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January 15, 2014

Adam Fraley: 'I think they got to know me first before they knew I was gay'

A Methodist church in Alexandria, Indiana, has lost about 80% of its congregation who are standing behind their former choral director who was ousted for being gay.

Adam Fraley had worked at First United Church for six years then resigned when an interim minister who was 'uncomfortable' with him took over and gave him an added workload.

Fraley returned to work when a second interim minister came on board. But after three weeks, the new minister changed his mind and wanted the gay man out.

November 5, 2013

The editors of the Sydney Morning Herald have called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on same-sex marriage following a senior Government minister saying he believes his party room should revisit the issue

Australia’s most read left leaning newspaper has called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs to vote with their personal views on same-sex marriage, rather than as a block, just days after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he wanted his party room to revisit the issue.

November 5, 2013

The editors of the Sydney Morning Herald have called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on same-sex marriage following a senior Government minister saying he believes his party room should revisit the issue

Australia’s most read left leaning newspaper has called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs to vote with their personal views on same-sex marriage, rather than as a block, just days after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he wanted his party room to revisit the issue.

July 15, 2013

AFL player Heritier ‘Harry’ O’Brien stood up to his coach nicknaming another Collingwood player ‘les,’ short for lesbian, when he cuts his hair short

Collingwood elite footballer Heritier ‘Harry’ O’Brien was dressed down during training after he objected to team coach Nathan Buckley using the nickname ‘les’ for 21 year-old fresh faced team mate Paul Seedsman when he cut his hair short.

According to a column that was later pulled from the Herald Sun website, Buckley used the nickname in front of O’Brien and then asked him if he was ok with it, to which O’Brien said he was not.

June 12, 2013

'As long as that kind of language is still used, tolerated and condoned then we've got a long way to go before any equality,' said Hannah Spyksma who witnessed homophobic verbal abuse at an All-Blacks game

A woman who complained about anti-gay jeers at a national rugby game in New Zealand was told by fans that 'it's just part of the game'.

Then when the New Zealand Herald asked the management of the Eden Park stadium what they were going to do about the incident at the game against France last Saturday, they said it wasn't their job to be the 'PC police'.

June 12, 2013

'As long as that kind of language is still used, tolerated and condoned then we've got a long way to go before any equality,' said Hannah Spyksma who witnessed homophobic verbal abuse at an All-Blacks game

A woman who complained about anti-gay jeers at a national rugby game in New Zealand was told by fans that 'it's just part of the game'.

Then when the New Zealand Herald asked the management of the Eden Park stadium what they were going to do about the incident at the game against France last Saturday, they said it wasn't their job to be the 'PC police'.

May 4, 2013

Cleric been told by the Vatican to leave the UK so as not to create further embarrassment for the Catholic Church

Friends of the disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien say he’s been ordered by the Vatican into exile and ditch his plans for retirement in Scotland.

The Herald commented that: ‘It is the clearest indication yet of the Vatican's unwillingness to let the matter drift’ of the Cardinal’s sexual assault on male priests when he run seminaries in the 1980s and during a drinks party in Rome.

May 4, 2013

Cleric been told by the Vatican to leave the UK so as not to create further embarrassment for the Catholic Church

Friends of the disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien say he’s been ordered by the Vatican into exile and ditch his plans for retirement in Scotland.

The Herald commented that: ‘It is the clearest indication yet of the Vatican's unwillingness to let the matter drift’ of the Cardinal’s sexual assault on male priests when he run seminaries in the 1980s and during a drinks party in Rome.

May 1, 2013

LGBT rights advocate speaks at meeting for gay and lesbian business people in Brisbane

Former High Court judge and vocal gay rights advocate Michael Kirby spoke about discrimination against minority groups in Australia at a gathering for gay and lesbian business people in Brisbane last night.

March 27, 2013

Poll from The New Zealand Herald shows that 48% of respondents oppose gay marriage, up from 40.5% last June

A new poll from the New Zealand Herald has shown that opposition to same-sex marriage has risen in the country.

The Herald DigiPoll survey showed that 48% of respondents believed marriage should remain between a man and a woman, 7.5% more than a poll last June.

Support for same-sex marriage was still higher than opposition however, but this had fallen by 4%.

March 21, 2013

Priests victim of sexual misconduct by the former leader of Scotland's Catholic Church allegedly came forward due to becoming exasperated with the Cardinal's anti-gay remarks

Cardinal Keith O’Brien had a long-standing sexual relationship with a man while he was the leader of Scotland’s Catholic Church.

The man, who left the priesthood in the middle of the last decade, confessed to the relationship after complaints of sexual misconduct from other priests had been revealed.

March 21, 2013

Priests victim of sexual misconduct by the former leader of Scotland's Catholic Church allegedly came forward due to becoming exasperated with the Cardinal's anti-gay remarks

Cardinal Keith O’Brien had a long-standing sexual relationship with a man while he was the leader of Scotland’s Catholic Church.

The man, who left the priesthood in the middle of the last decade, confessed to the relationship after complaints of sexual misconduct from other priests had been revealed.

