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January 26, 2015

The truth about drugs, addiction and decriminalization will surprise you, writes Hari

A few weeks ago, somebody asked me a strange question, about how my sexuality informs my attitude to drugs, and at first I was a little bit offended.

It is now a century since drugs were first banned in the US and Britain, and as this anniversary approached, I set off on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to try to understand what the War on Drugs is really all about.

January 23, 2015

As a famed atheist who has written extensively about his disbelief in God, Richard Dawkins receives plenty of hate mail, including plenty that questions his sexuality

A video has appeared of the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, reading out some of the hate mail that he regularly receives.

Dawkins' well-documented opposition to creationism has earned him the wrath of some religious fundamentalists; all the more so since the best-selling success of his 2006 book, The God Delusion.

Despite the fact that he has been married three times to women, some think his opposition to religious belief must mean that he is gay.

The video was shot last April but has only just appeared this week on the internet.

December 23, 2014

Film's hero, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, 'stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay'

The cast and filmmakers of The Imitation Game will be honored next month by The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTI civil rights organization in the US.

The film tells the story of the late British cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing who was chemically castrated by his government for being gay and later committed suicide.

This despite the fact that Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film) was a hero who developed a method of cracking previously-unbreakable Nazi codes and shortened WWII.

November 29, 2014

Fake news website National Report gave out the Westboro Baptist’s phone number in an online article, telling readers that it was the number of an information line for a recall of tainted turkeys– but many people didn’t get the joke

The notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas have found themselves on the receiving end of an online prank after a satirical fake news website published their phone number online, telling people it was ‘the Turkey Safety Hotline.’

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

September 26, 2014

'Stop persecuting homosexual people'

The old website of the Camaroonian National Assembly was hacked in protest of the country's persecution of gay people.

The hack was was performed by the collective Wholeop Crew was discovered on Monday afternoon. The site has since been deactivated.

The assembly stills refuses to believe in the 'conspiracy theory' even though screenshots have been posted online and an assembly computer scientist has confirmed the hack.

The message the site's hompage said:

'Hacked, quite simply.

'WebSite defaced

'I've no limit

September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

May 20, 2014

If you don’t want your dating profile hijacked, your virtual shopping trolley intercepted or your passwords copied then strong Internet security is what you need

LGBT people have arguably always been at the forefront of technology.

Take Alan Turing, for example. The computer scientist, who is considered to be the father of ‘artificial intelligence’, was gay and his work has been hugely influential.

Seeing as gay people are more likely to invest in the latest technology and own several devices connected to the Internet, strong security and protection against viruses is increasingly important.

May 12, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is on the road to recovery after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

Six national British newspapers have been forced to admit their mistake after reporting on a trans woman who was attacked by a charging stag.

On New Year’s Eve last year in Scotland, Dr Kate Stone was gored in the neck by the animal and left her in a coma.

The antler had gone through Stone’s airway, fracturing her neck, smashing her throat and damaged the nerves to her vocal cords.

January 24, 2014

Far right American Christian author Linda Harvey claims we’re all pretending that we’re attracted to people of the same-sex because nobody has won the Nobel Prize for discovering a gay gene

Mission America ‘media missionary’ Linda Harvey has taken to far right US website WND to claim that gay people are actually all heterosexual – and are terrified of anyone finding out.

In a column entitled ‘Reality: everyone is a heterosexual’ praising Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors Harvey says since no one has won the Nobel Peace Prize for discovering a gene that causes homosexuality one must not exist.

January 20, 2014

Neuroscientist suggests if women live a stressful life, take drugs or smoke while pregnant then it can lead to a child having a lower IQ and an 'influenced sexuality'

Smoking while pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to a gay child, a scientist has claimed.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

‘Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,’ Swaab told the Sunday Times.

January 6, 2014

With Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Princess Beatrice slated to become the first ‘celebronauts’ in space, who will be the first openly LGBTI person to take a commercial space flight?

To date, we know of only one person from the LGBTI community who's been in space.

We didn't learn the first woman in space Sally Ride was a lesbian until decades after her death.

An estimated 500 people have already traveled into outer space, so statistically speaking at least a few of them must have been closeted.

January 2, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is stable after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

A trans woman is stable and in an induced coma after being gored by a stag.

Doctor Kate Stone, a scientist and academic, was on a short holiday in Scotland where she was attacked by the deer near Fort William in the Highlands in the early hours of Monday (30 December).

It is believed its antlers pierced her throat and chest, and badly damaged her windpipe and spine.

A statement released yesterday by a colleague at Stone’s print firm, Novalia, said: ‘The operation went well and she remained stable throughout.

