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December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 17, 2014

R&B artist punched a fan in the face, and reportedly said he was not up for 'gay shit'

R&B artist Chris Brown will not face jail time after pleading guilty to an assault where he punched a fan and allegedly called him a 'faggot'.

A Washington DC superior court has ruled Brown, as well as his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, will not serve any time behind bars for the assault in October 2013.

On 16 December, judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Hollosy to 90 days in jail - suspending the sentence unless he violated his one-year probation.

December 16, 2014

Has rid himself of voice inside saying: 'You're a fag. You're a queen. You're undeserving of love'

When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied.

All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life.

It was a life that was dominated by something other than swimming: a fear of being outed.

December 12, 2014

Donnie Romero is an acolyte of the Arizona preacher who wants all gay people killed for 'an AIDS-free Christmas'

A Texas pastor told Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth last Sunday that he loved the part of the Bible that says God wants gay people to be 'put to death.'

Donnie Romero said if he ever got 'soft on sin,' he hoped that his children would tell him to 'get up there and rip on these queers because it's only getting worse and worse.'

'I'm not going to let any of these dirty faggots inside my church,' he said.

'They are all pedophiles... They're always trying to rape and hurt other people. They're relentless. They are relentless.

December 8, 2014

'Fag free zone,' 'White power,' 'Fags die, God laughs'

A gay couple has reported a homophobic vandal attack on their house and car in Alaska, several weeks after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

Adam Jacobson found frozen soup inside their mailbox, egg shells on their porch and three half-empty pickle jars strewn about their backyard after arriving at their home in Anchorage early Saturday morning (6 December).

He dismissed the food as a prank until his husband found on their car a collage of anti-gay signs and drawings containing homophobic, racist and religious language as well as a Nazi swastika.

December 8, 2014

'I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag'

A New Zealand pastor is standing firm behind his call for a gay author to kill himself.

Jim Marjoram, a gay author and community activist, emailed Auckland churches about his new book It's Life Jim. The memoir tells his 'journey of battling being gay but desperately wanting to be straight and just have a happy family.'

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

November 19, 2014

And the waiter was forced to leave after the manager refused to step in and do anything

A teenager is speaking out after he was called a homophobic slur on a restaurant receipt.

Blake Butler, 19, was a waiter at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Houston, Texas up until last week.

He was serving his tables and chatting to colleagues when a work friend showed him a note he got at the top of the receipt from two customers.

It read: 'Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal'.

November 16, 2014

The English actor shows us how to deal with an anti-gay troll on social media with one of the sharpest responses to a homophobe we’ve ever seen

English actor Paul Bettany kept his cool when an anti-gay Twitter troll attacked him.

The 43-year-old actor, who is married to US actress Jennifer Connelly with whom he has three children, is the star of several Hollywood blockbusters.

Bizarrely enough, a Twitter troll seemed convinced he is gay and threatened to beat him up for being a ‘faggot’.

However, the esteemed actor seemed to call upon his years of acting experience to handle the troll with one of the most eloquent responses to a homophobe we’ve seen.

November 14, 2014

Bisexual rapper has no regrets calling gay celebrity blogger 'messy faggot'

Azealia Banks has claimed 'faggot' is a good way to describe gay people as they are 'way more misogynistic than straight men'.

The '212' bisexual rapper got in trouble last year after calling gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton 'messy faggot'.

But Banks doesn't regret using the word, saying she thinks the anti-gay slur is an insult for misogynists.

Speaking to The Guardian: 'I don't regret doing it, but I'll never do it again, because I don't care enough about the person to have the battle again and defend my use of the word faggot.

November 13, 2014

Label says the anti-gay slur was ‘used in a musical sense'

Korean rapper Zico has apologized for using a homophobic slur in his debut solo single, which topped several digital music charts on the day of its release (7 November).

The member of boyband Block B rhymes several lines of Tough Cookie in English, including the last line of the following lyrics:

'Rappers these days don't have the skills so they all have a snapback fetish, You’re such a faggot bitch’

After a backlash from Kpop fans, Zico, 22, issued an apology through his record label Seven Seasons.

