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October 31, 2014

'We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.'

Uganda lawmakers will return after a small recess determined to fast-track a new anti-gay bill next Tuesday (4 November).

Following the parliament's embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Constitutional Court in August, legislators say they are insistant that the law must be back as soon as possible.

October 26, 2014

Speaking at the group's national conference, he warned against using religion as an 'instrument for division or exclusion'

It's the first time a leader of either major political party has used the forum to challenge the agenda of the conservative lobby group which has consistency and strongly opposed same-sex marriage, gay adoption rights, and anti-discrimination laws.

Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Labor Party, confronted the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) on same-sex marriage, telling them he is a Christian who supports marriage equality.

'I believe in God and I believe in marriage equality,' the keynote speaker told the ACL national conference in Canberra on Saturday.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 20, 2014

He slammed a government proposal to protect the rights of cohabiting gay couples

An unidentified man delivered an anti-gay rant after Saturday afternoon Mass at a cathedral in Hong Kong.

He also handed out sample letters that he encouraged people to send to the Equal Opportunities Commission to protest proposed revisions to the anti-discrimination law.

A note printed on top of the letter said it was also posted online 'for people to copy and paste' and reminds people to change some of the wording to reduce the risk of the EOC treating cloned letters the opinion of a single group.

September 30, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

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 4, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga wants to bring back the anti-gay law

The speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been cut from a business forum in London due to her homophobic views.

She was meant to speak later this month at the fourth Ugandan Investment Forum, which promotes the country as a favored investment destination. Other speakers include the vice president and several ministers and business leaders.

Kadaga vowed to pass the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2012, which would have made gay sex punishable by death or life imprisonment, and last month she re-tabled the bill.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 11, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.

Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.

Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers are determined to reinstate one of the most draconian laws in the world

Uganda’s anti-gay law could be returning as soon as next week.

A group of lawmakers have announced they will call for a motion, to reinstate the law, be passed in parliament on Tuesday (12 August).

The 165 members of parliament who have signed the petition are hoping a swift vote will undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

July 30, 2014

With other elected officials out of the state for the day, lesbian House Speaker Toni Atkins takes the reigns

California's Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins got to make some history Wednesday (30 July).

With the state's governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate president pro tem all out of the state for part of the day, Atkins briefly became the first openly gay person to be acting governor.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 5, 2014

'Our plan is to file something with the US Supreme Court because we believe Theresa is a proper party and we believe that intervention is appropriate'

A Pennsylvania county clerk faces a difficult challenge in her attempt to uphold the state's defunct law against same-sex marriage.

On 3 July the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's rejection of her wish to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

In late May, US District Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state's prohibition against marriage equality.

June 11, 2014

'I went home, and I was like, "Oh my God, I have glitter between my teeth!"'

During Sunday night's Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris kissed fiance David Burtka on the mouth during his electrifying performance of Sugar Daddy from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

But during his rehearsal of the number earlier in the day, those lips belonged to Looking star Jonathan Groff.

May 26, 2014

Canadian immigration officials have rejected the visa applications of a group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI rights activists out of fear they will try to seek asylum once they are in the country for WorldPride 2014

Canadian immigration officials fear a group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists want to travel to Toronto to participate in WorldPride 2014 in order to claim asylum and so are denying them entry.

The reasons given for denying them entry visas include a lack of travel histories, being unable to prove they had the money to maintain themselves in Canada, and family ties in Canada and Uganda.

Officials told eight of the activists that they did not believe they had a legitimate business purpose in Canada.

May 13, 2014

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter meltdown over the Michael Sam kiss

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter is accusing gays of intolerance when it comes to reacting to anti-gay views.

Gingrich, 70, appeared on CNN's Crossfire this week to discuss some of the negative reaction to the nationally-televised kiss between Michael Sam and his boyfriend after Sam was drafted by the NFL.

Ex-NFL player Derrick Ward had a Twitter meltdown over the kiss and suffered tremendous backlash because of it.

May 1, 2014

Pasadena City College had initially insulted its Oscar-winning alum by revoking invite due to long ago leaked photos

In just a matter of weeks, Dustin Lance Black has gone from someone who could give Pasadena City College 'a bad name' to someone college officials 'deeply respect.'

An embarrassing saga involving inviting then un-inviting Black to be the Southern California college's commencement speaker came full circle on Wednesday (30 April) when school officials decided to re-invite the Oscar winner to be their speaker eight days from now.

April 30, 2014

With just nine days until graduation, Pasadena City College still has no commencement speaker

Instead of an Academy Award winning alumnus delivering the commencement speech at Pasadena City College next month, the Southern California school has no one at all.

With nine days until graduation, the school is dealing with a second fiasco involving its scheduled commencement speaker.

Black's invitation was rescinded earlier this month because of long ago leaked sex photos and now Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s director of public health, has also not panned out.

April 17, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 14, 2014

Conservative Mothers for America leader Mary Baker says ‘gay supremacy is becoming a monster that carries greater evils than white supremacy ever did’

The African American leader of US group Conservative Mothers for America claims that there is a powerful growing ‘gay supremacy’ movement that is worse than the white supremacy movement – which she could tolerate more because at least those racists were Christians.

Mary Baker, a speaker for the Tea Party Express, made the claims in an article for Tea Party Nation which warned that America needed to take a similar approach to putting down ‘Gay Supremacy’ like it had the white supremacist movement.

April 10, 2014

‘I’m gay, I’m gay! I don’t want to go back to Cameroon!’ he allegedly shouted, as he was being attacked

Friends of a blind bisexual asylum seeker from Cameroon are accusing UK deportation officers of beating him up.

Alain Kouayep Tchatchue fled after the people in his town discovered he was having sex with another man.

Fearing being beaten or killed, the French speaker came to the UK in order to live and love freely. In his time here, he has found another male partner – another asylum seeker.

The Home Office rejected his claim of asylum and issued a deportation order last week.

January 23, 2014

Proposed legislation was unexpectedly moved to more GOP-friendly committee this week to improve its chances

In a vote along party lines, an Indiana House committee approved a constitutional marriage ban bill on Wednesday (22 January).

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The 9-3 vote represented a victory for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, who committed what some had described as a political power play.

January 22, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).