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July 13, 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who announced he is gay on TV interview, is enjoying a wealth of support after his long-awaited coming out 

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has come out of the closet and admitted he is gay, and is now enjoying support from fans, fellow athletes and gay celebrities.

Thorpe, who had consistently denied he is gay, came out in an interview on Australian TV with British broadcaster Micahel Parkisnon (13 July).

‘To everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely thank you!’ tweeted the five times Olympic gold medallist.

July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

July 11, 2014

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue.

Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties.

July 10, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana’s hottest made models try out their best pick up lines, with a little help from some helium

Dolce and Gabbana’s sexiest male models want to hit on you.

And with those sculpted bodies and handsome faces, who could say no? But, just wait until you hear them speak.

In this video from Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, male models from their Spring/Summer 2015 show sucked helium from balloons and practised their favorite pick up lines.

Even the most cringe worthy lines seem rather smooth coming from these men.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne brought her partner on stage to make her victory speech as she made history twice over by being female and openly gay

Liberal politician Kathleen Wynne has been elected Premier of Ontario, making history twice as she becomes the province’s first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.  

The results were announced on 12 June and saw Wynne, who represents the liberal party, be officially elected as Ontario’s premier.

61-year-old Wynne, who is openly lesbian, brought her partner on stage with her to make her victory speech.

To cheers, applause and a soundtrack of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Wynne made her victory speech in a red suit dress.

May 29, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto will officiated over the marriages of 20 same-sex couples during Pittsburgh’s PrideFest to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in his state of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced he will perform the marriages of up to 20 same-sex couples during his city’s PrideFest in June and his city will foot the bill for their wedding and reception.

The mass wedding ceremony will be held on 15 June in Pittsburgh’s Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel.

Following a 2pm ceremony, the hotel will host a reception for the couples.

May 8, 2014

'We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football'

The political consultant, who once proposed legislation requiring National Football League teams to have separate facilities for gay and straight athletes, is now pledging a boycott of any team drafting out defensive lineman Michael Sam.

Jack Burkman claims he's bringing together organizations in 27 US states to protest the team that picks the SEC Defensive linemen of the year.

April 21, 2014

India’s Naz Foundation is appealing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India over the criminalization of homosexuality - hoping a recent court ruling that recognized transgender people as a third legal gender will make their case stronger

India’s Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay sex after HIV non-government organization the Naz Foundation applied this morning for the Chief Justice of the court to review the matter.

The Naz Foundation’s lawyers hope that the Chief Justice will take into account the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that created a legal third gender status for transgender Indians.

April 15, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality president Peter LaBarbera has been arrested along with a Canadian anti-gay activist after they refused to leave a university where they were staging a protest

One of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States was arrested on Monday in Canada - just days after he was almost not allowed in the country.

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, had been in Saskatchewan province to attend an anti-abortion conference but decided to also hold protests against abortion and gay rights in Canada at two local universities while he was in the country.

April 1, 2014

Activists are calling on India's Supreme Court to 'correct' the verdict that led to the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights in recent memory'

India’s government is facing a fresh new legal challenge on its gay sex ban.

Naz Foundation, a HIV and LGBTI rights charity, filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court calling on it to ‘correct’ its verdict.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that said the colonial era law banning homosexuality was discriminatory and should not be a crime.

As parliament has refused to try and amend the ruling themselves, a curative petition is the last option as the final appeal in the legal process.

April 1, 2014

Violence and discrimination continue, but the government is unlikely to back a new anti-gay bill, says leading organization for men who have sex with men

Life in jail for homosexuality is not enough to protect Tanzania from gays, an MP has argued, as he drafts a new anti-LGBTI bill.

The law in Tanzania already gives 20 years to life for homosexual activity, with slightly lighter sentences in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.

But Ezekiel Wenje from the main opposition party, Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo, claims homosexuality is on the rise because that law is not enough of a deterrent.

March 13, 2014

New research has found that some of the most conservative states in the US also have the highest number of people looking for gay porn on the internet

A new study by PornHub and Buzzfeed has found that, on average, people in the US South watch more gay porn than people in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

PornHub found that out of all 50 US states, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia had the biggest number of people searching for gay porn on the internet.

