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December 10, 2014

Activists are 'concerned' after a report finds only 33 anti-trans attacks in 2013

One in five hate crimes committed in the US last year were motivated by anti-gay bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The agency's annual hate crime report released on Monday (8 December) found that 20.8% of the 5,928 reported single bias hate crimes were based on sexual orientation, second only to race at 48.5%.

Of these, 60.6 percent were classified as anti-gay male bias.

Gender identity was also added to the list of bias categories for the first time this year.

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

December 4, 2014

Department's book on modern marriage says diverse gender identities and same-sex love deserve equal respect and treatment

Taiwan's interior ministry has said gay marriage is 'an inborn right everyone can pursue, despite it being illegal in the country.

After two years of compilation, the department published a book entitled Modern Citizen Marriage on Tuesday (2 December) to 'promote new thinking and practices for compatriots planning weddings.'

The book includes a passage on gay marriage that reads:

'Apart from marriage between a man and woman, diverse gender concepts and gay love should also, in modernity, receive equal respect and treatment.

December 3, 2014

Are the gays recruiting?

Human sexuality is incredibly complex. Take away the emotional and religious hyperbole and you still find the scientific research and analysis is inconclusive.

What shapes our sexuality? Biology? Society? Or something else? Is our sexuality some sort of fixed concept or are we all somewhere on a fluid spectrum? No one has the definitive answers to these fundamental questions. Nobody knows what makes us who we are.

December 2, 2014

'It makes me sad to think I'd waited so long to experience something that should have been a natural part of my adolescence'

American soccer pro Robbie Rogers, who came out to the world as a gay man in early 2013, knew he was gay from an early age but didn't dare act on it.

Instead, he dated girls and hoped none of his teammates or family and friends would find out his secret.

It wasn't until he was 25 and living in London that he met a man named Scott. Rogers had only recently come out to his family and had not yet cone out to the world.

November 27, 2014

Movie is about a university professor who was suspended for being gay

Top Indian director Hansal Mehta is producing and directing a film based on the true story of a gay professor which he hopes will bring the debate on sexual orientation into the mainstream.

Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, 64, was suspended from Aligarh Muslim University weeks before his retirement after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

A court later revoked the suspension but he died the same year – police suspected suicide.

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 19, 2014

African country arrests five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

November 17, 2014

Are you born that way?

A study has taken a 'giant leap forward' in proving there is a genetic link to homosexuality.

The large study, which looked at gay brothers, has added to the view that genes influence a man's chances of being gay, but there's isn't enough concrete results to prove it yet.

Researchers looked at almost 800 gay male siblings. Dr Alan Sanders of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois, says his work 'is not proof but it's a pretty good indication' of genes on the X chromosome influencing sexual orientation.

November 4, 2014

Let's talk about that agreed LGBTI figure of 10-12%

It turns out that far more men and women fantasise about having gay sex than many of us first thought.

A team of scientists at the University of Montreal have discovered that even though many people may identify as straight, that doesn't stop them from thinking about the same gender.

A fifth of the men questioned, 20.6%, had fantasised about gay sex. But even more so, a third of women (36.9%) had dreamed about the possibility of making love with another woman.

November 3, 2014

British comic is single once again says: 'I'm tedious with my heterosexuality'

Russell Brand, who recently split from Jemima Khan and was once married to Katy Perry, jokes that he wishes he was attracted to men too.

'I wish I was bisexual,' he told Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd as the host told him he wondered what it was like to kiss him.

'That's one of the things about me where I've got a very traditional moral code. I'm tedious with my heterosexuality.'

Last year, Brand revealed that he once had gay sex in a pub toilet on heroin for a TV stunt.

He said he ‘wanked off a man in a toilet’ back in 2002.

October 23, 2014

Think homosexuality is unnatural still? You won't believe what these 11 animals are getting up to

You might have heard the quote that homosexuality exists in every single species on the planet but homophobia is found in only one: Humans.

But what is ‘homosexuality’ in animals?

Most zoologists would probably prefer you to say they are showing ‘same-sex attraction or behavior’, rather than label them with our words of ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ or ‘straight’.

But very often animals can form relationships and bonds with others and do not stray away from them. Some show exclusive interest in only one gender and have their own ways of mating with the same sex.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 29, 2014

How many Brits still think HIV is a 'gay-only disease?' Do gay or straight couples have more adventurous sex? And how long is the average gay relationship?

A sixth of Brits and more than one fifth of Londoners believe the UK should criminalize gay sex.

The new survey of British sexual behavior, carried out by The Observer, has found that 16% of Britons believe homosexuality should be outlawed. Men (19%) are more likely than women (13%) to want gay sex banned.

It has been six months since the first gay Brits got legally married.

September 26, 2014

'Philadelphia is known all over the world as a city that celebrates and values diversity and we will not allow a few thugs to tarnish that reputation'

Two Philadelphia councilors have introduced a bill that will cover sexual orientation in the city's hate crime laws.

The legislation is a response to the 11 September attack of two gay men. While three suspects are facing four charges each, sexual orientation and gender expression are not listed n the city's, or state's, bias statutes.

September 24, 2014

Specialist cyber police claim the man has confessed to ‘unethical relations with several lads’ and using Facebook to find gay sex

Iran’s police have accused a man of using Facebook to find gay men for sex.

Specialist cyber police claim they discovered a Facebook user was posting a mobile phone number online asking other men to call him to have ‘immoral relations’.

The semi-official Fars New Agency quoted the head of East Azerbaijan Cyberspace Police Chief, Mohammad Ghasemlou, as saying: ‘The Cyber Police force worked with the judicial authorities to identify the suspect, using special detective techniques.

September 23, 2014

District Attorney Seth Williams: 'An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia'

Three people will be charged in a mob attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday  (23 August).

But they will not be charged with a hate crime.

Bucks County residents Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24 will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy, according to the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.