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Past Newswire Headlines

Japanese Committee to Seek Early LGBT Law Passage. A Japanese ruling party committee said that it will aim to enact a law to promote understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Read more here.

 

‘Fundamentally Flawed’ Report Being Used in UK Push to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ A new report being used by LGBT lobby groups to put pressure on the UK government to ban so-called “conversion therapy” has been dismissed as “fundamentally flawed.” Read more here.

 

Croatian Minister Addresses Same-Sex Adoption and Fostering. Croatia’s Minister of Family and Social Policy said that the issue of adoption of children by same-sex couples would be “put to public consultation.” Read more here.

 

Majority of Canadians Back Right to Seek Counseling on Gender and Sexuality. Nine in ten Canadians believe adults should be able to receive counseling if they experience confusion over unwanted sexual feelings or their gender identity, a poll has revealed. Read more here.

 

Same-Sex Couples in Taiwan Go to Court to Push for Equal Adoption Rights. Three same-sex couples and rights groups pledged to take their cases to court in order to seek a change in existing laws which forbid same-sex couples from adopting children. Read more here.

 

First Irish Couple Legally Recognized as Co-Parents of Children From Birth. Niamh O’Sullivan and Geraldine Rea are the first same-sex couple in Ireland to have both their names registered on the official birth certificates of their twin baby girls. Read more here.

 

Pantene Runs Ad Featuring Transgender Child With Lesbian Parents. Pantene has released a two-minute commercial featuring Sawyer, a biological boy who identifies as a girl, and the child’s two moms discussing the importance of one’s hair when “transitioning.” Read more here.

 

Same-Sex Spouse Fights U.S. Govt Denial of Death Benefits. Patricia Rolfingsmeyer is challenging the federal government’s denial of employee death benefits after her partner died before same-sex marriage became legal in their home state. Read more here.

 

Massachusetts City Becomes Second to Legally Recognize Polyamorous Relationships. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts has officially recognized polyamory by amending the city’s existing statute so that domestic partnerships are not limited to only two people. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senators Spar Over ‘Equality Act.’ During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, lawmakers clashed over the Equality Act which would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Read more here.

 

ONS Abandons Attempt to Water Down ‘Legal Sex’ in Census. The UK’s Office for National Statistics has abandoned its appeal against a High Court ruling ordering it to correct its guidance on what constitutes biological sex in the upcoming census. Read more here.

 

Marvel Introduces New Gay Superhero. Marvel Comics will release a new limited series that will include a homosexual Captain America to mark “Pride Month.” Read more here.

 

Evangelical Christians Urge Johnson Not to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ The Evangelical Alliance, which represents 3,500 evangelical churches in the UK, has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him not to ban so-called “conversion therapy.” Read more here.

 

Columbia to Offer LGBTQIA+ Graduation. Columbia University is set to offer a “Lavender Graduation” specifically for LGBTQIA+ students. Read more here.

 

Court Rules Texas Human Rights Act Bars LGBT Discrimination. A Texas state appellate court held that the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act should be read to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

Cornell Students Focus on Abolishing Police Through ‘Queer Framework.’ Cornell University’s LGBTQ+ student union co-hosted an event which explored abolishing the police through a “queer framework” by examining “queerness and its relation to policing.” Read more here.

 

UK Equalities Adviser Quits Over ‘Hostile Environment.’ Jayne Ozanne, a key member of the UK government’s LGBT+ Advisory Panel, resigned from her role in protest, stating that the government has created a “hostile environment” for LGBT people. Read more here.

 

Ban on Same-Sex Union Blessings Upsets Homosexual Catholics in Asia. The Vatican’s decree that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful was met with criticism by homosexual Catholics in parts of the Asia-Pacific region as being out of step with contemporary community standards. Read more here.

 

UK’s Johnson Says Govt Vows to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that although conversion therapy is a “technically complex” problem, he was committed to making it illegal. Read more here.

 

Poland Objects to EU Declaring Itself ‘LGBT Freedom Zone.’ The European Union has declared itself an “LGBT freedom zone,” prompting objections from the Polish government which says it has a right to maintain traditional views on marriage and family. Read more here.

 

U.S. Consumer Bureau Bans LGBT Lending Discrimination. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced plans to enforce discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. Read more here.

 

ACLU Gets $15M LGBT Grant From Billionaire Activist. The American Civil Liberties Union has received a $15 million grant to be used for LGBT advocacy from a donor known for promoting limits on religious liberty. Read more here.

 

Scottish Govt Hate Crime Bill Becomes Law. Members of Scottish Parliament voted 82-32 to pass the Scottish government’s controversial hate crime bill which includes a new offense of stirring up hatred on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, and transgender identity. Read more here.

 

EU Lawmakers Seek to Declare Bloc an LGBT ‘Freedom Zone.’ During a recent debate, lawmakers in the European Parliament overwhelmingly spoke out in favor of a resolution that would declare the entire 27-member European Union a “freedom zone” for LGBT people. Read more here.

 

Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill Faces Final Vote. A final vote is expected soon on Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill which creates a new offense of “stirring up hatred” on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and transgender identity. Read more here.

 

Italian Court Urges More Rights for Children of Same-Sex Couples. Italy’s Constitutional Court said the country urgently needs a law on the rights of children of same-sex couples which the court feels are not sufficiently protected. Read more here.

 

WA Supreme Court Opens Door to Forcing Religious Orgs to Hire LGBT Individuals. The Washington state Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision regarding legal exemptions for religious employers, a move that could open the door to forcing religious organizations to hire LGBT employees. Read more here.

 

Chinese Court Rules Homosexuality Can Be Called a Mental Disorder. A Chinese court has ruled that homosexuality may be considered “a psychological disorder” in the eyes of Chinese law. Read more here.

 

UK MPs to Debate ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban. UK members of Parliament are set to debate a petition which calls on the government to ban conversion therapy. Read more here.

 

Christian Leaders React to Bethany Allowing LGBT Couples to Foster, Adopt. Christian leaders have expressed disappointment after Bethany Christian Services, the largest Protestant adoption and foster agency in the United States, announced it will now be offering its services to LGBT couples. Read more here.

 

Polish Activists Found Not Guilty of Offending Religious Feelings. A Polish judge found three activists who distributed images depicting Poland’s Black Madonna icon with a rainbow halo not guilty of offending religious feelings, a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. Read more here.

 

Christian Adoption Agency to Help LGBTQ Families Adopt Children. Bethany Christian Services, one of the country’s largest adoption and foster care agencies, announced a “nationwide policy of inclusivity in order to serve all families across Bethany’s core service lines.” Read more here.

 

U.S. House Passes Equality Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

 

Southern Baptists Oust Two Churches Over LGBTQ Issues. The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted to oust two of its churches over policies deemed to be inappropriate regarding LGBTQ people. Read more here.

 

UMC Pushes Back General Conference, Will Tackle Homosexual Debate in 2022. The United Methodist Church has again decided to postpone its next General Conference, which is expected to center on the debate over the denomination’s stance on homosexuality, to 2022. Read more here.

 

Poll: Nearly 16 Percent of Gen Z Identify as LGBT. Generation Z now sees one in six people identifying as LGBT, according to a new Gallup survey. Read more here.

 

Campground for Homosexual Men Draws Accusations of Transphobia. The owner of a private campground for homosexual men in Michigan is drawing the ire of some in the transgender community for barring people without male genitalia from his establishment. Read more here.

 

Thousands Urge Cadbury to Drop Ad Featuring Same-Sex Kiss. As Easter approaches, more than 30,000 people have signed a petition asking Cadbury Crème Eggs to remove an advertisement featuring a same-sex kiss. Read more here.

 

Akufo-Addo Orders Police to Shut Down LGBTQ Office. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the shutdown of an LGBTQ group’s office in Accra, Ghana. Read more here.

 

Children’s Rights Activist Blasts Judge’s Decision Allowing ‘Throuple’ to Be Named as Legal Parents. A children’s rights activist decried a California judge’s ruling allowing three men to be listed as the legal parents of two children born to surrogate mothers. Read more here.

 

Equality Act Expected to Advance in Congress This Week. The Equality Act, a controversial bill designed to overhaul the nation’s civil rights laws to include LGBT Americans, is expected to advance in the U.S. Congress this week. Read more here.

 

School District Comments on Email Urging Staff, Students to Lobby for Pro-LGBT Proposal. An Ohio school district has acknowledged that an assistant principal’s email directing teachers to encourage students to write letters to city council members in support of a local pro-LGBT non-discrimination proposal was “not appropriate.” Read more here.

 

Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Relationships. Angola has become the latest African country to decriminalize same-sex relationships. Read more here.

 

U.S. House to Vote on Equality Act Next Week. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to soon vote on the Equality Act which would amend existing Civil Rights Act provisions barring discrimination based on race and sex to also add specific protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

 

Canadian Govt Announces $15M in Grants for LGBT Organizations. The Canadian government has announced it is awarding $15 million worth of grants to 76 community groups to be spent on various LGBT interests in the name of “equality.” Read more here.

 

Serbia Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Partnerships. Serbian Minister of Human Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Comic says that a bill legalizing same-sex partnerships should be in the Assembly by the end of the spring session. Read more here.

 

CDC: LGBs Have Higher Rates of Health Conditions Associated With Serious COVID Illness. In a study designed to gather more data about how “sexual minorities” are affected by COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that homosexual and bisexual persons have higher rates of health conditions associated with severe COVID illness than heterosexual persons. Read more here.

 

LGBT Group Opens Administrative Office in Ghana. LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana has opened an administrative office in Accra to promote “respect for human rights.” Read more here.

 

Children’s Charity Erases ‘Mother of the Year’ Award for Not Being Diverse. Australian children’s charity Barnardo’s has pulled its Mother of the Year award after 25 years because it does not celebrate other caregivers like same-sex parents and grandparents. Read more here.

 

Nickelodeon’s ‘Blues Clues’ Brings LGBTQ Message to Alphabet. Blues Clues & You on the Nickelodeon cable network is pushing LGBTQ pride with an alphabet video that proclaims “P is full of Pride” while showing flags representing the homosexual, transgender, asexual, pansexual, intersex, and gender-fluid communities. Read more here.

 

Hallmark Channel Promises More LGBT Characters: ‘This is Who We Are.’ The head of the Hallmark Channel’s parent company said this week the network remains committed to including LGBT characters in storylines and that fans will see “more of that” in the future. Read more here.

 

Victorian Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes Upper House. A bill banning LGBT “conversion therapy” has passed Victoria’s Upper House and will become law, despite concerns from some religious leaders that the law could have unintended consequences. Read more here.

 

Biden Funds Program to Block Foreign Religious Leaders Who Oppose LGBT Agenda. President Biden signed an executive order that will promote homosexuality and transgenderism as a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. Read more here.

 

UK MP Lists Prayer as ‘Conversion Therapy’ Action That Should Be Banned. UK Member of Parliament Alicia Kearns listed prayer alongside grotesque acts such as ‘corrective rape’ as she called on the government to ban “conversion therapy.” Read more here.

 

NBC Host to Star in Animated LGBTQ Film for Children’s Network. NBC host and YouTube star Lilly Singh is set to star as a princess who discovers “pride in her identity” in a forthcoming animated musical short film for the digital children’s content network Pocket.watch. Read more here.

 

Documentary Depicts ‘LGBT Jesus.’ An upcoming documentary aims to revise Catholic iconography for those who identify as LGBT and will depict Jesus Christ as “a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community.” Read more here.

 

Parents Object to LGBT Content in Latest ‘American Girl’ Kids’ Book. Numerous reviewers of a new American Girl storyline explained their distress after they and their children were caught off-guard by references to a same-sex relationship. Read more here.

 

Turkish President: ‘There’s No Such Thing’ as LGBT. Turkish President Erdoğan said “there is no such thing” as LGBT during a speech denouncing a recent anti-government protest movement. Read more here.

 

Outcry, Arrests in Turkey Over Mecca Poster With LGBT Flags. Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. Read more here.

 

American Girl Releases First Doll With LGBT Storyline. American Girl’s 2021 “Girl of the Year,” Kira, includes a storyline with two lesbian aunts who married “after the law was changed to allow it.” Read more here.

 

NI Education Adviser Targeted for Post Supporting Biblical View of Sexuality. LGBT activists are calling on the Northern Ireland Education Authority to remove a board member after he shared an article of a gay man’s Christian conversion on his social media account. Read more here.

 

University Professor Says Heterosexuality Causes Societal Problems. A professor at the University of California-Riverside says that heterosexuality is a “tragic” concept that perpetuates misogyny, funnels men into supporting toxic masculinity, and breaks up relationships. Read more here.

 

Biden Official Withdraws Last-Minute Trump LGBT Memo. President Biden’s administration revoked a last-minute memo issued by former President Trump’s Justice Department that sought to limit the scope of a landmark Supreme Court decision on workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Read more here.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Says He Will Fill LGBT Position at Agency. President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State pledged to appoint an LGBTI envoy at the agency and says he will permit embassies to fly the “pride” flag, if confirmed. Read more here.

 

MN Ed Standards Call for LGBTQ Awareness. New standards proposed by the Minnesota Department of Education include a call for an “awareness” of “the LGBTQ+ community.” Read more here.

 

Three LGBT Activists on Trial in Poland for Alleged Desecration. Three “LGBT rights” activists went on trial in Poland for alleged desecration and offending religious sentiment by adding the movement’s rainbow symbol to posters of a revered Roman Catholic icon and publicly displaying the altered image. Read more here.

 

NYT Promotes a Pro-LGBT Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The New York Times posted a complimentary story of a rendition of Handel’s Messiah, called Messiah: Complex, which shows an LGBT “pride” flag, an LGBT “pride” crosswalk, and other LGBT imagery. Read more here.

 

Rights Groups Condemn Hungarian Laws on the Family. Human rights groups condemned a new Hungarian law that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and applies a Christian conservative viewpoint to the legal definition of a family. Read more here.

 

Hundreds of Religious Leaders Call for Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy.’ More than 370 religious leaders from around the world are calling for a ban on “conversion therapy,” while other religious figures said a ban could risk criminalizing pastors. Read more here.

 

Multifaith Group Attacks Biblical Sexual Ethics, Biological Sex. LGBT activist and General Synod member Jayne Ozanne has joined forces with members of other faiths in a campaign to challenge biblical teachings on sexual ethics and biological sex. Read more here.

 

Marvel Confirms Star-Lord is Bisexual. According to Marvel Comics, the popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) is a polyamorous bisexual. Read more here.

 

LGBT Activists Issue List of Demands From Biden. Thirty prominent groups have banded together and issued a 51-page list of demands to insist that the Biden administration put the LGBT agenda at the center of its foreign policy. Read more here.

 

Victoria’s Conversion Therapy Bill a ‘Dramatic Overreach of the State.’ A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria dangerously oversteps the bounds of protecting people from coercive practices, the Archbishop of Melbourne said. Read more here.

 

Boca Raton, Palm Beach Attempt to Revive FL Counseling Ban. The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County are seeking a rehearing from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals which struck down laws that ban counselors from providing minor clients with help to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or gender confusion. Read more here.

 

Concerns Raised About Study Claiming ‘Nearly Half’ of LGBT Americans Are Religious. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler has questioned the validity of a study claiming that “nearly half” of LGBT-identified Americans are religious. Read more here.

 

Appeal Claims Board Illegally Retried Catholic Trustee to Appease LGBTQ Activists. Embattled trustee Michael Del Grande has appealed the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s decision to retry him on the code of conduct complaints he was cleared of in the summer. Read more here.

 

Canadians Protest Bill to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Campaign Life Coalition held a rally in front of the Canadian parliament to stop radical new anti-family legislation seeking to ban “conversion therapy.” Read more here.

 

New Progressive Methodist Denomination Formed Before Possible UMC Schism Over LGBT Issues. A group of theologically progressive United Methodists and others have formed a new denomination in advance of an expected division within the United Methodist Church over LGBT issues. Read more here.

 

Victoria to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ The Victorian government will introduce legislation to outlaw “conversion therapy,” with fines of close to $10,000 or up to 10 years in jail. Read more here.

 

Nasdaq Wants to Require Sexual Identity Diversity Quotas for Corporate Boards. Nasdaq, the second-largest U.S. stock exchange, filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would mandate listed companies to have a minimum of two “diverse directors,” including one who “self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+.” Read more here.

 

EU Commissars to Crack Down on ‘Homophobia.’ The European Commission announced that it wants to make “hate speech” and “hate crimes” EU crimes by 2021 and to impose mutual recognition of “rainbow families” across the European Union by 2022. Read more here.

 

SCOTUS Could Review Indiana Case on ‘Parenthood’ of Homosexual Couples. The U.S. Supreme Court might be positioning itself to hear the Indiana case of eight lesbian couples who used sperm donors to have children and are fighting the state to have both partners be recognized as “parents” on birth certificates. Read more here.

 

Hallmark Channel Releases First LGBTQ Holiday Movie. The Hallmark Channel released The Christmas House, its first holiday film featuring a same-sex couple as its main characters. Read more here.

 

Drag Queen Promotes LGBT Agenda to Kids on CBBC. A drag queen has promoted the LGBT agenda to kids while presenting on a CBBC program which provides lessons for children who may have missed school due to COVID-19. Read more here.

 

Perth Establishes LGBTQ Advisory Group. Perth councilors have voted to establish an LGBTQ advisory group to provide insight and direction to the City of Perth but declined a staff suggestion to expand the body to include other diverse communities such as migrants, youth and seniors. Read more here.

 

Appeals Court Strikes Down Florida Counseling Ban. A three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down laws that ban counselors from providing minor clients with help to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or gender confusion. Read more here.

 

Trudeau Govt Introduces Bill to Force Online Media Companies to Push ‘Diverse’ Content. Justin Trudeau’s government has introduced a bill which, if it becomes law, will require broadcasters to include content from Canadians of different “sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and ages.” Read more here.

 

EU Unveils First Plan to Address LGBT ‘Rights.’ The European Union’s executive arm, the European Commission, unveiled a plan to extend the list of crimes in Europe to cover “homophobic hate speech” and propose new laws to guarantee that same-sex parenthood will be recognized across the 27 member nations. Read more here.

 

Toronto Catholic School Trustee Fights Back Against LGBTQ Lobby. Toronto Catholic school trustee Michael Del Grande is launching an appeal after eight Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees voted to revisit code of conduct complaints of which he was cleared in August. Read more here.

 

Top Dictionary Changes Definitions for ‘Man’ and ‘Woman.’ Publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have modified the definition of dozens of words after a gender diversity review, including “woman” and “man.” Read more here.

 

Christian Councilor Cleared After Refusing to Back Pride Event. A Christian councilor has been cleared of any wrongdoing for opposing the use of public money to promote LGBT ideology. Read more here.

 

Bible’s Teaching on Sexual Ethics ‘Homophobic,’ Says LGBT Activist. LGBT activist Jayne Ozanne has accused the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union of homophobia for affirming the Bible’s teaching on sexual morality. Read more here.

 

Christian Ministry to Sue Bank Over Dropping Account. Core Issues Trust plans to file legal action against Barclays Bank for its decision to close the ministry’s account because they offer therapy to individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Survey Shows Americans Broadly Supportive of ‘LGBTQ Rights.’ Research done by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that the vast majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ non-discrimination laws. Read more here.

 

New Documentary Explores Promise of ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Titled “Censored,” a newly released documentary explores the many aspects of what is popularly called “conversion therapy,” which aims to resolve youth traumas that are often at the root of same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

UK Public Bodies Paying Thousands to Join Stonewall’s Pro-LGBT Movement. Approximately 250 public bodies, including government departments, police forces and local councils, have joined Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions’ program which rewards employers who promote LGBT ideology. Read more here.

 

Parents’ Challenge to School’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Rules Dismissed for Lack of Standing. In Reynolds v. Talberg, a Michigan federal district court dismissed, primarily for lack of standing, the parents’ challenge to a school district’s policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Read more here.

 

Biden Pledges Passage and ‘Full Enforcement’ of LGBT Equality Act in His First 100 Days. U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told the Philadelphia Gay News that he wants to see the Equality Act passed and signed into law during his first 100 days in office and that he will direct his cabinet to “ensure immediate and full enforcement of the Equality Act across all federal departments and agencies.” Read more here.

 

BBC ‘No Bias’ Rules Prevent Staff Joining LGBT Pride Marches. BBC journalists have been told that new rules on impartiality mean they may no longer be able to go on LGBT pride marches, even in a personal capacity, in case their presence is taken as a sign of political bias. Read more here.

 

Maryland Counseling Ban in Appeals Court. Liberty Counsel will present oral argument to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to reverse the district judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction against Maryland’s harmful counseling ban. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senator Says LGBTQ Rights Are at Risk With Barrett Confirmation. Sen. Mazie Hirono gave a speech on the Senate floor saying that confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would put the “rights” of LGBTQ Americans at risk. Read more here.

 

UK Census to Ask About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Data on the proportion of the population that is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender will be gathered for the first time in the UK during next year’s census, with members of the public asked to provide information about their sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

 

First-Ever Survey of Sexuality and Gender Identity of Episcopal Clergy Underway. The Episcopal Church’s Church Pension Group is encouraging all active and retired clergy to log on to the profiles and add their race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. Read more here.

 

Bill Offering LGBT Protections in Italy Spurs Rallies on Both Sides. Protesters turned out for rival demonstrations on a bill that would make violence against LGBT-identified persons a hate crime carrying harsher penalties than under current law. Read more here.

 

Biden Again Pledges to Sign Equality Act. U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged again to sign the Equality Act, which would make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Read more here.

 

LGBT Groups in Japan Launch Petition Seeking Equality Law. Human rights activists launched a petition calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention. Read more here.

 

Belize Equal Opportunities Bill Withdrawn. A bill purporting to secure equality and anti-discrimination in Belize was withdrawn after Catholic leaders raised objections to the bill’s treatment of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

 

MEPs Call for Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy.’ More than sixty Members of the European Parliament have signed a letter to three European Commissioners, demanding a Europe-wide ban on so-called “conversion therapy” practices. Read more here.

 

Effort to Bar LGBTQ Discrimination Moves Ahead in Michigan. A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law. Read more here.

 

Senator Scolds U.S Supreme Court Nominee for Using ‘Anti-LGBT’ Term ‘Sexual Preference.’ Sen. Mazie Hirono chastised Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for using the term “sexual preference,” claiming that the words are “offensive.” Read more here.

 

Merriam-Webster Changes Definition of ‘Sexual Preference.’ The Merriam-Webster dictionary changed its definition of “sexual preference” to include the word “offensive” when used to describe sexual orientation as Democrats slammed Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett for using the term. Read more here.

 

Record Number of LGBT+ Candidates Set to Run in U.S. Election. The LGBTQ Victory Fund reports that at least 574 openly LGBT+ candidates will appear on the ballot for the November 3 election. Read more here.

 

Oreo Releases Rainbow Cookie Celebrating LGBTQ+ Allyship. Oreo has released the first-of-its-kind Limited Edition Oreo Rainbow Cookies “in celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month.” Read more here.

 

Hungarian Govt Calls Children’s Book ‘Homosexual Propaganda.’ Hungary’s nationalist government condemned a book of modern fairy tales for children published by a lesbian group as “homosexual propaganda” and said it should be banned. Read more here.

 

Facebook Removes Page for Those Struggling with Unwanted Homosexuality. Facebook recently shut down the entire page of Restored Hope Network, a coalition of ministries, therapists and pastors who offer Christian help and support for those struggling with unwanted homosexual and transgender desires, actions and identities. Read more here.

 

California Rolls Out Diversity Quotas for Corporate Boards. Hundreds of California-based corporations must have directors from racial or sexual minorities on their boards under a first-in-the-nation bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read more here.

 

Trudeau Govt Reintroduces Bill Criminalizing Help for Unwanted LGBT Inclinations. Justin Trudeau’s government reintroduced a bill making it a crime punishable by five years in jail to help minors overcome same-sex attraction or gender confusion, or to remove them from Canada to seek such help. Read more here.

 

Poland Rejects Int’l Criticism Over LGBT Rights. Polish leaders rejected suggestions that LGBT people are deprived of any of their rights in the country, after an open letter from 50 ambassadors and international representatives cited a need to work for “non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance.” Read more here.

 

Chicago Renames LGBTQ Neighborhood Over Concerns Name Was Not Inclusive of Non-Binary. Following an “inclusivity survey,” Chicago’s historic LGBTQ neighborhood, “Boystown,” will rebrand as “Northalsted” and market itself as “America’s Proudest Neighborhood” over concerns “Boystown” referenced only one gender. Read more here.

 

Icelandic Church Apologizes for Ad Featuring Jesus With Breasts, Wearing Makeup. An Icelandic church recently received backlash after attempting to “emphasize diversity” by running a cartoon ad featuring a bearded Jesus with breasts and makeup dancing under a rainbow. Read more here.

 

Poland Criticized in EU Parliament Over LGBT Rights. Poland’s government came under criticism in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its “stigmatization” of LGBT people. Read more here.

 

Korean Bishops Concerned About Anti-Discrimination Law. The Bioethics Committee of the Catholic Church of Korea expressed concerns about a bill that aims to end all forms of discrimination, including those against LGBTI people. Read more here.

 

Lifetime Will Feature First LGBT-Themed Movie Starring Real Married Same-Sex Couple. Lifetime announced its “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday movie slate, chief among them being “The Christmas Setup” starring actors Ben Lewis and Blake Lee, who are married in real life. Read more here.

 

Burger King Ad Features Homosexual Kiss Between Mascots. To celebrate Helsinki “Pride Week,” Burger King Finland launched an ad campaign featuring the chain’s male mascot embracing and kissing Ronald McDonald. Read more here.

 

UK Survey on LGBT Teaching in Schools Shows Concern Over Inappropriate Instruction. The survey conducted by Kantar found that 56% of those who practice a religious faith disagreed with teaching a six-year-old that it is acceptable to be homosexual; 30% of people described as ‘not religious’ also disagreed. Read more here.

 

Malta Police Add LGBT Rainbow to Coat of Arms. The police force of the predominantly Catholic country of Malta added the pro-homosexual rainbow to its coat of arms this September to mark “Pride” month. Read more here.

 

PA City Enacts Non-Discrimination Law. Shippensburg is the 59th municipality in Pennsylvania to enact protections for LGBT people with regards to employment, housing and public accommodations. Read more here.

 

Manchester to Give Old People’s Homes LGBT Makeover. Manchester is working with artists to “improve LGBT visibility” in elderly people’s homes to encourage residents to “come out” as homosexual or transgender. Read more here.

 

Polish Bishops Clarify Call for Counseling Centers in LGBT Document. A Polish bishop has dismissed suggestions that the country’s bishops want to force people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to undergo therapy and instead clarified that counseling services offered would be only for those who voluntarily seek them. Read more here.

 

Yeshiva University Nixes LGBTQ Club. Yeshiva University rejected the formation of a campus group for LGBTQ students but said it was putting in place new policies to help them feel safe. Read more here.

 

CA Legislature Passes Bill to Soften Criminal Penalty for Sex with Underage Teens. The California General Assembly has advanced legislation that seeks to prevent homosexual adults who sodomize or perform oral sex with underage teenagers from being automatically assigned to California’s sex offender registry. Read more here.

 

German Diocese Releases Videos of Employees Demanding Church Accept Homosexuality. The German Diocese of Essen launched an attack on Catholic teaching, releasing videos featuring employees and volunteers of the diocese demanding to change what the Church has taught since the time of Jesus Christ, including traditional marriage. Read more here.

 

LGBT+ Candidates Celebrate ‘Rainbow Wave’ in U.S. Election. This year, more than 880 openly LGBT+ candidates have appeared or will appear on ballots across the country, nearly double that of 2018, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute. Read more here.

 

Canberra ‘Conversion Therapy’ Bill Passes With Amendments. A bill banning “conversion therapy” for individuals dealing with sexual orientation or gender identity issues has become law in the Australian Capital Territory, with amendments added to protect parents who seek to address sexuality issues with their children. Read more here.

 

Coalition Issues Statement on the Right of Polish Citizens to Protect the Family. Civil Society for the Family, a coalition of over 200 organizations, has issued a statement supporting the right of polish citizens to protect marriage, the family, and children by taking a stand against “LGBT propaganda” without interference from international organizations. Read more here.

 

Over 300 LGBT Leaders Endorse Biden for U.S. President. More than 300 LGBT leaders voiced their support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president, stating that the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, together make “the most pro-equality ticket in American history.” Read more here.

 

Polish Bishops Weigh in on Country’s LGBT Debate. Catholics have a duty to respect people who identify as LGBT+ but are not obliged to accept their views uncritically, Poland’s bishops said. Read more here.

 

Kentucky Lawmakers Resume Push to Curb ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Bipartisan opponents of “conversion therapy” in the Kentucky legislature have introduced a proposal to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in “conversion therapy” with people under 18. Read more here.

 

Amazon Bans Book Outlining ‘Health Hazards of Homosexuality.’ Retail giant Amazon has removed a book outlining the medical and psychological dangers associated with same-sex sexual acts from its website. Some say it is further evidence of a larger censorship trend. Read more here.

 

Arkansas Governor, Lawmakers Unveil Hate Crimes Proposal. Arkansas’ governor, attorney general and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation that would impose harsher penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Read more here.

 

L.A. to Close Hollywood Blvd for Installation of LGBT-Themed Mural. The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services will close part of the Hollywood Boulevard next week in order to install a permanent street mural with the slogan “All Black Lives Matter” written in the colors of the LGBT rainbow, a move they say is a memorial to transgender people of color. Read more here.

 

Germany Plans Equal Rights for ‘Lesbian Co-Mothers.’ A baby born into a lesbian family will have two mothers, and neither will be required to apply to adopt the child, according to a proposed reform. Read more here.

 

Polish Nationalists and LGBT Activists Face Off in Warsaw. Hundreds of Polish nationalists and defenders of LGBT rights faced off against each other on opposite sides of a street in central Warsaw, separated by a line of several police vans and dozens of policemen. Read more here.

 

U.S. Political Convention Features ‘Transgender Non-Binary Gender Transcendent Mermaid Queen-King.’ A “Black-Vietnamese, transgender non-binary/gender-transcendent mermaid Queen-King currently living out their ever-evolving truths in Winston-Salem” spoke at the Democratic National Convention during a daytime session. Read more here.

 

Polish ‘LGBT-Free’ Town Gets State Financing After EU Funds Cut. A Polish town that lost European Union funding after it set up a zone free of “LGBT ideology” will receive government financial support, Poland’s justice minister said. Read more here.

 

CA State Senator Fights for Bill That Could Alter Sex Offender Registration for Homosexual Sex With Minors. A California state senator is seeking to salvage a bill that could decriminalize homosexual sex between young adults and minors in some cases, arguing that present state laws governing the sex offender registry unfairly discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Read more here.

 

Queensland Becomes First Australian State to Outlaw ‘Conversion’ Therapy. Under the new law, healthcare professionals could face up to 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

Disney’s ‘The Owl House’ Features First Bisexual Lead Character. The Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House features what is believed to be Disney’s first bisexual lead character. Read more here.

 

Mennonite Regional Body Considering Cutting Ties Over LGBT Issues. A regional body of Mennonite Church USA has entered into a period of discernment over possibly leaving the denomination, in part over LGBT issues. Read more here.

 

Upcoming Hallmark Movie to Feature First Same-Sex Wedding. An upcoming Hallmark Channel movie will feature a same-sex wedding as a secondary part of the plot, a move many see as the first step in their commitment to prioritize “diversity and inclusion.” Read more here.

 

Lifetime Christmas Movie to Feature Same-Sex Romance for First Time. Lifetime cable network has announced that one of its upcoming Christmas movies will be its first to feature a same-sex romance as the lead story. Read more here.

 

First Lesbian Woman to be Appointed to Tel Aviv’s Religious Council. Abigail Sperber, 47, a mother of two and founder of the LGBT religious women’s organization Bat Kol, is expected to be appointed next week to Tel Aviv’s religious council. Read more here.

 

Three Poles Charged for Hanging Rainbow Flags Off Statues. Three people accused of hanging LGBT rainbow flags off statues in Warsaw have been arrested and charged with desecrating monuments and offending religious feelings. Read more here.

 

Russian Foreign Ministry Sends Notes of Protest to Western States’ Embassies Over LGBT Flags on Buildings. The United Kingdom embassy in Moscow has received a note of protest from the Russian Foreign Ministry over the appearance of an LGBT flag on the embassy building in late June. Read more here.

 

Democrats Demand Military Flag Policy Allow LGBT ‘Pride’ Flag While Banning Others. More than two dozen Democrats are demanding Defense Secretary Mark Esper allow service members to fly the LGBT “Pride” flag, which was banned when Esper issued a broad flag policy. Read more here.

 

Barclays Closes Bank Account of Christian Counseling Org. A UK Christian charity that helps people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction has been notified by their bank that their account will be closed. Read more here.

 

Facebook Censors Christian Ministry for Allegedly Promoting ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Facebook is starting to censor a Christian ministry for allegedly promoting “conversion therapy,” removing posts of men and women who were once LGBT-identified.. Read more here.

 

BBC Airs Teen Same-Sex Kiss in Show for Kids as Young as Six. The BBC, the publicly funded British TV and radio institution, has aired a kiss between two teenage girls in a program aimed at young children. Read more here.

 

Facebook Says Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy’ to Strike ‘Right Balance’ on Speech, Safety. In response to activists, Instagram and parent company Facebook plan to ban information about “conversion therapy” but haven’t fully defined the term. Read more here.

 

Ukraine Proposes Fine for Promoting Homosexuality. Two Ukrainian MPs are proposing a fine for the promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism. Read more here.

 

Knesset Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes Initial Vote. A bill outlawing controversial same-sex “conversion therapy” passed a preliminary vote in the Knesset, drawing cheers from LGBT rights advocates and angering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political allies. Read more here.

 

UK Prime Minister Promises to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the government will move to ban same-sex “conversion therapy,” while failing to define how this might impact those seeking help with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Italian Priest Performs Same-Sex Civil Union Ceremony. A priest has resigned as a parish pastor after he performed a same-sex civil union ceremony in the town hall of the Italian town of Sant’Oreste. Read more here.

 

NYC Pays $100K for Censoring Therapist’s Conversations on Same-Sex Attraction. The city of New York agreed to pay $100,000 in attorneys’ fees and nominal damages this week after the city council backtracked and repealed an ordinance that unconstitutionally censored private conversations between counseling professionals and their patients. Read more here.

 

Hallmark Movies Soon to Include ‘LGBTQ Storylines.’ Upcoming Hallmark movies will include “LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors” as part of a company-wide strategy to promote diversity, an official from the parent company of Hallmark Channel says. Read more here.

 

UK Police Forces Spend Thousands on LGBT Causes and Training. Police forces around the UK have been criticized for spending tens of thousands of pounds on Stonewall subscriptions and other “LGBT expenditures.” Read more here.

 

Polish ‘LGBT-Free’ Town Weighs Risk of Losing EU Funds. Like about a hundred other municipalities across rural Poland, the local council has declared Konskowola to be free of “LGBT ideology.” Read more here.

 

Facebook Bans Content Related to Change From Homosexuality. Facebook announced that both Facebook and Instagram would be updating “hate speech” policies to ban any content that promotes so-called “conversion therapy.” Read more here.

 

‘Scooby-Doo’ Producer Confirms Character Velma is Lesbian. Velma Dinkley, the brainy square-glasses-wearing fictional character from the American animated franchise “Scooby-Doo” is lesbian, said a producer and former screenwriter for the franchise. Read more here.

 

Top Human Rights QC Blasts Northern Ireland Hate Crime Proposals. In a detailed legal opinion, Ivan Hare Queen’s Counsel attacked the proposals which could see “hate crime” laws extended to those who express disagreement on issues like same-sex marriage or transgenderism. Read more here.

 

Arab Israelis Call for Tahini Boycott Over LGBTQ Support. There are calls for a boycott after Al-Arz, an Arab Israeli company which produces locally popular tahini, announced last week that it would start funding a hotline for LGBTQ Arab Israeli youth. Read more here.

 

Polish President Proposes Constitutional Ban on LGBTQ Adoption. Ahead of a tight run-off race, the president of Poland has announced plans to change the country’s constitution to ban adoption of children by same-sex couples. Read more here.

 

UK Award-Winning Authors Call for Peer to be Reinstated as Honorary VP of Booker Prize. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne was removed from her position following accusations of “transphobia” and “homophobia” after she voted against same-sex marriage in 2013 and “misgendered” a model who claims to be a woman. Read more here.

 

Knesset Says No to Surrogacy for Homosexual Men, But Minister Vows It Will Happen. Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nisseknorn said that he intends to advance a bill that would enable homosexual men to use the surrogacy procedure that is currently only available for heterosexual couples or single women who are unable to have a child. Read more here.

 

LGBT Flags on Moscow Embassy Buildings Seen as Attempt to Influence Voting. A Russian official feels that the flying of rainbow flags on the U.S. and UK embassies in Moscow was politically motivated. Read more here.

 

German Pastor Charged With Incitement for Anti-Homosexual Comment. Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen have charged a Protestant pastor with incitement for comments he made about homosexuality. Read more here.

 

LGBTQ Groups March Through Paris Demanding Political Action. Grassroots LGBTQ groups marched through Paris demanding more political actions on behalf of migrants, sex workers and other “marginalized” members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Read more here.

 

Drag Queens Dance in Calgary Park to Drum Up Stampede Spirit. According to one participant, the event — with five drag performers and some rodeo clowns — was created to spark joy and keep the spirit alive for the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo and exhibition, despite its cancellation due to COVID-19. Read more here.

 

Petition Signed by 275,000 Blasts Movie Portraying Jesus as a ‘Lesbian Woman’. The daughter of late pop singer Michael Jackson stars in a new movie in which she portrays Jesus Christ as “a lesbian woman,” according to a petition opposing the film. Read more here.

 

Netflix Orders ‘Queer-Friendly’ Animated Children’s Series. Netflix is ordering so-called “queer-friendly” animated children’s series DeadEndia, a horror-comedy series known for its tales of adolescence and inclusion of LGBTQ story lines. Read more here.

 

French Court Acquits Young People of ‘Homophobia’ Charges. A French Court of Appeal has found 12 college students who joined a spontaneous action against an “LGBT rights” stand in France not guilty of homophobic insults and obstruction to a legal public demonstration. Read more here.

 

Drag Queen Event for Toddlers Cancelled Following Backlash. UK Parents have successfully persuaded a library to cancel a Drag Queen Story Hour event aimed at children as young as two. Read more here.

 

Unsanctioned ‘Pride’ Parade Draws Thousands in Chicago. The city’s parade was canceled because of fears of the spread of the coronavirus, but activists gathered anyway at the “Reclaim Pride March,” which partnered the causes of “LGBT Pride” and the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more here.

 

First ‘Transqueer Lesbian’ Stars in Calvin Klein Billboard for ‘Pride Month’. American fashion brand Calvin Klein launched a nine-part video series featuring “rising stars” in the LGBTQ community, including self-described “transqueer lesbian” Jari Jones who is a biological male. Read more here.

 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights CEO Resigns After LGBT Censorship. The president and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has resigned following reports that the museum forced staff at times to censor and block LGBT content for certain guests including religious school groups. Read more here.

 

Catholic Catechesis Directory Addresses Gender, Biological Sex. Bioethics, gender identity, and biological sex are new subjects covered in the Vatican’s latest Directory for Catechesis. Read more here.

 

U.S. Speaker of the House Calls Again for Senate Vote on Equality Act. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement commemorating the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which she called upon Senate leadership to bring up the Equality Act for a vote. Read more here.

 

Tel Aviv Announces Recognition of Same-Sex Couples During ‘Pride Week’. Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai announced that same-sex couples will enjoy similar municipal benefits to those enjoyed by married couples. Read more here.

 

LGBTQ Advocates Sue Over Rollback of Non-Discrimination Protections. The Trump administration doesn’t have the authority to allow health providers to discriminate against LGBTQ patients, according to a lawsuit filed by advocacy groups seeking to block a new rule from taking effect. Read more here.

 

Catholic Activists to LGBT Members: ‘We’re Transforming the Church From the Bottom Up’. Outreach 2020, an “LGBTQ Catholic ministry gathering,” was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers put out a video message instead. Read more here.

 

Canadian Human Rights Museum Under Fire for Allowing Touring Religious Schools to Bypass LGBT Displays. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is under fire from LGBT activists for having previously accommodated the request from religious schools for tours that bypass exhibits dedicated to LGBT “rights.” Read more here.

 

U.S. Senate Republicans Block Vote on Equality Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives last year and would extend protections for LGBTQ individuals, superseding the rights of religious groups. Read more here.

 

UK LGBT Group Complains About Rainbow Artwork Inspired by Lockdown. A London-based LGBT group claimed that “the rainbow is ours” and told the group who decorated a bridge that they cannot use it for a different meaning “without taking it away from us.” Read more here.

 

Global ‘Pride’ Event Scheduled After Canceled Parades. After the cancellation of “Pride” parades due to the COVID-19 pandemic, national “Pride” networks have set up a new digital “Global Pride Day” which will include a 24-hour stream of music, performances and speeches. Read more here.

 

UN Calls for End to ‘Cruel’ ‘Conversion Therapy’. The United Nations is urging nations around the world to ban what opponents call “conversion therapy,” which involves therapy for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion. Read more here.

 

Polish President Calls LGBT ‘Ideology’ Worse Than Communism. Earlier in the week, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a declaration with a ban on “propagating LGBT ideology in public institutions.” Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Extends Anti-Discrimination Protections to Transgender, Homosexual Employees. The Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

 

Polish Archbishop Urges Protection of ‘Family Values’ Ahead of Vote. Archbishop Marek Jedrazszewski spoke out against ideologies that undermine the institution of marriage and the family. Read more here.

 

Nickelodeon Suggests SpongeBob is Homosexual in ‘Pride Month’ Tweet. Although the tweet doesn’t explicitly say the animated cartoon character SpongeBob is homosexual, the two other “rainbow” character treatments, released alongside SpongeBob, are of known queer characters. Read more here.

 

Polish President Makes Re-Election Promise to Protect Kids From LGBT Propaganda. President Andrzej Duda’s re-election campaign includes a focus on his pro-life policies, one of which is “Protection of children from LGBT ideology.” Read more here.

 

World Economic Forum: LGBT Inclusion Will Determine Cities’ ‘Post-Pandemic Success.’ An article published by the World Economic Forum argued that better inclusion of transgender and homosexual people “is the secret to cities’ post-pandemic success.” Read more here.

 

Over One-Third of Ontario’s English Catholic School Boards Give Nod to ‘Pride Month.’ The Catholic boards acknowledged “Pride Month” in the context of assurances that Catholic schools are inclusive and welcoming to all. Read more here.