December 27, 2013

Film will star British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of the World War 2 computer genius

To celebrate Alan Turing being finally given a royal pardon, the first official picture of Benedict Cumberbatch playing the gay World War 2 genius was released today (27 December).

The British actor, known for his starring role in Sherlock, will be playing the computer scientist in new film The Imitation Game.

Based on a script by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore, the film will follow the wartime hero as he cracks the German Enigma code.

It is expected it will also show his life as it was destroyed by the period’s anti-homosexuality laws.

December 27, 2013

National Institute of Health donated part of $19 million to bankroll the bogus findings of an Iowa professor

A scientist is being forced to resign after he admitted to faking a HIV cure to get millions of dollars in grants.

Dr Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences from Iowa State University, claimed rabbit blood could end the global AIDS epidemic.

November 1, 2013

Matthew McConaughey on his homophobic character with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey's character in Dallas Buyers Club is an unlikely hero in the early fight against AIDS.

'He’s a bastard, son of a bitch, homophobe, bigot with a seventh-grade education, a two-bit electrician cowboy who gets the HIV and becomes a scientist,' McConaughey tells The Wrap of the real-life character of Ron Woodruff.

Woodruff, a straight electrician from Texas, contracted HIV from drug use and at one point was given 30 days to live by a doctor in the early 1980s.

September 15, 2013

In 1996, The Independent wrote an article about Stephen Crohn called The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS

Stephen Crohn, the gay man whose resistance to HIV helped researchers understand the workings of the virus, died on 23 August.  He was 66.

According to the New York Times, the cause was suicide.

In 1978, Crohn was caring for Jerry Green, his boyfriend. Green lost 30 pounds and went blind. He eventually was diagnosed as one of the first AIDS patients.

September 15, 2013

'Scientist' Chibuihem Amalaha attempts to prove homosexuality is wrong through simplistic experiments which have little to do with the subject

A 'scientist' from Nigeria believes he has proved same sex marriage is 'unnatural' by conducting simplistic experiments which have no relation to homosexuality.

Chibuihem Amalaha, a post graduate student from the University of Lagos, believes that basic laws of physics are God's way of saying same sex attraction is 'wrong'.

April 15, 2013

A spoof article about claimed parents wre putting their daughter up for adoption because of her sexuality – but parental rejection is no joke for real LGBT teens

Jokes are supposed to be funny. They always start with a set up and then build to a crescendo where the plot twists and the listener bursts out laughing. Last week a ‘joke’ went viral, but no one was left laughing.

March 26, 2013

Public choose gay scientist Alan Turing’s Universal Machine and the Mini as the two greatest British inventions of the 20th century

Gay mathematician Alan Turing’s ‘Universal Machine’ – the basis for all modern computers – has been voted the greatest British innovation of the 20th century.

The computer scientist developed the theoretical machine in 1936. His idea was for a device that would read and write symbols on a tape – effectively a programmable computer.

He went on to be a code breaker during World War II, cracking the Nazi’s Engima code which helped the Allies win the war.

March 26, 2013

Gay Star News interviews Gian Paolo Vanoli, an Italian scientist and journalist who made the headlines in Italy for his theory

An Italian scientist and journalist is making the headlines in Italy for claiming that vaccines cause homosexuality.

Gay Star News met 70 year-old Gian Paolo Vanoli, who’s now a celebrity in the Mediterranean country.

He told GSN: ‘Being gay is a disease, but we have to love everyone, gays included, because it’s not their fault. The vaccines they had made them homosexuals.’

March 22, 2013

Gian Paolo Vanoli makes the headlines in Italy after saying 'Every vaccine is a poison that blocks your personality' but believes drinking urine is a 'perfect cure'

Italian scientist and journalist Gian Paolo Vanoli is making the headlines in Italy after claiming vaccines make you gay or lesbian.

Interviewed by, Vanoli said: ‘When a vaccine is injected into a child, it is a sort of poison and makes the child gay.

‘This is a problem we’ll notice in the next generations, because now gay people want children and these children will inherit their parents’ DNA.

‘Homosexuality is a disease. I know that the World Health Organization does not think so, but I don’t care.

March 6, 2013

Dr Michael Keenan of Nottingham Trent University looks at some of the problems gay and trans students still face and asks for their help

Britain’s Student Pride took place last weekend (1 to 3 March) in Brighton and saw gay, bi, trans and other students get together for a weekend of fun, debates and making new friends. Student Pride is a celebration of achievement and the positive experiences of many LGBTQ students; however it is also a reminder of the work to be done, and the continuing challenges facing LGBTQ students in today’s universities.