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April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

March 31, 2014

Five men reportedly raped a 20-year-old gay man in an abandoned house before setting the bed and the room on fire

South Africa police are investigating an anti-gay rape and arson case.

A 20-year-old from Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, was reportedly gang-raped in an empty housing development in Lerato Park. According to IOL News, the attackers then sit fire to the bed where they allegedly raped the young man.

March 24, 2014

Bosses immediately laid off the driver as a 'protective measure' to ensure no other gay couple is discriminated against

A French public bus driver sprayed water all over a young lesbian couple for kissing, and immediately got fired.

Transport authorities in the city of Nancy, northern France, said they had laid off a driver ‘as a protective measure’ after he admitted to attacking the couple.

The driver stopped in front of a high school to pick up students around 5.30pm on Friday (21 March).

As one of the girls kissed her girlfriend goodbye, the driver allegedly uncapped a bottle of water he had with him and threw it all over them.

March 6, 2014

Israeli prosecutors are considering charging the key witness in the Tel Aviv gay youth center shooting trial with perjury after their case against the main suspect collapsed

The key witness in the court case over the 2009 Tel Aviv mass shooting attack on the Bar Noar gay youth center may be charged with perjury, obstructing justice and fabricating evidence after the case against the main suspect in the attack collapsed.

Israeli prosecutors believe the case against suspect Hagai Felician will not be successful without the unnamed witness’ testimony and the witness has agreed to the cancellation of his state’s evidence agreement.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

February 14, 2014

Johnny Weir has spoken out how figure skating is viewed as feminine in the US, but masculine in Russia

Both gay and straight ice skaters have spoken out against the homophobic bullying they face in the sport.

As the world’s eye is on Russia and the anti-gay laws LGBTI people face there, some may look to figure skating as the gay oasis in a desert of homophobia.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

January 9, 2014

A 31-year-old man has been taken into custody by the authorities. He was already known to police. Gay Center: 'Italy is still a homophobic country'

Italian police have arrested a man suspected of murdering a gay activist discovered in a ditch.

Andrea Troisio, 31,  was taken into custody by the Roman police for the alleged murder of Daniele Fulli, 28, the gay man found dead on the banks of the Tiber river last Tuesday (7 January).

November 18, 2013

Gay pop star Will Young: 'It's clear from the shocking levels of self-harm and suicide among gay young people that we're failing an entire generation'

A new British school campaign has launched as 99% of gay teens reveal they have heard homophobic language.

Nearly every single young LGB person spoken to by gay campaigning charity Stonewall said they had heard phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ at school.

Polling by Mumsnet also shows 68% of parents are unaware of any school policies to tackle homophobic bullying and language.

Fronted by gay pop star Will Young, the new campaign is urging schools and students to tackle the derogatory use of the word gay.

November 11, 2013

The leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ which has been entrapping and humiliating young gay Russians on camera is reportedly on the run in Thailand after authorities began investigating him over an alleged racist attack in the Ukraine

Maxim Martsinkevich, the founder of the homophobic ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ Russian movement entrapping young gay men and then humiliating them on film is on the run in Thailand after authorities deemed a recent video he made to humiliate an Iraqi foreign student to be racist.

In the video Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, claims the Iraqi student believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex in an apartment in the Ukraine but instead he is confronted by Martsinkevich while taking a shower.

November 7, 2013

Gay deputy headteacher and pioneer in the fight against homophobic bullying is raising attention of the current state of British schools

The UK is being warned today gay teachers are still too afraid to reveal their sexuality as homophobic bullying is still too common in some schools.

Some teachers are told coming out as LGBTI would go against the school’s ethos, a small charitable organization has claimed.

October 20, 2013

Several MLB teams including the New York Yankees were critisised for showing support to bullied LGBT youth

Major League Baseball teams who showed their support to stop LGBT bullying on Spirit Day have been criticised by homophobic fans.

Several teams, including the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, changed their images on social media to include a purple border to to match the color of Spirit Day.

They also sent out a message on Twitter reading: 'Go purple for #SpiritDay 10/17! Support LGBT youth and stand against bullying. Join us now:'

September 11, 2013

Patrons of a gay bar say they have been victims of homophobic attacks in Cleveland, Ohio

A 13-year-old could face jail time after being arrested for a homophobic hate crime.

Customers of Cocktails bar in Cleveland, Ohio, have been the victims of two homophobic attacks in the space of less than one week.

Last week it was reported customer Jared Fox was attacked by a mob of 20 on 1 September.

He was taunted him with gay slurs and beaten up outside the bar just after midnight.

September 10, 2013

As many as one in 10 gay or bisexual men aged between 16 and 19 have tried to kill themselves

UK-based charity Stonewall have said more needs to be done to prevent suicide in gay and bisexual men.

In a study released last year, they found a staggering one in ten gay or bisexual men aged between 16 and 19 tried to kill themselves in 2011.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the study reveals horrifying statistics which becomes far worse when considering young people. 

