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May 22, 2015

'I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret'

Josh Duggar, executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council, resigned on Thursday (21 May).

He has admitted to sexually abusing five young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

Duggar is one of the members of the evangelical Christian family that stars in the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He is one of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and a married father of three himself.

May 22, 2015

Duggar was head of lobbying arm of anti-gay Family Research Council

The TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled off the air after one of the 19 admitted to sexually abusing five young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

Josh Duggar, executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council, is at the center of a growing scandal that also led to his resigning from his FRC job on Thursday (21 May).

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 1, 2015

Scouts for Equality has raised the money through crowdfunding

The Boy Scouts of America stands to gain more than $53,000 if the organization drops its ban on gay adult leaders and staff members.

Scouts for Equality used the crowdfunding site Challeng.org to raise the money.

Former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, whose two moms are gay, is heading up the effort as executive director of Scouts for Equality.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 9, 2015

Opponents voice concern about 'unintended dangers' for businesses and bathrooms across the city

Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city, Tuesday (7 April) narrowly voted to take away protections from LGBTI people.

Some 15,347 (51.4%) city residents voted to repeal an ordinance that protected LGBTI people against discrimination in housing and hiring, even though it contained religious exemptions.

Just under 15,000 people voted to keep the law, which was passed six months ago.

LGBTI advocacy group PROMO called the vote disappointing.

March 22, 2015

Can the outrageous proposal to make it legal to execute gays and lesbians be stopped?

A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.'

March 18, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) claims 1.8 million members

The largest Presbyterian group in the US has approved a change to its constitution to allow gay marriage.

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) governing body voted to redefine marriage as a 'commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'

But approval was required a majority of the 171 regional bodies to ratify the change. The critical 86th yes vote came Tuesday (17 March) night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 19, 2015

Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group Equal Ground hope the incoming government of President Maithripala Sirisena will be more open minded to the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people

A leading Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group has expressed hope that Sri Lanka will move forward to protect the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people now that the New Democratic Front coalition have taken power.

President Maithripala Sirisena was swept into power at the start of this year with the backing of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Tamil communities and rural Sinhalese voters that had become disenchanted after 10 years of government by outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

November 27, 2014

'In Europe, we're crawling; in America they're running' – GETA boss claims businesses aren't catering for queer travellers

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith took part in a panel discussion on gay travel last night, hosted by Grayling and the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) – and urged companies to directly market to queer tourists.

Attended by representatives of several high-profile travel organisations, talking points included how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI travellers and the benefits of working with them.

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.

October 1, 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.