 

Austrian Priest: Church Must Recognize ‘Sacramental Character’ of Same-Sex Partnerships. The editor of a book commissioned by the Austrian bishops that argues for the blessing of homosexual relationships has indicated that the ultimate goal is to have the Church “recognize” the “sacramental character” of homosexual partnerships. Read more here.

 

UN Report Condemns Talk Therapy for Homosexuality. The report encourages governments to outlaw doctors from offering, and patients from seeking, this particular method of dealing with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

No ‘Pride Month’ Proclamation for June From President Trump. President Donald Trump has not officially recognized June as “LGBT Pride Month” by issuing a proclamation about it, nor has he done so during the prior three years of his administration. Read more here.

 

Canadian Catholic University Raises ‘Pride’ Flag on Campus. St. Jerome’s University, a publicly funded Catholic institution federated with the University of Waterloo, explained in a press release that it was doing so to be welcoming to all. Read more here.

 

Courage Director Responds to Call for Same-Sex Church Blessings. Blessings of homosexual couples in the Catholic Church would only obscure knowledge of what is important and good about persons with same-sex attraction, according to the director of Courage International. Read more here.

 

German Bishop Quits Synodal Forum Endorsing ‘Polyvalent Sexuality.’ No general debate of the presented paper had been provided for, Bishop Dominikus Schaderlapp said, which led to his decision to renounce his membership in the forum. Read more here.

 

U.S. Speaker of the House Issues Statement in Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month.hHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month in which she said that “LGBTQ leaders, activists and allies have advanced the cause of freedom for all Americans.” Read more here.

 

IKEA Manager Charged for Firing Pole Over Anti-Homosexual Remarks. A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee terminated for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting LGBT people. Read more here.

 

Rainbow Flags Over Baghdad Fan Debate. In what both progressive and conservative critics considered a tone-deaf step to support Iraq’s LGBTQ community, several Western embassies’ raising of the rainbow flag did not have its intended effects. Read more here.

 

Malaysian Federal Court to Hear Challenge of Law Criminalizing Unnatural Sex. The Federal Court recently decided that it will proceed to hear a man’s constitutional challenge over a Selangor state law that makes it a Shariah offense to have unnatural sex. Read more here.

 

Canadian City Bans Help to Overcome Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. The bylaw comes with fines of up to $10,000 or a year-long prison term for those found to violate the law. Read more here.

 

Marvel Film ‘Eternals’ Includes Openly Homosexual Married Superheroes. One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, is warning parents that the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Eternals” features an openly homosexual male superhero and his “spouse,” who kiss on screen. Read more here.

 

Austrian Bishops Commission Book Calling Same-Sex Relationships ‘Image of God’s Goodness.’ A new book commissioned by the Austrian bishops calls upon the Church to change its teaching against homosexuality and to bless homosexual relationships. Read more here.

 

Pixar Short ‘Out’ Features Studio’s First Homosexual Lead Character. Disney Plus debuted a Pixar short film that breaks new ground for the animation studio by featuring an openly homosexual character who is shown kissing his partner. Read more here.

 

Catholic GOP Committeewoman Fired From Healthcare Job After Cheering Cancellation of LGBT Pride Parade. Not only did the employer fire the home caregiver, but LGBT activists have harassed her and her family. Read more here.

 

SNP Veteran: ‘Beware Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill’. The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill seeks to extend the law on ‘hate crime’ against particular groups, namely age, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sexual characteristics. Read more here.

 

Albanian Psychologists Ban Conversion Therapy. Gay rights organizations welcomed a decision by the governing body of psychologists in Albania to prohibit the so-called conversion therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expressions. Read more here.

 

PBS Celebrates ‘Pride Month’ With Series on LGBTQ+ Identity in the South. The Public Broadcasting Service, which is funded in part by U.S. taxpayers, is introducing a series in June to celebrate “Pride Month” that will examine LGBTQ+ life in the southern United States. Read more here.

 

Pennsylvania Focusing on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Collection of Coronavirus Data. Governor Tom Wolf’s office announced that the state’s health department, under transgender Health Secretary Rachel Levine, is focusing on gender identity and sexual orientation or expression in the state’s collection of coronavirus data. Read more here.

 

Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill to Address LGBT Youth Suicide. The latest economic recovery bill making its way through the U.S. Congress calls for providing assistance to help develop strategies and plans to prevent suicides among “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer” (LGBTQ) youth. Read more here.

 

Scottish Hate Crime Bill Could Be ‘Weaponized to Suppress Free Speech’. The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill in Scotland seeks to extend the law on ‘hate crime’ against particular groups, listed as age, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sexual characteristics. Read more here.

 

LGBT Activists Complain at Rainbow Being Used to Thank the NHS. LGBT activists in the U.K. are complaining that the rainbow is being appropriated by others to be used as a sign of support for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

 

Turkish President Backs Cleric Who Claims Homosexuality Brings Disease. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threw his weight behind Turkey’s top Muslim cleric, who caused a storm by claiming homosexuality “brings disease and causes this generation to decay.” Read more here.

 

Finland’s First Same-Sex Adoptions Confirmed. The adoptions come three years after reform of the Marriage Act which allowed marriage equality and same-sex couples to adopt. Read more here.

 

German Bishops’ Head Calls for Changing Church Teaching on Homosexuality. Bishop Baetzing claims the Church’s teaching is something many no longer want or understand. Read more here.

 

Bosnia Takes First Step to Regulate Same-Sex Partnerships. Despite widespread resistance to LGBT rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, civil society groups believe the political will is now there to regulate same-sex partnerships in one of the country’s two entities. Read more here.

 

Disney Producer Says ‘Relevant LGBTQ+ Narratives’ Are in the Works. Disney’s kids’ cartoon “DuckTales” has introduced a gay couple — two dads — as the parents of Violet, and the co-producer says upcoming themes will continue to address LGBTQ narratives. Read more here.

 

San Francisco 50th Anniversary LGBT Pride Parade Canceled. Carolyn Wysinger, the organization’s board president, said that alternative methods to celebrate LGBT Pride will be explored. Read more here.

 

Former Homosexual Begs Canadian Politicians to Not Ban Therapy That ‘Freed’ Him From LGBT Lifestyle. A man who formerly lived a life of homosexuality, drugs, and prostitution for 35 years is calling on Canadian politicians to vote against legislation that would ban “conversion therapy” designed to help LGBT people overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Singapore Court Rejects Attempt to Overturn Ban on Gay Sex. Singapore’s High Court rejected an attempt by three pro-LGBT activists to overturn the city-state’s law against homosexual relations, thereby reaffirming its prohibition of gay sex as constitutional. Read more here.

 

UK School Threatened With Deregistration for Refusing LGBT Instruction. A strictly Orthodox secondary school has been threatened with removal from the register by the Department for Education because it will not teach openly about LGBT people. Read more here.

 

South Africa Opens Continent’s First Queer Wellness Center. The founders of the center in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city, said it would provide clients with “stigma-free” sexual and mental health services, as well as treatments that focused specifically on LGBT+ people’s needs. Read more here.

 

Trudeau Government Introduces Bill to Criminalize Therapy for Those With Unwanted LGBT Identity. The bill will make it a crime not only to give Canadians of minor age help to overcome same-sex attraction or gender confusion but to “remove a minor from Canada” to seek such help. Read more here.

 

Middle School Hangs LGBT Flag in Cafeteria, Bans Flag of Traditional Family. Marshall Middle School in Marshall, Minnesota allowed the rainbow flag to be displayed. A student-circulated petition opposing the LGBT flag and requests to display other flags offered by the school population were not approved by the administration. Read more here.

 

UK National Health Service Will Refuse to Treat Patients Who Are “Intolerant of Sexuality.” The NHS will refuse treatment to patients who are deemed “homophobic” beginning in April unless the case is an emergency. Read more here.

 

Switzerland Votes to Criminalize ‘Homophobia.’ In a public referendum, 63.1 percent of the voters agreed that “discrimination,” “hate speech” and other forms of public “insults” aimed at homosexuals because of their “sexual orientation” will be punishable by a fine and up to three years’ imprisonment. Read more here.

 

Croatia’s Top Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can be Foster Parents. A ruling by the Croatian Constitutional Court obliges courts and relevant authorities to give all competent appliers to foster equal opportunities, including same-sex couples. Read more here.

 

Nepal’s Next Census to Count LGBT+ People for the First Time. The census will be held in June 2021, and it is believed that the move could help sexual minorities gain better access to education and health schemes. Read more here.

 

Oklahoma Bans State Travel to California in Tit-for-Tat over LGBT Laws. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order banning nonessential state-funded travel to California, in response to California’s own ban on travel to Oklahoma. Read more here.

 

Tennessee Senate Passes Bill so Adoption Agencies Won’t Be Forced to Place Kids With Same-Sex Couples. On a vote of 20-6 the senate passed the bill that will ensure that licensed adoption agencies cannot be forced to make child placement decisions that “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.” Read more here.

 

Criminalization of Same-Sex Relations in Belize Ruled Unconstitutional. The Court of Appeal of Belize ruled that the Criminal Code that prohibited same-sex sexual relations is a violation of the Belize Constitution, which guarantees free expression and freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex. Read more here.

 

Calls for Improved Rights for LGBT Families Using Surrogacy to be Examined in Ireland. The Irish Government has tasked its special rapporteur on child protection to examine calls for improved parental rights for LGBT families using surrogacy and other forms of assisted human reproduction. Read more here.

 

Croatia Court Rules Same-Sex Couple can Foster Children. The Zagreb Administrative Court ruled that a same-sex couple has the right to become foster parents. Read more here.

 

Trump Administration Rule Again Allows Religious Adoption Agencies to Serve in Face of LGBT Demands. The federal rule change once again allows faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding without being required to place children with same-sex couples. Read more here.

 

Pro-LGBT Governments and U.S. Clash on Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality. U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell pitched a U.S. campaign to decriminalize homosexual conduct to members of the UN LGBT Core Group that promotes LGBT rights but they were not on board with the plan. Read more here.

 

Cambodia to Teach LGBT Issues to Students. From grade seven, around age 13, modules covering sexual orientation and gender identity will be part of sex education in schools. Officials believe the training will combat bullying and discrimination. Read more here.

 

Experts’ Group Says Governments Must Respect ‘Freedom … Right’ Of Homosexuals Wanting to Overcome Same-Sex Attraction. The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice released its 2019 Declaration stating that “everyone should have the freedom and right to walk away from sexual experiences and practices they find unfulfilling, and have support to do so.” Read more here.

 

American Medical Association Announces Support for U.S. Ban on “Conversion” Therapy. Despite scientific evidence showing that sexual orientation change effort therapy can help individuals overcome unwanted same-sex attraction, and that counseling can help individuals overcome gender confusion, the AMA announced it would begin supporting a ban on so-called “conversion” therapy. Read more here.

 

Singapore Court to Hear Legal Challenges on Homosexual Sex Ban. Singapore has retained an old law that criminalizes homosexual behavior. Three Singaporean activists have launched separate bids to decriminalize homosexual sex. Previous legal challenges to overturn the ban have failed. Read more here.

 

Homosexual Pressure Group Demands 1 of 5 Prime-Time TV Characters be LGBT by 2025. In its annual report on the state of LGBT representation in television, the pro-LGBT pressure group GLAAD found a rise in prime-time depictions of homosexual and transgender characters but is demanding that a fifth of regular primetime characters are LGBT five years from now. Read more here.

 

UK Politician Deselected for Backing Parents Over LGBT Teaching in Schools. Roger Godsiff, an MP of 27 years, was formally reprimanded by the Labour Party after he sympathized with parents who complained that LGBT issues were being taught to their children without consultation. Read more here.

 

Order Signed in Ireland to Let Same-Sex Couples Register Both Names on Birth Certificate. Minister for Health, Simon Harris, signed commencement orders and regulations for parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, which will come into effect on May 5. Previously, some same-sex couples could only register the child’s birth mother, meaning the other person in the relationship had no legal parental rights to the child they were raising. Read more here.

 

German Health Minister Submits Law Banning “Conversion” Therapy. Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, submitted a draft law to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors that would prohibit them from undergoing therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. Read more here.

 

Kentucky Supreme Court Tosses Suit Against Designer Who Declined to Print “Gay Pride” Shirts. The court ruled that the plaintiff, Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, lacked standing in the case since the city’s homosexual rights law is meant to protect individuals rather than activist groups. Read more here.

 

Former LGBT Individuals Gather in Washington D.C. to lobby against LGBTQ-Rights Bills. The group is lobbying against H.R. 5, better known as the Equality Act, and H.R. 3570, or the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act. Both bills have been supported by the country’s major LGBTQ advocacy organizations. Read more here.

 

Trump Administration Announces that Adoption Agencies Won’t be Forced to Give Kids to Same-Sex Couples. The announcement said that the administration will not be enforcing Obama-era rules forcing faith-based adoption and foster agencies to place children in same-sex households and proposed new rules specifically recognizing the religious and conscience rights of such organizations. Read more here.

 

Tens of Thousands Take Part in First “Gay Pride” Parade in Taiwan Since Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage. An estimated 200,000 people took part in the event in central Taipei near the Presidential Palace. Taiwan was the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Read more here.

 

Scottish Citizens Face ‘Baffling’ List of 21 Sexualities to Choose From in 2021 Census. National Records of Scotland revealed a plan to expand the four basic sexualities— straight or heterosexual, gay or lesbian, bisexual and other—to include 21 additional sexualities including bicurious, gynephilic and skoliosexual. Read more here.

 

Kellogg Announces Special Pro-Homosexual Breakfast Cereal to Raise Money for ‘LGBTQ Advocacy Work.’ All Together cereal is a limited-edition variety pack of Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies. It was created in recognition of GLAAD’s Spirit Day 2019, which the organization bills as a “means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth.” Read more here.

 

UK LGBT Teaching Row: School Exclusion Zone Decision Put Off. The decision on whether to keep a protest exclusion zone around a school at the center of a debate over LGBT equality teaching has been put off until a later date. The school has been at the focus of a campaign against teaching about LGBT relationships, led by some parents and activists who say it is in conflict with their religious beliefs and family values. Read more here.

 

LGBT Protesters Succeed in Shutting Down First Chick-Fil-A in the United Kingdom. LGBT advocacy groups in England have succeeded in convincing a shopping center in the UK not to renew Chick-fil-A’s lease, leading the company to announce that it will permanently close the location. Countless protests and boycotts have been organized by LGBT activists because the owners of Chick-fil-A hold a religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Read more here.

