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May 17, 2015

'As a matter of fact, that is bullying me,' one angry father claims to have been bullied when his child was read the book in class

It was meant to be a lesson against bullying when a third-grade teacher picked a gay-themed storybook to read to his Orange County, North Carolina class in response to a bullying incident.

Dozens of angry parents are now demanding answers from school officials with a parent claiming that he is in fact being bullied when his child is being read such a book in school.

May 16, 2015

New group Teachers for No do not consider teaching marriage equality and LGBTI rights to be appropriate for primary school children

A group of Irish teachers has launched a new organization calling for people to vote No in the upcoming referendum over fears of teachers being accused of homophobia.

Teachers for No, or Educators for Conscience, say the possibility of same-sex marriage becoming legal will have consequences which have not been dealt with and discussed properly.

May 8, 2015

All forms must include a transgender category

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all universities in the country asking them to recognize transgender students.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said universities have been requested to include a transgender category on all application forms, academic testimonials and other relevant documents.

The minister said the instructions were issued in response to a landmark 2014 judgment that recognized transgender people as third sex.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 5, 2015

'Any head teacher who teaches my children it’s alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun'

Teachers in parts of the UK with large Muslim populations are receiving threats for teaching about homophobia.

Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference in Liverpool Sunday (3 May), one teacher said she had been sent a death threat on Facebook. 

'Any head teacher who teaches my children it’s alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun,' it read.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park School in Birmingham, said the Trojan Horse scandal had not gone away.

May 4, 2015

Activist is one of the most leading LGBTI voices in the country

A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for 'inappropriate behavior' in the media.

Kath Khangpiboon, 28, a social work lecturer at Thammasat University, was notified of her dismissal in early March after about 10 months of teaching.

School authorities told the transgender activist that she had 'behaved inappropriately and used inappropriate language in the media, which affected her image as a university lecturer.'

May 3, 2015

'We are proclaiming that trans women are women.'

 A famous women’s college has formally changed its admissions policy to actively welcome trans students to enroll from fall 2015.

Smith College in Massachusetts is the seventh women’s university in the USA to change their admissions policy to be inclusive of self-identified trans women.

Prior to the decision, the college has been criticized for refusing to admit a trans student in 2013 because her home state did not legally recognize her as female but ‘applicants to Smith college have to be female at the time of admission.’

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

March 31, 2015

Kids are no longer restricted to playing games featuring the 'traditional' family set-up, thanks to these new toys showing families in all genders, colors and sizes

Not all families are the same.

So why, when visiting a toy store, are the shelves filled with rows upon rows of a generic family set-up: one dad, one mom, a boy and a girl?

One couple became so frustrated with the status quo that they’ve taken the matter into their own hands, creating a new set of toys designed with diversity in mind.

When looking for presents for his friend’s children, Ez Karpf and his wife struggled to find a multiracial doll set that resembled the family they knew.

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.

March 17, 2015

A 14-year-old helps debunk myths around being transgender: 'Gender is who you are, like your soul.'

It's the question every out teen dreads: 'Are you sure you're actually transgender?'

At best, it solicits an eye-roll and a well-rehearsed answer; at worst, further months of self-doubt and stress.

March 13, 2015

Decision to vaccinate gay and bi men to protect them delayed

A decision to start a vaccination program to stop gay and bi men getting anal cancer has been delayed by UK health officials.

The reason? Because it may not be ‘cost effective’.

All girls aged 12 to 13 already get the vaccines which stop them getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) and developing genital warts and cervical cancer.

The idea was to extend that to all boys of the same age. But that decision has been put off until 2017.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 4, 2015

Teachers are told to listen to the worries and anxieties of LGBTI students

The Japanese education ministry has issued a document to schools and the education board requiring educational institutions give attention and support to LGBTI students.

Local media reports that LGBTI students are often abused and bullied on Japanese campuses, while experts and scholars are recommending schools carry out effective responses earlier to prevent suicide.

But current measures are limited to laws on 'homosexual disorder.'

March 3, 2015

Young and looking for work? While the UK’s main political parties continue to argue over the growth in apprenticeship places, employers from a range of sectors will feature at the show at London’s Business Design Centre

The annual Diversity Apprenticeships Careers Show returns to London this Friday (6 March).

Aimed at those still in school or at the very beginning of their career, the show will host exhibitors who recognize the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

March 2, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley writes of his hopes and ambitions in teaming up The Glass Closet and Gay Star Business

Welcome to Gay Star Business and welcome to the new platform for glasscloset.org.

When I wrote The Glass Closet I hoped it would become more than a book. I expected it to become a movement to advocate and support LGBTI workplace equality around the globe.

February 23, 2015

Italians respond in the best possible way

Islamic State militants have threatened to take over Rome and throw gay people from the 'Leaning Tower of Pizza.'

The militant group made the threat Saturday (21 February) on Twitter, seemingly unaware of the glaring spelling mistake – or the fact that the tower is 200 miles outside of the Italian capital.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual,' the tweet reads.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome with slaughter,' said a second.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 13, 2015

The head rabbi of Melbourne's Yeshivah Center has told an inquiry into the handling of child abuse complaints by institutions that be believes it’s possible that pedophiles could be cured through counseling and spiritual guidance and that ‘the same thing could happen to someone who was gay’

A leading Orthodox Jewish religious leader in Australia has told a public inquiry into child abuse in institutions that he believes that gay people can change their orientation if they undergo therapy and are given spiritual guidance.

Rabbi Zvi Telsner made the comment in response to questions at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, which is currently examining how Jewish schools in Melbourne and Sydney responded to reports of child abuse since the 1980s.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 22, 2015

Proposed Manchester school would help support bullied and outcast LGBTIA kids

A campaign is being launched against plans to build the UK's first 'gay school' in Manchester.

LGBT Youth North West, based in the city centre, wish to take around 40 full time and 20 part-time LGBTI pupils and their allies.

It is hoped the school will help bullied and outcast kids that need additional support. It is currently in the 'consultation' stages of the planning.

January 19, 2015

It was announced last week that England’s first ‘gay school', aimed primarily at LGBT pupils, is due to be launched in Manchester. Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, explains why she would instead prefer to see all schools adopt LGBT-friendly practices

How do children learn about difference? They learn from their experiences and by who surrounds them.

Through our teacher training and resource program we recognize that those students in multi-cultural areas have a much greater understanding of difference as they are surrounded by people of different cultures, faiths, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Creating visibility around these differences increases understanding, acceptance and ‘usualizes’ diversity as a whole in our communities.