LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about aide

February 10, 2015

Judge says allegations of conspiracy are 'unsubstantiated by any facts'

Malaysia's top court today (10 February) upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which is illegal in the Muslim-majority.

Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat said there was 'overwhelming evidence' that the former deputy prime minister had sodomized a male aide, and defense allegations that the case was a political conspiracy were 'unsubstantiated by any facts whatsoever.'

January 27, 2015

Says he is 'horrified' by how transphobic he was when he made that statement

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's top aide and secretary general Matthew Richardson has apologized unreservedly for calling trans woman 'she-males' today (27 January).

But while saying sorry for the language used, he has not retracted suggestions that a future UKIP administration would put an end to gender reassignment within the NHS.

January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

November 28, 2014

Vitaly Cherkasov was accosted by a group of men after leaving a courthouse where he had been defending activist Kirill Kalugin

The Moscow Times reports that a human rights lawyer has been attacked whilst leaving a St. Petersburg court.

The lawyer, Vitaly Cherkasov, was employed to defend an LGBT activist and says that one of his assailants is the aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Varey: 'I do not know why I said it'

The personal assistant to British pop star Tulisa now says he was drunk when he alleged that Simon Cowell is gay.

Gareth Varey's comments about Cowell came up during Tulisa's recent drug trial. He had been recorded by an undercover reporter saying that he wanted to sleep with Cowell and claiming that he knew of other unnamed men who had.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

October 12, 2013

GOP nominee Steve Lonegan fires Rick Shaften over comments made in an interview

The Republican nominee for New Jersey senator has fired his top aide over comments made in an interview questioning his opponents sexuality.

Rick Shaftan, the top strategist to GOP nominee Steve Lonegan, questioned the sexuality of Democrat nominee Cory Booker in an expletive-filled interview on Thursday (10 October).

Shaften's comments referred to Booker's conversations with Lynsie Lee, a stripper at a vegan strip club, whom he had exchanged messages with on Twitter.

October 5, 2013

New animated short from #Mashed features a clearly closeted Russian President daydreaming about his 'happy place'

An animated parody video featuring a gay Vladimir Putin has gone viral, gaining over 12,000 views in less than a day.

The video, entitled 'The Totally Fabulous Gay Adventures Of Vladimir Putin', features the Russian president being lectured by one of his comrades in between daydreaming about his 'happy place' - full of rainbows, unicorns and a topless Stalin.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

August 17, 2013

When discussing how to respond to a proposal to  San Antonio's nondiscrimination policy, Councilwoman Elisa Chan describes gay sexuality 'disgusting'


San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan is under fire for anti-gay comments made in a late May staff meeting.

The Republican, from Texas' second largest city, was strategizing a response to the proposal to extend San Antonio's nondiscrimination law to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and veteran status.

July 6, 2013

Raghavji is forced to quit barely a day before his birthday, but insists it has been a conspiracy

The finance minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh decided to quit yesterday (5 Jul) after a servant complained to police about sexual exploitation.

Although Raghavji, a BJP veteran who turns 79 tomorrow, denied the charges and termed them as politically motivated, chief minister Shirvraj Singh Chouhan was furious and sought immediate resignation, according to local reports.

January 4, 2013

Simon Walsh, a gay former aide to London Mayor Boris Johnson, was cleared of all charges in ‘extreme porn’ case but fall-out continues

British government officials – and Policing Minister, Damian Green, MP – were today accused of spreading deliberate disinformation about the reasons for prosecuting gay barrister Simon Walsh in 2012 for possession of extreme porn.

Damian Green, in particular, is singled out as needing to explain why, in respect of such a controversial legal initiative, he appeared to be smearing Walsh by linking him to practices that formed no part of the case against him.

September 5, 2012

The state of Chile has been taken to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights over its ban on same-sex marriage

Chile’s LGBT advocacy group, Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), announced that it’s suing the state of Chile over its prohibition of same sex marriages in the country.

The lawsuit is sponsored and was filed on Monday (3 September) by lawyers Ciro Colombara and Hunter T. Carter, a former aide under Hillary Clinton and gay marriage activist in the US.

August 17, 2012

Makes comments during appearance on Fox and Friends telecast

Geraldo Rivera is no stranger to controversy and earlier today (17 August), he invited more.

During an appearance on Fox and Friends, the veteran broadcaster was involved in a discussion about a top aide to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who has taken leave amid charges of sexual harassment and anti-male discrimination.

Said Rivera: 'I have a question, is this subtext of the Department of Homeland Security scandal — that there is some kind of lesbian cabal, that it’s a same-sex takeover of the big agencies?'

August 8, 2012

Simon Walsh and Michael Peacock were both cleared of gay porn charges in UK courts, but why did the police and prosecutors take it that far in the first place?

Is the English legal establishment institutionally homophobic? That may seem an odd question, given the wealth of LGBT-positive initiatives put in place by police forces in recent years. But two recent prosecutions around gay pornography – of Michael Peacock in January for distributing it and of Simon Walsh for possessing it – are leading many in the non-straight community to raise an eyebrow.

August 8, 2012

Openly gay barrister Simon Walsh found not guilty of all six charges in bondage image case

A gay former aide to Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been found not guilty of possessing extreme porn images including one of an underage boy.

As GSN previously reported, Barrister Simon Walsh has been on trial at Kingston Crown Court in South London.

But after a week-and-a-half in court it took a jury only three hours to decide he was not guilty.

August 7, 2012

Trial of Simon Walsh heard the barrister deny owning 'extreme porn' depicting 'violent sex acts' and an image of an underage boy

A gay former aide to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, denied his ‘strange sex life’ hurt anyone, a court heard.

Barrister Simon Walsh is charged with five counts of possessing extreme porn images and one of possessing an indecent picture of an underage boy.

The photos were discovered in the 50-year-old’s email account, which he admits was used solely for sex, and included photos of violent sex acts, a jury at Kingston Crown Court was told.

August 6, 2012

'His sexuality comes through in his desire to get ahead'

Jonathan Groff, best known for his roles on TV's Glee and in Broadway's Spring Awakening, begins a new television role on 17 August as Kelsey Grammer's ambitious political aide in the Starz drama Boss.

Grammer plays the mayor of Chicago in a show that is returning for its second season with Groff as a regular.

While Groff is openly gay in real life, it's not clear what the sexuality of his latest TV character is.

June 21, 2012

President Ma's closest political aide denies a romantic relationship with him

Close political advisor to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has denied speculation that he and the president have a ‘brokeback’ relationship.

When King Pu-tsung, as the president’s closest aide, was asked at a press conference yesterday if he was considering legal action over media speculation that he and President Ma were romantically involved, he said: