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May 23, 2015

About 20 men disrupted an IDAHOT event last week shouting threats over the fence before breaking the lock on the gate and breaking through a door to enter the cafe

Transgender Europe (TGEU), a transgender advocacy group, has condemned the actions of the local police and anti-gay protesters who disrupted and threatened participants at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last week.

May 21, 2015

Trans players wanted to play on their preferred team of males or females

The University of Nottingham has cancelled the Football v Homophobia Tournament after being accused of transphobia.

Trans players had wanted to play in the amateur tournament in teams of their gender, not the one they were assigned at birth.

But because of Football Association rules, they only allow trans players to do this if they have undertaken gender therapy. They must also disclose their medical information in the interests of 'fairness and safety'.

May 19, 2015

'[Ashers Baking Company] are not a religious organization. They are a business for profit. There are no exceptions available.'

A Christian baking company in Northern Ireland was justified in refusing to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake, a court has ruled today (19 May).

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty of discrimination after declining an order from a gay rights activist last May.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage, and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

May 17, 2015

A homophobic thug threw a gas canister at the back of the former teacher's head

A Russian gay man was brutally attacked during an IDAHOT protest earlier today (17 May).

Alexander Ermoshkin, along with several others, attempted to hold a 'Rainbow Over Cupid' event. They were hoping to release a rainbow of balloons over the city of Khabarovsk to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

But as soon as they were preparing to fill the balloons, two males approached the group from behind.

Grabbing one of the gas canisters, they bashed Ermoshkin on the back of his head. He fell immediately to the ground, unconscious.

May 17, 2015

Brett Lee says that he has no doubt that there are professional level cricketers who are gay but he fears they feel they still need to hide their sexuality

Australian cricket legend Brett Lee has used the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) to express his concern that no top level cricketer in Australia has felt comfortable to come out as gay yet.

May 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 15, 2015

#IDAHOT

A crowd of Londoners have just created a human rainbow along the Thames to celebrate and push for equality.

Dozens of eager volunteers put on their T-shirts and tops in varying colors in order to raise awareness of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia  and Transphobia (IDAHOT, or IDAHOBiT) on 17 May.

Organized by Stonewall, it was intended to kick off the pro-LGBTI events that will be held around the world from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan.

May 15, 2015

Charge relates to two women who said they were upset after receiving the homophobic pamphlets

A British monk has been charged with the harassment of two women after he allegedly posted a homophobic leaflet in their mailboxes.

Damon Jonah Kelly, 53, from Northamptonshire, will appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court on 18 May.

Northampton Police confirmed the charge relates to two incidents in Edward Road, Leicester on 15 October and 29 October 2014.

The two women, who were subjected to comments after a letter was sent to them, say the content of the leaflet caused them anxiety and distress.

May 11, 2015

As IDAHOT approaches, Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara reflects on the past, present and future of homophobia in his country

I am a gay man from an endemic homophobic nation - Uganda.

In order to 'fit' in society, I had to conceal my sexuality from a very young age. There's a lot of stigma in the general population, often characterised by familial rejection, violence, blackmail, mental torture, physical torture. Therefore, I work for the social justice and liberation of the LGBTI community in my country.

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 11, 2015

'We are now walking targets. Our lives are at risk'

Kenya's 'top homos' are fearing for their lives after a newspaper published their names and pictures on its front page today (11 May).

Citizen Weekly has exposed 12 LGBTI activists and leaders. Several were previously in the closet.

While some are known internationally as proud spokespeople for the community, others include a senator and a gospel singer.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 11, 2015

Rapper used the word 'faggot' 213 times on debut album

Tyler, The Creator has designed a gay pride T-shirt for his Golf Wang clothing label with a rainbow White Pride World Wide logo emblazoned across the front.

The Odd Future rapper, 24, used the the anti-gay slur 'faggot' 213 times on his 2011 debut album Goblin, a term he claims is 'just another word.'

May 7, 2015

One nurse allegedly told her 'Sorry, we’re not equipped to deal with LGBTQ people here.'

A Canadian trans woman has talked about repeatedly experiencing transphobia from health professionals.

Jessica Dempsey, from Halifax, told CBC of several instances where she faced transphobic discrimination in the hospital system throughout Halifax – including threats from a doctor at a mental health unit.

Between November 2014 and January 2015 Dempsey attempted to take her own life on several occasions; she told CBC these suicide attempts were a consequence of the abuse she had received since her transition in 2012.

May 5, 2015

'Any head teacher who teaches my children it’s alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun'

Teachers in parts of the UK with large Muslim populations are receiving threats for teaching about homophobia.

Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference in Liverpool Sunday (3 May), one teacher said she had been sent a death threat on Facebook. 

'Any head teacher who teaches my children it’s alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun,' it read.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park School in Birmingham, said the Trojan Horse scandal had not gone away.

April 27, 2015

'It was so aggressive and intimating'

Markus Feehily has revealed he was once forced to flee a pub in Dublin after he was subjected to anti-gay abuse.

The Former Westlife singer said it was it was the first experience of homophobia, which he described as 'intimidating' and 'upsetting.'

'A man asked to take a picture of me, then four of his friends crowded round yelling, "What the fuck are you doing? Why are you having a photo with him, you gay? You queer!" he told the Sun newspaper.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 21, 2015

British political party pledges to review gender identity law, tackle homophobic bullying and deliver 'Turing's Law'

Labour has revealed their manifesto specifically for LGBTI issues today (21 April).

In the list of pledges, the left-leaning British political party says they are determined to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and undertake a review of gender identity law.

They will appoint an international envoy for LGBTI rights and also ensure asylum procedures are fair to people fleeing persecution based on sexuality or gender identity.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 18, 2015

'Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,' the judge said as she rejected the prosecutors' claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men

Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail on Friday with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet in a nature reserve in November 2013.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 15, 2015

Apple's voice-activated assistant refuses to discuss anything gay

Siri learned to speak Russian earlier this year but it seems Apple's voice-activated assistant learned more than just the language from the notoriously anti-gay country.

A Russian-speaking Londoner has accused Siri of homophobia in a video to YouTube – in which the assistant outright refuses to discuss anything gay.

'Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands,' the female voice says when the word 'gay' is mentioned.

When asked about gay marriage, the Siri says, 'Alex, you are so rude!'

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 13, 2015

Mihaela Rădulescu's blog post compares homosexuality to terrorism, asks for LGBTI events to be quenched

One of the judges of Romania’s Got Talent has been accused of starting a hate campaign against LGBTI people.

Mihaela Rădulescu uploaded a homophobic post to her weblog in which she calls the LGBTI community, and gay men in particular, abnormal and a threat to family values.

She also compares being gay to being a terrorist, calls for public LGBTI events to be quenched – and asks same-sex couples to refrain from public displays of affection.