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April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

April 1, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari October 13 – 26, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

March 28, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Church of England should react to gay marriage with the 'love of Christ for every human being'

The Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, according to the Anglican head Justin Welby.

Same-sex marriage will be legalized from 29 March with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight.

The Church was deeply divided over the same-sex marriage law in England and Wales.

During the fight to get it legalized, it claimed giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would ‘alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.’

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 21, 2014

Jake Jenkins, nurse practitioner for LGBT services at 56 Dean Street, tells us why testing early for HIV can seriously improve our health

1 Knowing your status can save your life

Untreated HIV can lead to serious illness (AIDS). Advanced HIV still kills – 390 people died of it in 2012 in the UK and an incredible 15,529 in the US in 2010.

2 Early diagnosis can add years to your life

An early HIV diagnosis means fewer complications and a longer healthier life.

3 You can be healthier

March 15, 2014

Evangelist Franklin Graham has praised Vladimir Putin for his stance on gay rights, and criticised Obama for ‘turning [his] back on God’ over gay issues

Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his tough stance on homosexuality while criticising US President Obama for his ‘shameful’ acceptance of gay rights.

Russia’s anti-gay law, which bans the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors, has been under heavy fire since it was passed last summer, particularly in the run up to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

March 3, 2014

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has accused the Anglican Church of being 'spiritually blind' on the issue of homosexuality

Uganda is threatening to break away from the Church of England over gay rights.

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has said the head of the Anglican Church has become ‘spiritually blind’ on homosexuality.

Addressing Christians at St Andrew’s Church in Bukoto, he said he had received a letter from Ugandan-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In the letter co-signed by Archbishop of Canterbury, they said the Church of England was ‘concerned’ about the African country’s homophobia.

February 28, 2014

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him

Pope Francis will be flying to Uganda in order to praise Uganda martyrs who rejected gay sex from the country's former king.

The head of the Catholic Church will visit Uganda in October, which has recently enacted one of the worst anti-gay laws in the world.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has confirmed the Pope has accepted the invitation to attend the celebrations to mark 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.

The Vatican is yet to confirm the visit.

February 10, 2014

A Florida high school footballer who jumped in to protect a gay student who was being bullied has been suspended for 10 days even though the bully has been charged by police with battery

A Florida high school student has been suspended for 10 days for protecting a gay student from a bully who was attacking him.

Mark Betterson was suspended under East Lee County High School’s mandatory suspension policy for anyone involved in a fight despite the fact he was stepping in to protect openly gay Jonathan Colon from being assaulted by 18-year-old James Griffin – another student at the school.

February 7, 2014

'Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die,' stated one threat on Mia Talerico's Instagram account

Los Angeles police are investigating online death threats being made against 5 year old Mia Talerico believed to be connected to her show on The Disney Channel featuring two lesbian moms.

Talerico, one of the stars of the sitcom Good Luck Charlie, began to receive threats on her Instagram account including one, according to TMZ, which stated to the: 'Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die.'

January 31, 2014

Health experts are warning gay and bisexual men in the UK are at risk of Shigella, a bacterial infection that can make you feel like you're 'dying'

Oral-anal sex, known as ‘rimming’, has sparked a gut infection outbreak in the UK.

Health experts are warning gay and bisexual men are at high risk of contracting Shigella, a bacterial infection that can lead to ongoing frequent diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fevers.

Normally, Shigella is only contracted when travelling to foreign countries. But in gay and bisexual men, it is being spread through oral contact with feces or via unwashed hands.

January 27, 2014

LGBTI business audience and top UK energy leaders to discuss fracking, fuel prices, global oil politics and the environmental impact

LGBTI business leaders will be joined by power firms and the head of the UK’s Environment Agency for a summit on energy.

The meeting will look at energy use, its environmental impact, the global politics of supply and demand, markets and pricing and its impact on businesses and consumers.

Household energy bills and the use of ‘fracking’ to extract gas from shale deposits – both controversial in Britain – will also be on the agenda.

January 26, 2014

Presently there are no suspects in the attack that left gay journalist Randy Gener unconscious, blocks away from his New York City home

Police are investigating an attack of gay New York City journalist as a possible hate crime.

On 18 January Randy Gener, a writer and editor, was a block away from his midtown Manhattan apartment (approximately 10 blocks from Times Square). He was attacked by a number of unknown suspects, left unconscious in the street.

