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April 15, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has instructed the Indian Government to create a legal third gender category to recognize transgender people and also that they should be classed as a marginalized group to receive affirmative action in jobs and education

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today.

Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female.

April 10, 2014

A pop song telling the story of a transgender woman who reunites with her best friend has become a surprise viral hit in Thailand – with nearly 9 million people watching the video clip on YouTube

A new pop song by Thai singer Vid Hiper R Siam about a trans woman who becomes the lover of her childhood best friend is going viral online.

Nearly nine million people have watched the clip for the song on YouTube since it was posted on 9 March.

The song, Transgender Woman Never Cheats, tells the story of a trans girl who fell in love with her best friend, a boy when they were teens.

One night she kisses him, but because her object of affection believes she is a boy, he beats her up.

April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

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.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

March 28, 2014

The notion that gay people have bigger disposable incomes than their heterosexual counterparts has been debunked by a new study that shows LGBTI Americans are actually more likely to need food stamps to get by in life

A new study of food insecurity among LGBTI Americans by the Williams Institute at UCLA has debunked the myth that people in the gay community are more wealthy than the straight community – finding instead that, on average, they are more likely to rely on food stamps to keep food on the table.

The researchers found that LGBTI adults are 1.7 times more likely than non-LGBTI adults to not have had enough money to feed themselves or their family at some point in the past year.

March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered that some gay men are attracted to straight men, and would like to sleep with them in order to fulfil a 'fantasy'

One in 10 men who have sex with men are looking for ‘non-gay’ men on a dating site, a study has revealed.

In research published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, it found one in 10 men who use Craigslist M4M section are specifically seeking out ‘sexual partners who do not identify as gay’.

The researchers reviewed 1,200 personal ads posted on Craigslist for analysis.

Researchers believe these men are looking to either fulfill a ‘fantasy’ or because it allows closeted men to seek out others for anonymous sexual encounters.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

March 8, 2014

US tennis star Matt Dooley comes out as gay and reveals he once tried to kill himself because of his sexuality

US student tennis star has come out as gay and spoken about his attempted suicide when he was closeted.

Matt Dooley, senior student and tennis player at Notre Dame University in Indiana who came out as a gay in an article for Outsports on 3 March, has spoken about the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback he has received since.

In the piece, Dooley wrote about how hard it was growing up knowing he was gay.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

March 2, 2014

If passed, a new bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change their legal gender

Should transgender people unwilling to undergo full gender reassignment surgery have the same rights as 'post-operative' transsexuals?

That is the question before the public and lawmakers in Hong Kong after the Security Bureau on Friday published a proposed bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance.

Hong Kong law currently allows a transgender person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery to change their gender status in legal documents such as the identity card and passport, but not the birth certificate.

February 28, 2014

Uganda is seeing further financial consequences over the passing of its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gays for life with the World Bank suspending a major development loan

The World Bank has suspended a $90million (€65million) loan to Uganda over its passing of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act which gives life imprisonment for anyone convicted of gay sex.

The loan was to go to Uganda’s health system but the World Bank has announced it will postpone the loan while it reviews whether Uganda’s development objectives could be negatively affected by the passing of the law.

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. 

February 16, 2014

A harrowing report from Columbia University shows gay people living in prejudiced places have shorter life spans, are more prone to suicide and are at risk of violent and stress-induced deaths  

February 9, 2014

'If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males'

It's unfair to expect anything logical from Bryan Fischer.

The spokesperson for the American Family Association has a long history of weird, and unreasoned, comments. From gay men being Hitler's storm troopers to a call for the kidnapping of children from gay parents.

February 5, 2014

Singapore’s leading public health organization has declared that LGBTI people are normal and not mentally ill in publishing an online Q&A on LGBTI issues – though homosexuality is still technically banned in the South East Asian nation

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board has said that gay people are normal and not suffering from mental illness in a new online resource aimed at better educating Singaporeans around LGBTI issues.

February 3, 2014

Health experts are concerned about 'dramatic disparity' between gay and straight teens, saying it may have resulted from homophobic bullying

Gay and bisexual teen boys use illegal steroids at a rate almost six times higher than straight kids, research has shown.

Overall, 21% of gay or bisexual boys said they had never used steroids, compared to 4% of their straight peers.

The difference was similar among those who admitted to moderate use.

However, the heaviest use – 40 or more times – was reported by 4% of gay or bi teens, compared with less than 1% of straight boys.

January 31, 2014

Respect After Death Act calls for authentic gender identity to be reflected on death certificates

California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins introduced a bill on Thursday (30 January) that would ensure the authentic gender identity of a transgender person be reflected on their death certificate.

If passed into law, the Respect After Death Act would require that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

January 24, 2014

A new review of research by the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies has found that kids who are being brought up in families headed by gays and lesbians do as well as their heterosexually parented peers

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report on the well being of children raised by gays and lesbians and found they did just as well as those raised by heterosexual men and women.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family well being and provides an evidence base for developing policy supportive of the well being of families in Australia.

January 24, 2014

Far right American Christian author Linda Harvey claims we’re all pretending that we’re attracted to people of the same-sex because nobody has won the Nobel Prize for discovering a gay gene

Mission America ‘media missionary’ Linda Harvey has taken to far right US website WND to claim that gay people are actually all heterosexual – and are terrified of anyone finding out.

In a column entitled ‘Reality: everyone is a heterosexual’ praising Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors Harvey says since no one has won the Nobel Peace Prize for discovering a gene that causes homosexuality one must not exist.

January 22, 2014

Award winning author Binyavanga Wainaina has published the missing chapter of his debut memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, in which he acknowledges his homosexuality, to protest the passing of anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria

Famed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana has come out as gay to protest homophobia in Africa, publishing a missing chapter of his debut book One Day I Will Write About This Place in which he remembers telling his mother about his sexuality on her death bed.

Wainana shot to fame as an author internationally after the book was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey.

In the missing chapter, titled ‘I am a homosexual, mum,’ Wainana remembers sitting by his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying and he had still not told anyone about his sexual orientation.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

December 20, 2013

Comedian was to appear with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue

TV comedy legend Bob Newhart his plans to perform next year for a conservative Catholic organization which maintains that homosexuality is a disorder.

The news was announced on 84-year-old comedian's Twitter account: 'Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014.'

No further explanation was given.

Newhart was scheduled to appear at a summit for Letagus along with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue.