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July 18, 2014

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’

A drag queen is speaking out after being banned from a Scottish TV show, being told a man dressed as a woman was ‘inappropriate’ for kids.

Pride Glasgow was due to appear on The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow this week to promote the event, but when they suggested a drag queen appear, the show’s producers refused.

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’.

July 1, 2014

This two-day luxury cruise sets sail in August, the same month as Viet Pride, and is hailed as the first gay cruise to tour the stunning waters and rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site

A weekend luxury gay cruise is set to be ‘the first’ in Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay.

The Halong Gay Party Cruise program will include dining in candle-lit limestone caves, kayaking and swimming around Halong Bay’s islands and karaoke parties, all on a smaller boat with 17 air-conditioned cabins for a more intimate cruising experience.

June 14, 2014

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the US to force Brunei to abandon its draconian laws that call for amputation for thieves, and the stoning of gays and adulterers – or not be allowed to participate in a 12-country trade pact talk

One hundred and nineteen members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry and US Trade Representative Michael Froman to shun Brunei in talks on a Pacific free trade zone agreement unless it addresses its recently introduced Islamic laws that  threatens the human rights of groups including women and LGBTIs.

June 4, 2014

Openly gay Pennsylvania Democrat Brian Sims has predicted the United States will elect an openly gay man to its highest office within ten years in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu

One of the most prominent openly gay state lawmakers in the United States has said he believes there will be an openly gay person elected President of the United States by 2024.

Pennsylvania State House of Representative lawmaker Brian Sims made the prediction in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu published on Monday in which he also praised President Barack Obama’s leadership on LGBTI rights.

May 15, 2014

British lesbian artist says while it is great political points are made, she says she could never see herself representing the UK

English lesbian singer and actress Heather Peace has said UK artists shouldn’t bother entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 38-year-old artist, who found fame on Waterloo Road and Lip Service, has revealed she would never dare enter into as the UK representative to the camp competition.

Peace is about to release her second album, The Thin Line.

‘You might as well not bother if you’re British,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘You’re going in knowing there’s absolutely no chance, what’s the point?’

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.

May 1, 2014

A coalition of Wyoming attorneys, including a former state Attorney General, have gone public in support of efforts to overturn their state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage

A large group of attorneys in the US state of Wyoming have signed on to a group statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage in their state.

The 54 attorneys are the first to join the group Wyoming Lawyers for Marriage and the list include former Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank, Democratic Representative Mary Throne, Republican Representative Matt Greene, Laramie County District Attorney Timothy Forwood and four University of Wyoming College of Law professors.

April 28, 2014

David McNally, the only UKIP representative in Stormont, has described the proposal to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland as an 'unacceptable intrusion by the state'

Gay marriage cannot exist in a truly free society, according to a UKIP politician in Northern Ireland.

David McNarry, UKIP’s only representative in the NI Legislative Assembly, said the proposal to introduce same-sex marriage was an ‘unacceptable intrusion by the state’.

On Tuesday (29 April), the Assembly will debate introducing same-sex marriage – a proposal backed by Sinn Fein.

Gay couples in England and Wales can already get married, with those in Scotland waiting until the end of year before they can walk down the aisle.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 18, 2014

The Philippine National Police (PNP) have put their support behind a proposal to put a dedicated desk aimed at solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station in the country

Police in the Philippines are backing a legislator’s efforts to ensure there is a desk dedicated to solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station across the country.

Lawmaker Representative Sol Aragones put forward House Bill 2571 which would ensure there was a police officer responsible for investigating sex crimes, sexual harassment, hate crime and other abuses committed against members of the LGBTI community at every police station in the Philippines.

April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

April 16, 2014

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk

The Louisiana House of Representatives turned down a bill that would have removed the southern US state's anti-sodomy law.

Last week a committee passed the legislation in a 9-6 vote, but on 15 April the proposal was easily defeated in the full House 27-67; 11 representatives did not vote.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in the criminal case Lawrence v. Texas that all anti-sodomy laws in the US are unconstitutional.

April 15, 2014

Married same-sex couples in the United States are celebrating this year’s tax filing deadline as the first time they can file joint tax returns - and they can even refile for past years when they were denied benefits

US gay married couples have celebrated this year’s tax filing deadline as the first where they can file joint tax returns and they can even refile their returns for previous years where they were denied recognition.

The occasion was celebrated at a Monday press conference in New York with Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney and Village People cowboy Randy Jones.

April 8, 2014

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): 'In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.'

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant indicated he will sign the bill

The southern US state of Mississippi is a signature away from having laws that will permit businesses to turn away gays.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2681, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argue the proposal only keeps the state from administrating harsh burdens on the faithful.

March 20, 2014

'God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions'

A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 11, 2014

'And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people...'

Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully 'the American people' and elected officials.

The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.

March 6, 2014

Democratic lawmaker inspired to come out publicly following controversy surrounding vetoed anti-gay bill

Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo came out publicly on Wednesday (5 March) in the wake of the furor over a vetoed bill that sought to make it legal for businesses to discriminate LGBTI people.

'I am gay, I’m Latino and I'm a senator and it’s OK,' Gallardo said at a news conference.

February 20, 2014

Conservative life peer caused controversy last year when he said the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales would lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.

February 19, 2014

Washington state may be about to become the next US state to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as a bill heads to the state Senate after a successful vote in the House of Representatives

Washington state may join New Jersey and California in banning so-called reparative therapies that try to turn same-sex attracted persons straight after a bill passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by former Democratic state representative Marko Liias before he successfully ran for the state Senate.

Only four members of the state House of Representatives voted against House Bill 2451 – with many Republicans voting for it.

February 12, 2014

Following out Olympian Tom Daley's revelation that he will be face of a UK campaign, global sports brand says banning 'gay' on trainers is to protect it from being abused

Adidas has banned the word ‘gay’ from its customizable trainers available online.

On the online entry system, the global sports brand also bans the words ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘trans’ and ‘homophobia’.

But it does ban the word ‘straight’ to be entered into the ‘personalise name’ entry box.

Out Olympian and diving star Tom Daley, who last year revealed he was in a relationship with a man, has recently been announced as the face of an Adidas UK campaign.

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 25, 2014

Oklahoma state Representative Mike Turner thinks voters are 'willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all'

A Oklahoma state representative is willing to ban marriage for both straight and LGBTI couples.

Representative Mike Turner, a Republican, introduced a bill that would make civil marriage illegal in the southern US state. The legislation is in response to District Judge Terence Kern overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.