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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.

May 4, 2014

Think Canada's LGBTI gay rights situation is rosy? Homophobia and transphobia is on the rise, and we ask Egale's executive director Helen Kennedy why it's happening

When you think of Canada, you might think they have it all sorted out.

They have had same-sex marriage nationwide for nearly 10 years, anti-discrimination laws for an incredible 14 years  and is often described as one of the best places to be LGBTI in the world.

But there is still work to be done as Helen Kennedy, executive director of equality charity Egale, reveals.

Homophobia in schools is on the rise, and there are those who want the rights of trans people to be stripped. We spoke to Kennedy to find out more:

May 3, 2014

South Dakota representative Steve Hickey launched into a vile Facebook rant demonizing gay sex and asked doctors to testify homosexuality is bad for you

A US state legislator wrote a vile, anti-gay open letter on Facebook crudely comparing gay sex to a garbage truck.

Steve Hickey, a pastor and a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, posted the lengthy rant on his Facebook page on 28 April.

He called for doctors to demonize gay sex, attacked transgender children and said gay-sex is a ‘one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down.’

Hickey started his post by telling his followers he sent the article to local news source the Argus Leader.

May 2, 2014

In the latest research to suggest sexuality is hardwired in the brain, Chinese researchers have shown that gay men and women react to the pheromones that other men release when aroused

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have released the latest research suggesting that sexuality is hardwired in the human brain by showing that gay men and women react to male sex pheromones while heterosexual men ignore them.

The scientists set up an experiment in which they exposed men and women to the pheromones androstadienone (found in male sweat and semen) and estratetraenol (found in female urine).

April 30, 2014

Asks female interviewer: 'Do you have a vagina?' 'What was the moment that you felt your breasts budding?' 'Did you use tampons?'

Transgender activist and author Janet Mock made former CNN host Piers Morgan look mild in a mock interview this week with AM Tonight host Alicia Menendez for Fusion.

'What's so amazing is if I were to look at you, I would not have known you weren't trans,' Mock said to Menendez as she questioned her about being cisgender which is a woman who self identifies with the sex and gender that was assigned to her at birth.

April 29, 2014

According to the Latter Day Saints, you are either 'struggling with your same-sex attraction' or 'not struggling'

Being gay is not an option for young Mormons in a new survey on sexual orientation and marriage.

This past week, the Latter Day Saints Church has been surveying Mormon ‘millennials’ on their views.

But even though it is about sexuality, the survey does not give young believers a chance to identify as gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The survey was sent to students by email at Brigham Young University, in Utah, and to members who attend a Young Single Adult Mormon congregation.

April 29, 2014

UK Independence Party representative in the European Parliament once tweeted: ‘Why is it ok for a surgeon to perform a sex change operation, but not ok for a psychiatrist to try to “turn” a consenting homosexual?'

People should be able to hate gay people like they do with different types of tea, according to a senior UK Independence Party politician.

Roger Helmer, a member of European parliament, has said some people find homosexuality ‘distasteful if not viscerally repugnant’.

April 28, 2014

A US navy communications specialist has spoken out to The Washington Post about being discharged for transitioning to being male – showing that part of the LGBTI community is still legally barred from serving in the US Armed Forces

Transgender sailor Landon Wilsonhas spoken out about being forcefully discharged by the US Navy after superiors discovered he had transitioned to be a male – showing that some LGBTI people still face legal discrimination in the US Armed Forces past the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

The US Defense Department still retains a policy that was set when being transgender was viewed as a form of mental illness and classes it as a ‘paraphilia.’