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August 20, 2014

Mariela Castro, a member of Cuba’s National Assembly and daughter of President Raul Castro, cast a ‘no’ vote in protest over a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from discrimination

Outspoken Cuban LGBTI rights advocate Mariela Castro has cast a historic ‘no’ vote in Cuba’s National Assembly which experts believe is the first time a dissenting vote has been recorded in the chamber since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Mariela, who is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and the niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, cast the vote in December of last year in protest at a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from workplace discrimination.

August 18, 2014

Maxim 'Machete' Martsinkevich, leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia,’ will spend the next 5 years in a Russian penal colony – but the penalty is for his racism not his persecution of LGBTIs

Maxim Martsinkevich, leader of the notorious anti-gay group Occupy Pedophilia, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday but the charges were for racist videos that he posted to Russian social media website VK – not his entrapment and torture of gay men on camera.

Martsinkevich, who is also known as ‘Machete’ or ‘Cleaver,’ and his group entrapped very young gay men online by pretending to be gay teens and then put them through homophobic ordeals while being filmed – then humiliating them by posting them on the internet.

August 11, 2014

New Zealand’s Conservative Party has picked Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar to be its candidate for the seat of Napier in general elections but he is on the record as claiming that same-sex couples being allowed to marry will cause more crimes to occur

New Zealand’s Conservative Party has chosen former Sensible Sentencing Trust leader Garth McVicar as its candidate for the seat of Napier in the upcoming September general election, praising his ‘common sense.’

However McVicar still stands by claims he made in the lead up to same-sex marriage being legalized by the New Zealand Parliament when he said that allowing gay couples to wed would lead to an increase in all kinds of crimes.

July 29, 2014

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations, three of the UK’s top politicians send messages of congratulations and solidarity to the British seaside city

The LGBTI community in the coastal city of Brighton received messages of support from the highest level of the UK government ahead of Gay Pride this weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter of encouragement and support in the name of LGBT rights in the UK, joined by Labour Leader Ed Milliband and MP Caroline Lucas John who recorded heartening YouTube videos.

July 24, 2014

Fidel Castro's niece is well known for her support of the LGBTI community. She was believed to have been on the missing Air Algerie AH5017 flight

Gay rights champion Mariela Castro is alive after she was rumored to be aboard the missing Air Algerie plane.

Ouagadougou Airport claimed the advocate, the niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was among the 110 passengers on board.

In a statement, it said: ‘Among the passengers of VOL AH5017, there were two EU civil servants of French nationality based in Ouagadougou and Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader.’

But on Telesur TV, a Latin American channel, Castro went on air to say she was alive and well.

July 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

July 10, 2014

The US singer reveals she covered a song by lesbian singers T.A.T.U at a Moscow concert, the day before Putin was to come on the same stage to make a speech

US singer Tori Amos has said she chose to cover a song by a famous lesbian duo, as anti-gay Russian leader Putin was scheduled to make a speech on the same stage.

Amos covered the song ‘Not Gonna Get Us’ by Russian lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u at a concert in Moscow last month, during her tour.

July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

July 1, 2014

Ranks behind only Beyonce, LeBron James, Dr. Dre and Oprah Winfrey when ranking world’s most powerful celebrities

Ellen DeGeneres is showing that after more than 20 years in the spotlight, she is only getting more popular - and powerful.

DeGeneres climbed up five spaces from last year to reach fifth place on Forbes Magazine's 15th Annual Celebrity 100 list.

Beyonce tops the list for the first time with last year's leader, Oprah Winfrey, dropping to fourth. In second-place is LeBron James and number three is Dr. Dre.

July 1, 2014

All Irish political parties have already indicated support of marriage equality

A referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland will be held in the spring of 2015, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

Kenny made the confirmation when asked about marriage equality in Ireland during Order of Business by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

June 29, 2014

The UK music icon believes Jesus would be a supporter of gay equality, and talks about going to meet Putin later this year

UK musician Sir Elton John has said he thinks if Jesus was alive today he would be a supporter of gay rights and equal marriage.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer also spoke about the Pope, Putin and his plans for a low-key wedding with his partner of over 20 years David Furnish.

Speaking about gay marriage, John believed Jesus would not have stopped gay clergy or congregation from marrying someone of the same sex.

June 19, 2014

Brian Schweitzer: 'Men in the South, they are a little effeminate'

First Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his job in a stunning primary defeat and now he's apparently setting off the gaydar of the former governor of Montana.

Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who was governor of Montana from 2005 to 2013 was asked by a National Journal reporter this week for his thoughts on the Virginia congressman being ousted from his seat by a Tea Party candidate.

June 10, 2014

Tony Abbott gets burned by an 11-year-old who cannot understand his reasons for refusing to give gay people equal rights

An 11-year-old boy has written a kickass letter to the Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott to demand support for same-sex marriage.

