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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.

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.