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November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 18, 2014

Kansas City Union Mission says it will refuse shelter to homeless married same-sex couples who want to stay together, even though same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal in the state

The owners of a privately owned Christian homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, have announced there will be no room in the inn for homeless married gay couples under their roof.

For 90 years Kansas City’s City Union Mission has provided shelter and food for individuals and families who are down on their luck, helping around 500 people each night, but the shelter has now announced that same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay there as couples.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

September 30, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 23, 2014

Whether you’re flying solo, with your partner or rainbow family, the Gay European Tourism Association offers some advice to keep safe and have fun on your European adventure

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA's new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 9, 2014

Broadway League reverses controversial decision following outpouring of support for the late Tony nominee

Following protests from major Broadway stars including Audra MacDonald and Harvey Fierstein and an online petition, the Broadway League announced Broadway theaters will dim their lights Tuesday evening in honor of Joan Rivers.

September 9, 2014

Tweets four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein: 'She loved Broadway and we loved her'

There is growing outrage over The Broadway League's controversial decision not to dim the marquee lights of Broadway theaters in honor of the late Joan Rivers.

The Broadway League is the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 4, 2014

After receiving over $90k in donations when his family kicked him out for being gay, Daniel Ashley Pierce has asked the public to donate instead to the charity helping him move on

A gay teen, who was beaten and kicked out of his home by his family for being gay, has asked the public to donate to a charity for LGBT homeless youth.

Daniel Ashley Pierce received over $90,000 (€68,456) in donations after a video of his family kicking him out and attacking him went viral.

Now, the teen is asking for donations to be re-directed from him to Lost-n-Found Youth, an Atlanta-based non-profit that helps get LGBT homeless youth off the streets.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

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.

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

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 17, 2014

For International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, new research reveals countries with anti-gay laws outrank countries with same-sex marriage by seven times

Nearly three billion people live in countries where being gay is punishable with imprisonment, lashes or even death.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association have revealed 2.79 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime.

This is seven times as many that live in countries with same-sex marriage.

But progress is being made.

May 4, 2014

Think Canada's LGBTI gay rights situation is rosy? Homophobia and transphobia is on the rise, and we ask Egale's executive director Helen Kennedy why it's happening

When you think of Canada, you might think they have it all sorted out.

They have had same-sex marriage nationwide for nearly 10 years, anti-discrimination laws for an incredible 14 years  and is often described as one of the best places to be LGBTI in the world.

But there is still work to be done as Helen Kennedy, executive director of equality charity Egale, reveals.

Homophobia in schools is on the rise, and there are those who want the rights of trans people to be stripped. We spoke to Kennedy to find out more:

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel