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January 16, 2015

Explicit sex and naked honesty abound in Russell T Davies's fruity new gay drama trio

[Spoliers alert]

Remember that scene in Queer As Folk, when the predatory Stuart rims wide-eyed schoolboy Nathan? TV writer extraordinaire Russell T Davies shocked a nation with his seminal Channel 4 show, and its boundary-pushing depiction of gay sex.

And now, the man responsible for a million teenage sexual awakenings (including mine) is back with a queer televisual menage a trios: Cucumber, Banana, Tofu. And we're pleased to report he's lost none of his confrontational spirit. The shows are aggresively, unapologetically sexual.

October 9, 2014

Former law dean says the concept of marriage as between a man and woman is 'obsolete'

The former law dean of the University of the Philippines said saying denying LGBTI couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.

Pacifico Agabin made the comments at a professional lecture given by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug.

The Inquirer quoted Agabin as saying, ‘The Family Code’s concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

April 29, 2014

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past

The woman most hotly tipped to be the Church of England’s first woman bishop has issued a stark warning to elders over their stance against gay marriage.

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past.

She has encouraged bishops to relax their attitudes on same-sex marriage, fearing if they do not then it could ‘cost’ the Church of England dearly.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

April 27, 2013

John Sullivan, a UKIP party candidate, up for election next week, has made a series of anti-gay Facebook comments, including congratulating Russia for banning gay Pride, and comparing gays to termites

John Sullivan, a UK councillor candidate congratulated Russia on banning gay Pride marches and claimed regular exercise in schools can prevent homosexuality.

In a series of Facebook posts, Sullivan, who is a member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) likened gay activists to termites and stated that feminism is evil and being gay is even worse.

April 16, 2013

Three men suffered from horrific burns after unprovoked attacks by a schizophrenic man in a Leicester gay bar

A British man who set fire to three men, two in the garden of a gay pub, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act yesterday (15 April).  

Mitchell Dean, 22, from Essex, torched two men Russell Banks and Robert Laszewski, 21 and 20 at the time, as they stood outside the Rainbow and Dove pub in Leicester, in October 2011.

Basildon Crown Court heard Dean was on the run from police after having set fire to a 20-year-old friend David Chaplin days earlier.

On the night, Dean walked into the pub holding a bottle of what looked like cider.

January 9, 2013

The US seat of the Episcopal Church, one of the world’s largest cathedrals decides to start solemnising same-sex weddings

The Washington National Cathedral, one of the world’s largest, historic and iconic places of worship will solemnise same-sex weddings, according to a statement published today (9 January).

As the one of the most prominent US churches and the US seat of the Episcopal Church, the decision has a tremendous symbolic value.

The 106-year-old cathedral inaugurates new presidents, conducts official services where Americans gather to mourn tragedies, will be among first Episcopal congregations to allow gay couples to wed.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

October 10, 2012

Swinging Richards argued that city ordinance was not being enforced at female strip clubs

Male nude dancing will live on at Swinging Richards, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach that had sued the city for the right to continue to have its dancers perform in the buff.

The club agreed to drop its lawsuit which challenged a city ordinance that prohibited the mix of nudity and alcohol. In exchange, Swinging Richards and the straight strip clubs Dean’s Gold and G5 are no longer restricted by the 1994 ordinance.

Swinging Richards had argued that the ordinance was not being enforced against straight clubs in North Miami.

October 9, 2012

Rishi Kapoor plays a gay high school dean in Student of the Year

Long-serving Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor is playing a gay high school dean in his latest movie, Student of the Year.

When asked about the role Kapoor said he was ‘happy to experiment’ because he didn’t want to get stuck playing fatherly roles.

Student of the Year, released next week in India, is the second film directed by Karan Johar that Kapoor has starred in this year.

March 15, 2012

A Christian hate group in the US state of Iowa left students in tears after homophobic attack against Elton John and Lady Gaga

A school assembly in the US has sparked outrage after a Christian hate group launched into a homophobic attack against Elton John and Lady Gaga.

Students at Dunkerton High School in Iowa were stunned after a performance from Christian rock band Junkyard Prophet turned into an anti-gay rant by drummer and preacher Bradlee Dean.

After separating the crowd into boys, girls and teachers, Dean, who is the president of the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry, began blasting gay pop icons, including Elton John and Lady Gaga.

March 8, 2012

Recently appointed dean pledges to bless gay relationships in London cathedral

Gays and lesbians who want to get married should be welcomed by the church, according to the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

David Ison said the virtues of marriage should be available to gays, The Times reported.

Ison admitted to conducting civil ceremonies for same-sex couples at his previous appointment at Bradford Cathedral, and pledged to hold similar blessings in the UK capital’s cathedral.