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October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 4, 2014

The person accused of homophobic acts will have to prove his or her innocence, rather than being presumed innocent until proven guilty as is usually the case

Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital city, on Thursday passed a controversial law to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGTB) from homophobic attacks.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

October 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

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 10, 2014

Delegates to the 2014 International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference in Mexico City have until 15 September to register to attend

Mexico City is the host of the 27th World Conference of the 2014 International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) from 27-31 October this year and delegates only have until 15 September to register with conference organizers.

The 2014 ILGA World Conference will be the first to be held in Mexico and only the second to be held in Latin America and will have the theme ‘De-colonizing our bodies.’

The Mexican goddess Tlazoltéotl has been adopted as the official symbol of the conference.

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 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.

September 2, 2014

The first pride event in the English-speaking Caribbean was cut short after death threats

The first gay pride event in the Bahamas was cut short after no locals showed up and the organizer received death threats.

The event started on Thursday (28 August) and was meant to run until Tuesday.

Organizer Victor Rollins told the Nassau Guardian that only 11 people other than the organizers attended the event, all of whom were foreigners. No one from the local gay community turned up, even the people who were to be honored at the event.

‘Everyone is scared,’ Rollins said. ‘No Bahamian from the LGBT community showed up.’

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 10, 2014

Cash allotted for LGBTI fundraising efforts was stolen from the headquarters of the group responsible for Madrid Gay Pride

As one million people took to Madrid’s streets this past weekend for Gay Pride, an unknown number of thieves broke into the office of COGAM (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Madrid Collective).

Between 5 pm on 5 July and the morning of 7 July, locked cabinets were broken into, belongings were flung about the office and equipment and cash were taken from the LGBTI group's headquarters in Madrid.

July 6, 2014

An estimated 1 million people turned out for Madrid Pride on Saturday evening under the slogan 'We march for those who can not' to remember LGBTIs who are persecuted and oppressed worldwide

Hundreds of thousands lined Paseo del Prado in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Saturday evening for the gay pride parade that comprised more than 50 organizations and 30 floats.

The parade is a culmination of festivities held over five days since the kickoff on Wednesday night which included an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen who won the Eurovision song contest in May.

June 26, 2014

In 1953, one gay man decided to hold onto a picture that would have got him arrested and very possibly beaten by the police

Back in 1953, being gay was not only frowned upon but forbidden.

Safe places were sacred, and one of them happened to be a photo booth.

The young man on the right hand side of the image above, Joseph John Bertrund Berlanger, once owned the picture.

 Even though the picture itself could have got both of the men arrested at the time it was taken, he held onto the romantic shot for posterity.

June 18, 2014

Gay rights activists suspect ban was repealed is because lawmakers do not want to be 'humiliated' by the European Court of Human Rights

St Petersburg has repealed the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Lawmakers in the city’s local assembly decided there was no longer a need for a local law now there is a federal ban.

The second largest city in Russia was one of the first to introduce an anti-gay law in 2012.

Vitaly Milonov, who was the co-sponsor of the original homophobic legislation in St Petersburg, introduced the repeal but this does not mean he is supporting LGBTI people.

He said he will continue to fight against ‘gay propaganda’ and seek to criminalize such acts.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

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 6, 2014

Two Ugandans have been held in prison since January charged with the crime of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

A gay man and a trans woman are to go on trial in Uganda tomorrow (7 May).

The couple, who live together, are accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’.

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

The couple will not be facing charges under the newly enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act, 76 Crimes reports.

May 4, 2014

Boy George told GSN it's time for world leaders to be more proactive when countries put in place anti-gay laws

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards attracted A-List LGBTI glitterati. Gay Star News was there to take a few photos and ask some questions.

The media watchdog's gala was held in New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Actor George Takei was the star of the evening as recipient of the Vito Russo Award. The honor is reserved for an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel