Big Gay News briefs for Feb 2014

Gay Marriage Fight Pits Texas AG Vs. Gay Friend
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 01:27 PM PST
Gay marriage fight pits Texas AG vs. gay friend
Transgender rights bill advances
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 12:43 PM PST
Senate gives preliminary approval to anti-discrimination measure A bill that would protect transgender people from discrimination in jobs, housing and other areas gained preliminary approval Friday in the Senate.
US: Boy Scouts of America loses Disney funding over exclusion of gay adults
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 11:50 AM PST

Michigan same-sex marriage ban challenged in ongoing lawsuit
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 11:41 AM PST

Recon raises £16,000 for Freddie Mercury HIV charity
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 11:18 AM PST

Gifi, the inclusive, next-generation social app for gay men has arrived
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 10:50 AM PST

UK: Police appeal for information over ‘nasty’ and violent attack on bi teen
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 10:41 AM PST

Many gays in Uganda now feel hunted and outcast
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 10:12 AM PST
The new Anti-Homosexuality Law, which has broad public support, imposes harsh penalties for gays and those ‘who fail to report suspected gays to police,’ including landlords and employers.
Gay Lea Foods announces leadership transition
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 10:00 AM PST
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ – After 12 years as President & CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited, Andrew MacGillivray has announced his retirement, effective March 31, 2014. As noted by Gay Lea Foods Chair Paul Vickers, “Andrew joined us as President & CEO in January, 2002 and for more than a dozen years has inspired us to new performance levels. We are very proud of what we have …
UK Council for Psychotherapy: Gay conversion therapy is harmful and constitutes abuse
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 09:49 AM PST

Gay Rights Gained in U.S. Amid Russian, Ugandan Reversals
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 09:48 AM PST
At a time of growing public acceptance of gay rights in the U.S., flash points of resistance in Russia and Africa point to the endurance of discrimination over sexual orientation as a political tool. From Moscow to Kampala, punitive new laws against homosexuality have been enacted, solidifying support for the leaders in some quarters, including churches, while drawing criticism from elsewhere in …
What would Freud say about this hilarious anti-gay marriage Texas Senator’s Twitter typo?
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 09:30 AM PST

Video game writer: When are we going to get a gay protagonist who isn’t a one-off joke?
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 09:16 AM PST

UK: Groundbreaking LGBT inclusive sex education guidance launched by leading charities
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 08:53 AM PST

Facebook opens to new gender definitions
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 08:25 AM PST
Facebook is letting users opt for custom genders such as transsexual or ‘intersex’ on the social network.
This British soldier mocks a beaten gay teen in the most horrific way possible
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 08:19 AM PST

Manchester Council moves towards closing off canal cruising site
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 07:35 AM PST

UK Minister: Taking a ‘subtle approach’ failed to stop Uganda’s ‘abhorrent’ anti-gay law
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 07:12 AM PST

Homosexual Characters Hurt Game Sales – News
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 06:38 AM PST
Ubisoft writer talks gay characters or the lack of them [Posted 28 Feb 2014 by Tim Smith ] Aside from Gay Tony from Grand Theft Auto IV DLC fame we’re hard pressed to name a video game protagonist of any note. This, according to Ubisoft, is because gay leads hurt sales. Lucien Soulban is Lead Writer at Ubisoft Montreal. He’s also an openly homosexual bloke. This is rare in the games industry …
Brighton: Labour and Tories vote against Green plan to axe £25,000 Pride grant
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 06:17 AM PST

Arizona Hops and Vines uncorking Drag Queen
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 06:00 AM PST
Hopped-up wine is centerpiece of second annual Drag Races Saturday.
Scottish Government: Scotland stands ready to accept Ugandans persecuted by anti-gay law
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 05:46 AM PST

A Bank Transforms Its ATMS Into GAYTMS In Honor Of Gay Pride
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 05:22 AM PST
ANZ, a long-time sponsor of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, celebrates the event and the LGBTI community by turning its cash-dispensing machines into bold symbols of diversity, inclusion, and respect. There are plain old ATMs, and then there are gorgeous GAYTMs covered in rhinestones, sequins, and leather–at least in Sydney. ANZ (shorthand for the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group …
Zimbabwe: Government case against leading gay rights group head thrown out
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 04:57 AM PST

Blackpool teen has teeth smashed and face pummelled in alleged homophobic attack
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 04:48 AM PST

US: Final order makes Kentucky recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 04:33 AM PST

World Bank halts £54m loan to Uganda over anti-gay law
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 04:06 AM PST

