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March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 9, 2014

A leaked report has revealed the ‘shocking’ questioning refugees face trying to gain asylum in the UK

UK Home Office officials have reportedly been humiliating LGBTI asylum seekers with degrading questions about their sex lives.

A leaked report to the Observer, from October 2013, reveals the extent of the harsh questioning that asylum seekers endured.

One bisexual man underwent five hours of questioning, with no lawyer present, including: ‘Did you put your penis into x's backside?’ and ‘When x was penetrating you, did you have an erection? Did x ejaculate inside you? Why did you use a condom?’

February 5, 2014

Frustrated now they are the only country in the UK to not have equal marriage, gay rights campaigners are threatening legal action

Northern Ireland gay rights groups are threatening to sue the government after they have become the only country in the UK not to have equal marriage.

Scotland became the 17th country to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday (4 February), with politicians voting overwhelmingly in favor – 105 voted for same-sex marriage, while only 18 voted against.

England and Wales have already passed same-sex marriage legislation and the first ceremonies are scheduled for 29 March.

January 25, 2014

Michigan's Dave Agema has made series of controversial comments and calls Russia's anti-gay propaganda law 'common sense'

Dave Agema, who serves as a Michigan Republican National Committeeman, is being asked to resign by the committe's top leadership amid controversy over comments he has made about gays and Muslims.

Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus asked Agema to resign his position from the RNC as has Michigan Republican Chair Bobby Schostak, according to Washington Blade.

But he is refusing to step down.

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

January 10, 2014

'Not only are the Christian community pushing away gays who are Christians, we are alienating those who are lost'

The Southern Baptist mother of Lance Bass is speaking out against the way gays are treated by churches.

'When I hear fellow Sunday School members, co-workers, politicians,and Christian people on TV and radio say negative, judgmental things about gays, I just cringe and it breaks my heart,' Diane Bass said in a speech to a local church that her son shared in a column on Thursday (9 January).

January 8, 2014

Filipino American Gregory Cendana has become the first openly gay man to head the US’ National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Gregory Cendana has become the first openly gay man and first Filipino elected to chair the US National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Founded in 1996, NCAPA is a coalition of 31 national Asian Pacific American organizations representing the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities.

November 13, 2013

LGBTI rights campaigner Sam Ganafa is expected to appear in court but supporters still don’t know what charges he will face

Well-known Ugandan gay activist Sam Ganafa and two of his friends have been arrested and detained by police.

Ganafa is director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), two leading LGBTI organizations.

Charges against Ganafa are unknown. But there are rumors an alleged ex-lover claimed he contracted HIV after gay sex with him.

November 8, 2013

After a call for more gay Muslim visibility in the UK, LGBTI group Imaan responds with an introduction to their organization

Last month Omar Kuddus wrote an article for the Gay Star News titled ‘It’s time to come out as gay, Muslim and proud’. As the chair of Imaan, the largest LGBTQI Muslim organization in the UK, Europe and probably even the world, I was definitely interested in what Kuddus had to say.

October 31, 2013

‘Gay brain’ scientist Simon LeVay’s new book is historical fiction but can the real homosexuality of past pontiffs encourage Pope Francis to embrace LGBTI equality?

Homosexuality is a good thing – and that’s as true for popes as it is for regular mortals. But because the Catholic Church considers homosexuality a ‘moral disorder’, we’re not likely to hear good things about gay popes. If we hear anything about them at all, it’s in the context of shocking misdeeds.

October 30, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has given $5,000 to campaign to repeal new California law

Leaders of several LGBTI groups want to meet and have a word with the chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Herman Rowland Sr. has thrown his support behind those who want to repeal a new California law designed to give equal access to transgender students.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Equality California hope to change Rowland's heart and mind after it was learned he donated $5,000 to the Privacy for All Students initiative campaign.

October 26, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has donated $5,000 to ballot initiative effort so far; law due to take effect in January

The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company is among those trying to block a new California law from going into effect designed to protect transgender students.

Under the law, students will also have access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity.

October 23, 2013

Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission chair York Chow says civil unions for gay and lesbian couples could be a ‘feasible' alternative for same-sex marriage

The head of Hong Kong’s leading human rights body has sad that Hong Kong should consider civil unions for same-sex couples as an achievable alternative to letting them marry because of conservative views in the Chinese territory.

