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May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 18, 2015

Survey finds transgender women are most at risk

Some 89.3% of LGBTI people in Indonesia have experienced some form of violence due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by LGBTI group Arus Pelangi, found that 79.1% of respondents had experienced psychological abuse, 46.3% had been physically assaulted, 45.1% were the victims of sexual assault and 63.3% had endured cultural violence.

Most had been bullied at school.

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 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 8, 2015

Wisconsin teen was constantly tormented for being 'feminine'

A bullied 15-year-old transgender girl committed suicide last week days after coming out.

Cameron Langrell from Racine, Wisconsin told her parents a few years ago that she felt trapped in the wrong body.

She recently announced she was transgender and dating a boy on Facebook, and changed the gender on her profile to female.

Days later on 30 April, her mother, Jamie Olender, found her dead in the basement of their home.

May 8, 2015

Claims he acted in self defense

A college football player has been kicked off his team after he was arrested for punching a gay couple he saw kissing on the street.

Running back Steward Butler, 23, was charged with two counts of battery Wednesday (6 May) against Casey Williams, 20, and Zack Johnson, 21, in Huntingdon, West Virginia last month.

The Marshall University senior jumped out of the car he was riding in with his former teammates and punched both men in the face.

May 7, 2015

ChadMichael Morrisette recalls being bullied so severely that 'I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me'

ChadMichael Morrisette remembers being bullied - a lot - during junior high and high school.

'I was bullied for being who I am,' he writes on his Facebook page. 'I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.'

Morrisette, now a successful brand consultant and visual designer, was surprised recently when one of his tormenters reached out to him on Facebook.

May 7, 2015

One nurse allegedly told her 'Sorry, we’re not equipped to deal with LGBTQ people here.'

A Canadian trans woman has talked about repeatedly experiencing transphobia from health professionals.

Jessica Dempsey, from Halifax, told CBC of several instances where she faced transphobic discrimination in the hospital system throughout Halifax – including threats from a doctor at a mental health unit.

Between November 2014 and January 2015 Dempsey attempted to take her own life on several occasions; she told CBC these suicide attempts were a consequence of the abuse she had received since her transition in 2012.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 22, 2015

But the British songwriter's label has immediately pulled it from YouTube

Ed Sheeran has called a rapper 'faggoty' in a new video.

The five minute film featured the singer in a 'freestyle rap battle' with fellow artist Devlin.

When the artist's record label was contacted, the video was immediately pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

The clip features the British singer clutching a pint of beer, and is thought to date back to the end of 2011.

'Yo, I freestyle to the faggoty man,' he raps. 'I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay.'

April 22, 2015

Hypocrisy is also a sin, by the way

It turns out a Baptist pastor, who considers trans people to be sex offenders, is a violent rapist himself.

Acra Lee Turner, 60, is part of a group calling for a repeal of Eureka Springs, Arkansas' Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBTI people from discrimination.

He claims gay, and especially trans people, are dangerous pedophiles, violent rapists and 'sex offenders'.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 20, 2015

'I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there'

Sam Smith has said he would rather be called a faggot than fat.

The British singer, 22, who recently lost 14lbs in 14 days, said he had been 'controlled' by food for most of his life.

'When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well,' he said during an interview with Australia TV show 60 Minutes on Sunday (19 April).

'I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat.'

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 10, 2015

We all carry a level of unconscious bias and assumptions about others. This can impact on business performance – particularly so when recruiting, hiring and promoting staff. But what's the best way to address it?

Unconsciously, people tend to like people who look like them, think like them and share similar backgrounds.

Everyone likes to think he or she is open-minded and objective, but research has shown that the beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences heavily influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 8, 2015

Diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving, says Michael Sinkinson, Assistant Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Recruiters on campus these days are big on diversity, and with good reason – diversity is simply good for business.

Top firms have discovered that creating a workplace that welcomes all is a winning formula: diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving.

In today’s economy, it is ideas that propel a company ahead of its competitors, and no one type of person has a monopoly over great ideas.