March 17, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien accused of attempting to grope a priest during a Rome drinking party, while serving as Cardinal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is alleged to have attempted to grope a priest in Rome on the night of a drinks party celebrating him becoming a ‘prince of the Church’ in October 2003.

The party where O’Brien allegedly tried to grope a man was attended by a noteable bishops and dignitaries.

This is the first direct allegation against the Cardinal and sexual misconduct at the heart of the Catholic Church.

March 17, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien accused of attempting to grope a priest during a Rome drinking party, while serving as Cardinal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is alleged to have attempted to grope a priest in Rome on the night of a drinks party celebrating him becoming a ‘prince of the Church’ in October 2003.

The party where O’Brien allegedly tried to grope a man was attended by a noteable bishops and dignitaries.

This is the first direct allegation against the Cardinal and sexual misconduct at the heart of the Catholic Church.

November 2, 2012

The Equality Network charity won Scotland's Herald society campaigner of the year award for their campaign on marriage equality

In a ceremony at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza hotel today (2 October) the Equality Network won Scotland’s Herald Society Campaigner of the Year award for their equal marriage campaign.

The Equality Network, a Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity, competed alongside fellow nominees Shelter Scotland and Oxfam Scotland, to win the honour of recognition of their efforts to secure equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.

September 8, 2012

According to LGBT activists from Zimbabwe the state controlled media is inventing controversial stories about gay people to legitimise political repression and persecution

The Herald reported that Zimbabwe police in the city of Kadoma have arrested a ‘gay couple’ for homosexuality.

LGBT activists, however, say that the government owned daily paper made the report up in order to create media sensationalism designed to bolster proposed constitutional changes and further legitmise persecution of LGBT people in Zimbabwe.  

September 8, 2012

According to LGBT activists from Zimbabwe the state controlled media is inventing controversial stories about gay people to legitimise political repression and persecution

The Herald reported that Zimbabwe police in the city of Kadoma have arrested a ‘gay couple’ for homosexuality.

LGBT activists, however, say that the government owned daily paper made the report up in order to create media sensationalism designed to bolster proposed constitutional changes and further legitmise persecution of LGBT people in Zimbabwe.  

July 2, 2012

A Ugandan man has escaped to New Zealand after a newspaper called for him and 100 other gays to be executed

Gay Ugandan Steven Kasiko sought refuge in New Zealand after the country’s newspaper Rolling Stone outed him and 100 other ‘homos’, accompanied by the tagline ‘hang them’.

Kasiko explained to the New Zealand Herald how difficult it was to grow up in Uganda aware that his sexual orientation was a criminal offence.

July 2, 2012

A Ugandan man has escaped to New Zealand after a newspaper called for him and 100 other gays to be executed

Gay Ugandan Steven Kasiko sought refuge in New Zealand after the country’s newspaper Rolling Stone outed him and 100 other ‘homos’, accompanied by the tagline ‘hang them’.

Kasiko explained to the New Zealand Herald how difficult it was to grow up in Uganda aware that his sexual orientation was a criminal offence.

June 6, 2012

Bob Brown recalls in a farewell speech how a tactical play almost led him to ban lesbian sex in Tasmania in 1986

Outgoing Australian Greens senator says his biggest political mistake almost saw him ban lesbian sex as a lone Green MP in Tasmania during the 1980s.

In a farewell speech ahead of his formal retirement next week at the National Press Club yesterday (5 June), the first openly gay senator recalled how the then opposition Labour party's decision not to move and get rid of section 122 of the criminal code - which banned male homosexuality only - caught him off guard.

June 1, 2012

Tony Abbott criticizes posters at the Health Minister’s electorate office that show him as homophobic, racist and sexist

Opposition leader Tony Abbott of Australia is unhappy about posters that depict him as homophobic, racist and sexist.

Abbott told the Nine Network this morning (1 June): ‘It's tacky, it's not funny and Tanya Pibersek should be better than that and the Labour Party should lift its game.'

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek displayed in her Sydney electorate office posters that carry the slogans: 'I'm threatened by boats and gays. Gays on boats are my worst nightmare' and also 'Note to Ladies: Make me a sandwich.'

April 10, 2012

After 27-years, Neighbours finally features a male gay kiss

Long-running soap Neighbours featured its first ever male gay kiss this week and executive producer Susan Bower said she is 'proud' of how the show presented it.

January 27, 2012

Champ challenges gay marriage foe on statements that sexuality is a choice

The Australian Open may be in its final weekend but the furor over former champion Margaret Court's statements against gay marriage continues to rage on.

January 23, 2012

She's concerned by 'amount of hatred' directed at her due to anti-gay views

Margaret Court vowed she wouldn't stay away.

The 11-time Australian Open singles champion arrived in Melbourne Monday (23 January) night despite backlash against her over her outspoken comments against gay marriage.

'I love [gay people], I even work with them,' Court tells the Herald Sun. 'But what concerns me so much is the amount of hatred that has been directed at me.'