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September 10, 2014

Activists are calling on the US to review its relationship with the African country

Human rights groups have condemned the passage of a bill in the Gambia that punishes acts of 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment.

The Gambian National Assembly passed the bill last month, which now awaits approval from outspoken anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh. The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV/AIDS.

September 9, 2014

Lost-n-Found shelter in Atlanta will house will house three times as many homeless LGBT youth

19-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce, staying strong after being kicked out of his house for being gay, has helped open a new home for homeless LGBT youth.

The emotional footage of his family calling him a ‘fag’ in Southern accents and claiming to disown Pierce in God’s name went viral on YouTube this month, and prompted over $100,000  (€77,597) of donations in Pierce’s name.

September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

Four in ten Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

September 1, 2014

'That feeling of, if I'm not perfect, if I'm not what people want me to be, no one will love me'

Jane Fonda says in a new interview that she was surprised at how much gay men related to her acclaimed 2004 autobiography My Life So Far.

'When I wrote my memoir, which I assumed was mostly a woman's story that would be appreciated by women, what really struck me is how many men - especially gay men - really responded to it,' Fonda says in the September issue of Out Magazine.

Fonda has been married three times - to director Roger Vadim, politician Tom Hayden and CNN founder Ted Turner - and wrote that she changed herself considerably for each man.

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 24, 2014

'And if people aren't politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that's just not normal, that's just not natural, that's not what human beings were designed for...'

US pundit Bryan Fischer thinks God, and humans, have an innate aversion to gay sexuality.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association went on a linguistic historical lesson on the word 'abomination.'

Fischer reassured his 21 August listeners homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes.

'When God sees it, it causes him to recoil,' Fischer explained.

August 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 16, 2014

Mariah MacCarthy talks to GSN about her real-life performance tale, Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Most women will reflect on the day that they gave birth to their first child as one of the best and most amazing of their lives. Playwright and performer Mariah MacCarthy experienced more mixed feelings when she was taken into hospital to have her labor induced: primarily because she wasn’t planning on taking her baby home with her.

‘I knew right away that I was going to choose adoption’, she says of the day in January 2012 when she discovered, unexpectedly, that she was pregnant.

August 7, 2014

Michael Egan had claimed he tried to repress memories until undergoing trauma therapy

In April, Michael Egan and his lawyer held high-profile press conferences to announce sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three others.

He has since dropped three of the cases and this week, quietly filed legal papers to withdraw the case against Singer.

August 5, 2014

Gay film director Chris Mason Johnson talks to GSN about why a film about AIDS which isn’t depressing was difficult to market

There are many films documenting the effect of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, but almost none of them have done so like new film Test.

A group of young dancers deal with the competitive, erotic world of dance and the then unknown dangers of AIDS simultaneously.

Director Chris Mason Johnson sat down with Gay Star News to discuss his dance background which inspired the film, and why it was so hard to make.

Johnson revealed to GSN his film about AIDS is actually a very uplifting one, something audiences have learned not to expect.

August 4, 2014

'It was a joy working with that cast'

We at GSN know a few things. 

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

August 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

July 26, 2014

New director of player development for the New York Giants, David Tyree, has a history of anti-gay comments, including advocating gay conversion therapy 

Former US National Football League (NFL) player David Tyree has said he would support an openly gay football player.

Tyree, the newly-appointed Director of Player Development for the New York Giants, seems to have had a change of heart regarding gays.

In 2011 he said he would do anything to stop gay marriage from becoming legal, and he also tweeted his support for gay conversion therapy.

July 20, 2014

Colleen Simon, who worked in the food pantry and helped the homeless, was sacked after marrying a woman

A woman who was fired by a Catholic food pantry in Kansas City, Missouri, for being gay is taking the diocese and its bishop to court.

 

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 16, 2014

'They are belligerent, they are intolerant, they are bullies and we have been meekly capitulating to this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies now for a couple of decades and it's time that we stop with all of that'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is confused why Christians permit a 'tiny little minority' of gay people to have so much power.

July 11, 2014

'...When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is prepared to begin a boycott if Burger King sells its 'gay burger' nationwide.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for a week.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issue analysis for the anti-gay American Family Association denounced the product.

July 8, 2014

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has compared gay people to a male nurse who has been sentenced to two years prison for having sex with a corpse

American Family Association ‘Director of Issue Analysis’ Bryan Fischer has turned to Twitter to compare homosexuality to necrophilia – arguing that if we outlaw one we should outlaw the other.

‘Homosexual conduct is sexually immoral,’ Fischer, one of the world’s most outspoken homophobes Tweeted 5 July, ‘We discriminate against immoral sexual conduct all the time.’

June 27, 2014

Roberto Orci says it would not be right to 'shoe-horn' in a character that was openly gay just for the sake of it

A gay character that is both open and is integral to the plot is ‘not necessary’ in Star Trek 3, according to the director.

Roberto Orci has spoken about the follow-up to the adventures of the USS Enterprise, last seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

But even though the film will take place over 200 years in the future, Orci said he has doubts we will ever see a character having a same-sex relationship.

‘It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang,’ he said on the Humans From Earth podcast.