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Most Rev. Fernando Sebastian Aguilar

Newly selected Catholic cardinal calls homosexuality a bodily ‘defect’

Monday, January 20, 2014
MADRID -- Spain's newly chosen Catholic cardinal has described homosexuality as a "defect" within ones body, akin to high blood pressure, that can be corrected with treatment. [ Read more → ]
Johnny Weir

Weir caught in a crossfire of ‘hate and scrutiny’ for not boycotting Olympics

Friday, January 17, 2014
LYNDHURST, N.J. – Champion figure skater Johnny Weir said Thursday he has been caught up "in a crossfire" for not supporting a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games in the wake of Russia's anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
Queer Nation activists demonstrate outside NBC studios in New York on Thursday during a live broadcast of the Today show.

Activist group protests outside ‘Today’ show over NBC Olympic coverage

Thursday, January 16, 2014
NEW YORK -- A dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation demonstrated outside the broadcast of NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, demanding that NBC report on the Russian government’s ongoing attacks on LGBT people and its and other human rights violations. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Keith Ablow

Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow: There’s no such thing as being transgender

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Fox News “Medical A Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow continued his pattern of baseless smears against LGBT people with an ill-informed, transphobic rant against a new California law that allows transgender students to use facilities that match their gender identities. [ Read more → ]
Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante

Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

United Nations chief alarmed by Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed. [ Read more → ]
Jordan Strauss, Invision (AP)Chris Pine

Chris Pine criticizes U.S. response to Russia’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Actor Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense." [ Read more → ]
Joel Ryan, Invision/APIan McKellen

Ian McKellen, 27 Nobel laureates urge Putin to repeal anti-gay law

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
LONDON -- Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. [ Read more → ]
Jimmy LaSalvia

GOProud founder leaving Republican party in part over ‘tolerance of bigotry’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Jimmy LaSalvia, the co-founder and former executive director of GOProud, a U.S. political action group representing gay conservatives, announced Tuesday he was leaving the Republican party due in part to the "tolerance of bigotry in the GOP." [ Read more → ]
Janet-Napolitano

Napolitano evolves on same-sex marriage: ‘Arc of history has arrived’

Monday, January 6, 2014
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Sunday she -- like many prominent Democratic political figures -- has evolved on the topic of same-sex marriage, and now supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
APLiz Cheney

Liz Cheney abandoning bid to unseat Wyoming’s GOP senator

Monday, January 6, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Monday she is abandoning her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming. [ Read more → ]
Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield: Homosexuality is like a ‘handicap,’ it ‘ain’t normal’

Sunday, January 5, 2014
LONDON -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is facing calls to be kicked off the U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother" after likening homosexuality to a "handicap," and insisting that being gay is a choice and "ain't normal." [ Read more → ]
span>NFLTorrey Smith

Baltimore Ravens’ Torrey Smith: ‘Look at this queen’ remark not homophobic

Friday, January 3, 2014
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is catching heat for posting an alleged anti-gay slur on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Friday, but insists the remark was not homophobic. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert Nugent

Catholic priest once condemned by Vatican for his ministry to gays dies

Thursday, January 2, 2014
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, APChris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe: ‘I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot’

Thursday, January 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings, an allegation the coach "vehemently denies." [ Read more → ]
Pat Robertson

The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
Phil Robertson

Patriarch of ‘Duck Dynasty’ off show indefinitely after anti-gay comments

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. [ Read more → ]
Phil Robertson

‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch makes ‘vile’ statements to describe LGBT people

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — patriarch of the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, and landed them their own reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” on A&E — speaks out against homosexuality, in what GLAAD calls “the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Gays have ‘a demonic spirit that is manifesting inside of them’

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
On his “Pray In Jesus Name” program Tuesday, fomer Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt discussed the recent ruling by a Colorado judge against a bakery that had refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple... [ Read more → ]
Tim-Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Monday, December 16, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during a speech at Auburn University. [ Read more → ]
Louganis

Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis urges protest of Russian anti-gay laws

Saturday, December 14, 2013
WASHINGTON --- Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Friday urged American Olympians to dedicate their performances at February's Winter Games in Sochi to their gay friends and relatives as a means of protest against Russian anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
APIvan Okhlobystin

Russian television star says gay people should be burned alive

Friday, December 13, 2013
MOSCOW -- A popular Russian actor said he wants to burn gay people alive because they pose a danger to his children, reports the Moscow Times. [ Read more → ]
Robertson

Pat Robertson: Your lesbian friend might turn your kids gay

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Pat Robertson told a 700 Club viewer today that she is right to be wary of inviting a lesbian friend over to her home, because that might cause her children to “grow up as lesbians.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Jesus would command married gay couples to get divorced

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt says Christian chaplains can never provide counseling to gay couples, other than to order them to divorce … which is just what Jesus would do. [ Read more → ]
Pope-Francis

Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. [ Read more → ]
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