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July 1, 2014

New update features ultra-big profile pics and allows you to see how long it will take to travel to meet your new guy

Grindr, the gay hookup app, will be debuting a new look this summer.

With changes to the layout and offerings, users’ profile pictures will be featured more prominently in the update.

The changes will hit Androids within the net few weeks and iPhones later this summer.

‘The update is part of Grindr’s continued focus on speed and simplicity when looking to meet guys and this new profile will make it easier than ever,’ a Grindr spokesman said.

June 20, 2014

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year

Uganda’s officials have said they will not be blackmailed by the US to appeal its laws against gay people.

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year.

Aid will be cut and redirected, and visas will be banned for any official responsible for introducing the anti-gay law to Uganda.

June 4, 2014

The American Family Association spokesman has claimed that the ‘gay gestapo’ is bringing back slavery in the US by expecting Christian bakers to not discriminate against gay couples

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has accused the LGBTI community of forgetting the Civil War and trying to bring back slavery by trying to stop Christian bakers discriminating against same-sex couples.

Fischer made the comments in complaining about a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling against a Christian baker who had refused to bake a cake in 2012 for a same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted a cake for a celebration of that marriage when they returned to their home state.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

May 30, 2014

Gay rights activists were originally banned from fighting for LGBTI rights because the event would have taken place on the same day as International Children's Day

A Russian region has blamed banning a Gay Pride parade on a sewer drain.

Authorities in Kostroma have canceled the festival as they have claimed the drainage system is unable to cope with the amount of people on the streets.

‘We happen to have a serious sewer problem. They are working. But they will not last from 30 May to 5 June if too many people show up,' city spokesman Yuri Vorontsova said.

‘The parade cannot be held. There will be men working on the sidewalks to improve the sewage system.’

May 26, 2014

Drag legend tweets: ' I’m still payin’ the f%kin’ light bill over there'

Drag legend RuPaul Charles took to Twitter over the weekend to make a few things clear: he's not going to stop using the word 'tranny' and LOGO TV is not distancing itself from him because of it.

The star of the popular RuPaul's Drag Race wrote: 'Trust! @LogoTV hasn’t “distanced” itself from me, not while I’m still payin’ the f%kin’ light bill over there.'

May 6, 2014

Has the 'sinister monk' of Cambridge struck again? New pamphlet claims gay marriage will to the legalization of pedophilia and describes homosexuality as a 'dangerous temptation rather than a healthy orientation'

UK police are investigating a homophobic leaflet that describes being gay are 'inspired by the devil' and 'belong to the culture of death'.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman has said they are looking into the pamphlets entitled ‘Homosexualism’.

Believed to be a form of ‘protest’ against same-sex marriage in England and Wales, they warn giving gay couples rights will lead to the legalization of pedophilia.

April 15, 2014

Anti-gay spokesman believes the 'left' is using religion to further causes, such as climate change and homosexuality

A US pundit is angry over the new film Noah did not blame the flood on gay people.

Don Feder, a spokesman for the World Congress of Families, spoke out against the new movie starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

The pundit claims the ‘left’ is trying to use cinema in order to advance its pet causes – in this case climate change.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 9, 2014

Meanwhile British parliamentary meeting hears about the real problems facing European sex workers

British LGBTI organizations have been challenged to speak up for sex workers at a meeting organized by the English Collective of Prostitutes.

But when a group called Queer Strike ‘named and shamed’ LGBTI organizations who they said were refusing to help decriminalize sex work in the country, the picture they gave was misleading.

April 9, 2014

Government believes gay people will be unable to provide proof the law contravenes the right to equality and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment guaranteed under the constitution

Uganda’s government is battling to stop a legal challenge that could threaten the new anti-gay law.

A number of gay rights activists and politicians believe the Anti-Homosexuality Act contravenes the Constitution and deserves to be repealed.

But the government has denied the activists’ claims and want the Constitutional Court to throw out the case.

‘When the rant of gay activists is done, the world will move on,’ a government spokesman Ofwondo Opondo has said.

‘Those opposed to anti-gay bill should read article 91 Uganda constitution.’

