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Consequences for Church That Staged Altered Hamilton

Lines were rewritten to reference Jesus before sermon claiming homosexuality as sin

(Newser) - Update: The Texas church that staged two performances of what Deadline calls an unauthorized and "Christianized" version of the musical Hamilton will pay unspecified damages for doing so. The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries in McAllen confirmed in a statement that it "did not ask for, or receive, a...

Singapore to Decriminalize Sex Between Men

At the same time, prime minister worries activists with proposed amendment on marriage

(Newser) - In what LGBTQ activists called "a win for humanity" after a yearslong struggle, Singapore will repeal its law prohibiting sex between consenting men. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the announcement Sunday in an annual policy speech on national TV, per the BBC . "The government will repeal Section...

China Shields Moviegoers From a Gay Dumbledore

Six seconds of dialogue are cut from 'Fantastic Beasts 3'

(Newser) - Viewers in China watching Fantastic Beasts 3 will see a slightly different film than everyone else. Warner Bros. agreed to cut six seconds of dialogue, reports Variety . Though just a tiny fraction of the two-hour-plus film, those six seconds are notable: They refer to a previous homosexual relationship between Dumbledore...

Ross' Wife Is Gay? China's Censors Won't Hear of It

Fans of 'Friends' cry foul after detail is cut from episode

(Newser) - China's censors are back in the news , this time over an episode of Friends. When Ross explains to his parents that his wife has left him, the part in which he explains why—she's lesbian and has found a female partner—was cut from a recently aired rerun,...

Pro Soccer Team Shares 'Josh's Truth' Video

Top-level Australian player comes out as gay

(Newser) - Adelaide United Football Club, an Australian soccer team, says it is proud of midfielder Josh Cavallo for coming out as gay. In a video released by the team titled "Josh's Truth," the 21-year-old says all he wants to do is play the sport and be treated equally,...

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Guys, Have an Older Brother? It May Play a Part in Your Sexuality

Researchers find men with older brother have 38% higher chance of being gay than those without

(Newser) - Past research has suggested that men with at least one older brother are more likely to be gay—a phenomenon called the fraternal birth order effect. Now, a new study by Canadian and German scientists adds more evidence to that theory, and it points to possible antibodies produced by the...

Aaron Hernandez's Sexuality Was a Huge Struggle: Ex-Teammate

College teammate talks about NFL star ahead of 2 upcoming documentaries

(Newser) - A teammate of Aaron Hernandez's at the University of Florida tells People the football star, who went from the Florida Gators to the NFL before ultimately killing himself in prison in 2017 at age 27, was dealing with a lot. "Everything about Aaron was a struggle," the...

Miley Cyrus' Comments on Homosexuality Don't Go Over Well

She tells women they 'don't have to be gay' because 'there are good men out there'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus has a new boyfriend , and while doing a livestream with him on her Instagram feed Sunday, she had this to say to her female fans, per E! : "Guys, I was being a little too, like ... hardcore feminist vibes and, just like, I don't know, not allowing...

Chick-fil-A Just Opened First UK Restaurant. It's Already Closing

The Chick-fil-A in Reading is shutting down after protests related to LGBTQ+ issues

(Newser) - On Oct. 10, the first-ever Chick-fil-A in the UK opened its doors. On Oct. 18 , the announcement was made that it would not be staying there. After the US fast food chain opened a branch in the English town of Reading, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Reading Pride started organizing protests...

Nation's Law Would Bring Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Critics say revived bill in Uganda will 'fire up more hatred'

(Newser) - Africa is known for having some of the most rigid laws against homosexuality in the world, with Uganda now vying for one of the top spots on that front. Reuters reports a bill is in the works there that would resurrect a long-dormant one, with a dire punishment for gay...

Do Humans Have a 'Gay Gene?' Big New Study Thinks Not

Sexual orientation is instead a complex stew of genetics and environment, say researchers

(Newser) - Humans do not have a "gay gene" that determines their sexual orientation, according to the largest study (by far) ever conducted on the issue. Researchers studied the genomes of 470,000 people, hunting for a pattern to explain human sexuality, reports Live Science . They found five genetic markers deemed...

Clooney Calls for Boycott of 2 Luxury Hotels in US

They're owned by Brunei, which is imposing draconian penalties for adultery, gay sex

(Newser) - The news was jarring: The small nation of Brunei plans to start stoning to death people who have gay sex or commit adultery. Now, George Clooney hopes to inflict some economic pain in the hope of getting sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to rescind the Sharia law punishments, reports the BBC . In...

New Penalty for Gay Sex, Adultery: Death by Stoning

Brunei will put sharia law punishments into effect next week

(Newser) - The small kingdom of Brunei is taking its Sharia law to a whole new level next week: Beginning April 3, anyone convicted of having gay sex or cheating on their spouse will be stoned to death, reports the Guardian . The nation in Southeast Asia adopted the strict Islamic code nearly...

Book Describes Large Gay Subculture Within Vatican

French author Frederic Martel says it's at the heart of Catholic Church's troubles

(Newser) - A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internecine war among them. In the...

TV Host Sentenced to a Year in Jail for Interviewing Gay Man

Egyptian TV presenter interviewed gay sex worker

(Newser) - An Egyptian TV presenter will do a year of hard labor because he interviewed a gay man. Mohamed al-Ghiety was jailed as well as fined the equivalent of $167 for "promoting homosexuality" after an interview with the sex worker, whose identity was hidden, aired last year on Ghiety's...

Karen Pence to Teach at School With Gay Ban

Second lady taught at the school for years before her husband became VP

(Newser) - Karen Pence is going back to work ... at a Christian school that does not allow gay students, parents, or employees. Pence taught at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, for years while husband Mike Pence served in Congress before becoming vice president. Now, the second lady is returning to the...

Family Guy Changing Its Tune on Gay Jokes

Executive producers say line about phasing them out in most recent episode is 'kind of' true

(Newser) - Family Guy won't be joking around about homosexuality anymore. In a recent TVLine interview (which was mostly focused on Sunday's President Trump-centric episode), the executive producers of the animated sitcom were asked about a line in the episode in which Peter tells Trump the show is "trying...

'One of World's Oldest Bans' on Gay Sex Is No More

Colonial-era law banning homosexuality has been overturned by India's Supreme Court

(Newser) - Calling sexual orientation "one of the many natural phenomena," the chief justice of India's Supreme Court made a big announcement Thursday about one of the nation's colonial-era laws. The Guardian reports India's highest court has struck down a 160-year-old law banning consensual gay sex, with...

Gay Abuse Victim Spoke to Pope. Francis' Words Were 'Forceful'

Juan Carlos Cruz said Francis told him: 'God made you like this and loves you like this'

(Newser) - While religious conservatives have long argued being gay is a choice and even a "disorder," Pope Francis has been known to push back on those arguments, most famously with his 2013 statement : "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" Now...

Toronto Therapist Had Sex With Male Patients

Melvyn Iscove will likely lose his license

(Newser) - A Toronto psychiatrist who considered homosexuality a "disorder" also had sex with male patients in his office—and will likely lose his license over it, Newsweek reports. Melvyn Iscove, 72, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two men who came to him in the 1990s and early 2000s....

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