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October 23, 2014

A viral promotion campaign, in which youngsters use curse words to complain about society’s continuing sexism, has caused a storm of reactions on the internet and been pulled from YouTube

We love anything that questions gender stereotypes and confronts sexism, including the latest viral campaign from FCKH8.com – the non-profit T-shirt company that uses slogans and images to campaign against homophobia, racism and sexism.

Its latest viral video is entitled ‘F-Bombs for Feminism’, and features a selection of young girls, aged 6-13, using what some would say was decidedly un-lady like language to address notions of gender stereotypes.

October 22, 2014

Students and pupils are invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake to coincide with the upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK this November

Educate and Celebrate, the UK-based organization that helps schools to become LGBT-friendly, is launching a special competition to coincide with Britain’s 2014 Anti-Bullying Week (17-21 Nov).

In conjunction with Gay Star News, it is asking pupils and students to take part in its ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off. To do this, they will have to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes.

The aim of the contest is to raise awareness around diversity issues during National Anti-Bullying Week.

October 21, 2014

His paper called for the 60 listed people to be fired

The editor-in-chief of Armenian newspaper the Iravnuk stood trial this week for publishing a blacklist of 60 LGBTI people and calling for them to be fired.

Hovhannes Galajyan wrote an online article in May that branded the listed individuals 'enemies of the nation' and said they 'serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying.'

The article also included links to the their Facebook accounts.

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 17, 2014

Annual Spirit Day campaign had Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Billie Jean King and others in purple attire

To mark Spirit Day on Thursday (16 October), a number of celebrities wore purple and millions of other people decided to 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.

Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox took things a step further when she took part in lighting New York City's famed Empire State Building purple for the night.

October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Citing data from the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, he there were 164 cases of LGBTI murders in the country between 1996 and June 2012.

October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 14, 2014

'I got a card saying sorry for the loss of your cat, but with a smiley face drawn on it'

The leader of a Welsh LGBTI support group has said his pet cat was killed because he is gay.

Andrew Davies, chief executive of the Swansea Bay Unity Project, said he discovered his dead black tomcat after it was dumped outside his home.

His pet, who he named Jose, had been found forced fed with paracetamol tablets.

Davies has said this is just one of the many hate crimes he has witnessed in Wales. And while gay marriage may be a reality, it doesn't mean there are some who wish 'homos were banned from the area'.

October 12, 2014

Dana Contreras, once ranked 5th most important LGBT person in tech, gets three years of probation after agreeing to a plea deal

A transgender activist and senior Twitter engineer, who was hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

Dana Contreras – also known as Dana McCallum – was sentenced to three years of probation, and undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and substance abuse counseling. As part of her plea deal, her sentence also includes community service, a stay away order, and other terms. The rape charges were dropped.

October 11, 2014

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher

British TV chat show host Graham Norton has spoken candidly about his love of alcohol in his soon-to-be-published memoir, The Lives and Loves of a He Devil.

The book, which is published on 23 October, explores Norton’s notion that it is the things we love that make us who we are; and one of the things Norton clearly enjoys his liquor.

October 10, 2014

Amnesty International is the latest organization to call upon the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, to scrap a homophobic bill that is currently passing through the Chad parliament

In September, Government ministers voted in favour of a draft law that would make Chad the 37th African state to criminalise same-sex relations.

Its proposed penal code threatens jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine of between CFA francs 50,000 to 500,000 (the equivalent of between £60 and £600.)

Ministers said at the time that the law was being introduced to, ‘protect the family and to comply with Chadian society’.

October 10, 2014

Green Party co-leader said Craig Colin thought 'a gay man's place is in the closet'

The leader of the New Zealand Conservative Party, Colin Craig, has dropped a defamation suit over comments a Green Party co-leader made about his stance on gay men and women.

Russel Norman told 15,000 LGBT people in Ferbruary at the Big Gay Out fair in Auckland that Craig thought 'a woman's place is in the kitchen and'a gay man's place is the closet.'

Craig is a vocal opponent of gay adoption and same-sex marriage which he called 'a failure of democracy.'

Craig filed a suit against Norman in March seeking a retraction.

October 9, 2014

Emmy nominee wants to send strong message against bullying 'so that young people don't have to go through what I did'

Next Thursday (16 October), Laverne Cox will help New York City's Empire State Building go purple.

The Emmy nominated star of Orange is the New Black will be on hand to light the iconic landmark which has been featured in such films as Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember.

