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August 11, 2014

Uruguayans celebrated the one year anniversary of same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry this month, with over 200 couples marrying in the first 12 months they have been able to

Over 200 same-sex couples have married in Uruguay in the 12 months since it legalized gay marriage in the small South American nation of 3.3 million people.

According to the civil registry of Montevideo, which covers half the country’s population, 134 same-sex couples have married since same-sex marriage became legal in Uruguay on 5 August last year.

August 8, 2014

14 lesbians and four gay men submitted an appeal to Congress demanding not just marriage equality, but adoption, social security and all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy with marriage

A group of 18 gay and lesbian Mexicans are stepping up the fight for gay marriage in Baja California Sur, bordered by the northern state of Baja California.

According to BCS Noticias, the group this week submitted an appeal to the Judicial Power of the Federation (PJF) urging Congress and the governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor to change articles 330 and 150 of the Baja California civil code to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

August 7, 2014

Michael Egan had claimed he tried to repress memories until undergoing trauma therapy

In April, Michael Egan and his lawyer held high-profile press conferences to announce sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three others.

He has since dropped three of the cases and this week, quietly filed legal papers to withdraw the case against Singer.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 30, 2014

Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists claiming the law is not constitutional

One of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world has faced court scrutiny for the first time.

Earlier today, the Uganda Constitutional Court’s five judges heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

The petitioners’ central argument heard today was the law passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

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 7, 2014

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez was nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, and she thanked her partner at the press conference

A lesbian lawyer has become the first openly gay person to be nominated for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court.

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez made history as Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the nomination on 4 June.

At the press conference after her nomination, she thanked her partner.

‘Thank you for your unconditional support through the hardest of times, and through the best of times, like today... I wouldn't be here without you,’ she said about her partner Gina Mendez Miro.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

April 17, 2014

Romania priest, with a fortune of over $2 million, had help from the Orthodox Church to get the 100,000 necessary signatures needed to become a Member of European Parliament candidate

A priest is becoming a politician in order to ‘destroy’ gay culture in Europe.

Iulian Capsali, a Romanian Orthodox priest, has gathered over 120,000 signatures to be registered as an independent candidate for the European elections.

A former lawyer in the US, he wishes to become a Member of European Parliament (MEP) to represent ‘traditional family values’.

The ‘homosexual ideology’ is leading to the destruction of the family at global level, Capsali told local Romanian press.

April 10, 2014

'My younger siblings aren't married so (my mom) was so excited to buy a son-in-law card'

In the time since Jesse Tyler Ferguson got married to lawyer Justin Mikita last summer, the Modern Family star has been constantly surprised by the things that make him feel like a husband.

'It doesn't make a difference on the day to day but it's the little things like going into the doctor's office and getting to check "married" in the box and all those little things I never thought about,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview.

Ferguson and Mitka had been together for two years before tying the knot in New York City last July.

March 19, 2014

Alice Nkom: ‘Every time a homosexual is negatively affected, it’s a negative effect on all of humanity.’

A lawyer in Cameroon was honored for her work promoting gay rights in Africa yesterday (18 March).

Alice Nkom, who faces death threats almost daily in her life defending gay people, was awarded by Amnesty International.

Male and female homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and can be punished by up to five years in prison.

Receiving the award in Berlin, Nkom described it as a ‘prize of hope’.

Last week, Nkom described the situation for LGBTI people as an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

March 19, 2014

More travel destinations are catering to the needs of gay and lesbian parents as same-sex families are becoming more normalized. Here are some things to consider prior to departure

Gay and lesbian parents may experience challenges other households do not, but a family is still a family, and families need to get away every once in a while.

Planning a trip abroad with your family is an awesome opportunity to show your kids something new, or refresh your view on local destinations.

But whether your child is a toddler or just about to turn 18, there are some precautions every rainbow family should consider before starting of a journey.

March 17, 2014

Inspirational advocates from across Asia share their stories at landmark awards ceremony in Singapore

Asia’s LGBTI heroes have been honored at the first Asian Pink Awards in Singapore.

