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April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

April 4, 2014

Six judges in Kostroma, in western Russia, have ruled the city was wrong to ban a gay rights protest over 'propaganda' fears

In what is being described as the biggest gay rights victory in Russia yet, a ban on Pride was declared illegal today (4 April).

The Presidium of Kostroma Regional Court - the highest court in the region - has ruled two rallies held last year in June protesting against the nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ ban should have been allowed to go ahead.

The six judges heard from gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev as well as the western Russian’s city local government that banned the event.

March 31, 2014

Ellen Page will award the Orange is The New Black star who ‘reshaped the way Americans see transgender people’ with the award for trans activism

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month.

Cox was the first trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show, and will be presented the award by Academy award-nominated actress Ellen Page at a glitzy event held at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.

Page, who recently came out at Time to THRIVE, an event promoting issues of the gay community, said in her speech that Cox was one of her inspirations.

March 17, 2014

Inspirational advocates from across Asia share their stories at landmark awards ceremony in Singapore

Asia’s LGBTI heroes have been honored at the first Asian Pink Awards in Singapore.

Campaigners and company representatives flew in from all over the region and as far away as Europe for the event last night (16 March), organized by Asian gay men’s magazine Element.

Among those honored was A-Mei, the hit Taiwanese singer who held a free concert in 2013 to support same-sex marriage.

Another singer, Laure Shang, a past winner of the Chinese Supergirls contest and an LGBTI advocate was also given an award.

March 5, 2014

A Lebanese judge has found that a transgender woman’s relationship with a man does not constitute ‘unnatural sexual intercourse’ in a further blow to the criminalization of LGBTI people in the majority Muslim nation

A criminal prosecution against a transgender Lebanese woman in the town of Jdeideh has been thrown out by a judge who found the woman had not broken any law.

The case occurred in January in the district of Matn but was only made public Tuesday in the latest edition of Lebanese legal journal The Legal Agenda.

The woman on trial had been born with an intersex condition and was assigned a male identity at birth but she grew up feeling that she was female and underwent gender reassignment surgery in the 1990s.

March 3, 2014

A charity drag show by personnel at a US military installation on the Japanese island of Okinawa sold out Saturday – stunning organizers

A drag fundraiser for US LGBTI military network Outserve-SLDN sold out on Saturday after organizers issued more than four times the number of tickets they originally thought they would need for the show.

Organizers of the event, held at the Rocker NCO Club on the grounds of Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, originally expected to only need about 75 tickets for the show – but ended up selling 400 tickets, maxing out the venue’s capacity.

February 14, 2014

US gay media advocacy organization announce they will be honoring an international LGBTI rights activist for the first time

Three British celebs, two Russian activists and an Indian actor are among the nominees in an inaugural international honor awarded by GLAAD.

The US media advocacy organization announced they will be giving out an award later this year to recognize the work done by activists around the world.

The nominees for the International Advocate for Change Award include:

February 11, 2014

An estimated crowd of 70,000 people at the Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day held hands in a message of support and unity with LGBTI people in Russia and other parts of the world where they are being oppressed

A crowd of around 70,000 people held hands on Sunday in a symbolic gesture of solidarity with LGBTI people in Russia who are having their freedom of expression and assembly violated by Russian authorities on the pretext of protecting children from ‘homosexual propaganda.’

The law has seen over 20 people protesting in favor of the rights of LGBTI people during the Sochil Winter Olympics.

February 11, 2014

Nigerian LGBTI activists are calling on people around the world to hold protests against homophobic legislation

Gay people in Nigeria are calling on the world to help them protest against anti-gay laws.

Signed into law by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan in January this year, the Solidarity Alliance is hoping international pressure could help repeal the legislation.

The law prescribes 14 years of imprisonment for LGBTI people in the country, and also criminalizes the witnessing or aiding of same-sex relationships.

February 8, 2014

GLAAD praises spots as truly reflecting 'the fabric of our nation, which today includes gay and lesbian families'

The Russian government may be busy cracking down on any public display of support of homosexuality as the Olympics kick off in Sochi, but it has no control over what airs on NBC.

The US broadcaster of the 2014 Winter Olympics aired two commercials from car company Chevrolet that could never air in Russia due to its anti-gay propaganda law.

They feature families with same-sex couples and aired during NBC's tape-delayed telecast of opening ceremonies which took place earlier in the day on Friday (7 February).

February 4, 2014

Report adopted 'strongly condemns' homophobia and transphobia in the European Union

European Parliament has voted to ensure every country in the continent must guarantee equal rights for LGBTI people today (4 February). 

The directive, put forward by the European Commission, ‘strongly condemns’ homophobia and transphobia in the EU, and is intended to reduce discrimination in the grounds of belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Despite opposition from religious and other conservative groups, a clear majority approved the report. 394 politicians voted in favour, with 176 against.

February 2, 2014

The Equal Rights Party will fight for votes in the country’s elections later this year and hopes to give a voice to persecuted LGBTI people in the Rainbow Nation following Mandela’s death

A new gay rights political party has confirmed it will stand in South Africa’s elections this year, to give a voice to persecuted LGBTI people in the country.

