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August 28, 2014

Judge said while the attack was 'vile and vicious', the attack was not motivated by homophobia

A man will be jailed for two years and four months after spraying six people with a 'noxious substance' in a homophobic attack.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, London.

Several of the victims reported feeling like their 'faces were melting', they thought they were going to die, and it caused ulcers on their eyes and mouths. One victim could have very easily had his vision permanently damaged.

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 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 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

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 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

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 17, 2014

Even though the Netherlands is renowned for being legally gay-friendly, the victim believes his attack was 'inevitable'

A gay man has lost his hearing after being beaten up in Amsterdam.

Ronald, 25, who has asked to be anonymous, was walking with his boyfriend along the canal with his boyfriend on 12.30am on Sunday (15 June).

When four men, roughly in their 20s, spotted the two had their arms around each other they started yelling homophobic slurs.

‘Dirty homos!’ one shouted, ‘Faggot cancer!’ another yelled, as Ronald replied: ‘Thank you, what a lovely compliment.’

June 12, 2014

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area popular with gay clubbers

Police have arrested a man in connection with a London homophobic attack that left a gay clubber ‘blinded’.

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames popular with the gay community – on Sunday morning.

He was being questioned at a south London police station today.

The 23-year-old victim has said a man sprayed bleach at him after two women started shouting homophobic abuse at him and his friend.

June 2, 2014

Smile singer has got her eyes set on the If I Were A Boy performer

British pop star Lily Allen has joked she would happily turn gay for Beyonce.

The Smile singer has revealed she is a huge fan of the If I Were A Boy performer to The Sun.

‘I’d turn for Beyonce,’ she said.

‘I think our kids would look really good together.’

It is not the first time Allen has revealed her love for the Queen Bey.

In April, she performed Beyonce’s Drunk In Love when she took to the stage at London club G-A-Y.

She also references the star in her track, Sheezus.

May 29, 2014

Five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him

A gay man in Russia was kidnapped at gunpoint and nearly died in a horrific homophobic attack, it was reported today (29 May).

A Chelyabinsk court heard how five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him.

The students told the gay man they didn’t want his money, but to ‘cleanse the society of gays’, according to the victim’s testimony.

At gunpoint, they went in the victim’s car to a nearby lake.

May 20, 2014

19 year-old Floyd Evans stabbed a gay man in the chest at a well-known meeting spot for gay men, which the judge condemned as a ‘disgraceful’ homophobic attack

A UK teen will serve a 14-year sentence for stabbing a gay man in the chest in a brutal homophobic attack (20 May).

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed Francisco Nascimento in the chest on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The judge told the court Evans was guilty of a homophobic attack, as the two men met near the City Walls, which is a well-known meeting point for gay men.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

May 2, 2014

A shocking survey reports how two in five transgender young people have tried to kill themselves, while 80% of gay teens are bullied

Two thirds of young gay people have considered suicide, while a shocking 80% have said they are bullied because of their sexuality.

New research has revealed a further 37% of gay 13-18 year-olds have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.

It is a similar, sad story for transgender teens. Two in five have tried to kill themselves, while a further 62% have considered suicide because of bullying.

For lesbians, two thirds of lesbians were bullied, and more than half contemplated suicide. 36% attempted it.

April 14, 2014

Christian pupils claimed homosexuality is offensive to their religion and decided to protest with anti-gay slogans

Two US students wore 'Gay is not ok' t-shirts in order to protest a LGBTI awareness day at school last week.

The seniors at Oregon City High School were told by administrative staff to remove their tops or turn them inside out, as other students found them offensive.

Other pupils of the school were celebrating the Day of Silence, a day where students take a silent vow in order to protest against homophobic bullying.

They said they did not care gay people found the t-shirts offensive, as 'gays' were offensive in their religion.

April 12, 2014

Floyd Evans met victim Francisco Nascimento at a local meeting point for gay men and viciously stabbed him in the heart after chatting to him

A British teenager has been convicted of stabbing a gay man in the heart, in a suspected homophobic attack.

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed 35-year-old Francisco Nascimento from Brazil in the heart on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The Chester Chronicle reports that Evans was found not guilty of attempted murder but will face a charge of wounding with intent.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 31, 2014

Five men reportedly raped a 20-year-old gay man in an abandoned house before setting the bed and the room on fire

South Africa police are investigating an anti-gay rape and arson case.

A 20-year-old from Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, was reportedly gang-raped in an empty housing development in Lerato Park. According to IOL News, the attackers then sit fire to the bed where they allegedly raped the young man.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

March 24, 2014

Bosses immediately laid off the driver as a 'protective measure' to ensure no other gay couple is discriminated against

A French public bus driver sprayed water all over a young lesbian couple for kissing, and immediately got fired.

Transport authorities in the city of Nancy, northern France, said they had laid off a driver ‘as a protective measure’ after he admitted to attacking the couple.

The driver stopped in front of a high school to pick up students around 5.30pm on Friday (21 March).

As one of the girls kissed her girlfriend goodbye, the driver allegedly uncapped a bottle of water he had with him and threw it all over them.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.