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October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

February 8, 2014

After finishing his crusade in Sochi, anti-gay US preacher Larry Craft will go to New Orleans to protest gays, abortion, sex addiction, and 'church gossips'

An anti-gay US preacher is in Sochi to offer support to President Vladimir Putin.

Larry Craft, a resident of Rochester, New York, spent the opening day of the Winter Olympics passing out anti-gay pamphlets in downtown Sochi.

He told the Wall Street Journal that he, and two other men, were briefly held at a police station because their sign said 'God bless Putin for his stance on homosexuals.'

December 28, 2013

Maria Maksakova said Russia has suffered extremely negative consequences – artists lose their jobs and sexual minorities are attacked

Renowned Russian opera singer Maria Maksakova has become one of the few people in the ruling United Russia party to publicly oppose the gay propaganda law.

The 36-year-old messo soprano soloist with St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater said the law has ‘extremely negative consequences.’

November 4, 2013

Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying allowing LGBT people to be who they are at work is good for business

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to stop discrimination against LGBTI employees.

Writing an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the highest paid CEO in the world has said allowing people to be free to be who they are is simply good for business.

He challenged the House of Representatives to bring the Employment Non-discrimination Act to the floor for a vote.

July 4, 2013

The US Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 may influence Indian Supreme Court justices hearing a challenge to the repeal of the criminalization of homosexuality
 

The US Supreme Court rulings that declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and allowed the resumption of same-sex marriages in California may influence the Indian Supreme Court which will soon announce its ruling on an appeal to the repeal of the country’s colonial era sodomy laws.

India’s Naz Foundation challenged the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law in the Dellhi High Court in 2009 and won and the Indian Government decided not to appeal the decision but a group of Indian religious figures decided to appeal.

April 3, 2013

Despite gay sex still being illegal in Singapore, a magazine strap-lined 'the voice of gay Asia' is launching in the city-state this month

Gay Asia is getting it's first 'proper high-fashion lifestyle publication' according to its founder, Hirokazu Mizuhara, speaking to Campaign Asia-Pacific.

Element launches this month, published online only to bypass Singapore's censorship laws.

October 19, 2012

Urges a 'vote for those who protect the biblical definition of marriage'

Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual advisor to several US presidents, speaks out against gay marriage in a full-page ad appearing in the Wall Street Journal on Friday (19 October).

Graham states in the ad that as he approaches his 94th birthday, the November elections in the US may be his last.

January 1, 2012

Marriage rates jump in New York City

New York City ended 2011 with a spike in marriage licenses. By all indications that's due to same sex couples.

"We're overwhelmed," Michael McSweeney, the city clerk, said to the Wall Street Journal. "It's been much busier for us than this time last year, but we're delighted to see the extra business because we understand the impact. We're handling it. We're thrilled."