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January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 14, 2015

His film Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is up for Worst Picture

Former Growing Pains actor and anti-gay activist Kirk Cameron is nominated for a Razzie 'award'.

The 80s sitcom star turned religious mouthpiece is up for three accolades: Worst Picture for Saving Christmas, Worst Actor for the same film, and Worst Screen Combo where he and his ego have been nominated together.

Cameron has previously described homosexuality as 'unnatural', 'detrimental', and 'ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

December 1, 2014

UKIP wake up to World AIDS Day ‘present’ and a gay kiss

HIV activists embraced in a gay kiss as they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the South London office of UKIP.

They were disgusted by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and other politicians in the party saying people living with HIV should be barred from coming to Britain.

The World AIDS Day (1 December) protest symbolizes a rebirth by the London chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a group which has had been less visible in the UK in the last decade.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 27, 2014

Organizer is charged with publishing lewd content in a public space

LGBTI activists have slammed Cypriot police for seizing a transgender photographer's exhibition after receiving a single complaint.

The exhibition Correction by Greek activist Paola Revenioti was shown at Nicosia municipal market to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The photos were confiscated on Friday (21 November) following a single complaint about their content, which included nude men.

Organizers Accept-LGBT Cyprus said the photos were covered during the market's normal operating hours.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 24, 2014

He was lured on a 'date' by a man, taken to a police station and held there as the authorities ruined his life

A Cameroon man is facing jail after police forcibly outed him as gay to his friends and family.

The 22-year-old, identified as A.H, was lured on an alleged 'date' by a Facebook friend who he had been talking to for around three months online.

Once he went to meet the other man, A.H was taken to the police station in the Ekounou district of Yaounde where he was arrested on accusations of sexual harassment.

November 11, 2014

Milan Rozsa, who made headlines in February when he climbed into the grounds of the Russian embassy in Budapest to protest Russia’s treatment of LGBTIs, has died after stepping in front of a train in an apparent suicide

One of the leading figures in Hungary’s LGBTI equality movement has died in an apparent suicide aged just 26-years-old.

Milan Rozsa rose to prominence as one of the most outspoken young activists on the Hungarian left in just four years of activism - taking prominent roles in not just campaigns to win equality for LGBTI people but also protests against attempts to tax internet usage in Hungary and a plan for Russia to finance a nuclear power plant in the country.

November 6, 2014

Christian owners say they will not apologize for doing 'what God would want us to do'

A Belfast bakery that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake on religious grounds will face court over allegations of discrimination.

LGBTI rights activist Gareth Lee ordered a cake from Christian-run Ashers Baking Company in May for an International National Day Against Homophobia party held by QueerSpace Belfast.

November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

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 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 27, 2014

Will the UK be forced to pay out or be forced to remove filters if they are found to be defying the Equality Act 2010?

Companies that buy in internet filters that ban LGBTI content could be in for a nasty – and expensive – shock.

Trans activist Helen Belcher is considering legal action against firms involved in blocking her website, and are failing to explain why they did so.

Belcher discovered the block when her son, who attends Reading College, a part of the Activiate Learning group, told her he was unable to access her business websites Aurum Solutions Ltd and Calcul-8 through the Wi-Fi or wired connections.

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

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%).

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

August 9, 2014

Days after its anti-gay law was declared 'null and void', Uganda's local LGBT community celebrate with beachfront Pride rally

Just days after the Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the country’s notorious anti-gay law – which threatened gay people with life imprisonment – jubilant LGBT citizens have been celebrating with a gay Pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe – about 25 miles from capital city, Kampala.

A local Ugandan gay activist, Moses Kimbugwe, told a local news service that around 200 people were expected to attend the event – taking place today. It’s the country’s third annual Pride, following the country’s first event in 2012.

August 8, 2014

Nigerian President told gay refugee and activist Michael Ighodaro at a Washington dinner that if he disagreed with his homeland’s anti-gay laws he had the right to fight them in court

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told an exiled Nigerian gay activist that he has the right to challenge his homeland’s anti-gay law in court in a confrontation at a $200 a head dinner in Washington DC.

Jonathan was attending a dinner on Wednesday night hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa and the US Chamber of Commerce held during the US-Africa Leaders Summit when he was confronted by gay Nigerian refugee and activist Micheal Ighodaro about his country’s anti-gay laws.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.

July 27, 2014

Should a public library warn parents that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, a book which advocates gay conversion therapy in children, promotes homophobia and discrimination and is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science?

The book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, which is co-authored by controversial American psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who practises gay conversion therapy, is currently available for loan in Hong Kong’s Central Library's adult lending section.

Gay rights activist Betty Grisoni, co-founder of lesbian organisation Les Peches and co-director of the LGBT cultural festival Pink Season, says the library should put a warning on the book as it encourages parents to 'prevent' homosexuality in their children which is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science.