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August 19, 2014

Orange Is The New Black star opens up about how she tried to commit suicide in the sixth grade

Trans star, advocate and actress Laverne Cox has said she is so thankful she survived her suicide attempt in the sixth grade.

The Orange Is The New Black actress opened up about when she was being heavily bullied at school.

She speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the state of trans rights in America, and the impact discrimination had on her childhood.

‘I was bullied and I internalized a lot of shame about who I was as a child,’ Cox said.

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

July 30, 2014

UK charity Ditch the Label is turning Brighton tropical to fight bullying at its first fundraising party

A party to beat anti-gay and other types of bullying is the newest addition to the summer line-up and GSN is delighted to be getting behind it.

Ditch the Label tells young people its ok to be different and works with schools, colleges and online to offer support and create engaging ways to stop kids from being bullies.

Now the UK charity is hosting its first fundraising party on 15 August.

The team will be transforming a popular venue in the seaside town of Brighton into a beach paradise, complete with palm trees and leis.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

July 5, 2014

 UK Trans woman Avery Edison was held in a men’s prison in Canada in February, and is now filing a complaint to stop it from happening again

A UK trans woman who was held in a men’s prison in Canada is filing two human rights complaints.

Avery Edison, a 26-year-old trans woman from London, UK, was detained in February this year when she was travelling to Canada.

July 4, 2014

Reports of homophobic hate crime went up by 7% and transphobic hate crime went up by 65% in the last year

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is appealing to Londoners to help tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is hoping to enable the LGBTI community to feel confident in reporting crimes to the police.

In order to do this, they have asked LGBTI Londoners to fill out a consultation so they can inform a new strategy to be revealed in autumn this year.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing crime, said: ‘Levels of hate crime are too high and there is significant under-reporting.

July 4, 2014

Fewer than one in five secondary school teachers have received training on tackling homophobic bullying

Schoolteachers in the UK think they are banned from talking about homosexuality, a new report has revealed.

Two in five (37%) primary school teachers, and three in 10 (29%) think they are banned from teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual people and issues.

This very well may be an echo of Section 28, a law instated by Margaret Thatcher’s government that banned the discussion of LGBTI topics. It was repealed in 2000.

July 4, 2014

Mark Delacour, development and engagement manager at Broken Rainbow, is offering GSN readers exclusive discounted tickets to an incredible event

It was at Pride in London, and the sun was just peeking out of the dark clouds, as I marched with the volunteers at Broken Rainbow UK.

Among the many faces in the crowd, one woman, clear as day, mouthed ‘Thank you’.

When people talk about domestic violence, usually the first image that pops into your head is a man being physically aggressive towards a woman – likely his wife.

So it is hardly surprising many of us never really think about domestic abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans relationships.

June 27, 2014

Nick Antjoule from Galop, the LGBT safety charity asks whether homophobia and transphobia is increasing in the UK

Pride season is here and all over the UK people are getting ready to march against prejudice and hate, celebrate and inebriate.

But while our communities take pride in what we have achieved in the fight against prejudice, we are still faced with the reality of hate crime just for being ourselves.

A man sprayed with ammonia in Vauxhall, damaging his eyesight. A couple attacked by a gang in Whitechapel.

This is the reality.

June 23, 2014

The Government of Mongolia is proposing to pass new laws protecting LGBTIs and ethnic minorities from hate crimes after a wave of attacks by neo-Nazis against vulnerable groups in recent years

LGBTI people and ethnic minorities will be protected from being subjected to hate crimes in Mongolia if a government proposal goes forward.

Homosexuality has been legal in Mongolia since 1961 but homophobic views are pervasive throughout society and LGBTI rights were only discussed in parliament for the first time in April of last year.

LGBTI people have been subjected to a number of severe violent attacks in recent years, as have ethnic minorities, as there has been an up swell in neo-Nazi inspired nationalist groups in the country.

June 18, 2014

Human rights group ARC International is calling for non-government organizations to sign on to a statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a new resolution ensuring LGBTI rights violations remain a priority at the UN

Non-government organizations from around the world are being invited to endorse a statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a new resolution prioritizing the recording, discussion and attention to human rights violations against LGBTI people in member states.

