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April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

April 17, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past director's attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’

Gay director Bryan Singer, about to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, is being accused of sexually abusing an underage teen.

The lawsuit filed in Hawaii yesterday (16 April) claims the director forced a former child model - when he was 17 - into sex in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’.

‘It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,’ the attorney Marty Singer said.

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 7, 2014

The luxurious ‘Milan O Man’ package by the Principe di Savoia hotel includes fizzy on arrival, a masseur and a city guide for gay couples looking for a few unforgettable days in the fashion and design capital of the world

Gay couples looking for a sumptuous weekend of romance and excitement should look to the new Milan O Man.

Luxury hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan is offering the exciting package for gay couples to get more intimate with each other, and together explore the beautiful Italian city.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

April 1, 2014

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March 31, 2014

The director of a school in Texas refused to enroll a toddler because he has two moms and ‘we don’t live that way’

A couple claims their son was turned away from a Texas school because he has lesbian parents.

Tracy and Dawn Keller were assured they could enroll their three-year-old son into the Bedford, Texas school but after touring the school were phoned by the director saying there son would not be welcome.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

March 12, 2014

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

March 11, 2014

Moral questions raised over BAE Systems walking in the parade, with the firm's LGBT group saying they have every right to be there

Manchester Pride is to review whether a British firm that provides arms to anti-gay countries should take part in its annual march.

BAE System's LGBTI group participated in the parade in 2013 and intends to do so again. But Manchester Pride's new director, Mark Fletcher, has told GSN he will 'seriously' look at whether they should be allowed.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has campaigned for arms industry giant BAE Systems to be excluded from future pride festivals, LGBTI awards and events, having been involved amid some controversy in the past.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

March 3, 2014

Matthew McConaughey takes best actor for Dallas Buyers Club

The space adventure Gravity won seven Academy Awards on Sunday (2 March) but was denied the top prize when the drama 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture.

Co-producer Brad Pitt and producer-director Steve McQueen made emotional acceptance speeches after presenter Will Smith announced 12 Years as the winner over eight other nominees.

March 1, 2014

'... Ukrainian LGBT people share the most of traditional values of the Ukrainian people and are in no way seeking [a] fight with the churches.'

As the Russian Parliament gave authority to President Vladimir Putin to use military action against Ukraine, the country's LGBTI citizens wondered if the embattled government would respect their equality.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, director of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, sent a release to PRIDE Solidarity, a group that supports LGBTI people in eastern and central Europe.

February 28, 2014

Parliamentary group has launched in Nairobi with the aim of enforcing more extreme anti-gay laws in Kenya

Gay rights activists are fighting to stop a Uganda-style anti-gay bill in Kenya.

Denis Nzioka, a gay rights activist in Kenya, and his colleagues are planning to combat against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.

Led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kangata, the leaders have demanded anti-gay laws in the African country to be stricter and enforced.

February 26, 2014

As Netherlands, Norway and Denmark announce aid changes, gay activists have responded to the worldwide call to cut aid to the African country

Uganda gay activists have warned the worldwide call for aid to be cut will make the fight-back against the new law harder.

Several advocates for LGBTI equality fear politicians will directly blame gay people if aid is cut and increase hatred against them.

After Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law on Monday (24 February), the Netherlands has announced it has frozen aid while Denmark and Norway is redirecting its assistance so it directly helps non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

February 26, 2014

London’s newest LGBT chamber choir will celebrate the new gay marriage law coming into force with a concert at the Old Finsbury Town Hall

A brand new LGBT choir will be singing in praise for same-sex marriage on Friday (28 February).

The Fourth Choir will do a performance, called Love and Adoration - the Sacred and Profane, exploring 500 years of choral music on the theme of love.

Aiming to represent the LGBTI community, the choir is also hoping to have a profound impact on the London’s world-class classical music scene.

February 25, 2014

Don your cha-cha heels for 2014 Brighton Pride in Preston Park, where organizers have planned for extended opening times, unlimited entertainment and the comeback of the acclaimed main stage

This year, Pride Brighton & Hove promises to return louder and prouder with ‘The World is a Disco’ parade.

Taking place on Saturday 2 of August, 2014’s LGBTI community pride march will celebrate music and dance from around the world, as well as bring attention to global LGBTI communities whose basic rights to party and live freely are denied.

Paul Kemp, Pride Festival Director said: ‘This year we have much to celebrate around the UK, with same sex marriage equality and our freedom to live.’

February 13, 2014

Copenhagen will pay tribute to the first ever same-sex union, the first civil partnership, that took place in Copenhagen 25 years ago

Denmark is celebrating hosting the campest competition of the year by staging a series of massive Eurovision weddings.

Leading up to the grand final in May, the city of Copenhagen will be offering foreign gay and straight couples to marry.

‘Since 2010, we have had a lot of success marrying same-sex and opposite-sex pairs in the open air at selected locations in Copenhagen,’ Thomas Jakobsen, the director of Copenhagen’s Citizen Service, told DR.

February 12, 2014

Venezuelan film ‘Blue and not so Pink,’ which tells the story of a gay father reconciling with his teenage son, has won best Latin American film at the Spanish language equivalent of the Oscars

Venezuela has won its first ever Goya Award for Best Latin American Film over the weekend, with a gay themed entry bagging the coveted prize.

‘Blue and not so Pink,’ by director Michael Ferrari tells the story of a photographer who moves in with his boyfriend - but then has to look after his teenage son who has been living away from him in Spain for many years and their process of rebuilding their relationship to one another.

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.