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April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

December 15, 2013

In acceptance of award from Auburn University, Apple CEO Tim Cook connects his experiences growing up in the US South to today's struggle for LGBTI rights

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, repeated his call for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The out business leader made the comments in a speech in New York City this past week. His alma mater, Auburn University, gave him the International Quality of Life Award.

December 11, 2013

'Muggle' version of fictional sport is gaining traction, and is LGBTI-inclusive

‘Brooms up!’ the referee cries, and the game begins.

This is not exactly the beginning of a regular sports match, as people weave past each other trying to avoid the smack of a hard ball into their back, or a wooden pole into their chest as they get tackled. This is a real-life quidditch match, straight out of Harry Potter.

The teams are not flying, but running around with brooms between their legs, playing what is essentially a combination of rugby, dodgeball and lacrosse.

October 22, 2013

In new film 20MALEGAYNYC, gay New Yorkers explain why they don’t identify with other gay men – here the director examines the top seven reasons

My new short film 20MALEGAYNYC examines why many gay men are no longer identifying with gay culture in New York. So here’s my take on their top seven complaints.

‘Lady Gaga is a straight woman who has co-opted gay culture because it works for her.’

A lot of gay men look to strong women as role models. This is great. Women are great role models. I’d be nothing without Beyoncé (except $220 richer come this December’s concert). But we also need more strong gay male role models – and not necessarily famous ones.

October 14, 2013

David Kupelian, an editor with the gay obsessed far right website WND, has compared transgender people to anorexic girls and children subjected to terrorist indoctrination in attacking psychiatry and LGBT rights

Far right US author David Kupelian has compared transgender people’s wish to change their gender to anorexic girls being unhappy with their bodies and has suggested that they have been indoctrinated to want to be a different gender like a child who has been indoctrinated to become a terrorist.

Kupelian made the comments in a column for WND, a far right American news website who’s editors are negatively obsessed with LGBT rights issues, entitled ‘Amputating healthy organs the New Normal.’

October 2, 2013

Segregating and color-coding girls' and boys' toys stunts their development and could be holding us all back

The ‘traditional marriage’ advocates have been obsessed since day one with listing the many things that same-sex couples ‘could not do’, which, clearly they not only can do but are already doing.

The underlying point all the irrational statements have in common is one foundational core its advocates desperately want to ‘protect’. That point is men and women hold mutually exclusive roles in the family and neither of those roles can or should be filled by a member of the opposite gender.

September 23, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage has announced it will campaign to end California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender children to use the bathrooms and change rooms of their preferred gender and play on the sports teams of their choice

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group that put same-sex marriage on the ballot in California in 2008 is now seeking to do the same to California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender teens access to the facilities of their choice and to play on the sports teams of their choice.

NOM are hoping to gather 504,760 voter signatures against AB 1266, which would be enough to place its repeal on the November 2014 ballot, and would suspend the law until Californians can vote on it.

August 21, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it is revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The UK government has removed protection for trans individuals in education.

Following a public outrage at the re-introduction by a number of UK schools and academies of Section 28 style policies, there is further controversy over a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to remove ‘gender identity’ from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum.

August 7, 2013

Government gives greenlight to yet another de facto same-sex marriage

In a surprise decision that shocked even the couple themselves, the Taiwanese government has decided not to revoke a marriage between two trans women.

After a marathon meeting with colleagues from justice and welfare ministries and other experts, the Interior Ministry announced today (7 Aug) that the marriage license of Abbygail Wu and Ji-yi Wu should remain valid.

It said the Wus were indeed ‘a man and a woman’ in accordance with civil law when the registration took place. The government respects people's right to change their gender, it added.

July 26, 2013

Touching portraits of non-gender-conforming children at a summer camp captured by photographer Lindsay Morris

New York photographer Lindsay Morris has captured touching portraits of non-gender-conforming children at a summer camp.

July 25, 2013

'Jamaica cannot become the place of choice to raise families if we continue killing our children'

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is condemning the murder this week of a 17-year-old non-gender conforming teen Dwayne Jones by a mob at a party.

May 31, 2013

Golden Boy, a new novel about an intersex teenager, is quickly becoming a critics’ favorite. We chatted with its young author, Abigail Tarttelin, about the issues it addresses

Abigail Tarttelin is only 25 but her second novel, released this month, is already on the shelves and you’d have to look pretty hard to find a bad review.

Golden Boy is the story of Max Walker, a 16-year-old with a lifestyle that every schoolboy would envy – the only complication being that he is half schoolgirl.

