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March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 26, 2014

Pastor James David Manning is certain the suspect was 'motivated by pure and simple hate'

The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the anti-gay ATLAH World Missionary Church as a hate crime.

'That’s exactly what it is,'  ATLAH Pastor James David Manning said to the Daily News. 'It was motivated by pure and simple hate.'

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

March 3, 2014

New powerful documentary discovers homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and dealt with at soccer matches in the UK

Children are singing anti-gay hate chants at football matches, a documentary has discovered.

Channel 4 Dispatches has discovered that homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and catalogued by the authorities.

While often regarded by fans as ‘banter’, the Crown Prosecution Service - backed by the Football Association (FA) – have given out ‘robust’ new guidelines.

February 28, 2014

An 18-year-old teenager says his confidence is gone and utterly embarrassed after the attack

A British bisexual teen has spoken out after a brutal homophobic attack in Preston..

Richard Scott Kennedy, 18,  was on his own after a night out at the Evoke nightclub on 26 February, at around 3.30am.

The theatre student said he was violently assaulted by a group because of his sexuality, with the gang stomping on his face causing his teeth to go into his gums.

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 17, 2014

Sardinia's second pride event aims to promote LGBTI rights and equality in a region where sexual and gender minorities continue to face discrimination

After a successful first event in 2013, Sardinia Pride is due to be held for a second time, in the small city of Alghero during the week ending Saturday 28th June.

The first event attracted around 6,000 people, a number the organizers were not expecting in such a sparsely populated country.

'We started to hold demonstrations only in 2009,' organizer Massimo Mele told Gay Star Travel.

'They were called demonstrations against homophobia because we didn’t dare to call them pride.

February 16, 2014

Local activists hail the video to be a 'very large step' and a 'first in the whole history of Iran'

In a country where gay men risk execution for their sexual orientation, Googoosh, one of Iran's most famous singers, is believed to be the first to feature a same-sex (lesbian) couple in her music video for 'Behesht' (Heaven).

The video, which the singer posted to her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, proclaims: 'Freedom to Love for All!'

February 7, 2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.

February 4, 2014

In this touching speech, the performer discussed why certain actions can seem homophobic and their real-life ramifications

An Irish drag queen has given an inspiring speech on gay hate.

For anyone who has ever, or knows anyone who has ever, been called 'faggot', this is an incredible speech on oppression and speaking out.

Rory O'Neill, the drag performer, caused outrage last week when he used the word 'homophobe' to describe those who disagree with issues of gay rights on 11 January edition of 'The Saturday Night Show'.

February 4, 2014

Trio brutally beat and stabbed victim to death in country's far east region then put his body in a car they doused with gasoline and set on fire

Three men in Russia were found guilty on Monday (3 February) of brutally murdering a man because they thought he was gay.

They have been sentenced to between 9 and 12-and-a-half years in prison for the grisly crime which last took place last May in a village in the country's Kamchatka Region, according to RIA Novosti.

The victim, 29, was beaten and stabbed in the chest, face and neck.

February 3, 2014

In an effort to protect children from 'Western values', Moscow Helsinki Group says Vladimir Putin is not doing what is in best interest for children

Banning gay propaganda in Russia is harming children, a Russian human rights group has said.

Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest Russian human rights organization, has released a report on the situation of children in the country.

The report shows how Russia is disregarding the United Nations who believes countries must always act in best interest of the child.

But with the sharp rise in homophobia and anti-gay attacks in recent years, the MHG believes the quality of life for teens is at threat.

January 25, 2014

Proposed amendments to the controversial anti-gay law would remove the term ‘non-traditional’ but would ban the promotion of all sexual relations, gay or straight, to minors

Russian MPs from several political parties have submitted a proposal to amend the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, according to Queer Russia.

If the proposal is signed into law, it would ban the promotion of any sexual relations to underage children. Currently only the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations, such as same-sex partnerships, is forbidden.

January 22, 2014

Award winning author Binyavanga Wainaina has published the missing chapter of his debut memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, in which he acknowledges his homosexuality, to protest the passing of anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria

Famed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana has come out as gay to protest homophobia in Africa, publishing a missing chapter of his debut book One Day I Will Write About This Place in which he remembers telling his mother about his sexuality on her death bed.

