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March 8, 2014

'There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage. That is a liberal lie'

Opponents to same-sex marriage in the US have given up on rationality.

Take Michel Medved. He's a conservative radio host and today, 7 March, was on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a yearly confab where conservatives meet and greet. Think of it as the political equivalent to a Star Trek convention.

Medved's panel was Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along? and he made this passionate statement:

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

December 10, 2013

Soccer bosses tell England fan she is banned from playing in competitive matches until her transition is 'complete' for two years

A British trans women has been told by the Football Association she can only play on a men’s team.

Despite her teammates and players from opposing teams having no problem with her, Aeris Houlihan faces a gruelling two year wait before she can compete.

The 32-year-old’s passport and driving license confirms her gender, and has provided medical proof her hormone levels are exactly the same as any other woman.

November 11, 2013

The leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ which has been entrapping and humiliating young gay Russians on camera is reportedly on the run in Thailand after authorities began investigating him over an alleged racist attack in the Ukraine

Maxim Martsinkevich, the founder of the homophobic ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ Russian movement entrapping young gay men and then humiliating them on film is on the run in Thailand after authorities deemed a recent video he made to humiliate an Iraqi foreign student to be racist.

In the video Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, claims the Iraqi student believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex in an apartment in the Ukraine but instead he is confronted by Martsinkevich while taking a shower.

November 11, 2013

Plan to include housing complex for seniors and homeless youth

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center is embarking on an ambitious $25 million fundraising plan to pay for a major expansion to be completed in 4-5 years.

CEO Lorri L. Jean announced on Saturday at The Center's annual gala that on 25 October she had signed an agreement with the state of California to purchase property that will be transformed into ‘an LGBT campus the likes of which have never been seen before.’

October 29, 2013

Hundreds of Vietnamese LGBTs and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park to watch the symbolic marriages of two gay and lesbian couples and to show their government their support on the issue

Hundreds of LGBT Vietnamese and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park for the ‘Toi Dong Y’ festival to call for marriage equality while the government decides what to do on the issue.

The large crowd gathered Sunday morning with rainbow flags and balloons to watch a gay couple and a lesbian couple marry symbolically and cheered then they threw their wedding bouquets.

The event also received a lot of support online, with nearly 60,000 liking it on Facebook.

October 21, 2013

Big Brother star Brian Dowling says: 'To witness the outstanding work of all the nominees and award winners was extraordinary.'

The UK's largest national diversity awards will air on television for the first time next month.

Filmed back in September, The National Diversity Awards will broadcast on the Community Channel.

Role models and community heroes were among the honored at the ceremony for their commitment to equality and diversity.

Big Brother star Brian Dowling hosted the event again this year, who said: ‘It is a pleasure to be associated with such an inspirational awards ceremony. 

September 4, 2013

According to Bryan Fischer the start of the Nazi Party can be traced to a gay bar in Munich, Hitlers enforcers were homosexual and gays are 'thuggish'
 

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative American Family Association, went on his radio program to claim the Nazi Party started in a Munich gay bar.

Fischer is notorious for claiming  gays were essential to Hitler's Germany.

After claiming where the Nazi Party formed, Fischer repeated another discredited claim.

August 22, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it was revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The government in England and Wales has said the protections for trans individuals in educations were removed in 'error'.

The Department of Education (DfE) has claimed the removal of 'gender identity' as a characteristic listed in the inclusion guidelines for the equalities document guidelines in the national curriculum.

Speaking to Gay Star News, a DfE spokesman said: 'This was a drafting error.

August 13, 2013

Nelson Falu is sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the homophobic torture of three males his gang believed were gay in New York

The first member of New York City’s Latin King Goonies gang to be sentenced over the torture of three males they believed to be gay will spend seven years in prison for his crimes.

Gang member Nelson Falu, now 20, was sentenced August 9 in a plea bargain offered by prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb who told the Bronx Supreme Court that his victims would rather strike a deal than have to relive what she called their 'nightmare' on the witness stand.

July 8, 2013

India has always had a culture where heterosexuals have been very physical with their friends of the same-sex, but LGBT visibility is increasingly causing this affection to be questioned

LGBT visibility is having an effect on the way Indians view close friendships among heterosexuals of the same-sex - with people now questioning those who are physically affectionate with their friends.

Indians have traditionally been very affectionate, with male friends holding hands or putting their arms over each other’s shoulders but recent legal gains by LGBTs appear to be changing attitudes.

June 23, 2013

LGBT people are homeless at double the rate of heterosexuals in San Francisco according to the city’s Human Services Agency

A study has found that LGBT people make up 29% of the homeless population in San Francisco despite making up only 15.4 % of the general population in the city.