 

UK Christian School Administrator Suspended After Questioning LGBT Agenda. The woman who held the position of governor (similar to a school board member) objected to the introduction of a pride month and the addition of LGBT books to the school library. Shortly after voicing her objections, she was suspended for “breaching the Governors Code of Conduct.” Read more here.

 

Tampa, Florida Counseling Ban for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Struck Down. Federal Judge William F. Jung struck down the city ordinance that prohibited licensed counselors from providing talk therapy to minors seeking help to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. Read more here.

 

Disney Confirms ‘Gay Couple’ in Star Wars Resistance Kids’ Show. Two producers of the Disney show said they were “proud” the two characters, Orka and Flix, in the animated show for children are a “gay couple.” Read more here.

 

Iowa City Rejects Federal Request to Remove Rainbow Crosswalks. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration requested that Ames, Iowa remove the crosswalks because they don’t comply with federal traffic control standards, which require crosswalk to use only white paint. Read more here.

 

France’s Medical Ethics Committee Expresses “Reservations” Over IVF for Lesbians and Single Women. In a debate about a bill that would legalize medically assisted pregnancies, the committee warned that children without fathers pose a developmental risk. Under current French law, only heterosexual couples have the right to use medically assisted procreation methods such as in vitro fertilization. Read more here.

 

Chick-Fil-A Sales Have Doubled Since LGBT Boycotts Began In 2012. Protests began following the CEO’s public support for marriage between a man and a woman. The fast-food chain has become the third largest restaurant in the U.S. Read more here.

 

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Maryland Therapy Ban for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow’s ruling makes Maryland the 11th state to ban therapy for same-sex attracted minors. The lawsuit was initiated by therapist Christopher Doyle who believes his First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom were violated by the ban. Read more here.

 

New York City to Repeal Ban on Counseling for Same-Sex, Gender Dysphoria. The New York City Council is backing down from the ban on counseling for individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion for fear the U.S. Supreme Court would strike it down along with other similar bans throughout the country. Read more here.

 

Homosexual “Chemsex” Parties Are Fueling Urban HIV Epidemics, AIDS Experts Warn. Parties where people spend days using drugs and engaging in sexual behavior with dozens of partners is causing an increase in HIV among homosexual men in Europe. Read more here.

 

Brazilian President Moves to Protect Schoolkids from LGBT Gender Ideology. President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that his administration is preparing legislation to prohibit the spreading of gender ideology in Brazil’s public primary schools. Read more here.

 

Spanish Region Gives Parents the Right to Take Children Out of Talks Led by LGBT Groups. The government of Murcia will allow parents of elementary students to decide if their children will attend classes led by external organizations on a range of issues including sex education. Read more here.

 

“Veggie Tales” Creator Says it is “Inevitable” That Christian Filmmakers Will Be Forced to Address LGBT Issues. Phil Vischer said the issue has become a growing presence in children’s media, but he will not cave to pressure from Hollywood to promote such things as same-sex marriage to children. Read more here.

 

More States Pledge to Include LGBT History in School Curriculums. Illinois has joined California, New Jersey, and Colorado in mandating the teaching of LGBT History. Maryland is also planning to include LGBT individuals who are viewed as historically underrepresented in lesson plans. Read more here.

 

Illinois Governor Mandates LGBT History Curriculum for Public Schools. Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed the bill that will require schools to incorporate “a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” as part of the American history curriculum. Read more here.

 

U.S. Uses UN Mechanism to Pressure Countries on Homosexuality. The U.S. State Department is using a little-known UN mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review, to pressure governments to change their laws on sexual practices related to “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Read more here.

 

Maryland Therapist Fights for Free Speech and Religious Liberty Against “Conversion Therapy” Ban. Christopher Doyle, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor filed a lawsuit against a Maryland law banning therapy for minors with unwanted homosexual or transgender issues. Read more here.

 

White House Confirms Global Campaign to Protect Homosexual Behavior. The White House confirmed the launch of a global U.S. campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in a tweet from Richard Grenell, the openly homosexual U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Case in October. On October 8 the court will begin hearing oral arguments on whether longstanding anti-discrimination laws should be reinterpreted to include homosexuality and gender identity. Read more here.

 

California Lawmakers Suggest Religious Are to Blame for LGBT Suicides. ACR-99 is a resolution passed by the California Assembly that declares that “being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender” are “part of natural variations that occur in sexual orientation and gender identity.” The resolution condemns counseling services that help people resolve unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Oregon Mandates K–12 LGBT Identity Curricula in Civics, Economics, Geography, Government and History. House Bill 2023 was signed by Gov. Kate Brown and will go into effect in January 2020. By September 2026, all textbooks and instructional materials will have to include perspectives of LGBT individuals. Read more here.

 

Study Finds LGBTQ Americans Could Be at Higher Risk for Dementia. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that compared with non-LGBTQ people LGBTQ individuals were 29 percent more likely to report memory loss and confusion—two early signs of dementia. Read more here.

 

Former Homosexuals Petition Amazon to Stop Banning Books That Help With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Amazon recently removed several books in response to a Change.org petition that mislabeled all materials dealing with leaving the practice of active homosexuality as destructive “conversion therapy.” Read more here.

 

Botswana to Appeal Ruling Decriminalizing Homosexuality. Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe said the court made a mistake, and the government will appeal the ruling by the High Court. Read more here.

 

Poll Finds UK is Less Tolerant of Same-Sex Relations. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, one-third of the population is opposed in some way to homosexual behavior for the first time since the AIDS crisis. Read more here.

 

UK Prime Minister Defies Parents to Back Compulsory LGBT Lessons. Prime Minister Theresa May has commended compulsory Relationships Education for primary school children despite parents’ opposition. The program, which will be compulsory in all primary schools in the UK from 2020, is “heavily biased towards LGBTQ” as it covers topics such as gender, gender reassignment and sexual orientation. Read more here.

 

Over 200 Companies Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Make “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Protected” Classes. The 206 corporations including Amazon, Google, Nike, and General Motors have signed an amicus brief urging the court to interpret the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against “sex” discrimination to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Read more here.

 

French Politician Excluded From Party For Opposing Law Allowing Lesbians to Artificially Procreate. Agnès Thill, a member of the French National Assembly, was excluded from the presidential “République En Marche” (LREM) party for opposing access to artificial procreation for single women and lesbian couples. Read more here.

 

10-Year-Old Girl Suspended for Asking to be Exempted From LGBT School Lesson. The student from the Heavers Farmer Primary School in South London was suspended from school for a week for making the request. Read more here.

 

UK Education Secretary Says School Children Must Learn About Same-Sex Relationships. Damian Hinds said, “Our new guidance is clear that children should leave school having learnt about LGBT relationships.” The government issued final guidance this week ahead of compulsory Relationships Education lessons that will be introduced next year. Read more here.

 

Poll Finds Americans Greatly Overestimate the Size of the LGBT Population. U.S. adults estimate that nearly one in four Americans (23.6 percent) are homosexual or lesbian, more than five times Gallup’s more encompassing 2017 estimate that 4.5 percent of Americans are LGBT, based on respondents’ self-identification as being lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Read more here.

 

Survey Shows Young Americans are Increasingly “Uncomfortable” With LGBTQ Community. The survey of nearly 1,800 American adults by GLAAD, formerly known as the “Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,” found the percentage of those surveyed who were “very or somewhat comfortable” in all the scenario prompts dropped by eight points on average, from 53 to 45 percent. Read more here.

 

LGBT “Pride” Parade Advocates Say Children Like to See “Nakedness” and “Kink.” A sex therapist in Canada claims she cannot imagine “a safer place for families to bring children” than an LGBTQ “pride” celebration. “Pride” parades often feature public nudity and sex acts. Read more here.

 

Active Homosexuals Deliberately Break UK Blood Donor Waiting Period. A regulation that bans men who actively engage in homosexual behavior from giving blood if they’ve had sexual contact in the previous three months is being intentionally violated to protest the ban and “fight the system.” Read more here.

 

Top U.S. Library Group Colludes With Local Librarians to “Sneak” LGBT Content to Kids. The American Library Association (ALA) website features an article by a Maryland librarian that describes ways children’s librarians can sneak LGBT content and activities into libraries located in conservative rural areas. Read more here.

 

Cartoon Network Promotes LGBTQ Lifestyle to Kids. The network viewed by millions of children is encouraging support of “pride month” in one of its shows and is using cartoon characters to promote an LGBTQ lifestyle in social media campaigns. Read more here.

 

Scotland 2021 Census to Include New Questions on Transgender Identities and Sexuality. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved the new questions but stressed that answering them would be voluntary with no penalties for those who choose not to respond. Read more here.

 

France to End IVF Ban for Lesbian Couples and Single Women. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the ban on single women and lesbian couples accessing medically-assisted procreation will be lifted. Currently only heterosexual couples who have been married or living together for more than two years can access procedures such as artificial insemination, IVF or sperm donation. Read more here.

 

“My Little Pony” Cartoon Introduces Lesbian Pony Couple. The cartoon based on the popular toy figurines aired an episode which featured the same-sex pony couple. The episode was approved by Hasbro, the company that produces the toys. Read more here.

 

“Gay Pride” Flag Raised at California State Capitol for the First Time. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office wrote that the flying of the flag over the capitol was a celebration and support of the LGBT community. Read more here.

 

Homosexual Rights Activists Want Police Out of “Pride” Events. Some activists claim police officers inspire fear and threaten the safety of participants. “Cops out of Pride” protests are set to take place in opposition to the policing of “pride” parades. Read more here.

 

Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexual Behavior. Three judges on Botswana’s High Court unanimously ruled that laws that impose up to seven years in prison are unconstitutional. The law banning homosexual behavior was enacted in 1965. Read more here.

 

U.S. VP Pence Defends State Department Decision to Disallow “Gay Pride” Flag on American Embassy Flagpoles. When asked about the policy, Vice President Pence said, “one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag – and I support that.” Read more here.

 

Trump Administration Bans Rainbow Flags Above U.S. Embassies. Requests from embassies across the world to fly the rainbow flag in recognition of LGBT “pride month” are being denied by the Trump administration. Flags can still be displayed elsewhere including on embassy walls and inside buildings. Read more here.

 

Boston Group Plans “Straight Pride” Parade. A group of Massachusetts conservatives is planning to hold the event in late summer to “spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.” Read more here.

 

San Marino Bans Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation. Citizens of the country voted on the ban in a referendum. The motion passed with 71.46 percent of the votes. Read more here.

 

Trump Supports “Pride Month” and Pledges to Overturn Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality Worldwide. President Donald Trump has asked the world to “stand with” same-sex attracted people in countries where homosexual conduct is illegal. Read more here.

 

Brazil’s Supreme Court Votes to Make “Homophobia” and “Transphobia” Crimes. Six of the 11 judges voted in favor of the measure and ruled that “homophobia” should be framed within the racism law until the country’s congress approves legislation specifically covering LGBT discrimination. Read more here.

 

Kenya High Court Upholds Law Criminalizing Homosexual Sex. The three judges rejected claims that the law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy. Many African countries still enforce strict laws governing homosexuality. Read more here.

 

Target Stores Donate $100,000 To LGBT Nonprofit That Promotes Inclusive K-12 Schools. Target is donating the money to GLSEN, a pro-homosexual organization. The department store also offers clothing and accessories celebrating the homosexual lifestyle marketed to adults and children. Read more here.

 

U.S. House Passes LGBT Equality Act. The legislation, passed by a vote of 236 – 173, would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

Federal Court Rules Christian Adoption Agency Can’t Reject Same-Sex Couples. A federal court says New York officials weren’t infringing on a Christian adoption agency’s religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples. An appeal is likely. Read more here.

 

White House Criticizes Equality Act but Stops Short of Veto Threat. The proposed legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to federal civil rights law. A Trump administration official said “this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.” Read more here.

 

PBS Kids’ Cartoon Features Homosexual Wedding. The season premiere of “Arthur,” the longest-running animated series for children in the U.S., depicted the marriage of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher to another male. Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Non-Discrimination Law Covers Homosexual and Transgender Workers. The Supreme Court announced that it would decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees protections from workplace discrimination to homosexual and transgender people. The court will take up the cases of three individuals who claim they were fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

UK Teachers’ Union Calls for Compulsory Same-Sex Relationships Education in Schools. The National Education Union conference in Liverpool made the demand after protests over an “equality” program. Protesters said the program, “No Outsiders,” violates religious beliefs. Read more here.

 

Arizona Repeals Law Preventing Teachers from Discussing LGBTQ Issues in Health Classes. The law on the books since 1991 regulated HIV/AIDS instruction and prevented teachers from portraying homosexuality as a positive lifestyle. Read more here.

 

United Methodists in Conflict Over LGBT Policies. There have been disagreements in America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination for years over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. Many believe a vote that took place in February in favor of the “Tradition Plan” that strengthened bans on LGBT-inclusive practices may prompt liberal congregations to split off. Read more here.

 

Israel’s Supreme Court Rules Adopted Child’s Birth Certificate Must List Two Parents of the Same Sex. The ruling by a three-judge panel came as a result of a lawsuit filed by a homosexual couple claiming discrimination. Read more here.

 

European Court Rules Russia Discriminated Against Homosexuals. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia discriminated against homosexuals by banning their rallies that the country considers as promoting homosexuality. Read more here.

Active Homosexuals Deliberately Break UK Blood Donor Waiting Period. A regulation that bans men who actively engage in homosexual behavior from giving blood if they’ve had sexual contact in the previous three months is being intentionally violated to protest the ban and “fight the system.” Read more here.

 

Top U.S. Library Group Colludes With Local Librarians to “Sneak” LGBT Content to Kids. The American Library Association (ALA) website features an article by a Maryland librarian that describes ways children’s librarians can sneak LGBT content and activities into libraries located in conservative rural areas. Read more here.

 

Cartoon Network Promotes LGBTQ Lifestyle to Kids. The network viewed by millions of children is encouraging support of “pride month” in one of its shows and is using cartoon characters to promote an LGBTQ lifestyle in social media campaigns. Read more here.

 

Scotland 2021 Census to Include New Questions on Transgender Identities and Sexuality. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved the new questions but stressed that answering them would be voluntary with no penalties for those who choose not to respond. Read more here.

