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August 3, 2014

The Universities Grants Commission in India has created a separate category to include trans students in applications for scholarships and fellowships 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has officially recognized trans people, creating a separate category for them in applications for scholarships and fellowships.

This means applicants filling out university forms will not be restricted to only choosing ‘male’ or ‘female’ gender identities.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

July 18, 2014

Songs based on pro-LGBT books for kids are being trialed in UK city where Islamists have tried to seize control of schools

Homophobia and transphobia may be rife in schools but the youngest children are fighting back – through song.

And it’s happening in Birmingham, the UK city at the heart of allegations this year that Islamists have been using ‘Trojan Horse’ tactics to infiltrate and take control of schools.

June 27, 2014

Minister of Education Shai Piron says it’s the right of a Jewish state to tell same-sex couples that they are not a family, though he supports them having some basic rights

The man responsible for Israel’s education system has said same-sex couples should not try to consider their households as families as it conflicts with his religious beliefs.

June 19, 2014

Activists say teachers can be fired because, by being out, they are being ‘political’ in the face of 'gay propaganda' laws

A Russian lecturer has said he was fired for being gay.

Oleg Kluenkov claims he was dismissed from his position at Northern (Arctic) Federal University over his activism work in Russia and abroad.

He was sent a dismissal letter from university officials ‘for being absent from work without excuse’.

It referenced his trip earlier this year in February, when he travelled to the United States to spread the word about LGBTI activism about Russia.

He had no classes at the time.

June 17, 2014

‘I Want To Stop Being Gay’, ‘How To Prevent Homosexuality’ and ‘Gender Confusion In Childhood’ are the books available in one of Europe's largest department stores

Spanish gay rights activists are furious after stores have started stocking US-imported books about ‘curing’ gay children.

‘I Want To Stop Being Gay’, ‘How To Prevent Homosexuality’ and ‘Gender Confusion In Childhood’ are the three books currently on sale in one of the country’s main department store El Corte Inglés.

Joseph Nicolosi, the former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, wrote the books with wife Linda.

May 26, 2014

'Our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back'

The two New York radio hosts who were fired after describing trans people as ‘nutjobs’ are now saying they are sorry.

Kimberly and Beck, the former hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, have released a statement to All Access in which they describe themselves as 'very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the transgender community and their friends and families.'

May 22, 2014

Rochester, New York hosts described trans people as 'nut jobs', repeatedly misgendered them, and played Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like A Lady

Two New York radio hosts were fired for making transphobic comments during their show, it was announced today (22 May).

Kimberly and Beck, the hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, described trans people as ‘nutjobs’ in a disturbing, offensive segment broadcast yesterday.

The hosts were responding to the city of Rochester’s decision to offer transgender health benefits to employees.

In the segment, they play Aerosmith’s ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and repeatedly misgender trans people. Listen to the segment below.

May 5, 2014

Despite series of bungled decisions by Pasadena City College officials, the Oscar winner takes high road back to alma mater

Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBTI activist Dustin Lance Black will speak to graduates Pasadena City College this week after all.

This follows a series of embarrassments for the school which badly bungled its treatment of one of its most famous graduates.

May 4, 2014

Think Canada's LGBTI gay rights situation is rosy? Homophobia and transphobia is on the rise, and we ask Egale's executive director Helen Kennedy why it's happening

When you think of Canada, you might think they have it all sorted out.

They have had same-sex marriage nationwide for nearly 10 years, anti-discrimination laws for an incredible 14 years  and is often described as one of the best places to be LGBTI in the world.

But there is still work to be done as Helen Kennedy, executive director of equality charity Egale, reveals.

Homophobia in schools is on the rise, and there are those who want the rights of trans people to be stripped. We spoke to Kennedy to find out more:

May 2, 2014

A shocking survey reports how two in five transgender young people have tried to kill themselves, while 80% of gay teens are bullied

Two thirds of young gay people have considered suicide, while a shocking 80% have said they are bullied because of their sexuality.

New research has revealed a further 37% of gay 13-18 year-olds have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.

