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March 21, 2015

Out@NBC Universal was the first LGBT organization permitted to march in the parade's 254-year history

Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

March 19, 2015

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, could now face a longer time in jail

A Russian man who was jailed after torturing gay teens and driving them to suicide is facing new charges.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, is being charged with robbery, hooliganism and causing property damage.

In addition the investigators have also charged the homophobic leader, also known as 'Machete', with 'inciting hatred'.

He was already carrying out a previous sentence in a labor camp, but will now be transported to a detention center until further notice.

March 13, 2015

They may have met on Craigslist

A teenager in New York state has been charged with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing and setting on a fire a gay man he may have met on Craigslist.

Kyle Box, 18, was arrested on Monday (9 March) and is being held without bail.

The victim, 62-year-old Randy Bent, was found dead Sunday night at his home in Watertown.

The high school student, from nearby Carthage, told police he went back with the victim, then stabbed him with a knife 'multiple times.'

March 5, 2015

But his documentary about the plight of LGBTI people in Kenya will still never be shown

George Gachara, the producer of an internationally acclaimed Kenyan LGBTI film, will not go to prison.

He is the creator behind Stories of Our Lives, the award-winning documentary on the plight of LGBTI Kenyans.

The film is banned in Kenya for 'promoting homosexuality'.

Gachara was arrested October 2014 on the grounds he was allegedly filming without a license in breach of The Film and Stage Plays Act and released on a cash bail of KES 10,000 ($110, €99).

March 4, 2015

Malaysian national wants to legally change gender so she can get married

Immigration officers in Indonesia have arrested a Malaysian transgender woman who applied for a female passport with fake documents.

Reggeana Fiziana, 38, had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand and want the passport to legally marry her boyfriend, a man from a Arab country who is currently studying in Malaysia.

Transgender people cannot legally change their gender in either Malaysia or Indonesia, and neither country recognizes gay marriage.

March 3, 2015

23-year-old persuaded users of the app to meet in person and smoke ice

A Sydney man who robbed men he met on Grindr has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Corey Draper, 23, persuaded two men on the hook-up app to meet in person and smoke ice, then robbed them at knifepoint.

The first incident occured on 9 February 2014 at 1:30am.

Draper met a 28-year-old man, who gave him $200 for ice. He then robbed him of further $270 and a mobile phone. Draper told his victim he was a member of a gang and would kill him if he reported him to police.

March 2, 2015

Police entrap the alleged transsexuals on social media

Egyptian police Thursday (26 February) arrested seven young people for 'debauchery,' a charge routinely used to harass gay men.

The seven detainees were identified as 'transsexuals' by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba.

Major General Magdy Moussa of the morality police said the seven 'perverts' had formed a 'network for practicing debauchery' on social media.

He said police made fake webpages to entrap them and had proof they published naked photos.

February 23, 2015

Police are also searching for four foreigners who allegedly made gay porn in the country

Kenyan police last week arrested two men for gay sex.

George Njeri and Caleb Idris were arrested in Kwale county on Thursday (19 February) and reportedly told police they were a married couple, even though gay marriage is illegal in the African country.

They were charged with 'engaging in unnatural acts' at Kwale law courts on Friday but did not plead to the charges pending investigations.

Gay sex is illegal in Kenya and punishable by five to 12 years in jail.

February 18, 2015

Jamie Ralph Kuntz must stay at least 200 yards away from  billionaire mogul for 10 years

A 21-year-old former college football player has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from billionaire David Geffen, 71, who he had briefly dated.

Jamie Kuntz was given probation after pleading no contest on 9 February to one misdemeanor count of stalking. He had violated a restraining order to stay away from Geffen's Southern California homes in Beverly Hill and Malibu, according to Associated Press.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 11, 2015

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples

An Alabama minister yesterday (10 February) was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after trying to perform a gay marriage.

Deputies found Anne Diprizio, 43, kneeling on the floor of Autauga County Probate Office in protest of judge Al Booth. 

The dispute occurred after two women, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, obtained a marriage license and Diprizio offered to wed them right then and there.

However, Booth said the office stopped performing all ceremonies on Friday – when gay marriage became legal in Alabama.