Despite acceptance in predominantly white urban areas and the recognition of same-sex marriage since 2006, homosexuality is still taboo in rural parts of South Africa.

The new Equal Rights Party hopes to address the disparity in LGBTI tolerance across the country.

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

January 11, 2014

Jewlyes Gutierrez faces battery charges after being involved in fight at school

Jewlyes Gutierrez, a transgender student from Hercules, California, faces battery charges after she was involved in a fight at school last November following what she says were days of bullying by three female classmates.

The teen is not alone is thinking her being prosecuted is unfair.

January 10, 2014

All are welcome to club Heaven in Charing Cross on 18 and 19 January 12pm to 5pm, to celebrate our second birthday at our Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show

Free for our readers, the millions of you who have helped us become a leading global LGBTI news site in just over two years, our huge birthday bash is on Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 January, from 12pm to 5pm at Heaven club in central London.

We’re calling it the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show, because we want to do away with the January blues, and we wanted an excuse to take out our summer clothes from the back of the closet.

January 7, 2014

79-year-old military veteran Hal Faulkner has had his discharge record changed from ‘undesirable’ to ‘honorable’ 58 years after he was kicked out of the Marines for being gay

A 79-year-old man who is dying from cancer has finally had his military service record cleared 58 years after he was kicked out of the US Marine Corps when the military learned he was gay.

Faulkner was discharged as an ‘undesirable’ after three years of military service beginning in 1953 during which he served in the Philippines and rose to the rank of sergeant.

Faulkner was diagnosed a few years ago with cancer and asked his relatives to help him secure a dying wish – to have his service record cleared.

January 6, 2014

Young LGBT Indians will gather in Mumbai this February for the 2014 Indian LGBT Youth Summit to improve their leadership skills through a series of seminars and workshops

LGBT Indians between the ages of 18 and 25 have been invited to apply to be delegates to the Indian LGBT Youth Summit being held in Mumbai this year on 15-16 February.

The summit is being organized by the Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment (MINGLE) and is intended to upskill young LGBT Indians in order to assist them in taking leadership roles in the community.

December 13, 2013

A Lebanese TV show has targeted innocent LGBTI bar-goers by secretly filming them at a drag party

A Lebanese TV show has secretly filmed LGBTI people enjoying an innocent drag night at a bar and branded them ‘perverts’.

The Lilnasher show hosted by Tony Khalife on the New Tv (Al Jadid) channel is well known for tabloid-style reporting.

But this week the gay community of Beirut again found themselves in the firing line.

The revelers at Posh, an LGBTI bar, were celebrating Saint Barbara’s day or Eid il-Burbara.

December 2, 2013

Representatives of 30 groups representing intersex people from all continents met in Malta from 29 November to 1 December for the Third International Intersex Forum and reaffirmed their demands to put an end to surgical interventions on children to make them conform to the sex binary

Between 29 November and 1 December the Third International Intersex Forum took place in Valletta, Malta, bringing together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organizations from all continents.

The event was held with the support of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and ILGA-Europe.

November 26, 2013

The mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to destroy the city’s annual LGBTI pride week after the city fined the event’s organizer hundreds of thousands of dollars over noise code violations

The conservative Mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to shut down Europe’s largest LGBTI pride event after the organizers of the Madrid Pride Week were slugged with noise code violation fines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ana Botella, the wife of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, passed a new public noise code in 2011 under which the event has been fined four years in a row, forcing organizers of the annual event to go to court to try to have them dismissed.

November 25, 2013

US LGBTI media watchdog chooses its new bosses

GLAAD's new leader is media executive Sarah Kate Ellis, the media watchdog organization announced Monday (25 November).

Ellis fills a job left vacant last May by Herndon Graddick who stepped down last May after just over a year as head of  GLAAD which promotes the image of LGBTI people in the media.

Ellis will begin her new job as CEO and president in January 2014 and be based in GLAAD's New York City office.

November 19, 2013

Experts will focus on what banks can do to improve global LGBTI rights, including in Eastern Europe, at Out on the Street summit

Rival banking bosses are getting together to discover how to boost LGBTI rights worldwide, even in countries where homosexuality is illegal.

The second Out on the Street: Europe summit will also see senior banking executives discuss what LGBTI allies should be doing, the links between gay and women’s workplace groups and encouraging new leadership.

November 15, 2013

Says Baldwin can't say he supports LGBTI equality 'while degrading gay people'

GLAAD is calling Alec Baldwin out on his 'pattern' of anti-gay slurs.

'Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice,' GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said in a statement Thursday (14 November), hours after the actor could be seen and heard on video calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

November 13, 2013

A group of active and retired US gay and lesbian military service members have held a wreath laying ceremony to mark Veterans Day at the grave site of the first man to out himself in the military to fight the ban on gays surving

Veterans Day was commemorated on Monday by a group of gay and lesbian retired and active service members in Washington DC with a wreath laying ceremony in Congressional Cemetery.

The wreath was left at the grave site of Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich who became the first serving US service member to fight the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving in 1975.