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May 16, 2015

The 23-year-old has been convicted of exposing one sex partner to HIV and attempting to expose four others

A HIV-positive former college wrestler from Missouri will spend at least 30 years in jail after being found guilty of failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status.

Michael Johnson, 23, was found guilty after a 3-day trial on five of six counts against him – three of the six counts were exposing someone to HIV and three were attempting to expose someone to HIV. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge – exposing another man to HIV.

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 15, 2015

Australian LGBTI workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity has announced the winners of its annual business awards and many industry leading companies and institutions are among the winners

PwC has been named Australia’s 2015 Employer of the Year for LGBTI workers – becoming only the first company to win the award twice since the founding of workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity in 2012.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organizations which were honored today at a luncheon in Sydney organized by Australia’s only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

May 8, 2015

Judge rules it is not up to the court to decide whether homosexuality is sinful

A federal judge on Thursday (7 May) dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska woman against all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, was suing on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ and wanted the courts t0 decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

May 8, 2015

Italia's Got Talent airs country's first televised gay marriage proposal

In a first for Italian TV, a gay acrobat got engaged to his boyfriend live on air.

The proposal took place Thursday (7 May) night on Italia's Got Talent after acrobatic troupe Les Farfadais performed a routine to The Power of Love.

During the judge's critique, one of the dancers turned to his boyfriend and said in English: 'So we have performed tonight in a ring.

'And this ring has brought us together in our work, in our passion, in what we love. And I would love to know...'

May 6, 2015

'Homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet?'

A Nebraska woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all LGBTI people on Earth for breaking 'religious and moral laws', on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ.

Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, filed a seven-page handwritten gramatically incorrect petition at an Omaha court, asking US District Judge John M Gerrard to decide once and for all if homosexuality is a sin.

May 5, 2015

Thomas Miguel Guerra, who is thought to have had unprotected sex with at least 24 other men, says:  'I am not a monster'

A judge has sentenced a gay man to six months in jail for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his ex-boyfriend.

'I am not a monster,' Thomas Miguel Guerra said in court. 'I would never ever do something like what I'm accused of.'

Guerra received the maximum sentence from an angry judge who was frustrated that she could not give him more time behind bars.

May 4, 2015

'It violates our religious and cultural beliefs'

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday (3 May) the government will not legalize gay sex, which is punishable by up to 12 years in jail in the African country.

'We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and believes,' he said during a church service in Nairobi.

We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.' 

April 30, 2015

The ‘Free to Believe’ site says some Christian business owners have had to deal with the ‘nightmare’ of gay people who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

The conservative lobby group, Family Research Council, has launched a new website to share the stories of businesses and individuals who do not wish to provide certain services to LGBT people.

Arguing that the owners of the businesses concerned are merely expressing the right to religious expression, the website is called ‘Free to Believe’. 

Family Research Council states its aim as being ‘to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.’

April 28, 2015

'Satan’s really at work'

GoFundMe has shut down the crowdfunding page of an anti-gay bakery after they raised nearly $110,000 in donations.

After nearly two years in court, an Oregon judge Friday (24 April) recommended that the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa be fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Aaron and Melissa Klein then launched a campaign on GoFundMe that quickly reached $109,000 before it was taken offline.

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 25, 2015

Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Boy George, Mario Lopez, Debra Messing, Andy Cohen and Steve Grand also give shout outs

Bruce Jenner, who publicly came out as transgender Friday night in a television interview, received an outpouring of support from his fellow celebrities as he shared his story with the world.

Among those who took to Twitter was transgender actress Laverne Cox who wrote: 'Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one's truth. Congrats darling.'

April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 21, 2015

Don't You Want Me Baby? Yes, we do!

The Human League have been confirmed for this year's Brighton Pride.

The Mirror Man singers now feature on a killer line-up that also boasts local DJ Fatboy Slim, former X Factor judge Tulisa and Real Love singer Jess Glynne.

Katy B, Hercules and the Love Affair and Ms. Dynamite are also confirmed.

The Human League will perform at Pridel in Preston Park on Saturday 1 August 2015.

The band – comprised of Phil Oakley, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley – have sold 20 million records worldwide.

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 13, 2015

The pub owners did not give a reason for closing the long-serving venue

A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning. 

The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.

In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building's first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn. 

April 13, 2015

Pop divas to perform at LGBTI festival alongside Fatboy Slim

Former X Factor judge Tulisa is to perform at this year's Brighton Pride, as well as Mercury Music Prize-winning star Ms. Dynamite, it has been announced.

Tulisa, formally of band N-Dubz, is known for hits including Young and Live It Up.

She and It Takes More singer Ms. Dynamite will join stars including indie artist Foxes and DJ Wayne G at the popular LGBTI festival this summer.

Jess Glynne – who is currently at number one in the singles charts with her song Hold My Hand – will also appear.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 8, 2015

Sexually assaulted a lesbian as she was sleeping beside her girlfriend

A British paramedic who claimed he was gay and then raped three women - including one lesbian - has been jailed.

Christopher Bridger, 26, was found guilty of being a 'sexual predator' by a judge at Guildford Crown Court. He will be jailed for 12 years and will never be allowed to work in the health profession again.

He conned his way into bed with three young women, who were known to him as friends and colleagues.

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.