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April 25, 2014

Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister has ruled out allowing gay couples to marry in his majority Buddhist South Asian island nation

The Sri Lankan Government will not entertain the idea of allowing same-sex couples to marry, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has told a conference with media editors.

Rajapaka made the comment during a discussion about a reported increase in unregistered heterosexual marriages, particularly in rural parts of Sri Lanka, when one of the editors raised the issue of same-sex marriage.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

April 22, 2014

Blatino Oasis, a weekend retreat for gay men of color and their admirers, welcomes controversial rappers Fly Young Red and Trina for a weekend of debauchery in the dessert

‘It’s a retreat, not a pride event.’

Blatino Oasis organizers want to make a few things clear about their 8th annual Palm Springs party.

From the clothing-optional host hotels to expletive-spitting rappers Trina and Fly Young Red making up this year’s entertainment acts, Blatino Oasis is not your standard LGBTI event.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 21, 2014

The gay US actor clarifies he was in character when he swore at a heckler during his Broadway performance 

Gay US actor Neil Patrick Harris swore at fan who interrupted him during his Broadway show, but later clarified it was his character and not him.

The How I Met Your Mother actor is appearing on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and found his die-hard fans cannot separate him from his character.

During a performance of the show, about a trans German punk rocker, Harris was interrupted by a fan who couldn't stop themselves from broadcasting their love for the star.

‘We love you Neil!’ shouted the fan.

April 19, 2014

'Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way'

It's only been less than two weeks since Derrick Gordon became the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player to come out publicly as gay.

But he wants some company - quick.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore is advising other young gay athletes to follow his lead.

April 19, 2014

Father of one of the women tweeted: 'Dear @kfc the manager at your Bath,UK store just kicked my daughter and her g/f out for being #gay. Is this one of your policies ?'

A KFC franchise in Bath, Britain has apologized for booting a lesbian couple – whose names have not been reported in the media – out of the restaurant after a customer complained about them.

TheGayUK website reported that Stephen Pope, the father of one of the women, went on Twitter on April 17 to ask if it was KFC policy to kick out gay couples.

April 18, 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 18, 2014

Gay priest Reverend Richard Coles accidentally tweeted a link to a porn website in his morning Easter tweets

Reverend Richard Coles Twitter followers were sent to a porn website instead of a picture of Jesus, in an unfortunate Twitter mistake this morning (18 April).

Gay British priest Richard Coles had an embarrassing Twitter mishap this morning when he was tweeting a series of Easter related images for Good Friday.

Coles was tweeting different pictures to represent the 14 stations of the cross to those who celebrate Easter, each one was a modern take on each station.

April 18, 2014

Jon Jones called an Instagram user a ‘fag boy’ and said ‘homosexuality is a sin’, before a representative claimed a hacker had stolen his phone

A US heavyweight champion fighter, who insulted a man on Instagram with comments like ‘fag shit’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, has blamed a hacker who stole his phone for the outburst.

Jon Jones, the youngest Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the history of the sport, is in hot water after his tirade on the social media site earlier this week (15 April).

Swedish man Danii Javid was the recipient of the homophobic slurs.

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 17, 2014

African American lesbian Rev Irene Monroe debates Jesus’ sexuality after the discovery of an ancient papyrus referring to his wife

Many biblical scholars have ignored non-canonical texts like the gnostic and apocryphal gospels suggesting Jesus had a wife.

However, they are now unable to ignore a faded fragment of papyrus, discovered in 2012, that suggests he was indeed married.

According to this month's New York Times article titled 'Papyrus Referring to Jesus' Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say,' that piece of papyrus is now known as the Gospel of Jesus' Wife.

This discovery disrupts the Christian church’s depiction of Jesus for many reasons.

April 16, 2014

Hakim was betrayed to the police by his uncle, tortured and forced onto the streets where a journalist put him on a ‘most wanted’ list of gays

A few weeks ago, I told the story of a teen named Corey who was driven from his birth home when his parents found out he was gay, and into the arms of a loving home that rescued him.

April 15, 2014

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them

Nearly half of all women have had a gay experience, a new survey has revealed.

1000 British women were asked about their sexuality, fantasies and behaviors in order to understand how they identify themselves.

While 26.5% of those surveyed said they were bisexual, that figure rose to 38% when asked if they ever had some form of sexual activity with another woman.

Around one in 10 women surveyed said they had fantasies about sex with another woman, but had not acted upon them.

April 15, 2014

Don your lederhosen for a boat cruise, ride a bull on the beach in your bikini or wear your Sunday best for an Austrian day tour during Pink Lake Festival 28 to 31 August

Austria’s Pink Lake Festival on the beautiful Lake Wörthersee can only mean one thing: Start packing your outfits.

The 7th annual party for LGBTI travelers and allies returns from 28 to 31 August 2014.

If previous years’ festivities are anything to go by, you can get away with as little as a bikini, but you may want to bring along your disco-ball tiara and high-heeled flippers for the weekend.

As organizer Jeff Wahl tells us: ‘There is something for everyone.’

April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 15, 2014

Iconic gay erotic artist Tom of Finland has been recognized by his homeland in a series of commemorative postal stamps baring his art

Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, is to be recognized in his homeland with a series of commemorative stamps by Finland’s postal service.

The stamps will be released in September this year as the first of a series of commemorative stamps recognizing prominent Finnish artists.

Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 erotic drawings before his death in 1991, mostly published in early gay muscle magazines beginning in 1956.

April 15, 2014

A man who was responsible for caring for his younger disabled brother has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after threatening to castrate him and trying to work and beat the gay out of him

Ohio man Lawrence Featheroff has been sentenced to 30 months in prison over the beating and threatening of his younger disabled brother in an effort to turn him straight.

Featheroff, 38, had been entrusted with looking after his 26-year-old brother Jason Meyers who suffers from a developmental disorder after he had been abused in a group home despite having prior convictions for domestic violence.

April 14, 2014

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Stories project is seeking the personal stories of gay and lesbian Australians of all ages to put together the picture of how gay life has changed in Australia from the 1940’s to today

Researchers from the National Library of Australia and three Australian universities are seeking the personal stories of ordinary gay and lesbians to document the gay experience in Australia since the 1940’s until today.

The researchers want to plot the course of gay and lesbian Australians lives and how they have changed since attitudes towards LGBTI issues shifted so dramatically in the last few decades.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 14, 2014

'I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her supporters on behalf of SF Pride, and we look forward to a proper honor this year'

The organizers of San Francisco Pride have apologized to WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning for not naming her as last year's grand marshal.

In 2013 April Manning was picked as one of the several grand marshals for the end of June event. Approximately 24 hours after the choice was made public Lisa L. Williams, San Francisco Pride board president, rescinded it.

April 14, 2014

Christian pupils claimed homosexuality is offensive to their religion and decided to protest with anti-gay slogans

Two US students wore 'Gay is not ok' t-shirts in order to protest a LGBTI awareness day at school last week.

The seniors at Oregon City High School were told by administrative staff to remove their tops or turn them inside out, as other students found them offensive.

Other pupils of the school were celebrating the Day of Silence, a day where students take a silent vow in order to protest against homophobic bullying.

They said they did not care gay people found the t-shirts offensive, as 'gays' were offensive in their religion.

April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

April 12, 2014

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity'

While speaking to the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis insisted children need to be raised by mothers and fathers.

The comment was made as the pope was criticizing child soldiers and child labor.

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity,' the Pope said, as reported by the Advocate.