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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

April 28, 2014

The national push will kick off with rallies in New York City and Washington, DC

Two organizations are prepared to highlight the problem of homeless LGBTI teenagers.

The National Coalition for the Homeless and Ali Forney Center announced a joint campaign called the National Campaign for Youth Shelter.

The collaboration hopes to bring increased attention to youth homelessness and inadequate shelter options.

April 20, 2014

'I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples'

Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, thinks orphanages might offer better opportunities to children than same-sex households.

The US conservative activist was a guest on the ABC News show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

A panel discussion dealt with the recent comments of Reverend Franklin Graham.

April 13, 2014

'At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered'

An advocate for abandoned LGBTI teenagers published a Palm Sunday open letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit a homeless center in New York City.

In the full page New York Times' advertisement Carl Siciliano, executive director for Ali Forney Center, notes that one of the reasons   many LGBTI youth are homeless is because of rejection from families.

April 7, 2014

New Thai HIV campaign TestBKK is targeting men who have sex with men to get more gay Thai men to know their HIV status in the capital Bangkok

Community organizations in Bangkok, Thailand have joined forces to launch the ‘TestBKK’ campaign targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to increase HIV testing in Bangkok.

Using the slogan ‘Suck. F*#k. Test. Repeat’, TestBKK will use its website www.testbkk.org, Facebook, popular websites and mobile applications used by gay men, to spread information and messages designed to encourage more gay men in Bangkok to test for HIV and to be more aware of HIV risks and the importance of using condoms.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 6, 2014

LGBTI Republican group the Log Cabin Republicans won’t be attending this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after they were denied any formal participation as a group

The Log Cabin Republicans have announced that they will stop seeking to participate in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) while gay conservatives are banned from being sponsors, panelists or speakers.

February 17, 2014

Gangs have attempted to burn down a house, have thrown stones and excrement and stolen from Alternative, an organization for gay and bi men

A 200-strong mob have stormed the offices of Alternative, the Ivory Coast’s leading organization for men who have sex with men, stealing equipment and smashing windows.

The attack on 27 January has just been reported from people on the ground and can be exclusively revealed by GSN.

Claver Touré, Alternative’s executive director, said: ‘They broke windows with stones and stole computers. They left signs bearing anti-gay slurs all over the office. Everything they could take was taken, and the rest was broken.’

January 31, 2014

Initially filed on behalf of two couples, case will now represent all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry

A lawsuit challenging the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was granted class-action status on Friday (31 January).

The decision by a federal district court in Virginia extends the scope of those represented in the lawsuit.

It now not only includes the two original couples named as plaintiffs but also all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry or whose legal marriages performed elsewhere are not recognized in Virginia.

January 28, 2014

Gigi Chao has pleaded with her father for acceptance after years of him offering cash sums to the man who could convince his daughter to marry them

A gay daughter of a Hong Kong billionaire has pleaded with her father to stop trying to bribe men into marrying her.

Gigi Chao, 33, is a married gay woman who was thrust into the media spotlight in 2012. Tycoon father Cecil offered HK$500 million to the man who could win her heart.

And recently, as Chao refused the 20,000 men who asked for her hand in marriage (and the money), her father has now increased that dowry to HK$1 billion ($130 million, €100 million).

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

December 16, 2013

UNAIDS says it was a backwards step for the Indian Supreme Court to recriminalize homosexuality and has called on all countries with similar laws to repeal them to aid in the global fight to eradicate the disease

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has expressed deep concern at the Supreme Court of India's re-criminalization of adult consensual same-sex activity, overturning a 2009 Delhi High Court decision.

‘The Delhi High Court decision in 2009 had restored dignity for millions of people in India, and was an example of the type of reform we need for supportive legal environments that are necessary for effective national AIDS responses,’ said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé.

December 15, 2013

Transgender US activists point to the pitfalls of the movement when compared to the successes for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

While gays and lesbians in the US can point to a string of recent political successes, the transgender community lags behind in recognition and rights.

In an Associated Press article, activists pointed to the outright hostility the community faces.