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May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 10, 2015

'Your first relationship starts with yourself. Know who you are and cultivate that'

Tonight, May 9, is all about the LGBTI media that portrays our humanity.

LGBTI stars, and their glitterati allies, walked GLAAD's red carpet for the group's 26th annual award show.

GSN's camera was clicking away so check our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.

May 10, 2015

Scotland leaves the rest of the UK and Europe behind while Azerbaijan scores even lower than Russia when it comes to LGBTI equality and human rights

Scotland has been named the most progressive country in Europe when it comes to LGBTI equality.

Following the legalization of same-sex marriage and because of its more progressive policies on intersex equality, ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Europe Index 2015 places Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and Europe on LGBTI equality and human rights legislation.

May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 30, 2015

It's time to take action to help people struggling to survive amidst the devastation of the earthquake

With the immense devastation of the 25 April Nepal earthquake now becoming apparent, disaster response and aid organizations from around the world are rapidly trying to find the most effective ways to help.

Disasters such as this obviously impact the entire country and everyone within it, but minorities and people already marginalised are at risk of being completely overlooked amidst the chaos.

Particularly vulnerable at this time are the people within the LGBTI community of Nepal.

April 21, 2015

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network's ratings grow in the time period.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 8, 2015

'The outcomes of these seminars, while being held on public grounds, can be interpreted as state-sponsored advocacy of hatred'

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to South Korean officials to express concern over two recent 'conversion therapy' seminars hosted in government buildings.

The letter dated 3 April said the failure of high-level government officials and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) to denounce 'gay cures' and the groups promoting these practices contravened the country's international commitments to human rights.

April 2, 2015

'To say this is groundbreaking is an understatement'

Malta is now leading with one of the most comprehensive laws protecting trans and intersex people in the world.

They will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed yesterday (1 April).

It will also ban medically unnecessary surgery on the genitals of intersex infants.

‘To say that this Act is a groundbreaking human rights milestone is almost an understatement.’ Paulo Paulo Côrte-Real, co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board,said.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 6, 2015

International community begged to help stop brutality in Syria

Gay rights activists in Syria have alleged they have been told 'they're not worth saving' from ISIS.

Nour, a gay man, lives near to where Islamic extremists are throwing gay men off buildings and then, if they survive, encouraging others to stone them to death.

During an interview with CNN, Nour alleged he and others have tried to reach out to international groups but have been told they are not a 'priority'.

March 2, 2015

Letters are posted ahead of the country's annual legislative sessions

The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.

His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.

'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'

February 15, 2015

Ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays next week, PFLAG China has launched a short film to promote family reunions between parents and their gay children

A touching short film, which tells the story of a young gay man who became estranged from his parents after coming out, and eventually being accepted by them years later, has gone viral with over 100 million views.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 14, 2015

British supermodel joins the cast of Fox's new hip hop drama Empire

Naomi Campbell has said she owes her life to gay men, without whom she would not exist.

The British supermodel made the comments during an interview with GLAAD published Monday (12 January) about her role on Fox's new hip hop drama Empire and her support for the LGBTI community.

'If it wasn't for gay men, I wouldn't exist,' she said.

'Hair, makeup, designer, photographer, stylist, manicure, hairdresser... I owe my life to gay men.

'It's just what I've grown up with. It's my family.

January 4, 2015

Held at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn last attended

Hundreds of people gathered on a cold, rainy Saturday evening at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn attended before her parents enrolled her at an online school, Ohio Virtual Academy.

The 17-year-old committed suicide last Sunday after writing in an online diary that her parents didn't accept that she identified as female.

While some were friends, others were there to support the call to end discrimination of transgender people and to protect transgender youth.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.

December 7, 2014

Following a landslide victory by the Labor Party, the new Victorian state government has appointed Australia’s first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality in Martin Foley

Albert Park MP Martin Foley has become the first government minister at a state or federal level in Australia to be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio as the new Victorian Labor state government moves quickly to fulfill one of its election promises to the LGBTI community.

Incoming Premier Daniel Andrews promised that he would allow same-sex couples to adopt if he won government, alongside creating the equality portfolio and a government ministerial advisory committee which would identify issues of inequality in Victorian state law.

December 5, 2014

Survey finds 21% of respondents know someone who is LGBTI

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

October 25, 2014

Tens of thousands of people turned out at Taiwan’s LGBTI pride march today to push for same-sex marriage to be legalized

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei, Taiwan today to celebrate LGBTI pride (25 October).

The proud revellers also carried a serious message of equality to parliament. They are pushing for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law.

Organizers estimated 50,000 people walked the streets of Taipei in two separate routes before converging again at the end of the march.

Supporters held multicoloured placards with the messages ‘Support gay marriage’ and ‘Walk in Queers’ Shoes’.

October 23, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.