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July 30, 2014

UK charity Ditch the Label is turning Brighton tropical to fight bullying at its first fundraising party

A party to beat anti-gay and other types of bullying is the newest addition to the summer line-up and GSN is delighted to be getting behind it.

Ditch the Label tells young people its ok to be different and works with schools, colleges and online to offer support and create engaging ways to stop kids from being bullies.

Now the UK charity is hosting its first fundraising party on 15 August.

The team will be transforming a popular venue in the seaside town of Brighton into a beach paradise, complete with palm trees and leis.

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 16, 2014

Despite a Lebanese Order of Physicians ban on subjecting suspected homosexuals to humiliating anal examinations, police continue to use doctors who engage in the practice to try to prove that people are gay

Those suspected of engaging in homosexual acts by the Lebanese police are continuing to be subjected to humiliating anal examinations according to a new report.

The examination involves placing an egg shaped metal object inside the anus and caused uproar after it was used on 35 men who were arrested in a porn cinema in Burj Hammoud in July of 2012 resulting in protests by Lebanese LGBTI rights group Helem who compared the examinations to rape.

July 12, 2014

Fan: 'He willingly kissed a boy just for a Snapchat story on top of apologizing twice.' So should he be forgiven?

If saying sorry isn't enough, will kissing a gay fan go some way in remedying it?

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 9, 2014

New songs written to accompany the best LGBTI children’s books are getting young kids singing and dancing against homophobia and transphobia

Kids love books. Kids love music. Put them together under a broad diversity umbrella and something wonderful happens – they learn to accept differences.

This is the thinking behind our new project from my organization ‘Educate and Celebrate’ in the UK.

We already know kids are born prejudice-free and therefore discrimination is learned. That means all forms of discrimination can be unlearned.

And we think getting young children involved in a creative and musical process is one of the best ways to achieve this. Kids’ karaoke!

July 9, 2014

Smoking is now deadlier for LGBTIs than HIV as gay Americans continue to smoke at higher rates while advances in medicine have seen a decline in deaths from HIV

Smoking tobacco is now a bigger killer for people in the LGBTI community than HIV and the US Surgeon General has released a video campaign specifically targeting them to encourage them to quit.

According to the US Network for LGBT Health Equity having HIV as a non-smoker takes an average of 5.1 years off one’s life but people who smoke and have HIV will die 12.3 years earlier on average.

July 9, 2014

‘The promotion and protection of human rights has been upheld and the criminalization of gay men and lesbians has been recognized for what it is, a grave human rights violation'

When one group that campaigns on LGBTI issues were told they would not be allowed to be a charity as they were too political, they didn’t take no for an answer.

The Human Dignity Trust has won a major battle in the step to protect LGBTI rights in the name of the public.

This means any gay man, woman, bisexual, transgender or intersex person will be able to get the help of this charity to use the law to end discrimination in their country.

July 7, 2014

World's soccer governing body has been criticized for failing to tackle homophobia at the current World Cup being held in Brazil

FIFA has admitted Russia is so homophobic, the world soccer governing body will need a ‘special task force’ to deal with it at the next World Cup.

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief, has said the organization will need to deploy staff specifically trained to tackle homophobic abuse the next time the world comes together to play football.

LGBTI fans have condemned the body for failing to tackle homophobic and racist abuse properly at the World Cup in Brazil.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

July 5, 2014

 UK Trans woman Avery Edison was held in a men’s prison in Canada in February, and is now filing a complaint to stop it from happening again

A UK trans woman who was held in a men’s prison in Canada is filing two human rights complaints.

Avery Edison, a 26-year-old trans woman from London, UK, was detained in February this year when she was travelling to Canada.

July 5, 2014

As the police could not guarantee the safety of those celebrating LGBTI pride, today’s event had to be cancelled

The capital of Ukraine was ready to celebrate LGBTI pride today (5 July), but because police cannot guarantee the safety of participants against homophobes it has been cancelled.

Kyiv Pride 2014 was scheduled to happen today, but instead, no official LGBTI pride celebrations will be taking place.

Anti-gay homophobes were expected to arrive at the celebrations with intent to disrupt them and potentially attack participants, so police told organizers they must cancel their event.

July 4, 2014

Reports of homophobic hate crime went up by 7% and transphobic hate crime went up by 65% in the last year

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is appealing to Londoners to help tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is hoping to enable the LGBTI community to feel confident in reporting crimes to the police.

