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May 21, 2014

The part-time student has fought in vain for a refund from the course that torments him

A postgraduate student in Chinese Literature has taken his own life in Taichung, after complaints about rampant sexual discrimination in a mythology course fell on deaf ears.

The 30-year-old gay man surnamed Chang jumped off the 12th floor of a campus building yesterday evening (20 May) at the National Chung Hsing University.

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 17, 2014

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the UN have created a video about the power of sharing a positive message

The United Nations have released a powerful video encouraging people to stand up for LGBTI equality on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

The video created to support IDAHOT (17 May) encourages people to speak up about discrimination and share a message of support to those they love.

In the video, famous equality campaigners from Nelson Mandela to Aung San Suu Kyi are shown, alongside images of pride protests around the world, gay parents and some of the horrific attacks and injustices LGBTI people have suffered.

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 16, 2014

Ukrainian LGBTIs are caught up in a geo-political game, with Russian sympathizers saying the EU is a ‘homodictatorship’

Over recent years Ukrainian society has shown an increased intolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and LGBTI issues. Now the level of social tension is so high LGBTI people do not feel safe in their everyday lives.

May 15, 2014

Who will win out of 49 countries including the UK, Belgium, Montenegro and...Russia?

Where is the best place to be gay in Europe? The UK.

Ranked the best of 49 countries, with a score of 82%, it proves that while they might not be great at winning song contests recently – it comes tops when it comes to LGBTI rights.

The UK beat Belgium that scored 78%, followed by Spain with 73%.

The Netherlands, Norway and Portugal came in joint fourth place with 70% while Sweden, France and Iceland were top five at 65%.

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

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity

A new charity song celebrating LGBTI rights is out to warm your heart.

The song, by British lesbian group The L Project, is dedicated to ‘everyone who has suffered as a result of LGBT bullying, abuse or inequality.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity.

'Diversity and love is a message everyone can get behind', believes Georgey Payne, one of the project's coordinators.

May 9, 2014

City officials allow gay rights activist to hold a protest in what is believed to be the first time since the federal anti-gay laws took effect last summer

Gay people will have the rare chance to speak out against hatred in Russia after authorities approved a protest yesterday (8 May).

Alexander Yermoshkin, a gay rights activist, will gather up to 100 people to release a rainbow of balloons into the sky on 17 May for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

May 2, 2014

A Russian lawmaker who believes gay groups should be shut down and anti-gay laws enforced accidentally marched alongside a gay rights protest

Hundreds of LGBTI activists joined the largest protest so far against Russia’s anti-gay laws since they were introduced yesterday (1 May).

With a large rainbow banner reading ‘Love Is Stronger Than Hate’, around 300 protestors marched through the streets of St Petersburg fighting for their rights.

Some held rainbow flags, some carried the pink, blue and purple flag representing bisexuality, and others held posters calling for love, not hate.

The march coincided with a May Day rally, with numerous groups and organizations taking part in the event.

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.

February 17, 2014

Sardinia's second pride event aims to promote LGBTI rights and equality in a region where sexual and gender minorities continue to face discrimination

After a successful first event in 2013, Sardinia Pride is due to be held for a second time, in the small city of Alghero during the week ending Saturday 28th June.

The first event attracted around 6,000 people, a number the organizers were not expecting in such a sparsely populated country.

'We started to hold demonstrations only in 2009,' organizer Massimo Mele told Gay Star Travel.

'They were called demonstrations against homophobia because we didn’t dare to call them pride.

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.