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September 25, 2014

Has anyone ever so calmly wiped their face in the front of a life-changing moment before?

Coming out brings out all kinds of worries. It could be utter fear the person you're telling is going to react badly, hate you, or even just think of you a little differently.

But when 14-year-old Joshua Felix decided to tell his big sister, she was very cool about it.

'I'm gay', Felix tells her, head in his hands and utterly upset.

'What's wrong with that?' his sister immediately responds, as if he told her he accidentally recorded over the Kardashians or something.

'That’s nothing you need to worry about. That’s fine.'

September 25, 2014

Lambda Legal hails Holder's leadership in the fight for federal recognition of same-sex marriage

US Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down as head of the Justice Department as soon as a successor is in place.

His impending departure was confirmed Thursday (25 September) by President Barck Obama.

Holder, 63, has been in the job for five-and-a-half year which is the fourth-longest ever for an attorney general.

Holder is considered a hero by LGBTI activists for his record on civil rights.

September 24, 2014

Specialist cyber police claim the man has confessed to ‘unethical relations with several lads’ and using Facebook to find gay sex

Iran’s police have accused a man of using Facebook to find gay men for sex.

Specialist cyber police claim they discovered a Facebook user was posting a mobile phone number online asking other men to call him to have ‘immoral relations’.

The semi-official Fars New Agency quoted the head of East Azerbaijan Cyberspace Police Chief, Mohammad Ghasemlou, as saying: ‘The Cyber Police force worked with the judicial authorities to identify the suspect, using special detective techniques.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 23, 2014

Thousands of political prisoners were 're-educated' in the island jail

The Croatian government has received a controversial proposal to turn a former gulag into a gay resort.

Only a few abandoned prison buildings stand on the uninhabited island of Goli Otok, which translates to the Barren Isle.

Between 1949 and 1956, 13,000 political prisoners were sent to the gulag for 're-education' when Croatia was part of Communist Yugoslavia. About 400 of them died there.

September 22, 2014

Authorities say fake gay couples are harder to detect

Gangs in the UK are selling sham gay marriages to illegal immigrants as fake same-sex couples are more difficult to detect.

One such gang organizes sham gay marriages for £10,000 ($16,326).

The gang's leaders, Peter and Ricardo, told an undercover BBC reporter that it was easy to 'fix' weddings and they had done so 'lots of times.'

They offered the female reporter two Romanian brides, both of whom said they were not lesbians but were willing to go through with a fake gay marriage for money.

September 21, 2014

A group of Islamic extremists pressurized the college to cancel the seminar, citing homosexuality as a ‘virus’ needing to be stopped

A Catholic university in Indonesia cancelled an LGBT seminar, after caving in to pressure from a group of Islamic extremists.

The Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta had a seminar planned with the faculty of psychology called ‘LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One.’

However, when a local Islamic group got wind of this seminar, they began to pressurize the university to cancel it.

The Islamic Society Forum (FUI) claimed the proposed seminar would have ‘dishonoured Islam.’

September 13, 2014

Morelli was married to fellow television writer Steve Basilone for two years

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers for the popular drama Orange is the New Black, is leaving her husband because she's a lesbian.

September 3, 2014

The victim was left brain damaged by the attack

A gay teen was attacked by his roommate with a hammer as he slept on his first night at their apartment in Kent, a court has heard.

Police found Connor Huntley, 18, alive on his blood-spattered airbed in May last year but with the claw hammer embedded in his head.

He was taken to hospital and treated for a depressed skull fracture and a penetrating brain injury but was left braindamaged by the attack.

August 29, 2014

Rob Watson speaks directly to the homophobic hyper-religious parents who disowned and hit their gay son

Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. But unlike some of the thousands of children left to fend for themselves on the streets, this was recorded.

Trying to imagine the evil some people can tell their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices.

August 25, 2014

Fiance David Burtka does pouring (and the laughing) as twins try to stay out of way

Neil Patrick Harris is all wet.

And he can thank David Burtka who did the honors and dumped a bucket of ice water (with ice cubes still visible) on top of his Tony Award-winning fiance's head.

Their adorable kids Harper and Gideon make cameos as they laugh and scramble to get out of the way before daddy gets doused.

It all takes place on the front stoop of their New York City home.

Among those who challenged Harris to do the ALS challenge that is sweeping the US was Ben Affleck.

