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April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

April 6, 2014

X Factor UK winner James Arthur has been dropped from his record label, it has been claimed, following a series of controversies including a homophobic rap track that was released in November last year

James Arthur, winner of the X Factor UK in 2012, has been dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label, according to The Sun.

Arthur’s new rap mixtape, All The World’s A Stage, is due for release later this month, but has landed the singer in hot water due to some of the lyrics which seem to glamorize terrorism and drugs.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

April 3, 2014

Pensioners Party leader Igor Zotov wants to ban same-sex marriage in Russia’s constitution despite it already not being legally recognized in Russia

Russian Pensioners Party leader Igor Zotov wants to amend his country’s constitution to make it absolutely clear that Russia considers only marriages between men and women to be valid.

Russia does not currently allow same-sex couples to wed and restricts LGBTI people’s rights to express their identity publicly but Zotov is concerned that the definition of what constitutes a family in the Russian Constitution is too vague.

Article 38 of the Russian Constitution mentions ‘family’ but does not go into detail as what defines a family.

April 2, 2014

In a sermon to thousands of folllowers, Emmanuel Makandiwa said gay billionaires were tricking people to believe same-sex marriage is normal

In a sermon to 50,000 eager followers, a self-declared 'prophet' in Zimbabwe has branded gay people to be tools of the devil.

Emmanuel Makandiwa pronounced gays to be 'mentally sick' and said Satan has a strategy to make it hard for the public to realise LGBTI people are evil.

The leader of the United Family International Church (UFIC) said: ‘What amazes me is that some of these people are billionaires. Some of these people with reprobate minds are in political positions.

'Now they are passing laws to support homosexuality.’

April 1, 2014

After a gay troop leader took his Boy Scouts to a Pride parade, he was accused of 'injecting homosexuality into scouting'

A gay scout leader is speaking out afer getting fired from the Boy Scouts of America because he ‘deliberately injected’ his homosexuality into a scout troop.

Geoff McGrath, an Eagle Scout leader who is thought to be the first openly gay scout leader in America, started a new troop through a local church in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

But the 49-year-old was removed from his position because they believed he had breached the national scout policy against gay leaders in the organisation.

April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

March 29, 2014

David Cameron tweeted his congratulations to first gay couples making history today

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated newly married gay couples in England and Wales today (29 March).

The leader of the Conservative party took to his Twitter account to voice his support for those at the forefront of this historic occasion.

‘Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today – I wish you every possible happiness for the future #equalmarriage’ he said.

The world’s media has been focused on those lucky couples who will make history as the first gay people to become legally married.

March 27, 2014

The New South Wales Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill that would stop murderers from seeking to have their charges downgraded by claiming their victim made a gay pass at them and it looks set to be passed by the Lower House as well

The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council has passed a bill restricting provocation defenses in murder trials but the bill’s champion will surprise you.

The bill was proposed by Christian Democrats leader the Rev. Fred Nile – one of Australia’s most prominent political campaigners against LGBTI rights - and will ensure that people will not be able to use their disgust of homosexuality to argue they had diminished responsibility in committing violent acts against LGBTI people.

March 26, 2014

Kenyan National Assembly leader says gays should be dealt with like terrorists as he boasts of legal persecution so far

Nearly 600 ‘cases’ of homosexuality have been rounded up in a Kenya witch-hunt, a senior politician has boasted.

Aden Duale, the majority leader in the National Assembly, has pronounced homosexuality as bad as terrorism and said it should be treated in the same way.

Reading a statement by the Internal Security ministry, Duale said in parliament that 595 cases of homosexuality have been dealt with legally since 2010.

He was responding to calls from politicians that Kenya is ‘not doing enough’ to stamp out the ‘scourge of homosexuality’.

March 25, 2014

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says 29 March 2014 will go down in history as the first gay couples in England and Wales marry for the first time

The first gay weddings in the UK, to be held on 29 March, will be a day the ‘nation never forgets’, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

One of the biggest supporters of same-sex marriage, the Liberal Democrat leader made the remarks while answering a question today (25 March).

‘Will my Right Honourable Friend join with me in sending our best wishes and congratulations to those same-sex couples across our country who will get married this Saturday for the first time,’ Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat for St Austell and Newquay asked.

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

March 17, 2014

A woman phoned the police complaining that the bodyguard had made a homophobic comment to her

British National Party Nick Griffin’s body was arrested over accusations of anti-gay abuse at the weekend.

Martin Reynolds, 46, was taken into police custody following a fundraising event for the far-right party on Saturday night (15 March).

The BNP opposes same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and leader Griffin has described gay people as ‘poofs’ and ‘creepy’.

Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called after a woman complained a man made a homophobic comment to her.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 14, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written an open letter calling for sport to do more to welcome open LGBTI athletes

A gay prime minister would be accepted in the UK, according to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat leader have said they were confident the British public would be able to judge him or her on their abilities, not their sexual orientation.

In an open letter, Prime Minister David Cameron also said more gay role models were needed in the world of sport.

Asked by readers of a British gay publication, Clegg replied: ‘Yes and why not?

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

March 12, 2014

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

March 11, 2014

Gay rights activists, including a member of parliament and the former opposition leader, has called on the Constitutional Court and High Court to recognize gay people must be protected in Uganda

Uganda’s anti-gay law is to face scrutiny in the Constitutional Court.

A number of gay rights activists have joined together to challenge the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, as well as former opposition leader Ogenga Latigo, is among their number that filed the complaint today (11 March).

The draconian legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

March 8, 2014

'Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya'

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Catholic Church in New York, has nothing but praise for Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect.

In an interview that will air tomorrow, 9 March, on the NBC show Meet the Press Dolan was asked to respond to Sam's coming out.