Campaigners and company representatives flew in from all over the region and as far away as Europe for the event last night (16 March), organized by Asian gay men’s magazine Element.

Among those honored was A-Mei, the hit Taiwanese singer who held a free concert in 2013 to support same-sex marriage.

Another singer, Laure Shang, a past winner of the Chinese Supergirls contest and an LGBTI advocate was also given an award.

March 16, 2014

Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has defended gay men and women for the last decade, says the country is battling an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’, comparing the situation to slavery

Alice Nkom, a pro-gay lawyer from Cameroon has spoken out about the treatment of gay people in her country, calling it an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

She also likened the situation to that of slavery in the United States before it was abolished in the nineteenth century.

Nkom, who has defended gay men men and women for more than a decade, said: ‘Currently in Cameroon, it’s an anti-homosexuals apartheid.’

March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

March 5, 2014

Referee was told by angry football fan he was a 'poof' who only took on the job to 'watch boys in tight shorts'

A British amateur soccer player has pleaded guilty for shouting homophobic abuse at a gay referee.

Dale Ritchie, 25, admitted to calling Joe Richardson a ‘faggot’, a ‘poof’ and told him he was only a referee so he could ‘watch boys in tight shorts’.

Richardson was refereeing a friendly match in Perthshire last year when he gave a red card to one of the footballers.

Furious as he watched the match while he was drinking on the sidelines, Richie verbally abused the referee.

February 9, 2014

A leaked report has revealed the ‘shocking’ questioning refugees face trying to gain asylum in the UK

UK Home Office officials have reportedly been humiliating LGBTI asylum seekers with degrading questions about their sex lives.

A leaked report to the Observer, from October 2013, reveals the extent of the harsh questioning that asylum seekers endured.

One bisexual man underwent five hours of questioning, with no lawyer present, including: ‘Did you put your penis into x's backside?’ and ‘When x was penetrating you, did you have an erection? Did x ejaculate inside you? Why did you use a condom?’

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

January 12, 2014

A Cameroonian man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘I’m very much in love with you’ and labeled a ‘curse’ by his family has died

Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, 34, died on Friday (10 January) in Cameroon after his family removed him from hospital where he was seeking treatment for a hernia, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Mbédé was arrested in March 2011 after texting another man with the message ‘I’m very much in love with you’. He was convicted the following month and sentenced to three years in jail under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts.

January 7, 2014

79-year-old military veteran Hal Faulkner has had his discharge record changed from ‘undesirable’ to ‘honorable’ 58 years after he was kicked out of the Marines for being gay

A 79-year-old man who is dying from cancer has finally had his military service record cleared 58 years after he was kicked out of the US Marine Corps when the military learned he was gay.

Faulkner was discharged as an ‘undesirable’ after three years of military service beginning in 1953 during which he served in the Philippines and rose to the rank of sergeant.

Faulkner was diagnosed a few years ago with cancer and asked his relatives to help him secure a dying wish – to have his service record cleared.

December 23, 2013

Karina and Gabriela became the second same-sex couple to wed in the state of Oaxaca since a December 2012 Supreme Court ruling found the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

A lesbian couple became the second same-sex marriage to take place in the state of Oaxaca.

Yesterday (22 December) Karina and Gabriela, whose last names have been omitted per their request, married in a private ceremony at approximately 3pm local time.

Alex Ali Mendez Dia, a lawyer for Oaxaca Front for the Respect and Recognition of Sexual Diversity, told Gay Star News the couple has been waiting two years to get married.

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

November 21, 2013

Trans murders are ignored and transgender people who speak out are persecuted by Russia’s FSB security service, claims lawyer

A Russian lawyer has stripped off to defend transgender people’s rights.

While naked protests against Putin’s regime are not uncommon, Masha Bast’s protest may still raise some eyebrows in the legal profession.

But as chairwoman of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, she wanted to take a stand for Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday (20 November).

She is renaming it Transgender Day of Defense.