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June 23, 2015

New UK-based survey finds that many LGBTI people believe hate crime is an 'everyday reality'

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and intersex people experience hate crime 'too often' to report it to police, according to a new report.

Researchers have found hate crime is an 'everyday reality' for LGBTI people, with many saying harassment and verbal abuse is 'part and parcel' of their lives.

Many worry police won't take them seriously, some can't face being outed to their families and people in rural communiies are being left 'lonely and isolated with nowhere to turn'.

May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

May 4, 2015

Activist is one of the most leading LGBTI voices in the country

A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for 'inappropriate behavior' in the media.

Kath Khangpiboon, 28, a social work lecturer at Thammasat University, was notified of her dismissal in early March after about 10 months of teaching.

School authorities told the transgender activist that she had 'behaved inappropriately and used inappropriate language in the media, which affected her image as a university lecturer.'

February 19, 2015

Research suggests attractive men are as unkind and unequal as rich people

A new study has found the better looking a man is, the more likely he is to be selfish.

Brunel University London tested a theory in evolutionary psychology that attractive people have more to gain from inequality because they tend to have higher social status.

'We found that attractive men tended to be less egalitarian and less generous. But that wasn’t the case with attractive women,' said lead investigator and senior lecturer in psychology at Brunel University London, Dr Michael Price.

November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

June 19, 2014

Activists say teachers can be fired because, by being out, they are being ‘political’ in the face of 'gay propaganda' laws

A Russian lecturer has said he was fired for being gay.

Oleg Kluenkov claims he was dismissed from his position at Northern (Arctic) Federal University over his activism work in Russia and abroad.

He was sent a dismissal letter from university officials ‘for being absent from work without excuse’.

It referenced his trip earlier this year in February, when he travelled to the United States to spread the word about LGBTI activism about Russia.

He had no classes at the time.

March 20, 2014

Gay men are more self-conscious than straight men in the locker room, with participants in the study saying they are less likely to change in front of straight guys as it's 'unfair' on them

Straight men are apparently more likely than gay guys to ‘compete’ on penis size in the locker room, according to a new study.

Dr Christopher Morris-Roberts, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, has said penis size matters a lot to athletes in the locker room.

In research for his PHD, Dr Morriss-Roberts interviewed eight London athletes who played a variety of sports including football, tennis and rugby.

Half of these men self-identified as gay and the other half as straight.

January 24, 2014

A new review of research by the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies has found that kids who are being brought up in families headed by gays and lesbians do as well as their heterosexually parented peers

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report on the well being of children raised by gays and lesbians and found they did just as well as those raised by heterosexual men and women.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family well being and provides an evidence base for developing policy supportive of the well being of families in Australia.

November 29, 2013

Dance and drama consultant for leading London college claimed teachers can turn pupils gay through indoctrination

One of London’s leading colleges has suspended its head of dance and drama after he was caught ranting about ‘gayism’.

The incident has also seen the principal go on a leave of absence.

In his 50 minute speech Dr Mark Walcott, of Newham College in East London, suggested having Elton John as a headteacher would turn children gay.

He said LGBTI people indoctrinate children, like the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis.

He told colleagues he had investigated a school leading to the dismissal of a teacher because of his sexuality.

June 29, 2013

Singapore Democratic Party politician confirms he is gay, hours before attending the city state’s annual LGBT rally

Singapore’s opposition politician Vincent Wijeysingha has officially come out as gay, ahead of the country’s fifth annual Pink Dot rally.

In a Facebook message Friday afternoon (28 June), the 43-year-old social work lecturer from SIM University says: ‘Just in case Fabrications About The PAP was wondering, yes, I am going to Pink Dot tomorrow. And yes, I am gay.’

May 21, 2013

Gay Vietnamese-Canadian fashion design lecturer who lives in Ho Chi Minh City argues Vietnam is not ready for gay marriage

In response to Vietnam marching ahead of other Asian nations towards legalizing same-sex marriage, a gay Vietnamese-Canadian fashion design lecturer who lives in Ho Chi Minh City said that the country is not ready for marriage equality.

Legalizing gay marriage would not make Vietnam '"cool" when it has failed to acknowledge other gay rights issues', Valentine Vu writes in an editorial for Tuoitre News.

February 5, 2013

Roger Scruton and Philip Blond posted an anti-same-sex marriage message asof UK parliament debates gay marriage

Two English political commentators have claimed same-sex marriage is homophobic.

The philosopher and lecturer Roger Scruton, writing with fellow political commentator Philip Blond, made the claim on The Spectator's website, a UK political magazine known for its right-wing political leanings.

The article spoke of their 'profound reservations' about same-sex marriage because it would mean gay people conforming to 'heterosexual norms'.

November 3, 2012

Jamaican gay rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson, says his country's government is directly responsible for the brutal homophobic attack on a young student

In most modern understandings of criminal law, an accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime but who does not actually participate in its commission as a joint principal.

The principal on the other hand is someone whose acts or omissions, accompanied by the relevant malice, is the immediate cause of the criminal act.

June 5, 2012

Polish sex worker stabbed professor 114 times after being asked to engage in S&M 

A male prostitute who killed a university professor by stabbing him 114 times was found guilty in a Scottish High Court on Friday (1 June).

The jury found Polish sex worker Pawal Rodak guilty by majority verdict of murdering 64-year-old Roger Gray, The Scotsman reported.

Gray, a lecturer of 40 years at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, died of blood loss in his home on 19 March 2010.

April 9, 2012

People who grow up with authoritarian parents are likely to endorse anti-gay policies

Men and women who have a repressed attraction to the same sex and grew up with authoritarian parents are far more likely to be homophobic, according to a recent study.

In a series of psychological studies, it found men and women who identify as straight but in tests show to have a strong attraction to gay imagery are more likely to hate and fear proud gay and lesbian people.

It also suggested that people who grow up with authoritarian parents who forbade these desires are more likely to endorse anti-gay policies.

February 16, 2012

According to new report, biphobia is a mental strain on bisexuals

Bisexual people suffer the worst mental health problems of anyone based on their sexuality, says a new report.

The Bisexuality Report: Bisexual inclusion in LGBT equality and diversity’ found bisexual people are prone to higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide, all of which are embedded in biphobia.

December 14, 2011

New book lifts lid on vibrant sexuality, including gays and lesbians, in the Communist GDR

A historian is ‘thrilled’ to receive a prestigious award for her book on sexuality in East Germany under Communism.

Dr Josie McLellan’s study shows how, despite our image of the former Eastern Bloc country as being ‘grey and dull’, people managed to have vibrant sex lives - even gays and lesbians when male homosexuality was illegal.