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June 10, 2015

'They didn’t even call me an ambulance'

A transgender musician who was brutally beaten at the Sydney pub while she was waiting to perform has inspired local residents to protest the venue.

Stephanie McCarthy, 43, was attacked by five men Friday (5 June) night at the Town Hall Hotel in the gay-friendly Newtown suburb.

'The most upsetting part was I knew this was coming,' she wrote on Facebook.

'Me and my band Love Maul were supposed to play at the Town Hall Hotel. I noticed there was a group of young men following me around yelling out "faggot."'

June 2, 2015

A world with no anti-gay laws, same-sex marriage, no ‘gay cures’ and the right to change your legal gender when you want

Will we ever see a world with marriage equality, the end to anti-trans violence and no LGBTI bullying in schools?

We will if the UN has anything to do with it.

A new report from the United Nations Human Rights Council makes a sweeping set of demands on every country on earth.

These aren’t suggestions but ‘obligations’, many of them to comply with international law.

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

'It's tough, members of the LGBT community face lots of discrimination in their lives, at work, at school... people are faced with violence in the streets'

Moscow police are holding 17 protestors after they attempted to release balloons in a IDAHOT celebration.

According to Reuters, approximately 50 people assembled today, 17 May, in a square outside a Moscow theater.

Before they could release balloons and a banner, crowd control police came up, in a bus, and pushed people in.

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 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

'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.

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 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 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.

April 6, 2015

'Schools should be places that allow students and staff to be free from homophobia, biphobia and transphobia'

The biggest union of teachers in the UK has called on the government to introduce mandatory same-sex relationships education in schools. 

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted yesterday (5 April)  to pass a resolution that will call on the government following May's general election to urge schools to 'tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia' in an effort to help 'create a positive climate of understanding' among students. 

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'. 

April 2, 2015

'I believe that the press can not be a vehicle of any kind of prejudice'

A Brazilian ESPN reporter shut down a football fan on live TV for using an anti-gay slur.

Gabriela Moreira stopped her report midway to tell off a Palmeiras supporter who she was interviewing in front of the Palestra Italia stadium.

Asked what he thought his team’s chances were against home side Sao Paolo, the young fan said they were going to 'beat those fags.'

Moreira looked visibly shocked by his answer, then gave this amazing response:

'Boy, I don’t know if you’ll win, but no to homophobia,' she said.

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 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

Three-year-olds to be taught gender equality
 

Italian schools encouraging children as young as three to be taught gender equality are being accused of turning kids gay.

A huge row has erupted as politicians and protestors have warned that it will confuse children about their sexual identity.

‘Game of Respect’ targets three to six year-olds in 45 schools in the Trieste region of northern Italy.

The game involves teachers educating young children to avoid sexist stereotypes and gender specific attitudes.