The Human Services Agency of San Francisco conducted a census of homeless people to maintain federal funding for its programs and found 6,436 people to be homeless in the city.

June 6, 2013

Clement Méric was attacked by a group of skinheads wearing knuckle-dusters outside a shop in Paris

A gay rights activist, aged only 18, was left brain dead after an attack by far-right skinheads in Paris.

Clement Méric, a student in Paris, was ‘violently attacked’ by a group of three men and one woman near Saint-Lazare train station last night (5 June).

An avid anti-fascist protester, he is believed to have rallied for the marriage equality bill which was passed into law last month. His savage beating has provoked horrified reactions across France.

May 31, 2013

Golden Boy, a new novel about an intersex teenager, is quickly becoming a critics’ favorite. We chatted with its young author, Abigail Tarttelin, about the issues it addresses

Abigail Tarttelin is only 25 but her second novel, released this month, is already on the shelves and you’d have to look pretty hard to find a bad review.

Golden Boy is the story of Max Walker, a 16-year-old with a lifestyle that every schoolboy would envy – the only complication being that he is half schoolgirl.

May 15, 2013

New US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor's performance and masculinity

People think gay actors are less masculine – but they are still just as good at acting, scientists have proved.

The US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor’s masculinity and performance.

College students were given biographical information on a male actor, including sexual orientation, and shown a video of the actor’s performance.

They were then asked to rate the actor’s performance and the likelihood of casting the actor in their own productions.

April 26, 2013

Pink Alliance makes eight clips to inspire confidence and give support to viewers

Hong Kong's Pink Alliance launches a video advocacy project today to raise public concern about students bullied because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

April 16, 2013

Deputy health minister to say gay people have the same rights to love, be loved and marry during a speech today

Vietnam's deputy health minister is expected to recommend that gay marriage be legalized during a speech reviewing marriage and family law today.

Nguyen Viet Tien will deliver the speech in Hanoi today, Thanh Nien News reports. He will say that gay people have the same rights as everyone else to love, be loved and marry.

April 15, 2013

A spoof article about claimed parents wre putting their daughter up for adoption because of her sexuality – but parental rejection is no joke for real LGBT teens

Jokes are supposed to be funny. They always start with a set up and then build to a crescendo where the plot twists and the listener bursts out laughing. Last week a ‘joke’ went viral, but no one was left laughing.

April 11, 2013

The UK’s National Diversity Awards is now taking nominations for 2013. Founder Paul Sesay explains the difference the first year of the awards has made

One of the reasons why I set up The National Diversity Awards in the UK is that I identified there are not enough positive role models, charity organizations and entrepreneurs that get recognized for their hard and selfless work each and every day.

When I was growing up in Leeds (north east England) there was so much deprivation, crime and poverty that positive role models did not automatically shine through. It’s the same where I live now in Liverpool.

March 12, 2013

Networking event will ask if companies really understand LGBT diversity and call on them to celebrate their successes

Senior executives from companies including Google, Deutsche Bank and Microsoft are to attend a networking event about using LGBT diversity to drive their business.

The event is being hosted by law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in London on 20 March and the guestlist is strictly limited to decision makers from firms who employ over 1,000 people or whose annual turnover exceeds £500m and a handful of other key influencers.

March 7, 2013

Scottish transgender man admitted to 'obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud' in two cases, meaning he will face jail time

A transgender Scottish man was sentenced for obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud yesterday (6 March).

Chris Wilson, 25, from Aberdeen, was accused of failing to tell two teenage girls his gender history and real age.

The Edinburgh High Court heard one of the girls was aged between 15 and 16 when she first met Wilson in 2008, when he was 20.

The possibly underage girl found out the truth when another girl from Stonehaven emailed her a copy of Wilson’s passport – which gave Wilson’s birth name Christine. The two kissed but it went no further.

February 26, 2013

Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the new Agang party said she supports LGBT rights and opposes homophobia

Mamphela Ramphele, leader of South Africa's newest political party, Agang (Sotho for 'Build'), stated she fully backs LGBT rights and is dedicated to fight homophobia.

Ramphele, a revered anti apartheid activist, announced last week (18 February) on the formation of a new political party and called upon South Africans to 'join me on a journey to build the country of our dreams'.

January 26, 2013

Lobby groups and academics tell Senate hearing that freedom of religion should not mean freedom to discriminate

Religious leaders spoke to a Senate hearing on Thursday to defend their exemptions in Australia's new Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill.

The Bill controversially includes exceptions for religious organizations, effectively allowing them to discriminate against sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.