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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

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 13, 2015

'And no white person can do anything about it'

The Gambia's notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to slit the throats of gay men in the small West African nation and said there was nothing the West could do to stop him.

The dictator, who seized power in a bloody coup in 1994, made the inflammatory comments last week during a stop on a nationwide agricultural tour.

VICE News obtained a translation of Jammeh's speech, which was about fostering a healthy atmosphere for the country's youth.

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 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 29, 2015

Shade comes from reading. Reading came first. Gay Star News reviews the landmark documentary about the New York City ballroom scene in the 1980s.

It was an excited, sold-out crowd that assembled in London's Cinema Museum for a screening and discussion of Paris Is Burning – a 1990 documentary from Jennie Livingston.

Documenting the ball culture in New York in the 1980s, this is a revealing observation of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the United States at that time.

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 22, 2015

But the British songwriter's label has immediately pulled it from YouTube

Ed Sheeran has called a rapper 'faggoty' in a new video.

The five minute film featured the singer in a 'freestyle rap battle' with fellow artist Devlin.

When the artist's record label was contacted, the video was immediately pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

The clip features the British singer clutching a pint of beer, and is thought to date back to the end of 2011.

'Yo, I freestyle to the faggoty man,' he raps. 'I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay.'

April 21, 2015

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network's ratings grow in the time period.

April 21, 2015

New books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile show our past struggles and a path to future victory

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that ‘the gay agenda’ was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America on LGBT issues. Much of its outlook was basic common sense and PR.

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 19, 2015

'Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down'

District officials are investigating claims a group of high school students harassed peers during last week's Day of Silence.

On Friday,17 April, parents and students contacted Channel 11 News (WPXI-TV) voicing concerns about a group of students from McGuffey High School in Washington County, located near Pittsburgh.

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

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

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 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

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.