Wainana shot to fame as an author internationally after the book was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey.

In the missing chapter, titled ‘I am a homosexual, mum,’ Wainana remembers sitting by his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying and he had still not told anyone about his sexual orientation.

January 22, 2014

Muslim educational expert claims he is not homophobic, despite saying he could never 'approve' of homosexuality

Global charity Oxfam has cancelled an event in London after learning the speaker called gay people ‘evil’.

Ibrahim Hewitt, a Palestinian speaker and former headteacher, had written a book for 15 to 16-year-old students describing homosexuality as a ‘great sin’.

He said in an Islamic state, homosexuality should be treated like pedophilia and incest.

In the book, Hewitt reportedly said: ‘[Homosexuality is an] evil practice which could corrupt and pollute the whole society.’

January 11, 2014

X Factor winner James Arthur continues to step away from calling rapper Mickey Worthless a 'fucking queer'

'fucking q***r'

British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.

While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.

'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

January 10, 2014

Another TV star coming out may be nothing new, but when she has had to overcome all the extra challenges Roberts has, it merits applause

While I will continue to argue the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it.

Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of African descent, in truth, black homophobia maims the entire community.

For example, to date more than a quarter of a million African Americans have died of AIDS – both straight and gay.

January 7, 2014

Reverend Donald MacInnes removed from chaplaincy at Glasgow school for calling homosexuality a ‘disorder’ on Facebook

A school chaplain was sacked after calling homosexuality a 'perversion' during a Facebook rant yesterday (6 January).

Reverend Donald MacInnes, a Church of Scotland minister originally from the Isle of Lewis, was removed from his post as chaplain at Glasgow Gaelic School after his tirade against gay marriage.

After parents noticed the comments and complained to Glasgow City Council, MacInnes was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards.

January 6, 2014

Following a rally held by supporters of Section 377, pro-LGBT activists have banded together to make form an alliance in the Indian city of Chennai

Indian Christians have protested demanding the law making gay sex criminal in the country is kept – but other Christians have come out to fight for LGBTI rights.

An estimated 150 Christians rallied in support of Section 377 – which makes gay sex illegal – at Marina Beach in Chennai, south east India, on Sunday (5 January).

The law was reinstated by the country's Supreme Court on 11 December, sparking protests around the world.

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.

November 20, 2013

Nigerian model and singer Miss saHHara remembers her transition and dreams of a better world as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

I am standing in front of the mirror looking at my reflection. Tears of joy trickle down my rouged cheek before going on stage.

I am in tears because I just can’t believe how realistic my dreams have become. I am a woman! Living my life freely. Accepted and respected for my achievements as a model and a performer.

November 18, 2013

‘It’s OK 2 be gay’ reads a handmade poster for one school’s weekly LGBT student group – it’s a world away from the days of Section 28 in England

Last Friday I was in a secondary school in Manchester, northwest England talking to a class of year nines (14 and 15-year-olds).

We talked about homophobia, coming out, faith and sexuality, hate crime and LGBT role models. The students had lots of questions and the discussion covered difficult issues, opinions and ideas.

As I stood at the front of the classroom I noticed a homemade poster for the school’s weekly LGBT group that meets every Wednesday lunchtime (see below).

November 17, 2013

The X Factor star apologised on Twitter after upsetting his fans, including Little Britain star Matt Lucas

British X Factor winner James Arthur has apologized for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter earlier in the week.


Arthur, who won the singing reality show last year, caused outrage after he attacked rapper Mike Worthless on the social network, calling him 'a fucking queer.'


November 11, 2013

To fight homophobia in sport and raise funds for a local HIV organization experiencing budget cuts, Barcelona’s Panthers don their speedos for the world to enjoy

A Spanish gay sport group got creative to fight homophobia in sport and raise money for a local HIV charity.

Barcelona’s gay swim team the Panthers decided to shoot a 2014 swimsuit calendar to help raise funds for BCN Checkpoint Centre, a local HIV testing, treatment and prevention center.

Group coordinator Mano Ventura told Gay Star Travel: ‘Checkpoint Centre does some great work with Barcelona’s gay community with regards to HIV treatment and prevention.