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September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

40% of Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

August 19, 2014

Students of all gender identities are celebrating after UCAS chooses to change their rules that could have arguably violated the Equality Act

Non-binary and trans students are victorious after protesting biased new UK university admission rules.

UCAS, the UK’s official provider of university admissions services, sought to immediately review their procedures following a petition on change.org.

The Nonbinary Inclusion Project spotted UCAS had amended their application form for 2015 university admissions, asking students to state their ‘legal sex’ of either male or female. The question was not optional.

August 11, 2014

Actor posts Instagram photo of he and his lastest co-star - they play ex-boyfriends in the film Michael

Just days after Gawker insinuated that James Franco and actor Scott Haze are romantically involved, Franco joked on Instagram that he has moved on - with Zachary Quinto.

Franco posted a photo of he and Quinto on Instagram over the weekend with the caption: 'My new lover, SPOCK! zacharyquinto.'

The two are starring in the movie Michael and in it, they are both playing gay - well, ex-gay in Franco's case.

August 8, 2014

A new study has found that gay friendliness pays a big part in Chinese LGBTI people’s purchasing choices, suggesting businesses who court them as customers will do well

The first ever China Pink Market Conference was held on Thursday in Shanghai and heard that LGBTI Chinese consumers vote with their feet when it comes to deciding which companies to do business with, with gay friendliness an important factor when it comes to choosing where to shop.

Market research company Community Marketing & Insights found that 53% of respondents in its First Annual China LGBT Community Survey indicated that ‘support [for] LGBT political causes and laws have the biggest impact on influencing their purchasing decisions.’

August 3, 2014

The Universities Grants Commission in India has created a separate category to include trans students in applications for scholarships and fellowships 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has officially recognized trans people, creating a separate category for them in applications for scholarships and fellowships.

This means applicants filling out university forms will not be restricted to only choosing ‘male’ or ‘female’ gender identities.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 24, 2014

Kenya’s high court has ruled that rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy must receive official recognition as a registered Non-Government Organization from the government

Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register.

Justice George Odunga criticized the board for declining to recognize the group, saying that it had failed to carry out its own statutory function.

July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 1, 2014

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

June 23, 2014

In the US last year, 21% of bisexual men reported STD treatment compared to 12% for gay men and 2.3% of straight men

Bisexual men are disproportionately affected by HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

According to study author William Jeffries, bisexual men are facing unique sexual health challenges.

Factors that may affect the sexual health include sex without condoms, forced sexual encounters, an increased number of sexual partners and attitudes toward pregnancy.

June 20, 2014

Rob Watson, a recovering alcoholic himself, tells Governor Rick Perry how wrong he is for thinking alcholism is the same as homosexuality

If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. 

This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people.

June 16, 2014

Trans and gender non-binary youths need a safe and fun place to enjoy experiences from kayaking to camping out that millions of other kids take for granted

Trans teens need your help to make their summer camp a reality – and give them an experience millions of other kids already enjoy.

Gendered Intelligence is putting on a summer camp especially for trans and gender non-binary teens but need help funding it.

June 11, 2014

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender

Denmark has scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized before they can be legally recognized as another gender.

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender.

This means they no longer have to undergo the physical procedure before obtaining a new gender on their identification card.

June 11, 2014

A new study by researchers at Princeton University claims that gay African American men have similar advantages when it comes to finding work to white heterosexual men

Controversial new research published by a sociologist at Princeton University seems to show that African American gay men have an advantage over heterosexual African American men when it comes to being considered for jobs.

Princeton sociologist David Pedulla sent four resumes from fictional college graduates to hundreds of potential employers with names that were stereotypical of black applicants and white applicants.

Some of the resumes mentioned participation in a Gay Student Advisory Council.

June 10, 2014

As the summit on ending rape in warzones starts, Edwin Sesange argues the lesbian and transgender victims of ‘corrective rape’ must be included

Right now the world’s political leaders, celebrities and other stakeholders are gathering to find ways to stop sexual violence in armed conflicts. It is a huge opportunity to unite the world to end this inhuman act.

Hosted by actress Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is the largest ever gathering of its kind with more than 140 countries taking part.

June 2, 2014

The first ever count of India’s transgender population has found nearly 500,000 who were prepared to say they were transgender in filling out census papers – though activists say the real number may be far higher

490,000 people listed themselves as ‘third gender’ or transgender in India’s most recent census – the first time the Indian Government has sought to ask how many people identify as such.

55,000 of those were under six and were thus recorded by their parents as being transgender.

66% of the people who chose the third gender box lived in rural areas – close to the 69% of the Indian population in rural areas.

June 2, 2014

The World Health Organization and half a dozen United Nations groups have condemned the forced sterilization of transgender people and intersex people in order to make them conform with the gender binary

The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with UN Women, UN AIDS, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to condemn the forced sterilization of transgender and intersex people in a groundbreaking report.

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

May 30, 2014

Robi Ludwig claimed unresolved sexuality was behind Elliot Rodger’s rampage even though this is not supported by the evidence

As a dad, when I see news stories of young people and children being killed, my heart breaks wide open. If it were to be either of my sons I do not think I have what it would take to recover from such a loss.

This week in Santa Barbara California, six sets of parents faced that situation. A seventh set, the parents of Elliot Rodger, 22, who allegedly killed the other six before killing himself, have a whole other horror in front of them.

May 27, 2014

'I certainly felt shamed from both sides. You should be who you are and proud'

When Evan Rachel Wood showed up earlier this month to perform at a benefit for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, she reflected on why she decided to publicly declare herself bisexual in 2012.

'There's this weird stigma about it and I'm hoping to kind of end that because soooooooo many people are bisexual,' she told Gay Star News in an interview. 'There are many of them out there.'

The 26-year-old actress is married to British actor Jamie Bell and was previously engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson.

May 14, 2014

'I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer'

Bryan Singer dropped out of doing press to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past because he did not want a recent lawsuit filed against him to divert attention from the film.

But by the time the lawsuit - in which a man alleges Singer sexually assaulted him in 1999 when the man was still a teenager - was filed Singer had already done an extensive interview with Out Magazine that was posted today.