Gay Priest To Learn Outcome Of Legal Challenge Over Discrimination Claim

Gay Priest To Learn Outcome Of Legal Challenge Over Discrimination Claim

A gay priest prevented from working as a hospital chaplain after marrying his partner will learn the outcome of an Appeal Court challenge over his claim he was discriminated against.

Three leading judges are expected to deliver a ruling on Thursday in the case of Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who had his permission to officiate revoked after he married Laurence Cunnington in April 2014.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a Church of England (C of E) priest for more than 30 years, was also denied a licence to officiate in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham – which left him unable to take up a job offer at the King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire. Canon Jeremy Pemberton (right) and husband Laurence Cunnington (David Mirzoeff/PA) He lost an employment tribunal against the Rt Rev Richard Inwood, former acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and his claims of discrimination and harassment were also rejected by the employment appeal tribunal.

But he renewed his fight at London’s Court of Appeal, where his lawyers argued the earlier rulings should be overturned.

During a two-day hearing in January, his legal team said the bishop’s decisions were wrong, because the C of E has no fixed rule on same-sex marriage among members […]

Will Young says he was made to re-record Leave Right Now because he ‘sounded gay’

Will Young says he was made to re-record Leave Right Now because he ‘sounded gay’

Will Young | Photo: Instagram/willyoung Will Young has revealed he was made to repeatedly re-record one of his biggest hits because a record company exec said he ‘sounded gay.’

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph , the Your Game singer says he was not aware at the time why he was forced to do the re-records. ‘It’s really shaming’

Speaking about his experiences of homophobia in the music industry, the British star said: ‘I didn’t know at the time, but when I was recording [his 2003 hit] Leave Right Now, someone at the record company said I “sounded gay” and kept making me re-record the track.’

He furthermore added: ‘There’s a real flavor to homophobia and bigotry. It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.’

Will won the 2002 series of UK show Pop Idol. His debut single Evergreen remains the fastest-selling single in the UK ever. He has since scored four number one albums. ‘I was really ill. I just couldn’t do it any more’

Elsewhere in the interview, Will says he has spent £500,000 ($703,000, €572,000) on therapy.Will suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He believes comes from being separated from his twin brother […]

We need to talk about ‘top privilege’

We need to talk about 'top privilege'

There has been a long time understanding between ‘The Gays’ (the male gay community, that is) that we are divided into three main categories: top, bottom, and vers. There’s also vers top or vers bottom, but we won’t get into those specifics here.

Throughout history it’s believed that we have coexisted, for the most part, in peace and harmony.

However, when you take a closer look, you’ll start to see underlying issues that separate us and how sexual positions can affect our lives in very real and impactful ways.

Everything from Fleeting to poop shaming to HIV contraction rate, we start to see that we tops have a kind of privilege that our vers and bottom sisters do not have. S TI Risk

The risk of contracting HIV and other STIs is significantly lower for tops, according to the Center for Disease Control in the US [ Editor’s note: Risk varies greatly according to viral load, but the CDC gives an average of it being 13 times riskier for bottoms than tops. ]

Not only that, but tops have the distinct luxury of being able to identify symptoms of certain STIs more quickly than bottoms, allowing them to seek out treatment right […]

Gay couple to feature on 50 London billboards after winning photo comp

Gay couple to feature on 50 London billboards after winning photo comp

‘Snuggle’ by Scott Hamilton. | Photo: Scott Hamilton A gay couple took out the top spot of a photo competition and will feature on 50 billboards around London.

Scott Hamilton submitted a photo to the Love in London competition of him and his partner snuggling on the couch.

Aptly titled Snuggle, Hamilton took the photo using a self-timer camera. He was one of 700 entrants in the charity competition, which launched on Valentine’s Day and ran for three weeks.

Hamilton said: ‘This competition was a really beautiful idea. Love London winner Elena Braia, entitled ‘The Two of Us.’ | Photo: Elena Braia He’s a part-time teacher who lives in London, but is originally from Edinburgh. He continued: ‘I love the thought of spreading some happiness and joy across London and I’m really privileged that the judges chose my entry, especially since this photo means a lot to me personally.

Hamilton added: ‘I think it gives a great representation of love and comfort, since the shot was taken quite naturally when we were both at home on the couch, it just felt right,’ he said. ‘London has a rich and varied culture’

The competition comes about as a way to boost morale in […]

Lesbian couple get married in Walmart and it’s adorable

Lesbian couple get married in Walmart and it’s adorable

L-R: Leida Torres and Chryssy Slonaker Torres (Photo: Courtesy Leida and Chryssy Slonaker Torres) We love a good a wedding, and the ceremony between Chrissy Slonaker Torres married Leida Torres last Saturday was one overflowing with love. It was also a little bit different. It took place in the garden section of Walmart in West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania.

The women chose the store because they met there. Leida got a job as a manager at the store in September 2015, which is when she first met Chrissy. At first, the women flirted a little bit with one another. A first date at the National Aquarium in Baltimore saw sparks fly. It culminated in last weekend’s wedding.

‘I found my soulmate, finally,’ Leida told the York Daily Record . ‘She’s the love of my life.’

‘What we have is beautiful, it’s amazing,’ adds Chrissy.

