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November 18, 2014

Grant Robertson says he will not run again

Grant Robertson today (18 November) narrowly lost his bid to be the first gay leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by 1 per cent in the final round of voting.

Despite leading in party and caucus votes, the former deputy leader did not have the overwhelming support of the unions that winner Andrew Little had.

'I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,' he told press after the results were announced.

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

October 30, 2014

David Coburn also thinks the only LGBTI people who want same-sex marriage are 'queens in bridal frocks'

A gay UKIP politician has described people who support gay rights as 'equality Nazis'.

David Coburn, a member of European Parliament (MEP), said an issue like same-sex marriage was 'false bollocks' that only 'some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up to the aisle to the Village People' would want.

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 28, 2014

Linda Wall denies the statistics of LGBTI teen suicides and believes being gay is an 'addiction akin to drugs'

A former gym teacher who had sex with an underage girl has now set up a group to fight the 'evils' of homosexuality.

Linda Wall, an ex-politician and once a candidate for the Virginia House of Representatives, is a leader in the 'ex-gay movement'.

Setting up a group called Virginia Mass Resistance, she denies the statistics of LGBTI youth suicide rates in the US and believes homosexuality is akin to being addicted to drugs.

October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 8, 2014

Josh Thomas tells Bob Katter he's 'kooky but adorable' on Australia's Q&A

Gay comic Josh Thomas has utterly destroyed a homophobic politician live on Australian TV.

The creator and star of Please Like Me appeared alongside member of parliament Bob Katter, who once denied the existence of gay people in North Queensland, on ABC show Q&A.

He also described homosexuality as 'evil'.

When an audience member asked about the mental health issues that young LGBTI people face because of homophobic people like Katter, and he responded by saying he was 'happy' to help any member of his electorate.

September 30, 2014

UKIP is one of the only mainstream parties in the UK to be opposed to same-sex marriage

The former deputy mayor of London has defected to UKIP.

Richard Barnes, the gay former right-hand man of London Mayor Boris Johnson, announced he was renouncing his Conservative membership to join the Eurosceptic party headed by Nigel Farage.

He has claimed he has made this choice as the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems do not 'speak the language of normal people'.

In the past year alone, UKIP politicians have been revealed to have believed the following:

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

September 26, 2014

Young politician was campaigning in the streets of Macapá when he was hit on the side of his head by a large stone

A 25-year-old gay rights activist and politiican was assaulted in Brazil on Wednesday (24 September).

Waldir Pires Bittencourt, campaigning to be a member of the House of Representatives, was campaigning in the streets of the city of Macapá as he was hit on the side of his forehead by a stone thrown from a moving car.

'You want to be a woman? Then you'll get it as a woman,' his attacker allegedly shouted.

September 22, 2014

Former president of France is back, saying he 'detests' the way equal marriage was brought in by Francois Hollande's government

Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed the new same-sex marriage law in France 'humiliates families'.

The former president of France has returned to politics, condemning several actions made by François Hollande's government.

The 59-year-old politician, currently on his third wife, said he 'detested' the way Hollande 'forced' through marriage equality.

'[The government is] humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family', he said, by introducing legislation allowing same-sex marriage.

September 21, 2014

'If we were to go down that path [of a free vote], we [the MPs] are the ones that become vilified,' says Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy who now no longer supports a conscience vote on the issue

Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy, who was one of few MPs who publicly supported a free vote on same-sex marriage last year – even though he did not support same-sex marriage himself for religious reasons, has said he no longer supports MPs having a free vote.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 1, 2014

'That feeling of, if I'm not perfect, if I'm not what people want me to be, no one will love me'

Jane Fonda says in a new interview that she was surprised at how much gay men related to her acclaimed 2004 autobiography My Life So Far.

'When I wrote my memoir, which I assumed was mostly a woman's story that would be appreciated by women, what really struck me is how many men - especially gay men - really responded to it,' Fonda says in the September issue of Out Magazine.

Fonda has been married three times - to director Roger Vadim, politician Tom Hayden and CNN founder Ted Turner - and wrote that she changed herself considerably for each man.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 22, 2014

Deputy leader of Australia’s Northern Territory Dave Tollner will go to the back bench after he called a colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory has had to apologize after he called a fellow MP’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’ and he has now resigned after days of sustained criticism.

Country Liberal Party MP and territory Treasurer Dave Tollner defended allegations of homophobia by pointing out that his mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years and that he has a gay nephew who’s relationship he supports.

August 19, 2014

Former Big Brother contestant describes the former boxing promoter, who has just come out as a trans woman, as a 'tranny'

When former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who has recently come out as a trans woman, went into the UK Celebrity Big Brother house – there was bound to be controversy.

But not even Channel 5 could have prepared itself for the onslaught of transphobia and conspiracies surrounding her involvement in the reality show.

With some on Twitter and Facebook referring to Maloney as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’, others chose to use the transphobic slur ‘tranny’ to describe the former UKIP politician.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 13, 2014

California senator Ricardo Lara is calling for equality when it comes to baby-changing stations in public restrooms – for both moms and dads

When a gay man or single dad wants to change his kid’s diaper, he’s often faced with a problem: diaper-changing facilities, if they’re available at all, are often only found in women’s restrooms.

August 10, 2014

Former Lennox Lewis manager is now living life as Kellie Maloney after years of hiding her true self

The legendary boxing manager previously known as Frank Maloney has revealed that she is now living life as a woman.

Maloney became famous in the boxing world for helping to guide Lennox Lewis to world heavyweight success. After boxing in her youth, she become a trainer in the late 1970s and moved into management in the 1980s. Her working relationship with Lewis ran between 1989 and 2001.

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.