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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.

December 23, 2014

'Local media has contributed largely to violence against LGBTI Ugandans'

Ugandan's LGBTI community yesterday (22 December) launched a free gay magazine in response to the notoriously anti-gay local media.

Bombastic magazine – 'a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans' – is the symbol of the Reclaiming the Media Campaign launched by the Kuchu Times online platform for LGBTI issues in Africa.

December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 18, 2014

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality

Leading Australian political figures are offering to get up close and personal with members of the public as part of a campaign to raise $50,000 for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The fundraising campaign is being run by the group Australian Marriage Equality and has already raised $33,000 of a goal of $50,000 through crowdfunding website Pozible.

December 16, 2014

Over two thirds of Irish people support same-sex marriage

Ireland has set a month for a referendum on marriage equality.

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas.

It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

December 9, 2014

Goreski and TV producer-writer Gary Janetti have been a couple for 13 years

These are exciting times for celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski who, along with Kathy Griffin, has been added to the panel of the E! show Fashion Police.

Goreski and longtime partner Gary Janetti,  who have been together for 13 years. are engaged to be married, the designer and reality show star confirmed on the red carpet of the Trevor Live! event in Hollywood over the weekend.

November 25, 2014

The trio reportedly have steamy scene in upcoming film Michael

We already know that James Franco and Zachary Quinto play lovers in the upcoming feature film Michael.

What we did not know is that at one point, they take part in a steamy threesome scene with Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver.

November 23, 2014

A Tasmanian couple who were trying to rent out a room to straight couples only through accommodation website Airbnb have had their listing removed for discriminating against same-sex couples

Popular accommodation website Airbnb that connects ordinary people who want to rent out a room to strangers has removed a listing by a Hobart, Australia couple which stated, ‘We prefer not to host GLB couples.’

Complaints were made to the company about the listing’s exclusionary policy and the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) made a public call for Airbnb to delete it as it contravened the state’s anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTI people.

November 20, 2014

After reaching stardom, singer went on personal and professional slide

After years of struggle, country music singer Ty Herndon has come out publicly as a gay man at the age of 51.

Herndon made the revelation to People Magazine this week: 'My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation.'

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 5, 2014

Brazilian is the first transgender woman to front a global beauty brand

Lea T has been announced as the new muse of US hair care brand Redken, making her the the first transgender model to land a major contract in the conservative beauty industry.

'Lea T is a true pioneer for beauty,' said Leslie Marino, general manager of Redken US.

'She shares Redken's vision of global beauty, and has a unique sense of self and a beauty that is undeniably her own.'

The Brazilian was first discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and became the face of the fashion house in 2010.

November 4, 2014

There are reports that rumors have been spread among Chinese speaking voters in Burnaby, British Columbia, claiming there are plans to have local school children injected with a serum that will make them gay

Reports out of Burnaby, British Columbia are suggesting that a rumor has been deliberately spread claiming school children will be injected with a ‘serum’ to turn them gay as voters prepare to decide who will be the next mayor and who will sit on the local school board.

According to BurnabyNow.com and Yahoo News Canada, the rumor has been spread among migrant voters, particularly Chinese speakers.

November 2, 2014

Anti-gay activists Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott were on trial for mischief in Regina, Saskatchewan on Thursday after an incident at the University of Regina in April this year

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and thought to be one of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States, and a local man were on trial for mischief in a Regina court this week.

LaBarbera and a local Saskatchewan man, Bill Whatcott, were displaying placards with anti-gay and pro-life messages and tried to set up an information desk on the grounds of the University of Regina after they were told by the university not to.