February 9, 2015

Bulgarian law does not consider homophobic motives as hate crime - they are acts of hooliganism 

Bulgaria’s efforts to investigate and prosecute hate crime are deemed a failure in a report Amnesty International published today (9 February).

According to the report, the lack of adequate investigation and prosecution created a climate of discrimination, fear and ultimately violence. Some victims of hate crime do not dare to report their experiences to the police because they fear further discrimination.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 20, 2015

Star of many prison shower scenes is also accused of beating and choking his girlfriend

Gay-for-pay porn star Johnny Rapid has gone from asking Justin Bieber to have sex with him for $2 million to facing jail time for beating his girlfriend.

A newly released police report reveals the 22-year-old Men.com performer, whose real name is Hylan Taylor, is being charged with battery for allegedly choking, pushing and hitting his girlfriend last year.

January 17, 2015

The driver had allegedly tried to force his rider to perform oral sex in the car

He's the second Uber driver to be charged with sexual assault in Chicago in weeks.

Adnan Nafasat, a 46-year-old married father of three, has been charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and kidnapping after he tried to overpower his 21-year-old male passenger, according to ABC7.

The UberX (Uber's low-cost service) driver had picked up his passenger in Boystown on Chicago's North Side in the early morning on July 31, 2014.

January 16, 2015

Musician Ashley Hamilton succeeded in getting faster medical treatment for a friend before ruse was discovered

The son of actor George Hamilton was arrested this week after flashing a badge and pretending to be a police officer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Ashley Hamilton, 40, took an injured friend to the center's medical offices and succeeded in bypassing a crowded waiting room by concocting the ruse, according to TMZ.

January 7, 2015

Data shows far more people are prosecuted under the country's anti-gay law than previously thought

Nearly 600 LGBTI people have been arrested in India since the Supreme Court recriminalized gay sex in December 2013, according to Home Ministry statistics.

As of October, there were 778 registered cases and 587 arrests under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes same-sex relations with up to life imprisonment.

However, the numbers are thought to be much higher as some states gave incomplete data, while others, including Karnataka and West Bengal, did not submit at all.

December 29, 2014

Former college football player Jamie Kuntz faces a felony stalking charge

Jamie Kuntz, 20, used to be best known as a college football player kicked off the team for kissing his much-older boyfriend during a game.

Now he finds himself in the glare of the media spotlight for allegedly stalking that now ex-boyfriend, 71-year-old entertainment industry mogul David Geffen.

December 24, 2014

Luka Magnotta admits to the killing but pleaded insanity

A Canadian former gay porn actor yesterday (December) was found guilty of murdering and dismembering a Chinese exchange student and sex partner he met online.

Luka Magnotta, 32, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin, 33, after eight days of deliberations.

The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Magnotta was also convicted on four related charges and given the maximum sentence for each, ranging from two to 10 years.

December 19, 2014

This Liverpool mayor candidate also quotes Bible scripture to attack the UK soccer club, and gets it wrong

Liverpool football club is cursed by God for 'promoting' homosexuality, a far-right politician has claimed.

Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate and current English Democrat, has claimed the soccer team is on a losing streak for supporting local Pride events.

'From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. Lev.18.23,' he posted on Facebook this week.

'In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse.'

December 17, 2014

Kathryn Knott, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan will be tried as a group for on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges

Two men and the daughter of a local sheriff were ordered to stand trial Tuesday (16 December) in connection with the September beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, Philip Williams, 24, and Kathryn Knott, 24, are to be tried for aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges.

The trio cannot be charged with a hate crime, however, because sexual orientation is not covered in the stat of Pennsylvania's current hate crime law.

December 10, 2014

App's Best of 2014 Awards find Clinton 'Straight Ally of the Year' and Vladimir Putin 'Enemy of the LGBT Community'

Hillary Clinton has not yet formally announced her candidacy for President of the United States but she can already count on one block of voters.

Grindr users voted the former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady the 'Straight Ally of the Year' in the app's third annual Best of Awards.

In contrast to the support Clinton received, Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted 'Enemy of the LGBT Community' - no doubt for his championing of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.