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September 28, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 27, 2014

A lesbian employee, who racked up medical bills of more than $100,000 for her wife's ovarian cancer treatment before Walmart’s same-sex partner health benefits came in effect this year, is seeking past damages for medical expenses and emotional distress

The US Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination on behalf of a Walmart employee in Swansea, Massachusetts who was denied spousal health insurance for her wife.

Jacqueline Cote’s wife, Diana Smithson is currently battling ovarian cancer, and between 2006 and 2012, Cote attempted to add Smithson to her insurance. However, when Cote entered her spouse’s gender as 'female,' Walmart’s online system would not proceed with the application.

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 26, 2014

Former UK Prime Minister has been named among such people as Barbra Streisand

It is time for a former prime minister to don some gold hotpants, a conical bra and announce his 27th farewell tour, as Tony Blair has today been named a 'gay icon'.

The former UK PM has been listed among a list of the most influential figures to the LGBTI community of the last 30 years, together with such luminaries as Madonna, Cher, Joan Rivers and Leslie Jordan.

While he is a controversial figure today, his Labour government completely changed the legal landscape for LGBTI people.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

She said, ‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated.

September 25, 2014

Earlier today, 25 September, Knott posted a bond of $50,000 (€39,000)

Kathryn Knott, one of the three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, has been suspended from her hospital job.

According to a statement the Abington Health system sent to Philadelphia magazine, the 24-year-old was employed at Lansdale Hospital  since 2011 May.

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

September 24, 2014

The London-based P3 is for LGBTI parents – and the heterosexual parents of LGBTI children – who work in the professional services

Tomorrow (25 September) will see the launch of a new LGBTI parenting network in London.

P3 aims to provide support to LGBT parents, and parents of LGBT children, who work in the professional services industry. The name, P3, comes from the three Ps that embody the group's unifying factors: Proud, Professional, Parents.

September 23, 2014

Men and women who are attracted to both genders are found to disproportionate levels of poverty, violence, suicide, and discrimination

Bisexual people have it worse in life compared to gays and lesbians, a new report has found.

Even though they are estimated to make up more than half of the LGBT community, experts say they face disproportionate levels of discrimination, violence, poverty and suicide.

'Bisexual people are vulnerable to...poor physical and mental health outcomes - often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers,' the report states.

Around 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, in contrast to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.

September 23, 2014

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the country

A Vietnamese man was arrested last week in Karuzi in northern Burundi for gay sex.

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the African country.

Burundi adopted a new penal code in 2009 that punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 22, 2014

Gay rights campaigners are calling for the gay and bisexual men to receive a vaccine for HPV, claiming current policy is 'homophobic'

Thousands of gay and bisexual men could be saved from cancer if British scientists decide to offer them a simple vaccine today (22 September).

The panel will discuss whether to offer men who have sex with men a vaccine for HPV, the infection which causes 5% of all cancers worldwide. While most known to be a cause of cervical cancer, the often sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in the throat, anus and penis.

Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of being infected with the virus, and therefore more at risk of developing cancer.

September 22, 2014

During her time as PM, she was opposed to the 'redefinition of the traditional notion of marriage'

Julia Gillard has accepted same-sex marriage will one day happen in Australia.

The former Labor prime minister opposes same-sex marriage, maintaining she believes in the 'traditional' definition of the union.

But in a new interview, she admits her views are 'old fashioned' and that marriage equality is an inevitability in the developed world.

September 19, 2014

'Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian'

A suspect in the recent Philadelphia attack of two gay men has lost his job coaching high school students.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement today, 18 September, announcing the suspect in the crime no longer works as a basketball coach.

September 17, 2014

The 16-year-old girl has been held without charge since April

A transgender teenager, whose imprisonment without charge sparked national outrage, was found hours after she escaped from a private treatment facility in Connecticut yesterday.

The 16-year-old girl made headlines in April when a judge ordered her to be held in an adult prison without charge at the request of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which said she was too violent to remain in its custody.

September 16, 2014

The Victoria state parliament will debate the bill this week

The Australian state of Victoria today introduced long-awaited legislation into parliament that will expunge the criminal records of men with historical gay sex convictions.

The Parliament of Victoria will debate the bill this week.

The state legalized gay sex in 1981 but men with historical convictions still face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs and traveling.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said, ‘Consensual sexual acts between two adult men should never have been a crime.

September 15, 2014

'This amicus puts these corporations on record saying that in addition to this being an issue of civil rights, it complicates the running of our businesses'

It's easy to love Ben & Jerry's. Especially chocolate chip cookie dough.

The company just made its flavors more irresistible. According to the Human Rights Campaign, on 12 September, the ice cream maker announced it joined 30 other companies in an employers amicus brief to the Supreme Court.

September 15, 2014

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all'

John Travolta describes the claims by a former male employee that they had a six-year affair as 'every celebrity’s Achilles heel.'

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,' Travolta tells The Daily Beast.

The two-time Oscar nominee, now 60, claims he's not losing much sleep over it.

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

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

September 9, 2014

Organizers of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s have bowed to pressure to allow a gay group to participate, but the decision does not go far enough for some LGBT campaigners

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 4, 2014

The man said he ran over an old woman and had to pay her medical bills or face jail

A Chinese teenager lost his life savings to an online boyfriend he never met and then disappeared.

The unnamed boy, 16, gave the man RMB120,000 ($19,500) after knowing him for only two months.

The boy wrote an account of the incident in a blog post that has become popular on Chinese social media.

He said he met 39-year-old Liu Quan through an online game and they decided to start a relationship although they had never met in person. Every time they planned to meet Liu would make excuses and postpone their meeting.