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November 14, 2014

Bisexual rapper has no regrets calling gay celebrity blogger 'messy faggot'

Azealia Banks has claimed 'faggot' is a good way to describe gay people as they are 'way more misogynistic than straight men'.

The '212' bisexual rapper got in trouble last year after calling gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton 'messy faggot'.

But Banks doesn't regret using the word, saying she thinks the anti-gay slur is an insult for misogynists.

Speaking to The Guardian: 'I don't regret doing it, but I'll never do it again, because I don't care enough about the person to have the battle again and defend my use of the word faggot.

October 22, 2014

Ray Cole: 'I was terrified ... real, real terror'

Ray Cole is back home in Great Britain but the nightmares from being in jail in Morocco continue.

The 69-year-old retired magazine publisher was arrested last month along with boyfriend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, for being gay.

Cole was sentence to four months in prison but was released after 19 days after his family launched a high-profile campaign about his jailing and warned other tourists.

Nass, who is from Morocco, was finally released on 10 October.

October 22, 2014

Ray Cole: 'I was terrified ... real, real terror'

Ray Cole is back home in Great Britain but the nightmares from being in jail in Morocco continue.

The 69-year-old retired magazine publisher was arrested last month along with boyfriend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, for being gay.

Cole was sentence to four months in prison but was released after 19 days after his family launched a high-profile campaign about his jailing and warned other tourists.

Nass, who is from Morocco, was finally released on 10 October.

October 16, 2014

Sashay, this way: A gay-owned London pizza restaurant will be experimenting with drag servers this weekend

Opened earlier this year, GB Pizza in London’s Exmouth Market is one of the UK capital’s funkiest new pizza restaurants.

October 16, 2014

Sashay, this way: A gay-owned London pizza restaurant will be experimenting with drag servers this weekend

Opened earlier this year, GB Pizza in London’s Exmouth Market is one of the UK capital’s funkiest new pizza restaurants.

October 12, 2014

A campaigner for ‘psychic awareness’ has released video footage in which the husband and manager of British TV psychic Sally Morgan makes homophobic comments and threats of violence to him outside one of her shows

A well-known TV psychic has found herself at the center of another controversy this week.

Sally Morgan has had shows on ITV2 and Sky Living, and tours the UK extensively with her work as a psychic medium, usually accompanied by her husband and manager, John.

Now, footage has emerged of John Morgan making homophobic comments at a man, Mark Tilbrook, who was standing outside one of her shows and distributing leaflets questioning her psychic abilities.

October 12, 2014

A campaigner for ‘psychic awareness’ has released video footage in which the husband and manager of British TV psychic Sally Morgan makes homophobic comments and threats of violence to him outside one of her shows

A well-known TV psychic has found herself at the center of another controversy this week.

Sally Morgan has had shows on ITV2 and Sky Living, and tours the UK extensively with her work as a psychic medium, usually accompanied by her husband and manager, John.

Now, footage has emerged of John Morgan making homophobic comments at a man, Mark Tilbrook, who was standing outside one of her shows and distributing leaflets questioning her psychic abilities.

September 24, 2014

Gay asylum seekers have sent desperate letters pleading to be housed in a different, more welcoming, part of the world

Gay aslyum seekers, who fled persecution in their home countries and sought asylum in Australia, will reportedly be resettled in Papua New Guinea where it is illegal to be gay.

Currently held by immigration officials on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the asylum seekers could be expected to live their permanently.

Homosexuality in the island nation is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

'I thought Australia and its people would be my protector, but they taught me otherwise,' a letter shown to The Guardian reads.

September 24, 2014

Gay asylum seekers have sent desperate letters pleading to be housed in a different, more welcoming, part of the world

Gay aslyum seekers, who fled persecution in their home countries and sought asylum in Australia, will reportedly be resettled in Papua New Guinea where it is illegal to be gay.

Currently held by immigration officials on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the asylum seekers could be expected to live their permanently.

Homosexuality in the island nation is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

'I thought Australia and its people would be my protector, but they taught me otherwise,' a letter shown to The Guardian reads.

August 18, 2014

Actor is aware 'alcoholic,' 'gay' and 'girlfriend' are top search terms accompanying his name

Daniel Radcliffe has played a gay man on screen in Kill Your Darlings but off screen, he dates women.

That hasn't stopped the speculative Google searches.

The actor tells The Guardian that the last time he Googled himself, the automatic search entries were: 'Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic. Daniel Radcliffe gay. Daniel Radcliffe girlfriend.'

August 18, 2014

Actor is aware 'alcoholic,' 'gay' and 'girlfriend' are top search terms accompanying his name

Daniel Radcliffe has played a gay man on screen in Kill Your Darlings but off screen, he dates women.

That hasn't stopped the speculative Google searches.

The actor tells The Guardian that the last time he Googled himself, the automatic search entries were: 'Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic. Daniel Radcliffe gay. Daniel Radcliffe girlfriend.'

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 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.’