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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.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 3, 2014

Australian LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has crunched the numbers to find one-in-ten human beings now live in jurisdictions where same-sex couples are allowed to marry

A new analysis undertaken by Melbourne, Australia based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that over ten per cent of the world’s population now lives in jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry.

Pitman calculates that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania was the tipping point.

The world’s population is 7,176,000,000 and as of May 725,000,000 people live in countries or jurisdictions within countries where same-sex couples may marry.

July 1, 2014

In a country with 'secret' anti-gay conversion therapy clinics and few legal protections for LGBTI individuals, activists and allies took to the streets this weekend to show their pride and demand equal rights

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil celebrated its ninth Gay Pride parade and festival this weekend, with an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 people attending, according to local media sources.

The country’s capital city Quito also held a Gay Pride celebration on 28 June, and while for Guayaquil this was the ninth Gay Pride event, it was the first year the parade received official support from the mayor’s office, according to activist Diane Rodriguez.

June 25, 2014

One of a group of Ugandan activists the Canadian Government tried to refuse visas to out of fear they will claim asylum has spoken about why he refuses to flee his homeland despite being outed by a tabloid and says he is prepared to die for his cause

Ugandan LGBTI rights activist Richard Lusimbo has spoken to CTV about his decision to remain in his homeland despite its anti-gay climate and draconian new laws further criminalizing gay people and their freedom of expression.

‘Uganda is home. It's where my family is. It's where my livelihood is. It's where I've grown up and there's a lot of work to be done,’ Lusimbo said.

June 21, 2014

'As long as this widespread misunderstanding in the straight world about homosexuality persists, that it is a choice or a "lifestyle", not only will we never be fully accepted by society, some of us will remain unable to accept ourselves'

John Paulk, a prominent poster boy for 'ex-gay' movement for over a decade who came out as gay last year, has hit out at Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent comments that compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

June 9, 2014

Lex Watson, who co-founded the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founded the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and was first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, has been given the Australian equivalent of a knighthood just weeks after his passing

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, has been honored with the Australian equivalent of a knighthood for his decades of activism on behalf of LGBTI people.

Watson was made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the release of today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

June 3, 2014

TV personality appears to have no idea about the reasons why Bryant famously got a pie in the face in 1977

Inexplicably, TV host Nancy Grace chose to defend one of the most infamous foes of gay and lesbian equality in history in a recent segment on her HLN show.

Grace tackled the topic of celebrity stalkers after Brad Pitt was attacked at a Hollywood premiere last week.

In doing so, she dragged out a 37 year old clip of Anita Bryant getting a pie shoved in her face and wondered why anybody would want to do this to such a 'sweet lady.'

June 1, 2014

The pair announced their engagement last June after the US Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional
 

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has wed her partner of four years Linda Wallem on Saturday.

Wallem is best known for being the co-creator of the television series 'Nurse Jackie.'

The pair, both 53, began dating in 2010 after more than a decade of friendship. They announced their engagement last June when the Supreme Court struck down several anti-gay rights laws including California's Prop 8, according to media reports.

May 23, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

May 21, 2014

'They were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it'

The Normal Heart director Ryan Murphy reveals that the intense sex scenes between the characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer came to fruition with the help of an on-set 'sex choreographer.'

In the movie, which premieres on HBO on Sunday (25 May), Ruffalo plays AIDS activist Ned Weeks while Bomer plays his lover Felix Turner, a journalist.

May 7, 2014

Co-founder of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founder of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, Lex Watson passed away yesterday evening but will be remembered for his decades of activism in support of his community

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, passed away last night after his health declined in the last few weeks.

Lex had been instrumental in the foundation of most of the LGBTI rights groups in the state of New South Wales, beginning with the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in 1970, and was one of the first gay people to advocate openly for their rights on Australian television.