The United Methodist Church states that gay men and women are welcome but that they are forbidden from being "certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church". UMC also believes the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and states that ceremonies that "celebrate homosexual unions" shall not be allowed in churches.
In October, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church upheld an appeals panel ruling reinstating pastor Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating at his son's wedding to another man in 2007.
A young woman in St. Petersburg lost her job as a music teacher for special education students exclusively for her sexual orientation after being outed to her superiors by homophobic activist Timur Isaev, a mouth-breathing troglodyte who wants to make living in Russia "hell" for all gay people. However, according to LGBTI group Coming Out, the St. Petersburg educator is the first to fight her termination and defend her rights.
When given the opportunity to voluntarily quit or be fired for violation of Article 81 part 8 of the Labour Code of Russia - "Performing an immoral act by the employee in education that is incompatible with the continuation of such work" - despite holding several distinctions and awards for the excellence in employment, the unnamed woman chose to be fired.
She said of her love for teaching and her circumstances:
Working with children is a part of my soul. All these years I have given myself to the job I loved, nurtured the love of art and music in children. Taking into account the abilities of our children, who have moderate or severe delays in mental development, I have tried to make each lesson interesting, bright, and encouraging.
I was fired because someone thinks my sexual orientation harms children. This is not supported by any law and I have not done anything wrong. I am determined to seek justice to the end!
Coming Out is providing legal support to the young woman and will seek recognition of the discriminatory nature of her dismissal in court.
On route to GQ's 2014 Men of the Year party earlier this month, soccer star Robbie Rogers fielded a series of questions on his career and love life. To spice the ride up, Rogers was asked to either dish about his "first time" or "serenade" someone in the car next to him - and Rogers chose to share how he gave up his v-card(s).
First time with a girl was in high school. I think it was my junior year of high school. Still friends. It was actually alright, you know I'm a gay guy. I don't know how she enjoyed it or if she enjoyed it as much as me...First time with a guy was actually not until I was 25, after I came out. Super awkward. I mean, can you imagine dating and hooking up with a guy after your coming out, after 25 years? I'm sure he was like, 'What is going on?' I think I've gotten a little better at doing all that stuff so hopefully those embarassing moments are over.
Kerry Smith, a now former parliamentary candidate for the United Kingdom’s Independence Party was met with abrupt pushback earlier this month after being recorded referring to Chinese minorities as “chinky” and gay people as “disgusting old poofters.” According to UKIP’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn, Kerry attributed his racist and homophobic outburst to the prescription painkillers he’d been using at the time. Smith withdrew his parliamentary bid after recordings of his racist and homophobic remarks were made public.
“I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people,” Smith said in a public statement. “Therefore I have chosen to resign so that UKIP can win this seat next May.”
“What I am pleased about is that he has resigned and stood down, whether he was on sedatives or not,” said UKIP deputy chair Suzanne Evans. “I think the party wholeheartedly accepts that is wasn’t a good enough excuse and we are all delighted that he has done the decent thing and fallen on his sword.”
In 2012 Smith came under fire for a phone call in which he was overheard making jokes about “shooting peasants” and calling UKIP’s immigration spokesman Steven Wolfe a “fucking carpetbagger.”
“The fact that we have someone who has made racist and homophobic language has gone within 24 hours shows the strength of the team behind us who are making sure that we have no one in this party who has such views representing our party and the people that vote for us,” Wolfe said.
Spanish author and television personality Sandra Barneda revealed that she's in a relationship with another woman on one of her shows Wednesday reports On Top Magazine. Barneda is a co-host on the Telecinco political show Un Tiempo Nuevo (A New Time) and talk show Hable Con Ellas (Talk With Women), on which gay Spanish actress and Miss Spain 2013 Patricia Yurena has appeared before.
On Wednesday's show Barneda was asked to answer questions posed to beauty pageant contestants. José Corbacho, a Spanish comedian dressed in drag, asked Barneda "If there was a nuclear holocaust, what couple, man and woman, would you choose to preserve and multiply the human species?" Barneda delivered a cheeky answer.
"My partner, who is a woman and I won't tell you her name, and the most handsome and fertile guy on Earth."
Barneda is the first Spanish television host to come out, and former Hable Con Ellas guest Patricia Yurena came out earlier this year on Instagram as the first openly gay active national beauty queen.