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May 2, 2015

South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria already have similar schemes to expunge criminal records of men who were convicted for consensual gay sex

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks has in her final report recommended that the state implements a dedicated scheme to erase historical convictions for consensual sexual activity between adult men.

The report recommends establishing a three-person panel made up of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the registrar of the Working with Vulnerable People Registration Scheme and the dean of law at the University of Tasmania to review applications from men who want their criminal record expunged.

May 1, 2015

'It will give religious school principals free rein to discriminate against gay and transgender students and the children of same-sex couples'

Tasmania's lower house has passed a bill that would religious schools in the Australian state to refuse LGBTI students on grounds of their beliefs.

After a two-day debate, the House of Assembly Thursday (30 April) evening passed an exemption to the Anti-Discrimination Act, despite concerns that the measure would allow prejudice against LGBTI students and those with same-sex parents.

The government denied this but LGBTI rights advocates said it had failed to allay 'legitimate community concerns about this bad legislation.'

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

March 23, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company tackles some relatively modern history in a new play from Tom Morton-Smith.

Oppenheimer is an ambitious play.

As the name suggests, Oppenheimer – written by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Angus Jackson – takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project, the war of science, when the United States raced to be the first to create the weapon that would end World War II.

After premiering this new work in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred this production to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 13, 2015

The BFI's Flare Film Festival in London will open with new film starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto

The BFI’s Flare Festival is the annual LGBT Film Festival held in London. As an LGBT film festival it’s a big deal, plus it’s a vibrant social event – you are pretty much guaranteed to run into everyone that you know in London as you dash between screenings in the Southbank complex beneath Waterloo Bridge.

Opening the festival this year will be I Am Michael, a movie directed by Justin Kelly and starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

This is an interesting movie.

March 12, 2015

Filmmaker says he is not interested in dating women

Acclaimed Indian director Karan Johar has said he is not interested in dating women, which some have taken as confirmation of his homosexuality.

The multiple award-winner has never been in a public relationship and has been long-rumored to be gay.

Johar, 42, appeared on the cover of this month's Harper's Bazaar India with his long-time collaborator and best friend, actress Kareena Kapoor.

In an interview with the magazine, the director said Kapoor would marry Kapoor – if he was interested in women.

March 11, 2015

He tells GSN: 'I get to finally sing about every bit of my life - I don't have to pretend'

It's been less than four months since Ty Herndon publicly declared to the world that he is gay - the highest-profile country music star to ever do so.

He has not had a single regret since and encountered more acceptance than he ever thought possible.

'Dude, I have been so thrilled,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview. 'I started touring in two days after I came out - I played the Grand Ole Opry two days after I came out. The crowds have been great. The public's ready - they're great. I've got a lot of faith in them.'

March 8, 2015

'If this campaign has any impact at all, its obvious prejudice and fearmongering will actually increase support for marriage equality,' says activist Rodney Croome

The Australian Marriage Forum, an anti-marriage equality group, last night launched a new fearmongering TV commercial as hundreds of LGBTI people and their allies turned out to celebrate the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 12, 2015

The Mormon Stories podcasts feature 'delicate topics' such as rights for LGBTI people and the ordination of women

A pro-gay Mormon is being forced to leave the church for refusing to stop talking about LGBTI rights and feminism on his podcasts.

John Dehlin was found guilty by a disciplinary panel of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints held at North Logan, Utah this week.

He will no longer be allowed to wear temple robes, donate money or prayer in public, although he will still be allowed to attend church meetings.

February 10, 2015

US clothing retailer manages to offend yet again

Urban Outfitters has come under fire for a tapestry 'eerily reminiscent' of the gray-and-white stripes and pink triangles that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday (9 February) urged the US retail chain to remove the offending article from stores.

January 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 23, 2015

A statement signed by 30 church leaders had said that gay marriage poses a greater risk to society than divorce or cohabitation

Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in the majority of US states, senior Roman Catholics and Evangelicals in the US have united to warn of the grave ‘threat’ posed to society by allowing gay couples to wed, reports Christian Today .

January 19, 2015

Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group Equal Ground hope the incoming government of President Maithripala Sirisena will be more open minded to the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people

A leading Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group has expressed hope that Sri Lanka will move forward to protect the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people now that the New Democratic Front coalition have taken power.

President Maithripala Sirisena was swept into power at the start of this year with the backing of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Tamil communities and rural Sinhalese voters that had become disenchanted after 10 years of government by outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

January 16, 2015

Podcaster is charged with apostasy

A promiment Mormon critic and pocaster faces excommunication from the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for supporting of gay marriage.

John Dehlin yesterday (15 January) said he had been summoned to appear before a disciplinary council on January 25.

'The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely
outcome of the disciplinary council will be either disfellowshipment (ie, official
censure) or excommunication (ie, termination of my membership),' he said in a statement.

January 11, 2015

We tackle the hard questions and bring you the highlights of day 3 of London Collections: Men

The sun was shining for the start of day three of London Collections: Men. Fuelled up on coffee, I was channelling my inner Miranda Priestly and ready to be impressed by what AW15 had waiting for the fashion world.

January 9, 2015

ACT follows Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is set to erase all historical convictions for gay sex, which was illegal there until 1976.

Attorney-general Simon Corbell today (9 January) announced that the laws would be changed to allow men convicted of consensual homosexual acts to have their criminal records expunged.

'It is important that the ACT provides equality and access to justice for men who were convicted of a crime that by modern day standards is no longer considered a criminal act,' he said.

January 4, 2015

LGBTI activists want Foley, who voted against marriage equality, 'to meet with same-sex couples and their children so he can hear for himself why marriage equality matters'

Marriage equality advocates in Australia are urging potential New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley to meet with same-sex couples and their children to challenge his anti-gay views.

Foley, a committed Catholic who is preparing to be elected unopposed as leader of New South Wales Labor on 5 January, has previously voted against marriage equality, claiming this view is based on his upbringing by a single mother. 

December 24, 2014

'Our intention was to make it as clear as possible that Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other'

The creators of Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra have confirmed that the two lead characters are a lesbian couple.

The spin-off to Avatar: The Last Airbender ended last week with Korra and Asami walking into the spirit world together hand-in-hand.

December 24, 2014

German site throws the book at Yoweri Museveni

A German dating site has given a book on homosexuality in animals to the notoriously anti-gay Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for Christmas.

Biological Exuberance – Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was written by the Canadian biologist Bruce Bagemihl and documents homosexual behavior in more than 450 animal species.

Gleichklang.de sent a copy to both the presidential office in the capital Kampala and the Ugandan embassy in Berlin.