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September 18, 2013

Amnesty International has released a 16-page report condemning the European Union for failing to enforce laws that protect sexual orientation and gender identity in member states

Amnesty International has accused the European Union of failing to address homophobia and transphobia in member states.

The international human rights organization has released a 16-page report that names and shames EU member states  Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and neighboring non-EU states Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro, all of whose laws insufficiently protect against the discrimination, physical assault or of murder of LGBT people.

August 14, 2013

Social networking site is looking into the situation after French IDAHO has demanded they remove the homophobic hashtags

May 29, 2013

Georgian Facebook game emulates the recent violent clashes between LGBT rights defenders and anti-gay activists, including priests, on on May 17 in Tbilisi

A game that recreates a battle between LGBT rights campaigners and anti-gay activists in Tbilisi, Georgia on 17 May has gone viral on Facebook.

May 18, 2013

LGBT rights advocates have been detained in at least two cities in China while engaging in IDAHO activities

LGBT rights advocates were detained in at least two Chinese cities when celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Officers detained about a dozen LGBT advocates who were handing flyers about IDAHO in a busy mall in downtown Guangzhou, yesterday (17 May) afternoon.

May 18, 2013

The first former NBA player to come out publicly thinks sports leaders should be held more accountable for homophobia in sport

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to ever come out, had some good and bad things to say about being gay in professional sport.

In an interview with UK-based online radio station Gaydio, Amaechi first gave his opinion on the importance of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a global day of awareness of anti-gay hate.

May 17, 2013

Events in Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore Vietnam and India for IDAHO

In Burma gay men are asking to be decriminalized, in Thailand transgender women want to be spared military service and in the Philippines LGBT rights activists are pushing for an anti-discrimination law.

Events are being held across Asia today to bring attention to various anti-LGBT aspects of society for IDAHO (International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia).

May 17, 2013

Gambia president, Ukraine MP and American legal center named in Human Rights Watch's IDAHO 2013 Hall of Shame

International rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its 2013 Hall of Shame for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) today.

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh was named for his 'persistent' homophobia. He directly addressed LGBT people in parliament in March saying 'if you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders'.

HRW report that 20 people were charged with committing 'unnatural offenses' in the Gambia in 2012, but were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

May 17, 2013

GSN teams up with London Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Big Band to spread the word about fighting homophobia and transphobia

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital’s talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

While reports out for IDAHO today (17 May) again show the shocking levels of abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence and even murder faced by the world’s LGBT citizens, the GSN video tries to bring some hope.

May 17, 2013

Thousands of anti-gay activists and priests have injured IDAHO supporters and the police in a violent, homophobic counter-protest

Thousands of anti-gay activists have attacked LGBT rights campaigners in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi today (17 May).

A small group of LGBT people were attending a rally for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) when they were overwhelmed.

GSN believes 16 of them were injured.

Anti-gay activists arrived at the rally hours before the IDAHO supporters. They broke through the barricades and held signs reading ‘Stop homosexual propaganda in Georgia’.

May 17, 2013

Ban Ki-moon speech delivered at The Hague as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said ending homophobia is ‘critical’ to the UN’s work and called for an end to anti-gay laws and better education.

His comments were delivered today (17 May) at an event in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The speech was delivered on his behalf by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in the presence of the new Queen of the Netherlands, Máxima.

May 17, 2013

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital's talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

The GSN flashmob was filmed on Saturday 11 May, at The Scoop – an open-air performance space by City Hall, London.

It is being released for IDAHO today (17 May) – an event bringing together the LGBT community and their friends to promote equality worldwide.  

Luckily the rain held off to allow the musicians to perform the popular song ‘Bring me Sunshine’ - a tune we keep humming since rehearsals.

May 16, 2013

LGBT citizens from Canada, UK, USA, Netherlands and Japan say homophobia is still rampant and they are uncomfortable to 'fully' come out

Over 100,000 people from nations including Canada, France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan, say they still suffer from discrimination and harassment at home and in work.

The LGBT 2020 Homophobia Report from Out Now Global says homophobia is still endemic – even where gay marriage has been accepted.

May 16, 2013

YouTube video released for IDAHO (International Day Against homophobia and transphobia)

Over 100 South Korean LGBT people and allies star in a YouTube video in support of gay rights released this week (Monday 13 May).

Korean Gay Men's Human Rights Group Chingusai organized the recording of You Make me Proud, a song created by Sydney Gay and Lesbian choir to mark IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in 2012.

