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October 25, 2013

A boy carried a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his Vancouver, Washington school claiming he was hearing 'voices in his head'

An 11-year-old boy planned to shoot a classmate for calling a friend ‘gay’.

He had taken a semi-automatic .22 caliber handgun with 400 rounds of ammunition to his school in Vancouver, Washington.

Police say the boy had heard voices telling him to shoot another student, and then turn the gun on himself.

The boy is facing charges of attempted assault and is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

September 9, 2013

The Family Court of Australia allows 16-year-old transgender boy and girl to commence gender reassignment with the support of their parents

Australian Family Court Justice Peter Murphy has allowed two Australian transgender teens to begin stage one and two gender reassignment treatments with the support of their parents.

‘Terry,’ 16, who was born female but identifies as male, will begin receiving large doses of testosterone to induce male puberty, while ‘Sam,’ also 16, who was born male but identifies as female, will begin receiving large doses of oestrogen to induce female puberty.

June 5, 2013

Who will adopt the millions of orphans worldwide who are already here, not perfect, and need us? Could lesbian and gay parents be the answer?

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ goes the old saying. When there is a problem or an issue in play, a creative solution is often about to be realized. This point is nowhere more valid than in the area of LGBT couples having children and starting families.

January 3, 2013

When a new baby is born, now the parents are indicated as 'partners' instead of 'mom' and 'dad'

A hospital in Padua, in northern Italy's Veneto region, has started to write on new parents’ bracelets ‘partner’ instead of ‘mom’ and ‘dad’.

The new move was requested by a lesbian couple who gave birth to a baby on New Year’s Eve, following an In Vitro Fertilisation abroad.

The two mothers would not accept a bracelet indicating one of them as a ‘dad’.

The Padua hospital, like all the hospitals in Italy, provides the bracelets when a new baby is born.

December 6, 2012

Josh Pacheco left goodbye message on Facebook page quoting Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

The parents of a 17-year-old gay high school student have gone public about their son's suicide last month and believe anti-gay bullying may have been a factor in his decision to end his life.

Josh Pacheco was a junior at Linden High School in Fenton, Michigan. On 27 November, he posted a message on his Facebook page quoting Bilbo Baggins from J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: 'I regret to announce that this is the end. I'm going now, I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye.'

October 2, 2012

Jack Mackenroth says Volttage.com is 'much more than a hookup site'

Jack Mackenroth, the first openly HIV-positive contestant in the history of the reality show competition Project Runway, has launched a social networking site for HIV positive men.

Mackenroth describes Volttage.com is 'much more than a hookup site' although it certainly offers the possibility of romantic encounters for members.

September 10, 2012

Celebrities record messages of hope similar to the It Gets Better campaign

A project offering a sense of community and acceptance to LGBT youth in Japan was launched today for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Loosely translated as Connected Heart School, the project’s website features videos of celebrities giving messages of hope to young people, similar to the prolific It Gets Better campaign started in the US in 2010.

August 21, 2012

Father denied leadership position at Canadian breastfeeding support group 

Canadian breastfeeding advocates and parenting experts are showing support for a transgender man who was refused a leadership role at a motherhood support group.

Trevor MacDonald (MacDonald is a pseudonym), 27, from Winnipeg, has been nursing his infant son for 16 months, but was told by La Leche League Canada (LLLC) that he cannot lead support circles or serve as a breastfeeding coach because he identifies as a man, which goes against the organization's definition of motherhood.

August 9, 2012

Leading British charity Action for Children to back key adopters and foster carers event next year

Action for Children has been chosen as one of the main sponsors of Britain’s second ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week.

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, which will run from 4 to 10 March next year, is a national campaign run by New Family Social, the UK charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adopters and foster carers.

The week aims to find more families from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to change the lives of children currently in care.

July 25, 2012

His character will be carrying on a secret heterosexual affair

Kellan Lutz, best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga film series, is next set to play a secretly straight man living in a world where homosexuality is the norm.

