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March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 24, 2015

LGBTI children in schools across the UK will benefit from a £2 million charity investment, awarded to anti-bullying initiatives

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying may one day be a distant memory, thanks to a £2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) grant awarded by the UK government today (24 March).

The money is going to eight charitable and not-for-profit organisations to help them stamp out bullying in Britain's schools, following a consultation process started in October 2014.

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 10, 2015

Gay British singer has opened up about the homophobia he faced growing up

British singer Sam Smith has said he was called 'faggot' all the time at school.

Opening up about growing up gay, he has revealed he received a huge amount of homophobic abuse both verbal and physical.

‘The toughest time for me was my first year in secondary school when I hadn’t come out as gay. It was actually the denying of being gay that was getting me bullied,’ he told The Sun.

‘I remember walking to the station getting "faggot" shouted at me all the time,’ he added.

March 9, 2015

Horrific video appears on social media

An angry mob stoned a young, allegedly gay man to death in Jamaica and filmed themselves hurling rocks at his head.

The video of the murder of the alleged gay youth, believed to be aged around 19 to 21, has gone viral on social media after being posted last week.

It shows the young man dressed effeminately with long hair, appearing to be tied up in ropes or wire, laying in a pool of his own blood. A large stone is thrown at the boy's head, blood gushes out.

It's not clear whether he is still alive or conscious as the rocks break his skull.

March 6, 2015

'By your attendance at the ceremony, you are agreeing ... I just wouldn't go'

Anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson has advised parents seeking his guidance to skip their gay child's upcoming wedding.

The longtime host of TV's The 700 Club said this week the child's 'conduct is splitting your marriage. Be a unit. I would say don't go.'

The mother had written in saying she and her husband were split by the issue with one feeling they should attend and the other believing it would send a message that they approve of homosexuality.

Robertson sided with with the disapproving parent.

March 6, 2015

International community begged to help stop brutality in Syria

Gay rights activists in Syria have alleged they have been told 'they're not worth saving' from ISIS.

Nour, a gay man, lives near to where Islamic extremists are throwing gay men off buildings and then, if they survive, encouraging others to stone them to death.

During an interview with CNN, Nour alleged he and others have tried to reach out to international groups but have been told they are not a 'priority'.

March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

March 2, 2015

High school students found their victim on a dating site

Four teens have been charged with an anti-gay attack on a 63-year-old man in northeastern France.

The assault took place at around 7.40pm on 2 February in a parking lot in Nancy.

The victim went there expecting a rendez-vous with a young man he met on a dating site but instead walked straight into an ambush.

The four boys beat him with an iron bar and stole his mobile phone and car.

The attackers, aged 15 to 17, attend the same high school. They admitted to the crime but denied any homophobic intent.

February 28, 2015

Images have been released of yet another gay men being flung off a building and stoned to death by a crowd in Syria

Images have surfaced of a blindfolded man falling to his death for being gay.

They show a blindfolded man, with his hands and legs bound, being thrown off the top of a tall building and then stoned by a crowd below.

Reportedly, this took place in the Syrian town of Raqqa and was carried out by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

February 26, 2015

Two men pushed the students to the ground then kneed and kicked them

A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.

Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started 'firing homophobic slurs' at the couple.

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

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

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

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.