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March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

February 18, 2015

New instructions rule out 'sexually explicit' questioning of those fleeing persecution

Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office.

Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was 'interrogated' and asked 'shockingly degrading' questions about his sexual history.

February 4, 2015

More than 80% of calls are from men

More than 80% of calls to India's first lesbian helpline in Chennai are from men – but why?

Aksam, a 24-year-old boxing coach who volunteers at the helpline, said some men called to try and get contact numbers for lesbians while others were curious about lesbianism and relationships between women.

January 14, 2015

Emoticons include a fish taco, U-Haul truck and The L Word DVD

A Los Angeles advertising director has created a suite of nearly 50 lesbian emojis out of frustration with the lack of Sapphic emoticons for iPhone.

The Lesbian Emojis app launched two weeks ago on the Apple Store and includes a The L Word DVD cover, turkey baster and her personal favorite – a plaid shirt.

Kimberly Linn, associate creative director at Pitch ad agency, started Lesbian Emojis six months ago as a joke Instagram account that now has more than 10,000 followers.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

November 26, 2014

'Corrective rape' is common in the country

A South African man will spend the next 30 years in jail for murdering a lesbian then raping her dead body with a toilet brush.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday (25 November) to both charges at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecution described how he killed Duduzile Zozo, 26, after she refused his advances.

October 28, 2014

Sister says a demon told her to do it

Azerbaijani police have arrested a woman who killed her sister after she found out she was a lesbian.

Günel Nuriyevani, 20, had her throat slit last week by her younger sister at their home in the capital Baku, local media reported.

According to preliminary investigations, Parvana Nuriyevanin, 19, stabbed Günel then slit her throat after a struggle.

She studied piano at a music school.

October 5, 2014

Organizers are asking people to use Twitter hashtags #StandForEgyptLGBT and #SolidarityWithEgyptLGBT to voice their support ahead of coordinated protests outside Egyptian embassies worldwide

Following recent anti-gay crackdowns and arrests by police, activists in Egypt have launched a social media campaign to draw international attention to the surveillance and persecution of the local LGBT community.

September 17, 2014

Some of the world’s biggest brands and organizations now target ‘gay’ or LGBTI consumers. Learn the power of the pink pound

More companies and organizations than ever are learning the power of reaching out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and all their friends and allies.

However there is still much confusion about the importance of this market and the best ways to run ‘gay advertising’ or LGBTI marketing and sponsorship to deliver return on investment for you.

If you haven’t realized the potential yet or need help persuading colleagues, here are some facts and figures we’ve gathered from the latest surveys and reports:

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

June 29, 2014

Gay pride in New York City gets a rousing start with the annual Dyke March

When the drums started, the crowd cheered. The beats started the New York City Dyke March.

In 1993, the Lesbian Avengers sponsored the first such march in Washington, DC.

The tradition moved to New York City and for 22 years women have taken the streets of Manhattan, the day before the official gay pride parade.

It all starts at Bryant Park, near Times Square, and heads down Fifth Avenue. The procession ends in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood of the Stonewall Riots.

June 19, 2014

Boston has a rich history of celebrating LGBTI women, including those of color and others who are often overlooked

Pride parades will take place all over the US – and indeed all over the world – this month, and Boston’s was this weekend.

Race, unfortunately, continues to be one of the fault lines in many of our Pride festivals across the country. As is gender identity.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

February 27, 2014

Nicole Bonamino, 22, is the first Italian sportsperson playing at the top level to come out. She tells GSN: 'I want a family and children'

The first person playing top-level sport in Italy to come out as gay has rapidly become a hero to the country's LGBTI community.

Nicole Bonamino, a 22-year-old girl from a small town close to Alessandria, in Northern Italy, is little known outside her home country. But her revelation she is lesbian sent a shockwave through the Italian sports scene last month (February).

Bonamino's speciality is in-line roller hockey, playing as a gatekeeper. She competes for two local teams and the national Italian team.

February 6, 2014

South London puts the L back into LGBTI with the Bridge Girls lesbian party on Thursday nights

What’s a lesbian in London got to do to get a drink?

