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May 1, 2015

Sports May will be funded by Manchester City Council

Registration is open for a new LGBTI summer sports festival in Manchester called Sports May.

Supported and funded by Manchester City Council, as well as LGBT sports development and equity organization Pride Sports, the festival will provide countless free sessions for LGBTIs interested in sport.

This will include women's basketball, volleyball, rugby union, water polo and running.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 7, 2015

An increasing number of LGBT people are coming forward to adopt

The UK's Department of Education announced this week that adoption rates by LGBT parents have it a record high.

Loving, stable homes have been offered to more than 480 children in the past 12 months, thanks to LGBT couples and individuals.

The news comes as part of the UK’s LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, taking place until 8 March 2015, marking the contribution and commitment of the nation’s LGBT adopters and foster carers.

February 28, 2015

Convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the meeting is the first of its kind to bring together LGBTI activists, government and private sector representatives from over 30 countries

Some 200 participants from over 30 countries gathered for the three-day Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok that concluded yesterday.

Speakers included Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Member of Parliament of Mongolia; Louise Wall, Member of Parliament of New Zealand; Tarana Halim, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh; law and human rights experts; community organization workers; as well as private sector representatives.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 11, 2015

Four government bodies reject the first LGBTI group to apply for incorporation

The first South Korean LGBTI group to apply for incorporation has said they were rejected by four government agencies because of anti-gay discrimination.

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation approached the Seoul Municipal Government, National Human Rights Commission and the ministry of justice between January 2014 to January 2015 but were rejected by them all.

December 5, 2014

Law professor says 'you cannot make a human wrong a human right'

Civil rights activists yesterday (4 December) protested a speech by an anti-gay law professor at a Human Rights Day seminar hosted by the EU Delegation to Singapore.

Several activists held a rainbow flag and placards reading 'LGBT rights are human rights' while Thio Li-ann delivered her speech.

Jean Chong, co-founder of LGBTI advocacy group Sayoni, told GSN that the silent protest 'was to address the elephant in the room and civil society’s disagreement to the EU’s insistence on inviting Thio in spite of her views on LGBTQ people.'

December 1, 2014

Christian groups oppose a clause banning LGBTI discrimination

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) yesterday announced a citywide human rights charter would be postponed indefinitely after a series of anti-gay protests.

The last six public hearings on the charter were protested by Christian groups that oppose a clause banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity.

November 3, 2014

November is National Adoption Month in the US. Both the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign have launched initiatives to help prospective LGBTI parents to realize their dreams

Are you living in the US and considering adoption? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a recent National Family Growth Survey, an estimated two million LGB adults are interested in building a family through adoption.

However, the process is not always a smooth one – or even possible – depending on where you reside.

Whereas California allows LGBT adoption, Nebraska prohibits fostering by two unrelated adults – a policy that activists say has been consistently enforced against same-sex couples.

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.

May 24, 2014

A Slovakian couple lost their appeal to stop a gay UK couple from adopting their two sons, they had argued it would psychologically damage them to have gay parents

A Slovakian couple have lost their battle to stop a British gay couple from adopting their two young sons.

The couple’s two young sons, one and four, are to be adopted by a same-sex couple in Kent, to the horror of the parents.

The couple, who come from a Catholic Roma community, argued if their children cannot be raised by a gay couple because their culture condemns homosexuality and took their case to the High Court in London.

May 7, 2014

College star poised to make history as pro football league's first openly gay player

Michael Sam is poised to make history this week as the first openly gay player in the NFL with the league beginning its annual draft on Thursday (8 May).

'I've been thinking about this moment since junior year of college,' Sam said in an interview Wednesday with Good Morning America. 'It's a very nervous time and a very exciting time. I'm ready for it.'

He added: 'Where I go doesn't matter as long as I get to play.'

While Sam is not expected to be a top pick, the league could face a major PR crisis if no teams choose him.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

March 26, 2014

US Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has called for Christians to boycott World Vision after it announced it would hire gay Christian married staff - but says it would not be his fault if any children are hurt as a result

American Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has accused World Vision America of ‘apostasy’ after the charity announced it would allow Christians who are gay and married to work for it, and has called for a boycott of the charity.

March 26, 2014

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.

November 9, 2013

The Detroit automaker will honor all gay marriages, no matter if the employee lives in a state where marriage equality is illegal

Automaker General Motors will now honor the marriage certificates of gay employees.

This change in company policy was announced this past Wednesday (6 November), and means employees will no longer face a tax penalty of $1,000 (700) to obtain health care for their same-sex partners.

October 17, 2013

Asian LGBT rights activists say Association of South East Asian Nations declarations against violence against women and children are a lost opportunity for protecting LGBT women and young people

Asian LGBT rights coalition the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGIE Caucus have expressed their disappointment that LGBT people were left out of two recently passed anti-violence declarations for the region.

Activists hoped that the ASEAN Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence Against Children could have included LGBT women and young people but sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) were left out of the declarations passed by delegates.

August 11, 2013

Although Boy Scout Troop 1316 and Cub Scout Pack 316 can no longer meet at  Anchorage Baptist Temple, other organizations have offered the scouts a place for meetings

The Anchorage Baptist Temple, located in the US Western state Alaska, has canceled its Boy Scouts sponsorship because the Boy Scouts of America now allow open gay members.

According to the church's chief pastor, Rev. Jerry Prevo, the decision took so long because there were hopes BSA would reconsider.

As for any repercussions about the change, Prevo is not worried.

August 8, 2013

Events by PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) China reach out to LGBT people and parents in more isolated cities

LGBT people and their parents spoke about their experiences at the first PFLAG China meeting in Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province last week.

The event last Saturday (3 August) was part of a series reaching out to isolated LGBT people and their parents in third-tier cities in China.

'It was a part of a series of conferences that PFLAG China puts on that are primarily meant to facilitate communication between parents of LGBTs and the children themselves,' said Brian Inlow, an American working for PFLAG China, to Gay Star News.

May 10, 2013

British singer Lloyd Daniels turns to acting and gets his kit off for gay lust and love production, and admits he wants to be a naturist

Former British X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels is stripping off for an acting job on sell-out gay comedy play Up 4 A Meet?.

And the boy next door who won gay and straight hearts whena appearing on the talent show has confessed he would like to be a naturist.

The 20-year-old singer, who is a regular performer at London's top LGBT nightclub G-A-Y, will play gay dating app user Scott in the production.

May 6, 2013

'Groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,' says Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie

The most vocal opponent to marriage equality during the recent debate in New Zealand, Family First NZ, says it is going to be deregistered as a charity.

National director Boc McCoskrie said the Charities Commission has contacted him to say it intends to deregister his organization. He believes the decision is 'highly politicized'.

'[This is] grim evidence that groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,' McCoskrie said.

April 30, 2013

Union in California takes on Asian fight against anti-gay practices in Brunei, by picketing Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel

A union on the other side of the world has taken on the fight of LGBT activists in Asia who were excluded from a meeting in Brunei last week.

US-based hospitality union Unite Here were alerted to the exclusion of LGBT groups from an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) conference by a Gay Star News report.

January 19, 2013

'I've chosen this moment to open up to every other member of the Boy Scouts of America who is in the same position I'm in'

Derek Nance is a gay man who has just quit a job that he clearly loved - and he did so on YouTube.

Nance had worked for 10 years at a Boy Scouts of America Summer Camp, a job he held while earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in college. But he did so as a closeted gay man.

This week, he decided to quit hiding.