Orlando Burcham, from Newcastle, New South Wales, has described the socially conservative Liberal party leader as ‘pathetic’.

Read his amazing letter in full here:

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

May 26, 2014

The auxiliary Catholic bishop of Brasilia and general secretary of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil says his church would be willing to support civil unions but draws the line at calling them marriages

Bishop Leonardo Steiner has become the first national level leader in the Catholic Church to publicly accept the recognition of same-sex couples with civil unions while still opposing sex between people outside of marriage.

Steiner made the comments in an interview with O Globo, saying ‘The Church is always changing.’

May 24, 2014

A long-standing children's charity has been attacked by a conservative group for offering counseling to young people struggling with their sexuality, and supporting the inaugural Pink Dot Hong Kong rally to be held in June

A conservative group called the Justice Alliance has launched an attack on the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong – a long-standing charity that was established in 1936 to work with children and youths – for 'siding with sexual minorities' and 'brainwashing' children by offering counselling to young people struggling with their sexuality, according to a South China Morning Post report on Friday.

May 23, 2014

Milk joins other civil rights pioneers honored with stamps including Martin Luther King Jr and Caesar Chavez

Americans can now begin mailing letters with a stamp bearing the likeness of Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials.

The stamp was dedicated at a White House ceremony on Thursday (22 May) which was attended by Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and the slain politician's nephew.

'We have this beautiful stamp to remind us that hope resides in you, hope resides in me,' Stuart Milk told the crowd. 'As President (Barack) Obama said about Harvey: `Hope unashamed. Hope unafraid."'

May 16, 2014

Leader Sid Cordle says a 'lot of Christians believe God is angry over gay marriage and will show that anger'

The leader of the Christian People’s Alliance has said it is ‘possible’ gay marriage caused flooding in the UK.

Sid Cordle, who wants his party to reform ‘morals and democracy’, is campaigning on the importance of marriage.

The politician was sat down on the Daily Politics show today (16 May), and asked about his views on homosexuality.

Host Andrew Neil brought up the UKIP councillor David Silvester who believed God was angry at Britain for passing same-sex marriage.

May 16, 2014

LGBTI rights activists warn under the new government, homosexuality could stay illegal for another five years and the persecution of the community can only increase

Gay sex in India could be banned for another five years now a homophobic political party has gained power in the national election.

The opposition Hindu nationalist BJP party is on course for a landslide victory, as suggested by early results.

Although final results are not expected until later, the scale of the predicted victory is on course for a landslide victory. More than 500 million people voted in the election.

Narendra Modi, the leader of the BJP, tweeted: ‘India has won. Good times ahead.’

May 16, 2014

UKIP politician John Sullivan allegedly said he would shoot one gay person to see if 99 others would decide to be straight

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has been forced to defend yet another of his politicians for their homophobic views.

The right-wing Eurosceptic leader was taken to task during an interview with LBC presenter James O’Brien this morning (16 May).

The radio host asked the political leader about a councillor John Lyndon Sullivan after a screengrab of one of his alleged Facebook posts from February went viral earlier today.

It is no longer on his profile, so we cannot confirm whether Sullivan wrote the status.

May 13, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church suggests that while he may never be in favor of marriage equality, he would make a little green man a Catholic

Pope Francis will not marry gay couples, but will baptize an alien from Mars.

If someone like E.T were to show up at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church said he would definitely not oppose blessing a Martian.

In his morning Mass on Monday (12 May), the Pope was telling a story from the Acts of Apostles in which Peter observes a group of non-Christians receiving the Holy Spirit.

After other Christians criticized Peter, Pope Francis said: ‘That was unthinkable.

May 12, 2014

Ukip leader has defended byelection candidate Roger Helmer who has described homosexuality as 'abnormal'

Most Brits over 70 are uncomfortable about homosexuality, the Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said.

The leader of the Eurosceptic, right-wing party has once again had to defend the views of his members.

This time, it was in reference to Roger Helmer, the Ukip byelection candidate who has described homosexuality as ‘abnormal’ and ‘undesirable’.

He also claimed homophobia does not exist and compared allowing same-sex marriage to legalizing incest.

Farage defended Helmer by arguing many older people are not happy with the idea of homosexuality.

May 7, 2014

Darrell Trigg believes God wants him to rule the US, and to drive LGBTI Americans back underground

Darrell Trigg, author of Developing a More Effective Prayer Life: A Practical Approach, has declared his intentions to run for President of the United States of America.

He will run as an independent, but in the future will create the Christian Political Party. If you haven’t heard of him or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President.

May 1, 2014

Head of the Catholic Church will ask bishops on their findings after speaking to their congregations about what they think about family life

Pope Francis has called on his bishops to meet in order to discuss same-sex relationships, divorce and contraception.

Last year, the leader of the Catholic Church directed bishops around the world to speak to their flocks about family life.

In a meeting planned for this October at the Vatican, the religious leaders will put forward their findings.