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May 22, 2015

Seattle's openly gay mayor said the city has 'no place for bigotry or harassment'

Seattle Police Department has teamed up with a local social justice organization to address anti-LGBTI bias and hate crimes.

Seattle’s openly gay mayor, Ed Murray, and Seattle PD’s Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, yesterday announced the launch of SPD Safe Place, a new campaign in partnership with Social Outreach Seattle.

Developed by Jim Ritter, Seattle PD’s LGBTI Liaison Officer, who worked with Social Outreach Seattle to improve the relationship between the police and the LGBTI community.

‘Seattle welcomes all people,’ Murray said.

May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 19, 2015

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t'

An appeals court in Buenos Aires has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a 6-year-old boy because his victim is gay.

In a newly publicized 2014 ruling, judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Sal Llargues cut the prison sentence of Mario Tolosa, vice-president of a neighborhood soccer team, from six years to 38 months.

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t,' it read.

The judges reasoned that the boy had been previously abused by his father and was 'used to it.'

May 18, 2015

Survey finds transgender women are most at risk

Some 89.3% of LGBTI people in Indonesia have experienced some form of violence due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by LGBTI group Arus Pelangi, found that 79.1% of respondents had experienced psychological abuse, 46.3% had been physically assaulted, 45.1% were the victims of sexual assault and 63.3% had endured cultural violence.

Most had been bullied at school.

May 17, 2015

'As a matter of fact, that is bullying me,' one angry father claims to have been bullied when his child was read the book in class

It was meant to be a lesson against bullying when a third-grade teacher picked a gay-themed storybook to read to his Orange County, North Carolina class in response to a bullying incident.

Dozens of angry parents are now demanding answers from school officials with a parent claiming that he is in fact being bullied when his child is being read such a book in school.

May 14, 2015

Shepard's mother is 'thrilled that Laramie’s doing it, at the same time sort of saddened that the state of Wyoming can’t see fit to do that as well'

It's been 17 years since Matthew Shepard died at the age of 21 after being tortured in an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming.

The murder of the University of Wyoming student has long cast a shadow over the town where on Wednesday (14 May) its City Council passed a local anti-LGBTI discrimination ordinance.

'What a day for Wyoming, and what a day for the city that became synonymous with Matthew Shepard’s murder to now step up and do this right thing,' says Jeran Artery, head of the group Wyoming Equality.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 8, 2015

Wisconsin teen was constantly tormented for being 'feminine'

A bullied 15-year-old transgender girl committed suicide last week days after coming out.

Cameron Langrell from Racine, Wisconsin told her parents a few years ago that she felt trapped in the wrong body.

She recently announced she was transgender and dating a boy on Facebook, and changed the gender on her profile to female.

Days later on 30 April, her mother, Jamie Olender, found her dead in the basement of their home.

May 7, 2015

ChadMichael Morrisette recalls being bullied so severely that 'I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me'

ChadMichael Morrisette remembers being bullied - a lot - during junior high and high school.

'I was bullied for being who I am,' he writes on his Facebook page. 'I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.'

Morrisette, now a successful brand consultant and visual designer, was surprised recently when one of his tormenters reached out to him on Facebook.

May 1, 2015

Defends disgraced former Health Minister Jim Wells' anti-gay comments

An election candidate in Northern Ireland has claimed gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children.

Susan-Anne White, who is standing as an independent in West Tyrone, sparked outrage earlier this week with her 'Biblically correct' manifesto, which calls for gay people to be jailed.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 26, 2015

Saying sorry is not enough, chair of the NI Assembly's health committee says 'questions still remain for Jim Wells to answer'
 

Saying sorry is not enough, Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has been called before the Northern Ireland Assembly's health committee to explain his comments that gay couples are more likely to 'abuse' children.

Wells has apologized on Friday after he linked gay relationships and the abuse of children at a South Down hustings meeting on Thursday night.

He said, 'You don't bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected...'

His comments were immediately met by uproar from the audience.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 5, 2015

The boys were insulted, hit and even choked by other students because their father is gay

A gay father of two took to YouTube to raise awareness of the bullying his two sons endure every day at school.

Joshua Alameda Franklin from Puna, Hawaii, is seen engaging his sons in conversation about their experiences at school, where they frequently are the victims of bullies.

The children talk about being called ‘gay’, ‘retarded’ and ‘fag’; their father says he even witnessed one of his sons being insulted and a teacher, standing right next to them, doing nothing.

April 3, 2015

According to a local news report a 35-year-old Canadian national has been arrested in Morocco after he allegedly filmed himself having sex with a local man who was employed by the resort he was staying at

Two men are being held in custody in a Moroccan jail after they were charged with allegedly engaging in sex acts with each other.

According to the Al Sabah newspaper the Agadir public prosecutor’s office has charged an unnamed 35-year-old Canadian tourist and a security guard at the resort he was staying at after the security guard made an alleged false rape allegation to police.

April 1, 2015

US presidential hopeful says he doesn't believe in 'rights based on behavior'

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said he doesn't believe in LGBTI rights because they are based on 'lifestyle.'

'I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,' he said in a 2013 video interview that received little attention at the time.

By the same reasoning, the Kentucky senator should also oppose free excise of religion and freedom of speech, both of which are rights based on behaviours.

March 31, 2015

National depression initiative BeyondBlue say one-in-three teenage boys in Australia still wouldn’t want to have a gay person in their friendship group, while nearly two thirds say they have witnessed homophobic bullying firsthand

Despite widespread support in Australia for the legalization of same-sex marriage, the message that it's ok for people to be gay isn’t getting across to teenage boys according to new research.

Australia’s national depression initiative BeyondBlue surveyed more than 300 14-to-17-year-old males and found that one in five still said they found it difficult to treat same-sex attracted people the same as everybody else.

March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.