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July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 7, 2014

South African mom Michele Macfarlane has written a book about how she split from her husband after falling in love with the couple’s female au pair. She talked to GSN about the backlash she has received to the memoir’s publication…

Michele Macfarlane is not the first woman to split from her husband after falling in love with another women, but she is one of the few to write a detailed, brutally honest account of this turbulent period of her life.

I Left My Husband for the Au Pair details how Macfarlane fell for her nanny and her subsequent family break-up.

July 7, 2014

South African mom Michele Macfarlane has written a book about how she split from her husband after falling in love with the couple’s female au pair. She talked to GSN about the backlash she has received to the memoir’s publication…

Michele Macfarlane is not the first woman to split from her husband after falling in love with another women, but she is one of the few to write a detailed, brutally honest account of this turbulent period of her life.

I Left My Husband for the Au Pair details how Macfarlane fell for her nanny and her subsequent family break-up.

July 7, 2014

'Monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear', the carvings include a boast from an ancient Greek couple about their active sex lives

The world’s oldest erotic graffiti has been found, and it is a carving of two penises and a boast from an ancient Greek gay couple.

Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, stumbled upon the artwork in the ruins of Astypalaia.

The inscriptions are reportedly ‘monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear’.

Found on the Vathy peninsula, the graffiti dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.

July 7, 2014

'Monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear', the carvings include a boast from an ancient Greek couple about their active sex lives

The world’s oldest erotic graffiti has been found, and it is a carving of two penises and a boast from an ancient Greek gay couple.

Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, stumbled upon the artwork in the ruins of Astypalaia.

The inscriptions are reportedly ‘monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear’.

Found on the Vathy peninsula, the graffiti dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.

May 26, 2014

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa

The president of South Africa has elected a gay woman as a cabinet minister, thought to be first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa.

Lynne Brown assumed office on 25 May, and will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

58-year-old Brown, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, was the former Premier of the Western Cape Province.

May 26, 2014

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa

The president of South Africa has elected a gay woman as a cabinet minister, thought to be first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa.

Lynne Brown assumed office on 25 May, and will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

58-year-old Brown, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, was the former Premier of the Western Cape Province.

May 9, 2014

Actor Pilou Asbæk, best known for his role on Danish drama Borgen, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia in European countries

This year’s hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest were banned from wearing rainbow colors to protest against anti-gay laws.

Actor Pilou Asbæk (pictured left), perhaps best known for his dark role on Danish drama Borgen where he plays tormented spin doctor Kasper Juul, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia.

But Eurovision organizers banned him from doing so, saying the camp contest is not intended to be political.

May 9, 2014

Actor Pilou Asbæk, best known for his role on Danish drama Borgen, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia in European countries

This year’s hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest were banned from wearing rainbow colors to protest against anti-gay laws.

Actor Pilou Asbæk (pictured left), perhaps best known for his dark role on Danish drama Borgen where he plays tormented spin doctor Kasper Juul, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia.

But Eurovision organizers banned him from doing so, saying the camp contest is not intended to be political.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

April 13, 2014

A UK newspaper published the open letter, where a mother tells her son ‘my love for you is and has always been completely unconditional and non-gender specific’

UK newspaper The Guardian’s ‘letter you always wanted to write...’ series has turned out some thought-provoking and interesting pieces.

It allows someone to anonymously write an open letter to someone special, or to address a particular situation they never had the courage to before.

The latest letter, posted yesterday 12 April, was from a mother to her teenage transgender son.

Both extremely heartfelt and moving, the mother in question confronts her relationship with her son from childhood to now.

Read the full letter here:

April 13, 2014

A UK newspaper published the open letter, where a mother tells her son ‘my love for you is and has always been completely unconditional and non-gender specific’

UK newspaper The Guardian’s ‘letter you always wanted to write...’ series has turned out some thought-provoking and interesting pieces.

It allows someone to anonymously write an open letter to someone special, or to address a particular situation they never had the courage to before.

The latest letter, posted yesterday 12 April, was from a mother to her teenage transgender son.

Both extremely heartfelt and moving, the mother in question confronts her relationship with her son from childhood to now.

Read the full letter here:

February 19, 2014

Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to Twitter to respond to a Guardian columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay with a series of funny tweets after he tweeted his support for actress Ellen Page coming out

Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, has responded to a Guardian newspaper columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay in the funniest of ways.

February 19, 2014

Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to Twitter to respond to a Guardian columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay with a series of funny tweets after he tweeted his support for actress Ellen Page coming out

Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, has responded to a Guardian newspaper columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay in the funniest of ways.

January 14, 2014

Britain's leading Christian organization has finally agreed conversion therapy does not work and can be dangerous

‘Gay cure’ therapy will be banned for members of the leading body of Christian counselors in the UK.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said it has instructed members to stop the practice ‘in the interests of public safety’.

The treatment, widely discredited and known to be deeply damaging to a person’s health, was finally agreed by the ACC to not work.

January 14, 2014

Britain's leading Christian organization has finally agreed conversion therapy does not work and can be dangerous

‘Gay cure’ therapy will be banned for members of the leading body of Christian counselors in the UK.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said it has instructed members to stop the practice ‘in the interests of public safety’.

The treatment, widely discredited and known to be deeply damaging to a person’s health, was finally agreed by the ACC to not work.

January 11, 2014

X Factor winner James Arthur continues to step away from calling rapper Mickey Worthless a 'fucking queer'

'fucking q***r'

British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.

While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.

'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

January 11, 2014

X Factor winner James Arthur continues to step away from calling rapper Mickey Worthless a 'fucking queer'

'fucking q***r'

British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.

While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.

'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

January 9, 2014

LA Galaxy winger speaks about the difficulties of coming out as a soccer star and the admiration he has for the ex-German international

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has congratulated Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out, saying he hopes the fight against homophobia in football will 'move forward'.

The 26-year-old LA Galaxy winger, one of only two footballers to come out and currently still playing, said: '‘I could never have imagined that Thomas was gay too, but it would have made a world of difference to me if I had known, just as young gay athletes around the world will be inspired now by Thomas's courageous decision to come forward and share the truth about his life.’

January 9, 2014

LA Galaxy winger speaks about the difficulties of coming out as a soccer star and the admiration he has for the ex-German international

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has congratulated Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out, saying he hopes the fight against homophobia in football will 'move forward'.

The 26-year-old LA Galaxy winger, one of only two footballers to come out and currently still playing, said: '‘I could never have imagined that Thomas was gay too, but it would have made a world of difference to me if I had known, just as young gay athletes around the world will be inspired now by Thomas's courageous decision to come forward and share the truth about his life.’

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.