of first love and coming out as a gay teenager.

September 29, 2014

'Seriously, I'm healthier and in loving myself I attract a different kind of person now'

Grammy and Oscar winning musician Melissa Etheridge says there's one thing she has no complaints about since she turned 50: her sex life.

'The sex is better!' the 53 year old tells AARP Magazine. 'Seriously, I'm healthier and in loving myself I attract a different kind of person now.'

That person right now is Etheridge's new wife Linda Wallem who she married in May.

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 29, 2014

Kamla Persad-Bissessar hinted that a referendum may be called on decriminalizing gay sex

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago has said decriminalising homosexuality and gay rights are not possible in the country because public opinion is too divided.

The first female prime minister made the comments on Thursday at the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference in New York.

She said, 'At this moment it is not legally possible. The draft gender policy came to the Cabinet, discussed at length and given the very divided voices of Trinidad and Tobago.