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January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

December 26, 2014

Judge says the politician is entitled to privacy as his private life was not widely known and he never intended to publicly reveal his sexual orientaton

A court in Paris on Wednesday ordered French gossip magazine Closer to pay €20,000 (US$24,400)  in damages for 'invasion of privacy' for outing the far-right National Front party's Vice-President Florian Philippot as gay.

The magazine was also ordered to publish the court's verdict on its front page and pay Philippot €3,500 for his legal fees.

Earlier this month, the magazine published four pages of photographs taken in Vienna showing Philippot and an unnamed man whose face was blurred out and alledged to be his boyfriend.

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

July 30, 2014

Guy Scott, whose parents were born in Scotland, said it was an 'unreasonable expectation' for Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality

Zambia’s Vice-President has used the Commonwealth Games to attack same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Dr Guy Scott, who was born in the Zambian city of Livingstone to Scottish parents, has travelled to Glasgow to attend this year’s sporting event.

With his family coming from a country that legalized same-sex marriage in March, and him leading a country that punishes homosexuality with jail, he was asked about his views.

Speaking to STV, Scott said it was ‘not right’ for the UK to expect Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality.

December 15, 2013

India’s Home Affairs Minister appears to have indicated the government will likely appeal the Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality in the courts rather than passing a bill to resolve the issue

Indian Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Saturday that his government did not intend to move swiftly to re-legalize gay sex following the Supreme Court decision that recriminalized it – suggesting it will pursue the matter through the courts instead.

July 2, 2013

Philippines LGBT HIV group Love Yourself is seeking sponsors to open a second HIV testing clinic and community center in Manila so that thousands more can be tested to stop the rise of the virus in the country

A Filipino LGBT HIV non-government organization is hoping to open a second clinic in Manila with the support of the Philippines Department of Health but is seeking additional funds from sponsors to launch the project.

The volunteer organization Love Yourself is partnering with the Philippines Department of Health’s Research Institute of Tropical Medicine to establish a community center for men who have sex with men (MSM) on Manila’s Shaw Boulevard in the city center.

May 17, 2013

Lesbians, young people and poorer people face highest levels of discrimination and harassment in survey of 27 EU members states plus Croatia

Almost one in two (47%) of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the European Union have faced discrimination or harassment in the last year.

That’s the shocking report from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on the 27 member states of the European Union and Croatia, which is due to join the union on 1 July this year.

It’s the agency’s first comparative study on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

February 13, 2013

Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has said while marriage equality may be an inevitability, 'it does not mean we approve'

The Archbishop of Southwark has said he has accepted defeat and same-sex marriage will become law in England and Wales.

Peter Smith, who is also vice-president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said he has reluctantly accepted the government proposals.

Giving evidence to the committee of MPs working on the next stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Smith’s comments come after the House of Commons voted in an overwhelming majority for marriage equality.

October 31, 2012

Taiwanese gay rights activist Nelson Chen runs through the progressive history of Taiwan’s LGBT rights movement

Gay Star News talks to Taiwanese gay rights activist Nelson Chen who is suing Taipei City Council to register his marriage. He talks about the history of the LGBT rights movement in Taiwan, why not all of the gay community supports the idea of government-sanctioned marriage and how he believes gay marriage will come to Taiwan by 2016.

Does the government support gay marriage in Taiwan?

September 12, 2012

VP of Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia says his country cannot accept recognition of LGBT rights in the ASEAN human rights declaration

The Vice-President of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia said on Monday that LGBT rights should be excluded from a human rights declaration currently being drafted by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Lawyer Azril Mohd Amin wrote in a letter to a Malaysian newspaper:

‘There will be attempts by LGBTs, NGOs, and various other activists to include LGBT rights and the right of absolute freedom of religion in the declaration.

August 12, 2012

After Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his vice president nominee, the Democrats have been quick to point out the conservative economist's faults

The Obama campaign has blasted Republican vice-president nominee Paul Ryan for his gay rights record.

When US president nominee Mitt Romney accidentally introduced Wisconsin representative Ryan as ‘the next president of the United States’ yesterday (11 August), the Democratic campaign were quick to criticize the social and economic conservative.

‘Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,’ said Romney. ‘I did not make a mistake with this guy.’

June 9, 2012

US teen DJ, who is certain Obama makes kids gay, no longer has a show

Caiden Cowger will have to find another outlet for his views on President Barack Obama and the causes for sexuality. His recording service has pulled the plug.

The 14 year old DJ is enjoying a moment of Internet infamy due to his online commentary about Obama, Vice-President Joe, Biden, and teenage sexual experimentation.

May 6, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden says he supports gay marriage and Obama reelection campaign tries to walk the statement back

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign inadvertently stepped into the gay marriage debate today.

Vice President Joe Biden appeared on NBC's 'Meet the Press' this morning, 6 May, and host David Gregory asked the voluble politician if he was 'comfortable with same-sex marriage now.'

April 21, 2012

Local cable company accidentally inserts wrong programming after fixing cut cable lines

As Canadians were sipping their morning coffee, they were shocked to discover yesterday (20 April) their morning news had been switched to gay pornography.

The unscheduled change in broadcasting at 9.30am, which affected local broadcast station CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, lasted for roughly three minutes as programmers frantically tried to fix the problem.

Vice-president of news at CHCH Mike Katrycz apologised to viewers, and blamed a local cable company which inadvertently inserted the wrong programming after fixing cut cable lines.

April 14, 2012

According to new report, American Latinos support LGBT equality

According to a report, American Latinos are more tolerant to gays and lesbians than is usually represented in the media.

This week the National Council of La Raza and Social Science Research Solutions released 'LGBT Acceptance and Support: The Hispanic Perspective.' The study, written by SSRS vice-president David Dutwin, counters the idea the Latino community is less tolerant of the LGBT community when compared to other groups.