Tory peer who gave powerful same-sex marriage speech becomes first to retire

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88 year old Lord Patrick Jenkin of Roding who served in the Thatcher Government, gave a moving speech earlier this year to support same-sex marriage in the UK Parliament is the first member of the House of Lords to retire. This is the first time members of the House of Lords have been able to retire, as previously these appointments were given for life. Another first!

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Prince Harry reveals speeches fear in World Aids Day campaign

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Feel no shame campaign – Prince Harry has revealed that he feels “incredibly nervous” before making speeches and anxious when he enters a room full of people.

He was speaking in a video as part of a campaign run by his Sentebale charity to help reduce the stigma associated with HIV.

The “Feel No Shame” films are being released to mark World Aids Day. In his message, Harry said: “My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience. “And despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I’m wearing a suit.”

The prince co-founded Sentebale in 2006 in Lesotho after travelling around the southern African country. It has the third highest HIV/Aids prevalence in the world and many children and young adults have the disease themselves, or have lost parents to it. The campaign aims to encourage people with HIV to seek medical support and education about their condition, and prevent the virus from spreading.

‘Even more worried’

Dressed in a sweatshirt, Harry added: “Now I’ve confessed that, I’ll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me, but thank you very much everyone who is taking part.” Prince Harry launched the campaign in another video and asked members of the public to share their own secrets via social media in exchange for his confession. He said: “To show our support for the children of Lesotho, and help reduce the stigma for all those affected by HIV, we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets. “Together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve, the childhood so many of us take for granted.”

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Linda Robertson: ‘Gay conversion therapy killed my son, Ryan’

DEVOUT Christian Linda Robertson says her son came out to her at 12-years-old but that she forced him into ‘conversion therapy’. Now she is travelling the US to ensure more kids don’t die like hers did

 

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Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015

The Slovakian President has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year.

 

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The 5 Worst States for LGBT People

These five states are the worst places to live if you’re a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender American

 

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Latvian Foreign Minister Comes Out In A Tweet: ‘I Proudly Announce I Am Gay’

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs apparently came out of the closet in a single, sunny tweet on Thursday.

I proudly announce I’am gay… Good luck all of you…— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) November 6, 2014

 

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New York pastor says gay people will spread ebola in Starbucks

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James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem said that Starbucks coffee shops will spread ebola across America, because gay people often use these places and will exchange body fluids when drinking coffee!

This weird man is probably objecting to the support given by Starbucks for equal marriage since 2012 and eventually became legal in New York State. Also, Starbucks recently launched an ad campaign that included two drag artists.

So this shows that there are pro-gay organisations, which is good, but also shows that there are really mad people in New York, which scary and funny.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m Proud to Be Gay”

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There has been plenty of whispering behind closed doors in recent years about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s personal life, but the executive set the record straight in his own words.

“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation,” Cook writes. “Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

 While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” the CEO added.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

 Cook acknowledges his personal heroes (Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy), and added, “we pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”

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Ireland: Poll suggests landslide victory in upcoming equal marriage referendum

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Referendum on same sex marriage could result in marriage equality in Ireland, which will take place in May 2015. In a poll of voting intentions, 67% said that they would back equal marriage next year.

Northern Ireland has no plans to introduce equal rights for same sex couple to get married. Shame!

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Gay flamingos adopt chick after it was abandoned by its parents

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A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh zoo has adopted a baby chick, after it was rejected by its straight parents. The rare Chilean Flamingo was born to a straight couple as part of the zoo’s breeding programme, but was left helpless after it fell out of its nest before even hatching.

Zookeeper Nick Dowling said: “We weren’t short of drama in the flamingo flock this year. When the first egg arrived the parenting couple got really excited and accidentally knocked it off the nest – their natural instinct was then to abandon the egg. We don’t usually intervene with our flamingo flock but as this was our first egg since 2010, we carefully picked it up and placed it back on the nest.

“Luckily, one of our same-sex male couples went straight onto the nest, fostered the egg and raised it as their own. We’ve been able to utilise these male-male bonds and it’s working out fairly well. Male-male pairs are equally able to rear youngsters.”

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Same-sex animal pairings raising neglected babies is common both in zoos and in the wild.

 

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