 

France to End IVF Ban for Lesbian Couples and Single Women. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the ban on single women and lesbian couples accessing medically-assisted procreation will be lifted. Currently only heterosexual couples who have been married or living together for more than two years can access procedures such as artificial insemination, IVF or sperm donation. Read more here.

 

“My Little Pony” Cartoon Introduces Lesbian Pony Couple. The cartoon based on the popular toy figurines aired an episode which featured the same-sex pony couple. The episode was approved by Hasbro, the company that produces the toys. Read more here.

 

“Gay Pride” Flag Raised at California State Capitol for the First Time. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office wrote that the flying of the flag over the capitol was a celebration and support of the LGBT community. Read more here.

 

Homosexual Rights Activists Want Police Out of “Pride” Events. Some activists claim police officers inspire fear and threaten the safety of participants. “Cops out of Pride” protests are set to take place in opposition to the policing of “pride” parades. Read more here.

 

Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexual Behavior. Three judges on Botswana’s High Court unanimously ruled that laws that impose up to seven years in prison are unconstitutional. The law banning homosexual behavior was enacted in 1965. Read more here.

 

U.S. VP Pence Defends State Department Decision to Disallow “Gay Pride” Flag on American Embassy Flagpoles. When asked about the policy, Vice President Pence said, “one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag – and I support that.” Read more here.

 

Trump Administration Bans Rainbow Flags Above U.S. Embassies. Requests from embassies across the world to fly the rainbow flag in recognition of LGBT “pride month” are being denied by the Trump administration. Flags can still be displayed elsewhere including on embassy walls and inside buildings. Read more here.

 

Boston Group Plans “Straight Pride” Parade. A group of Massachusetts conservatives is planning to hold the event in late summer to “spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.” Read more here.

 

San Marino Bans Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation. Citizens of the country voted on the ban in a referendum. The motion passed with 71.46 percent of the votes. Read more here.

 

Trump Supports “Pride Month” and Pledges to Overturn Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality Worldwide. President Donald Trump has asked the world to “stand with” same-sex attracted people in countries where homosexual conduct is illegal. Read more here.

 

Brazil’s Supreme Court Votes to Make “Homophobia” and “Transphobia” Crimes. Six of the 11 judges voted in favor of the measure and ruled that “homophobia” should be framed within the racism law until the country’s congress approves legislation specifically covering LGBT discrimination. Read more here.

 

Kenya High Court Upholds Law Criminalizing Homosexual Sex. The three judges rejected claims that the law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy. Many African countries still enforce strict laws governing homosexuality. Read more here.

 

Target Stores Donate $100,000 To LGBT Nonprofit That Promotes Inclusive K-12 Schools. Target is donating the money to GLSEN, a pro-homosexual organization. The department store also offers clothing and accessories celebrating the homosexual lifestyle marketed to adults and children. Read more here.

 

U.S. House Passes LGBT Equality Act. The legislation, passed by a vote of 236 – 173, would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

Federal Court Rules Christian Adoption Agency Can’t Reject Same-Sex Couples. A federal court says New York officials weren’t infringing on a Christian adoption agency’s religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples. An appeal is likely. Read more here.

 

White House Criticizes Equality Act but Stops Short of Veto Threat. The proposed legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to federal civil rights law. A Trump administration official said “this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.” Read more here.

 

PBS Kids’ Cartoon Features Homosexual Wedding. The season premiere of “Arthur,” the longest-running animated series for children in the U.S., depicted the marriage of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher to another male. Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Non-Discrimination Law Covers Homosexual and Transgender Workers. The Supreme Court announced that it would decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees protections from workplace discrimination to homosexual and transgender people. The court will take up the cases of three individuals who claim they were fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

UK Teachers’ Union Calls for Compulsory Same-Sex Relationships Education in Schools. The National Education Union conference in Liverpool made the demand after protests over an “equality” program. Protesters said the program, “No Outsiders,” violates religious beliefs. Read more here.

 

Arizona Repeals Law Preventing Teachers from Discussing LGBTQ Issues in Health Classes. The law on the books since 1991 regulated HIV/AIDS instruction and prevented teachers from portraying homosexuality as a positive lifestyle. Read more here.

 

United Methodists in Conflict Over LGBT Policies. There have been disagreements in America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination for years over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. Many believe a vote that took place in February in favor of the “Tradition Plan” that strengthened bans on LGBT-inclusive practices may prompt liberal congregations to split off. Read more here.

 

Israel’s Supreme Court Rules Adopted Child’s Birth Certificate Must List Two Parents of the Same Sex. The ruling by a three-judge panel came as a result of a lawsuit filed by a homosexual couple claiming discrimination. Read more here.

 

European Court Rules Russia Discriminated Against Homosexuals. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia discriminated against homosexuals by banning their rallies that the country considers as promoting homosexuality. Read more here.

Six-Year-Old Students Required to Write Love Letters in Homosexual Fairy Tale to Teach Diversity. A video shown by the BBC’s Radio Manchester shows the young students from Bewsey Lodge Primary School writing letters from one male story character to another male story character explaining why they should marry. Read more here.

 

LGBT Rights Groups Hail UN Chief Speech. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to the UN LGBTI Core Group, which oversees homosexual rights globally. Activists said Guterres will need to follow up his words with actions. Read more here.

 

GLAAD Announces Award Category for Pro-LGBT Video Games. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced that at its annual awards show, a new award will be given for outstanding video game that includes LGBT content. Read more here.

 

Court Decriminalizes Sex Between Consenting Adult Males in Trinidad and Tobago. The ruling by a High Court judge said that sexual activity between consenting adults of the same sex should not be criminalized. Read more here.

Study Finds Therapies for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Are Effective. The study, “Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction,” published in The Linacre Quarterly, found that sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) improved the mental health of participants. Nearly 70 percent of respondents self-reported “some to much” reduction in their same-sex attraction and their behavior and an increase in their opposite-sex attraction and behavior. Read more here.

 

Survey Finds Most British Asians Think Same-Sex Relationships are Unacceptable. The ComRes poll found that less than half, 43 percent, of respondents thought same-sex relationships were acceptable. Read more here.

 

Disney Announces First Openly Homosexual Character in a Family Movie.  The character in “The Jungle Cruise,” will be played by a heterosexual actor, for which Disney is being criticized by some. Read more here.

Trump Administration Official Pledges to Stop Punishing Countries that Oppose Homosexuality. Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said the U.S. will end the Obama-era practice of using aid to influence foreign nations’ policies on abortion and homosexuality. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senate Bill Introduced that Will Require Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data by 2030 Census. The Census Equality Act would require sexual orientation and gender identity questions to be added to forms for the census by 2030 and also added to the American Community Survey by 2020. Read more here.

 

Delaware Bans Therapy for Minors Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Gov. John Carney signed the law that will prohibit licensed mental health professionals from practicing sexual orientation change effort therapy on minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents desire it. Delaware is the 14th state to outlaw the practice. Read more here.

 

Israel Supports Putting Two “Fathers” on Birth Certificates of Children Adopted by Homosexuals. In a state response to the High Court of Justice, the attorney general said that in cases when two men adopt a child together, they should both be registered as the fathers on the child’s birth certificate. However, the Interior Minister, whose ministry is responsible for documenting the population, holds that only one father should be registered. Read more here.

California Bill Banning Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Stalls in State Senate. The bill that some say is so broad that it will ban books on overcoming same-sex attraction cleared the California Assembly, but debate in the Senate has been delayed until early August. Read more here.

 

India Supreme Court May Decriminalize Homosexual Behavior. The law would legalize sexual relations between two consenting adults. One justice warned that such a ruling would legalize adult incestuous relationships. Read more here.

 

Study Finds Nearly Half of Homosexual Men Have Been Abused by Their Partner.The study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health found that among 160 homosexual male couples, 46 percent of the men reported “some form of intimate partner abuse” in just the past year. Read more here.

 

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that will ban therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents want treatment. The bill also provides protection for individuals on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. Read more here.

 

Alberta Judge Blocks Parents’ Bid for Right to Know if Children Join LGBT Clubs at School. Justice Johanna Kubik denied the application by parents to block Bill 24 that would make it illegal for schools to inform parents if their children join Gay-Straight Alliances. An appeal is being considered. Read more here.

 

UK Will Ban Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Under New Action Plan.Under the plan, the government will appoint a national LGBT health adviser and take measures to end the therapy that has helped many individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Maine Governor Vetoes Ban on Therapy For Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Confusion. Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill that would have banned people from advertising, offering or administering the therapy to minors. Read more here.

 

Hong Kong Top Court Grants Visa Rights to Same-Sex Partners. The city’s Court of final Appeal issued the ruling that will pave the way for visas to be granted to same-sex spouses of LGBT expatriate workers in Asia’s biggest financial hub. Thirty-two banks and law firms issued a joint statement in support of the case. Read more here.

 

Indiana Veterans Hospital Replaces Military Flags with “Gay Pride” Flag. The Veterans Administration hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana temporarily replaced flags representing the branches of the military with the Gay Pride flag. The hospital claimed they were “flying the flag that represents and honors these veterans as a display of solidarity and respect for their service.” Read more here.

 

Maryland Becomes 11th State to Ban Therapy for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bill into law that prohibits licensed therapists from offering sexual orientation change effort therapy to minors. It does not restrict therapy given in church settings. Read more here.

 

Hawaii Bans Therapy for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law banning sexual orientation change effort therapy and therapy for gender identity issues for minor children. Hawaii is the 12th state to pass a similar bill banning the practice, though there is evidence that the therapy has helped some individuals. Read more here.

 

Wales to Overhaul Sex Ed Starting in Kindergarten to be “LGBT Inclusive.” The new curriculum will begin in 2022 and will be taught to all children from age five to 16 and will be embedded across the curriculum rather than taught as a separate subject. Read more here.

 

Illinois Senate Passes Bill Requiring LGBT History to be Taught in Schools. The bill will also require the use of “non-discriminatory” textbooks. The legislation will now go to the Illinois House for approval. Read more here.

 

Disney Unveils Rainbow Mickey Mouse Ears to Celebrate “Gay Pride.” All Disney parks will sell the iconic ears that will feature a version with rainbow stripes. Read more here.

 

California Assembly Votes to Ban Books on Treating Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Dysphoria. Among other things, the legislation adds advertising or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts to the list of illegal “unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer.” The bill moves to the California Senate for consideration. Read more here.

 

California School District Says Parents Can’t Opt Their Children Out of New LGBT Sex Ed. The new curriculum instructs students on abortion and homosexuality and provides a “sexual health toolkit” that offers tips on sex toys and high-risk sexual behaviors. The California law that mandates the material in the curriculum allows for parents to opt out, but the Orange County School District will not allow it. Read more here.

 

Increased Number of States Banning Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy. Despite scientific evidence showing that such therapy can help individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, a record number of jurisdictions are making efforts to outlaw therapy for minors. Almost 50 bills in 24 states have been introduced. Read more here.

 

Washington State Bans Therapy for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction.Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill that will penalize licensed therapists who treat minors even though research shows that some individuals can be helped with such therapy. Religious organizations are also prohibited from counseling. Read more here.

 

Therapy to Help Minor Children With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Will be Banned by the City of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Common Council overwhelmingly approved the ban that will prevent minor children with gender confusion or unwanted same-sex attraction from obtaining fee-based therapy. The ordinance does not prohibit churches from counseling, preaching or speaking about the issue. Read more here.

 

Philadelphia Ends Partnership with Catholic Charities Foster Care Program Over LGBT Issues. Two faith-based agencies will no longer be able to place children in foster care because they refuse to place them with same-sex couples. Catholic Social Services placed 266 children in foster homes last year. Read more here.

 

Increasing Number of LGBT Candidates Running for Political Office in U.S. There are 48 LGBT candidates that have announced they are running in the state of Texas alone. One of the most high profile races will be in Maryland, where Bradley ‘Chelsea’ Manning, a male-to-female transgender and convicted felon, is running against Senator Ben Cardin for his seat in the United States Senate. Read more here.

 

Legislation in New Hampshire to Outlaw SOCE Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Fails. Lawmakers were unable to pass two bills that would have prohibited Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) Therapy for minors. SOCE has helped many individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction reorient to heterosexuality. Read more here.

 

European Court Rules Lesbian Woman Has No Right to Paternity Leave. Judges on the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a lesbian was not discriminated against when her application for paternity leave was denied. The case was brought by two French women in a civil partnership, one of whom applied for 11 days of paid paternity leave after her partner gave birth to a son. The application was denied at the time because terms of paternity leave referred to the “father” of the child. Read more here.

 

Georgetown University Approves LGBT-Only Dorm. Georgetown, a Jesuit university, has approved the new living space that is reserved exclusively for students interested in “exploring” gender and sexuality. According to vice-president of student affairs Todd Olson, the new LGBT campus housing “will provide a community space for discussion on gender and inclusion while upholding the Jesuit values of community in diversity and educating the whole person.” Read more here.

 

Italian Doctor Cleared of Defamation Charges Against Homosexuals. Dr. Silvana De Mari had been accused of defamation by homosexual activists after using social media to highlight the increasing health hazards and rise in sexually transmittable diseases among the homosexual community. Read more here.

 

Court Challenge Filed to Tampa Ordinance Banning Therapeutic Help for Individuals With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Liberty Counsel has filed the suit against the Florida city, which prohibits therapists from providing this proven therapy to minors and imposing heavy fines on violators. An increasing number of U.S. cities are adopting such bans, even though it is not clear that they have the authority to do so. Read more here.

 

New York City to Ban Change Therapy. The city council has overwhelmingly passed a city ordinance to prohibit licensed mental health practioners in the city from offering therapy that has been proven to be beneficial to many who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or the recognized mental disorder related to Gender Dysphoria. The ban applies to therapy for both minors and adults. The mayor is expected to sign the ordinance into law. Read more here.

 

Study Finds One in Nine American Men has Oral HPV. The study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that rates for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are 11.5 percent of men and 3.2 percent of women. HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and can cause throat, anus, penis, cervical and vaginal cancer. Read more here.

 

Florida County Rejects Ban on Therapy for Same-Sex Attracted or Gender-Confused Children. The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners voted seven to four to reject a proposed ordinance that would have banned therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. The proposal was rejected as a violation of free speech, religious exercise, and parental rights, as well as on the grounds that government should not be inserting itself between a client and a counselor. Read more here.

