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February 7, 2014

Openly gay artist IDa4 sends his message of love and support with a new mural in LGBTI district

Millions have fought the Russian anti-gay laws with placards, petitions, pride marches and more – now one gay man has fought them with a spray can.

IDa4 is a street artist with murals all over Europe and his latest piece is now gracing his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

One of the few openly-gay street artists in Britain, he created this protest artwork in the city’s gay village, with the support of Adrian Gadd, a prominent businessman in the LGBTI district.

August 27, 2013

A Northern Ireland business owner allegedly attempted to sleep with a lesbian manager and referred to his LGBT staff as 'poofs'

A Northern Ireland man is paying out thousands after groping a gay male employee’s groin and asking a young lesbian manager for sex.

Bryan West, a 66-year-old businessman, is the focus of a sexual harassment employment tribunal.

The owner of a LGBT-themed restaurant in Belfast, he is accused of being homophobic, harassing staff and making sexual advances.

May 29, 2013

David Cecil wants to return to Uganda to see his wife and two children, but is banned from the country because he staged a gay play

A British producer, who staged a gay play in Uganda last year, has challenged the decision to deport him to the United Kingdom.

David Cecil, currently in the UK, filed his suit through his lawyer David Mpanga in the Kampala High Court this week.

In the petition, he says the government did not give any reasons why he was branded an ‘undesirable’ person.

His wife and two children, aged two and three, are currently in Uganda.

May 27, 2013

Annual award ceremony brings attention to the worst examples of sexism and homophobia in Malaysia with irony 

The second annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah?! awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last night.

The annual awards 'celebrate' the worst examples of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in Malaysian public life, and there is plenty to choose from.

April 23, 2013

Horacio Cartes, described as having potential to give South American country a ‘fresh start', apologizes to those who were offended

The newly elected president of Paraguay has apologized for the anti-gay remarks that plagued his campaign.

At a press conference on Monday, Horacio Cartes said: ‘I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage.’

The millionaire businessman has previously said being gay is ‘not normal’, comparing gay people to ‘monkeys’, and saying marriage equality would usher in ‘the end of the world’.

February 19, 2013

British gay play producer has said the pastors preaching hate is to blame for the extremist homophobic laws in Uganda

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has said the majority of Africans are not homophobic.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 14, 2013

David Cecil is appealing the decision but will likely be months before he sees his Ugandan girlfriend and two children again

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has called his situation ‘crazy’.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 12, 2013

David Cecil has been deported from Uganda, forcing him to leave his girlfriend and two children

Uganda has deported a David Cecil for producing and staging a play in August 2012, featuring a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees, a UK embassy spokesman has said.

David Cecil was arrested last September for ‘disobeying lawful orders’ as the play was performed without ‘authorisation’. The charges were subsequently dropped.

January 23, 2013

Ivan Massow announced his candidacy for the marginal Somerset seat within hours of Tory chairman resignation over gay marriage

A gay millionaire who left the British Conservative party over gay issues now wants to stand as a member of parliament.

Insurance businessman Ivan Massow applied to be the Tory candidate for the Somerset constituency he has 'lived in and loved' all his life.

But on the same day the chairman of Somerton and Frome Constituency Conservative Association resigned after 49 years, citing Prime Minister David Cameron's stance on gay marriage as the reason.

These two events have kicked off a constituency row about equal marriage.

November 23, 2012

David Cecil allowed to leave country until trial resumes in January, while Uganda debates 'kill the gays' bill

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has had his court case postponed.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

November 2, 2012

Cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is the latest Malaysian politician to make an ignorant homophobic gaffe

The latest ignorant homophobic gaffe from a Malaysia politician came from cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yesterday, when he responded to accusations of improper behaviour in a corruption case.

The comments came while Nazri was defending himself from claims that he acted dishonestly when he told parliament that his friend, businessman Michael Chia, had been cleared of corruption charges.

Rafizi Ramli of the opposing People’s Justice Party (PKR) announced yesterday that he has proof a black Hummer SUV driven by Nazri’s son Nedim is owned by Chia.

October 19, 2012

Simon Gage admits British gay networking club Jake may seem intimidating but can soon see you make friends and contacts you would never have otherwise met

I must admit that I used to think Jake events weren’t my kind of thing. I was never into that whole A-gay scene, as an interviewer of celebrities I wasn’t in what you’d call a proper professional-type job and, quite frankly, I didn’t own a suit. Not even a cheap one.

It’s funny because I knew Ivan Massow, the setter-upper of Jake, a British gay networking club now in its 11th year. And I knew that he wasn’t a suity, businessy kind of person – even as a highly successful businessman. But it somehow hadn’t occurred to me that Jake events might reflect that vibe.

October 12, 2012

Gay businessman Jerome Lau Ting-sing bailed after four months in prison for molesting male models

A Hong Kong businessman who was jailed for indecently assaulting male models broke down in tears when told he could be released on bail yesterday.

Jerome Lau Ting-sing was sentenced to 17 months in prison last June for indecent assault relating to an incident when Lau invited a male model to his apartment to photograph him.

Lau also threatened to publish naked photographs of the male models, leading to two convictions of criminal intimidation.

October 1, 2012

David Cecil faces two years imprisonment in Uganda for play which features a gay storyline

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has slammed his case as 'crazy'.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

September 19, 2012

Omar Kuddus argues that UK Prime Minister David Cameron should stick by his words after Uganda banned a ‘gay’ play and took action against its British producers

In August the Uganda’s Media Council banned performances of what would have been the first theater production in the country to discuss LGBT issues.

That decision, and more urgently Uganda’s legal steps against people who staged the play, now require immediate and serious redress by the international community

The play, The River and the Mountain, by British playwright Beau Hopkins, was to have been performed at the National Theatre of Uganda but the theater backed off after the Media Council intervened.

September 14, 2012

Media Council banned the play after saying it was 'contrary to the laws, cultural norms and values of Uganda'

A British man who produced a play about being gay in Uganda is in jail.

David Cecil is being charged with ‘disobeying lawful orders’ from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged the play in Uganda’s capital Kampala last month, reports the Associated Foreign Press. 

September 12, 2012

Two Britons living in Uganda under attack by police for putting on The River and the Mountain, a ‘banned’ play with a gay plotline

A British ex-pat living in Uganda could be jailed for two years for producing a play containing a gay storyline.

And another British ex-pat has had to hand over his UK passport to the Ugandan authorities and been released on police bail after he was arrested for staging the play.

The play, The River and the Mountain, features a storyline about a gay businessman living in a homophobic country among its themes.

It is advertised as: ‘A Ugandan comedy drama that tackles the intersection of religion, politics and sexuality.’

September 7, 2012

Kampala police take action over ‘banned’ play, The River and The Mountain, which features gay plotline

Police have arrested a Uganda bar owner for staging the play The River and The Mountain which features a man coming out as gay.

David Cecil, owner of Tilapila Bar in Kampala was accused of showing a ‘gay themed play’.

Another bar has also shown the play previously and it is been confirmed that the owner there has also been questioned by the Kampala police.

The River and the Mountain features a storyline about a gay businessman living in a homophobic country.

August 8, 2012

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis says casting Matt Bomer in Fifty Shades of Grey movie would be 'absolutely ludicrous' because he is openly gay

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis says casting gay actor Matt Bomer in a Fifty Shades of Grey movie would be wrong because his sexuality 'complicates the role'.

The out Hollywood star, who was last seen baring all as a male stripper in Magic Mike, has been rumored to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James's erotic bestseller.

However, not everyone is happy about the prospect of Bomer playing a straight businessman whose sadomasicistic sex life has titilated readers around the world.