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September 18, 2014

'I'm a person who believes in standing up for his friends'

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has revealed why he is such a staunch fighter for LGBTI equality.

'I had to watch my friends endure challenges not experienced by the straight community,' he said last weekend in Seattle while accepting the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Manganiello shared how he saw friends in school struggle with their sexuality and having their families not accept them and later he saw friends struggle in the job market or live in secret.

September 16, 2014

The 42-year-old man hanged six 'slaves' he met online during sexually abusive choking games

A Chinese serial killer who hanged six men during sexually abusive choking games was executed last month, three years after his sentencing.

The media only reported his execution today.

Police found the victims naked and hanged to death in different hotels around Changsha city between 11 October and 26 November 2009.

Singer Zhou Youping, 42, was arrested on 28 November on suspicion of robbery and confessed to the killings.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

September 14, 2014

The 20-year-old, who had just moved home to Wales, was called a 'faggot' and had petrol thrown in his face

Tyler Maddick, 20, was blinded in one eye after an anti-gay attack just days after moving home to Swansea, Wales after studying at the London College of Fashion.

He was walking home from Swansea city centre late on Thursday when a car drew up alongside him then stopped, according to The Wales Online. His attacker called him a 'faggot' before throwing petrol in his face.

September 13, 2014

The Asian Games gold medalist was accused by her live-in partner of rape and impersonating a man in 2012

The Calcutta High Court on Friday exonerated Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of charges of rape, assault and cheating by her female live-in partner.

Justice Subrata Talukdar on Friday ordered that all charges against Prinki be quashed and the charge sheet against her also be dropped.

The 28-year-old athlete was charged under sections 376 (rape), 417 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), 325 (assault) and 506 (intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of a lawful marriage), according to local news reports.

September 10, 2014

Launched internationally this week, GiFi is a brand new social networking and dating app for gay men

Following initial success in the UK, the GiFi (pronounced guy-fi) app has been launched internationally this week, and its creators say that it’s set to change the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

‘For many years now, other apps aimed at the LGBT community have focussed on either interests or particular traits,’ says Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal, GiFi Community manager.

September 6, 2014

'Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you'

Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children's book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.

In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.

There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.

The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.

August 27, 2014

A 31-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of ABH, two counts of common assault and possessing a weapon for discharge of noxious liquid

A man who sprayed six people with a 'noxious substance in a homophobic attack' is facing jail.

Jonathan Lynn, 31, sprayed a man in the face outside Lightbox, a gay club in Vauxhall, South London.

The victim Parish Frith spoke to two women who he alleged yelled homophobic abuse at him. When Lynn approached the group and said he was with the two women, he told Frith to 'go away, we don't like gays'.

When Frith retorted, Lynn sprayed the liquid in his face causing burns and ulcers on his eyes.

August 20, 2014

One in four people in same-sex relationships suffer from domestic violence or abuse in the UK

A charity providing support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse has thanked the UK government for planning to amend the law.

Home Secretary Theresa May is considering introducing a new criminal offence of domestic abuse to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government is looking to strengthen the law by explicitly stating domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behavior.

August 19, 2014

Orange Is The New Black star opens up about how she tried to commit suicide in the sixth grade

Trans star, advocate and actress Laverne Cox has said she is so thankful she survived her suicide attempt in the sixth grade.

The Orange Is The New Black actress opened up about when she was being heavily bullied at school.

She speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the state of trans rights in America, and the impact discrimination had on her childhood.

‘I was bullied and I internalized a lot of shame about who I was as a child,’ Cox said.

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 14, 2014

Iowa teen's final wish was not fully fulfilled as a decades-old policy stopped someone from using an organ he no longer needed

It has been little over a year ago since a 16-year-old gay teen committed suicide.

Months before his death, Iowa teen AJ Betts volunteered to become an organ donor.

But his mother is furious after the deceased teen’s eye has been rejected because of his sexual orientation.

A Food and Drug Administration policy, which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes.

Sheryl Moore, his mother, received a letter detailing what had become of her son’s tissue.

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 11, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man was punched and kicked by a fellow passenger

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered a homophobic assault on a London train.

The victim boarded the train from Charing Cross, an area popular with the LGBT community, to Bexleyheath at around 5.30am on 15 July. This was only the second train to run that Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Michael Willoughby said: ‘During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

‘The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.’

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

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.