In Love is All You need?, Lutz will play is an aspiring journalist who falls in love with a female star quarterback. Their relationship is initially kept secret but they are eventually outed and become the targets of bullies.

July 24, 2012

Queenslanders for Equality launched in response to the state government’s repeal of same-sex couples rights

LGBT activists in the state of Queensland, Australia, launched a new campaign group on Sunday to counter the reduction of their rights by the Liberal National Party (LNP) government.

Queenslanders for Equality will tackle the roll-back of rights for LGBT people in the state since the LNP took power in March this year.

July 18, 2012

Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Auckland who conducted the country’s first study into the needs of older LGBTs in aged care found staff feel other residents’ homophobia is the biggest issue they deal with

University of Auckland researchers have conducted the country’s first research examining the views and experiences of staff caring for older LGBTs in residential aged care facilities and retirement homes.

Findings reveal that staff believed sexual orientation had little influence on their ability to care for residents, but found dealing with homophobic attitudes and behavior by other residents a particular challenge.

But most staff also felt that community organizations that advocate on behalf of older LGBTs were a valuable resource to draw on.

July 6, 2012

New site allows you to rate gay men on relative hotness

If you’re feeling like confidence in your physical attractiveness could use a boost, this new website might help, or not.

On Gaystagram, created by 23-year-old Pedro Duarte, you can rate the relative attractiveness of gay men.

It's a similar concept to that of early-2000s internet sensation HotorNot.com.

Users submit self-portraits taken on hipster photography app Instagram, by tagging them with #gaystagram.

June 27, 2012

Gay couples included in new paid parental leave legislation

Australia’s welfare system recognised today that same-sex couples need as much support as straight couples when a new child arrives.

Legislation narrowly passed by the house of representatives will make 'Dad and Partner Pay' - two weeks paid leave at the minimum wage - available to the partners of birth mothers or the ‘primary care giver’ in the case of adoption.

Since January 2011, birth mothers and primary care givers have got 18 weeks paid parental leave in Australia. The change in law for fathers and partners will come into effect in January 2013.

June 26, 2012

Ep50! Our Golden Jubilee Episode! This week we talk to Warhol Superstar Penny Arcade about her show in London.

Ep50! Our Golden Jubilee Episode! This week we talk to Warhol Superstar Penny Arcade about her show in London.

Also find out about CLASP, a new LGBT initiative in Camden, we start our campaign to have gay WWII codebreaker Alan turning honoured on a 9 bob note. 

Plus when Baylen met Carrie Underwood, Lucio goes sailing, and Amy entertains in Colchester. All that, plus news from GayStarNews.

April 24, 2012

'Our mission does not include teaching young people about sex or sexual orientation'

The Boys Scouts of America on Tuesday (24 April) reaffirmed its ban on gay and lesbian leaders by refusing to meet with Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom removed as den leader of her son's scout troop because she is a lesbian.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reached out to the Boy Scouts this week with an offer to facilitate meeting between BSA and Tyrrell but the organization refused.

March 5, 2012

Feuding lesbians in Florida spark global debate on motherhood

A lesbian who took the biological daughter of her partner to Australia has sparked a global debate on the question of motherhood and egg donors.

The American women, known only in the court papers as their initials, are both in their 30s and were police officers in Florida.

One partner donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004, nine years into their relationship.

The couple separated two years later, and the birth mother eventually left without a trace taking the child with her.

February 7, 2012

Says adoption should not be based on 'discriminatory and irrelevant factors'

Both houses of the Virginia State Legislature last week passed a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to deny placements to gay people or anyone else who conflicts with their religious beliefs.

The White House issued a statement on Tuesday (7 February) against the bill which the state's Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is expected to sign the bill into law.

February 4, 2012

Private adoption agencies could deny placements based on religious  beliefs

Both houses of the Virginia State Legislature passed a bill on Friday (3 February) that would allow private adoption agencies to deny placements to gay people or anyone else who conflicts with their religious beliefs.

The state's Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The vote went along party lines. A Senate committee voted to endorse the bill in an 8-7 vote which then then sent it to the House where it passed 71-28.