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August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

May 30, 2014

Gay Republican groups the Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans have protested their exclusion from being able to operate booths promoting their issues at the Texas Republican Party state convention

Two gay Republican groups have been denied formal participation in the Texas Republican Party convention and are calling for the state party’s leadership to get with the times and realize there are many Republicans who now support LGBTI rights.

The Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans held a news conference yesterday in which they decried their exclusion from being able to have information booths at the conference which is being held at the Fort Worth Convention Exhibit Hall.

May 15, 2014

‘I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night'

When Stephen Colbert was hired to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, it seemed like he was the first and only choice of CBS brass.

But it turns out Neil Patrick Harris was very much a part of the conversation and could have become the first openly gay host in the history of late night network television.

May 15, 2014

Russian Orthodox Church is being ridiculed by social media users for opposing Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst

Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church are being ridiculed for opposing Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.

A Russian blogger, Rustem Adagamov, tweeted a picture of the priests in flowing robes with the message: ‘The ROC categorically opposes bearded men in dresses!’

Retweeted hundreds of times, the comment was sparked by the Church’s opposition against the Austrian drag queen singer.

May 1, 2014

Business leaders gather in New York City to talk about the connection between profits and LGBT rights

CEOs and presidents of world wide companies discussed what their firms can do to promote LGBTI equality.

The leaders were part of an Out on the Street panel. The yearly conference, which brings together senior LGBT financial employees and allies, met today (1 May) in Wall Street, New York's financial district.

The panel, called Navigating Business and Global Challenges to LGBT Equality, was moderated by Jill Schlesinger, senior business analyst for CBS News.

April 29, 2014

A new ‘human goals’ charter signed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday outlines the military’s goals of better supporting gay and lesbian personnel but fails to mention transgender personnel who can still be excluded from service

US Defense Secretary has signed an updated human goals charter for the Defense Department yesterday which outlines the department’s commitment to ‘diversity, inclusion and fairness.’

But the document ignores that the US military can still legally fire and refuse to hire transgender people and fails to mention them at all.

April 22, 2014

Six Illinois Republican party central committee members who sought to dump their party chairman after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage have themselves been dumped out of office

A group of Illinois Republican officials who sought to dump their own party’s state chairman have felt the wrath of party members themselves this week – getting dumped from their positions.

The six were part of a group of seven members of the party’s state central committee who sought to sack their party’s then chairman, Pat Brady, after he gave his public support for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.

April 6, 2014

A helpline set up to allow UK muslims to report prejudiced attacks has been described as deliberately provocative after it invited gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to become a patron

Fiyaz Mughal, chairman of anti-Muslim hate helpline Tell MAMA, is being criticized by members of the Islamic community after he asked gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to become a patron.

Mughal has been warned his group will be shunned by fellow Muslims for being deliberately provocative.

Tell MAMA, an acronym for Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks, collects data on all forms of abuse against Muslims and has received over £200,000 from the government since it was launched in 2012.

March 20, 2014

Chairman of one of Europe's largest mosques has said homosexuality is not a debate for television, but for 'zoologists and botanists'

The chairman of one of Europe’s largest mosques has compared gay people to serial killers, gamblers and pedophiles.

On BBC3’s panel show ‘Free Speech’, aired last week live from Birmingham Central Mosque, a question was asked by a Muslim drag queen when it would be accepted to be both Muslim and gay.

March 14, 2014

After a question was asked on BBC3's Free Speech debate show about being gay and Muslim, presenter Rick Edwards said the mosque where the show was being filmed had concerns with that discussion

The BBC has denied censoring a debate about being a gay and Muslim because it was being filmed at a mosque.

The makers of BBC3’s Free Speech have said the topic was pulled over security concerns after threats were received by the religious building where the programme was filmed.

On Wednesday night (12 March), Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore asked: ‘One question I would like to ask the Muslim community, when will it be right to be Muslim and gay?’

March 12, 2014

Chairman had said Barilla could never use gay people in their ads as they were in favor of the 'traditional family'

It was enough to make some people change pasta brands.

Last September, Barilla Pasta chairman Guido Barilla said in an interview that the Italian company could never use gay couples in their ads as they are in favor of the ‘traditional family.'

He added that if gay people do not like it, then ‘they can always go eat someone else’s pasta.'

There was instant backlash, public apologies and aggressive PR damage control.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

February 20, 2014

Conservative life peer caused controversy last year when he said the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales would lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.

