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August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

July 8, 2014

Madelynn Lee Taylor is challenging Idaho state law that prohibits her from having final resting place be with wife Jean Mixner

A 74-year-old military veteran sued the state of Idaho on Monday (7 July) in a battle to have her eternal resting place beside her late wife in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Madelynn Lee Taylor served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1964. Last year, she tried to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred in a granite columbarium next to those of late wife, Jean Mixner, who she married in California in 2008.

Cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho law does not recognize their marriage.

July 8, 2014

Madelynn Lee Taylor is challenging Idaho state law that prohibits her from having final resting place be with wife Jean Mixner

A 74-year-old military veteran sued the state of Idaho on Monday (7 July) in a battle to have her eternal resting place beside her late wife in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Madelynn Lee Taylor served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1964. Last year, she tried to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred in a granite columbarium next to those of late wife, Jean Mixner, who she married in California in 2008.

Cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho law does not recognize their marriage.

May 23, 2014

LGBTI campaigners in Serbia cancelled IDAHO and Pride Week to volunteer for flood relief work

LGBTI rights campaigners have ditched Pride Week to come to the rescue of the flooding victims in Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Europe’s Balkans region has been faced with its worst natural disaster in 120 years with floods killing people and animals and destroying homes, crops and businesses.

Now Gayten-LGBT, one of the region’s leading lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex organizations, has revealed how its members are trying to help.

May 20, 2014

Mhondoro Ngezi district councilor Richman Rangwani has risked the wrath of his own Zanu-PF party to speak out against the persecution of homosexuals in Zimbabwe

Zanu-PF party councilor Richman Rangwani has risked the wrath of his own party by speaking in favor of the rights of gays and lesbians during an event at the Dutch embassy in Chisipite to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Saturday.

Rangwani, who is also an AIDS activist and traditional leader, said Zimbabwean politicians had a track record of betraying their LGBTI countrymen and women, seeking their votes at election time but then condemning them once they had secured office.

May 19, 2014

Top figures in the professional Australian Football League have taken to social media over the weekend to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia for the second year in a row

Star footballers and leading officials in the Australian Football League (AFL) have taken to social media this weekend to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Using the hashtag #FOOTY4IDAHO top players including Patrick Dangerfield and Nic Naitanui and league officials including Collingwood club president Eddie McGuire, Richmond club president Peggy O’Neal and AFL Players’ Association president Luke Ball posted photos to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram holding signs showing their support.

May 18, 2014

'Wrong, shameful, and very sad,' say other gay activists who object to the rally for exploiting the deceased victims to gain media mileage

To mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), several dozen LGBT activists in Taipei erected 100 paper gravestones with the names of international and local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) people who committed suicide after experiencing discrimination, bullying or violent attacks in front of the Presidential Office Building yesterday.

Each of the tombstones showed a QR code which is linked to a web page that tells the story of the person’s life, the China Times reported.

May 17, 2014

Watch as two homophobic men grab each other and fight somehow believing the other was a 'faggot'

Two anti-gay thugs are being ridiculed on social media for attacking each other – thinking the other is gay.

The Orthodox Church in Georgia organized a ‘Family Day’ today (17 May), a thinly veiled excuse to ensure no gay rights activist marched in the name of the International Day Against Homophoba, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Thousands marched in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to protest against an anti-discrimination bill.

May 17, 2014

People voice their support for gay rights in small groups all around the country in defiance of the authorities

With the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown on students around the corner, the Chinese government has been tightening its grip on various rights activists, including LGBTI ones.

Events that could get the greenlight from the authorities are now simply no go.

May 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry mark the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia calling on people everywhere to join in defending the equal rights of LGBTs

President Barack Obama’s full statement:

'Tomorrow [May 17], as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.

May 17, 2014

Thugs threw stones and eggs in an attempt to stop the rally, but it could not stop rainbow balloons from being released into the sky

Hundreds of Russian gay rights activists braved threats of violence to hold a peaceful protest in the city of St Petersburg today (17 May).

With around 200 armored policemen surrounding the group, there was one officer for nearly every single person participating in the rally.

The people gathered in a square holding placards calling for peace, love, diversity and tolerance.

May 16, 2014

Barclays also announces its headline sponsorship for this year’s Pride in London as it gets ready for IDAHO

Millions of Brits will get a message to stop homophobia as they withdraw cash at an ATM this week.

Barclays has put the message for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on all 3,400 of its ‘hole in the wall’ machines.

The screen shows a couple, with rainbow-painted fingernails and bracelets, joining hands and reveals that Barclays is working with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to spread the word about IDAHO.

May 15, 2014

US District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale states that an appeal is unlikely to succeed - state expected to appeal 9th Circuit Court

A federal judge on Wednesday (14 May) turned down the Idaho governor's request for a stay on her ruling which struck down the state;s ban on gay marriage this week.

