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October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 8, 2014

The latest work from the best-selling author features beautiful illustrations and a strong female hero

We love the new book from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, entitled The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The novel, which features illustrations by Chris Riddell, features a description and image of a princess being awoken from sleep by a kiss from a queen.

October 6, 2014

'Disgusted,' one student says. 'Can't believe I study with such sexist, homophobic, snobs'

Students are outraged after a London university men's rugby team gave out leaflets that say they ban 'outright homosexual debauchery'.

Scans of the London School of Economics (LSE) rugby team's pamphlets have been going viral on social media since they were handed out at the freshers' fair on 3 October.

Initiations, according to the leaflets, would not tolerate 'Poly activities that involve feces, genitalia and outright homosexual debauchery'.

October 2, 2014

Local police have now agreed to work together in order to try and put a stop to the hellish campaign

A 53-year-old man from Northamptonshire is in police custody over the leaflets branding gay people 'worthy of death' in Chester earlier this week.

The leaflets, distributed in several UK towns and cities about to host Pride events, describe homosexuality as 'not natural' and 'part of the same moral degradation as...pedophilia.'

Some eyewitnesses of the person or people giving out the leaflets say they are being handed out dressed in a 'mysterious monk' outfit.

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

September 19, 2014

Gay British singer got an amazing compliment from the one and only Beyoncé

Sam Smith wants his music to appeal to Catholics.

The gay British singer has recently been criticized for saying he does not want to be viewed as a spokesperson for the LGBTI community, with him now saying he meant that he wanted his music to be listened to more than just one group.

'What I meant was I don't want to limit to just one community. I want to reach everyone, gay people, lesbians, transsexuals, straight people, Catholics, anyone,' he said.

September 10, 2014

The Halpa-Halli chain of department stores says that they will not be stocking the stamps as they do not wish to offend customers

Despite the Finnish Postal Service, Itella, revealing that its new Tom of Finland stamps have been the best-selling in its history – with advance orders from people in 178 different countries ahead of the stamps going on sale this week – not everyone in Finland has embraced them.

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.

August 19, 2014

Students of all gender identities are celebrating after UCAS chooses to change their rules that could have arguably violated the Equality Act

Non-binary and trans students are victorious after protesting biased new UK university admission rules.

UCAS, the UK’s official provider of university admissions services, sought to immediately review their procedures following a petition on change.org.

The Nonbinary Inclusion Project spotted UCAS had amended their application form for 2015 university admissions, asking students to state their ‘legal sex’ of either male or female. The question was not optional.

August 1, 2014

Hospitals in the country look likely to perform surrogacy services from 2015 – but under strict rules and regulations that prohibit gay couples from applying

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has announced plans for a small number of Vietnamese hospitals to perform surrogacy services – but for married heterosexual couples only. The policy echoes a recent clampdown by the Indian Government on its country’s surrogacy services – outlawing surrogacy for same-sex couples from India or abroad.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 1, 2014

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

June 19, 2014

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute

The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 5, 2014

America’s best-loved poet and civil rights activist has had her funeral threatened because of her support for LGBTI people

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas was planning to protest the ‘home-going’ service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

May 25, 2014

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party recently created a national working group for gay and lesbian issues

Previously known for its outspoken positions against gays, gender equality and immigrants, the Alternative for Germany – which is contesting in the EU elections this weekend – is now courting gays, women and immigrants

April 26, 2014

Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, used Bible proverbs to justify his comparison of equality campaigners to leeches

Bryan Fischer, anti-gay spokesperson for the American Family Association, has lashed out again at gay activists calling them leeches.

Fischer has previously rallied against gay rights campaigners, calling them ‘Jack-Booted Homo-Fascist Thugs’, and in his most recent rant he has compared them to leeches and is using the Bible for support.

April 20, 2014

It's not a gay pride parade as reported online, organizers tell Gay Star News

It was not a gay pride parade as reported by online media outlets, organizers of the rainbow contingent told Gay Star News today.

Several reports reported this week that Bangladesh's LGBT community members had marched in Dhaka's New Year festivities, 'wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as "unnatural" and a crime.'

March 28, 2014

'The portrait there that's being presented is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful, they're loving, this is paradise, this is the optimum nurturing environment for children...'

Bryan Fischer thinks the audience watching Modern Family doesn't realize the severe damage the show does to culture and family life.

The spokesperson for the anti-gay American Family Association was a guest on Kevin Miller's radio show. The host maintains Christians are troubled by ABC's Modern Family, which has one same-sex couple raising a daughter.

March 20, 2014

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has asked its Catholic school teachers to sign draconian work contracts that would see them fired for publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married heterosexual relationship

Catholic school teachers in the Ohio Archdiocese Cincinnati are being required to sign strict work contracts that could see them fired for any diversion from the Catholic Church’s moral code – including publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married opposite-sex relationship.

Under the 2014-2015 contract for teachers in the 94 schools supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati employees will be banned from ‘from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.’

March 10, 2014

Telecoms company is protesting against Uganda's anti-gay law that punishes homosexuality with life in jail

Telecom company Orange is pulling advertizing from a Uganda tabloid that outed hundreds of gay people in the country.

Red Pepper, a prominent tabloid, published 200 names and faces of LGBTI people in Uganda sparking fears of mob violence.

Orange spokesperson Jean-Bernard Orsoni said: ‘Orange Uganda is advertising in most newspapers and radio stations in the country.

February 18, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is believed to have signed the anti-gay bill into law, punishing gay people with life imprisonment

Uganda’s president has signed the anti-gay bill into law, unconfirmed reports claim.

After President Yoweri Museveni has given his assent to the Anti-Pornography Bill, gay rights activists on the ground have said the Ugandan government is delaying the announcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The bill was previously dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’. The death penalty has now been dropped but it still punishes ‘aggravated’ homosexuality, including repeat offenders, with life-imprisonment.

February 14, 2014

To make it on the ballot box, the draft must pass two consecutive sessions of the Wisconsin state legislature

Democrats in Wisconsin have introduced a bill to end the midwestern US state's ban on gay marriage.

'A growing majority of Wisconsinites believe the ban on marriage equality does not reflect their belief in how the state should recognize our families,' out state Sen. Tim Carpenter, the bill's sponsor, said in a statement according to Talking Points Memo.