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August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 24, 2014

Arrow’s John Barrowman took the ice bucket challenge with his husband Scott Gill wearing only a jock strap, and he then challenged hunky co-star Colton Haynes who accepted

Openly gay actor John Barrowman and Arrow co-star Colton Haynes are the latest celebrities to take the ice bucket challenge sweeping the internet, aimed at raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Barrowman posted a video of him taking the challenge on 16 August, sitting on a deck chair wearing a Deathstroke t-shirt in Vancouver, getting his jock strap clad husband Scott Gill to dumb a bucket full of ice and water over him – though it took two attempts to empty the bucket.

August 5, 2014

She puts the ‘tuck’ in ‘fierce mother tucker,’ takes the ‘I’ out of ‘William’ and is about to drop it like it’s hot in front of one of the world’s most gay-friendly countries

Can you imagine if one third of Brazil’s population or one third of New York’s citizens came out for the annual Pride Parade?

That amount of support and sheer human mass is something Iceland Pride has been counting on for some time.

This year, for the 16th annual Reykjavik Pride kicking off 5 August and culminating 9 August with the Pride March, more than one third of Iceland’s population (100,000 people) is expected to turn up.

After almost two decades of celebrating LGBTI Pride, Iceland is showing zero chances of slowing down.

August 2, 2014

A UK man said he wanted to line up and shoot gay people in a Facebook rant, and defended himself in court by saying he was just ‘having a bad day’ 

A UK father of three was condemned by a court for threatening to ‘line up and shoot’ gay people in several Facebook rants.

Paul Gair, from Gateshead, UK, posted the disturbing threats on the Facebook page of UK local newspaper The Chronicle.

The Facebook page was promoting Northern Pride, an LGBTI pride event in Newcastle, northern England, which seemed to provoke the outburst from Gair.

July 11, 2014

Politicians have delayed equal marriage on the little island of Jersey, even though 81% support it. Anger has sparked biggest ever LGBTI event

The little island of Jersey is set to see it’s biggest ever LGBTI event this weekend – a rally to demand same-sex marriage.

It comes after the island – which is part of the British Crown but has its own laws – delayed a decision to allow gay and lesbian marriage.

A poll by the Jersey Evening Post shows 81% of Jersey islanders support marriage equality.

June 23, 2014

Head of a new discrimination panel at the FA has said the governing body has hired gay, disabled and people of ethnic minorities

The Football Association has hired a new head for its anti-discrimination panel, who says ‘homophobia is unacceptable’.

As the World Cup carries on in Brazil with no openly gay players competing, new chair Tariq Sadiq has said he wants to fight against all forms of discrimination in his new role.

The leading employment lawyer with St Philips Chambers, he told HR magazine there is a problem with discrimination at soccer clubs across the UK.

June 13, 2014

Says federal amendment banning same-sex marriage needed and plans to attend opposition march

San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is ratcheting up his opposition to gay marriage as a string of legal victories for marriage equality continues to grow.

Cordileone, chair of the US bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said at a meeting of bishops in New Orleans this week that the country is at a 'critical point.'

His solution?

April 23, 2014

The openly gay chair of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea has been attacked by state media over his sexual orientation

Former Australian High Court justice Michael Kirby has been labelled a ‘disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality,’ by North Korean state media – saying his sexual orientation makes him a ‘ridiculous’ person to investigate the country’s human rights record.

Kirby is the chair of the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea and released a recent report detailing North Korea’s terrible human rights record which the government there has claimed is based on ‘fabrications.’

March 22, 2014

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus calls on the ASEAN governments to place greater priority on the well-being and welfare of all peoples in its 10 member-states

LGBT rights activists attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Yangon, Myanmar from 21 to 23 March 2014 are continuing to lobby its 10 member-states to promote and protect the rights of its LGBTIQ people.

The 10 member-states are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The ACSC/APF is held ahead of the ASEAN Summit in May which will also be hosted by Myanmar, the Chair of ASEAN this year.

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.