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April 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers in Washington state unsuccessfully tried to strip verbal counselling from a bill to ban attempts to change people’s sexuality on the grounds that it might harm free speech and patient-counselor confidentiality

Washington state Republicans say they are opposed to ‘treatments’ aimed at changing people from gay to straight if they involve physical interventions like making people take baths in freezing water but they draw a line when it comes to spoken ‘ex-gay’ therapies.

Republican members of the state House of Representatives unsuccessfully tried to strip a prohibition on verbal counseling from a Washington Senate bill to ban attempts to ‘cure’ people of their sexual orientation in the state.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 18, 2015

Can you feel the awkwardness tonight?

Elton John has admitted to carrying a Dolce and Gabbana after leading a boycott of the gay fashion duo's brand.

The Italian designers had made offensive comments about children of same-sex and IVF couples, branding them 'synthetic'.

When John accused Dolce and Gabbana of having 'archaic' views, he started a campaign to stop people buying their products.

So it was bad timing when the I'm Still Standing singer was caught entering a LA recording stuio with one of the Italian designers' shopping bags in his hands.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 5, 2015

It might not be a Minogue, but what do you think of the pick?

Australia has chosen its first ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they're not messing around.

Guy Sebastian, one of the most successful winners of Australian Idol, will perform on behalf of the country in Vienna this May.

His debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.

The title of the track that he will perform is scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sebastian said: 'It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

March 3, 2015

Nine districts are planning measures to support their LGBTI residents

Only one other Tokyo ward is keen to follow Shibuya and Setagaya in issuing partnership certificates to gay couples, a newspaper survey by a has found.

The Japan Times asked the capital's 21 other wards whether they were considering certificates or other measures to publicly acknowledge same-sex relationships.

Only Bunkyo responded positively to both questions.

The ward intends to introduce LGBTI-inclusive policies by March 2016, an official said, but it remains to be seen whether they will include recognition certificates.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 20, 2015

Hannah, a content manager with a publishing company, understands why coming out can be difficult for those who wish to maintain a private life

How to come out and be out at work can be a minefield whatever your situation, but I'm going to write about it from the perspective of being a single gay person in the workplace.

To give some background, when I first came out (relatively late at the age of 26), it was a painful time as it was linked to the end of a very complex friendship. It was all I could do to hold it together at that time, and as such, the last thing I wanted to do was share my pain at work.

February 18, 2015

Former Alabama state rep has a record of fighting against LGBTI rights

Apple has fired an Alabama lobbyist with a record of fighting against LGBTI rights while a state representative.

Jay Love appeared on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 as a representative of Apple, whose openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, also hails from the yellowhammer state.

This prompted questions about how the seemingly contradictory relationship would work?

The answer is it doesn't.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet confirmed yesterday that Love had been fired.

February 11, 2015

A group of federal Democratic lawmakers have joined forces with Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to introduce a bill to protect LGBTI students from bullying and discrimination in public schools

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Jared Polis and Robert C Scott have been joined by Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in co-sponsoring a bill to protect LGBTI students in public schools in a move the group will encourage bipartisan support for the effort.

The lawmakers introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) on Tuesday which, if passed, will help protect public school students from bullying, harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

February 4, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential magazine's event is intended to honor its cover star

John Legend has pulled out of pre-Grammy party amid a Hollwood boycott of a hotel owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei.

Los Angeles Confidential magazine had planned the first major entertainment industry party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in honor of its cover star.

However, a representative for the R&B singer said he would no longer be attending.

January 31, 2015

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights'

A US lawmaker sees no connection between human rights and LGBTI equality.

On 27 January, during hearing on Nigeria, Representative Chris Smith separated gay and human rights.

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights,' the New Jersey Republican said, according PolitickerNJ.

January 30, 2015

Lawmakers side with religious freedom supporters

Idaho Republicans have effectively killed a bill that seeks to add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the state's anti-discrimination law, after more than 20 hours of emotional testimony from LGBTI residents.

The Republican-led House State Affairs Committee voted 13 to 4 to hold the 'Add the Words' bill in committee. Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

Republican lawmakers said they feared the measure would lead to lawsuits against those who refused services to LGBTI people because of their religious beliefs. 

January 30, 2015

State Rep. Patricia Todd: 'My friends are worried about my safety'

First Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd was the one making the threats - now she's getting them.

This week, the openly gay Todd said she would expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage in response to negative comments made after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge.

January 27, 2015

'I will not allow legislators to talk about "family values" when they have affairs'

An openly gay Alabama state representative has said she will expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage.

Patricia Todd made the declaration in response to comments from fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be Austrian Airlines.

Austria's largest carrier, the organisation transports nearly 11 million passengers a year.

It operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, with those routes particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe, with about 40 cities being served.

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the exhibitors at this one-stop queer travel shop will be Gaydio.

Gaydio is a 24-hour radio station catering exclusively for the LGBTI community – reportedly tbe biggest of its kind in the world. It is the second year running the station has supported the Expo, and the team have urged GSN readers to pop along and say hello if they have any questions.

January 5, 2015

In 2014 October, the congressman said gay soldiers would not be prepared to fight because they require massages

An anti-gay congressman wants to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Louis Gohmert, a representative from Texas since 2004, made his announcement on the Sunday News program Fox and Friends.

'I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,' the Republican said, as reported by The Hill.

The present Speaker is John Boehner, a fellow Republican from Ohio.

January 3, 2015

An online petition is calling on Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from the conversion therapy which is suspected to have contributed to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide

Over 240,000 people are calling on US president Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from conversion therapy.

The petition on Change.org is called ‘Enact Leelah's Law to Ban Transgender Conversion Therapy,’ and is addressed to Obama, senator Harry Reid and representative Nancy Pelosi.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 12, 2014

Quebec’s Bill 20 could force anyone who wishes to use donated sperm or eggs as part of an IVF cycle to undergo a ‘psychosocial assessment’ – a law change that some believe would unfairly impact on same-sex couples

A representative for Dr Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister for Health, has strongly denied to GSN that a bill that the Liberal Party minister has sponsored will unfairly target same-sex couples.

Bill 20 was introduced to the Quebec Parliament on 28 November. The controversial legislation is designed to, ‘promote access to family medicine and … amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation’.