July 31, 2014

Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality

A writer is speaking out about being fired for writing an article about homophones after his boss thought it could be linked to homosexuals.

Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.

His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.

July 25, 2014

Anti-gay group head warns the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’

You might just be thinking you were watching a show about dragons and a lot of murder, but it turns out Game of Thrones is apparently proving gay rights will lead to incest.

Michael Brown, the head of Coalition of Conscience and a well-known conservative pundit, has warned the acceptance of homosexuality is a ‘slippery slope’ towards ‘sexual anarchy’.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 16, 2014

Kari Mäkinen is reportedly the first archbishop to have voted for same-sex marriage

The head of Finland’s Lutheran Evangelical Church has publicly said sorry to LGBTI people for the ‘cruelty’ they have faced from religion.

Kari Mäkinen has said the Church has been guilty of ‘cruel’ treatment towards gays for ‘decades’ and it is still continuing.

‘When I think of the outside pressure and treatment that we have been guilty of displaying towards sexual minorities as a church and as a society for decades and how it still continues, I think it’s time for an apology. Without any explanations or prevarications,’ he declared.

July 9, 2014

Welby voted against bill. Claims emerge as Anglicans in UK start talks on sexuality policy

The Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church worldwide, Justin Welby, secretly backs gay marriage even though he voted against it.

That’s the claim being made in the corridors of the UK Parliament.

And the rumor has emerged as his Church of England starts a behind-closed-doors consultation on sexuality among its members amid divisions over same-sex marriage and whether gays or lesbians should become bishops.

Senior Anglican bishops, including Welby, get a vote in the unelected upper chamber of the parliament, The House of Lords.

June 27, 2014

Simon Hobbs says after awkward silence: 'Oh dear, was that an error?'

Apple CEO Tim Cook was ranked second this year on Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

The year before, he was ranked first.

But because he has never publicly uttered the words 'I'm gay,' there was an awkward moment Friday (27 June) on CNBC's Squawk on the Street show during a discussion about the lack of openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

June 27, 2014

Minister of Education Shai Piron says it’s the right of a Jewish state to tell same-sex couples that they are not a family, though he supports them having some basic rights

The man responsible for Israel’s education system has said same-sex couples should not try to consider their households as families as it conflicts with his religious beliefs.

June 23, 2014

Head of a new discrimination panel at the FA has said the governing body has hired gay, disabled and people of ethnic minorities

The Football Association has hired a new head for its anti-discrimination panel, who says ‘homophobia is unacceptable’.

As the World Cup carries on in Brazil with no openly gay players competing, new chair Tariq Sadiq has said he wants to fight against all forms of discrimination in his new role.

The leading employment lawyer with St Philips Chambers, he told HR magazine there is a problem with discrimination at soccer clubs across the UK.

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.

June 11, 2014

Findus Italia pasta has launched a new TV commercial in which a gay son comes out to his mother over pasta, but she already knew

Ten months after the head of the Barilla pasta company said his company would never use gay or lesbian people to promote its brand another Italian pasta company has done just that.

A new ad by Findus Italia pastas released this month features a son coming out to his mother over pasta but it turns out that she already knew.

The commercial features gay son ‘Luca’ who is hosting a dinner party for his mom with his ‘flatmate’ Gianni.

June 9, 2014

The iconic Lufthansa First Class duck dons a special outfit for the World Cup. Attractive flight attendants sometimes included

Lufthansa Airlines celebrates the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a commemorative collector’s item.

Lufthansa’s First Class rubber duck has greeted guests in the bathing and spa areas of the Frankfurt First Class Terminal for the past decade.

‘Back then, we wanted to accentuate the sophisticated ambience of the newly opened terminal with an eye-catching detail,' explains Jörg Holtschneider, Head of First Class and VIP Services in Frankfurt.

‘We didn’t expect there to be so much hype over it.’

May 27, 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  13 to 26 October, 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.

May 23, 2014

We promise to not make a weak 'Brighton up your weekend' pun. Oops

Summer is coming, and many British people are packing their bags to head to the seaside.

And for LGBTI Brits, the best option is going down south to Brighton.

Not only is it known as the gay capital of Europe, it is a great place for a weekend away.

It’s open-minded, relaxed, and just a little bit eccentric.

Take a look at what is quite possibly the perfect gay weekend in Brighton.