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April 11, 2014

Bible fundamentalist takes on the gays of Soho in the name of Christ

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,' he said.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 25, 2014

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

March 17, 2014

Janet Museveni was congratulating bishops on their recent work campaigning against homosexuality in Uganda

Uganda’s First Lady has said if cows can’t be gay, then humans can definitely not be gay.

The bizarre statement was uttered during a speech Janet Museveni made while congratulating the Church of Uganda’s bishops for their recent work.

Uganda recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act, punishing gay sex with up to life in prison.

Museveni, who is also the minister for affairs in the region of Karamoja, said because of the bishops Uganda has ‘progressed’.

‘We must listen to God and obey him,’ she said. ‘Thank you God for leading us.’

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

March 10, 2014

Liberal MP and single father Ewen Jones has criticized controversial fellow Liberal Cory Bernardi over his opposition to ‘non-traditional’ families - including those where the parents are in a same-sex relationship

A controversial Australian Government senator who once claimed same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality has been slammed in his party room over his opposition to single parents and gay and lesbian couples raising children.

Senator Cory Bernardi had been praising Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, another Christian conservative Liberal Party MP, at a party room meeting last week for sharing similar views about non-traditional families in a recent opinion column.

March 7, 2014

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who has defended gay propaganda laws as protecting Russian morals, had his name Travoltified on Channel 4 news

The Russian Foreign Minister was described as ‘so gay lover of’ in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

And knowing the internet, the hilarious gaffe prompted a plethora of responses online.

‘I wager this was NOT an accident,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added: ‘So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental.’

‘Loving this!!! Sweet, sweet irony is just delicious,’ another user said.

March 5, 2014

International aid minister condemns recently passed legislation in the African country punishing gay people with life in jail

Sweden will be stopping all development aid to Uganda over the new anti-gay law, a minister said today (5 March).

Hillevi Engström, the international aid minister, has condemned the recently passed legislation in Uganda punishing gay people with life in jail.

‘The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people,’ Engström said, according to AFP.

February 28, 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister has written to her Ugandan counterpart to raise her concerns about the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gay repeat offenders for life

Australia has voiced its concern over the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda but has limited leverage as it provides no development aid to the country’s government.

It was revealed in a Senate estimates committee that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had written to the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on Wednesday to complain about the signing into law of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill by President Yoweri Museveni,

February 27, 2014

Ethiopia’s Family Minister Zenebu Tadesse has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets that were sent from her Twitter account were the result of her account being hacked

Ethiopian Minister for Women, Children and Youth Affairs has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets sent from her Twitter account after Uganda further criminalized homosexuality were posted by a hacker.

‘There is no place for hate, discrimination in my beloved Africa. It’s not Government’s business to make dress code or anti-gay laws #Uganda,’ Tadesse’s Twitter account posted after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

February 24, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni blames having to sign the bill, one of the most draconic homophobic laws in the world, on Western groups 'for showing us how you kiss' 

Uganda president Yoweri Museven has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law today (24 February).

For the first time ever, the president signed the bill live on television.

The legislation is one of the most draconic in the world, toughening up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.

February 18, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is believed to have signed the anti-gay bill into law, punishing gay people with life imprisonment

Uganda’s president has signed the anti-gay bill into law, unconfirmed reports claim.

After President Yoweri Museveni has given his assent to the Anti-Pornography Bill, gay rights activists on the ground have said the Ugandan government is delaying the announcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The bill was previously dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’. The death penalty has now been dropped but it still punishes ‘aggravated’ homosexuality, including repeat offenders, with life-imprisonment.

February 6, 2014

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott will allow government MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage before the end of 2014

Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that he believes government MPs will be given a free vote on same-sex marriage before the year is over.

Turnbull has previously predicted that MPs from the governing Liberal-National Coalition of Prime Minster Tony Abbott would be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue but this is the first time he has put a timetable on it.

February 4, 2014

Bent Høie, the official representative for Norway at the Paralympics, said it was common for an official to take their spouse to such an event

Norway’s gay minister will be making a stand by taking his husband to Sochi Winter Games.

Bent Høie, the official representative for Norway at the Paralympics, announced he would be attending the event with his spouse today (4 February).

‘I cannot wait to watch and support all the Norwegian athletes,’ he said. ‘These are athletes with disabilities who perform at a very high level.’

Speaking to the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper, Høie said it was normal for a cabinet official to travel with a spouse on such an official visit.

January 30, 2014

New Zealand has unanimously passed a motion to support the LGBTI community in Russia and all athletes competing at the Olympic Games

The UK is to give extra funding for gay rights campaigners in Russia.

Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said it was important to use the opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly.

The Conservative politician, who was responsible for gay marriage legislation in England and Wales, will be flying to Sochi as part of Britain’s official delegation to the Games.

‘As a result of the changes in the laws in Russia, there are considerable strains on gay rights,’ she told the BBC.

January 23, 2014

From 1 July Australian couples, regardless of sexuality, will be able to receive $200 worth of free relationship counseling in an Australian Government scheme designed to combat relationship breakups

Same-sex and opposite-sex Australian couples will be able to access $200 worth of free relationship counseling from 1 July this year under a new Australian Government scheme but the Australian campaign for marriage equality says if the government is serious about keeping same-sex couples together it should just let them marry.

January 15, 2014

Adam Fraley: 'I think they got to know me first before they knew I was gay'

A Methodist church in Alexandria, Indiana, has lost about 80% of its congregation who are standing behind their former choral director who was ousted for being gay.

Adam Fraley had worked at First United Church for six years then resigned when an interim minister who was 'uncomfortable' with him took over and gave him an added workload.

Fraley returned to work when a second interim minister came on board. But after three weeks, the new minister changed his mind and wanted the gay man out.

January 10, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Angelina Alfano threatens to pull party out of power if equal marriage is proposed

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister has threatened to pull his party out of coalition government is equal marriage is proposed.

Angelino Alfano, the Italian New Centre Right party leader, has said they would want to oppose any legislation at any cost.

He said: ‘If they propose gay marriage, we'll bolt for the door, denouncing the move before the public.’

Alfano’s party are currently debating policy for 2014 .

January 7, 2014

Reverend Donald MacInnes removed from chaplaincy at Glasgow school for calling homosexuality a ‘disorder’ on Facebook

A school chaplain was sacked after calling homosexuality a 'perversion' during a Facebook rant yesterday (6 January).

Reverend Donald MacInnes, a Church of Scotland minister originally from the Isle of Lewis, was removed from his post as chaplain at Glasgow Gaelic School after his tirade against gay marriage.

After parents noticed the comments and complained to Glasgow City Council, MacInnes was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards.

January 6, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government lawmakers from their ministries for criticizing its decision to recriminalize homosexuality in India.

January 4, 2014

First Minister Carwyn Jones will spend a week in Uganda to visit projects supported by the Wales for Africa program

A leading gay rights organization in Wales is requesting First Minister Carwyn Jones take on Uganda's anti-gay bill when he's in the country next week.

Stonewall Cymru issued its statement today (4 January).

'The First Minister's visit comes at a time when the Ugandan Parliament wishes to imprison gay people and deny them their human rights,' Director Andrew White said.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.