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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.

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 9, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that children would be better raised by a single parent than by a gay or lesbian couple during an appearance on the Alan Colmes Show

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that kids do better off being raised by a single parent than when they are raised by same-sex couples during an appearance on Fox News Radio.

‘I tend to think they’d be better off in a single-parent household because you’re not modeling homosexual behavior,’ LaBarbera told radio host Alan Colmes yesterday.

‘When you have two men raising a young child, that child grows up learning dysfunction and a sexual perversion as normal. He’s learning a sexual perversion as normality.’

January 9, 2014

Ballot measure fails to qualify based on random count of signatures but full count now underway

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot based on a spot count of signatures.

The referendum fell 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in the first random count, but the result must still be confirmed with a full count of signatures.

There is still a chance the measure could make the ballot if the full count differs significantly from the random spot count.

January 9, 2014

Health activists say LGBTI people are being treated like criminals and denied access to antiretroviral drugs

Despite the anti-gay bill not even being law yet, the fight against AIDS is getting harder in Uganda.

Many LGBTI people are afraid to go to health clinics as sexual minorities are increasingly being treated as criminals.

‘We are trying to work underground, but now the challenge is that we have so much more work to do than before,” Frank Kamya, a leader of the anti-AIDS group Come Out Post-Test Club, said according to 76crimes.

January 6, 2014

Pope Francis has told the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General that the church must be careful in how it ministers to the children of same-sex couples, lest it ‘vaccinate’ them against staying Catholic

Pope Francis has warned that the church must be careful to not alienate the children of same-sex couples and children with parents who have separated or it will risk turning them away from the Catholic faith.

‘On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,' Pope Francis said in a speech to the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General in November that has only now been published in the Italian media.

December 20, 2013

Parental controls blocking software offers parents the option to prevent their children from accessing sex education, including advice on health, and LGBT issues

British internet service provider BT is offering parents the option to remove access to LGBTI and sexual health websites.

Their parental controls blocking software offers parents the option to prevent their children from accessing sex education, including advice on health and LGBTI issues.

December 9, 2013

Highlighting the health and financial problems gay and straight families encounter, the country’s leading LGBTI rights group Movilh has launched a new YouTube campaign to make civil unions a reality

Chile’s leading sexual rights group has launched a new campaign to encourage the government to legalize civil unions.

As a presidential run-off vote approaches on 15 December, Movilh is putting presidential candidates’ promises of marriage equality to the test by launching a YouTube campaign promoting civil unions for gay and straight couples.

In a video narrated in Spanish, the video says over 2,000,000 people living in Chile are unmarried couples.

December 8, 2013

The Taiwanese kid wants to let cancer patients wear a wig made from his hair

‘People should help others whenever they can.’

It was this belief that drove Lucas Lee, then only a first-grader, to start keeping his hair uncut five years ago, when his mother said selling his soft and smooth hair could help other children undergoing chemotherapy, Apple Daily reports.

December 8, 2013

Holy Ghost Preparatory School headmaster charges Michael Griffin's same-sex marriage 'contradicts' his teaching contract

A gay teacher at a Catholic high school lost his job because he applied to be married.

For 12 years Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (located outside  Philadelphia).

December 7, 2013

Kathy Svenson caused outrage over comments she made about trans students using facilities that match their gender

A Colorado school board member who caused outrage when she claimed transgender students should be 'castrated' before being allowed to use facilities matching their gender has said she has 'no regrets' on her comments.

 

Kathy Svenson, a board member of Delta School District 50J, was caught making remarks about trans students during a board meeting in October.

 

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

November 27, 2013

LGBTI rights group Equality North Carolina has asked the state General Assembly to ensure that tax payer dollars don’t go to schools with anti-gay policies

Equality North Carolina (NC) have responded to the Myrtle Grove Christian School announcing it will bar same-sex attracted children and children with gay parents from becoming students by launching a campaign to stop tax payer dollars from going to schools with discriminatory enrollment policies.

November 19, 2013

As Scotland prepares for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage equality tomorrow, Stonewall’s Colin Macfarlane explains why the country needs to say I Do

Several months ago, Sam and Pipa, were kind enough to share their personal story with us and explain why marriage equality matters to them.

‘For us marriage means a loving commitment. It is a union recognised both legally and by society. To us, equal marriage would mean we wouldn’t feel like second-class citizens.

‘Love is love and marriage will show that we are normal, not different and we are just as committed as a straight couple.’

November 16, 2013

Threatened with federal lawsuit, district has agreed to change its policy to protect gender expression

Jeydon Loredo will appear in his La Feria High School yearbook photo wearing a tuxedo.

But it took the threat of a federal lawsuit and an online petition drive to get the Texas school to reverse its decision that had banned the transgender male student from dressing like the other male students in his senior portrait.

Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) met with attorneys from the La Feria Independent School District on Friday (15 November) to work out an agreement that avoids legal action.