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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’.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

February 25, 2014

Police are appealing for help after three men attacked a man for walking with another man in the Scotland capital city's centre

A man is recovering in hospital after a ‘vicious’ homophobic attack in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The victim was walking with another man through the city centre when three men came up and started to verbally abused them.

One of the three then punched one man to the ground and two men then kicked him on the face.

As two passers-by approached the attack, they chased the three man as they ran off into Castle Terrace where they lost sight of them.

The victim was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

February 14, 2014

Johnny Weir has spoken out how figure skating is viewed as feminine in the US, but masculine in Russia

Both gay and straight ice skaters have spoken out against the homophobic bullying they face in the sport.

As the world’s eye is on Russia and the anti-gay laws LGBTI people face there, some may look to figure skating as the gay oasis in a desert of homophobia.

February 13, 2014

Russian embassy in London reacts badly to Channel 4's powerful documentary Hunted about the vigilante groups in Russia hunting down homosexuals

Officials in the Russian embassy in London are furious over a recent UK documentary exposing the homophobic attacks in Russia.

In response, they have labelled the Channel 4 film Hunted ‘slander’, ‘hate propaganda’ and they could have easily created a documentary about the UK hunting down redheads.

‘Hunted’, screened last week before the Sochi Winter Olympics, has been described as one of the ‘most shocking and important documentaries of recent years’.

February 10, 2014

New research in association with 02 and Childline reveals worrying statistics about the online activity of LGB youth

Nearly three quarters of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people use the internet to meet others like themselves. For many, it is their only source of information and support on gay issues, or contact with other LGB youth.

However, it can also put young people at great risk of things such as cyberbulling, grooming and sexual exploitation.

In partnership with o2, Stonewall is releasing guidance for parents and teachers to help young LGB people stay safe online.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

January 12, 2014

New report finds more than half of young LGBT people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide

Young gay people in England are facing a looming mental health crisis according to a new report due to be published tomorrow (13 January).

The report reveals over 50% of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. It also shows 50% have self-harmed and 42% have sought medical help to combat anxiety or depression, says The Independent.

January 9, 2014

A 31-year-old man has been taken into custody by the authorities. He was already known to police. Gay Center: 'Italy is still a homophobic country'

Italian police have arrested a man suspected of murdering a gay activist discovered in a ditch.

Andrea Troisio, 31,  was taken into custody by the Roman police for the alleged murder of Daniele Fulli, 28, the gay man found dead on the banks of the Tiber river last Tuesday (7 January).

December 30, 2013

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough ... Thank God I didn’t kill myself'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is glad he's around to enjoy things like the Oscar buzz he's getting for having directed The Butler.

There were plenty of times when he felt he could not go on.

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid,' he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

December 2, 2013

A 14 year-old gay teen has reportedly been banned from the shopping mall where a teen called him queer and beat him to the ground

A gay teen who was attacked inside a mall has been banned for over a year from returning to the shopping complex.

Issaic, whose last name has not been released, was filmed in Coronado Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico getting hit over the head by a 16 year-old so hard he fell to the ground.

According to Issaic, what started off as an online argument between friends resulted in a physical attack caught on a friend's mobile phone.

November 23, 2013

The owner of the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, TN was found by police badly bruised with an anti-gay slur written across his forehead

Three suspects remain at large following an anti-gay hate crime in a Tennessee city after a business owner was savagely attacked and his store badly damaged.

 

Joe Williams, who owns the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, Tennessee, was closing his store on Wednesday (20 November) when he was approached by a man asking for something to help his sick daughter.

 

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 19, 2013

As Scotland prepares for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage equality tomorrow, Stonewall’s Colin Macfarlane explains why the country needs to say I Do

Several months ago, Sam and Pipa, were kind enough to share their personal story with us and explain why marriage equality matters to them.

‘For us marriage means a loving commitment. It is a union recognised both legally and by society. To us, equal marriage would mean we wouldn’t feel like second-class citizens.

‘Love is love and marriage will show that we are normal, not different and we are just as committed as a straight couple.’

November 18, 2013

Gay pop star Will Young: 'It's clear from the shocking levels of self-harm and suicide among gay young people that we're failing an entire generation'

A new British school campaign has launched as 99% of gay teens reveal they have heard homophobic language.

Nearly every single young LGB person spoken to by gay campaigning charity Stonewall said they had heard phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ at school.

Polling by Mumsnet also shows 68% of parents are unaware of any school policies to tackle homophobic bullying and language.

Fronted by gay pop star Will Young, the new campaign is urging schools and students to tackle the derogatory use of the word gay.