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January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.

December 30, 2014

One of our 'honorees,' the Rev. James David Manning, explains why he's certain Starbucks puts male semen in its drinks

It's been a rough year for people who obsess over gay families and couples.

Especially those who profess love for a deity and disgust at everything L,G,B,T,and I.

Their poster boy was called home, RIP Mr Fred Phelps, and the marriage revolution made their arguments punier with each passing day.

Instead of coming up with better ideas, many took steps beyond the real.

December 26, 2014

Watch the scene where the homophobic rapper tells James Franco he’s gay

Eminem has come out as gay – but only in controversial new comedy movie The Interview.

A scene in the film shows Eminem, playing himself, tell James Franco’s talk show host character he is ‘gay’ and ‘a homosexual’.

‘When I say things about gay people, or people think my lyrics are homophobic – it’s because I’m gay,’ he tells Franco's character.

He goes on to say: ‘I’m more shocked that people haven’t figured it out yet. I mean, it’s kind of like I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo.’

December 25, 2014

Alex Chow and Lester Shum say it is 'difficult' to say whether they are a couple

In the 79 days that protestors occupied various sites in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous city in China saw many intense or even bloody moments.

But many people, especially the young, have rejoiced over the bromance between student leaders Alex Chow and Lester Shum, who head the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the key group behind the protests that ended only earlier this month.

In the first joint interview that they gave, host Stephen Chan, from radio station CRHK, eagerly asked the duo a question many had been hoping for - on air - 'Are you really a couple?'

December 22, 2014

In open letter to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor expands in his views: 'I see your point. I hope you’ll consider mine'

Former Desperate Housewives cast member Tuc Watkins has apologized for using the term 'blackface' to describe the Cam and Mitchell characters on Modern Family.

Watkins had been critical of the fictional gay couple in a Facebook post stating: 'It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.’

December 13, 2014

It pays to do your research when considering a fertility clinic and surrogacy agency; finding out about the experiences of those who have already undertaken the surrogacy journey is a good place to start

Thinking about surrogacy but have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing an agency that will help you achieve your dreams of parenthood?

Choosing a country where surrogacy is legal and gay individuals or same-sex couples are welcome as prospective parents is always advisable.

December 11, 2014

'I bow my head and apologize for the anxiety I have caused'

The mayor of Seoul will meet the LGBTI protesters who occupied city hall for five consecutive days over his scrapping of a human rights charter.

A coalition of 20 groups started the sit-in on Saturday demanding an apology and face-to-face meeting with Mayor Park Won-soon.

Park agreed to the meeting yesterday on Human Rights Day, the date the charter was supposed to be enacted.

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 8, 2014

Mayor indefintely postpones the anti-gay hate law after a Christian backlash

About 70 LGBTI activists staged a sit-in at Seoul city hall to protest the mayor's indefinite delay of a human rights charter banning anti-gay discrimination.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups Saturday (6 December) occupied the lobby of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) holding a banner reading, 'To sexual minorities, human rights mean life.'

They said Mayor Park Won-soon had not responded to repeated requests for a meeting and demanded he proclaim the charter, which was supposed to be enacted on Human Rights Day on 10 December.

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.

December 6, 2014

Pink Swastika author Scott Lively has claimed that being gay is worse than being a murderer as an appeals court declines to dismiss the lawsuit against him over his role in stirring up anti-LGBTI hatred in Uganda

The US anti-gay activist who is being sued over his role in encouraging Ugandans to further criminalize homosexuality is not shutting up any time soon.

Abiding Truth Ministries president and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively told Christian ‘news ministry’ TruNews earlier this week that he believes that homosexuality is worse than murder and the worst possible sin a person can commit.

‘When you look in the Bible, there are sins that you would think of as worse, you know, murder or mass murder, but what does it come down to?’ Lively told TruNews.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

November 3, 2014

Animals make us fitter in our bodies and minds, help the most vulnerable and even unite communities

Most people like to think of themselves as animal lovers. Turns out animals return that love many times over, not just with wagging tales and cuddles but with a real contribution to our health and happiness as proven by numerous studies.

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Pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious and socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles (they were less fearful and less preoccupied) than non-owners, according to a 2011 study.

October 30, 2014

A former adviser to Bill Clinton, David Mixner revealed Monday that he assisted in the mercy killings of 8 gay men who were dying of AIDS during the 1980’s – including his own lover Peter Scott

Veteran American LGBTI rights activist David Mixner has confessed to his involvement in euthanizing 8 gay men who were dying from AIDS during the height of the epidemic during the 1980’s.

Mixner made the admission on Monday during a performance of his one-man autobiographical stage show Oh Hell No! during a fundraiser for LGBTI youth scholarship charity the Point Foundation, revealing that he had sought legal advice before going public with his admission.

October 27, 2014

The two women, who split after 16 years together, have been in a custody battle over the three children they co-parented

An appeals court in Alabama has overruled an earlier ruling that granted child visitation rights to a woman who parented three children with her former same-sex partner – deciding that the woman should never have been allowed to adopt the children in the first place.

The two women – identified only as E.L and V.L – were in a relationship together between 1995 and 2011.

Following artificial insemination treatment, E.L gave birth to a child in 2002, followed by twins in 2004.

October 18, 2014

'This is not an issue of people's rights to have religious beliefs… This is their job, and it's a job requirement,' says executive director of the LGBT non-profit Equality NC

Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr says he has resigned from his job because he can’t in 'good conscience' marry same-sex couples.

On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage in North Carolina became legal following a federal judge's ruling that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were immediately issued marriage licenses, and on Monday, October 13, same-sex couples statewide began marrying.

October 8, 2014

60 people were injured at last year's event, the first ever LGBTI celebration in the country

Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack.

The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November.

Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community.

But hundreds of hooligans started throwing stones and bottles, leading to the police using tear gas against them. Around 60 people were injured.

October 7, 2014

Marcus Peter Volke killed and cooked the body of his transgender Balinese wife in their Brisbane, Australia apartment, but fled and slit his own throat when police arrived

Balinese-born transgender woman Mayang Prasetyo has been identified as the victim of a shocking murder-suicide discovered in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday.

Prasetyo, 27, had met her husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, while both were working as chefs on cruise ships and the couple married late last year, honeymooning in Germany.

Volke had no criminal record or known history of mental illness but on Saturday police were called to their Tenerrife, Brisbane apartment after neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from the ground floor apartment.

October 3, 2014

Couple feels sorry for group 'who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags'

A gay couple who were beaten by a group of people in Philadelphia last month are speaking out for the first time.

The couple., whose identifies have not been made public, had a statement read by supporters at a rally held at the Bucks County Courthouse this week.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

September 25, 2014

Newlywed announces on Facebook: 'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful'

Four months after their wedding, home design guru and TV personality Nate Berkus and his new husband Jeremiah Brent announced Wednesday (24 September) that they are going to become parents.

'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful. We are happy to announce that we are expecting our first child!' the couple stated on Berkus's Facebook page.

September 23, 2014

Jim Deva fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books

A Canadian activist who fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books died yesterday in a freak accident.

Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium in Vancouver, fell from a ladder and broke his neck while gardening. He was 65 years old.

When Deva opened Little Sister's in 1983 it was the only LGBTI bookshop in western Canada and the target of repeated vandalism and bombings.