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Kristian Nairn is not going to be holding the door for any homophobes.

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn is planning to enter politics to fight for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

While the 6ft 10in actor may be used to holding the door in a fantasy land, he plans to bust it wide open on issues of equality.

The Hodor star has branded Northern Ireland’s failure to pass marriage equality a ‘disgrace’.

By Erik Kirschbaum,

Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised Germans and her own conservative party just three months before the Sept. 24 election by abruptly signaling her support for same-sex marriage — a major shift for the normally cautious leader.

Even though Germany, generally considered progressive on social issues, was one of the first European countries to legalize same-sex partnerships, in 2001, Merkel’s conservative-led government since 2005 repeatedly refused to consider granting full legal rights for same-sex unions because of staunch opposition from her party’s right wing.

BY ARIEL SCOTTI,

It’s a love story that can make us all proud.

Nick Cardello and Kurt English have set the internet ablaze by posting matching pictures — 24 years apart — of an iconic kiss that has generated over 600,000 likes and 152,000 retweets in just two days.

And almost no hate. Finally.

English, 52, is the man on the right, being kissed by Cardello, 54. The couple started dating in 1992 — and remain together.

This article originally appeared on Pink News

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The Spanish city of Madrid is set to install its first “gender-equal” and “inclusive” traffic signals.

The lights will feature women or girls with skirts or ponytails to identify them as female ahead of an international Pride celebration.

The lights will also feature same-sex couples holding hands, as well as straight couples.

After the 2017 World Pride celebrations on 23 June-2 July, the Madrid City Hall says the lights will remain.

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‘Same-sex marriage is an affirmation LGBTI people are supported and integrated into Maltese society’.

Malta has elected a new prime minister, and he is determined to pass same-sex marriage by the end of July.

The small southern European island has civil unions, envious trans and intersex laws, and is the only European country to ban dangerous ‘gay cure’ therapy.

By Michael Hobbes,

“I used to get so excited when the meth was all gone.”

This is my friend Jeremy (not a real name).

“When you have it,” he says, “you have to keep using it. When it’s gone, it’s like, ‘Oh good, I can go back to my life now.’ I would stay up all weekend and go to these sex parties and then feel like shit until Wednesday. About two years ago I switched to cocaine because I could work the next day.”

By Daniel Megarry for GayTimes,

Sense8 may have been cancelled, but we’ll always have these ridiculously hot memories…

The Netflix original series was one of the most diverse shows ever created, giving equal representation to same-sex couples, offering visibility to the trans community, and starring a varied cast from around the globe.

Oh, and it also featured plenty of hot man-on-man action – who can forget those beautiful orgies?

So whether you’re a fan of German hunk Wolfgang, you’ve got a thing for policeman Will, or you just can’t get enough of Hernando and Lito’s steamy love-making sessions, there’s plenty to enjoy below…

This article originally appeared on LGBTQ Nation

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Poor Sherwin. He simply adores his classmate Jonathan, but he’s in the closet and doesn’t dare tell him — or anyone — he’s got a crush on the most popular boy in school. But his heart has other ideas: it bursts from his chest and chases down the boy of his dreams.

That’s the premise behind In A Heartbeat, an animated film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo at the Ringling School of Art and Design that is currently in production. The film students released the trailer last week via YouTube, Kickstarter, and Instagram.

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Taiwanese laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying violate their personal freedom and equal protection, the island’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday. The justices called sexual orientation an “immutable characteristic that is resistant to change.”

“The judges have today said yes to marriage equality,” said Amnesty International’s Lisa Tassi, who directs campaigns in East Asia. “This is a huge step forward for LGBTI rights in Taiwan and will resonate across Asia.”

By Ben Westcott,

A raid by police on a gym and sauna in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday evening is being seen by some as the latest evidence of a crackdown on the rights of the country’s LGBT population.

Police detained 141 men as part of the raid on the establishment in North Jakarta, said Polda Metro Jaya Kombes Argo Yuwono, the head of public relations for the Jakarta Police Department.
Ten people have been charged with violating Indonesia’s pornography laws, with police pointing to evidence including condoms, CCTV recordings, and mattresses. The rest remain detained and are under investigation, though not officially charged, Argo said.

This article originally appeared on Gay Buzzer

Maybe it’s a matter of preference, maybe it’s something too many guys learn from porn – but this guy on Reddit is wondering whether there’s something wrong with him for not wanting to “get pounded” hard and fast when he bottoms.

“I’m one of those people who feels like in order to know how to give, you must take”, he writes. And so he decided to act on it:

To that end (pun intended) I’ve been a little more versatile than usual and have been kinda surprised by how many guys want to really slam that thing in there.

This article originally appeared on Gay Times

By Daniel Megarry,

A closeted footballer faces homophobia on the pitch in short film WONDERKID.

Broadchurch star Chris Mason plays a gay professional footballer at the launch of his new career in a fictional London team, as he struggles with his sexuality in the masculine and often homophobic sporting world.

WONDERKID came about as part of the #BEYOURSELF campaign to raise awareness about homophobia in sport, particularly the lack of openly gay footballers out of the 5,000 players in the UK.

This article originally appeared on Politico

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Americans’ support for same-sex marriage has hit a new high, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Sixty-four percent of adults surveyed said same-sex marriages should be legal, a 3 percent increase since last year and the most support for gay marriage since Gallup began tracking the issue in 1996 when just 27 percent backed legalizing gay marriage.