‘The results of the study are obviously shocking’ a spokesperson from Stonewall told Gay Star News.

August 17, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn calls the suspects in the latest anti-gay hate crime in New York City 'cowardly individuals'

Two gay men were punched and kicked in New York City's historically gay neighborhood Chelsea.

Michael Felenchak and his partner, Peter Notman, were walking away from a movie theater early 14 August (Wednesday). They were arm and arm, when the suspects approached them.

'What are you looking at, faggot,' one of the suspects said, as reported by the website DNAInfo.

August 14, 2013

America’s peak body representing legal professionals has approved a resolution against the use of so-called homosexual or transgender provocation defenses at its annual meeting

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates has voted to approve a resolution against the use of so-called homosexual provocation or transgender provocation defenses in criminal trials – also known as the gay-panic defense.

August 4, 2013

Politicians and activists held a memorial this weekend for the 2009 shooting at Bar Noar gay youth center that left two dead and a dozen injured

Community leaders held a memorial service marking the fourth anniversary of a brutal attack on a Tel Aviv gay youth center.

The memorial was held in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park to honor the deaths of 26-year-old Nir Katz and 17-year-old Liz Trubeshi, who were shot and killed in 2009 when a masked gunman entered Tel Aviv’s Bar Noar gay youth center and unleashed rounds of gunfire onto children and counsellors.

A dozen others were seriously injured in an attack Israel Channel 10 TV called a ‘bloodbath’.

June 27, 2013

Petar Stojkovikj, a famous actor and celebrity, has become the latest victim of attacks targeting Macedonia's LGBT community

An angry mob has surrounded the home of a famous Macedonian gay TV star, shouting abuse and hurling objects at the house, where he lives with sick, old mother.

The actor, called Petar Stojkovikj, is the latest victim of attacks targeting members of Macedonia’s gay community, including throwing bricks and stones at the local LGBT center, and sending death threats to one of its key advocates, Bekim Asani.

June 15, 2013

Officers of the Gay Police Association of Scotland have launched an 'It gets better' video, coinciding with their participation in Pride Scotia

The Gay Police Association of Scotland (GPA) launched today (15 June) a video featuring police officers and police staff from across the country discussing what it was like for them growing up as gay, lesbian or transgender.

Officers give a frank and candid accounts of their experiences including their perceptions of gay people, coming out to family members and friends and how their lives have changed since then.

May 22, 2013

Latest attacks occur in the hours after rally decrying murder of gay man in Greenwich Village

Two more anti-gay attacks were reported in New York City in the hours after about 1,500 people attended a rally Monday night (20 May) in the streets of Greenwich Village where a gay man was gunned down over the weekend.

This brings the number of anti-gay attacks in New York City during the past 30 days to seven including the murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson who was shot in the head Saturday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference Tuesday (21 May) called the murder of Carson 'despicable.'

May 19, 2013

A rally will be held at New York’s LGBT community center at 5:30 pm on 20 May in honor of Mark Carson

New York’s LGBT Community Center will host a rally in honor of Mark Carson, who was shot dead late Friday night in an anti-gay attack.

32 year-old Carson was shot at point-blank range on the street in Greenwhich Village. His attackers reportedly shouted homophobic slurs at Carson before shooting him in the face and fleeing the scene.

May 11, 2013

Police are on the lookout for three more suspects after two were arrested in the second NY gay bashing in five days 

The New York Police Department is looking for suspects in the second gay bashing case in one week.

Two gay men were taken to Bellevue Hospital early Friday morning where one had to have eye surgery after they were brutally beaten for being gay.

According to CBS2 New York, the victims aged 27 and 37 were leaving an after-hours club when a group of five men started yelling homophobic slurs at them on the street before brutally attacking them.

May 3, 2013

Tammy Franks says South Australia should follow Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia and abolish 'archaic law with dangerous consequences'

Greens lawmaker Tammy Franks is campaigning to end the 'gay panic' defense in South Australia.

The 'gay panic' law can be used to reduce a murder sentence to manslaughter if the defendant proves they were prompted by a same-sex sexual advance.

'It is an archaic law with dangerous consequences that sends all the wrong messages in the year 2013,' said Franks, who is a Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) in the state of South Australia.

'What the existing law does is effectively suggest that homophobia is okay,' said Franks.

April 29, 2013

New plaque ordered for St Anne’s Gardens to remember three killed in Soho blast of 1999. Not clear if the previous memorial was lost, thrown away or stolen

A plaque to the victims of the nail bombing at the gay Admiral Duncan pub in London has gone missing.

The memorial is dedicated to Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nick Moore who died in the blast on 30 April 1999.

It is believed the plaque could have been thrown away, stored for safekeeping or even stolen for its scrap metal value.

Westminster City Council has rushed to buy a replacement memorial which will be concreted into place tomorrow when people will gather for two minutes silence to remember the 14th anniversary of the attack.