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July 30, 2014

'It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show'

The most buzz-worthy moment of the first season of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful was surely the unexpected make-out session between two of the lead male characters.

In the fourth episode of the season, Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney's Dorian Gray kissed passionately even though there had been no previous indication that either character was gay or bisexual.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 29, 2014

Gareth Johnson pays a visit to the ultimate holiday destination in tropical Australia, where the only thing hotter than the local cafes and luxury hotels are the sultry, sandy beaches

It’s not that I judge a place solely on whether or not they have good Wi-Fi, but let’s be honest, it is a pretty important factor.

According to recent analysis, Australia’s broadband speeds are a little bit slower than Romania, and based on my experiences of tropical far north Queensland, I’d have to agree.

July 29, 2014

Claiming voter fraud, a gay rights group has published 50,000 signatures from people who opposed a bill protecting LGBTI people from workplace discrimination

A Texas LGBT group has published on the Internet the personal details of Texans who signed a petition against a recent LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

A group under the website HeroPetition.com, named after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), published the 50,000 names and addresses of Texans who want to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance via public vote in November elections.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

July 28, 2014

'...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father'

The US state of Arizona is arguing its gay marriage ban protects children, procreation, and straight parents.

Attorneys for the state filed papers in the District Court for Arizona this past Wednesday (23 July).  The legal team maintains the prohibition has nothing to do with LGBTI citizens.

July 28, 2014

After threats of forced evacuation and complaints of ‘bad behavior’ for living in a sewer, a group of homeless LGBT Jamaicans could get a shelter for ‘skills training’ but not ‘to carry on homosexual activities’

Police and government authorities in Kingston, Jamaica are reportedly debating opening a new homeless shelter specifically for LGBT individuals.

July 28, 2014

Playstation has gone gay for for Stockholm Pride, with a rainbow-designed console auctioned off to raise money for LGBTI asylum seekers

A Swedish retailer is auctioning off a rainbow console under a campaign #thisisforthegaymers.

WebHallen has teamed up RFSL, Stockholm’s network for LGBTI refugees, to auction off a charity special edition Playstation 4: The Gaystation edition.

July 26, 2014

New director of player development for the New York Giants, David Tyree, has a history of anti-gay comments, including advocating gay conversion therapy 

Former US National Football League (NFL) player David Tyree has said he would support an openly gay football player.

Tyree, the newly-appointed Director of Player Development for the New York Giants, seems to have had a change of heart regarding gays.

In 2011 he said he would do anything to stop gay marriage from becoming legal, and he also tweeted his support for gay conversion therapy.

July 26, 2014

One of the stars of film Getting Go, Matthew Camp plays a go-go dancer and tells us why sex scenes are a breeze for him

Getting Go is a film we can all relate to.

Obsessing over your crush is something we have all done, but film Getting Go takes it one step further when college student Doc decides to make a film about the object of his desires, go-go dancer nicknamed Go.

Soon enough, the subject of the film begins to shift, and the focus lies on the two men and their relationship with each other.

Gay Star News was lucky enough to talk to the handsome star of the film, Matthew Camp, who plays the go-go dancer in the New York- based film.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 22, 2014

'I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.'

A letter written by a loving mom to her 13-year-old gay son has gone viral.

When Connor came out to his parents, his mother wrote him a letter to hold onto, reminding him he will always have their support.

The letter was published on A Note To My Kid, a website is a project of PFLAG National, allowing the parents, families and friends of the LGBTQ community to share their support online.
 

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

July 22, 2014

Read how a guy did a favor for an asexual friend whose family just wanted to have love in his life, and how the lie spiralled out of control

It started just like a romantic comedy. One straight guy pretends to be gay for a dinner party to help a friend out.

But very soon, the lie began to spiral out of control.

Reddit user darkruby45 posted this story on section called Today I Fucked Up. As it is the internet, feel free to take it with a pinch of sceptical salt.

July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 21, 2014

LGBTI activists in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan are calling for help from the international community to fight their country’s proposed ban on so-called gay propaganda and have suggested five ways they can help

LGBTI activists in Kyrgyzstan have called on the global LGBTI community to come to their aid before they are silenced by a bill before the parliament that would go even further than Russia’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda to children’ by banning any public discussion of LGBTI issues.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 19, 2014

As protests by the public and boycotts by writers escalate, minister who earlier defended the decision now orders two children's books to be moved to adult section of library

After a vigorous 2-week public debate following the Singapore National Library Board's (NLB) decision to withdraw and destroy three children's books which depict same-sex parents and non-nuclear families, two of the titles will be placed in the adult section instead.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.