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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.

January 9, 2015

ACT follows Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is set to erase all historical convictions for gay sex, which was illegal there until 1976.

Attorney-general Simon Corbell today (9 January) announced that the laws would be changed to allow men convicted of consensual homosexual acts to have their criminal records expunged.

'It is important that the ACT provides equality and access to justice for men who were convicted of a crime that by modern day standards is no longer considered a criminal act,' he said.

January 8, 2015

GSN's one-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub on Jan 17

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be the fabulous City Cruises.

Offering sightseeing London river cruises and boat tours from Westminster, Tower and Greenwich Piers, the organisation offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable party or a romantic date.

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

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 23, 2014

A Tasmanian couple who were trying to rent out a room to straight couples only through accommodation website Airbnb have had their listing removed for discriminating against same-sex couples

Popular accommodation website Airbnb that connects ordinary people who want to rent out a room to strangers has removed a listing by a Hobart, Australia couple which stated, ‘We prefer not to host GLB couples.’

Complaints were made to the company about the listing’s exclusionary policy and the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) made a public call for Airbnb to delete it as it contravened the state’s anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTI people.

November 21, 2014

Is this a sign of cha cha change?

Strictly Come Dancing will feature same-sex couples dancing together for the first time this weekend.

The BBC dancing competition show will feature the professional dancers doing a 'Cops and Robbers' routine, likely to appear on Sunday night's results show (23 November).

Gay pro Robin Windsor, who was forced to pull out of this year's competition due to a back injury, will return to dance alongside the other pros.

In It Takes Two, the companion BBC2 show, he revealed he would be dancing with someone a little different.

November 12, 2014

Police want to speak to a man in his early 20s in connection with a serious assault

London police have sent out a call to help find a man in connection with a vicious assault on a 51-year-old man.

Police in Camden, an area of central London popular with the LGBTI community, have now issued CCTV images for the assault which happened on 31 October.

A concerned Camden gay rights group will be extending their community outreach and is warning all LGBTI people in the area to remain vigilant.

November 3, 2014

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old were the victims

Thugs dressed as pink fairies hurled anti-gay slurs, kicked and punched two young men on 1 November.

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old, both male, were attacked near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Halloween night.

It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.

They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.

November 1, 2014

'Using criminal law to prosecute individuals for engaging in consensual same sex conduct violates a host of human rights guaranteed by international law,' says the UN human rights office

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its disappointment over a ruling by the Singapore Supreme Court to uphold an 150-year-old British colonial law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal rejected two separate Constitutional challenges by Tan Eng Hong who filed the first challenge in 2010, and gay couple Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee in 2012.

October 31, 2014

Muslim fundamentalists rioted in previous years

Jordan has banned Halloween fearing of a backlash from Muslim fundamentalists who condemn the festival as 'homosexual and Satanic.'

Ministry of Interior spokesperson Ziad Al Zoubi confirmed the decision to Al Ghad daily. He said all sorts of activities surrounding Halloween had been banned to prevent a repeat of the previous two years' riots in the capital Amman.

The ministry was forced to make the ban public after several groups asked the department permission to hold celebrations.

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

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.