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July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

June 13, 2014

The largest Protestant church in the United States has passed a transphobic motion condemning people who undergo procedures to become the gender they feel is correct for them as it elects an anti-gay author its new president

The US Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution condemning transgender people who seek to transition to the gender they feel is correct for them, saying they are going against God’s design for human kind.

The same meeting that passed the resolution also elected a new president for the Southern Baptists – homophobic ‘The Gay Agenda’ author Ronnie Floyd – signalling that the church is sliding backwards when it comes to LGBTI issues.

Floyd’s 2004 book claims to ‘expose the agenda that the homosexual lobby is trying to impose on society.’

June 2, 2014

The World Health Organization and half a dozen United Nations groups have condemned the forced sterilization of transgender people and intersex people in order to make them conform with the gender binary

The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with UN Women, UN AIDS, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to condemn the forced sterilization of transgender and intersex people in a groundbreaking report.

May 31, 2014

La Voix and the London Gay Big Band talk about their journey on Britain’s Got Talent, from their first audition to the performance they are preparing for tonight

Simon Cowell is famously renowned for saying 'I don't like drag acts', so it was always a risk to audition for Britain's Got Talent as an openly LGBT act with a drag queen front woman.

And it was a risk that paid off.

Against all the odds, our act La Voix and the London Gay Big Band will perform on the BGT 2014 Live Semi Finals on Saturday tonight (31 May), broadcast to the entire nation and streamed on YouTube to the world.

May 9, 2014

LGBTI campaigners were 'gobsmacked' when they learned council bosses considered being trans to be similar to dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia

Trans people are outraged after being listed as ‘mentally ill’ by a London council.

A housing form sent to thousands of people by Camden Council in north London asked people to check boxes.

‘Transsexualism’ was listed as a ‘mental illness’, alongside dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia.

Council bosses initially insisted their classification was taken from international medical guidelines.

April 26, 2014

Another sign asks ‘biological females’ to stay away from the men’s room, in the name of gender equality

Taiwan’s leading university has stirred up anger by approving at least two signs that ask people to use restrooms in accordance with their biological gender.  

The stamped notices were first discovered Wednesday (Apr 23) at two restrooms of a student activity center, says Lisa, a National Taiwan University student, to Gay Star News.

Both the signs start with a slogan: ‘Equal rights for both sexes, mutual respect for each other’

April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 2, 2014

Transgender beauty expert Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham argues a subtle approach is a better way to get attention

I took a photo the other day of me in a bodycon dress and I must admit I felt pretty sexy.

But, that being said, it made me look back to how I used to dress a few years ago. So I did a comparison. Even though the style of the dresses is both bodycon bandage, I look completely different.

I know I’ve changed a lot over time – my makeup has got better, my hair is a lot darker, my lips are far fuller. The overall image is different. Yes, I’m still dressed sexy but I think now it’s in a more classy way.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

February 18, 2014

Transgender activist Diane Rodriguez is taking the Ecuadorian Government to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for refusing to allow her to change her gender on her identity papers without undergoing surgery

The first transgender woman in Ecuador to legally change her name will now take her court battle to have her identity documents also reflect her new gender to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Diane Rodriguez has been battling for five years to have her identity documents changed from saying she is male to female and is the founder of LGBTI rights group the X Silhouette Association.

February 13, 2014

Social network site users can now choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves including intersex and transgender

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that users are no longer limited to identifying themselves in their profiles as male or female.

The company is now offering an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves including cisgender, transgender and intersex.

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

December 16, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp navigates the Thai city with nit-noi (little) language skills

After a look into Thailand's sex industry in Pattaya and navigating the paradise that is Koh Samui,  a last-minute trip to Chiang Mai due to a fantastic deal showed me how travelling with local friends can make for lots of drama under the sun.

December 9, 2013

Transgender and intersex individuals will have much freer choice

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to allow people to change their legal gender without transitioning.

After a heated 3-hour debate today (Dec 9), the ministry concludes that individuals intending to change their legal gender need not go through any medical procedures, including psychiatric evaluation.

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

November 8, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp reports on his travel adventures in Southeast Asia

It's hard to do justice to Pattaya simply by writing about it.

Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it's hard to do an injustice to this city, which is known as the Brothel of Asia.

You need to visit Pattaya, about two hours’ drive from Bangkok, to even start to comprehend how huge the sex industry is here - miles upon miles of bars filled with workers selling sex to millions and millions of tourists.

Go-go bars - gay, straight and trans (ladyboy, katoey) - are more animal auction than beauty pageant.

October 31, 2013

Parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank in an important step forward for intersex births

Germany is to become the first country in the world to allow babies to have no gender.

In an important step forward for intersex rights, parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank from 1 November.

Babies are reportedly being born without clearly determinable genitalia, at a rate of one in every 1,500.

There are some occasions in countries where doctors ‘choose’ a gender for the parents or force the parents to make a decision minutes after birth.

October 31, 2013

Yanel Valenzuela had asked employee for workout tips for trans women

Yanel Valenzuela had been using the women's locker room at her local LA Fitness club without incident.

But that changed when the staff at the club in Montclair, California, found out she is a transgender woman.

Valenzuela asked an employee for workout tips and said she is a transgender. The employee immediately alerted the manager who told Valenzuela that she would no longer be allowed to use the women's locker roon.

The manager did not change positions even after Valenzuela showed her ID and a letter from her doctor which stated that she is a woman.

October 27, 2013

Forced to abandon education due to bullying, community survives on jobs regarded as lowly, like performing at funerals

A month-long study conducted on transsexual people’s livelihoods in Vietnam has found the community the victims of discrimination and stuck with unsatisfying jobs or no jobs at all.

The study – Sinh Ke Cua Nguoi Chuyen Gioi (Transsexual people’s livelihoods) – by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) has found the majority of respondents, 52 per cent, unhappy with their jobs, which they called badly paid.