 

U.S. Department of Justice Says Law Doesn’t Apply to Sexual Orientation. The Justice Department has filed a brief in a federal discrimination case arguing that the word “sex” in Title VII does not protect employees based on their sexual preference. Read more here.

 

International Planned Parenthood Says Countries Must Provide LGBTI Assisted Reproductive Technologies. According to the Center for Family and Human Rights, at an event co-sponsored by International Planned Parenthood Federation, the organization stated that UN Member States must “provide viable options to assisted reproductive technologies for LGBTI people with parenting intentions” in order to comply with UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5. Read more here.

 

YouTube Bans “Gay Pride” Video Posted by Pro-Life Group Because it “Sexualizes Minors.” In order to draw attention to inappropriate activities during such events, the shocking video posted by LifeSiteNews showed a young girl waving a rainbow flag in front of a nearly nude male dancer during a “gay pride” celebration. YouTube quickly removed the video telling LifeSite that posting nudity or sexually provocative content especially involving minors is prohibited, yet such behavior is deemed acceptable by many who participate such events. Read more here.

 

Church of England Demands Ban on Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy.Despite evidence that shows the therapy is effective for some individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, the church has called on the government to ban the therapy saying the practice had “no place in the modern world.” Read more here.

 

Cartoons Banned in Kenya for Homosexual Content. Kenya’s film and classification board called for the suspension of several U.S.-produced programs because of “disturbing content glorifying homosexual behavior” that were deemed not appropriate for children. Read more here.

 

Survey Finds Majority of Americans Believe LGBT Discrimination Exists in America.The findings from PRRI’s American Values Atlas showed while perceptions varied broadly by political affiliation and race, on average, 62 percent of Americans believe transgenders face discrimination and 58 percent believe homosexuals and lesbians experience discrimination. Read more here.

 

Sesame Street Celebrates LGBT During “Gay Pride” Month. The children’s show announced its support for the LGBT movement with a display of puppets in rainbow colors and a tweet stating “Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes, and colors.” Read more here.

 

Complaint Filed Against LGBT Activist Groups for Engaging in Deceptive Acts with Regard to SOCE Therapy. More than 60 licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians, who treat patients with unwanted same-sex attraction, along with more than 1,000 clients and their families, and pro-family groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission denouncing the “lies, deception, and fraud” of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. According to the complaint, these activist organizations have knowingly made numerous false claims and provided fraudulent testimony about Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy. Read more here.

 

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rules Sexual Orientation Not Protected Under State Hate Crime Law. In the 3-2 decision the court ruled that the word “sex” has ambiguous meaning, therefore, it is unclear if the law protects individuals on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more here.

 

LGBT Rights Group Attacks Prominent Psychiatrist. Human Rights Campaign has launched a website attacking Dr. Paul McHugh, a world-renowned mental health expert who speaks out against radical gender ideology. Read more here.

 

Despite Huge Financial Losses, Target Stores Promote “Gay Pride” Products. For the second year, Target stores are selling the “Take Pride” line of products promoting homosexuality. The company experienced major financial losses after a boycott was launched following the announcement of their transgender bathroom policy. Read more here.

 

Connecticut Bans Therapy for Children with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law making Connecticut the sixth state in the U.S. to ban sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy for minor children who desire to eliminate feelings of unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

Colorado Senate Votes Down Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy Ban. For the third year in a row, Colorado lawmakers stopped a bill that would have prevented mental health professionals from treating minors with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. Read more here.

 

Nevada Governor Signs Bill Banning SOCE Therapy. Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill making Nevada the eighth state to prohibit Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects SOCE Therapy Ban Challenge. The court turned away a challenge to California’s ban on Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy. The California law was challenged by a Christian minister who asserted the law was a violation of religious rights. Read more here.

 

Report Shows Over 90 Percent of New U.S. HIV Diagnoses in Young Men Age 13 to 24. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, homosexual and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 92 percent of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27 percent of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men. Read more here.

 

United Methodists to Hold Special Session on LGBTQ Inclusion. The church will hold a special session of its General Conference, the United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, to settle questions on LGBTQ inclusion. The body typically meets every four years. The special session is scheduled to meet in 2019. Read more here.

 

UK Teacher’s Union Demands Two-Year-Old Children be Taught about Homosexuality and Transgenderism. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted on a measure that would push “age-appropriate content that would include promotion of an LGBT curriculum through all phases of the state education.” Read more here.

 

Ireland Launches National LGBT Youth Strategy. The country is the first in the world to carry out a national plan that aims to address the challenges faced by LGBT youth. The program plans include consulting young people between the age of 15-24 about all aspects of their lives so as to provide key policy recommendations. Read more here.

 

New Mexico Bans SOCE Therapy for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction.The bill that will criminalize professional counseling that treats minor children to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction was signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. The law also prohibits any healthcare professional from helping boys and girls to accept their biological sex. Read more here.

 

Colorado SOCE Therapy Bill Defeated in Senate Committee. The bill that would have denied therapy for children with unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender psychological issues had previously passed the Colorado House. Read more here.

 

LGBTQ Advocates Demand 2020 U.S. Census Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The National LGBTQ Taskforce has condemned the Trump administration’s decision to not require citizens to disclose their sexual identity when responding to the U.S census. Read more here.

 

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Rules Civil Rights Law Prohibits LGBT Discrimination.The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. The law does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.

 

Canadian University President Supports Institute that Links Website for Kids to Graphic Homosexual Websites. University of Alberta president David Turpin praised the Institute for Sexual Minorities Studies and Services (ISMSS). The ISMSS created a government-funded website for children that links to sexually graphic homosexual websites. Read more here.

 

Polish Court Orders LGBT Activists to Apologize to Researcher They Called a “Homophobe.” The group, Pracownia Różnorodności, was ordered to publish an apology for defaming Dr. Paul Cameron, an American psychologist. Dr. Cameron publishes empirical research on homosexuality. Read more here.

 

Only a Small Number of UN Member States Preoccupied with Homosexuality. The Center for Family and Human Rights reports that the data show while there is universal preoccupation of UN treaty bodies with abortion, homosexual and gender identity issues, less than 25 countries regularly take up the matters. Read more here.

 

New Hampshire Bill to Ban SOCE is Dead for a Year. The bill, which had passed the Senate, was postponed for at least a year by a House panel on a 13-8 vote. The bill would have banned licensed therapists from providing help for adolescents who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or were victims of sexual abuse (which can lead to confusion about sexual orientation) and violated the right of parents to seek the best healthcare for their children. Read more here.

 

UN LGBT Czar Issues Telling Statement After First Country Visit to Argentina. Vitit Muntarbhorn, the newly appointed Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) spoke positively of laws in Argentina that recognize self-perceived gender identity, same-sex marriage, and that call for comprehensive sexuality education for children. Read more here.

 

U.S. College Tells Students that Saying “Homosexual” Is Offensive. Emmerson College in Boston, Massachusetts has published a series of “Guidelines for Inclusive Language” on it’s website. According to the college, only the words “gay” and “lesbian” should be used when describing someone who experiences same-sex attraction. The college also recommends using such “politically correct” terms as “artificial” instead of “manmade” and “workforce” instead of “manpower.” Read more here.

 

Italian Court Recognizes Homosexual Parents.  The Court of Appeal in Trento, Italy ruled that the homosexual partners should both be recognized as the legal fathers of two surrogate children.  The court said parental relationships should not be determined only by biology.  Read more here.

 

City Council Bans Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy. The Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved banning the therapy that can help individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction. This is the first ban in the U.S. that prohibits individuals of all ages receiving this therapy rather than just minors, which is the group covered by previous state and local bans. Read more here.

 

UK Magistrate Given Formal Warning for Misconduct for Refusing to Hear Same-Sex Parenting Case.  The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office ordered disciplinary action against Susan Preston after she declined to adjudicate on a case “because of her personal views about same-sex couple parenting.”  Read more here.

 

New UN LGBT Expert Outlines Strategy.  During a consultation held at the UN in New York, the newly appointed UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said among other things that through education, children could be “born and bred from a young age” with the right attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read more here.

 

Switzerland Removes Ban on Homosexual Men Donating Blood.  Homosexual men who have been celibate for the past 12 months will now be allowed to donate blood.  The ban was initiated decades ago during the AIDS crisis, but medical groups argue that new diagnostic tools that can detect HIV/AIDS make a total ban unnecessary.  Read more here.

 

Proposal Announced by Church of England Would Mean Homosexual Clergy No Longer Required to Remain Celibate.  Under current rules homosexual clergy members promise to be sexually chaste.  The proposal announced by Church of England bishops may not pass the General Synod.  Read more here.

 

Judge Throws Out Louisiana Governor’s LGBTQ Executive Order.  The order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards was intended to protect the rights of individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.  State District Judge Todd Hernandez ruled that the anti-discrimination order is unconstitutional because it seeks to create or expand state law.  Read more here.

 

Russia Blocks Language Thanking  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for Advancing LGBT Rights.  The Security Council was planning on expressing gratitude to the outgoing Secretary-General for promoting homosexual rights during the ten years he was in office.  When Russia objected, the statement was changed, and there was no mention of LGBT rights.  Read more here.

 

Record Number of Children Adopted by LGBT Families in UK.  The number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples and individuals has reached record highs, about 10 percent, over the last 12 months, with over 480 children placed in the last year.  Read more here.

 

New Study Unable to Replicate Previous Study on Mortality of Sexual Minorities.  The new study by Mark Regnerus published in Social Science & Medicine found no effect of structural stigma on premature mortality of sexual minorities.  Read more here.

 

Malta Outlaws Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy.  Any counselor who seeks to help a client with same-sex attraction reorient to heterosexuality will be fined or sentenced to jail.  The bill affirms that no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.  The Maltese Parliament also passed amendments that lower the age to change gender legally to 16.  Read more here.

 

LGBT Characters on U.S. Television at an All-Time High.  According to GLAAD there are a total of 278 LGBTQ characters in regular and recurring roles across all platforms including 16 transgender characters.  Read more here.

 

Human Rights Campaign Threatens Johns Hopkins University Over Study.  The LGBT activist group told the University to denounce a meta-analysis by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh that confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that supports the “born that way” theory of same-sex attraction.  HRC said there will be “consequences” if the university does not distance itself from the study.  Read more here.

 

Alberta Teacher’s Union Urges Students to Promote LGBT Rights.  The union’s resource “Prism Toolkit for safe and caring discussions” is intended for use in Grades 7 to 12.  The publication recommends staging “drag” shows in schools, referring to students as “comrades” rather than “boys” and “girls,” and having students take part in letter-writing campaigns to advocate LGBTQ rights internationally.  Read more here.

 

Obama National Security Advisor Reviews U.S. Policies to Promote LGBT “Rights.”  Susan Rice explained how U.S. embassies and agencies operating abroad were directed to promote the LGBT agenda, as well as other tactics such as opposing policies and proposed legislation in a number of countries that it deemed “anti-LGBT” and threatening to reduce or withdraw foreign aid to pressure countries into adopting more pro-LGBT policies.  Read more here.

 

UK Couple Blocked from Adoption for Expressing Concern About Same-Sex Adoptive Couple.  The heterosexual couple has been raising two foster children, and when they voiced an opinion against the children being adopted by a same-sex couple, they were told that their views about same-sex parenting were “concerning” and “could be detrimental to the long-term needs of the children.”  Read more here.

 

Homosexual Rights Activists Sue Utah Over Education Standards.  In the first lawsuit of its kind, the homosexual activist group Equality Utah sued the state’s education office challenging the provision in state law that bars instruction that “advocates homosexuality.”  Read more here.

 

New Atlantis Journal Editors Defend Authors of Homosexuality Study.  Following the meta-analysis of research that concluded that “some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence”  published by the journal in August, authors Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh have received an onslaught of criticism. The journal editors presented a very effective counter to the criticisms that have been leveled by homosexual and transgender activists.   Read more here.

 

Belarus Leads Group of Nations Blocking LGBT Rights in UN Plan.  The group of up to 17 countries is opposed to the UN’s “New Urban Agenda” that includes language about homosexual rights.  Read more here.

 

Conference Discussing LGBT Issues to be Simulcast this Weekend.  The second Stand4Truth conference to be held in Houston, Texas on October 28th and 29th will be simulcast worldwide starting at 1:00 p.m. local time on the 28th and 9:00 a.m. on the 29th.  The conference will feature a number of outstanding speakers, including Dr. Christopher Rosik, past president of the Alliance for Thereupertic Choice and Scientific Intergrity.  Matt Staver, head of Liberty Counsel and David Pickup who is a leader in the coalition opposing state therapy bans will also speak.  Read more here.

 

Critical Analysis Challenges Claims of “No Differences” for Children Raised by Homosexual Couples.  It is widely claimed by homosexual activists that research shows there is no difference in outcomes between children raised by homosexual couples and those raised by heterosexual couples.  However, in a critical analysis of this research, Dr. Walter Schumm finds so many problems with the research that he concludes it cannot support this statement.  He notes that some solid studies show significant differences and says more high quality research is necessary.  Read more here.

 

UN Appoints First LGBT Czar.  Law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn has been appointed by the Human Rights Council as the first independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Muntarbhorn co-chaired a meeting of liberal lawyers and other activist academics that  developed the highly controversial Yogyakarta Principles.  Read more here.

 

APA Researcher Admits Homosexuals Aren’t “Born that Way.”  Lisa Diamond, a lesbian activist and top researcher with the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged that sexual orientation is “fluid” and not unchangeable.  Diamond has told LGBT activists to stop promoting the “born that way” myth.  Read more here.

 

“Ex-Gays Prove Change is Possible” Billboards Spark Controversy in Texas.  The billboards in Waco, Texas will be removed when the contract with the nonprofit organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) expires.  The founder of an activist group complained to the billboard owner about the message.  Read more here.

 

UN General Assembly to Vote on Controversial LGBT Appointment in November.  The General Assembly must decide whether to approve a controversial new UN independent expert to enforce special new rights based on the sexual preference and behavior of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).  The post was established through a resolution passed by the Human Rights Council in June.  Read more here.

 

Northern Ireland Lifts Lifetime Ban on Homosexual Blood Donation.  The decision to lift the ban came after a series of court battles and following a long campaign by homosexual rights activists.  Now homosexual men may donate blood if they have not had homosexual relations in the previous 12 months.  Read more here.

 

Homosexual Anglican Priests Urge Bishops to Take Lead on Inclusion.  Fourteen Church of England priests who have married their same-sex partners have signed a letter to bishops asking them to take the church forward in its stance on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.  Read more here.

