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February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 25, 2015

A judge has refused to grant the adoption until the Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage

The lesbian couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage law have had an adoption petition refused by a probate judge. 

Kim McKeand and Cari Searcy, who have been together for 16 years, were responsible for filing the lawsuit that lead to U.S District Judge Callie Granade to rule Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last month (23 January). 

February 20, 2015

Televangelist defends florist who has been ordered by court to service same-sex wedding

Televangelist Pat Robertson says it is 'outrageous' that a florist in the state of Washington has been ordered by a judge to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

The 84-year-old Robertson, who has a long history of anti-gay remarks, likened the order to having to provide flowers for a man-dog wedding.

'To tell as florist that she's got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding - what if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She's got to have flowers for that?'

Robertson said during a broadcast of The 700 Club. Then he brought up polygamy.

February 18, 2015

Freddie Smith's girlfriend was seriously injured in crash but she wrote letter to judge supporting her man

Wednesday was a dramatic day for US soap opera star Freddie Smith both on screen and off.

On the day an episode aired showing his Days of Our Lives character discovering that his husband has slept with his ex-boyfriend, Smith was in an Ohio courtroom trying to avoid being sent to jail.

He succeeded.

A judge suspended Smith's driver's license for one year and ordered him to DUI school stemming from a car accident last October that left Smith's now fiance seriously injured.

February 18, 2015

But marriage licenses will not be issued to gay couples yet

A Texas judge Tuesday (17 February) ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Travis county probate judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which an Austin woman sought to have her eight-year lesbian relationship recognized as a a common-law marriage.

Travis county clerk Dana DeBeauvoir commended Herman's order as 'a great step toward marriage equality,' but added that the judge had not instructed her to begin to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 16, 2015

'This power over marriage which came from God under our organic law is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court'

Roy Moore, Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice, is certain any judge issuing same-sex marriage certificates is breaking the law.

February 15, 2015

'At the time Chief Justice Moore had not started bloviating on this topic and so there was no need to defy because I didn't ask for his opinion and frankly didn't need it'

A probate judge in Alabama is pushing against the state's chief justice, Roy Moore, in the gay marriage battle.

Today, February 15, Alabama Probate Judge Steven Reed was a guest on the ABC News show This Week.

February 14, 2015

Roy Moore, the court's chief justice, does not support marriage equality and advised probate judges not to issue certificates to same-sex couples

Next week the Alabama Supreme Court will consider a petition to block judges from marrying LGBTI couples.

The 6-2 decision was announced yesterday, 13 February; the request was filed by two conservative groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program.

According to Alabama.com, the organizations listed the state probate judges  adhering to the January ruling of District Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

February 13, 2015

'The fudge packers from Hollywood are shocked the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their imperialist, communist homosexual agenda!'

A Ku Klux Klan chapter has issued a 'call to arms in Alabama' in response to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, which the Supreme Court upheld earlier this week.

Brent Waller, the imperial wizard of the United Dixie White Knights in Mississippi, 'saluted' Alabama chief justice Roy Moore for refusing to bow to the yoke of federal tyranny.

Waller also called on Klansmen to join the 'massive' Christian protests 'that are surely coming.'

February 13, 2015

First time a US court rules homosexuality is not a disease or disorder

A New Jersey judge has ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.

The ruling marks the first time a US court has found that homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder and that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to make such a claim.

Hudson County superior court judge Peter Bariso Jr said Tuesday (10 February) such claims violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

February 13, 2015

State media attacks the openly gay chair of a human rights report on the hermit kingdom

North Korea has gone on another homophobic rant against the openly gay chair of a 2013 report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record.

The Korean Central News Agency last month published an editorial demanding the US retract and apologize for the UN Commission Of Inquiry.

It claimed that a North Korean defector gave false testimony and the report 'is now being ridiculed and censured by the international community.'

February 12, 2015

Ruling by federal judge expected to send a signal to probate judges statewide

US District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Thursday (12 February) ordered Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis (pictured) was among the probate judges in the state who were caught between Granade's ruling last month striking down the state's gay marriage ban and an order by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Ray Moore to not issue licenses.

February 12, 2015

As Supreme Court gets ready to rule on same-sex marriage nationwide, Reverend Irene Monroe pays tribute to Mildred Loving - the woman that proved love knows no race or gender

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, many LGBTI activists continue to struggle for same-sex marriage in their states.

But as Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize marriage equality, I must pay tribute to the African American woman Mildred Loving who fought to marry her white male partner.

She is one of my heroes for Black History Month.

Back in 1958, the couple violated the nations rule that banned a couple of two different races from marrying.

February 11, 2015

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples

An Alabama minister yesterday (10 February) was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after trying to perform a gay marriage.

Deputies found Anne Diprizio, 43, kneeling on the floor of Autauga County Probate Office in protest of judge Al Booth. 

The dispute occurred after two women, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, obtained a marriage license and Diprizio offered to wed them right then and there.

However, Booth said the office stopped performing all ceremonies on Friday – when gay marriage became legal in Alabama.

February 11, 2015

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples

An Alabama minister yesterday (10 February) was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after trying to perform a gay marriage.

Deputies found Anne Diprizio, 43, kneeling on the floor of Autauga County Probate Office in protest of judge Al Booth. 

The dispute occurred after two women, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, obtained a marriage license and Diprizio offered to wed them right then and there.

However, Booth said the office stopped performing all ceremonies on Friday – when gay marriage became legal in Alabama.

February 10, 2015

Judge says allegations of conspiracy are 'unsubstantiated by any facts'

Malaysia's top court today (10 February) upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which is illegal in the Muslim-majority.

Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat said there was 'overwhelming evidence' that the former deputy prime minister had sodomized a male aide, and defense allegations that the case was a political conspiracy were 'unsubstantiated by any facts whatsoever.'

February 9, 2015

Move seen by some as an indication high court may be ready to rule in favor of marriage equality nationwide

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to grant a stay on a federal judge's ruling which struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

This was the final hurdle for marriages to begin in the state.

The nation's high court voted 7-2 to reject the stay with Justices Clarence Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia dissenting. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have voted against gay marriage in the past but did not join this dissent.

February 7, 2015

The cakes were produced during the grand final of the ‘Ed-u-bake and Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off: a nationwide competition for students to help tackle LGBT prejudice

The live final of the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off competition took place at Stoke Newington School yesterday (6 February). The nationwide competition was launched for school children last year during the UK’s annual anti-bullying week.

Students were invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake or cupcakes and to send photos of the resulting treats to competition organizers, Educate & Celebrate.

February 7, 2015

Come Monday, 9 February, the southern state is expected to start issuing marriage certificates to LGBTI couples

The US Supreme Court is not expected to intervene in a federal judge's ruling against Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to Alabama.com, a deputy clerk for the country's highest court informed lawyers yesterday (6 February) the nine justices would not respond to state Attorney General Luther Strange's appeal.

February 6, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race star made the final of the UK reality show

Michelle Visage has come in fifth place on Celebrity Big Brother.

The RuPaul's Drag Race judge came out to a huge round of applause from the UK reality TV show crowd.

'I feel very blessed, honored and humbled,' she said. 'My strategy was to be me completely and really show the UK how much I love them and show the community how much I want to stand for them and be a voice for them and never give up and never surrender.'

Keith Chegwin came fourth, Calum Best was third, with Katie Hopkins coming second. Katie Price was the winner.