June 17, 2014

Botswana has backed a call by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights for states to take steps to protect people from being subjected to human rights abuses because of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Botswana has backed a call by the African Union’s highest human rights body to protect the human rights of LGBTI people – though it has not yet said it will repeal its laws criminalizing same-sex relationships.

The 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted a resolution in May calling for member states to respect the rights of LGBTI people in the strongest statement to date from a continent level body in Africa.

June 11, 2014

Zak Hardaker, 22, admitted to calling another player 'fucking faggot' during a game he was losing two weeks ago

A British rugby player will be banned for five games after being found guilty of homophobic abuse.

Zak Hardaker, a 22-year-old fullback England international, admitted to calling another player ‘fucking faggot’ during the game on 30 May.

He was found guilty of a grade E offence of using ‘verbal abuse based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin’, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

June 5, 2014

California’s Tehachapi Unified School District has come to a settlement of $750,000 with the mother of gay teen Seth Walsh who took his own life after his school failed to protect him from anti-gay bullying

The mother of a California gay teen who committed suicide in 2010 after enduring years of bullying at Jacobsen Middle School has settled a lawsuit with the Tehachapi Unified School District – agreeing to receive $750,000 in compensation for its failure to protect him.

Thirteen-year-old Seth Walsh had already been subjected to bullying before he came out at school but things only got worse and he was subjected to physical and verbal bullying inside and outside of school as well as being bullied online and over the phone by other students.

June 4, 2014

The American Family Association spokesman has claimed that the ‘gay gestapo’ is bringing back slavery in the US by expecting Christian bakers to not discriminate against gay couples

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has accused the LGBTI community of forgetting the Civil War and trying to bring back slavery by trying to stop Christian bakers discriminating against same-sex couples.

Fischer made the comments in complaining about a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling against a Christian baker who had refused to bake a cake in 2012 for a same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted a cake for a celebration of that marriage when they returned to their home state.

May 29, 2014

Five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him

A gay man in Russia was kidnapped at gunpoint and nearly died in a horrific homophobic attack, it was reported today (29 May).

A Chelyabinsk court heard how five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him.

The students told the gay man they didn’t want his money, but to ‘cleanse the society of gays’, according to the victim’s testimony.

At gunpoint, they went in the victim’s car to a nearby lake.

May 23, 2014

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has warned members of the African Union that they must respect the rights of LGBTI people or fail their commitments to human rights

The 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has adopted a resolution calling for the member states of the African Union to respect the rights of LGBTI people in the strongest statement to date from a continent level body in Africa.

May 22, 2014

The United Nations has voiced its concerns that both pro-Russian and pro-Ukraine elements have been targeting LGBTI people during the conflict over whether eastern Ukraine splits to join Russia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is warning that Ukraine’s LGBTI community is getting caught in the middle of the struggle between pro and anti-Russian factions in the country, with groups on both sides targeting them for persecution.

The United Nations’ Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) report for the period 2 April to 6 May this year found that both sides in the conflict viewed LGBTIs negatively.

May 15, 2014

A Nevada seventh grader who brought a pistol to school and shot a teacher and two other students revealed in his suicide note that he was angry about being labeled as gay and ‘retarded’ by bullies

Nevada state authorities have released the details of why they think 12-year-old Jose Reyes brought a gun to school and fired on classmates before shooting himself on 21 October last year.

Reyes wounded two other students and killed a teacher before shooting himself just 10 minutes after being dropped at Sparks Middle School by his mother.

A 1,300 page report into the shooting was made public on Tuesday and reveals that Reyes left behind two suicide notes – one for his parents and one for his teachers and classmates.

May 15, 2014

Thailand’s School Rainbow campaign will seek to draw attention to the plight of young LGBTI people this Saturday with a campaign that will see chalk rainbows drawn on the ground at school gates on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

A new campaign against the bullying of LGBTI young people kicked off in Thailand yesterday with students at Bangkok’s Thammassat University drawing gay pride rainbows on the footpath to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The event launch for the School Rainbow campaign saw a colorful performance by a Rainbow All Boy Cheerleaders squad as students colored in the rainbow and wrote messages of support in chalk.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.