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June 9, 2015

This is believed to be the seventh killing of a trans woman in the country this year alone

A leading trans activist was killed recently in El Salvador, prompting calls by human rights groups to ensure the authorities to prosecute and punish those responsible.

Francela Méndez Rodríguez was murdered by a group of unknown assailants while she was visiting the home of a friend in Sonsonate, which is roughly 40 miles west of the capital San Salvador.

Her friend she was visiting, Consuela Flores Martínez, was also killed.

May 22, 2015

Accuses finance minister of 'hiding some sort of fiscal gender reassignment'

New Zealand's opposition leader Andrew Little has apologizeed for a 'flippant' anti-trans joke he made during Thursday's (21 May) budget debate.

The Labour leader after Finance Minister Bill English presented his : 'I don’t know what he’s trying to hide – some sort of fiscal gender reassignment or something.'

'I accept my comment was flippant and I accept it has caused offence for which I apologise,' he told GayNZ.com.

May 15, 2015

City welcomes women in polygamous marriages but not same-sex partners

A British lesbian Thursday (14 May ) launched a landmark challenge against the Hong Kong government after she was refused a dependent visa to live in the Chinese city with her partner.

The woman in the 40s, who can only be identified as QT, entered into a civil partnership in 2011. She moved to Hong Kong later that year after her partner SS was offered a tech job in the territory with a global firm.

QT applied for a dependent visa – in 2012 and 2014 – but was refused both times.

May 5, 2015

Labor MP Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 and earlier today he went public with his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia

Australia’s most prominent Muslim lawmaker today went public with his support for same-sex marriage.

Born to a Bosnian Muslim family in 1970, Ed Husic became the first member of his faith community to be elected to the Australian Parliament 40 years later during the 2010 election which saw former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard retain power.

Husic had previously opposed same-sex marriage but now says privately he didn’t really have an issue with it as a moderate Muslim and that he was just waiting for the mood in his electorate to catch up.

May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee previously ran in 2008

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday (5 May) that he is running for president odf the United States.

Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, joins an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination.

April 3, 2015

Experience first hand why this harbor in northern Norway was a strategic World War II battleground.

The recent history of World War II can sometimes take you by surprise.

I had come to Narvik as part of my exploration of the north of Norway, experiencing a Nordic winter, chasing the northern lights.

I was staying at the Scandic Hotel, and across from the hotel was Narvik’s World War II museum.

While I’m not a huge military history buff, I like exploring museums so it was a bit of a no-brainer to check it out.

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.

February 13, 2015

State media attacks the openly gay chair of a human rights report on the hermit kingdom

North Korea has gone on another homophobic rant against the openly gay chair of a 2013 report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record.

The Korean Central News Agency last month published an editorial demanding the US retract and apologize for the UN Commission Of Inquiry.

It claimed that a North Korean defector gave false testimony and the report 'is now being ridiculed and censured by the international community.'

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 10, 2015

During a TED Talk in Dublin, Irish drag queen tells the audience why she is jealous of the way straight people can hold hands so freely in public

‘I am 45 years old and I have never once held hands with a lover in public,’ announces Panti Bliss.

Irish drag queen Panti was speaking at a TED event in Dublin, Ireland. Her speech was entitled ‘All the little things’, and explores ‘the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people.’

Panti looks at the subject of holding hands in public to discuss the way LGBTI people can feel about themselves and how society treats them.

January 7, 2015

'Devout Christian' says he is unapologetic

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been ousted for self-publishing a book in which he equates homosexuality to pederasty and bestiality.

He was fired yesterday (6 January) on return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay.

Cochran distributed his faith-based book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? to his subordinates without of the city's permission.

In it, he identifies himself as a 'devout Christian man' and lists gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

December 6, 2014

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was sworn in as the first openly gay judge to sit on New Zealand’s High Court bench on Friday

One of the lawyers behind the campaign to legalize homosexuality in New Zealand in 1986 has seen his career come full circle as he was just appointed to sit on the bench of the High Court of New Zealand.

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was one of a group of lawyers who advised the authors of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill which legalized sex between men in New Zealand in 1986 after decades of activism by the LGBTI community.

December 5, 2014

Suicidal 23-year-old woman faces deportation to Uganda

At the age of 10, a tomboy-ish Ugandan girl was escorted by her grandmother to a witch doctor to 'cure' her of being a lesbian.

With razors, they sliced deep on her joints to force the 'demons' in her blood out. She would then be forced to sleep in a 'house of spirits'. This went on once a week, twice a week, sometimes daily for a year.

This is what happeneed to Judith Twikirize, now 23 and living in the UK. She faces deportation back to Uganda on Monday (8 December).

November 30, 2014

The minister of Foreign Affairs has said there’s no chance of any dialogue between Gambia and any other countries about LGBTI rights 

The Gambian minister for Foreign Affairs has declared he will have nothing to do with ‘ungodly’ gays who are ‘detrimental to human existence.’

These comments were made by Bala Garba Jahumpa on live national television last night (29 November).

In his speech, he spoke about his refusal to enter into dialogue about LGBTI rights with any nations. Even if it means Gambia will lose aid.

November 24, 2014

He was lured on a 'date' by a man, taken to a police station and held there as the authorities ruined his life

A Cameroon man is facing jail after police forcibly outed him as gay to his friends and family.

The 22-year-old, identified as A.H, was lured on an alleged 'date' by a Facebook friend who he had been talking to for around three months online.

Once he went to meet the other man, A.H was taken to the police station in the Ekounou district of Yaounde where he was arrested on accusations of sexual harassment.

November 11, 2014

Milan Rozsa, who made headlines in February when he climbed into the grounds of the Russian embassy in Budapest to protest Russia’s treatment of LGBTIs, has died after stepping in front of a train in an apparent suicide

One of the leading figures in Hungary’s LGBTI equality movement has died in an apparent suicide aged just 26-years-old.

Milan Rozsa rose to prominence as one of the most outspoken young activists on the Hungarian left in just four years of activism - taking prominent roles in not just campaigns to win equality for LGBTI people but also protests against attempts to tax internet usage in Hungary and a plan for Russia to finance a nuclear power plant in the country.

November 9, 2014

Uganda pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for the viral video in which he claims gays ‘eat the poo-poo’

An online petition wants an honorary degree given to a homophobic pastor revoked.

The petition is calling for support and wants the honorary degree given to Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa from Cairn University revoked because of his anti-gay views.

Cairn University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, awarded the honorary doctorate to Ssempa in 2006 for his work with people with AIDS.

November 6, 2014

Christian owners say they will not apologize for doing 'what God would want us to do'

A Belfast bakery that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake on religious grounds will face court over allegations of discrimination.

LGBTI rights activist Gareth Lee ordered a cake from Christian-run Ashers Baking Company in May for an International National Day Against Homophobia party held by QueerSpace Belfast.

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.

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

October 6, 2014

Legislator says a public hearing on gay marriage will be held later this month

A coalition of more than 120 civic groups protested yesterday outside the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei demanding the legalization of gay marriage.

Organizers, the Marriage Equality Revolution Front, estimated 20,000 people participated in the ‘rainbow siege’ outside the Legislative Yuan but media reports put the number at 2,000-4,000.

Activists attached 112 padlocks with each legislator's name on them to the parliament gates.

October 2, 2014

Former leader of the anti-gay British National Party was forced to leave for causing 'disunity by deliberately fabricating a state of crisis'

Nick Griffin was forceably expelled from the British National Party, it was announced last night.

The former leader of the far-right political party and ex-MEP, who believes gay marriage 'kills' children and two men kissing is 'creepy', was told to leave for 'trying to cause disunity'.

He has been accused of harassing members of BNP staff, allegedly making physical threats in at least one case, and of 'bringing the party into disrepute'.