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October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

September 27, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 24, 2014

Sushant Divgikar is a housemate in the country's version of Big Brother

Mr Gay India has said he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people while on the country's biggest reality TV show.

Bigg Boss is the Indian version of Big Brother and always has a representative from the LGBTI community.

Model Sushant Divgikar placed in the top 10 at this year's Mr Gay World in Rome.

He told the Indo-Asian News Service before entering the house, 'I think I can sensitize the people about my community by being the face of LGBT community in Bigg Boss.'

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 10, 2014

The computer game does not allow characters to be named 'gay' or 'queer'

The makers of The Sims 4 have said they will release a fix for a filter that prevents players naming their characters 'gay' or 'queer.'

Gamers complained they could not name or describe their Sims with the words 'gay,' 'queer,' or 'homosexual.' Doing so brings up an error message saying the character 'contains a forbidden word.'

The words 'straight' and 'heterosexual' do not elicit the same response.

August 29, 2014

On the eve of the first ever meeting held between Stonewall and the trans community, Jane Fae reflects on the past, present and possible future

I am shocked...shocked I tell you...to discover that the best that Stonewall has to offer at tomorrow’s grand trans jamboree breakfast is pastries! I mean, how’s a girl to engage with the big issues of the day on a diet of croissant and cafetiered coffee. Where’s the bacon? Where’s the eggs?

Where, I ask you, is the smoked fish?

August 19, 2014

67% of Republican voters would be happy to vote for an openly gay candidate but most still wouldn’t want to find out someone in their family was gay, according to new polling

New polling by researchers at McClatchy and Marist College has found that only 30% of Republican voters would have a big problem with their party selecting an openly gay or lesbian candidate to be their representative, with 67% saying a candidate’s sexuality would have no baring as long as they had good qualifications.

August 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 24, 2014

'Don’t you find there are – not naming names! -  a lot of people in this industry who have women as beards?'

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.