September 26, 2013

Comptons of Soho have admitted to making a 'mistake' after telling a man with multiple scleroris it would be unsafe for him to enter the venue

A London gay bar has caused an outrage after refusing entry to a wheelchair user.

Chris Stapleton, who has multiple sclerosis, wanted to go for a drink in the England’s capital main gay area Soho last night (25 September).

But when he reached Comptons of Soho, he could not negotiate the high step into the bar using his power chair.

He said: ‘I asked the bar manager whether they had a ramp which could be deployed to let me in. He said no.

‘I said that he had a legal obligation to provide access.

September 24, 2013

Philosophy Professor John Corvino suggests 'Providence College actively avoids the airing of views that challenge the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage'

Providence College, a Catholic institution in the US state Rhode Island, has called off a lecture by Professor John Corvino, author of What's Wrong with Homosexuality?.

September 21, 2013

Britain’s National Diversity Awards honored LGBT people, as well as disabled people, different races and more at gala

The UK’s LGBT community champions and entrepreneurs were among those honored last night (20 September) at the National Diversity Awards.

A gala dinner in Leeds, West Yorkshire, saw heroes of all ages, genders, races, religions, sexualities and more join together to celebrate.

Birmingham LGBT was named 2013’s Community Organization for LGBT for their achievement in opening a health and wellbeing center for their community in the heart of Britain’s second city.

September 13, 2013

Chair of Russian Association of Lawyers for Human Rights has said she is effectively in a same-sex marriage

A top Russian lawyer has come out as trans to protest the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Masha Best, the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, is speaking out in Russian media to oppose the federal ban.

‘The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong,’ she told the Moscow Times.

September 2, 2013

Anglicans who are opposed to gay people being ordained as clergy will meet in Nairobi in October for a second Global Anglican Future Conference five years after the first in Jerusalem

The conservative anti-gay faction within the Global Anglican Communion will meet for the second time in five years for a second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) but say they are not yet ready to split to form their own church.

‘It is now ten years since the Episcopal Church of the United States consecrated Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, despite the fact that he had left his wife and family and then later entered into a sexual relationship with a man,’ GAFCON chair and Primate of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said.

August 30, 2013

New Zealand Defense Force LGBT support network OverWatch has taken out the top prizes in the 2013 ANZ and Equal Employment Opportunities Trust Diversity Awards

The New Zealand military’s LGBT personnel network has won the Supreme Award and Diversity Award at this year’s ANZ and Equal Employment Opportunities Trust Diversity Awards.

The New Zealand Defense Force’s OverWatch (OW) program was credited by judges for its, ‘inclusive approach to different sexualities within the Military [which] has provided world-leading resources.’

August 23, 2013

Gay rights campaigners say making homophobia as unacceptable as racism is a step towards an environment where gay players will be able to come out

Homophobic British football fans are being warned they will face prosecution under new police guidelines.

For the first time, anti-gay slurs are being included in a Crown Prosecution Service policy in soccer-related offences.

Police say including homophobic abuse in its ‘refreshed’ policy will make anti-gay chants as ‘unacceptable’ as racism.

So not only at matches, where many LGBT fans have complained of a homophobic environment, but police will also look to tackle online abuse in football forums.

August 19, 2013

Christian millionaire who chairs governors at three academies banning ‘promotion of homosexuality’ says gays shouldn’t marry as their sex ‘organs’ can’t be ‘joined’

The chairman of governors at three UK schools banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ believes gays shouldn’t be able to marry as their ‘reproductive organs’ can’t ‘be joined together’.

Millionaire motor entrepreneur Lord Robert Edmiston is founder and chair of governors, the body which runs a school in the UK, of three Grace Academies, in Coventry, Solihull and Darlaston.

The academies have policies stating: ‘The governing body will not permit the promotion of homosexuality.’

And the policy links HIV and AIDS to ‘homosexuals and bisexual behavior’.

August 13, 2013

Gold medalist and rower Zac Purchase has spoken out against the 'gay propaganda' law in Russia, saying it will stop athletes from performing at their best

A British Olympian have spoken out against Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws, saying it will negatively affect their performance.

Zac Purchase MBE, a 27-year-old gold medallist rower, has expressed concern as the Chair of the British Athletes Commission’s advisory group.

‘Sochi 2014 represents the final goal for the GB Team after four years of sacrifice and commitment,’ he said.

‘Concerns about possible prosecution and even just knowing that the political environment is anti-gay could negatively affect an athlete’s performance.