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January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 20, 2015

The Australian Capital Territory Government has announced that Labor Legislative Assembly member Yvette Berry will be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio – joining the state of Victoria as Australian jurisdictions to have a government Minister for Equality

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor lawmaker Yvette Berry has become only the second person in the history of Australian politics to be given a ministerial portfolio that covers LGBTI Equality.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr made the announcement earlier today as part of an expected cabinet reshuffle, handing Berry ministerial responsibility for the areas of Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Community Services, Multicultural Affairs, Women, and Social Inclusion and Equality.

January 18, 2015

Leo Varadkar, the Irish Minister for Health, announced on a radio show this morning he is gay and wants to be an equal citizen in his own country

‘I want to be an equal citizen in my own country,’ said Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on the radio this morning (18 January).

Varadkar was speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio one this morning when he publicly announced he is gay.

He said he wanted to be honest ahead of the Irish referendum on gay marriage.

‘I am a gay man, it’s not a secret but it’s not something that everybody would know,’ he said.

‘I have always put the career and job and politics first. I am a very private person.

January 16, 2015

Ex-Southern Baptist president delivers an anti-gay sermon at the legislature

A baptist minister invited to give a devotional at the opening of the Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday (14 January) took the opportunity to rant against gay rights, which he called 'erotic liberty.'

Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist convention, reminded legislators that their role was to protect citizens against the 'evil,' in this case gay marriage.

January 13, 2015

Goa chief says 'homosexuality is a natural gift'

Goa's sports and youth affairs minister has denied saying that he planned to set up LGBTI 'rehabs' after receiving criticism far beyond the Indian state.

Ramesh Tawadkar today (13 January) blamed the media for misunderstanding and misquoting him.

'I was not talking about the LGBT (youths) but about drug addicted and sexually abused youths,' he told the Press Trust of India.

January 12, 2015

Gay rights activist: 'This would be a disaster, a government-mandated torture chamber for children.'

An Indian state is planning on setting up 'rehabs' for LGBTI youth to be 'cured'.

Ramesh Tawadkar, Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, said gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex teenagers need to be 'helped' – like young people who have committed crimes or are addicted to drugs.

Speaking to reporters at the launch of the Goa State Youth Policy 2015, he reportedly said: 'We will make them normal. We will have a center for them. Like Alcholic Anonymous centers.'

January 9, 2015

Gay rights activists have applauded the decision

A health minister in Zimbabwe has said men who have sex with men in prison should be protected from HIV and AIDS.

Dr Owen Mugurungi, the HIV and TB Director in the Ministry of Health, said it would be ‘disastrous’ to ignore homosexuality was ‘rife in prisons’.

He said:  'We might want to deny that men have sex with men but we know that in prison that this thing does happen.’

This has been received well by the LGBTI community in the country who have applauded the minister.

December 12, 2014

Quebec’s Bill 20 could force anyone who wishes to use donated sperm or eggs as part of an IVF cycle to undergo a ‘psychosocial assessment’ – a law change that some believe would unfairly impact on same-sex couples

A representative for Dr Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister for Health, has strongly denied to GSN that a bill that the Liberal Party minister has sponsored will unfairly target same-sex couples.

Bill 20 was introduced to the Quebec Parliament on 28 November. The controversial legislation is designed to, ‘promote access to family medicine and … amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation’.

December 7, 2014

Following a landslide victory by the Labor Party, the new Victorian state government has appointed Australia’s first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality in Martin Foley

Albert Park MP Martin Foley has become the first government minister at a state or federal level in Australia to be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio as the new Victorian Labor state government moves quickly to fulfill one of its election promises to the LGBTI community.

Incoming Premier Daniel Andrews promised that he would allow same-sex couples to adopt if he won government, alongside creating the equality portfolio and a government ministerial advisory committee which would identify issues of inequality in Victorian state law.

December 6, 2014

Two protestors threatened to chop off the head off Reverend Jackie Carter and put it on a stake

Threatening voicemail messages, rocks thrown at her door and a gruesome message from someone who wanted to behead her. These are all the things Reverend Jackie Carter has had to deal with since she has started performing gay marriages.

Carter is a minister at First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, Kansas where gay marriage has been legal for less than a month.