February 13, 2014

Former footballer Clark Carlisle is calling on players to recieve more education on homosexuality so one day one of them could feel comfortable to come out

A British soccer star is calling for players to receive more education to combat homophobia.

Clark Carlisle, who has played for several clubs including Blackpool and Queen’s Park Rangers and has admitted to using homophobic language in the past, said bigoted views were commonplace in UK’s football dressing rooms.

February 8, 2014

The former chief justice responsible for the landmark judgement in 2009 says the criminalization of gay sex in effect 'offend(s) the dignity of a person'

Homosexuality is neither a disease, nor is it punishable under any penal laws, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as chief justice of the Delhi High Court in 2009, said on Friday.

The Delhi High Court’s historic judgement which decriminalized gay sex was overturned by the Supreme Court on December 11, 2013. The bench ruled that it is for Parliament and not the court to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

January 27, 2014

London’s High Court is examining a newly-released email pointing to mayor Boris Johnson as the driving force behind a ban on anti-gay bus adverts. The Christian group behind the ads alleges Johnson used the ban to secure gay votes for re-election

High Court judges are examining whether London mayor Boris Johnson banned an anti-gay bus adverts to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

A previously unreleased email suggests it was Johnson, not Transport for London’s (TfL) managing director of marketing and communications Vernon Everitt, who authorized a ban on anti-gay bus adverts from 2012.

January 23, 2014

Leading LGBT rights advocate in Baku says in his suicide note: ‘This world is not colorful enough for my colors. Farewell.’

A 20-year-old gay man killed himself in Azerbaijan yesterday (22 January).

Isa Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan’s Free LGBT group, a Baku-based campaigning charity aiming to improve the lives of the community in the capital.

He was discovered dead after reportedly hanging himself using the rainbow-colored flag.

On his Facebook page, Shakhmarli wrote: ‘I am leaving you. God bless you. This country and this world are not for me.

‘I am going to be happy now. Tell my mother I loved her very much. I blame you all for my death.

December 26, 2013

A university chapel has hosted Taiwan’s first Christian religious marriage services this week - though the marriages will not be legally recognized by the state

Three  Taiwanese couples married in a Christian chapel on the grounds of Tunghai University in the city of Taichung on Tuesday in what are believed to be the first Christian same-sex weddings in Taiwan.

The couples and their friends and supporters packed the university’s Luce Memorial Chapel before posing for wedding photos.

The ceremonies were presided over by the Rev Elias Tseng – the first openly gay Christian pastor in Taiwan.

December 23, 2013

The Delhi High Court judge who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken out against the Supreme Court ruling that overturned his decision, saying he feels deeply sad for India’s LGBTI community

Former Delhi High Court judge AP Shah who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken of his disappointment at the decision by two Supreme Court justices to overturn his decision.

‘My first feeling was deep sadness about those people, the LGBT community,’ Shah, who is now India’s Law Commission chairman, said during a interview on CNN India on Sunday.

‘I was disappointed … Given the subject matter of the appeal, I thought that our views would prevail.’

December 15, 2013

Transgender US activists point to the pitfalls of the movement when compared to the successes for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

While gays and lesbians in the US can point to a string of recent political successes, the transgender community lags behind in recognition and rights.

In an Associated Press article, activists pointed to the outright hostility the community faces.

December 14, 2013

The bill, which allows trans and intersex people to obtain a new birth certificate without surgery, was approved by a 6-2 vote by the committee

A New Jersey state Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to issue new birth certificates to intersex or trans people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.

 

Since 1984, the law in New Jersey required trans people undergo GRS before they could be issued a new birth certificate to match their gender.

 

November 30, 2013

According to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan Hollywood is to blame for why some see the Catholic Church as anti-gay

When it comes to gay marriage, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thinks the Catholic Church has been 'out-marketed.'

Dolan, who just completed a term as chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, sat down with the NBC News show Meet The Press. The entire interview will air tomorrow, 1 December.

'I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes,' the influential cardinal said.

November 14, 2013

US House Speaker: 'People are already protected in the workplace'

John Boehner insists he is against workplace discrimination but he sees 'no basis or no need' for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the US Senate last week.

Although there are still 29 states in the US in which LGBT people can be fired just for being who they are, the speaker of the House of Representatives says ENDA is not needed.