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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.

February 12, 2014

Following out Olympian Tom Daley's revelation that he will be face of a UK campaign, global sports brand says banning 'gay' on trainers is to protect it from being abused

Adidas has banned the word ‘gay’ from its customizable trainers available online.

On the online entry system, the global sports brand also bans the words ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘trans’ and ‘homophobia’.

But it does ban the word ‘straight’ to be entered into the ‘personalise name’ entry box.

Out Olympian and diving star Tom Daley, who last year revealed he was in a relationship with a man, has recently been announced as the face of an Adidas UK campaign.

February 9, 2014

'If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males'

It's unfair to expect anything logical from Bryan Fischer.

The spokesperson for the American Family Association has a long history of weird, and unreasoned, comments. From gay men being Hitler's storm troopers to a call for the kidnapping of children from gay parents.

February 1, 2014

Catholic adoption agency found to discriminate against same-sex couples wins appeal to retain charity status after Scottish appeals panel overturns decision

A Glasgow-based adoption agency which was found to discriminate against same-sex couples looking to adopt has won an appeal to retain its charity status.

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told it would lose its charity status, but that decision has now been rejected by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

St Margaret’s is run by the Catholic Church, and was one of several adoption agencies that resisted new adoption equality laws.

January 17, 2014

Applies to marriages that took place during brief legal window or in another state

They live in a state where their governor says they are not legally married.

But same-sex couples married in Utah in the last 12 days of December of last year will be able to file joint tax returns for 2013, according to an announcement Thursday (16 January) from the Utah State Tax Commission.

This also applies to same-sex couples who live in Utah but were married in another state where the marriages are legal.

January 15, 2014

Calls for review of constitutionality of law which 'may fuel prejudice and violence'

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday (15 January) condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law which have already resulted in numerous arrests and 11 allegedly gay men being put on trial in an Islamic court.

A spokesperson for Moon said the Secretary-General has 'deep concern' particularly about the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria which is 'in breach of fundamental human rights.'

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

January 1, 2014

British Board of Film Classification says UK mobile internet provider O2 shouldn’t blame them if its blocking all LGBTI sites

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has slapped down mobile phone operators for making misleading claims about its role in online filtering.

Many LGBTI sites in the UK and beyond, with no pornographic content, have found themselves blocked by parental and other online filters, despite some of them being vital public services.

December 13, 2013

A group of gay Canadian Muslims plan to open an affirming mosque where people can be themselves in the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia

A group of Halifax gay Muslims have announced plans to open an LGBTI affirming ‘unity’ mosque in their city.

Group spokesperson Syed Adnan Hussein told CBC News that while LGBTIs were free to pray in more traditional mosques in the city, he wanted to create a space could be comfortable in their LGBTI identity while practicing their faith.

December 11, 2013

Following the Health Minister Edwin Poots' attempts to keep the ban, the Supreme Court has said gay couples are now free to apply to adopt children

Gay and unmarried couples are now free to adoption children in Northern Ireland, following a ban being finally lifted today (11 December).

They can now apply in the same way as straight couples.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: 'Following the Court of Appeal judgement in June 2013, unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, and those in a civil partnership may apply to adopt.

'The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.'

November 20, 2013

Although Bryan Fischer once doubted Liz Cheney's patriotism, he now sides with her in the public spat between her and lesbian sister Mary

When it comes to the public disagreement between sisters Liz and Mary Cheney, Bryan Fischer is certain the married lesbian is prejudiced not the woman who is against same-sex marriage.

'Who is the one being intolerant here,' the spokesperson for the conservative organization American Family Association asked on his radio show, according to Right Wing Watch.

November 2, 2013

State Senate has given approval but House vote a tougher sell

President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage has been public since last year when he confirmed it in a television interview.

Now, through a White House spokesperson, Obama is speaking out in favor of marriage equality in his home state of Hawaii.

President Barack Obama is advocating for marriage equality in Hawaii.

November 1, 2013

The Hallmark card company has apologized for removing the word ‘gay’ from a line from the Christmas carol Deck the Halls on an ornament because of its homosexual connotation in a move which angered both LGBTs and traditionalists

Hallmark have acknowledged making a mistake in removing the word ‘gay’ from a line in the Christmas carol Deck the Halls, instead writing ‘don we now our FUN apparel,’ on one of its 2013 Christmas ornaments.