5.58% of porn searches by Mississippians was for gay porn, compared to 5.44% in Louisiana and 5.38% in Georgia.

March 10, 2014

A far-right Catholic group is sending pamphlets to voters in the Australian state of Tasmania ahead of its state election – but the group sending them isn’t even from that state

A far-right Catholic group appears to be trying to influence the results of the Tasmanian state election – sending hand signed pamphlets to voters across that state - though the group is from a different state altogether.

The group behind the pamphlets is the Australian Traditional Families Property Bureau and has previously published publications including the anti-abortion ‘The Womb becomes a tomb: are we sacrificing to Moloch?’ and ‘Our Lady at Fátima: Prophecies of Tragedy or Hope?’

March 8, 2014

Two British lesbians, who lost a fight to have their Canadian marriage legalized in 2006, will finally be granted married couple status next week

A British lesbian couple are to have their marriage legally recognized, years after a High Court judge ruled against it.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger will be formally recognized as a married couple on Thursday (13 March), ahead of the new same-sex marriage act coming into place on 29 March in England and Wales.

The couple, who are university professors in the UK, got married in Canada in 2003 where Wilkinson was working and same-sex marriage had just become legal.

February 28, 2014

Launched on the eve of Zero Discrimination Day, this video features transgender men and women who tell their stories to fight for equal human rights.

‘I’ve been rejected by my family and my society’.

21 transgender men and women in Asia and across the Pacific have spoken out about their lives, health and hopes in a new touching video launched by UNAIDS.

Produced by the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (ATPN) in partnership with UNAIDS, the video features transgender men and women as they talk about the difficulties they faced throughout their lives and their hopes for transgender rights in the future.

February 27, 2014

'As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those stuck in the past'

A consultant lost a customer after announcing he's drafting a bill banning out gay players from the National Football League.

According to Time magazine DC Solar Solution, a California company, is severing its relationship with Jack Burkman.

February 25, 2014

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country'

A consultant, who has worked with Republican politicians in the past, is drafting a bill banning out gay players from the National Football League.

According to Mediaite, Jack Burkman, of JM Burkman & Associates, maintains there are five US representatives and one senator who are 'interested in co-sponsoring the bill.'

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 14, 2014

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) have sent roses to 50 federal MP for Valentines Day – letting them know they’re going to be targeted to change their votes on same-sex marriage

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) today revealed that it will target 50 federal MPs with its new nationwide ‘We’re Waiting’ campaign aimed at getting law makers to act on same-sex marriage

Only 25 more MPs are needed to support reform for legislation to pass the Parliament but the campaign wants to be on the safe side so is targeting 50.

The 50 MPs are mostly Liberal members of Australia’s Liberal-National Coalition government but also include some key Nationals and members of the opposition Australian Labor Party.

February 3, 2014

The Australian Government has chosen a teacher and author who once wrote that students should be taught to see LGBTI issues in a negative light to review the national school curriculum

The Australian Government has chosen a former teacher and author about education who once wrote that schools should reflect the views of homophobic parents to review Australia’s nation school curriculum.

Kevin Donnelly, director of the Melbourne based Education Standards Institute, was chosen alongside Professor Ken Wiltshire to conduct the review of the national curriculum and suggest changes to it.

February 3, 2014

Texas based Christian rapper Bizzle has recorded Same Love (A Response) in which he likens gay people to pedophiles and accuses them of trying to ride on the coat tails of the black civil rights movement

Christian rapper Bizzle has recorded his own version of Macklemore’s Grammy winning LGBTI acceptance anthem Same Love with homophobic lyrics over the original music.

In the single, released for free online to avoid copyright issues, Bizzle denies that LGBTI people have ever been oppressed and attacks comparisons between the fight for LGBTI rights and the US black civil rights movement.

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

January 13, 2014

The state of Tasmania will follow Victoria in becoming the second Australian state to wipe records of convictions for consensual adult gay sex from before its decriminalization

All of Australia’s major political parties have united behind a proposal to expunge the criminal records of men convicted of adult consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state of Tasmania and an apology for the state's former anti-gay laws.

Liberal leader, Will Hodgman, who polls show is likely to be state premier after the upcoming state election told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier today he supports the proposal in principle.