Republicans split over Arizona bill refusing service to gays
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 02:51 AM PST
Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gays exposed a fracture within the Republican Party between social conservatives and the GOP’s pro-business wing, a split that Democrats hope to turn into a midterm election campaign issue.
Britain’s Transgender Beauty Queen
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 02:45 AM PST
Jordan Davis had a difficult upbringing, was bullied at school, and now—at 17—is hoping to become the first transgender winner of Miss England.
Lesbian love, president’s lover at French Oscars
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 10:19 PM PST
A lesbian love movie that dazzled Cannes leads the race ahead of the French Oscars on Friday, where Julie Gayet, the actress outed as the president’s lover, is running for an award for a role as a vamp. Quentin Tarantino and Scarlett Johansson will be attending the Cesars ceremony in Paris, held two days before the US Oscars, with the “Django Unchained” director set to hand Johansson an honorary …
Ugandan activist urges US help for gays
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 04:53 PM PST
A leading Ugandan gay rights activist met Thursday with top State Department officials to call for help in protecting gays after a tough new law was adopted in his country. Frank Mugisha heads up the group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), which campaigns for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “I want to see that the law that has been passed does not impact on the …
Hamilton hosts first NY6 Spectrum Conference
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 03:30 PM PST
This past weekend marked a bright, new beginning for organizations dedicated to serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) students who attend Hamilton College, Colgate University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University and Union College, or the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium (NY6
Expert at Michigan trial: Gay couples gaining acceptance in U.S.
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 08:08 AM PST
An expert in gay and lesbian demographics testified Thursday that 8.3 million people in the United States identify themselves as LGBT, which is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender, including 287,000 Michigan residents whose numbers are growing, particularly among individuals under 30 years-old.
‘Homosexual Jim Crow Laws’? Get Real
Posted: 26 Feb 2014 12:14 PM PST
“Christians backing this bill are essentially arguing for homosexual Jim Crow laws.” So asserts Kirsten Powers in today’s USA Today . What could justify such an assertion? Nothing. Powers is wrong about the law.
‘Homosexual OCD’: Straight Men Who Suspect They Are Gay
Posted: 24 Feb 2014 11:10 PM PST
Some psychologists think that gay acceptance has hindered recognition of homosexual obsessive compulsive disorder. Pic: Tony Latham/Getty Images Steven Brodsky, a psychologist who specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder, says that at any one time he has a “handful” of clients who are straight and suspect that they are gay.
Male, female or custom? Facebook offers custom genders
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 07:58 PM PST
Now you can opt for custom genders such as transsexual or ‘intersex’ at the social media.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Homosexual ‘Marriage’
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 05:44 AM PST
NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on homosexual ‘marriage’ late Thursday as being unconstitutional, stating that it deprived those engaging in the homosexual lifestyle the “fundamental freedom to choose to marry.” U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia cited in her 41-page opinion that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the […]
‘Juno’ star Ellen Page comes out as lesbian
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 12:16 PM PST
Hollywood actress and “Juno” star Ellen Page came out as a lesbian on Friday night during an emotional speech at a conference for gay teens.
Obama criticizes Uganda’s anti-homosexuality measure
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 11:15 AM PST
People caught performing homosexual acts would get strict prison sentences under law.
Church of England rules out blessings for gay marriages
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 09:39 AM PST
Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England next month, posing a dilemma for the Church of England, which is the mother church of the world’s 80 million Anglicans and …
Uganda: Making Sense of Museveni’s Decision to Sign the Anti-Homosexual Bill
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 06:35 AM PST
[Independent]Below are the President’s remarks on decision to sign anti-homosexual bill at the closing ceremony of the 10-day retreat of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, 16th February 2014:
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff targeted with onslaught of anti-gay hate tweets
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 06:24 AM PST

Report: LGBT people die 12 years earlier in anti-gay countries
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 05:51 AM PST

Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Homosexual ‘Marriage’
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 05:44 AM PST
NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on homosexual ‘marriage’ late Thursday as being unconstitutional, stating that it deprived those engaging in the homosexual lifestyle the “fundamental freedom to choose to marry.” U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia cited in her 41-page opinion that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the […]
Yoweri Museveni defends anti-gay bill with scientific report describing homosexuality as ‘abnormal’
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 05:27 AM PST

Billie Jean King to attend Winter Olympic closing ceremony
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 04:57 AM PST

The Mail and a Tory MP blame gay pride and Stonewall mugs for poor flood preparations
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 03:27 AM PST

Gays in high-prejudice communities die early: Study
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 12:56 AM PST
New York, Feb 16 (IANS) Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy – 12 years on average – compared with their peers in least prejudiced neighbourhoods. In first study-of-its kind, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health looked at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for …
Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigeria
Posted: 15 Feb 2014 07:28 PM PST
Four of victims of a Nigerian anti-gay mob were marched to a police station, where they allegedly were kicked and punched by police officers.
‘Juno’ Star Ellen Page Reveals She is a Lesbian
Posted: 15 Feb 2014 06:43 PM PST
Hollywood actress and “Juno” star Ellen Page came out as a lesbian on Friday night during an emotional speech at a conference for gay teens.
Armed mob aiming to ‘cleanse’ Nigeria beats men with iron bars, telling gays to ‘pack and leave’
Posted: 15 Feb 2014 02:23 PM PST

‘Shocking’ homophobic children’s birthday response was completely made up
Posted: 15 Feb 2014 02:00 PM PST

Facebook adds new gender options: 50 new categories include trans and intersex
Posted: 14 Feb 2014 03:19 PM PST
Facebook users will soon be able to choose from a selection of genders to display on their profile, rather than just the traditional male or female options.
Facebook gender change welcomed in NZ
Posted: 14 Feb 2014 01:45 PM PST
A New Zealand intersex advocate has welcomed gender changes on Facebook, which allow people to choose genders aside from male and female.
Gay marriage’s new front
Posted: 14 Feb 2014 07:57 AM PST
Will the South Give on Gay Marriage? Couples Crusade for Rights The American South has generally not been on the forefront of the gay-rights movement — but recent cases have pushed Dixie into the spotlight as the next battleground for same-sex couples.
Facebook Adds New Gender Options For Users
Posted: 13 Feb 2014 02:17 PM PST
Users do not have to describe themselves as male or female, with 50 other terms including androgynous, bi-gender and transsexual.
Gay, Fredette help Sacramento beat Knicks in overtime
Posted: 12 Feb 2014 08:10 PM PST
Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Jimmer Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the New York Knicks 106-101 on Wednesday night.
Utah bill would dictate transgender use of school bathrooms
Posted: 05 Feb 2014 02:45 AM PST
A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent transgender students from using bathroom facilities of their choice, joining a debate playing out in a handful of other states sparked by a California law that broke new ground on transgender rights.

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