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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.

September 12, 2014

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

September 1, 2014

Marina Silva revises pro-gay government plan just one day after publication

Brazilian opposition leader Marina Silva has retracted her support for gay marriage just one day after publishing a pro-gay government plan on Friday (August 29).

Her campaign team said in a statement on Saturday that the pledge to ‘back proposals defending civil marriage’ had been included due to an 'editorial error' and needed 'clarification'. The revised manifesto vows to 'defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.'

‘The text [initially] published was not the text which had been discussed,’ Silva told journalists.

June 22, 2014

Democratic lawmaker Mike Michaud, who came out in 2013, was one of the grand marshalls of Maine’s 2014 gay pride parade

US Democratic candidate Mike Michaud, served as the Grand Marshall of Maine’s gay pride parade yesterday (21 June).

Michaud came out as gay in November 2013, and if he is elected he will be the first governor who is openly gay at the time of his election.

Michaud shook hands, posed for photographs and headed up the parade at gay pride in Portland, Maine yesterday. Excited crowds cheered ‘I Like Mike’ and held up posters as he made a speech at the parade.

June 13, 2014

The Nevada State Republican party has selected the first transgender Republican candidate to run against a Democrat in United States history

Military veteran and transgender woman Lauren Scott has become the first transgender person to be chosen to run against a Democrat after her party selected her to stand in Nevada Assembly District 30.

Scott received 58% of the vote over rival Republican primary candidate Adam Khan who only received the support of 42% of party members.

Khan had been endorsed by the Nevada Republican Assembly but Scott received endorsement from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in her bid to be the candidate.

May 28, 2014

President Juan Manuel Santos has announced his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Colombia as he faces a runoff election with a right wing opponent

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos is hoping announcing his support for same-sex couples being allowed to legally wed will motivate progressive voters as he faces a run off election against right wing candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.

Colombians voted over the weekend but there was a poor voter turnout of only 40% and the election produced no clear winner but Zuluaga and Santos were the two strongest candidates.

As a result there will be another election in June where voters will get to choose between the two.

March 21, 2014

‘They are so desperate for votes they are even asking people they think are unnatural,’ say LGBTI activists

An Indian political party that wants gay sex to stay illegal has found a surprising place to advertise for supporters – Grindr.

For the past four days, Indians have been checking the gay hookup app to see the Bharatiya Janata Party’s advertisements.

It shows prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s picture, together with the party’s lotus symbol, calling on gay people to vote BJP.

December 20, 2013

Phil Robertson also said blacks 'were happy' with segregation and picking cotton

Video has emerged of Phil Robertson, suspended indefinitely from A&E's Duck Dynasty for anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine, making even more hate-filled remarks during a sermon prior to his reality show days.

In the sermon, Robertson said gays and lesbians are 'full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless.'

November 17, 2013

While Liz Cheney does not support same-sex marriage, she thinks the issue is best settled at the state level as opposed to a constitutional amendment

US Senate candidate Liz Cheney stands by her opposition to marriage equality.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister to Mary, an out lesbian, is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014.

November 17, 2013

Heather Poe, Mary Cheney's wife, wonders how her sister-in-law can offer congratulations on her marriage but still be against it

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, are offering harsh words for US Senate candidate Liz Cheney's opposition to marriage equality.

'Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,' Mary Cheney wrote to her sister on her Facebook page, according to the New York Times.

October 17, 2013

Newark New Jersey mayor will have to run again next year to retain his seat

Staunch LGBT ally Cory Booker has become the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Barack Obama in 2004.

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is a rising political star in the Democratic party who won a special election against Republican candidate Steve Lonegan. They were running to fill what remains of the term of the late Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June.

Booker, 44, will be up for reelection again next year.

October 16, 2013

Tess Corbett, who was dumped as a candidate for the Katter’s Australia Party after she likened pedophiles to gay people, has been ordered by a tribunal to apologize in print for those comments

A New South Wales (NSW) state legal tribunal has ordered Australian political candidate Tess Corbett to make a public apology over comments she made in January comparing gays to pedophiles.

Using the state’s anti-discrimination laws, the tribunal found that Corbett’s remarks ‘incited hatred’ towards the gay community.

In January, Corbett of the Katter's Australian Party said 'pedophiles will be next in line to be recognized in the same way as gays and lesbians’ in an interview with local newspaper The Hamilton Spectator.

September 27, 2013

Bill Shorten, the leadership contender for the Australian Labor Party supported by his party’s right wing faction, has told his party’s LGBT caucus that he would support the creation of a specific ministerial portfolio for LGBT equality issues if made leader

Australian Labor Party LGBT caucus Rainbow Labor has released the results of a survey of the two candidates who are campaigning to lead the party from the Opposition benches - with both touting what they believe are strong credentials.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is the candidate most favored by the left of the party while former Minister for Education and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten is the candidate most favored by the right.

