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October 7, 2014

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country

A Brazilian transgender woman was murdered last week by three shots to the face.

Gull dos Santos, 35, was killed on Wednesday while walking down on a high street in Rio Largo municipality, Alagoas province.

According to police, two men approached the victim on a motorcycle, fired several shots and fled before they could be identified. dos Santos died on the spot.

Although dos Santos was killed on a busy thoroughfare, witnesses did not pass any useful information to police except that more than one man participated in the crime.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

September 26, 2014

Young politician was campaigning in the streets of Macapá when he was hit on the side of his head by a large stone

A 25-year-old gay rights activist and politiican was assaulted in Brazil on Wednesday (24 September).

Waldir Pires Bittencourt, campaigning to be a member of the House of Representatives, was campaigning in the streets of the city of Macapá as he was hit on the side of his forehead by a stone thrown from a moving car.

'You want to be a woman? Then you'll get it as a woman,' his attacker allegedly shouted.

September 22, 2014

Their transgender classmate was fined for breaking the school's dress code

A group of boys at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II high school in Rio de Janeiro wore skirts to class after a transgender student was fined for breaking the school's dress code.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Munez, born Mario Munez, recently came out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school but was fined for not wearing trousers.

School authorities said their code of ethics did not allow 'male' students to wear female uniforms.

She complied but her classmates did not.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

September 16, 2014

A gay couple in Brazil have made history by requesting – and being granted – that their child’s birth certificate includes the names of three parents

A judge in Brazil has made history by allowing a child’s birth certificate to include the names of three parents.

The request came from the child’s biological mother, her female partner, and the biological father.

In May 2013, Brazil became the third Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage. Fernanda Batagli Kropenscki, aged 26, and Mariani Guedes Santiago, 27, have been together for four years. 

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 12, 2014

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the building was quickly destroyed by fire just days before it hosted the same-sex ceremony

A cultural center in Brazil that was due to host a gay wedding this weekend has been almost completely destroyed by a fire.

It’s believed that the cause of the blaze was an arson attack and is likely to have been linked to the fact that the CTG Sentinelas do Planalto, in the city of Santana do Livramento, was due to host the same-sex ceremony.

The boss of the center, Gilbert Gisler, received an anonymous phone call a month ago from someone threatening to destroy the building because of its plans to host a gay wedding. He reported the call to the civil police.

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

July 7, 2014

World's soccer governing body has been criticized for failing to tackle homophobia at the current World Cup being held in Brazil

FIFA has admitted Russia is so homophobic, the world soccer governing body will need a ‘special task force’ to deal with it at the next World Cup.

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief, has said the organization will need to deploy staff specifically trained to tackle homophobic abuse the next time the world comes together to play football.

LGBTI fans have condemned the body for failing to tackle homophobic and racist abuse properly at the World Cup in Brazil.

June 24, 2014

Don't you think it's time for Cristiano Ronaldo to join the Game of Thrones' Unsullied?

Cristiano Ronaldo has been getting a lot of attention in the US over the past few days. And not just for his good looks.

As everyone knows the World Cup is going on in Brazil, and this past Sunday (22 June) Portugal played the US.

For soccer fans in the States, it was a a brutal ending (a draw for you non-sports fans). The ending was only made palpable because Ronaldo was playing.

June 23, 2014

Head of a new discrimination panel at the FA has said the governing body has hired gay, disabled and people of ethnic minorities

The Football Association has hired a new head for its anti-discrimination panel, who says ‘homophobia is unacceptable’.

As the World Cup carries on in Brazil with no openly gay players competing, new chair Tariq Sadiq has said he wants to fight against all forms of discrimination in his new role.

The leading employment lawyer with St Philips Chambers, he told HR magazine there is a problem with discrimination at soccer clubs across the UK.

June 19, 2014

Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Croatia could have their World Cup career in jeapordy over fans' behavior at matches

FIFA has started disciplinary proceedings against four countries after alleged homophobic chants by their fans during their World Cup matches.

In a statement, FIFA said the inquiry was launched after what they described as ‘improper conduct’ by fans from Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Croatia.

At one game, Mexican fans shouted ‘puto’ at games against Cameroon and Brazil. In the latter match, Brazilians then responded by chanting the slur back at Mexico.

June 19, 2014

Mexican soccer fans’ homophobic slurs have been broadcast on ESPN twice at this year’s World Cup and in a match against Brazil, Brazilian fans began shouting them back

The ESPN sports channel allowed the broadcast of homophobic chants by Mexico supporters at the World Cup in Brazil at two matches but says it did not understand what fans were shouting and will seek to stop it from happening again in future.

Mexico supporters began chanting ‘Puto!’ during a game against Cameroon whenever Cameroon’s goal keeper attempted goal kicks, and did it again on Tuesday during a match against Brazil.

In response Brazil fans returned the slur, chanting it as well.

June 17, 2014

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has called for gay soccer players to come out at the World Cup to become role models for young people all over the world

The outgoing United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has called for professional footballers at the World Cup in Brazil to come out as gay so that they can be role models for others.

Pillay is finishing up her final year as the UN’s top human rights official after six years in the job and has made advocacy on the behalf of the rights of LGBTI people a hallmark of her time in office.

June 12, 2014

Half of this is actual content, and the other half is an excuse to post pictures of hot footballers. Just so we’re clear

There are plenty of reasons why you might not like football.

You might dislike the homophobic, misogynistic culture, you might hate how there will be no openly gay players in the World Cup, or you might be American.

In a poll on Gay Star News, 64% of you said you will not be watching a single game.

If you do love the game, that’s great. This article is probably not for you, as you know all of this already.

May 20, 2014

19 year-old Floyd Evans stabbed a gay man in the chest at a well-known meeting spot for gay men, which the judge condemned as a ‘disgraceful’ homophobic attack

A UK teen will serve a 14-year sentence for stabbing a gay man in the chest in a brutal homophobic attack (20 May).

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed Francisco Nascimento in the chest on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The judge told the court Evans was guilty of a homophobic attack, as the two men met near the City Walls, which is a well-known meeting point for gay men.

May 1, 2014

We look at how LGBTI groups around the world are raising their voices against transphobia, homophobia in sport and homophobia for IDAHO

It’s 2014, and not everyone has the freedom to express themselves.

As we approach International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), commemorated around the world on 17 May, the battle for LGBTI rights and human equality continues to reach critical mass.

This year’s theme of ‘Freedom of Expression’ is a call for LGBTI people and allies raise their voices against homophobia, especially for those who live in countries where living and expressing themselves freely could be punishable by fines, imprisonment or death.

April 12, 2014

Floyd Evans met victim Francisco Nascimento at a local meeting point for gay men and viciously stabbed him in the heart after chatting to him

A British teenager has been convicted of stabbing a gay man in the heart, in a suspected homophobic attack.

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed 35-year-old Francisco Nascimento from Brazil in the heart on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The Chester Chronicle reports that Evans was found not guilty of attempted murder but will face a charge of wounding with intent.

February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

February 3, 2014

Brazilian TV show Amor à Vida has become the country’s first soap opera to include a kiss on the mouth between two gay characters after fans of the show campaigned for it

Brazilian soap Amor à Vida (Love Life) has become the first to depict a passionate kiss between two gay characters after fans campaigned for characters Felix and Niko have a proper kiss.

Previously Felix (played by actor Matthew Solano) and Niko (played by actor Thiago Fragoso) had only hugged or kissed each other on the cheek but that wasn’t enough for fans who turned to social media - making the hashtag #BeijaFélixeNiko (KissFelixAndNiko) the top trending hashtag in Brazil for a while.