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September 17, 2014

Stonewall has said Britain's schools of higher learning should be doing more in order to make LGB students feel more welcome

Britain’s most gay friendly universities have been revealed in a new guide out today (22 June).

UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall has launched the fourth edition of Gay By Degree, the only guide profiling Britain’s 158 universities.

The six schools that won full marks were Cardiff University, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Sheffield Hallam University, University of Essex, University of Glasgow and York St John University.

September 16, 2014

The Victoria state parliament will debate the bill this week

The Australian state of Victoria today introduced long-awaited legislation into parliament that will expunge the criminal records of men with historical gay sex convictions.

The Parliament of Victoria will debate the bill this week.

The state legalized gay sex in 1981 but men with historical convictions still face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs and traveling.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said, ‘Consensual sexual acts between two adult men should never have been a crime.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 16, 2014

It happens, sort of, in brilliant new video mash-up Golden is The New Black

Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia are nowhere to be seen in a new video mash-up to the classic theme song of the legendary NBC sitcom The Golden Girls.

Instead, we have Orange is the New Black's Piper, Galina, Nicky and Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren who actually urinates during the song. That's something you would never have seen any of The Golden Girls do.

Well, maybe Sophia.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

September 12, 2014

Local dance teacher, Ekaterina Khomenko, was found dead in her car - prompting a murder investigation and homophobic comments online

Many in the St Petersburg LGBTI community have been left shocked by the apparent murder of a local lesbian woman.

Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found dead in her car by a passing street cleaner early in the morning of 7 September.

Her body was discovered with a 9cm incision to the throat. The car's headlights were on and the engine was still running.

Police initially quizzed family members as to whether Khomenko had displayed any suicidal tendencies. However, the case is now being treated as murder.

September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

September 10, 2014

Delegates to the 2014 International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference in Mexico City have until 15 September to register to attend

Mexico City is the host of the 27th World Conference of the 2014 International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) from 27-31 October this year and delegates only have until 15 September to register with conference organizers.

The 2014 ILGA World Conference will be the first to be held in Mexico and only the second to be held in Latin America and will have the theme ‘De-colonizing our bodies.’

The Mexican goddess Tlazoltéotl has been adopted as the official symbol of the conference.

September 9, 2014

Lost-n-Found shelter in Atlanta will house will house three times as many homeless LGBT youth

19-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce, staying strong after being kicked out of his house for being gay, has helped open a new home for homeless LGBT youth.

The emotional footage of his family calling him a ‘fag’ in Southern accents and claiming to disown Pierce in God’s name went viral on YouTube this month, and prompted over $100,000  (€77,597) of donations in Pierce’s name.

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

September 4, 2014

After receiving over $90k in donations when his family kicked him out for being gay, Daniel Ashley Pierce has asked the public to donate instead to the charity helping him move on

A gay teen, who was beaten and kicked out of his home by his family for being gay, has asked the public to donate to a charity for LGBT homeless youth.

Daniel Ashley Pierce received over $90,000 (€68,456) in donations after a video of his family kicking him out and attacking him went viral.

Now, the teen is asking for donations to be re-directed from him to Lost-n-Found Youth, an Atlanta-based non-profit that helps get LGBT homeless youth off the streets.

September 3, 2014

The victim was left brain damaged by the attack

A gay teen was attacked by his roommate with a hammer as he slept on his first night at their apartment in Kent, a court has heard.

Police found Connor Huntley, 18, alive on his blood-spattered airbed in May last year but with the claw hammer embedded in his head.

He was taken to hospital and treated for a depressed skull fracture and a penetrating brain injury but was left braindamaged by the attack.

September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.

August 24, 2014

Brown's killing spree was a response to US foreign policy against Muslim countries

The suspect in the double homicide of gay men in Seattle is linked to two other killings, one in Seattle the other New Jersey.

According to the Seattle Times, Ali Muhammad Brown is now charged with two other deaths. On 27 April, Leroy Henderson was walking to his Seattle home, from a store, when he was shot multiple times.

August 22, 2014

The brief video was taken from a taxi cam

The police in San Francisco released a video of a person of interest in the homicide of Bryan Higgins/Feather Lynn.

The clip, posted on the site The Castro Biscuit, shows an unidentified man in a hoodie and baseball cap. The outside hoodie appears to be gray, and the inside garment red.

August 22, 2014

Adam Hills ranted about the 'God Hates Fags' church after they said they would picket Robin Williams' funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church has accepted comedian Adam Hills’ offer to go to Iraq.

August 21, 2014

Voice actress Olivia Olson has revealed that Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward told her that her character Marceline the vampire used to date Princess Bubblegum in her back story, but that plot twist will not be appearing on the show

Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward has reportedly revealed that his characters Marceline and Princess Bubblegum once dated, explaining their rivalry on the show, but that history will not be revealed to viewers of the cartoon.

Voice actress Olivia Olson, who voices Marceline the vampire told an audience at a recent book signing event that Ward had asked her ‘You know they dated, right?’ during a discussion of her characters motivations ahead of recording a scene between her character and Princess Bubble Gum.

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 21, 2014

A same-sex family in Massachusetts are in the running for a $50,000 scholarship prize and dream vacation

Here at GSN, we love to hear stories about happy same-sex families.

International dating site match.com is currently running a scholarship competition, with a $50,000 scholarship prize on offer to any kid who has a parent that either met or remarried through the site.

Students aged between 13-20 were invited to submit a 1-2 minute video that captured their parents’ love story in a creative way. From the many entries submitted, Match.com selected five finalists – and one is from the daughter of a same-sex couple.