November 11, 2014

Is he the Rap God or The Monster?

Eminem says he fights for gay rights but uses anti-gay slurs in a new rap.

In a new video to promote his upcoming Shady XV compilation, the rapper uses the homophobic slur 'dyke' repeatedly and refers to Anderson Cooper taking a 'tube up his pooper'.

In the nearly seven-minute a capella freestyle rap, he spits: 'Coz you'sa tramp look at how you react to this trigger like when I call you a bigger dyke than the Hoover Dam.'

'Happy as Anderson Cooper having a tube crammed up in his pooper with lubricant. Wait, that's too, I can't.'

October 31, 2014

Home schooled teen was called 'faggot' and 'booty lover' by his three young attackers

A gay teen was lured to a skate park in Texas by a 'friend' and was then viciously beaten by the girl and two others while being called 'faggot'.

Dylan Beard, 17, said the 17-year-old girl asked him to come meet her at a nearby skate park in Bayton on 16 October.

When he arrived to the park, he then claims two of her male friends then jumped him calling him 'faggot' and 'booty lover'.

'They all started hitting me, got on the ground, hit me and punched me,' Beard told KHOU. 'It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess.'

October 29, 2014

McCleish Christmas Benham told police he had 'about 100 drinks'

A man who physically attacked a male bystander at Dallas Fort-Worth Airport and hurled anti-gay slurs at him will not face jail time or hate crime charges.

McCleish Christmas Benham, 27, has been charged with public intoxication and simple assault. They are both misdemeanors thart each punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

Neither charge carries any jail time.

October 28, 2014

'It is a very serious matter; same-sex marriage is totally contrary to the standard of God.'

The Westboro Baptist Church has lodged a legal brief against the ongoing legal challenge against gay marriage in Kansas.

The 'God Hates Fags' church filed a 22-page legal brief, claiming same-sex marriage is an issue that will 'destroy' the state.

'Today the number one moral issue facing this nation is same sex marriage,' they write, in the brief filed on 26 October.

October 27, 2014

Albert Eisenberg calmly replies: 'Never, Aunt Marianne. It's never going to be OK'

In 2009, Albert Eisenberg came out as gay to a supportive family - then it came time to share the news with his aunt Marianne.

At that time, Eisenberg was 18 and about to enter Georgetown University as a freshman.

The call from his aunt came and he remembers an 'extremely pleasant' conversation during which she told him she was proud of him and how she was 'so happy we're going to have a gay in the family.'

October 24, 2014

'These queers is what I'm upset about, this faggot right here'

A man physically attacked a male bystander at an airport is Dallas on Thursday (23 October) and hurled anti-gay slurs before being subdued.

On a video posted on YouTube by an onlooker, the man is near a ticket counter and can be heard saying 'I'm upset about this faggot right here.'

He then attacks the man and calls him a 'fucking queer' before he is taken down to the ground by several bystanders.

A policeman soon arrives and the attacker can be heard saying, 'This is America!' and 'When I get up, I'm going to beat the shit out of him.'

October 3, 2014

Residents and merchants of Coronado have banded together for event with mayor officiating

Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married - again.

But this time, they don't that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things.

That's because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together for the 11 October event and they are footing the bill $15,000 - 20,000 bill.

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'.

September 18, 2014

She may have no problem kissing women to further her career, but Yulia Volkova hates gay men as 'God created man for procreation'

Yulia Volkova may have made her career by being a fake lesbian, but she says she would not love a son if he came out as gay.

The t.A.T.u singer (pictured left) went on a Russian TV show to make the comments.

While you can watch the video below, there's not much point if you don't know Russian. According to the translation given on the YouTube video, it says:

'Will you condemn your son, if he is gay?' the interviewer asks.

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 9, 2014

The Sherlock actor talks about Alan Turing, gay ‘cures’ and why he believes the US should elect a gay president