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March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.

February 21, 2014

Elena Klimova, who ran the Children 404 social media page, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging gay teens to believe homosexuality is normal

Good news might be scarce for Russian LGBTIs, but the founder of a gay teen online help group was released from propaganda charges today (21 February).

Elena Klimova, the founder of the group Children-404 which operates on Russian social network VK, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging teens to believe being gay is normal.

February 18, 2014

Neil Francis says the point he was trying to make was clumsily and poorly expressed, after saying gay people are more likely to be interested in hairdressing and ballet

A former Ireland rugby player has said he is sorry for saying gay people have no interest in sport.

Neil Francis, now a broadcaster and sports journalist, said gay people were far more likely to be interested in hairdressing and ballet in a radio interview.

When asked if he was engaging in unfair stereotypes, he said: ‘I don’t think I'm generalising, I really don't, and I'm entitled to my opinion.’

February 17, 2014

Neil Francis was asked for his comments on Michael Sam's coming out, said gay people were more likely to be interested in hairdressing

A former Ireland rugby star has caused outrage after saying gay people have no interest in sport.

Neil Francis, who played for the national team between 1987 and 1996, is now a sports journalist and broadcaster.

He was asked for his comments following US football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay before entering the NFL draft.

Speaking on Newstalk radio’s ‘Off The Ball’ show, he compared it to the interest straight men have towards hairdressing.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 12, 2014

'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy'

Josh Elliott, news anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, got personal while guest hosting on The View this week.

Elliott told viewers about how his father's coming out as gay when the journalist was 13 immediately made him wonder about his own sexuality.

'My first feeling when my father told me was loyalty - thinking "I guess I have to be gay too. Maybe I'm gay,"' Elliott said. 'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy.'

Since his father died just two years after coming out to his son, Elliott will be forever grateful for his honesty.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 30, 2014

'I have much respect for homosexuals, but I like women'

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, the Manchester United footballer commonly known as Anderson, was not phased this week when an Italian journalist asked him during a press conference if he is gay.

The question came during a press conference announcing that the 25-year-old midfielder from Brazil is going to be on loan to Italian football club Fiorentina.

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 19, 2014

Golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt killed herself shortly after Caleb Hannan threatened to out her in article

A journalist who threatened to out a transwoman shortly before she committed suicide has faced a backlash on social media.

Caleb Hannan, who wrote an article on golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt, had discovered her gender history whilst digging into her past when he was unable to confirm her claims of studying at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

December 9, 2013

In a controversial move, the Kremlin has announced a restricting of the country’s media outlets, putting an anti-gay commentator at the head of the new state-run media conglomerate

Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Kiselyov to head a newly organized state-run media agency.

Sparking controversy for liquidating a radio broadcasting agency, a news agency and the official government newspaper, Putin has also assigned Kiselyov to run what is now being called Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).

Kiselyov’s appointment comes as a surprise move given the global criticism of Putin over his new law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’.

December 5, 2013

Shimon Peres has told Israeli news agency YNet that he supports same-sex marriage because all human beings should have the same rights, during a state visit to Mexico

Israeli President Shimon Peres has become the highest ranking Israeli politician to announce their support for same-sex couples having the right to marry – although his role in Government is largely ceremonial.

In response to a question about whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry by YNet journalist Eyal Lehmann, Peres replied, ‘even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away [their] rights.’

November 28, 2013

Journalist and co-founder of Cyd Zeigler thanks the Big (Wo)Man Upstairs for the better sex, the best partner and the power of empathy he gets for being a homosexual

As Facebook and Twitter light up with the now-traditional Thanksgiving posts sharing what people are grateful for, one man is thankful God made him gay.

Award-winning journalist Cyd Zeigler is a specialist on LGBT sport issues, having written extensively on homophobia in sports and interviewed hundreds of athletes, gay and straight.

In a letter to God written on Huffington Post, Zeigler writes:

Dear God,

November 27, 2013

Italian photographer's flag is confiscated by Moscow police as he attempts to recreate Tilda Swinton's infamous photograph

A picture of an Italian journalist holding up a flag saying 'Love Is Love' in Russia has gone viral.

In late October, Enrico Procentese, an Italian photographer and travel blogger, was in Russia on behalf of Conde Nast Traveller.

He was inspired by British actress Tilda Swinton, who held up a gay pride flag in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in July 2013.

November 15, 2013

Emmy winning Scandal star tells GSN there's much more to do

Dan Bucatinsky may only play a journalist on ABC's Scandal but the out actor is quite informed about the big news stories of the day - especially those that effect the LGBTI community.

The actor and writer, who won an Emmy in September for his performance on Scandal, chatted last weekend with Gay Star News about a recent string of LGBTI victories.

In the span of five days, the House of Representatives in both Hawaii and Illinois approved gay marriage bills bringing the total of US states with marriage equality to 16.

November 12, 2013

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian journalist is being charged under propaganda laws after he published an interview with a gay teacher.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is suspected of violating the ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

The former educator had said: ‘My very existence is proof being gay is normal.’

October 28, 2013

From fighting the Vietnam war as a young activist to reporting on the executions of gay Iranians, Ireland was a veteran advocate and champion for LGBTI people

Leading gay American journalist and activist Doug Ireland has died aged 67 at his home in East Village, New York.

He died after a long period of illness on Saturday (26 October).

The leading LGBT US publication he worked for, Gay City News, reports he had suffered from the after-effects of childhood polio, diabetes and severe sciatica and had at least two major strokes.

Ireland wrote particularly on politics, power, media, and also LGBTI issues.

October 21, 2013

Christine Forster, sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has announced she is engaged to partner Virginia Edwards

The sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced she has proposed to her partner of six years, Virginia Edwards, and expects Abbott to attend the wedding even though he is standing in the way of same-sex marriage being legalized in Australia.

‘We got engaged when we were away with friends on a trip to Broken Hill,’ Christine Forster told Sydney journalist Peter Hackney, writing for New Idea magazine.

October 13, 2013

The trans rights campaigner and journalist awarded for making a 'real difference' for trans rights

Paris Lees has topped the list of the UK's most powerful LGBT people.

The transgender journalist and broadcaster beat the likes of Clare Balding, Peter Tatchell and Jessie J to be voted number one on the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013. By doing so, Lees has become the first trans person to top the list.

October 3, 2013

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard points a finger at a media that repeated misstatements about the 1998 murder

Stephen Jimenez maintains he's not trying to dishonor Matthew Shepard, or the foundation named after the student whose bloody body was tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming.

Yet, he's certain what people think they know about the 1998 crime probably isn't the whole truth.

October 1, 2013

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity

A British comedian has apologized to the transgender gamer he ‘completely dehumanised’.

Fraser Millward admitted he was dismayed by the furore created by his comments in regards to a young female trans journalist at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London.

Laura Kate Dale, a contributor for gaming site Destructoid, was at the event covering Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console.

On Twitter, Dale then said she was pulled up on stage and was called male and ‘it’.

September 29, 2013

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity

A transgender video game journalist was left humiliated at a presentation for Microsoft's latest games console after the presenter made 'degrading' comments about her gender on stage.

Laura Kate Dale was at the event covering Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One system, which took place at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl's Court, London.

However, she was left 'completely dehumanised' after being invited on stage and receiving transphobic comments from Fraser Millward, a comedian hired for the event.