August 31, 2013

Republican Liz Cheney calls on opponent to reject poll that says she is for marriage equality

Liz Cheney, a candidate to be senator from the US western state Wyoming, is pushing back against clams she supports gay marriage.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister to Mary, an out lesbian, put her position on her website.

'I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,' the candidate wrote.

August 28, 2013

Steve Lonegan: 'Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous'

US Senate candidate Cory Booker of New Jersey has gotten a lot of attention in recent days for stating he thinks it's 'wonderful' when some people think he's gay.

His Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, has responded by not only questioning Booker's sexuality, but also his masculinity.

'Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous,' Lonergan tells

August 26, 2013

Moscow’s mayoral candidate Mikhail Degtyarev has announced plans to offer anonymous ‘gay conversion’ therapy sessions and re-introduce a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

Russia may bring back its ban on gay blood donors, and offer an additional gay-to-straight conversion therapy service.

32-year-old Mikhail Degtyarev, who is a candidate for mayor of Moscow, said since 65% of all HIV-positive people were homosexuals, the proposal could not be considered discriminatory.

The politician, who has a record of controversial statements, did not name the source of the statistic he used.

August 20, 2013

An extremist homophobic election pamphlet which was to be sent to the homes of 38,000 people in the Australian state of Tasmania has been seized by the post office

An election flyer that repeatedly refers to gay men as sodomites and claims that nearly all same-sex couples molest their own children has been seized by Australia Post and its author is most likely to be hauled before an anti-discrimination tribunal.

Independent candidate Andrew Roberts who is running to try to become a senator for Tasmania, had planned to send the pamphlet to 38,000 Tasmanian homes, but when senior staff at Australia Post became aware of its contents they stopped it from being distributed.

August 20, 2013

Kim Catullo, wife of New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, talks about the anti-gay violence happening in 'a place that is the most tolerant'

The wife of lesbian New York City mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, revealed the candidate has received anti-gay threats.

Kim Catullo is getting prepared to join her wife on the last stretch of the campaign trail (the Democratic Party primary election is in three weeks). While Catullo did not describe the nature of the remarks, she is concerned.

July 30, 2013

Leads in new poll and says beleagured rival Anthony Weiner not qualified

A new poll has lesbian candidate Christine Quinn now in the lead in the race to win the Democratic nomination in the race to become the next mayor of New York City.

According to Quinnipiac University poll released Monday (29 July), Quinn has the support of 27% of likely voters with former US Congressman Anthony Weiner finishing fourth with 16%.

The poll was conducted July 24-28 on 446 likely Democratic primary voters.

June 21, 2013

Christine Quinn says Weiner called her and 'clarified the interaction'

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner does not want anyone to think he approves of an elderly female supporter of his referring to his lesbian opponent Christine Quinn as a 'dyke.'

During a campaign trail encounter this week, Weiner encountered the woman as she was wheeling a shopping cart past him.

When he asked if she was a registered Democrat, the woman said: 'I am. And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.'

Weiner replied: 'Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot.

June 14, 2013

LGBT Iranians comment on today's election but with real power held by a religious and military elite and no candidates interested in easing the persecution they face, they say it can only get worse, not better

As the controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heads out of office, Iranians are at the polls today (14 June) to vote for a new president.

But what will this election mean for LGBT Iranians? Are any of the candidates likely to improve the situation for gays and lesbians in Iran, who face systematic persecution? Is there an end in sight to Iran’s hard-line anti-LGBT policies?

June 10, 2013

Mark Takano tells GSN: 'We've done a remarkable job of transforming how people feel about us'

Mark Takano rode in the LA Pride parade for the first time on Sunday (10 June) and admitted to Gay Star News: 'I'm thrilled to be here.'

Takano, a Democrat, is the first openly gay person of color to be elected to the US Congress and the first openly gay person from California in Congress.

'Those are my two monikers,' he said of his historic firsts.

A public school teacher for 23 years, the Japanese-American had twice before run unsuccessfully for congress in 1992 and 1994.

May 24, 2013

Members of Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) say anti-marriage-equality leaders don't speak for them

A rift between marriage-equality supporting members and social conservative leaders has erupted in Australia's largest trade union, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).

The conflict has potentially far-reaching consequences as the national leader of the SDA is Joe de Bruyn who is hugely influential in the Labor Party and rumored to be the reason Prime Minister Julia Gillard is so stubbornly opposed to marriage equality.

May 10, 2013

Family attorney: 'There's a lot more to it'

The family of Marco McMillian, a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi who was murdered, on Friday (10 May) asked the US Justice Department to look into the case.

The family spoke out after an autopsy was released showing that McMillian had died of asphyxiation and had also been burned and beaten.

Lawrence Reed, 22, was charged in the death of McMillian.