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April 18, 2015

'Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,' the judge said as she rejected the prosecutors' claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men

Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail on Friday with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet in a nature reserve in November 2013.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 17, 2015

Reactions include: 'Are you trying to die?'

How does a straight guy react when he's with his buds and a gay stereotype walks up to him and talks about their 'chats' on Grindr?

Well, pretty much like you'd expect.

The hidden camera prank video features Kevin Brueck as Gaybriel. The prank is two hot girls get a guy's info on the beach and then it gets sent over radio to the 'gay guy'.

Gaybriel then goes over to the guy, says 'Hey! It's me, Gaybriel! You know, from Grindr?' and uses a variety of info he's found out from the girls to trick the guy's friends into thinking it's for real.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.

April 16, 2015

Orange Is The New Black looks stunning in new photos

Laverne Cox looks stunning in a new series of photographs, with the actress hoping to break down myths surrounding trans women.

The Orange Is The New Black star posed for Allure magazine's annual nude feature, alongside Jordana Brewster (Furious 7), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Sandrine Holt (The Returned).

'I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,' LGBTI advocate told the magazine.

'But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.'

April 15, 2015

Bodybuilder has more than double the votes of other guys in online search

Aydian Dowling is in the lead to become Men's Health first transgender cover model.

The bodybuilder first came to our attention when his recreation of Adam Levine's iconic naked photo went viral in February.

Now Dowling, 27, is leading an Men's Health's online model search with more than double the number of votes as the man in second place. Voting closes on 21 June.

The Ultimate Guy Search is looking for a man 'who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.'

April 15, 2015

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

April 15, 2015

Apple's voice-activated assistant refuses to discuss anything gay

Siri learned to speak Russian earlier this year but it seems Apple's voice-activated assistant learned more than just the language from the notoriously anti-gay country.

A Russian-speaking Londoner has accused Siri of homophobia in a video to YouTube – in which the assistant outright refuses to discuss anything gay.

'Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands,' the female voice says when the word 'gay' is mentioned.

When asked about gay marriage, the Siri says, 'Alex, you are so rude!'

April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 13, 2015

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 

Transgender prisoners in Georgia will be eligible to receive and continue their hormone treatment while serving a prison sentence.

The US Department of Justice sided with Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s authorities.

According to the lawsuit, officials refused Diamond to continue her hormone treatment; she was also placed in unsafe facilities with violent men, according to health24.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 12, 2015

They said the coverage sends the message of trans people being 'a joke and a freakshow'

Transgender advocates expressed their alarm over the Bruce Jenner ‘spectacle’ created by gossip and rumors spread in the media.

Talking to the LA Times, representatives of organizations offering support for trans people called the public speculation and jokes about Jenner’s possible transition ‘profoundly disrespectful’.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 10, 2015

A five-day seminar will invite infamous 'ex-gay' activists to 'help' homosexuals overcome their sexuality

A 'gay cure' convention is scheduled to take place in London this month. 

The Holy Sexuality Conference will take place over five days from 21 to 25 April, with gay people being specifically invited in order to help them 'overcome' their 'sexual habits'.

Three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates have been invited to speak; Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 10, 2015

The company, which is the third biggest health insurer in the US, is encouraging the LGBT community to ‘Be Proud. Be Well’

Health insurer Aetna has launched a concerted campaign to target the LGBT community, reports AP.

The United State’s third biggest health insurance company has launched a dedicated website and is utilizing mobile apps and print ads to target the country's estimated 9million-strong LGBT population.

The campaign’s tagline is ‘Be Strong. Be Well.’

April 10, 2015

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 9, 2015

He also claimed gay sex results in '72% of HIV cases'

An Irish university is investigating after one of its researchers has described homosexuality as a 'bizarre fetish' similar to pedophilia.

Dr Mark Gilfillan used his Facebook account to claim homosexuality 'results in 72% of new cases of HIV' despite being under '2% of the population at large'.

A research associate in Irish Jewish History at Ulster University, he made the comments during a public Facebook debate over Ashers Bakery - the Christian-run business that refused to bake a cake for a pro-gay campaign.