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May 3, 2015

Police prevents anti-gay legislator Vitaly Milonov and his supporters from blocking the gay contingent

A gay rights contingent prominently marched alongside 90,000 other activists in a massive rally on Labor Day along Nevsky Prospect, St Petersberg's main street.

The state-funded RT news site noted that the marchers were from all colors of the political spectrum, from the ruling United Russia party to Communists and various small opposition groups.

May 2, 2015

'My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum is standing up for Bruce Jenner.

Today, 2 May, the marriage rights foe was part of a reporters roundtable discussion at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

'If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,' Santorum said to a question from BuzzFeed News.

May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 30, 2015

It is unknown whether he has ever heard of the Streisand effect

A former Irish political candidate is calling on Google to take down any published item that apparently wrongly branded him as a homophobe.

Mark Savage, of Lios Cian, Swords, said he is seeking judicial orders in the Circuit Civil Court against the Data Protection Commissioner and Google Ireland.

He claims that any time anyone searches for him on Google, he is labeled 'Mark Savage, North County Dublin's Homophobic Candidate'.

This may be to do with his 2014 local election manifesto, where Savage described himself as an 'advocate for family values'.

April 28, 2015

Republican lawmaker Randy Boehning has voted against bills granting gays legal protections against discrimination

Randy Boehning, a closeted Republican member of the North Dakota legislature, has been outed after sending explicit photos to a man on Grindr.

'The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted,' Boehning tells InForum. 'I have to confront it at some point.'

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 11, 2015

Jair Bolsonaro wants patients to be able to reject blood by gay donors if it makes them uncomfortable

A Brazilian politician claimed patients receiving blood transfusions should be able to demand ‘heterosexual blood’.

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro said his party, the far-right Progressive Party, wants to introduce a policy which would see people be made aware if they are receiving blood from a gay donor.

Patients should also be allowed to ask to not receive the blood if it makes them uncomfortable and, instead, request blood donated by a heterosexual person, according to the controversial 60-year-old.

April 8, 2015

National AIDS charity demands apology, calling the comment 'vulgar and defamatory'

Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of making an offensive comment about a rival politician, claiming he is like AIDS and if you 'touch him, you die!'

The former president of France made the alleged comments about the leader of the Democratic Movement party François Bayrou.

As quoted by La Parisien, Sarkozy said: 'Bayrou is like AIDS...whoever touches him - dies!

Sarkozy, who is also the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party, and his spokespeople have denied that he made this comment.

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.

March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 21, 2015

Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson replied 'Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?' to twitter troll calling her 'miserable cunt'

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has taken a clear stance against homophobia following an SNP member tweeting abuse at the homosexual leader of another Scottish party.     

Marc Hughes sent what was described as ‘vile and offensive’ homophobic tweets to Ruth Davidson MSP, the openly lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

March 18, 2015

Nichi Vendola said he dreams of getting married and having children

One of the only two gay regional leaders in Italy has said Dolce and Gabbana are in too 'lofty' position to understand homophobia kills.

Nichi Vendola, the president of Puglia and leader of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party, has said the fashion duo's comments about children of gay parents was offensive.

Vendola said it proved Dolce and Gabbana cannot possibly understand the damage they are doing to Italian LGBTI youth.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 10, 2015

Anti-gay slur is roundly condemned on social media

A Sri Lankan cricket fan has been roundly condemned by his countrymen for waving a placard labeling Glenn Maxwell a ‘fag’ at a world cup match in Sydney.

Thousands cheered as Maxwell propelled Australia to victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday (8 March), completely unaware of the anti-gay slur which was written in Tamil.

A photo making the rounds on Sri Lankan social media shows a man in the national team's jersey holding a sign reading, 'Maxwell is a fag.'

March 6, 2015

‘Marriage bans inflict concrete harms’ head of Department of Justice says

US Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr laid bare his support for gay rights yesterday (5 March).

The pro-gay politician has made clear his believe the banning of same-sex marriage in any state is unconsctitutional, saying he believes in the guarantee of 'equal protection of the laws'.

March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 10, 2015

Judge says allegations of conspiracy are 'unsubstantiated by any facts'

Malaysia's top court today (10 February) upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which is illegal in the Muslim-majority.

Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat said there was 'overwhelming evidence' that the former deputy prime minister had sodomized a male aide, and defense allegations that the case was a political conspiracy were 'unsubstantiated by any facts whatsoever.'

February 5, 2015

Vitaly Milonov is at it again

A Russian lawmaker has threatened to arrest UK singer Robbie Williams for saying he is '49% gay'.

The Angels singer is set to perform in St Petersburg in April, but there is definitely one person who will not be entertained.

Vitaly Milonov, the politician behind Russia's 'gay propaganda' law, has claimed Williams must be held 'accountable' for his actions.

'The concert organizers must talk to the singer and tell him he must not make a statement supporting homosexuals,' the lawmaker told Russian News Service.

January 29, 2015

They're going to use it for LGBTI advocacy instead

A gay bear couple own JebBushForPresident.com, and they're not giving it up without a fight.

Domain owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, from Oregon, purchased the site name in 2008, ready for the former Florida governor to enter the race.

Instead of promoting the Republican politician, however, they're planning on using it for LGBTI advocacy.

'This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,' they said.

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.