May 15, 2013

Kiss-ins will be held to promote the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May

It does not matter whether you are gay, bisexual or straight, there is a worldwide call to combat homophobia with a kiss this week.

Across the globe, there will be several 'kiss-ins' promoting the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

In the UK, Manchester's Lesbian & Gay Foundation will 'Kiss Hate Goodbye' with a flash mob on 18 May.

Grahame Robertson, a spokesman from the charity, told GSN: ‘The Kiss Hate Goodbye flash mob and campaign in general is a chance for everyone to make a big statement against LGBT hate crime.

May 13, 2013

Out gay singer Mika will headline a free outdoor concert in Paris 21 May to celebrate the ‘Marriage for All’ law

British gay singer/songwriter Mika will headline a free Paris to celebrate marriage equality in France.

According to French newspaper La Parisienne, Mika will headline the Long Live Equality concert to celebrate France’s gay marriage law that passed last month, and to reaffirm the importance of fighting homophobia.

May 10, 2013

Vigils and Sunday services will be held by churches of all faith in Italy to support International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Religious Italians are celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May by connecting churches of all faith in a prayer vigil.

For the first time since the vigils began, seven years ago, Catholic churches will host events.

May 8, 2013

GSN to film music, dancing and singing to bring home the message of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Gay Star News is joining forces with the UK capital's talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Our flashmob will be filmed on Saturday (11 May) so the video can be released on 17 May for IDAHO.

The London Gay Big Band and the London Gay Men’s Chorus will be headlining the event and providing the music. And we have teamed up with talented young video artists to make the film.

April 30, 2013

 Governor Nathan Deal is being urged to change the title of the current 'Mistreatment Awareness Day'

 Georgia's governor has been accused of 'sanitizing' International Day Against Homophobia by changing its name in the US state to Mistreatment Awareness Day.

Now an online petition has been started to urge Governor Nathan Deal to declare 17 May as International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), as it is around the world.

March 14, 2013

A survey of LGBT lives in the European Union will be revealed on the International Day Against Homophobia

The European Parliament has joined to say homophobic crime and speech should be outlawed in the EU.

Adopting a non-binding resolution today (14 March), the six main political parties have said every member state must define anti-gay speech and violence as hate crime.

All 27 member countries and Croatia, who will join the European Union on 1 July, have had high penalties for discrimination against race, age, disability and religious beliefs since 2008.

November 24, 2012

The homoerotic mural of the British royal, which has a growing fanbase, can be seen in a Soho gay bar

Prince Harry may be the British royal family's bad boy, but appearing half-naked at a London gay bar was not what we were expecting.

Wishful thinking aside, the 28-year-old prince has actually been immortalised in a huge lifelike mural painted at a Soho club.

Currently on duty in Afghanistan, the blue-blooded hunk became a hit with gay people after he supported human rights causes.

Club director Chris Amos said: 'It probably began when we started seeing him in his army uniform.

'He's a real man. He's cheeky and sexy but he's also decent.

July 24, 2012

Judge rules the police acted lawfully when they disrupted an IDAHO event in Hong Kong in 2011

A judge in Hong Kong ruled in favor of the police in a controversial case concerning the disruption of an IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) event in 2011.

Police disrupted a peaceful anti-homophobia rally on 15 May 2011 when a group began to dance, despite previously issuing a Notice of No Objection to the demonstration. The police claimed the dancing meant the event required an entertainment license.

June 26, 2012

Louis-Georges Tin goes on hunger strike to get French President François Hollande to call for decriminalization of homosexuality in the UN

Three men have started a hunger strike to try to force French President François Hollande to ask the UN to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide.

Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) says Hollande had promised to bring in a resolution in the United Nations ordering the decriminalization of homosexuality.

May 19, 2012

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia event ruined by religious homophobic activists

Orthodox Christians put a stop to a rare attempt to combat homophobia in Georgia on Thursday (17 May).

Around 20 participants in the gay parade had joined the march through the country’s capital Tbilisi waving rainbow flags and placards. The march was meant to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), a day for education and tolerance.

May 18, 2012

Burma publicly celebrates gay rights for the first time for yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

The 106-year-old transgender woman who addressed the first ever public gay rights rally in Burma must have seen incredible changes in her lifetime, from living under British colonialism to Burmese independence to military rule to the recent opening up.

At the first celebration of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in the Burmese capital Rangoon yesterday, a local youth brought the centenarian transgender woman to the stage during a section called Paying Respect to Seniors.