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November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

November 19, 2014

African country has arrested five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

November 17, 2014

To coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK, a celebrity-endorsed baking competition will be running from now until Friday night (21 November)

As previously reported, the first Great Rainbow Bake-Off Competition launches today (17 November), to coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK (17-21 November 2014).

November 14, 2014

Senior official says culture is no excuse for denying human rights

The US has urged India end to discrimination against LGBTI people and said culture is no excuse for denying human rights.

Sarah Sewall, under-secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights at the US state department, made the comments yesterday (13 November) while delivering a lecture on human rights in New Delhi.

November 12, 2014

'I just want people to finally see me the way I see myself'

The BBC will be airing a film about a transgender teen on a children's TV channel next week.

The film will star Leo, a 13-year-old guy, will tell the story of his life interchanged in a sequence of moving diary sequences.

Called 'My Life: My Name Is Leo', he will explain the bullying he's encounted from people who could not accept who he is.

The film is set across seven months, following Leo and his family as he undergoes hormone therapy, meet other trans kids and eagerly waiting for a new passport that confirms his real identity to the world.

November 12, 2014

The British couple are expecting the three children between January and July next year

In what’s believed to be a world first, a British gay couple are soon to become dads to three babies born to three separate surrogate moms – all of whom are pregnant at the same time.

The babies will be born within seven months of one another.

Surrey-based husbands Daryl Lee, 41, and Luke Harris, 50, met online in 1999. They had a civil partnership ceremony in 2012.

November 12, 2014

Georgian police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old transgender woman in the capital Tblisi, and her apartment was torched after her death, but it remains to be seen whether they treat it as a hate crime

Georgian LGBTI rights advocates have urged Georgian authorities to investigate the murder of a young transgender woman as a hate crime and have urged the media to report sensitively on the killing.

The 25-year-old woman was found locked inside her burning apartment. It is believed the fire was lit in an attempt to destroy evidence related to the killing.

November 12, 2014

'AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s'

Zachary Quinto thinks too many people are forgetting the painful legacy of AIDS which was a death sentence for so many gay men in the 80s and 90s.

'I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,' the Star Trek actor tells Out Magazine which has named him Artist of the Year.

He is alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in adolescents and thinks others should be too.

November 10, 2014

Kees van Baar, human rights ambassador for the Netherlands, wants to work with corporates to improve life for LGBTIs around world

The new human rights ambassador for the Netherlands wants to work with the world’s biggest firms to make the world a better place for LGBTI citizens.

In particular, Kees van Baar hopes to change cultures in countries where homosexuality is illegal, by encouraging big employers to promote diversity for gay, bi and trans employees.

He said it would be one of his aims during his time as the human rights ambassador, a four-year term which started two months ago.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

November 10, 2014

Nearly 9 in 10 teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their schools

Nearly nine in 10 secondary school teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying happens in their school.

The shocking YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall Scotland, also revealed a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other staff.

Many assume they are not allowed to talk about LGBTI issues with students, with only 16% saying they have had specific training to tackle homophobic bullying. 

November 7, 2014

Organizer blames conservative backlash on 'latent homophobia'

Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week.

What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners.

The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.’

The class was named after an ode to anal sex that went viral.

November 7, 2014

A US study has quizzed lesbian moms 18 years after they received fertility treatment to ask them if they were satisfied with the choices they made regarding known or unknown sperm donors

If you’re a woman who is planning to become pregnant through sperm donation, and dependent on where you live, you have three choices with regards to the type of donation that you use: known donor, open-identity donor, or unknown sperm donor.

A known donor may be a friend or distant acquaintance, or someone that you have been introduced to with the specific aim of creating a child.

An open-identity donation comes from a donor who you have probably never met, but who is happy for his identity to be known.

November 7, 2014

A 33-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital

A Ohio trans woman is to be discharged today after surviving a near death experience earlier this week.

On Monday, 33-year-old Candice Milligan was attacked in broad daylight in downtown Toledo by at least three men.

The men reportedly called her anti-gay trans slurs, punched her, kicked her and stole her cell phone. The assailants then fled the scene.

She was hospitalized in critical condition at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center.

Doctors performed at least two surgeries to save her life, including one to drain blood from her brain.

November 6, 2014

'Same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft law in 2012

LGBTI activists delivered a letter to Macanese government headquarters yesterday demanding domestic violence laws include gay couples.

The city's first LGBTI rights group, Rainbow of Macau, was founded after 'same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft domestic violence law in November 2012.

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

November 4, 2014

Two gay couples both alike in dignity, in fair High Court where we lay our scene

A UK judge has told two feuding gay couples to stop fighting as it is hurting their children.

Over 10 years ago, a lesbian couple desperate to have a baby asked their gay male best friends if they could donate their sperm.

With a beautiful baby girl born, the lesbian couple then wanted a sibling. A few years later, that girl had a sister.

But when the gay couple wanted to have contact with their biological children, the lesbians refused.

November 4, 2014

'We must confront homosexuality the same way we confront terrorism'

Egypt's Religious Endowments Minister has accused Zionists of 'promoting' homosexuality and atheism in the Muslim country.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa blamed the spread of atheism on 'the colonialist Zionist force which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism, and finances homosexuals and homosexuality.'

'We must confront atheism, nihilism, homosexuality and moral depravity the same way we confront extremism and terrorism,' he said.

November 3, 2014

Will the universe’s most famous Time Lord transition to female? And if the next Doctor is a woman, what does that mean for the trans community?

With the timeless Time Lord now in his 12th – or is it 13th? – regeneration the transgenderated Doctor has yet to arrive. Yet a new twist to the BBC series, heavily hinted at, and confirmed on Saturday, has at last placed gender transition center stage.

For the Doctor’s oldest and most persistent single adversary, the Master, has returned – only this time, she has regenerated as the Mistress (or ‘Missy’ for short).

November 3, 2014

Animals make us fitter in our bodies and minds, help the most vulnerable and even unite communities

Most people like to think of themselves as animal lovers. Turns out animals return that love many times over, not just with wagging tales and cuddles but with a real contribution to our health and happiness as proven by numerous studies.

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Pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious and socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles (they were less fearful and less preoccupied) than non-owners, according to a 2011 study.

November 2, 2014

Are your children equipped to deal with the potential challenges of being raised by same-sex parents? We asked author Matt Hudson for his six top tips to better empower our kids

Kids raised by same-sex parents may encounter unique challenges as they grow up: from simply being asked crass questions by curious outsiders about their family set-up to experiences of stigma and discrimination.