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November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

India's sixth largest city has reported 10 anti-trans murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks since March

There were 37 reported anti-trans attacks in Hyderabad since March, including 10 murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks.

However, Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) said more anti-trans attacks go unreported every day in India's sixth largest city and 90 per cent of transgender women had attempted suicide.

The group mourned their murdered sisters last week on the international Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November).

November 21, 2014

Be gay, but no PDA

Does two men or two women kissing in public make you uncomfortable? If it does, you're not alone.

While gay rights might be sweeping across the western world, public displays of affection between two people of the same gender still gives people the ick.

A report published by the American Sociological Review suggests while Americans are happy for gay people to have rights, they are less happy to have that gayness shoved down their throats - figuratively speaking.

November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

November 14, 2014

Researchers have poured over numerous surveys and they have found acceptance of homosexuality has grown exponentially in the last two decades

The world has become a far more acceptable to be gay.

In a new study, findings suggest acceptance of homosexuality has risen in 90% of countries surveyed over the last 20 years.

Social researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago and the LGBT think-tang Williams Institute at UCLA said acceptance has grown by an average of 0.9% annually by nation.

'This study shows a clear trend toward increasing acceptance across the globe,' Andrew Park, director of International Programs at the Williams Institute, said.

November 14, 2014

Senior official says culture is no excuse for denying human rights

The US has urged India end to discrimination against LGBTI people and said culture is no excuse for denying human rights.

Sarah Sewall, under-secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights at the US state department, made the comments yesterday (13 November) while delivering a lecture on human rights in New Delhi.

November 11, 2014

Hijras cannot inherit property in the conservative Muslim country

Bangladeshi lawmakers have called for more rights for transgender women, whom the government recognized as a third gender a year ago today.

Proposals for inheritance rights and schools for hijras were made at a seminar in Dhaka on Sunday, which was part of Hijra Pride - the first LGBTI pride event in the conservative Muslim country.

November 11, 2014

Hijras mark one year since the country recognized them as a third gender

More than 1,000 transgender women staged Bangladesh's first ever pride parade yesterday to mark one year since the government recognized them as a third gender.

The colorful hijras, as transgender women are known in the conservative Muslim country, brought the busy roads of Dhaka to a standstill with their singing and dancing.

They unfurled a huge Bangladeshi flag and carried banners, one of which read, ‘The days of stigma, discrimination and fear are over.’

‘I never dreamt that I would see this day in my life,’ Sonali, 25, told AFP.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

November 3, 2014

Will the universe’s most famous Time Lord transition to female? And if the next Doctor is a woman, what does that mean for the trans community?

With the timeless Time Lord now in his 12th – or is it 13th? – regeneration the transgenderated Doctor has yet to arrive. Yet a new twist to the BBC series, heavily hinted at, and confirmed on Saturday, has at last placed gender transition center stage.

For the Doctor’s oldest and most persistent single adversary, the Master, has returned – only this time, she has regenerated as the Mistress (or ‘Missy’ for short).

November 3, 2014

British comic is single once again says: 'I'm tedious with my heterosexuality'

Russell Brand, who recently split from Jemima Khan and was once married to Katy Perry, jokes that he wishes he was attracted to men too.

'I wish I was bisexual,' he told Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd as the host told him he wondered what it was like to kiss him.

'That's one of the things about me where I've got a very traditional moral code. I'm tedious with my heterosexuality.'

Last year, Brand revealed that he once had gay sex in a pub toilet on heroin for a TV stunt.

He said he ‘wanked off a man in a toilet’ back in 2002.

October 31, 2014

'I never felt it was wrong ... I never felt it was something wrong with me'

Bisexual actor Alan Cumming had a rough time growing up but not because of his sexuality.

The Tony winner reveals in a new memoir that he and his mother and brother suffered for years living with a physically and emotionally abusive father.

So when it came time for sorting out his sexuality, Cumming realized even as a teen that he was attracted emotionally and physically to both men and women.

October 28, 2014

Trans activists say the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services

NHS Scotland has accidentally outed over 80 transgender patients, in a major data breach in what is being described as 'serious and potentially life-threatening'.

Leeze Lawrence, a transgender journalist, says the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services.

She believes it could have been caused in part of the 'arrogance' on the part of NHS managers who regard patient data as something they are entitled to use for commercial purposes rather than information they should be protecting at all costs.

October 16, 2014

Miler publicly proclaimed himself as 'queer' in 2012 and is first LGBTI star to play major superhero

Out actor Ezra Miller made some Hollywood history on Wednesday (15 October) by becoming the first LGBTI star to be cast as a main superhero in a major studio film.

Miller, best known for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has been cast as The Flash in Warner Bros movies based on DC Comics.

He will star in a 2018 movie built around the character but is expected to first inhabit the role in 2017's Justice League Part One, according to Buzzfeed.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

September 30, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires 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.

September 29, 2014

How many Brits still think HIV is a 'gay-only disease?' Do gay or straight couples have more adventurous sex? And how long is the average gay relationship?

A sixth of Brits and more than one fifth of Londoners believe the UK should criminalize gay sex.

The new survey of British sexual behavior, carried out by The Observer, has found that 16% of Britons believe homosexuality should be outlawed. Men (19%) are more likely than women (13%) to want gay sex banned.

It has been six months since the first gay Brits got legally married.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated,' she said.

September 22, 2014

For Bisexuality Visibility Day, GSN looks to the worst offenders of pop culture that likes to pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist

Bisexuality appears to be too complicated for popular culture.

So many books, TV shows, films and more show 'straight' characters turning 'gay' or even 'gays and lesbians' going straight.

It never seems to cross the creators' minds all these people may be bisexual to start off with.

Why is that? Is it because pop culture is supposed to be simple, easier to deal with concepts like black or white, male or female, gay or straight?

Or is it that they just don't get bisexuals exist?