May 24, 2013

This week 25-year old Abigail Tarttelin publishes her second novel, Golden Boy, about intersex teenager Max

Actress-writer-waitress Abigail Tarttelin received a £100,000 ($150,600, €117,000) advance for her novel Golden Boy, published this week. So she gave-up the waitressing.

'I’m hoping it’s because it’s a really good book,' said Tarttelin in an interview with London's Evening Standard. 'The subject matter is fairly original.'

February 5, 2013

University students in Bangkok who identify as tomboy say it is unfair that they can't wear pants, when kathoey trans women and gay men can wear skirts

'Tomboy' students in Thailand are demanding their right to wear non-gender-conforming clothes to university.

Students at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Bangkok have complained saying it is unfair that male students are allowed to wear female clothes, but female students are not allowed to wear male clothes.

January 18, 2013

Gay Star News interviews Thilaga Sulathireh, a woman dedicated to helping trans women fight the law in Malaysia

The situation is bad for gay men and women in Malaysia, but it's really bad for transgender women who get constantly harassed by the police and their very existence is criminalized under sharia law.

November 15, 2012

Indian sprinter and gold medalist Pinki Pramanik says rape charges are a 'huge conspiracy', while medical report suggests the athlete may be intersex

An Indian gold medalist at the 2006 Asian Games has been accused of lying about her gender amid allegations that the female sprinter raped a woman.

Pinki Pramanik was charged on Monday (12 November) with raping and assaulting her female housemate in West Bengal, who claims the athlete is actually a man and broke a promise to marry her.

Indian police said results from a gender test proved she is biologically male.

October 3, 2012

The currator of an exhibition exploring feminism and sexuality in China argues LGBT activism is art

An exhibition exploring feminism and sexuality in China was a big hit in Shanghai last year and is now showing in San Francisco.

Gay Star News talks to Abby Chen, the currator of WOMEN我們 (the Chinese characters mean 'we' or 'us', pronounced 'wo men') featuring 13 artists, about activism as art, sexual harrasment on the subway and feminism in China's LGBT movement.

Why did you decide to put on this exhibition now?

September 6, 2012

Thelma and Louise star says if you set yourself a gender, 'you're ruling out a lot of possibility'

Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon has said it’s ‘not a big deal’ playing bisexual in her latest film Jeff, Who Lives At Home.

The Thelma And Louise star plays a mother to two troubled men, played by comedy actors Jason Segal and Ed Helms, who realizes she also likes women after seeking solace from a friend.

August 1, 2012

We would be better off investigating what makes people homophobes or transphobic, rather than studying the origins of sexuality

‘Know thyself’ were the words inscribed above the temple of the oracle at Delphi in ancient Greece and Plato says it’s this phrase that motivated Socrates in his dialogues.

So it’s natural that as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people we should be fascinated by why our sexuality or gender identity is different from the majority of the population.

But those questions also frustrate me for two reasons. Firstly, what difference can the answer possibly make? And, more importantly, is it a distraction from a more important question?

August 1, 2012

Leading scientist Dr Qazi Rahman introduces us to his new research which sheds light on the fascinating question of what makes us gay

Small, dark and fiercely intelligent, Dr Qazi Rahman speaks quickly and excitedly about his specialist subject - what makes us gay?

We met over a glass of white wine - it was a warm evening in London and we sat outside Farringdon wine-bar Vinoteca, entertaining the nearby tables as I asked naive questions about biology and sexuality.

Rahman is the assistant professor in cognitive biology at London’s Queen Mary University and I start by asking what that means.

July 26, 2012

International LGBTI activists say the new policy for testing if female athletes are ‘real women’ is ‘unscientific, discriminatory and ineffective’

With the 2012 Summer Olympics set to open tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) faces a new scandal over its gender testing.

The gender verification policy is designed to determine whether intersex athletes should compete as women or men.

Intersex people may quite naturally produce higher levels of male or female than average for their identified gender.

June 4, 2012

USA non-profit releases sensitive and educational video on transgenderism

A new YouTube released documentary has gained applause for its sensitive and educational portrayal of transgender people.

Voices of Witness: Out of the Box was made by Integrity USA, an LGBT Christian (Episcopalian) organization and features interviews with transgender men and women, Christian bishops and a clinical psychologist.

May 26, 2012

Advocates say the federal government's recognition of the specific needs of the group is a historic step that has gone largely unnoticed

Advocates say the federal government's recognition of the specific needs of the group is a historic step that has gone largely unnoticed

Gay rights advocates are cheering a government decision to recognize the needs of old gay people in Australia, where three aged-care facilities are being built specifically for gays and lesbians.