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April 14, 2015

Teen actor becomes unlikely spokesperson for gender variance

Jaden Smith became an unlikely spokesperson for gender variance last week after he defended his choice to wear skirts dresses on social media.

While the actor and rapper received some anti-gay remarks, the response to his gender-neutral fashion sense was overwhelmingly positive with thousands of liking and sharing his posts.

The 16-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on 8 April uploaded a photo of of him trying on a black-and-white striped dress on Instagram.

'Went to TopShop to Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean "Clothes,"' he wrote.

April 7, 2015

'If I don't ever lip sync to Taylor Swift again, will I get into heaven?'

Remember Riyadh? He was the gay guy that allowed his mom to read his Grindr messages.

A fun video, and it ended up going viral and being seen by thousands of people. One of those was Shirley Phelps-Roper, the Westboro Baptist Chruch's longterm spokesperson.

'This is what happens when fag enablers turn the country to the fags,' she commented. 'These people are going to hell.'

March 18, 2015

Ruling coalition votes against the motion

Australia's national Senate has supported a motion calling on all parties to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

The motion, proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, passed the upper house where opposition parties have the majority. The ruling Liberal-National coalition voted against.

'[Prime Minister] Tony Abbott should lift the gag on his MPs and let them vote freely on the issue of marriage equality. There's nothing to be afraid of,' she wrote on Twitter.

March 6, 2015

Leading LGBTI activist is urging the government to change
 

Zimbabwe cannot control HIV and AIDS if it continues to discriminate against LGBTI people, a leading activist has said. 

Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) Chesterfield Samba has urged the government to revise the anti-gay laws that stop necessary discussion into urgent health issues.

‘We are saying that there must be a revision of laws that inhibit CSOs [Chief Security Officers] and the government from engaging on issues of key populations’ he said in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

March 2, 2015

UK singer will play a series of fundraising concerts in summer

Sam Smith has revealed plans to set up a global charity to help gay men struggling with their sexuality.

The UK singer said he was annoyed by the negative reaction he received in September after saying he did not want to be a gay spokesperson, and that he was trying to play his part for LGBTI rights – but in his own way.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

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 25, 2015

'This is symptomatic of what happens in the broader Evangelical community'

A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.

Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.

The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.

Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.

February 20, 2015

He has described LGBTI people as 'evil' and akin to burglars, thieves and sexual abusers

A homophobic preacher will speak at the University of Westminster a day before Student Pride.

Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, a UK broadcaster, imam and advisor of the Islamic Sharia Council, is confirmed to speak at the London unversity on 26 February.

February 18, 2015

Australian bookmaker says 'he/she' has 'a lot of balls to cut off his own balls'

An Australian bookmaker has said it apologizes if it caused offense by taking bets on Bruce Jenner's new name.

However, Sportsbet.com.au will not suspend betting despite backlash from the transgender community.

In a press release dated 18 February, and titled Bruscilla, Queen of the Kardashians, Sportsbet.com.au offered odds 'on what name he/she will choose.'

'Zoey is leading the charge at $7.50 ahead of the much more extravagant selection of Chastity at $9.00, while a grandma name (he is 65) such as Agnes is a $11 chance,' the statement said.

February 18, 2015

New instructions rule out 'sexually explicit' questioning of those fleeing persecution

Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office.

Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was 'interrogated' and asked 'shockingly degrading' questions about his sexual history.

February 8, 2015

Kim Kardashian's stepfather was miles from his Malibu, California home

Bruce Jenner was part of a fatal car crash.

According to People he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, near his Malibu, California home, when the 7 February (Saturday) accident happened.

The 65-year-old  sustained no injuries, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one fatality.

February 4, 2015

One admitted to taking class A drugs

A London gay sauna closed after three men were taken ill in an incident connected to drug use.

Police were called to Chariots Health Club in Albert Embankment, in Vauxhall, following reports of drug activity.

A man in his 30s admitted to officers he had consumed class A drugs, and he was taken to a north London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

'Two other men (no further details) were subsequently found collapsed inside the club,' a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch calls on the royal couple to support the petition

Prince William and Kate Middleton have declined to publicly support a campaign to pardon the 49,000 British men convicted of consensual gay sex under the now-defunct gross indecency law.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said Saturday (31 January) it was a matter for government so they could not comment in public.

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 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 22, 2015

President Michelle Bachelet says she will sign the bill into law

Chilean lawmakers have approved a bill that would legalize gay civil unions in the south American country.

The Chamber of Deputies passed the measure by a vote of 86 to 23, with two abstentions.

'This is a law that does not discriminate and it gives protection to all couples and families in the country,' government spokesperson Alvaro Elizalde said.

The Senate last October approved the legislation first introduced by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011.

January 18, 2015

The US singer voluntarily left the Celebrity Big Brother UK house after being warned by bosses for directing a homophobic slur at Perez Hilton

US singer Alexander O’Neal has reportedly left the Celebrity Big Brother house in the UK after clashing with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

Viewers saw the 61-year-old use a homophobic slur against Hilton in Saturday’s coverage (17 January).

A spokesperson for the show has said O’Neal has walked out of the house.

Hilton, famous for his blog on Hollywood gossip and outing closeted celebrities, has been involved in several altercations with other members of the house.

Last night, viewers saw O’Neal call Hilton a ‘faggot.’

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.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 15, 2015

The death is not being treated as suspicious

Police have begun an investigation after a 36-year-old woman was found dead in one of London’s historic gay pubs.

Emergency services were called to the King William IV pub at 10am yesterday (14 January) to a report of an unconscious woman.

A Met spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at around 10:05am to a report on an unconscious female at an address in Hampstead High Street.

‘Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended. The 36-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene.

January 13, 2015

Organization insists LGBT people have a disorder that can be cured

Fox News anchor Bret Baier has dropped out as a speaker at next month's Letagus Summit a day after actor Gary Sinise did the same.

The Summit is the annual conference of Letagus, a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

January 12, 2015

One-of-a-kind travel show returns to London's Heaven nightclub on the 17 Jan

Human rights activist and legendary queer spokesperson Peter Tatchell will be among the speakers at the Gay Star Travel Expo's campaigners' debate at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17).

The founder of the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation will be one of four panelists taking part in the debate titled: 'Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide?' It will take place at 3pm.

January 11, 2015

In a new optional measure to increase equality, applicants will also have the option to choose ‘prefer not to say’

Applicants to the British armed forces will be asked if they wish to disclose their sexual orientation when they join.

The new measure aims to promote tolerance and equality within the armed forces.

Applicants will also have the option to choose ‘prefer not to say.’

The information will be held on personal records for the first time in British military history, reports the Press Association.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) commented on the new move, which was introduced last November.