November 30, 2014

The minister of Foreign Affairs has said there’s no chance of any dialogue between Gambia and any other countries about LGBTI rights 

The Gambian minister for Foreign Affairs has declared he will have nothing to do with ‘ungodly’ gays who are ‘detrimental to human existence.’

These comments were made by Bala Garba Jahumpa on live national television last night (29 November).

In his speech, he spoke about his refusal to enter into dialogue about LGBTI rights with any nations. Even if it means Gambia will lose aid.

November 24, 2014

India's sixth largest city has reported 10 anti-trans murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks since March

There were 37 reported anti-trans attacks in Hyderabad since March, including 10 murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks.

However, Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) said more anti-trans attacks go unreported every day in India's sixth largest city and 90 per cent of transgender women had attempted suicide.

The group mourned their murdered sisters last week on the international Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November).

November 19, 2014

But did they complain about there being no 'unlike' button?

A South African church has fired a gay minister for appearing in a Facebook photo with gay people.

Philip Olivier, of the Afrikaans Protestant Church, posted the picture online showing he had attended a social function by LGBTI insurance and medical aid company Triarc.

The church charged the minister with socialising and mixing with gay people. It cited 1 Timothy 6:11 in the Bible, 'flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness'.

November 7, 2014

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now'

A Uganda minister has claimed President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron 'must not love their children' if they let them live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal.

Simon Lokodo, the Minister for Ethics, has claimed the two political leaders are 'not responsible parents' for allowing them to grow up in a society where LGBTI have rights.

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now,' he told GQ Magazine.

'This is foreign behavior.

November 4, 2014

'We must confront homosexuality the same way we confront terrorism'

Egypt's Religious Endowments Minister has accused Zionists of 'promoting' homosexuality and atheism in the Muslim country.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa blamed the spread of atheism on 'the colonialist Zionist force which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism, and finances homosexuals and homosexuality.'

'We must confront atheism, nihilism, homosexuality and moral depravity the same way we confront extremism and terrorism,' he said.

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan says if the opportunity came up to vote for same-sex marriage again, she would vote differently

UK Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has said if the opportunity to vote for same-sex marriage came up again, she would vote differently.

The 42-year-old Conservative politician caused outrage when she was named Minister for Women and Equalities by Prime Minister David Cameron on 15 July.

How could someone who voted against same-sex marriage have the best interest of LGBTI people at heart?

But now, Morgan says she has changed her mind and 'probably would' vote for same-sex marriage.

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan has revealed a £2 million package for charities to come up with ideas to tackle homophobia

The UK government has pledged to spend more on tackling homophobic bullying today (29 October).

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, announced the government will be offering a £ 2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) package.

The government is hoping for charitable and not-for-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas to help stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in British schools.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 8, 2014

Several cities say they will not obey

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday he would stop the registration of gay marriages contracted abroad because it was against the law.

He told RTL radio station that he had sent out a circular ordering cities to remove gay marriages from their registries, and if they did not comply the government would step in and annul them.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township, for 11 years when he was defrocked.

October 3, 2014

LGBTI advocacy groups are very concerned about the new proposals

UK minister Chris Grayling, who believes B&Bs should have the right to turn away gay couples, wants to choose your human rights.

The Justice Secretary has said if the Conservatives win the next election, he wants to scrap the Human Rights Act by coming up with a new Bill of Rights.

Grayling has also said the Conservatives are prepared to distance itself from the European Convention of Human Rights, which requires rulings in Europe to be complied with in the UK.

October 2, 2014

Gay MP Chris Bryant has called for David Cameron to sack Matt Hancock for the 'vile tweet'

A Tory minister has chosen a somewhat odd way of celebrating National Poetry Day, by sharing a poem branding Labour as a party 'full of queers'.

Matt Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk and junior minister for skills and further education, retweeted a five-line verse on his Twitter account to his 17,300 followers.

It read: 'The party run by young Ed/is quietly going quite dead/bereft of ideas/quite full of queers/no wonder the faithful have fled.'

October 1, 2014

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa has claimed that ‘gay gangsters’ have infiltrated his ruling party, taking key roles as part of a plot by the CIA

A Zimbabwean ruling party MP has made astounding claims about rivals within the Zanu PF party, saying they are part of a gay network sponsored by the CIA to destabilize the party.

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa used a press conference yesterday to make the claims, identifying Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Zanu PF spin doctor Psychology Maziwisa as the ‘gay gangsters’ building networks in the party.