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January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 16, 2015

Once the leader of the Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Pope Francis has claimed the family is being threatened by gay marriage.

Speaking in the Phillippines, the leader of the Catholic Church criticized what he called the 'ideological colonization of the family' - language that many have taken to mean the marriage of same-sex couples.

'The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,' Francis said.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 15, 2015

'It really gives you validation and gives you kind of a wall that you can lean on if something happens'

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova had already been together for more than six years by the time they got married last month.

It has already made all the difference.

'I want to write an article about it, how much it changes your life,' the tennis legend tells The New York Times.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 6, 2015

But 60% say refusing to hire an LGBTI person is discriminatory

Almost 70% of Hong Kong people believe society should tolerate anti-gay views, according to a new survey.

The results released yesterday (5 January) also showed that 57% of respondents said schools should not have to teach that homosexuality and heterosexuality are both 'beautiful.'

Hong Kong Polytechnic University interviewed 611 adults in November for the survey, which was commissioned by the anti-gay Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group.

January 4, 2015

LGBTI activists want Foley, who voted against marriage equality, 'to meet with same-sex couples and their children so he can hear for himself why marriage equality matters'

Marriage equality advocates in Australia are urging potential New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley to meet with same-sex couples and their children to challenge his anti-gay views.

Foley, a committed Catholic who is preparing to be elected unopposed as leader of New South Wales Labor on 5 January, has previously voted against marriage equality, claiming this view is based on his upbringing by a single mother. 

December 29, 2014

A scene suggesting depicting James Franco’s character and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waking up in bed together was one of those reportedly cut from the ‘redacted’ film version released on Christmas Day

A scene in controversial movie, The Interview, which depicted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participating in a group sex session with a male journalist and four women, was reportedly cut from the final film.

The Daily Mail says that the ‘gay-orgy’ scene was described in a leaked version of the movie’s screenplay but did not make the final filmed version.

December 25, 2014

Looming new threat for Uganda’s LGBTIs

A new anti-gay bill will be top of the agenda in Uganda’s churches this Christmas as politicians return home to celebrate the holidays.

But it won’t just be a time for friends and families for members of the Ugandan parliament. They will also be starting an election campaign.

The party primaries to choose the next leader of Uganda are early next year and campaigning is already under way even though the final vote is not until 2016.

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 19, 2014

She used to be a homophobe. Now she’s a hero

My first interaction with Kathy Baldock, the founder and director of Canyon Walker Connections, was in 2012.

December 13, 2014

Magazine editor defends the controversial move, which has sparked outrage across the political spectrum, saying it's in the public's interest

French tabloid Closer on Friday ran photographs of Florian Philippot, vice president of far right group Front National (FN), and his alleged boyfriend, an unnamed TV journalist, on a trip to Vienna last week.

A photograph of the pair – with the unnamed man's face has been blurred out – is seen on the front page next to the headline 'Yes to love for everyone' (Oui a l'amour pour tous), a play on words with the anti-same-sex marriage movement’s slogan 'Demo for all' (Le Manif pour tous).

December 10, 2014

'I'm running for parliament to represent disabled and transgender people'

Emily Brothers yesterday (9 December) came out as one of the first transgender politicians to run for the UK parliament.

The Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam lost her sight to glaucoma as a child and is a long-time disability rights campaigner.

'I have today spoken publicly about my transgender background and hope that in some way this helps contribute to better understanding of diversity,' she wrote on her website.

Party leader Ed Miliband said he was 'so proud to have Emily Brothers as a Labour candidate.'

December 5, 2014

Andrew Barr is almost certain to be the next Australian Capital Territory chief

Andrew Barr is almost certain to become the first gay state or territory leader in Australia next week after the incumbent Australian Capital Territory (ACT) chief stepped down today (5 December).

As treasurer and deputy chief minister, Barr, 41, is the obvious choice to replace Katy Gallagher as chief minister after she resigned to run for the federal senate.

'I will nominate to the Labor caucus to fill the role of chief minister,' Barr confirmed on Facebook.

December 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

December 1, 2014

UKIP wake up to World AIDS Day ‘present’ and a gay kiss

HIV activists embraced in a gay kiss as they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the South London office of UKIP.

They were disgusted by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and other politicians in the party saying people living with HIV should be barred from coming to Britain.

The World AIDS Day (1 December) protest symbolizes a rebirth by the London chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a group which has had been less visible in the UK in the last decade.

November 29, 2014

Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Kari Makinen couldn’t be happier that same-sex couples will now be able to legally marry in his country – though he admits some in the church will struggle with the change

The leader of the church that 3 out of 4 Finns claim membership to has welcomed his country's lawmakers’ decision to finally legalize same-sex marriage, posting his thoughts on the matter online on Friday following the vote.

Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Kari Makinen posted to Facebook, ‘I know how much this day means to the rainbow community, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them.’

November 28, 2014

Finnish MPs are expected to vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry later today and a majority of their party leaders support the reform

Finland may become the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage when MPs sit in parliament today.

Parliament debated the issue yesterday despite the parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee recommending that the bill be rejected.

A majority on the committee were concerned that allowing Finns to enter into same-sex marriages might make it harder for Finnish parents to adopt children from abroad, particularly from neighboring Russia.

November 28, 2014

Activists say the country's anti-gay laws are scaring tourists away

Uganda's president accused tourism authorities of not marketing the country properly and said the east African nation was a better holiday destination than Spain.

President Yoweri Museveni said the Tourism Promotion Board should be renamed the 'tourism suppression board' as it touted 'only some chimpanzees and so on,' in an opinion piece published in the New Vision newspaper on Wednesday (26 November).

'The biggest problem with tourism is poor promotion,' he said.

November 26, 2014

And he didn't even need to unwrap it

The rainbow could be seen as a representing two main concepts: the gay rights movement and a 'blessing' from God.

So one lesbian politician thought of the perfect gift to give to Pope Francis: a rainbow scarf.

Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek, the gay Vice President of the European Parliament, gave the leader of the Catholic Church his early Christmas present yesterday (25 November).

'Today I handed Pope Francis a rainbow scarf for gays, lesbians, and for peace,' Lunacek proudly said.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 18, 2014

Grant Robertson says he will not run again

Grant Robertson today (18 November) narrowly lost his bid to be the first gay leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by 1 per cent in the final round of voting.

Despite leading in party and caucus votes, the former deputy leader did not have the overwhelming support of the unions that winner Andrew Little had.

'I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,' he told press after the results were announced.