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March 2, 2015

Retailer claims it is to 'prevent gay being misused'

'Gay' is on a list of banned words by UK retail company Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages.

Customers who attempt to buy a product, from flowers to bedding, are allowed to enter a free message before they complete their order.

But if you were to put 'Best gay night ever', 'You're so gay', or 'Have a gay old time', then this would not be allowed.

An on-screen notification, which pops up if any blocked words are entered, reads: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

March 2, 2015

'Nothing is more important than the best interests of the child, and it’s critical that the department take steps to ensure that both policy and procedure reflect that goal'

Nebraska is silently stepping away from a policy that prohibits LGBTI adults from being foster parents.

January 29, 2015

AFA reportedly fired him for connecting Nazism with homosexuality

Bryan Fischer is practically a real-life caricature of a right-wing, religious radical spouting homophobia at every chance he gets.

But now, he is no longer serving as the spokesman for the American Family Association.

Rachel Maddow, speaking on her show, said: 'Fischer has been their director of issue analysis, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association forever. He’s basically quoted everywhere for years now as the organization’s spokesman...

January 29, 2015

Bill gives civil partners nearly all the rights of married couples

Lawmakers in socially conservative Chile have given final approval to gay civil unions after more than four years of legislative wrangling.

The senate yesterday (January) passed the Civil Union Accord bill by a 25 to 6 vote margin with three abstentions, a week after the lower house approved the measure.

The bill now heads back to President Michelle Bachelet to sign into law.

January 16, 2015

New constitution will ensure protection for all sexual identities

Thailand's new constitution will recognize a 'third gender' for the first time, a move that has been welcomed by the country's large LGBTI community.

A panel hand-picked by the military government began work on the new constitution this week after the previous one was scrapped following a coup in May.

Panel spokesperson Kamnoon Sittisamarn yesterday (15 January) said the charter would ensure protection for all sexual identities and equal treatment under the law.

December 25, 2014

The West African countrywill lose duty-free access to US markets

The US government has removed Gambia from a trade benefits program for abusing human rights, including a new law that imposes life imprisonment for some gay acts.

The White House did not initially give any reason why Gambia would cease being a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), according to the Associated Press.

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'

November 25, 2014

Jonathan Jesensky made 10 films, including one titled Paramedics, under stage name of Jonathan West

The former gay porn star known as Jonathan West has begun a new career as a firefighter with the New York Fire Department.

Jonathan Jesensky started as a rookie firefighter last week but had already been with the department as an EMT then a paramedic, according to the New York Daily News.

He is also a former US Marine who served a tour of duty on Iraq.

November 6, 2014

Interview process also forces applicants to reveal their HIV status or if they've had a 'transsexual operation'

A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus.

'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads.

The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had transsexual operation? [sic]'.

University officials claim LGBTI people do not meet the 'requirements' needed to be a teacher at the school.

November 4, 2014

Former American Idol runner-up is running for North Carolina seat

Clay Aiken is hoping for a better finish to election day than how things got started.

Aiken had just finished voting for himself for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina when he boarded his campaign bus and discovered it had broken down.

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

September 3, 2014

British singer has said he is proud the public don't care that much about his sexuality, but about his music

Sam Smith has said he has no intention of being a 'gay spokesperson'.

The British singer came out earlier this year, revealing his debut album is about his unrequited love for a straight friend.

He said he was surprised how he is still successful, and is proud of how people don't care.

'We are, as a society... people think it's okay, but it's not all okay. Equality is so far from where it should be, so I was worried,' he told Digital Spy.

September 1, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

July 5, 2014

The greatest opposition to same-sex unions in Taiwan is coming from a small but extremely vocal and organized Christian minority, says Taipei Times report

Given its relatively small numbers, Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy on same-sex marriage.

The main drivers behind last year's anti-same-sex-marriage demonstration on Nov 30, which attracted tens of thousands of people and reportedly one of the largest mobilizations of Taiwan’s religious groups in recent years, comprised Christian, Taoist and Buddhist groups.

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.