The purple is part of Spirit Day which is held each year during National Bullying Prevention month.

Schools and communities are urged to wear purple to show their support and to raise awareness about people who have been bullied in the past and who are still being bullied.

October 8, 2014

The male gender marker will also be removed

A Kenyan transgender activist yesterday won a landmark case to change the name on her high school exam certificate.

The high court gave the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) 45 days to change the name from Andrew Mbugua to Audrey Mbugua on her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

She graduated with an A- grade.

The male gender mark will also be removed and any cost will be met by Mbugua.

Mbugua described her win as 'a huge watershed moment.'

October 8, 2014

The team said it would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery'

The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club after members distributed leaflets containing anti-gay and sexist slurs that 'brought shame' on the university.

LSE Men's Rugby Club handed out leaflets at freshers' fair that said the team would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery' and referred to women as 'mingers,' 'trollops' and 'slags.'

October 7, 2014

Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia receives its US TV premiere on HBO following its screening in the UK earlier this year

A film exposing how gay teens are lured, kidnapped and tortured in Russia received its US TV premiere on HBO last night (6 October).

Hunted: The War Against Gays In Russia aired to critical acclaim following its showing on UK television earlier this year.

Last year, GSN revealed how fascist leaders were spearheading the campaign against LGBTI teens.

October 5, 2014

Teenager Eric Martin allegedly was harassed with anti-gay slurs

A  US teen, who was called anti-gay slurs and fought back, faces assault charges.

Eric Martin's mother admits her son threw the first punch at a fight at Highland Springs High School, located in the southern US state Virginia.

However, Mary Martin notes her son spent nine days in hospital due to injuries from the fight.

October 3, 2014

LGBTI advocacy groups are very concerned about the new proposals

UK minister Chris Grayling, who believes B&Bs should have the right to turn away gay couples, wants to choose your human rights.

The Justice Secretary has said if the Conservatives win the next election, he wants to scrap the Human Rights Act by coming up with a new Bill of Rights.

Grayling has also said the Conservatives are prepared to distance itself from the European Convention of Human Rights, which requires rulings in Europe to be complied with in the UK.

October 1, 2014

'I am pleased both boys accepted responsibility for their actions'.

Two UK teens have been ordered to give away their pocket money after they sentenced for an anti-gay assault.

The pair from Battle, East Sussex - around 30 miles east of Brighton - attacked a man and used homophobic slurs on 14 March this year.

As they are aged 15 and 16, they cannot be named for legal reasons. They have both been ordered pay a total of £200 ($320, €260).

This included compensation to the victim, a victim surcharge and legal costs. The pair were also made the subject of a referral order with the Youth Offending Panel.

September 29, 2014

Defendents can no longer claim their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity

California has become the first state in the US to ban the so-called 'panic defense' that has been used successfully by some defendants in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which eliminates the excuse that a person was 'panicked' into committing a killing or assaulting a gay or trans person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.

Some defendants have succeeded in having homicide or manslaughter charges reduced by saying their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

September 28, 2014

The two gay men were walking in Brooklyn when the suspects started yelling homophobic slurs

The New York City Police Department has arrested two men, and a teenager, for attacking two gay men on Saturday (27 September).

A 22-year-old gay man was walking with friend in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bushwick. Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that comprises New York City.

According to the Daily News, the unnamed victim was wearing a dress.

September 26, 2014

After surviving a total of seven hostile amendments from Egypt, resolution passes 21-16 with seven abstentions

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday (26 September) passed a resolution which condemns discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chile, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, states that it 'does not seek to create new rights. ... There are some whose rights are more violated and need more protection.'

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay were joined by 42 additional co-sponsors.

September 24, 2014

Kathryn Knott, 24, had posted homophobic messages on Twitter

The three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia surrendered to authorities on Wednesday (24 September) and it turns out one of the them is the daughter of a local police chief.

Kathryn Knott, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy along with Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26.

September 23, 2014

What was meant to be one of the best days of their lives turned sour after their outdoors ceremony was beset by hecklers

A gay couple, as happy as could be, were left devastated after they were told as they were exchanging vows to 'go home faggots'.

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson, an Arizona couple, flew in approximately 30 guests for their wedding in Coronado's Centennial Park in California.

But as they walked in, music playing, and took their positions in the grassy spot, they began hearing shouting.

Phone footage captures the couple saying their vows, with someone in the background shouting 'homos', 'go home homos', and 'go home faggots'.