Thanks to the Bridge Bar, the answer is head to South London on Thursday nights.

After one of London’s only lesbian bars, CandyBar is Soho, closed in January because of increased rent, the city’s lesbian community lost an institution known the world over.

November 28, 2013

After two years avoiding sentencing, Andile Ngcoza will spend the next 22 years in jail for raping, beating and strangling a lesbian for five hours 

Justice was served for a South African lesbian who was raped in 2010 because of her sexuality.

45-year old Andile Ngcoza was originally convicted of raping Millicent Gaika, a lesbian woman from Gugulethu, in 2011, but missed his court date for sentencing and disappeared for two years.

On 3 April 2010, Ngcoza initiated a corrective rape attack on Gaika, saying he would impregnate her to ‘show her she was a woman’.

October 10, 2013

Top footballers wed in a sunset ceremony in Hawaii where the happy couple was joined by their friends and family

A lesbian soccer star couple has come out and announced their marriage at the same day.

Abby Wambach wed fellow pro footballer Sarah Huffman on Saturday (5 October) in a Hawaiian beach sunset ceremony.

The couple, who plays for West New York Flash, said their ‘I do’s’ on the blissful island of Kauai.

Some of the biggest names in women’s football attended the ceremony, including Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux.

According to TMZ, the couple’s closest friends and family joined them for the happy day.

September 25, 2013

But resourceful Queer Pakistan domain creates new URL and diverts traffic to it in minutes

In a move that was on the cards, Pakistan’s government has banned the only website in the country openly calling itself a gay site and offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s endangered LGBTQ community.

Queer Pakistan, a fledgling website launched in July and hitting global headlines immediately, was blanket-blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the state authority responsible for filtering the Internet in Pakistan.

September 19, 2013

The first QueerFest since Russia banned 'homosexual propaganda' will see over 1500 visitors attend the 10 day event to take a stand against gay hate

Risking fines and arrests, the fifth annual international QueerFest launched in St Petersburg today.

Attracting nearly 2000 visitors every year, Russia's 'queer pride and culture festival' comprises seminars, discussions, photo exhibits and concerts to make a statement against homophobia.

It will be the first festival to take place under the country's law banning 'homosexual propaganda' where individuals and organizations can face fines and jail time for promoting LGBT rights.

September 14, 2013

Launched at midnight, Qradio calls on listeners to create space for the community in South Asia and sensitize non-LGBT people

What’s ‘out and proud’, has won over 1,800 likes in two days and is raring to exchange notes on leaving a sex trail and being caught in the act?

It’s Qradio, India’s first online radio station dedicated to the LGBT community at home, in South Asia, and beyond.

September 6, 2013

Sunday 8 September will see protests for LGBT equality in cities all over the world

Gay, trans and straight people have been urged to snog each others faces of to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses all around the world.

The International Day of Solidarity for LGBT Equality on Sunday (8 September) will highlight abuses via kissing sessions, marches, speeches and other actions.

Organizers said: ‘The time has come, where we send a message to countries like Russia, Uganda, Iran and every anti-LGBT nation, that all humans are created equal and deserve freedom. We must take a stand.’

August 8, 2013

Representatives of Irish LGBT young people write to ambassador about 'worrying developments' in Russia and request meeting

Four Irish youth groups sent a letter yesterday to the Russian ambassaor objecting to 'worrying developments' and 'inhumane acts' against LGBT people in the Slavic country.

The letter highlights incidents in Russia that the groups describe as 'public bullying, harassment and torture of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) young people', referencing an article published by Gay Star News last month about gay teens being kidnapped and tortured.

August 8, 2013

Actress of American comedy-drama series Orange Is The New Black, Laura Prepon, wants more gay romance on the TV

Actress Laura Prepon, who is playing a lesbian in American comedy-drama Orange Is The New Black, has come out in favor of having more gay relationships on TV.

Prepon made her name on That 70s Show, the US teen sitcom which ended in 2006.