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# Homosexuality

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Column: Why I’m still afraid to come out to my friends and family
I’m 28 and in a committed, loving relationship but none of my friends or family know that – because I’ve never told them I’m gay. For all the talk of social acceptability, I still fear of losing the people I love.
'Gay athletes will be made feel comfortable at Winter Olympics,' insists Putin
The Russian president made the promise despite the country’s new controversial law.
Protest to take place at Russian embassy in Dublin over 'anti-gay laws'
The signing of a controversial law which prohibits the dissemination of so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors in Russia has been widely criticised.
German football club will fly rainbow flag permanently at their stadium
St Pauli are urging Germany’s other clubs to follow their lead in the fight against homophobia.
20 years ago homosexuality was decriminalised, but not everyone was happy...
Paul McGrath of Fine Gael at the time spoke against the bill and said he was concerned what impact it would have on society as a whole.
15 of the best protest signs from two decades of gay marriage protests
Homosexuality was decriminalised twenty years ago today.
LGBT rights group to hold 'kiss-in' for equality
LGBT Noise has also expressed concern over a recent homophobic attack on a well-known Dublin nightclub promoter.
Column: The ‘Kill The Gays’ law is shocking – but we mustn’t act rashly
Imposing Western will too forcefully will only put more lives in danger, writes GCN editor Brian Finnegan.
California bans therapy to 'reverse' homosexuality in minors
The state’s governor says the legislation should relegate such treatments “to the dustbin of quackery”.
Supporting homosexuality is ‘for capitalists’, says Iranian president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied that his criticism of homosexuality amounted to a denial of individual freedoms.
Pro sports more gay-friendly as athletes speak out
Several stars have called for a change in attitudes as regards homosexuality in sport.
Merkel tells gay German footballers it's OK to come out
The German Chancellor says that the players in question have “nothing to fear”.
Gay American football player says kiss got him booted
Eighteen-year-old Jamie Kuntz says he was kicked off his college football team in North Dakota for kissing his boyfriend at a game.
Eyes reveal your sexual orientation
A new study also showed vast differences in the sexuality of men and women.
Former MP who called gay relationships 'deviant' loses party whip
Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis said homosexual relationships were a “rung on the ladder” towards “bestiality”.
Moscow police detain 40 during push for gay pride parade
Activists tried to hold two demonstrations in Moscow to demand the right to hold a gay pride parade, but they were blocked first by Orthodox Christian opponents and then by police.
Jerry Buttimer: 'Being gay is not all of what I am'
The Fine Gael TD has disclosed that he is gay in interviews today saying that he thought it was right for the party and for the people he represents to come out.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Liberian President defends anti-homosexual law
The Nobel Peace Prize winner says she will not challenge laws criminalising homosexual acts – saying certain “traditional values” should be preserved.
Controversial anti-gay bill reintroduced to Ugandan parliament
The bill’s progress slowed after international outcry over the bill which carries severe penalties for homosexual acts.
US presidential hopeful Perry's latest ad causes split in his own campaign
In the campaign spot, Perry attacks Barack Obama’s repealing of a law outlawing open homosexuality in the military but it hasn’t gone down well even in his own campaign.
Russia faces protests over 'gay propaganda' law
The St Petersburg legislation would effectively ban any gay pride events for promoting “sodomy or lesbianism”
Christian hotel owners launch appeal to gay couple's court win
A devout Christian couple, who were forced to pay compensation to a gay couple who tried to stay in their B&B, launch an appeal.
UFC president: 'If there’s a gay fighter, I wish he would come out'
Dana White says that he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that several of his fighters are homosexual.
US military to officially repeal ban on openly gay personnel
The Pentagon says it is ready for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning gays serving openly in the military, which has been in place for almost two decades, to come to an end.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
"You bet your life I do!": New York's first same-sex marriages
One couple wore matching kilts; another wore sparkly crowns as New York becomes sixth and largest US state to make same-sex unions ‘official’.
US Republican presidential hopeful feels being gay is 'part of Satan'
Michele Bachmann made the comments back in 2004, but more recent controversy suggests she and her husband attempt to reform gay people through prayer.
Teen accused of shooting dead student "because he was gay"
His attorney is pictured speaking outside court yesterday, where potential jurors were questioned about their views on homosexuality and hate crimes.
Homosexuality 'a disease', claims India's health minister
Homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and is causing the spread of HIV, says the man in charge of the health of 1.2 billion people.
Ireland criticised over legislation and education on LGBT issues
A major report by the Council of Europe both praises and criticises Ireland on various discrimination and gender issues.
Norris issues wide-ranging public letter to clarify stance on issues
Senator David Norris attempts to clarify his stance on pederasty and other issues, in light of a reprinted Daily Mail interview.
Column: Cardinal Rules Part 19. The news gospel according to Me.
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland brings us his take on the news stories of the past seven days. Gay cavemen, Kevin Myers and the discovery of a digital relic of St Therese – now THAT’s what he calls a headline.
Archaeologists uncover world's oldest known 'gay caveman'
A skeleton of a body that could be 5,000 years old is found in Prague – with its burial state suggesting its owner was gay.
India moves to ban book claiming Gandhi was bisexual
Indian ministers claim a book – which suggests that the ‘father of the nation’ had a gay relationship – ‘besmirches’ Gandhi.
Scientists 'turned mice gay' through hormone immunity
Researchers in China bred mice with brains unreceptive to serotonin, and found that they lost the impulse to mate with females.
Apple criticised for allowing 'gay-cure' iPhone app
Online petition criticising Apple for “supporting homophobia” has received over 80,000 signatures so far.
Gaybo 'received death threats' over Late Late features
Gay Byrne tells The Sun that the Late Late Show’s frank discussion of topics like homosexuality made him a public target.