 

Study Finds Homosexual and Bisexual Teens More Likely to Engage in High-Risk Behavior.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released statistics showing LGB teenagers experience more relationship abuse and are more likely to use drugs and alcohol.  Read more here.

 

Landmark Report Shows Many of the Political and Social Claims About Sexuality and Gender Are Not Backed by Science.  The report titled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological and Social Sciences” published in the journal The New Atlantis was written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and noted psychiatrist Dr. Paul R. McHugh.  It focuses on the higher rates of mental and physical health problems among LGBT populations.  Read more here.

 

Belize Supreme Court Rules Laws Criminalizing Homosexual Behavior are Unconstitutional.  Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin found that the law prohibiting consensual same-sex relations was a violation of the guarantee of dignity, personal privacy and equality.  Read more here.

 

Gay and Bisexual Men are Almost Two Percent of U.S. Population but 55 Percent of Those Living with HIV.  According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the rate of HIV diagnoses have decreased 19 percent, infections among homosexual and bisexual men have increased.  Read more here.

 

Activist Group Recommends Adding LGBTQ Math Problems in Schools.  The Human Rights Campaign, a sexual rights activist organization, has released back-to-school tips for educators that include introducing LGBTQ topics into math word problems and “checking in on each other’s pronouns twice a year” to increase accountability.  Read more here.

 

More Than 15 Percent of Washington D.C. Students Identify as LGBQ.  According to a school district official, out of almost 50,000 middle school and high schools students in 110 schools, over 15 percent identify as either homosexual, bisexual or “questioning.”  Read more here.

 

Seattle Bans Therapy for Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction.  Despite scientific evidence showing that some same-sex attracted individuals can reorient to heterosexuality, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to prohibit mental-health professionals from treating minors with unwanted same-sex attraction.  Read more here.

 

Dutch Christian Charity Funding Cut Over Opposition to Homosexual Behavior.  The Netherlands’ ruling Party for Freedom and Democracy argued the charity, which encourages celibacy for same-sex attracted Christians, sent out the wrong message, and funding was removed.  Read more here.

 

Scottish Council to Encourage Children to Think if They are Homosexual or Transgender. Localities in Scotland will be carrying out the Named Person Scheme that assigns a non-parental adult to each child to oversee the child’s development.  North Ayrshire has published a guidebook with information that includes telling children that it is “a normal, healthy part of human life [to be] attracted to boys, girls or both,” and teens are told they should expect to become “preoccupied by sex.”  Read more here.

 

Nickelodeon Includes First Same-Sex Couple in Children’s Cartoon.  The animated Nickelodeon series “The Loud House” will feature an interracial same-sex couple that brings their child over to a sleepover.  Read more here.

 

California Students to Learn More LGBT History in Schools.  The California State Board of Education voted to include the study of the contributions of minority groups, including “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.”  Instruction will begin in fourth grade.  Read more here.

 

Court Rules Christian Law School Can be Denied Accreditation Over Biblical Stance on Homosexuality. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Trinity Western University’s “community covenant,” which, among other things, prohibits homosexual behavior, discriminates against LGBT people and that the Law Society of Upper Canada was justified in denying accreditation to the school.  Read more here.

 

STD Rates Rising in England Among Homosexual Men.  According to data from Public Health England, between 2012 and 2015, cases of syphilis increased by 76 percent and gonorrhea infections rose by 53 percent.  Read more here.

 

Canada Reduces Waiting Time for Homosexual Men Who Donate Blood.  The new regulation announced by Health Canada will allow men who have not had sex with another man in the past year to donate.  Currently, men who have had sex with men, even once, within the past five years are prohibited from donating blood. Read more here.

 

Judge Rules Christian Dating Website Must Now Include Homosexuals.  ChristianMingle.com an online dating service for Christian singles, has been ordered to include people who want to seek out same-sex relationships through their website.  Two homosexual men filed lawsuits claiming the site violated California’s anti-discrimination law.  Read more here.

 

Study Finds Homosexuals Have Greater Physical and Mental Health Risks than Heterosexuals. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that homosexuals  “were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use.”  Lesbians were found to be 91 percent more likely to have “poor” or “fair” health and 51 percent more likely to have multiple chronic conditions compared to heterosexual women.  Read more here.

 

India Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge on Homosexual Sex Ban.  The law criminalizes homosexual relations.  The court has argued previously that only parliament has the power to change the law.  Read more here.

 

LGBT Groups Seek to Entrench Agenda at the UN.  The UN Human Rights Council has become a forum for agendas that now include LGBT issues.  At the most recent session a highly controversial resolution was adopted that establishes an “independent expert” to monitor and promote sexual orientation and gender identity issues worldwide.  Read more here.

 

European Union Member States Agree to Push LGBTI Cause Across Europe.  The unanimous decision of EU countries will result in the promotion of the homosexual activist cause across Europe, monitor LGBT rights in European countries, and “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.”  Read more here.

 

Man In Belgium Wants to be Euthanized Because of His Sexuality.  Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, and a 39-year-old man claims he is enduring extreme psychological suffering because he is a homosexual and he is attracted to young men and adolescent boys.  Read more here.

 

Jamaica Attorney General Says Homosexual Flag at U.S. Embassy is Disrespectful.  The rainbow flag was flown at the U.S. Embassy following the massacre at an Orlando nightclub.  While condemning the shooting, the attorney general said the act by the embassy was an affront to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy laws.  Read more here.

 

Survey Shows Number of Americans Who Have Experimented with Homosexuality Doubled in Past 24 years.  According to the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey,  in 1973, 4.25 percent of  Americans had engaged in homosexual acts.  By 2014 the number was 8.5 percent.  Read more here.

 

Toronto Homosexual Rights Activists Taught How to Work Around Parents With Traditional Beliefs.  Ken Jeffers of the Toronto District School Board gender-based violence prevention office told a group of educators at a conference that requests from parents who wish their children be withdrawn from discussions on LGBT issues “cannot be honored” and that all provincial boards are required to “embed diversity education every day in schools.”  Read more here.

 

Canadian Prime Minister First to Raise Homosexual Flag On Parliament Hill.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hoisted the rainbow flag at an event to celebrate the month of June as World Pride Month.  The Prime Minister called it a “great day for Canada.”  Read more here.

 

Vermont Bans Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy.  Despite scientific evidence showing that some individuals can change their sexual orientation with SOCE therapy, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law that will ban the therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction even if they and their parents want it.  Read more here.

 

Massachusetts Music Teachers Told to Integrate LGBT Agenda into Their Classes.  Citing the work of Alfred Kinsey as support, an article published by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association suggests public school music teachers must include homosexual composers, change words of heterosexual song lyrics, use gender-neutral pronouns, and incorporate other strategies to provide “LGBTQ-friendly” classrooms.  Read more here.

 

Homosexual U.S. Ambassador Marks  “International Anti-Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia Day.”  U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry spoke in a video message commending efforts to secure “rights” for LGBT individuals worldwide.  Events acknowledging the day were held on May 17th in more than 130 countries.  Read more here.

 

Homosexual Pastor Admits He Lied about “Hate Cake.”  Jordan Brown claimed the cake he ordered from Whole Foods had a derogatory slur added to the words “Love Wins.”  He filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, and the company subsequently released a security video showing Brown picking up the cake from the store with nothing offensive visible on the cake.  Read more here.

 

U.S. Senate Confirms First Openly Homosexual Armed Services Secretary.  The Senate confirmed the nomination of Eric Fanning to the position of Army Secretary.  Obama nominated Fanning to the position eight months ago.  Read more here.

 

Proposed Law Would Allow Same-Sex Couples  to Adopt in Ireland.  The bill that has been published but not yet enacted will allow couples to adopt regardless of marital status.  Activists are claiming the bill helps prioritize the rights and needs of children.  Read more here.

 

U.S. Lawmakers Urge “Expanded Data Collection” on LGBT Individuals.  A letter to a House subcommittee recommending that the U.S. Census Bureau begin surveying the population on gender identity and sexual orientation has been signed by 78 members of Congress.  The data would enable government to more effectively regulate and legislate on LGBT Issues.  Read more here.

 

California Teachers Unions Force Nonmembers to Pay for LGBT Political Activism.  Under a category called “human rights,” both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association require nonunion teachers to finance LGBT leadership training and other political goals.  Unions charged  millions of dollars in “human rights” costs to nonunion teachers and members.  Read more here.

 

CDC Reports 1.4 Million Cases of Chlamydia in 2014 is “Highest Number of Annual Cases Of Any Condition Ever Reported.”  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “2014 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Surveillance” shows dramatic increases in the number of Americans infected with STDs.  Increases were also seen in reported cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.  Read more here.

 

Syphilis Rates Among Homosexual Men in U.S. at Highest Levels Since Before Start Of HIV Epidemic.  Gail Bolan, an official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke on Capitol Hill at an event to raise money to fight the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases.  Read more here.

 

Explicit Sex-Ed Book Causes Controversy at Oregon Elementary School.  The book, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” contains graphic drawings depicting sexual acts and masturbation.  The book was shown to fourth-grade students, some as young as nine years old.  Read more here.

 

Study Released on Pornography in the Digital Age.  The study titled, “The Porn Phenomenon,” released by the Barna Research Group assesses Americans’ views on and use of pornography.  The digital age has contributed to pornography becoming far more widely accessible than ever before.  Read more here.

 

CDC Reports First Male-to-Male Zika Transmission.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne virus.  The virus can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.  Read more here.

 

LGBTQ Activists Tell Hollywood “Our strategy is you: The entertainment industry.”  At the 27th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) Media Awards, homosexual rights activists admitted their strategy to influence Americans to accept homosexuality was through the use of television, movies, and mainstream news.  Read more here.

 

Colorado Preschooler Expelled After Parents Object to Sexuality and Gender Diversity Teaching. The parents of the 4-year-old preschool student raised questions about books read in the class, including books that told the stories about same-sex couples and worms unsure about their gender.  The student’s mother felt it was sex education and wanted to opt her child out of the instruction but was told by the school that the stories were part of the anti-bias curriculum, and because the discussions are embedded through the day, opting out was not possible.  Read more here.

 

University Threatens to Fire Professor for Criticizing a Faculty Member Who Allegedly Silenced Student Who Opposed Same-Sex Marriage.  The teaching assistant at Marquette University prevented a student from sharing his views against same-sex marriage in a “Theory of Ethics” class and suggested he drop the class.  When another professor published a blog post criticizing the assistant, the University suspended him without pay.  Read more here.

 

World’s Largest Psychiatrist Organization Condemns Treatment For Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction.  The World Psychiatric Association has joined other national psychotherapy bodies in Europe and North America in condemning any psychotherapies claiming to reduce or eliminate homosexual attraction in clients.  Some say the statement represents a political position unsupported by science, as research and clinical experience shows that many individuals can and do change their sexual orientation.  Read more here.

 

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Overturning City Transgender Ordinance.  Governor Pat McCrory signed the measure that was previously passed by the North Carolina General Assembly.  The bill not only invalidates the city of Charlotte’s ordinance that allowed individuals to use the restrooms and public facilities designated for the gender opposite their birth gender, but the bill will also prevent every city from passing such ordinances.  Read more here.

 

North Carolina Attorney General Refuses to Defend New Transgender Law.  Attorney General Roy Cooper said that the law that requires individuals to use the bathroom of their birth gender is a “national embarrassment,” and he will not defend the new law against a federal challenge from homosexual rights activists. Governor Pat McCrory responded by saying Cooper “can’t select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend.” Read more  here.

 

Australia ‘Safe Schools’ Leader Admits Program is About LGBT Activism. Undercover video recorded at the 2014 Safe Schools Coalition National Symposium has revealed that the program is not about bullying. The video shows the coordinator of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria saying that the program is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Read more here.

 

North Carolina General Assembly Blocks Bathroom Bills. The General Assembly held a special session and approved legislation that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. The measure would prevent ordinances that would allow people to use restrooms and other public accommodations on the basis of claimed gender identity. Read more here.

 

Catholic Church in Michigan may Expand Health Care to Same-Sex Couples. The Michigan Catholic Conference is making changes to its health care to include legally domiciled adults, meaning those who are above 18, have lived with the employee for at least six months, and are financially interdependent with the employee. Read more here.

 

U.S. Bill Introduced that Would Allow Homosexual ‘Partner’ Overseas to be Deemed a ‘Spouse’ for Immigration Purposes. The Reuniting Families Act (RFA) would allow homosexuals in the United States to petition to bring their “spouse,” even if not legally married, to the U.S. from countries that do not allow same-sex marriage. Read more here.

 

Pro-Life Researchers Refute Study Claiming Only 48 Percent of Teens Identify as Straight. A new poll that alleges only 48 percent of youth aged 13 to 20 are exclusively heterosexual is being dismissed by several experts on sexuality and gender. Catholic University of America professor Dr. Paul Sullins said the numbers were based on a small marketing survey and were not convincing. He also noted that “the standards for marketing research are generally looser than for academic research.” Read more here.

 

American College of Pediatricians Issues Statement Saying Gender Ideology Harms Children. The position statement titled, “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” will be followed by a peer-reviewed statement on the subject to be released in several months. The statement says, “The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.” Read more here. Read the statement here.

 

Seattle Mayor Issues Executive Order on Transgender Rights. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, signed the executive order in response to the state Senate’s vote against a bathroom bill that would have allowed transgenders to use public bathrooms and other facilities of the gender with which they identify rather than their biological gender. Under the order, Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights will develop “culturally relevant trainings and guidelines” for city staff members. Read more here.

 

Utah Passes Resolution Calling Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis.’ The Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling pornography “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” The resolution was passed by the Utah Senate in January, and the governor is expected to sign it. While nonbinding, the resolution will hopefully raise awareness of the harms of pornography. Read more here.

 

Employers Fight Rule that Could Broaden Transgender Rights. Large companies are pushing back against proposed federal rules they say would require their medical plans to cover gender transition and other services under the nondiscrimination mandate of the Obamacare law. An increasing number of large employers are voluntarily covering transgender treatment, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Read more here.

 

Coalition Urges Parents to Keep Their Children Home on GLSEN-sponsored ‘Day of Silence.’According to the GLSEN website, “Day of Silence,” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, is a student-led national event that brings attention to LGBT issues. A coalition of pro-life, pro-family organizations has prepared a response for parents who are opposed to groups that hijack the classroom for political purposes. Read more here.