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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.

August 13, 2014

The right wing Christian News Network have accused the United Church of Christ of practicing apostasy for their involvement in this year’s Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio this month

Articles which appeared on US Christian news websites CrossMap and ChristianNews.net circulated by the Christian News Network have accused members of America’s United Church of Christ of committing apostasy by being a major sponsor of this year’s Gay Games, accusing them of abandoning Biblical principles.

‘Being the Silver Sponsor, Apostate United Church of Christ Sponsoring Ohio’s Gay Games,’ one headline read.

July 28, 2014

Nigeria’s State Security Service have arrested a ‘homosexual cross-dresser,’ over a an attempted assassination on the country’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari but the country’s Opposition think it’s a set up

Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper is reporting that the country’s State Security Service has arrested a ‘clearly homosexual cross-dresser’ as the ‘suspected mastermind’ of an attempted suicide bombing attack on former dictator Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

The State Security Service apprehended the ‘homosexual cross-dresser’ near the site of the bombing near a market in Kaduna in which 80 people were killed and three aides of Buhari were injured.

July 11, 2014

From glass-walled showers to panoramic views overlooking the harbor, Barcelona has no shortage of places to see and be seen

With 260 days of sun, 300,000 motor scooters and 11,000 taxis in the city, Barcelona seems to do all the work for you whether you’re a visiting foodie, shopaholic, culture fiend or sun seeker.

Barcelona is a travel paradise with enough shopping, dining and cultural attractions to keep one occupied all year round.

While the tourist-laden avenue Las Ramblas and other attractions are not to be missed, we offer the LGBT traveler a few lesser-known suggestions, combined with tourist essentials, that offer truly iconic views of the Spanish city by the sea.

July 10, 2014

Feminist charity Women’s Aid is demanding transgender staff ‘prove’ their gender before being allowed to work, highlighting problems with UK law

A falling out between the UK trans community and feminist charity Women’s Aid has highlighted what many activists consider to be a job half-done when it comes to legal protections for trans persons.

It illustrates why, with a UK general election now less than a year away, many are calling on politicians to think again about half-baked equality laws and a Gender Recognition Act, which creates more problems than it solves.

Trouble erupted when the Women’s Aid Transgender and Transsexual Equality Policy and Procedure was publicized on a number of trans forums.

July 2, 2014

Joe Morgan faces his fears by returning to the school where he was bullied for being gay

Little more than a decade ago, at the age of 14, I came out as gay to a shocked art class.

From the second I arrived at secondary school, I was teased for being gay. I was given the identity even before I figured it out on my own.

And so, when one idiot was making fun of gay people in Year 9, I stupidly said: ‘Well, I’m gay, so what does that make me?’

The looks on everyone’s faces were like a courtroom drama. He finally said it. He finally admitted it. He’s out. The faggot is out.

June 19, 2014

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute

The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 15, 2014

'In contrast to the solid, nuanced briefings we created on the ground, the news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications'

In an op-ed for the New York Times, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning alleges the media is not reporting the complexities of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

June 12, 2014

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League says comments likening a Christian baker being ordered that he cannot discriminate against gay couples to Nazism and the Holocaust are ‘offensive and inappropriate’

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has drawn the ire of one of the most prominent Jewish groups in America after he drew on the Holocaust in describing what he sees as the plight of anti-gay Christians in America.

After a Colorado court ruled that it was unlawful discrimination for a baker to refuse the business of a same-sex couple on religious grounds, Perkins asked on his radio show, ‘I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?’

‘When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?’

June 10, 2014

As the summit on ending rape in warzones starts, Edwin Sesange argues the lesbian and transgender victims of ‘corrective rape’ must be included

Right now the world’s political leaders, celebrities and other stakeholders are gathering to find ways to stop sexual violence in armed conflicts. It is a huge opportunity to unite the world to end this inhuman act.

Hosted by actress Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is the largest ever gathering of its kind with more than 140 countries taking part.

June 9, 2014

Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy says LGBTI people seeking to be protected from discrimination in the provision of goods and services by religious people is a form of terrorism

Christian author and Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy has equated lawsuits against Christian business owners who refuse to do business with gay couples as a form of terrorism in a column for conservative website TownHall.com.

June 3, 2014

Whether you believe it was aliens or the Incas, there’s no denying Peru is home to some of the world’s most impressive ancient ruins

Every year millions of tourists flock to Peru’s most well known attractions, from the magical mountain scape of Machu Picchu to the eerily captivating Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert.