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

April 1, 2014

Violence and discrimination continue, but the government is unlikely to back a new anti-gay bill, says leading organization for men who have sex with men

Life in jail for homosexuality is not enough to protect Tanzania from gays, an MP has argued, as he drafts a new anti-LGBTI bill.

The law in Tanzania already gives 20 years to life for homosexual activity, with slightly lighter sentences in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.

But Ezekiel Wenje from the main opposition party, Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo, claims homosexuality is on the rise because that law is not enough of a deterrent.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 19, 2014

Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II was convicted for having gay sex was only finally pardoned in December 2013

A research fund honoring Alan Turing, the gay World War 2 code-breaker genius, was announced in the UK budget today (19 March).

Universities are being asked to bid to host the new research institute to develop applications for the vast amounts of data now routinely collected and stored.

The new Turing Institute, expected to cost around £42 million ($70m, €50m), will be launched with five years of government support to ensure the UK leads the way in big data and algorithm research.

March 1, 2014

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has continued his defence of the new anti-gay law on Twitter, saying the West ‘shouldn’t force homosexuality on Uganda’
 

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has taken to Twitter again to respond to global criticism of the country’s new draconic anti-gay law.

Yesterday (28 February) he wrote ‘Uganda government can’t force the West to give it their money, and they shouldn’t force homosexuality on Uganda either #AntiGayLaw’.

February 27, 2014

After several countries have said it could cut aid to Uganda, a government spokesman has shrugged off the threats

Uganda has told the West to ‘keep its aid’ after international criticism of its new anti-gay law.

Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesman, has shrugged off cuts to Uganda. The Netherlands has frozen a €7 million ($9.5m) subsidy to the legal system, while Denmark and Norway will redirect  €6 million ($8.2m) towards NGOs and human rights groups.

President Barack Obama has threatened the new anti-gay law will ‘complicate’ Uganda’s relationship with the US, which benefits from a reported $400 million (€293m) in aid.

February 26, 2014

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer says LGBTI rights activists are ‘Jack-Booted Homo-Fascist Thugs’ for wanting businesses owned by religious people to provide them goods and services

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has weighed in on Arizona’s bill that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against gay customers in the name of ‘religious liberty’ – labeling LGBTI activists who feel businesses should not be able to discriminate against them ‘homo-fascists’ and ‘Big Gay.’

‘If “Big Gay” homosexual activists actually believed in tolerance they would respect the convictions of Christian businessmen,’ Fischer said on his Focal Point online radio show on Monday.

February 24, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni blames having to sign the bill, one of the most draconic homophobic laws in the world, on Western groups 'for showing us how you kiss' 

Uganda president Yoweri Museven has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law today (24 February).

For the first time ever, the president signed the bill live on television.

The legislation is one of the most draconic in the world, toughening up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.

February 20, 2014

Uganda’s government has promised to uphold the constitution but that doesn’t mean the president won’t sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, experts say

The world should not be ‘misled’ by Uganda’s latest statement promising to uphold the constitution and implying LGBTI people will not be persecuted.

That’s according to Ugandan gay activists reacting to a new statement from the government’s official spokesman.

The ‘confusing’ statement does not say the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will not be signed. President Yoweri Museveni has promised to sign it and there are rumors he already has.

February 18, 2014

Camp in Kenya is no safe haven for LGBTI refugees, say men who have fled again after attacks and death threats

Gays fleeing Uganda are facing attacks and even murder in a refugee camp in Kenya.

That’s according to a group of men who contacted Gay Star News to plead for help from the international community.

They were all at the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya – a desolate site whose name translates as ‘nowhere’ in Swahili.

When there they say they faced attack and death threats. One of their gay friends dropped dead in front of them – they believe he was poisoned.

February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

February 18, 2014

A spokesperson for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his country can ‘do without’ humanitarian and development aid from the United States if it tries to force it to back down on making homosexuality an offense worthy of life imprisonment

Following a statement by President Barack Obama that passing the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill would damage diplomatic relations between Uganda and the US, a spokesman for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his country can do without US aid.