When police arrived, the victim was lying in a pool of his blood with his head bashed in.

January 23, 2014

Leading LGB advocate, known for his sharp wit and tireless work ethic, will be stepping down as Chief Executive of British gay lobbying charity Stonewall

Ben Summerskill will be stepping down as Chief Executive of UK gay, bisexual and lesbian charity Stonewall, it was announced today (23 January).

After 11 years at the helm, he has seen gay rights change in this country from the repeal of Section 28 to same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He will be leaving to enjoy some time off and to take a breather from his tireless work over the past decade.

January 18, 2014

Five of the biggest names in LGBTI advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss how to improve gay rights around the globe

Globally renowned activists came to London to discuss LGBTI rights today (18 January).

Dozens witnessed the debate held at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show in Heaven club.

The hot topics were on the subject of international aid, the correlation between gay rights in the West and homophobia in other countries, and the evangelism of the past.

Speaking at the Gay Star Beach Party, the panelists were:

January 9, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that children would be better raised by a single parent than by a gay or lesbian couple during an appearance on the Alan Colmes Show

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that kids do better off being raised by a single parent than when they are raised by same-sex couples during an appearance on Fox News Radio.

‘I tend to think they’d be better off in a single-parent household because you’re not modeling homosexual behavior,’ LaBarbera told radio host Alan Colmes yesterday.

‘When you have two men raising a young child, that child grows up learning dysfunction and a sexual perversion as normal. He’s learning a sexual perversion as normality.’

January 7, 2014

Graphic photos were published in notorious homophobic tabloid Red Pepper of the soccer boss allegedly having sex with a young player

A Ugandan former national football manager will face charges for having gay sex.

Chris Mubiru, the former head of the country’s soccer team, was charged yesterday for allegedly ‘sodomizing’ one of his team players last year.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe who charged him with ‘having carnal knowledge of a person against the order of nature which charges he denied.’

Mubiru was also granted bail of 2,000,000 Ugandan Shillings ($800, €600) after presenting two sureties each bonded at 30,000,000 Ugandan Shillings ($12,000, €9,000).

December 26, 2013

Brave activists in St Petersburg have mocked Putin, Patriarch Kirill and other anti-LGBTI leaders with ‘Golden Enema’ disgrace awards

President Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill have been awarded ‘Golden Enema’ prizes for their anti-gay abuses.

Neither were there to pick up the insulting prizes from the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality at the ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia.

But they, and the other six winners, will be forwarded their Golden Enemas, and their scrolls of dishonor outlining their ‘services to homophobia’, by post.

December 26, 2013

President Yoweri Museveni’s is all that stands in the way of the most viciously anti-gay bill written in the world for years becoming law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not just sign the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill without checking it carefully.

The bill, passed by parliament in a shock move last week, no longer has the death penalty for gays, but does offer life in prison for repeat homosexuals.

December 26, 2013

LGBTI rights leaders from around the world to speak at event as part of Toronto’s WorldPride celebrations in 2014

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government, is to headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

The event, organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto, Canada, will see presenters from 60 countries.

International LGBTI activists will debate human rights around the world at the event from 25 to 27 June.

December 20, 2013

Gay Star News (GSN) welcomes HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) as a charity partner at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show 2014

Gay Star Beach Party is a two-day travel show held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January. THT’s health promotion team will be joining the holiday theme as safer sex lifeguards, offering some helpful advice to all attendees.

Sunday 19 January will be their official fundraising day with bucket collections to donate anything you can and ‘help stop HIV in its tracks.’

December 17, 2013

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'

The Advocate, the oldest LGBTI publication in the US, named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Monday (16 December).

The magazine placed a NoH8 campaign tattoo on the cheek of the head of the Catholic Church for its cover illustration along with the quote 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge.'

Such sentiments are a dramatic reversal from the anti-gay rhetoric of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI who had once written that homosexuality was 'intrinsically evil.'

December 16, 2013

Graphic photos were published in notorious homophobic tabloid Red Pepper of the soccer boss allegedly having sex with a young player

A Ugandan former national football manager is being held in a police station and is awaiting trial over charges of gay sex, it was revealed today (16 December).

Chris Mubiru, the former head of the country’s soccer team, was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly ‘sodomizing’ one of his team players last year.

Police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba confirmed the former Uganda Cranes chief was arrested, but it is unknown when a trial is likely to take place.