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July 25, 2014

A suicidal Orashia Edwards was suddenly detained earlier today, with no warning given to him or his family

A mother says the UK government is giving her bisexual son a ‘death sentence just for being who he is’.

Vienna Brown, mom to 32-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears about her son’s fate now he has been refused asylum in Britain.

He is to be sent back to Jamaica – where he has been vilified in the national press making him a target for anti-gay thugs.

Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

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

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 13, 2014

'I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination'

If a US state's gay marriage ban is argued in front of the Supreme Court, Attorney General Eric Holder promises the Department of Justice will file a friend of the court brief asking for the prohibition to be removed.

Holder was a guest today, 13 July,  on the ABC News show This Week.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

July 2, 2014

Orashia Edwards' mother: ‘What they are doing is they are sending my son to die, and I will never forgive them for that'

A bisexual Jamaican man is being denied asylum in the UK over his ‘dishonest sexuality’.

Orashia Edwards, 32, lost his lengthy legal battle with the United Kingdom’s Home Office yesterday.

The court concluded Edwards was ‘dishonest’ about his sexuality, not believing he was actually bisexual. They have given no reason to claim he was lying about his sexuality.

He is scheduled for deportation from the UK to Jamaica on 2 July.

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

June 30, 2014

They wonder if ruling could open the way for companies to also claim religious exemption on non-discrimination policies

The US Supreme Court's ruling that closely held corporations are not required to provide birth control under their insurance plans has alarmed LGBT organizations who fear potentially harmful implications.

The decision on Monday (30 June) came in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.  It limits a provision of the Affordable Care Act which requires that all health insurance plans include preventative healthcare, including contraception coverage.

June 25, 2014

Ruling comes in lawsuit filed by lesbian couple - one of whom is terminally ill with cancer

A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Court Judge Richard L. Young did not stay his ruling which means Indiana immediately becomes the 20th state in the US where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Young acknowledged the string of recent rulings in favor of gay marriage and wrote: 'It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love.'

June 21, 2014

'...It was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it'

Ralph Reed is telling anti-gay marriage advocates to follow the example of abolitionists who fought US slavery.

The founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition spoke yesterday, 20 June, at the group's annual Road to Majority conference (held in Washington, DC).

June 20, 2014

A group of 25 retired Michigan Republicans has joined the challenge to that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, arguing that allowing same-sex couples to marry is consistent with Republican values and the spirit of the US Constitution

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General may have a harder time appealing a court decision to strike down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage after 25 retired lawmakers and leading figures from his own party joined the case in support of marriage equality.

June 20, 2014

Pretend conservative Comedy Central talking head Stephen Colbert has pledged to stop talking about opposing same-sex marriage in solidarity with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has said he will no longer state his opinion on the issue

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has promised to no longer state what position he pretends to take on same-sex marriage, mocking politicians who ‘evolve’ on the issue by taking calculated steps towards going public with their support.

Colbert had been reacting to recent comments by Wisconsin state governor Scott Walker in which he said he will no longer have a public position on same-sex marriage after his state’s ban on gay couples marrying was struck down.

June 13, 2014

Chooi Cheung attacked her lover and former employee with a knife, suspecting she was leaving the country with money she had lent her

A woman who stabbed her lesbian lover in the face and neck while she was sleeping has been sentenced with life imprisonment.

In December 2013, businesswoman Chooi Cheung, 53, stabbed her lover of seven years Leng Hie Tiong, 38, in the face and neck as they lay in bed together.

The attack was reportedly sparked by Cheung thinking Tiong was going to leave her and move back to Malaysia, along with a large amount of money she had lent her.

June 12, 2014

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years

A trans woman is challenging Italy’s refusal to allow her to stay married to her wife.

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years.

Her wife, also named Alessandra, wishes to remain married.

The Bernarolis, from Bologna in northern Italy, took the case to the courts after their local council ruled they could no longer be identified as married when they tried to renew their identity cards.

The Constitutional Court in Rome will decide on the case this week.

June 6, 2014

There are now 71 pending cases in 31 states

A lawsuit was filed Friday (6 June) by seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's ban in gay marriage.

North Dakota had been the only remaining US states with a gay marriage ban that was unchallenged in the court. There are now a total of 71 cases pending in the 31 states with bans.

The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Fargo and not only challenges the ban itself but also North Dakota's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

June 5, 2014

Request by National Organization for Marriage is rejected in terse one-sentence order

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had just one sentence for anti-marriage equality organization National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday.

NOM had asked the high court to put a halt to same-sex marriage ceremonies in Oregon which began last month after a judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Kennedy, who had voted last year to gut key provisions of the Defense if Marriage Act, simply stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

June 3, 2014

The martyrs were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity

Today is an important celebration in Uganda – the day Christians remember the Uganda Martyrs. And people from around the world are flocking to the shrine in Namugongo.

The town in southern Uganda is where thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death on 3 June 1886 for their refusal to renounce Christianity.

May 23, 2014

UK’s Channel 4 spent 12 days in Jamaica filming how gay and trans youngsters are forced to live in sewers, and endure homophobic abuse from police and locals

A new documentary shows how a group of LGBTI youngsters in Jamaica live in a sewer, forced there after being expelled or escaping from their homes for being gay.

Unreported World, a documentary series on Channel 4 in the UK, spent 12 days in Jamaica filming like Krissy who is forced to live in a storm drain, spending her days dodging stones and broken bottles thrown at her because she lives as an openly transgender person.