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October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 8, 2014

The team said it would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery'

The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club after members distributed leaflets containing anti-gay and sexist slurs that 'brought shame' on the university.

LSE Men's Rugby Club handed out leaflets at freshers' fair that said the team would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery' and referred to women as 'mingers,' 'trollops' and 'slags.'

October 6, 2014

'Disgusted,' one student says. 'Can't believe I study with such sexist, homophobic, snobs'

Students are outraged after a London university men's rugby team gave out leaflets that say they ban 'outright homosexual debauchery'.

Scans of the London School of Economics (LSE) rugby team's pamphlets have been going viral on social media since they were handed out at the freshers' fair on 3 October.

Initiations, according to the leaflets, would not tolerate 'Poly activities that involve feces, genitalia and outright homosexual debauchery'.

October 2, 2014

Quezon City passed the ordinance unanimously and will also provide venues for LGBTI rights education

Quezon City Council on Monday approved a city ordinance banning discrimination against LGBTI people.

The law was passed unanimously by more than 30 city councilors after a marathon eight-hour session.

'This is very special and better than other ordinances, because it not only penalizes actions, but there is also affirmative action. This is an early gift ahead of the QC pride march in December,' Ging Cristobal, project coordinator for the Asia Pacific region of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, told GMA News.

September 30, 2014

'If I can kiss my wife in public I don't see why you can't kiss your husband in public.'

David Cameron has said he is 'fine' with gay married men kissing in public.

Speaking on Newsnight with new gay host Evan Davis, the UK prime minister was asked to speak plainly on typical scenarios that help reveal whether he is a 'modernizer' or a 'more socially conservative leader'.

Davis asked if he saw two recently married men kissing in a public park, would he consider it to be 'sweet' or 'mildly inappropriate'?

September 22, 2014

Gay rights campaigners are calling for the gay and bisexual men to receive a vaccine for HPV, claiming current policy is 'homophobic'

Thousands of gay and bisexual men could be saved from cancer if British scientists decide to offer them a simple vaccine today (22 September).

The panel will discuss whether to offer men who have sex with men a vaccine for HPV, the infection which causes 5% of all cancers worldwide. While most known to be a cause of cervical cancer, the often sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in the throat, anus and penis.

Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of being infected with the virus, and therefore more at risk of developing cancer.

September 18, 2014

Norman Fowler apologizes for the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools

A long-serving member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet has apologized for the controversial Section 28 which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

Former health minister Lord Norman Fowler told the Evening Standard, ‘We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognized as a great mistake and I would apologize for it. It was totally misjudged.’

The law was repealed in 2003.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 9, 2014

The ‘gay’ chair, the child called ‘it’, the girl hit with a softball bat and the kids who think it’s ok to use anti-LGBTI language as long as it’s to their friends

Classroom commotions never bode well, even at the best of times. This was not the best of times: this was half past eight on a Monday morning in an unfamiliar school.

The problem, it transpired, was there were precisely 23 chairs in the room. There were 23 students - the math seemed simple enough. ‘But look!’ came the anguished howl, in a tone so plaintive I half expected the chair to be riddled with spikes.

Instead, a crude hand had wittily scrawled on it ‘whoeva sits on this cHair is gay’ [sic].

September 6, 2014

A student at Azusa Pacific University had a homophobic note pinned to his door on the first week of semester, telling him gay students are not welcome

A gay student at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California, US returned to his room in the first week of semester to find a note pinned to his door.

However, this was not a welcome note, in fact quite the opposite. Scrawled in green pen were the words: ‘Faggots don’t belong at APU. GET OUT.’

The individual who received the note has not been revealed, but the image of the note which was pinned to his door has gone viral on Twitter.

Huffington Post blogger Heath Adam Ackley posted the image on his Twitter feed.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

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 24, 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.