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August 26, 2014

He claims it is time for Christians to 'resume obeying God and his word and recriminalize homosexuality, outlaw it again'

A pastor is calling for LGBT people to be punished with 10 years in prison at hard labor.

Michael V Williams, on his website PreachingPolitics, has asserted Christians have been 'increasingly tolerant' of gay people over the last 50 years.

'Whereas homosexuality used to be a felony in every state — referred to as sodomy — it has now been decriminalized, and homosexuality is allowed to be openly expressed in public,' he says.

'While Christians are becoming increasingly tolerant of homosexuals, homosexuals are becoming increasingly intolerant of us.'

August 26, 2014

Designer and film director was nominated by Victoria Beckham who ended up impressed with the effort

Tom Ford accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Victoria Beckham who was quite impressed with the clothing designer and acclaimed film director's effort.

After video of Ford's dousing was posted in Instagram, Beckham took to Twitter to proclaim it 'The chicest Ice Bucket Challenge I've ever seen!'

Ford appears to be at his Texas ranch and is wearing denim.

His husband, Richard Buckley, does the honors by dumping the ice water from a leather bucket.

August 25, 2014

Chilean LGBTI rights group MOVILH has called on the Ministry of Education to remove books from schools that are recommended reading for students that depict gay people as disordered and predatory

Chile’s Movement for the Integration and Liberation of Homosexuals (MOVILH) has raised concerns that books are still being used in the country’s schools that imply gay people are predatory or disordered, in breach of the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

MOVILH alerted the media to a students thesaurus which listed ‘sodomite,’ ‘pederast’ and ‘invert’ as synonyms of the word ‘homosexual’ and to a series of books by Mexican author Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez which the group says ‘associate homosexuality with pedophilia and seduction of minors, among other dire assessments.’

August 24, 2014

Arrow’s John Barrowman took the ice bucket challenge with his husband Scott Gill wearing only a jock strap, and he then challenged hunky co-star Colton Haynes who accepted

Openly gay actor John Barrowman and Arrow co-star Colton Haynes are the latest celebrities to take the ice bucket challenge sweeping the internet, aimed at raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Barrowman posted a video of him taking the challenge on 16 August, sitting on a deck chair wearing a Deathstroke t-shirt in Vancouver, getting his jock strap clad husband Scott Gill to dumb a bucket full of ice and water over him – though it took two attempts to empty the bucket.

August 22, 2014

Why I founded rucomingout and what I’ve learned after 250 inspiring and moving coming out stories

I launched rucomingout.com in March 2012 when I was working as a youth worker for Britain’s National Health Service.

I was working with a 17-year-old called Jay and he told me he was gay. He had so many questions about coming out and what it was like to be gay. He regularly heard his parents use homophobic language and never heard any of his friends speak positively about being gay.

He feared he would be excluded from his group of friends and disowned by his parents.

August 21, 2014

Voice actress Olivia Olson has revealed that Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward told her that her character Marceline the vampire used to date Princess Bubblegum in her back story, but that plot twist will not be appearing on the show

Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward has reportedly revealed that his characters Marceline and Princess Bubblegum once dated, explaining their rivalry on the show, but that history will not be revealed to viewers of the cartoon.

Voice actress Olivia Olson, who voices Marceline the vampire told an audience at a recent book signing event that Ward had asked her ‘You know they dated, right?’ during a discussion of her characters motivations ahead of recording a scene between her character and Princess Bubble Gum.

August 21, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the Newsnight situation, when they invited two trans guests along to debate with a 'gender critical' trans feminist, and how the show got it wrong

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

August 20, 2014

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

August 19, 2014

Talk show host tweets selfie of herself, her wife, and special message

It was six years ago that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony in California that made the cover of People magazine.

To mark their sixth anniversary, actress de Rossi (Arrested Development) hired an airplane to write a simple three-letter message in the sky for her wife: 'SIX.'

August 19, 2014

Watch a video in which a Swedish Police officer busts his move with a participant in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade

A Swedish Police officer has found internet fame after he was captured getting his groove on with a reveler in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade.

The police officer couldn’t resist getting into the spirit of the event and challenged a marcher to a dance off, tapping him on the shoulder to let him know the dance gauntlet had been thrown down.

Marchers cheered the police officer as he attempted to outdo his dance partner with his audacious moves.

August 19, 2014

The members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will be greeted with a billboard saying ‘God loves gays’ for the next 12 months thanks to Facebook’s ‘God’

The brain behind Facebook’s popular ‘God’ humor page has crowdfunded over $US40,000 in a campaign to erect pro-gay billboards in the home town of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.

August 18, 2014

Grab your leather jacket and riding gloves for a trip down ‘America’s favorite drive’ for a mountain vacation that is everything but boring

We'd confuse a land of treehouses and fairy-inhabited parks for something out of a movie, if it weren't for the BBQ restaurants and music events that left us hungry for more.

With such spectacular nature views and cultural points of interest, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a travel destination in a league of its own.

Known as the longest linear park in the US, the federal parkland running from North Carolina to Northern Virginia took over 52 years to build 469 miles of tree-lined highway.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 18, 2014

Speaking anonymously out of fear of retribution, a former Islamist militant has opened up about how he came to accept and tolerate gays and lesbians and people of other faiths

A former Islamic extremist has spoken about his journey to accepting LGBTI people and people of other faiths in an interview with conservative website Breitbart.com.

August 18, 2014

Maxim 'Machete' Martsinkevich, leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia,’ will spend the next 5 years in a Russian penal colony – but the penalty is for his racism not his persecution of LGBTIs

Maxim Martsinkevich, leader of the notorious anti-gay group Occupy Pedophilia, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday but the charges were for racist videos that he posted to Russian social media website VK – not his entrapment and torture of gay men on camera.

Martsinkevich, who is also known as ‘Machete’ or ‘Cleaver,’ and his group entrapped very young gay men online by pretending to be gay teens and then put them through homophobic ordeals while being filmed – then humiliating them by posting them on the internet.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 15, 2014

National Enquirer story completey debunked by Harris spokesman as 'complete and utter nonsense'

David Burtka has been with Neil Patrick Harris for more than a decade and they are the parents of twins.

But since they are not married, the National Enquirer tabloid is referring to Burtka as the Tony winner's 'gay lover' in a story about an alleged fiery split.

In the left top corner of the tabloid is the headline: Neil Patrick Harris: Storm Out on Gay Lover.'

The proof?

Harris, set to wrap up his run as Broadway's Hedwig this weekend, was spotted leaving the couple’s New York City brownstone at least four times since June all by himself.

August 14, 2014

Travel company Hotwire has produced a sweet and matter-of-fact video advert featuring a couple of same-sex parents

When campaigning group One Million Moms makes a complaint about a company it’s usually because that company – in the eyes of many LGBTI people – is doing something right.

The latest organisation to draws its ire is travel brand Hotwire. Its crime? It’s produced an advertising video featuring a real-life couple of gay dads.

August 13, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of the late actor, saying he was a 'fag enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral for being a ‘fag enabler’.

The ‘God Hates Fags’ church has said it will hold signs at the memorial for the late actor, claiming he ‘decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy lifestyles, flagrant debauchery and hedonism.

WBC announced its plans on Twitter, using the hashtags #MustPicketFuneral and #PicketFuneral.

The 63-year-old actor died at his home in Northern California on Monday (11 August), and is believed to have committed suicide.