In her ruling, US District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale remarked that an appeal of her ruling is unlikely to succeed and that same-sex couples in the state can begin obtaining marriage licences on Friday (16 May).

Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter called the denial of the state’s request for a stay 'regrettable ... but not surprising.'

May 15, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit puts on hold a federal district court’s decision to overturn state's ban

Same-sex couples in Idaho who had hoped to tie the knot this week will have to put those plans on hold.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday (15 May) has temporarily place on hold a federal district court’s decision this week that overturned Idaho’s ban on gay marriage.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden had appealed US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale's order that the state allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize the marriages of couples who married in other states.

May 15, 2014

Thailand’s School Rainbow campaign will seek to draw attention to the plight of young LGBTI people this Saturday with a campaign that will see chalk rainbows drawn on the ground at school gates on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

A new campaign against the bullying of LGBTI young people kicked off in Thailand yesterday with students at Bangkok’s Thammassat University drawing gay pride rainbows on the footpath to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The event launch for the School Rainbow campaign saw a colorful performance by a Rainbow All Boy Cheerleaders squad as students colored in the rainbow and wrote messages of support in chalk.

May 14, 2014

‘However bad the situation, we are ready to defend our human dignity and rights, to speak against violence and stand with activists all over the world’

The situation for LGBTI people in Russia is getting more and more complicated.

Human rights violations, hate crimes and speeches and state-sponsored homophobia have become a part of day-to-day life of LGBTIs and those who speak out for equal rights for everyone.

But despite this, there is defiance. We are planning various actions devoted to International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May. There will be activity in at least 11 Russian cities.

May 14, 2014

'Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental right to marry and relegate their families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason for doing so'

Today, 13, May, a federal judged ruled against Idaho's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The suit brought by four same-sex couples claimed the state's prohibition violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

'Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental right to marry and relegate their families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason for doing so,' US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in her decision.

May 14, 2014

'Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental right to marry and relegate their families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason for doing so'

Today, 13, May, a federal judged ruled against Idaho's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The suit brought by four same-sex couples claimed the state's prohibition violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

'Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental right to marry and relegate their families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason for doing so,' US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in her decision.

May 12, 2014

As we approach IDAHO, Dr Paula Gerber of Kaleidoscope Australia explains why the Pacific is an important frontier for LGBTI rights

The United Nations recently invited people to imagine what it would be like if you were not free to be you. If the only sexual orientation you were allowed to express was a heterosexual one. For people in 80 countries around the world, this requires no imagination, because it is their day-to-day reality. That is why IDAHO – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – is so important.

May 2, 2014

So much pride! So little time! Let’s run through the globe’s LGBTI parties taking place in May

It’s happening. Summer is coming.

We know what that means: Gay Pride season takes over the northern hemisphere with parties, marches and events.

This month we’re reminded being out and proud is more important than ever.

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) celebrated on 17 May, has grown to a globally recognized event where some LGBTI communities celebrate their freedoms, while others meet in secret to continue fighting for basic rights.

May 1, 2014

We look at how LGBTI groups around the world are raising their voices against transphobia, homophobia in sport and homophobia for IDAHO

It’s 2014, and not everyone has the freedom to express themselves.

As we approach International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), commemorated around the world on 17 May, the battle for LGBTI rights and human equality continues to reach critical mass.

This year’s theme of ‘Freedom of Expression’ is a call for LGBTI people and allies raise their voices against homophobia, especially for those who live in countries where living and expressing themselves freely could be punishable by fines, imprisonment or death.

April 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espín will welcome hundreds of delegates for International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) this May to champion LGBTI rights, including legal same-sex partnerships, on the island

Amidst global celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 17 May, Cuba’s LGBTI community is holding a quiet revolution.

And Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of president Raul Castro, is so proud she’s welcoming over 400 delegates from London, South America and the Caribbean to look at the best strategies to eradicate discrimination and pave the way for gender equality in Cuba.

April 24, 2014

Idaho Veterans Cemetery won’t let US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor be interred with her wife’s ashes when she dies because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage

74-year-old US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor wants to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes but Idaho’s state military cemetery won’t let her while that state retains its ban on same-sex marriage.

Taylor had been in a relationship with Mixner beginning in 1995 but she died of emphysema in 2012 and was cremated – leaving Taylor to think about what she would like to have done when she died.

April 24, 2014

Idaho Veterans Cemetery won’t let US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor be interred with her wife’s ashes when she dies because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage

74-year-old US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor wants to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes but Idaho’s state military cemetery won’t let her while that state retains its ban on same-sex marriage.

Taylor had been in a relationship with Mixner beginning in 1995 but she died of emphysema in 2012 and was cremated – leaving Taylor to think about what she would like to have done when she died.