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September 14, 2014

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through central Belgrade for the first time since 2010 in protest of the latest attack on Saturday

A German gay rights activist has been hospitalized with 'life-threatening' injuries after he was attacked by several assailants in downtown Belgrade early on Saturday morning, according to Deutsche Welle quoting AP and AFP.

The man is being hospitalized 'with severe head injuries and bleeding, so he has had surgery and been put in intensive care,' Dusan Jovanovic, of Belgrade's Emergency centre, was quoted by AFP as saying.

September 12, 2014

Both LGBTI and non-LGBTI actors report hearing homophobia on set and think that the entertainment industry still has a problem casting gay actors in straight roles

The results of a study have been published that find that many actors still believe Hollywood is rife with homophobia.

The research was undertaken by respected LGBT think thank, the Williams Institute at UCLA, and was funded by leading actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA [Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists]. Ken Howard, the union’s president, described the study as ‘unprecedented’.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 12, 2014

Fellow comic reflects on her friend's sendoff which she says 'put the fun back in funeral'

Margret Cho was among the guests at Joan Rivers' funeral in New York City last Sunday (7 September) and she says it was unlike any sendoff she had ever attended.

'I’ve never been to a funeral like that,' Cho said this week on Larry King Now. 'I think Joan Rivers really put the fun in funeral.

“It was also the best place to be if you were a good-looking gay man, because there was the richest gay men in the world all coming together. If I was a gay man, I would have definitely kept my Grindr turned on.'

September 11, 2014

Three groups sent an open letter to 112 universities asking for corrections to discriminatory teaching materials and gender diversity courses

Three Chinese activist groups sent an open letter to 112 universities demanding better education and protection for LGBTI students in time for yesterday's national Teachers' Day celebrations.

The letter asked universities to correct disciminatory teaching materials and offer gender diversity courses, and was jointly signed by Changsha-based China Same Sex Love (CSSL), Beijing-based LGBT Rights Advocacy China and Nanjing-based anti-discrimination group Justice for All.

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.

September 11, 2014

TV evangelist, 84, also decries 'girl-on-girls' action in movies

TV evangelist Pat Robertson, who has made a series of anti-gay statements in recent years, continues to get calls for advice from parents of gay children.

Robertson, 84, heard from one of those parents on Thursday on his weekday show The 700 Club.

The woman asked how she should handle the fact that her 21-year-old daughter is in a lesbian relationship.

September 11, 2014

Bisexual dad Mike Szymanski offers a heartfelt insight into his ‘nuclear family’ life and having to explain to his parents why he’s with a man and not a woman

Californian parent Mike Szymanski has for many years had to deal with many questions about his sexuality. In a society that likes to see things in a clear-cut, binary, black and white way, bisexuality can often confuse people, or even prompt suspicion.

For example, after his parents adjusted to the fact that a young Mike was attracted to men, they then had to understand why he also wanted to date some women.

‘Well if you’re bisexual why would you choose the wrong way?’ his dad asked him once.

September 10, 2014

Activists are calling on the US to review its relationship with the African country

Human rights groups have condemned the passage of a bill in the Gambia that punishes acts of 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment.

The Gambian National Assembly passed the bill last month, which now awaits approval from outspoken anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh. The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV/AIDS.

September 10, 2014

The woman was told recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary

A Taiwanese fertility clinic refused eggs from a lesbian donor because recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary.

The 22-year-old woman surnamed Chang told the Apple Daily that her donation was immediately refused when the Stork Ladies Clinic in the northern city of Hsinchu found out she was a lesbian.

Chang registered as a donor online a month ago and was invited to have a physical examination at the clinic. A nurse then gave her a questionnaire to fill in. One of the questions was, 'Have you had any homosexual contact in the last eight years?’

September 9, 2014

From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen loves horsing around with some of the most beloved faces in pop culture

What would Dolly Parton say about a sculpture made of her with a big mouth and even bigger hair? We reckon she’d love it, even if the sculpture is of her as a horse.

Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has reimagined some of the world’s most beloved pop culture fixtures, many of them LGBT icons, as My Little Pony miniature figurines.

September 9, 2014

Prestigious honor recognizes living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts

Comedy icon Lily Tomlin has become the first out lesbian to be selected for a prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

It was announced Tuesday (9 September) that Tomlin will be honored in December alongside singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, and singer-songwriter Sting.

Given annually since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have grown to become one of the most prestigious honors for any performer. They recognize living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 9, 2014

A commemorative set of stamps honoring Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have been pre-ordered by people in 178 countries – busting all sales records for the country’s postal service

Stamps commemorating Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, who published his drawings under the name Tom of Finland, have been the biggest sellers in the history of Finland’s Posti postal service, with people pre-ordering the stamps in 178 countries.

The stamps went on sale on Monday, with the biggest overseas orders coming from Sweden, Britain, the United States and France.

September 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says Section 377 is a relic of India's colonial past

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat has blasted his country's anti-gay law as 'sinful' in a blog post published on the Times of India website.

He wrote, 'We make 100 million Indians criminals and go about our daily lives as if their concerns are irrelevant to us. To me, this is nothing short of a collective sin.

September 8, 2014

Authorities in homophobic countries have been using the app to hunt gay men

Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men.

The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list.

Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific location, Grindr is taking measures and will be releasing updates to keep users secure in territories with anti-gay legislation.'

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

September 8, 2014

After dating only women for 365 days, Brooke Hemphill suggests people should have more same-sex experiences in order to have an educated dialogue on sexuality

In 2010, Brooke Hemphill kissed a girl, and she liked it.

The Sydney-based dating columnist and sex author has released a book titled Lesbian For a Year, in which the 35-year-old shares her experiences during her year of ‘sexual exploration’ with women.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

September 5, 2014

Survey shows 75% of young people in China prefer to date virgins

An overwhelming majority of Chinese young people are fine with gay people, according to a recent survey.

About 87% of respondents said they accepted gay people, compared to 13% who said they did not understand homosexuality.

The survey was conducted by internet giant Baidu, the Chinese version of Google and Wikipedia, and asked 7,000 internets users born in the 1990s their views on love, friendship, consumption, family and employment.

September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

September 4, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.