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January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 21, 2015

Recent murder of a transgender woman is blamed on state and police apathy

Transgender activists in the Indian city of Hyderabad have called for a panel similar to the Human Rights Commission, citing a rise in anti-trans violence in Telangana state.

The Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) collective made the demand on Monday (19 January) after the murder of one of their sisters.

Pavallika, 25, was found dead on a construction site in the early hours of Saturday (17 January) morning.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 20, 2015

Openly gay director says men on the DL are 'killing African-American women'

Openly gay director Lee Daniels has said he wants to 'blow the lid off' homophobia in the African-American community in his new TV series Empire.

The Oscar-winning director of Precious said he was frightened by his own father's hostility towards homosexuality and the same attitude was depicted in the lead character's relationship with his gay son.

'Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL,' he said at a press conference on Saturday (17 January).

January 20, 2015

Parodied a LGBTI campaign by the University of Bristol

UK university students are believed to have put up a poaster claiming that trans people rape women every nine minutes.

Posted at the University of Bristol, the sexist and transphobic poster was put up near the Wills Memorial Building toilets.

It is attributed to ‘MENZ+ Society’, a group that does not exist at the University of Bristol.

'Women, if a man tries to enter a womens' bathroom please take these simple steps:' it reads.

'1. Kindly ignore the fact that men including transgender males rape women every nine minutes.

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

January 10, 2015

Entitled to express homophobic views but 'Gay Rights? Under God's law the only rights gays have is the right to die' bumper sticker goes too far, says Tribunal

It is a complex case that played out over almost 10 years as the case, which originated in 2005, bounced between courts and a tribunal.

In December 2014, Ron Owen, a gun lobbyist and former council member of Cooloola Shire in Queensland was found to have broken the state's anti-discrimination laws following an eight-year legal battle over comments he made about homosexuality.

Three local lesbian and bisexual women had lodged a complaint with the Tribunal in 2005.

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

December 19, 2014

This Liverpool mayor candidate also quotes Bible scripture to attack the UK soccer club, and gets it wrong

Liverpool football club is cursed by God for 'promoting' homosexuality, a far-right politician has claimed.

Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate and current English Democrat, has claimed the soccer team is on a losing streak for supporting local Pride events.

'From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. Lev.18.23,' he posted on Facebook this week.

'In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse.'

December 19, 2014

Police are looking to question her

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of the person they believe went on a 'pro-longed', homophobic rant on the London underground.

Detectives say the woman abused a 23-year-old man on a Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Northwood stations on the evening of 14 November.

The man was then followed off the train to the station exit.

December 19, 2014

Trailblazing activists reach out to queer community in Southeastern Europe

It has been called the most anti-gay country in Europe – after last year's European Social Survey (ESS) indicated that over 53% of people there opposed homosexuality.

However, a gay rights group in Albania has broken boundaries by opening the first LGBTI shelter in the country.

The project, founded by queer gay rights groups Alenaca LGBT and ProLGBT, will help queer victims of violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

December 13, 2014

36 elementary schools in the UK will teach their students about gay and lesbian rights and stamp out anti-gay language

36 UK schools have vowed to stamp out homophobia in schools, by signing up to a scheme to teach their pupils about LGBTI values.

The group of elementary schools in and around Birmingham, UK have pledged to stamp out homophobic bullying with a new range of teaching materials called CHIPS - Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

The CHIPS programme is used in 36 elementary schools and was created by Andrew Moffat, who authored a series of books used as resources to teach children about the LGBTI community.

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 10, 2014

Activists are 'concerned' after a report finds only 33 anti-trans attacks in 2013

One in five hate crimes committed in the US last year were motivated by anti-gay bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The agency's annual hate crime report released on Monday (8 December) found that 20.8% of the 5,928 reported single bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, second only to race at 48.5%.

Of these, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay male bias.

Gender identity was also added to the list of bias categories for the first time this year.

December 8, 2014

'Fag free zone,' 'White power,' 'Fags die, God laughs'

A gay couple has reported a homophobic vandal attack on their house and car in Alaska, several weeks after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

Adam Jacobson found frozen soup inside their mailbox, egg shells on their porch and three half-empty pickle jars strewn about their backyard after arriving at their home in Anchorage early Saturday morning (6 December).

He dismissed the food as a prank until his husband found on their car a collage of anti-gay signs and drawings containing homophobic, racist and religious language as well as a Nazi swastika.

December 3, 2014

Victim's mother and others believe he was murdered because he was gay and his killer wasn’t sure if he wanted to be

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, another shooting death on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, has gotten scant attention beyond the local news.

The victim was a 22-year-old gay, black man named Dionte Greene.

Greene was shot in the face while sitting in the front seat of his car, the engine still running, on the morning of Halloween.

November 26, 2014

'Corrective rape' is common in the country

A South African man will spend the next 30 years in jail for murdering a lesbian then raping her dead body with a toilet brush.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday (25 November) to both charges at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecution described how he killed Duduzile Zozo, 26, after she refused his advances.

November 26, 2014

There have been 300 violent homophobic attacks in London alone from January to October this year alone

Recorded instances of violent homophobic crimes have risen in the UK this year, according to new figures.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police in 2014, including more than 300 in London alone.

Gay rights charities believe LGBTI people feel more encouraged to speak out if they have been victims of hate crime.

Some of the UK's biggest police forces reported the following to Press Association:

November 24, 2014

Don't talk dirty to me

A London university has banned a rapper and youth speaker who has called homosexuality a 'disease'.

Imran ibn Mansur, 24, was today banned from appearing at the University of East London.

The Islamic Society invited the young preacher to speak at an event planned for this week. But when the university was made aware, they said they could not have a person who believes being gay is 'obscene, filthy and shameless'.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 19, 2014

African country arrests five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 13, 2014

Label says the anti-gay slur was ‘used in a musical sense'

Korean rapper Zico has apologized for using a homophobic slur in his debut solo single, which topped several digital music charts on the day of its release (7 November).

The member of boyband Block B rhymes several lines of Tough Cookie in English, including the last line of the following lyrics:

'Rappers these days don't have the skills so they all have a snapback fetish, You’re such a faggot bitch’

After a backlash from Kpop fans, Zico, 22, issued an apology through his record label Seven Seasons.