It is a similar, sad story for transgender teens. Two in five have tried to kill themselves, while a further 62% have considered suicide because of bullying.

For lesbians, two thirds of lesbians were bullied, and more than half contemplated suicide. 36% attempted it.

April 26, 2014

'Our senior citizens and veterans should not have to pay more taxes just because they happen to be gay or lesbian'

Alaska's Supreme Court ruled the state discriminates against same-sex families by not allowing access  to property tax exemptions reserved for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

The legal rights group American Civil Liberties Union announced the court's decision on 25 April.

April 25, 2014

Massachusetts law has strenghtened protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday (24 April) that strengthens the state's existing anti-bullying law.

The law has stronger protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. It also recognizes that certain groups are targeted for bullying and provides new reporting measures and data collection mechanisms for schools to use to identify trends.

April 15, 2014

A US hate-group activist is in rough weather as students unite against malicious propaganda 

A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).

Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.

The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.

April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

April 7, 2014

British assistant head teacher was ousted after religious parents complained about him trying to tackle homophobic bullying in primary schools

A British gay teacher is being forced to resign after parents complained about him teaching their children it is normal to be gay.

Andrew Moffat, who resigned from the secular Chilwell Croft primary school in December, will leave his post this month.

Christian and Muslim parents opposed to his book Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools being taught to 10 and 11-year-olds.

In an attempt to teach diversity and equality, one lesson describes a picnic in which gay families are guests.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 12, 2014

New president Michelle Bachelet campaigned on promises of equal marriage, trans rights, and improvements in anti-discrimination and hate crime law

Chile’s new president is expected to fight for same-sex marriage.

Michelle Bachelet, who officially took office yesterday (11 March), is expected to boost efforts for the LGBTI community.

The socialist leader was inaugurated in a ceremony in the city of Valparaiso after her election win in December over conservative rival Evelyn Matthei.

She won 62% of the vote, and is the first Chilean president in over half a century to return for a second term. She originally served from 2006 to 2010.

February 22, 2014

A summit in London called for more support to make young LGBTI people’s lives better today, and not have to wait years for them to improve

‘I don’t want to wait until it gets better, I want it to get better now!’ said Sue Sanders, an impassioned member of a panel debate about whether life really does get better for LGBTI people.

Sanders, LGBTI education specialist who helped to create the UK’s LGBT History Month, was speaking at discussion called ‘Does It Really Get Better?’ held at Kings College London on 21 February, and was among various panellists discussing an idea surrounding the ‘It Gets Better’ project started by US columnist and author Dan Savage in 2010.

February 4, 2014

After its first event in 2005 Student Pride comes to the Uk's capital in hopes for a bigger and better turnout

National Student Pride is coming to London, with promises to be bigger and better than before.

Having grown every year since its beginning at Oxford Brookes University in 2005, the 2014’s Student Pride has come to the UK capital to celebrate on 21-23 February.

‘More than anything, our move to London is a sign of our growth and a tribute to all the students, sponsors, supporters and friends who have helped us develop from a one-off event to an essential part of the UK’s LGBT calendar,’ said Tom Guy, National Student Pride President.

February 3, 2014

The Australian Government has chosen a teacher and author who once wrote that students should be taught to see LGBTI issues in a negative light to review the national school curriculum

The Australian Government has chosen a former teacher and author about education who once wrote that schools should reflect the views of homophobic parents to review Australia’s nation school curriculum.

Kevin Donnelly, director of the Melbourne based Education Standards Institute, was chosen alongside Professor Ken Wiltshire to conduct the review of the national curriculum and suggest changes to it.

January 30, 2014

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian editor was fined yesterday (29 January) for printing an interview with a gay teacher who said ‘being gay is normal’.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is the fourth person to be officially charged with violating the federal gay propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

January 16, 2014

LGBTI Travel Show debate will ask experts and visitors: Should you refuse to visit homophobic and transphobic countries for business and leisure?

Should you boycott homophobic and transphobic countries on your holidays? Would you refuse to travel to them for business?

That’s the question facing a panel of experts and the audience on Sunday (19 January) in a debate on ‘The ethics of LGBTI travel’ at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.