Hallmark initially defended its Holiday Sweater ornament, saying that the word ‘gay’ was ‘open to misinterpretation’ in 2013 but, after a backlash on social media from both LGBT rights supporters and traditionalists, apologized for the omission.

October 28, 2013

The show mocked a scantily clad ‘gay’ Superman, but a real-life Superman gay dad is please his family is not going to be exposed to it

October 20, 2013

The bill, which threatened to remove children from gay parents, has been dropped after lack of support from Russian politicians

A Russian lawmaker has dropped a bill which proposed to strip parental rights away from gay couples with children.

The bill, proposed by Russian politician Alexei Zhuravlyov, had not recieved sufficient public backing from politicians, and was withdrawn on Saturday.

Sophia Cherepanova, Zhuravlyov's spokesperson, confirmed the withdrawal by saying: 'Yes, he has indeed withdrawn it'

However, she also stated Zhuravlyov's position on gay parenting remains unchanged, and the bill will be revised before being resubmitted to Parliament.

September 17, 2013

Australia's second-largest state is considering pardoning individuals who were found guilty of 'homosexual acts' before homosexuality was decriminalized in the 1990s

Individuals convicted of 'homosexual acts' in Queensland may receive government pardons.

The Queensland government has confirmed it is reviewing a Federal Senate resolution made in November 2012 suggesting homosexual convictions be pardoned, quashed or expunged.

Before homosexuality was decriminalized in Queensland in 1991, individuals convicted of homosexual acts could be punished with up to 14 years in jail.

September 10, 2013

As many as one in 10 gay or bisexual men aged between 16 and 19 have tried to kill themselves

UK-based charity Stonewall have said more needs to be done to prevent suicide in gay and bisexual men.

In a study released last year, they found a staggering one in ten gay or bisexual men aged between 16 and 19 tried to kill themselves in 2011.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the study reveals horrifying statistics which becomes far worse when considering young people. 

‘The results of the study are obviously shocking’ a spokesperson from Stonewall told Gay Star News.

September 6, 2013

Deputy PM of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, speaks out against Russian 'gay propagnda' laws, and that they will 'explore what actions' they can take

The deputy prime minister of Ireland, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, has condemned Russia's anti-gay laws and pledged to take action.

A spokesperson stated the government ‘has been monitoring the situation in the Russian Federation very carefully, both through our Embassy in Moscow and in consultation with our EU partners'.

The statement added the government ‘strongly disagree with the recent Russian legislation’ and are exploring what ‘actions can most effectively be pursued, possibly together with our EU partners’.

September 4, 2013

According to Bryan Fischer the start of the Nazi Party can be traced to a gay bar in Munich, Hitlers enforcers were homosexual and gays are 'thuggish'

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative American Family Association, went on his radio program to claim the Nazi Party started in a Munich gay bar.

Fischer is notorious for claiming  gays were essential to Hitler's Germany.

After claiming where the Nazi Party formed, Fischer repeated another discredited claim.

August 24, 2013

Progressive Organization of Gays says one person gets infected every two hours yet govt spends more money on corrupt deals than on healthcare

As protests against the misuse of millions of dollars by lawmakers erupted in the Philippines and even outside the islands, a leading gay rights group flayed the government of President Benigno Aquino for neglecting healthcare despite the HIV crisis.

“The Philippines has a rising HIV crisis where one person gets infected every two hours,” said Clyde Pumihic, spokesperson of the Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay).

“Yet the allocation for prevention and treatment is paltry, a mere 120 million pesos ($2.7 million) in the national budget.

August 21, 2013

Partner of journalist who exposed mass email surveillance was detained for over nine hours at Heathrow airport

A gay man who was held for nine hours under the Terrorism Act is to sue the UK government over 'unlawful' action.

Brazilian David Miranda, 28, the partner of UK journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained at Heathrow Airport on Sunday (18 August). 

He was held for the maximum time the law allows before officers must arrest or release an individual, while police interrogated him, confiscated his laptop, phone, memory sticks and games console.