In order to do this, they have asked LGBTI Londoners to fill out a consultation so they can inform a new strategy to be revealed in autumn this year.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing crime, said: ‘Levels of hate crime are too high and there is significant under-reporting.

July 4, 2014

Fewer than one in five secondary school teachers have received training on tackling homophobic bullying

Schoolteachers in the UK think they are banned from talking about homosexuality, a new report has revealed.

Two in five (37%) primary school teachers, and three in 10 (29%) think they are banned from teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual people and issues.

This very well may be an echo of Section 28, a law instated by Margaret Thatcher’s government that banned the discussion of LGBTI topics. It was repealed in 2000.

June 30, 2014

Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 were asked to comment on the Jonah Hill controversy and the homophobic language they might use

Teens say stupid things all the time, we know this. But when it becomes hurtful, that’s when it needs to be discussed.

Several teens were asked about this famous phrase as well as the Jonah Hill controversy.

Earlier this month, the actor told a member of the paparazzi to ‘Suck my dick, you faggot’.

He then went on a long, remorseful tour of apologizing for his behavior, calling himself a gay rights activist.

The teens reacted to the controversy, as well as surrounding topics about using homophobic language in everyday speak.

June 27, 2014

Nick Antjoule from Galop, the LGBT safety charity asks whether homophobia and transphobia is increasing in the UK

Pride season is here and all over the UK people are getting ready to march against prejudice and hate, celebrate and inebriate.

But while our communities take pride in what we have achieved in the fight against prejudice, we are still faced with the reality of hate crime just for being ourselves.

A man sprayed with ammonia in Vauxhall, damaging his eyesight. A couple attacked by a gang in Whitechapel.

This is the reality.

June 27, 2014

Egypt and Sierra Leone put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on the ‘protection of the family’ which was passed without language inclusive of LGBTI families with the help of Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the ‘protection of the family,’ but attempts to have it amended to recognize there are a variety of family structures – including those headed by LGBTI people – were blocked.

The resolution was put forward by diplomats from Egypt and Sierra Leone during the Human Rights Council’s 26th Session yesterday and calls for a plenary panel on the protection of the family and its members at the Human Rights Council’s September Council session.

June 26, 2014

While religion is not necessarily to blame for suicide, the association is 'troubling' according to the study author

Gays who were counseled from a religious leader were more likely to attempt suicide than those who sought no treatment at all, a new study has revealed.

The Williams Institute has found LGB people who received therapy from a medical professional were no less likely to attempt suicide than those who did not seek help, but assistance from faith-based counselors were associated with a higher suicide risk.

June 26, 2014

Beaten, starved and whipped – why we must remember Yves and the many LGBTI and other victims of torture today

Yves was enjoying a quiet, early evening drink with his boyfriend in a bar when he was surrounded by police.

He was dragged outside, stripped, kicked, beaten and trampled. Later he was thrown into a dark, cramped cell, starved and repeatedly whipped with a rope.

When he was released from prison, Yves was psychologically and physically scarred by the torture he was forced to endure. The threat of further violence eventually forced him to leave his West African home and seek asylum in the UK.

June 24, 2014

Project Runway guru calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to address the problem

Tim Gunn is fed up.

The fashion design expert on TV's Project Runway is blasting horse carriage drivers in New York City for what he describes as 'relentless, hateful bigotry'

'Carriage drivers have been filmed spewing all kinds of racist, sexist, and homophobic taunts at caring tourists and local citizens who dare to express concern for the 200 horses who are forced to lug carriages on our city's dangerous streets,' Gunn writes in a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

June 21, 2014

'...It was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it'

Ralph Reed is telling anti-gay marriage advocates to follow the example of abolitionists who fought US slavery.

The founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition spoke yesterday, 20 June, at the group's annual Road to Majority conference (held in Washington, DC).

June 20, 2014

But nation's top diplomat acknowledges 'there’s cloud hanging over this journey right now' with anti-gay laws in Uganda, Russia and more

US Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated his country's advances in LGBT equality on Friday (20 June) but said there must be 'push back' against a global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.

'We can palpably feel the wave of new, growing - the trend if you will, in some places for anti-LGBT laws that are metastasizing in various places,' Kerry said at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Celebration.

June 18, 2014

Human rights group ARC International is calling for non-government organizations to sign on to a statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a new resolution ensuring LGBTI rights violations remain a priority at the UN

Non-government organizations from around the world are being invited to endorse a statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a new resolution prioritizing the recording, discussion and attention to human rights violations against LGBTI people in member states.