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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.

January 21, 2014

In a statement to journalists in Nigeria, the US ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle said the US is not cutting but carefully considering HIV/AIDS and Malaria funding in light of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A US government representative has said the western country will not cut off aid to Nigeria despite the country’s new anti-gay law.

Yesterday (20 January) the US ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle confirmed while the US would not cut funding, Nigeria’s anti-gay law was a ‘worrisome precedent,’ according to Nigerian news source The Leadership.

January 13, 2014

The lesbian twins from Canada and hip-hop’s Australian darling have been announced as the headline acts for one of the biggest lesbian festivals in the world: Dinah Shore Weekend

Lesbians of the world rejoice: Iggy Azalia and Tegan and Sara are set to dominate at Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs.

23-year-old Iggy Azalia has set the music charts on fire with her sharp tongue and smooth curves, earning her quick hip-hop cred in a male-dominated music genre.

Openly lesbian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara are identical twins from Canada, who both play guitar and keyboards and write their own music.

December 29, 2013

Papal Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, has voiced his concerns about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill recently passed by the country’s parliament but yet to be signed by President Yoweri Museveni

Pope Francis’ representative to Uganda has expressed his shock at lawmakers passing a bill that would see people imprisoned for life for having gay sex, reiterating the church’s opposition to the bill.

Papal Nuncio to Uganda Archbishop Michael Blume was written to by Divine Word Missionaries Brother Brian McLauchlin on 21 December, asking him to speak to Catholic bishops in the country about the law’s potential to abuse people’s human rights.

December 19, 2013

'I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance'

Brian Boitano, selected by President Barack Obama to be a part of the US delegation at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, has announced that he is gay.

Bointano is the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist and joins Billie Jean King as an openly gay representative for the US in a country where an anti-gay propaganda law makes it illegal to speak openly in support of homosexuality.

'I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am,' Boitano stated.

November 23, 2013

In letter to fellow representative, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney points to figure estimating 20,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has declined to include LGBT parents in her adoption resolution.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay parent from New York, requested, as reported by the Advocate, the failed presidential candidate 'recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children.'

November 20, 2013

Officially becomes 16th state in the US with marriage equality but same-sex unions will not begin until June

With the stroke of several pens, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn officially made his state the 16th in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.

The late afternoon signing ceremony at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum  began with spirited musical performances by lesbian feminist chorus the Artemis Singers and a performance of America the Beautiful by the Gay Mens Chorus of Chicago.

November 15, 2013

Judge rules Hawaii's Legislature has the authority to define marriage

Anti-marriage equality advocates failed in an attempt to stall Hawaii's new gay marriage law.

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto refused to issue a temporary restraining order to delay the US island state from issuing gay marriage certificates on 2 December.

November 6, 2013

Lesbian couple is dumbfounded after being told selling Christmas rainbow t-shirts and sweaters as ‘gay interest’ breaches eBay’s ‘adult’ policy

Online shopping website eBay has banned a Christmas t-shirt depicting Rudolph the Reindeer wearing a rainbow scarf from being advertised to gays and lesbians – saying it’s like fetish wear.

The lesbian couple who sells the tops were also told they couldn’t market t-shirts and sweatshirts depicting a snowman wearing a rainbow scarf.

But the problem is not the items themselves – but the fact they were advertised as ‘gay and lesbian interest’ items.

October 28, 2013

Google and Goldman Sachs representatives joined pride-goers of all ages in Taipei's overflowing streets for what is being called Asia's biggest LGBT pride event

Fortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia's progress on LGBT rights.

Gay Star News reported an overwhelming show of support for the Taiwanese LGBT community this weekend. An estimated 60,000 attendees took to Taipei's streets to celebrate what is being called Asia's biggest gay pride event.

Now global companies join local community representatives who endorsed the pride parade saying it shows a growing 'LGBT inclusiveness' in Taiwan.