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February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.

February 22, 2015

The group says they targeted ANZ Bank's GAYTM to protest the company’s 'pinkwashing', 'commercialization' of the Auckland Pride Festival and treatment of their workers

What is thought to be a homophobic attack on an 'GAYTM' which was installed on Ponsonby Road by ANZ Bank to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival this month may not be homophobic after all.

The GAYTM was reportedly vandalized on Thursday night.

ANZ New Zealand twitted a photo early on Friday morning saying, 'We were sad to see our NZ-designed #gaytmnz has been vandalised overnight. Clean up is in progress.'

Many expressed their objection and disgust at the vandalism online calling it 'shocking, intolerant, disappointing.'

February 22, 2015

Jamaican singer Queen Ifrica says reggae singers use homophobic lyrics to get cheers and applause from audiences

A Jamaican reggae singer has defended her use of anti-gay lyrics in her music, saying she uses them to get applause and cheers from the audience.

Ventrice Morgan, who goes by the stage name of Queen Ifrica, says such lyrics are only about getting a reaction from the crowd and not about inciting violence or hatred.

‘A lot of these artists who were using homophobic lyrics, were never about inciting violence,’ she says.

‘It was about getting a forward – an applause – from the crowd.'

February 21, 2015

Physical and verbal homophobic attacks against gay men on the rise as Ireland prepares to vote on marriage equality in referendum in May

As public debates heat up ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum to be held on May 22, LGBT people are being warned to take safety precautions when meeting strangers they have only ‘met’ online.

The Irish Examiner reported this week that a series of reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victim have surfaced.

February 16, 2015

UK's campaigning charity says it will now fight for the rights of all members of the LGBT community

Stonewall will now fight for trans rights in the UK.

The UK campaigning charity, who has fought for gay men, gay women and bisexuals for 25 years, will now include trans people in their human rights work.

Following discussions with over 700 trans people over what direction the charity should take, Stonewall has decided to extend its remit and campaign for trans equality.

February 16, 2015

Young LGBTI people react to homophobia

A video of gay and lesbian people reading out and responding to homophobic tweets has been published today (16 February).

The footage, of seven young Colombians reading out abusive messages posted on Twitter, aims to promote a new documentary about the lives of LGBTI people living in the country.

'If I had a son and found out he was gay I would make him fuck prostitutes until he likes pussy,' one man reads from a message posted on Twitter.

'I hope you never have a son,' he tells the camera frankly.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 13, 2015

State media attacks the openly gay chair of a human rights report on the hermit kingdom

North Korea has gone on another homophobic rant against the openly gay chair of a 2013 report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record.

The Korean Central News Agency last month published an editorial demanding the US retract and apologize for the UN Commission Of Inquiry.

It claimed that a North Korean defector gave false testimony and the report 'is now being ridiculed and censured by the international community.'

February 13, 2015

Youth support organization minus18's campaign gives homophobes a taste of their own medicine

An Australian youth organization has revisited their popular campaign to fight casual homo-, bi- and transphobia.

Minus18, Australia’s largest youth-led LGBTI organization, originally launched the Another Perspective campaign in 2010.

It was written, created and designed entirely by the teens at Minus18.

Another Perspective features five posters turning casual homophobic quotes on their head and showing them from another perspective, highlighting how it affects LGBTI teens.

February 11, 2015

She also claims gay men are far more misogynistic than straight men

Azealia Banks has defended her repeated use of the word 'faggot', claiming it comes from a 'feminist' point of view.

During an interview with QutQ's Xorje Olivares on Sirius XM, the bisexual rapper said she would continue to keep using the homophobic slur. 

'When I use the word "faggot", it comes from a feminist point of view,' she told the radio host.

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

February 9, 2015

Bulgarian law does not consider homophobic motives as hate crime - they are acts of hooliganism 

Bulgaria’s efforts to investigate and prosecute hate crime are deemed a failure in a report Amnesty International published today (9 February).

According to the report, the lack of adequate investigation and prosecution created a climate of discrimination, fear and ultimately violence. Some victims of hate crime do not dare to report their experiences to the police because they fear further discrimination.

February 9, 2015

New survey reveals how many teachers feel unable to come out and stay safe

A shocking number of LGBTI teachers have suffered homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school.

Union NASUWT has found more than half of its members in attendance were discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity during their teaching career.

Nearly a quarter said they felt they needed to stay closeted, with only a third saying they felt they could be out and safe at school.

February 6, 2015

'Do gay men get a pass to say misogynist things because they like dick?'

Azealia Banks has argued that she should be allowed to use the word faggot because gay men often refer to women as bitches.

Her latest social media musings comes after the bisexual rapper slammed the 'evil' gay white media earlier this week following a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

'You gay bloggers try waving the homophobia flag at me like women are not the original source of all things fabulous,' she tweeted at Vice editor Mitch Sunderland.

February 5, 2015

'Even if I am a homophobe, so what? I still make more money than you'

Azealia Banks has slammed the 'evil' gay white media after a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

The bisexual rapper made the comments after a heated row over the weekend with Vice editor Mitch Sunderland, who questioned her use of the word twink.

'even if i am a homophobe… so wat? [sic] i still make more $ than you.. still have an extra hole.. and still own everything,' she wrote.

February 4, 2015

Also calls it a 'crime against God'

An Italian archbishop has attacked a law banning anti-gay speech, describing it as a 'crime against humanity'.

Luigi Negri, the archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, has taken issue with a law the country has enacted to protect LGBTI people from hate crime.

He has also blamed the country's economic crisis on abortions, claiming that it has 'stopped more than six milllion Italians coming into the world'. Italy actually has the fourth lowest abortion rate in Europe, with just over 100,000 in 2012.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

February 2, 2015

York City FC will host a Football v Homophobia match

York City FC is giving out dozens of free tickets to LGBTI fans to fight against homophobia in the soccer.

The northern English city club is giving out 100 tickets for their second Football v Homophobia match on 14 February as part of the Month of Action.

Lou Englefield, director of Pride Sports, said York City FC’s initiative to tackle homophobia and welcome LGBTI people into their club had been fantastic.

He said: ‘They have raised the profile of football within the LGBT community and shown their city that everyone has a place in the game.’

January 29, 2015

'Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no'

Australian feminist pioneer Germaine Greer stunned members of Cambridge University's student union on Monday (26 January) evening with a vitriolic anti-trans rant.

The renowned academic said she did not think there was such a thing as transphobia and sex reassignment surgery was 'unethical.'

'Women are 51% of the world’s population and [now I’ve been told] I’ve got to worry about transphobia,' she said.

'I didn’t know there was such a thing. Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no.'

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).