The reason they chose to marry at the store? So that co-workers who would have been unable to get the time off could all attend the ceremony. ‘We both have a lot of really close friends that we call family in our Walmart store,’ Leida explained. ‘We discussed it with the store manager and the home office so that everybody […]

Demi Lovato contemplated suicide when she was only seven

Demi Lovato contemplated suicide when she was only seven

Lovato recently put out a documentary. | Photo: YouTube/Demi Lovato Demi Lovato revealed she considered taking her own life when she was 7 years old.

She recently appeared in a discussion with US TV host Dr. Phil.

‘At seven I knew if I were to take my own life that the pain would end,’ she told him.

Lovato has long been transparent and honest about her struggles with mental health. It’s an issue she’s used her voice and platform for which to advocate.

Previously, she’s opened up about battles with depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and having bipolar disorder.

She also supports other people’s struggles and journeys. For her current tour, she’s offering free therapy sessions for fans before the show. ‘I hadn’t dealt with it yet’ Lovato continued, telling Dr. Phil she believes a lot of it stemmed from issues with her birth father.‘That I hadn’t dealt with yet,’ she said, referring to his own mental health problems and then his death in 2013.‘Now I’ve got older and I’ve been able to grieve the loss of him and I’ve been able to step back and look from a distance that he was mentally ill and it wasn’t his heart that meant to […]

Teens who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide

Teens who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide

Researchers say there are ways to prevent suicide risks. | Photo: Unsplash/Sydney Sims A new study warns that teenagers who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide.

The study, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , ‘examines the association between sexual orientation discordance and suicidal ideation/suicide attempts’.

Sexual orientation discordance is defined as ‘the mismatch between the various dimensions of sexual orientation’.

In other words, teens who identified as heterosexual but only had sexual contact/experience with members of the same sex or both sexes. Alternatively, youth identifying as gay/lesbian but only having experience with members of the opposite sex or both sexes.

Why does this discordance exist?

According to the study, factors such as homophobia, lack of opportunity to act truly, or fluidity explain this phenomenon. Furthermore, ‘societal norms may put pressure on sexual minorities to present a sexual identity inconsistent with their true sexual identity or to act in a manner inconsistent with their sexual identity’. The numbers are alarming Researchers surveyed nearly 7,000 teens across the US. They asked them 99 questions relating to health, suicide, and sexual identities.Ultimately, they drew conclusions between various identity traits and the risk of non-fatal suicide behaviors. For example, women are […]

His boyfriend of 13 years committed suicide – now he’s fighting back

His boyfriend of 13 years committed suicide - now he's fighting back

Naz and Matt on a cruise. | Photo: Naz and Matt Foundation Matthew Ogston met Nazim Mahmood in November 2001. They were both at a gay nightclub in Birmingham, England.

‘I had recently come out to myself,’ Matt tells me on the phone, recalling that period in his life. ‘In other words, I recently accepted myself.

‘Just a couple months later, I had a night out. I didn’t really know any gay people. I was sitting there in the nightclub feeling sorry for myself and along came this sweet, delicate voice that said: “May I sit here, please?”‘

Matt says, quite simply, they never stopped talking for 13 years. ‘We fell in love so quickly,’ he remembers. ‘We were both in similar situations in that we weren’t out to our parents.’ They moved to London, when Ogston says they were looking forward to sharing their lives and being themselves.

Until Naz took his own life at 34 when he jumped from the balcony of their shared flat in London. Naz and Matt in Brazil. | Photo: Naz and Matt Foundation Naz’s family is Muslim and they confronted him about his sexuality in 2014. He had previously made the decision never to come out […]

Anna Wintour Will Be Honored at Annual LGBT Center Gala

Anna Wintour Will Be Honored at Annual LGBT Center Gala

Anna Wintour Anna Wintour will be honored for her contributions to the LGBT community next month at the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center gala dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The center will recognize the publishing doyenne at their April 19 event with the Trailblazer Award for her “unwavering support and encouragement of the LGBTQ community within both the fashion and media industries,” according to the organization.

Last year, The Center honored Hillary Clinton at the fund-raiser, which brought in more than $1.75 million to support its various programs. Marc Jacobs was also honored with the organization’s Visionary Award, explaining how Wintour’s Met Gala gives him a certain level of social anxiety each year.

“It feels a little weird to be recognized when I just see myself as being true to myself,” Jacobs said. “The night [of the Met Gala] itself gives me a little bit of anxiety, but every social situation does. I’m really awkward socially.”

The center was founded in 1983 and from its West Village headquarters provides critical health and welfare services to the LGBT community.

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Bars investor snaps up Victoria Embankment site for LGBT-friendly venue

Bars investor snaps up Victoria Embankment site for LGBT-friendly venue

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a selfie with onlookers as revellers take part in London Pride, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade in London The team behind popular Soho nightspot Circa on Wednesday inked a deal to invest in opening another LGBT-friendly venue in London.

Circa’s owner Baby Bull has signed a long lease to take over more than 7000 square feet at Hungerford House on Victoria Embankment. No price was revealed.

It plans to transform the property to include a nightclub in the basement, where LGBT-friendly club nights will be hosted, and all-day dining and drinking space on the ground floor.

Emma Cousins at property firm CDG Leisure, which brokered the deal, said: “The popularity of Circa has illustrated a demand for more LGBT-friendly venues in the capital.”

She added that she expects the new site “to become a much-needed addition to London’s nightlife scene”, boosted by its central location and high footfall in the area.

A report last year warned that more than half the capital’s LGBT+ venues have closed in the past decade.