Yet Peru has a near limit-less selection of historical and adventure sites to explore for indigenous crafts, regional cuisine and amazing photo opportunities.

Peru is home to some of the oldest living wonders of the world, many at risk of destruction because of changing global weather patterns or growing tourism.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

April 27, 2014

Accused of killing three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas earlier this month, the former Ku Klux Klan leader was once arrested for paying for sex with a black man dressed as a woman in the 1980s

A former Ku Klux Klan 'Grand Dragon', who has been charged with killing three people outside two Kansas Jewish centers earlier this month, is revealed to have been arrested in the 1980s for having sex with a man in his car.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the community center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center on April 13.

April 21, 2014

Madurai’s Home Guards are training their first six transgender recruits in a first for India and the state of Tamil Nadu

Six transgender Indian women, or hijras as they are traditionally known in Hindi, have become the first of their kind to be accepted as cadets in India’s Home Guards – a paramilitary force that assists the police.

The six were accepted into the Home Guards in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state on the southern tip of India as part of a pilot program to better integrate LGBTI people into the Indian mainstream.

April 17, 2014

In a brand new GSN weekly feature, we shine a spotlight on people fighting for LGBTI rights in countries around the world

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people in Bulgaria are invisible.

A common mantra in the country is people have nothing against homosexuals, as long as they remain as discreet as possible, voiceless and hidden.

As a Bulgarian myself, I have seen for years how crucial problems of society are being swept like dust under the carpet.

And because no one talks about it, the fight for the LGBTI community to get any rights is slow, and often silent.

April 15, 2014

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono opens up on RuPaul's Drag Race in appearance with his maternal grandmother

Transgender activist and actor Chaz Bono dropped by RuPaul's Drag Race to help contestants learn to conduct a celebrity interview and in the process, opened up a bit about himself.

'You know, there was a number of years where I knew I was transgender but was afraid to do anything about it,' Bono told one of the contestants.

But once Bono, 45, did decide to transition, he shared his story by writing a book called Becoming Chaz and being the focus of a documentary of the same name.

April 15, 2014

In an effort to stop LGBTI elderly people ‘returning to the closet’, Spain is building a special retirement home

Spain is opening its first gay retirement home in Madrid.

The 26 December Foundation, a Spanish organisation for the LGBT society, started the retirement home project because ‘as far as society is concerned, elderly LGBT don’t exist’.

The project is an attempt at stopping Spain’s elderly LGBT population from returning to the ‘closet’ in old age.

‘They don’t have children and grandchildren they can talk about and often they conceal their sexual orientation to avoid rejection,’ Federico Armenteros, president of 26 December Foundation, said.

April 3, 2014

Spoiler alert, at the show a 19-year-old student said he would have sex for the first time - he did not have sex

A gay teen who planned to lose his virginity in the ‘name of art’ pulled out, and instead performed something a little different.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, vowed to perform a piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Before the show on 1 April, he claimed he would lose his anal virginity live on stage and then discuss it with the audience afterwards.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 20, 2014

The gas explosion in Harlem highlights an underlying tension between poorer black residents and ‘white homos’ gentrifying the area

Building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646.

On 12 March witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away.

The night before the conflagration, the smell of gas was detectable. These two buildings, like many surrounding ones, housed New York City’s poor and low-income families on 116th Street in an enclave known as Spanish Harlem.

March 18, 2014

The Brisbane Hustlers have beat gay rugby teams from across Australia and New Zealand to win the annual Purchas Cup

A team from the state of Queensland has won Australia and New Zealand’s annual Purchas Cup for gay rugby beating out teams from Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

The Sydney Convicts had been the favourites to win – being the current reigning world champions of gay rugby - but the Brisbane Hustlers came up on top beating them 12 to 5 in a surprise result.

The Hustlers may have had a home ground advantage as it was the first time the competition has been held inside Brisbane’s Ballymore Stadium – the home of rugby in the city.

March 17, 2014

The Central Station was the haven for LGBTI Russians until a 'campaign' was allegedly launched to get the club to vacate the premises

March 10, 2014

Police have repeatedly attempted to evict the LGBTI youths from the sewers, with attempts to 'burn' them out and conducting early morning raids 

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families, chased out of shelters and abandoned by the state have been told they can live in sewers.

A New Kingston judge has advised police that LGBTI teens are allowed to stay in their last option for refuge as sewers are public spaces.

Police have repeatedly tried to evict the youngsters from the sewers and gullies, on the pretext they ‘attract criminals’.

Last week on 5 March, officers once again raided the gutters and demanded the youth leave immediately.