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December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 10, 2014

Activists are 'concerned' after a report finds only 33 anti-trans attacks in 2013

One in five hate crimes committed in the US last year were motivated by anti-gay bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The agency's annual hate crime report released on Monday (8 December) found that 20.8% of the 5,928 reported single bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, second only to race at 48.5%.

Of these, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay male bias.

Gender identity was also added to the list of bias categories for the first time this year.

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 4, 2014

A panel of experts failed to reach agreement on what course of action to take over the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

Following a two-day meeting of scientists and health officials, it's looking unlikely that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood any time soon – despite previous recommendations that it does so.

A panel of advisers were convened by the FDA to discuss the whether the ban should be cut back to prohibiting men who have not had sex with men in the past 12 months.

However, following reportedly heated discussions, they failed to reach an agreement on what to recommend.

December 1, 2014

See what the gay blood donation situation is like in countries across the world

November 28, 2014

'Little Red Riding Hood' was outed after a video of him shouting at his partner was posted online

A viral video star has filed China's first gay workplace discrimination suit at a court in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Netizens named him 'Little Red Riding Hood' after a video of him shouting at his partner on the street was posted online and went viral.

In the video, the man tells police he was deceived and hit by a hook-up he met on a mobile app who 'won't even give RMB100 [$16]' taxi fare.

November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

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 10, 2014

Survey finds Hong Kong people hold 'generally favorable' views of LGBTI people

Six in ten Hong Kong people support legal protections for LGBTI people, according to a new report.

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city's anti-discrimination laws.

November 9, 2014

Leaders of the Occupy movement backs call for equal rights for LGBTIs, however father of 18-year-old student leader Joshua Wong and himself the leader of an anti-gay group denounces the move

While the rain likely dampened the turnout of the territory's sixth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade, more people are said to have attended this year than in the last.

An estimated 3,000 people (according to AFP) to 9,000 participants (according to organizers) marched despite the rain to demand equal rights as well as legislation outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

According to the police, 4,700 people attended at the peak of the march, compared with 4,500 last year.

October 28, 2014

Report finds 87 per cent of the country's LGBTI people are not out

LGBTI Mongolians face social stigma and violence despite living in the first Asian country to teach LGBTI issues in schools, according to a new report.

The report was conducted by the United Nations Development Program and US Aid and is the first comprehensive review of LGBTI rights in the north Asian country.

It highlighted the lack of published records of LGBTI before the transition to democracy in 1992 and until recently, there was no word in the Mongolian language for gay or transgender.

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 23, 2014

A viral promotion campaign, in which youngsters use curse words to complain about society’s continuing sexism, has caused a storm of reactions on the internet and been pulled from YouTube

We love anything that questions gender stereotypes and confronts sexism, including the latest viral campaign from FCKH8.com – the non-profit T-shirt company that uses slogans and images to campaign against homophobia, racism and sexism.

Its latest viral video is entitled ‘F-Bombs for Feminism’, and features a selection of young girls, aged 6-13, using what some would say was decidedly un-lady like language to address notions of gender stereotypes.

October 22, 2014

Representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka have admitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee that LGBTI people are protected under its constitution – though they maintain their country’s anti-sodomy law is not discriminatory

The Sri Lankan Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted for the first time this month that its constitution protects people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Representatives of the government made the admission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee after being questioned on the issue.

October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Laude, 26, was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city last week.

October 10, 2014

Government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments are required to have 'all gender' toilets

All government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments in Quezon City are required to have gender-neutral restrooms under the municipality's new LGBTI anti-discrimination law.

All public buildings in the Philippines' largest city must have restrooms labelled 'All Gender CR', an acronym for comfort room.

The provision falls under the citywide Gender Fair Ordinance, which was passed unanimously last week.

September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

September 27, 2014

Cast and show's creator hope groundbreaking TV series will help public acceptance of trans people

Jeffrey Tambor feels like he's landed the part of a lifetime.

The actor, best known for his roles on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show, is now starring in Transparent as a father with three grown children who is transitioning from male to female.

To play transgender female Maura Pfefferman in the dramedy, which premieres tonight on Amazon Prime, Tambor did his homework.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated,' she said.

September 9, 2014

More than 60 senators and congress members have signed a letter demanding change following the case of a deceased gay teen whose eyes were rejected for donation

A group of Democrat lawmakers have written to the Obama administration demanding that it update its policies with regard to allowing gay men to donate blood, tissue and organs.

The move comes following the widely reported story of a US teenager whose eyes were rejected for donation following his death simply because he was gay.

September 5, 2014

A Conservative MP will attempt to pass a parliamentary motion calling for blood donation equality, saying the 12 month celibacy rule is archaic

A British lawmaker will reignite the debate over the gay blood ban in the UK, calling for sexually active men who have sex with men to be allowed to give blood.

Currently, gay and bisexual men can only give blood after not having sex with another guy for a year.

Michael Fabricant, a Conservative MP for Lichfield, will speak on the issue in the House of Commons next month.

Earlier this year, he has warned the UK could face a blood shortage crisis unless the 'outdated, illogical and unequal' rules are reformed.