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January 14, 2015

Attack by McCleish Christmas Benham went viral after being captured on YouTube by fellow traveler

A Tennessee man who physically attacked a male bystander at Dallas Fort-Worth Airport and hurled anti-gay slurs at him has been fined just $474 for the incident.

McCleish Christmas Benham did not face jail time or hate crime charges for the October attack.

Benham, 28, did not show up for his court date so he was convicted on charges of public intoxication and simple assault - both misdemeanors that are each punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

January 8, 2015

Activists say recognition on travel documents will help tackle discrimination

Nepal yesterday (7 January) announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.

'We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,' Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told Reuters.

December 25, 2014

'To the individual who scrawled the word ‘’faggots’’ into our door: We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins...'

During 2014, we’ve seen a great deal of homophobic incidents shared on the internet.

And some of the most inspiring moments come from when victims of homophobia find the perfect way to respond to them.

In this case, we see a gay couple find the classiest, and perhaps the most festive way, to put a homophobe in their place.

The couple reached their door to find the word ‘faggots’ scrawled underneath their Christmas wreath.

They responded like this:

December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 12, 2014

Donnie Romero is an acolyte of the Arizona preacher who wants all gay people killed for 'an AIDS-free Christmas'

A Texas pastor told Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth last Sunday that he loved the part of the Bible that says God wants gay people to be 'put to death.'

Donnie Romero said if he ever got 'soft on sin,' he hoped that his children would tell him to 'get up there and rip on these queers because it's only getting worse and worse.'

'I'm not going to let any of these dirty faggots inside my church,' he said.

'They are all pedophiles... They're always trying to rape and hurt other people. They're relentless. They are relentless.

December 8, 2014

'Fag free zone,' 'White power,' 'Fags die, God laughs'

A gay couple has reported a homophobic vandal attack on their house and car in Alaska, several weeks after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

Adam Jacobson found frozen soup inside their mailbox, egg shells on their porch and three half-empty pickle jars strewn about their backyard after arriving at their home in Anchorage early Saturday morning (6 December).

He dismissed the food as a prank until his husband found on their car a collage of anti-gay signs and drawings containing homophobic, racist and religious language as well as a Nazi swastika.

November 19, 2014

Tongzhi can mean 'comrade' or 'gay' in Chinese

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to continue calling each other 'comrade' despite the word's second meaning - 'gay.'

The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Among the 487 regulations to remain is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade,' the egalitarian form of address preferred by Communists.

November 19, 2014

And the waiter was forced to leave after the manager refused to step in and do anything

A teenager is speaking out after he was called a homophobic slur on a restaurant receipt.

Blake Butler, 19, was a waiter at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Houston, Texas up until last week.

He was serving his tables and chatting to colleagues when a work friend showed him a note he got at the top of the receipt from two customers.

It read: 'Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal'.

November 16, 2014

The English actor shows us how to deal with an anti-gay troll on social media with one of the sharpest responses to a homophobe we’ve ever seen

English actor Paul Bettany kept his cool when an anti-gay Twitter troll attacked him.

The 43-year-old actor, who is married to US actress Jennifer Connelly with whom he has three children, is the star of several Hollywood blockbusters.

Bizarrely enough, a Twitter troll seemed convinced he is gay and threatened to beat him up for being a ‘faggot’.

However, the esteemed actor seemed to call upon his years of acting experience to handle the troll with one of the most eloquent responses to a homophobe we’ve seen.

November 11, 2014

Pacific nation bans gay sex and marriage

The 'queen of the Cook Islands' has said it is 'unfair' to criminalize gay people because of who they love.

The paramount chief of the Takitumu tribe, Marie Pa Ariki, made the comments last week in New Zealand at Hui Takataapui, an annual gathering of indigenous people from the Pacific nations.

'[Gay] people are knowledgeable and contribute to society and to home life,' she told GayNZ.com.

'They are human like everyone else... we are all whanau.'

October 31, 2014

Home schooled teen was called 'faggot' and 'booty lover' by his three young attackers

A gay teen was lured to a skate park in Texas by a 'friend' and was then viciously beaten by the girl and two others while being called 'faggot'.

Dylan Beard, 17, said the 17-year-old girl asked him to come meet her at a nearby skate park in Bayton on 16 October.

When he arrived to the park, he then claims two of her male friends then jumped him calling him 'faggot' and 'booty lover'.

'They all started hitting me, got on the ground, hit me and punched me,' Beard told KHOU. 'It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess.'

October 29, 2014

McCleish Christmas Benham told police he had 'about 100 drinks'

A man who physically attacked a male bystander at Dallas Fort-Worth Airport and hurled anti-gay slurs at him will not face jail time or hate crime charges.

McCleish Christmas Benham, 27, has been charged with public intoxication and simple assault. They are both misdemeanors thart each punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

Neither charge carries any jail time.

October 27, 2014

Albert Eisenberg calmly replies: 'Never, Aunt Marianne. It's never going to be OK'

In 2009, Albert Eisenberg came out as gay to a supportive family - then it came time to share the news with his aunt Marianne.

At that time, Eisenberg was 18 and about to enter Georgetown University as a freshman.

The call from his aunt came and he remembers an 'extremely pleasant' conversation during which she told him she was proud of him and how she was 'so happy we're going to have a gay in the family.'

October 21, 2014

Gay blogger goes on video rant against Oscar winner for calling him out on posting her nude photos

A foul-mouthed Perez Hilton lashed out against Jennifer Lawrence in a video rant Monday (20 October) after she blasted him for posting a hacked nude photo of her on his site.

In a new article in Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner says of the controversial gay blogger in the article: 'He took it down because people got pissed, and that's the only reason why. And then I had to watch his apology. And what he basically said was "I just didn't think about it" … ‘I just didn't think about it’ is not an excuse. That is the exact issue itself.'

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

September 23, 2014

What was meant to be one of the best days of their lives turned sour after their outdoors ceremony was beset by hecklers

A gay couple, as happy as could be, were left devastated after they were told as they were exchanging vows to 'go home faggots'.

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson, an Arizona couple, flew in approximately 30 guests for their wedding in Coronado's Centennial Park in California.

But as they walked in, music playing, and took their positions in the grassy spot, they began hearing shouting.

Phone footage captures the couple saying their vows, with someone in the background shouting 'homos', 'go home homos', and 'go home faggots'.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

August 1, 2014

When her son came out in the 1980s, Rita Fischer was shocked but assured him of her love

Rita Fischer, now 90, has come a long ways since the 1980s when she had no clue that her son Jay was gay.

'I would not be so dumb now. I have what they call gaydar,' Fischer said in a conversation with her son that aired on National Public Radio's Tell Me More this week (30 July).

Jay Fischer, now 65, thought his mom already knew.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 14, 2014

Given a five-match ban for calling another player a ‘fucking fag,’ Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker comes to Manchester’s Canal Street to meet with LGBT locals

Rugby star Zak Hardaker will meet with members of the LGBT community tomorrow night as part of his 'personal and professional development' after being suspended for using a homophobic slur during a game.

In June the 22-year-old player called Warrington captain Michael Monaghan a ‘fucking fag’ at , for which he received a Charge E offense and a £300 fine ($514, €377).

Hardaker was banned for five games (a Charge E offense means a four to eight game ban), during which time he agreed to work with gay rugby group the Manchester Canalsiders.

July 14, 2014

‘Comments such as those made last night are unacceptable and should not and will not be tolerated.’

Football commentator Brian Taylor is confirmed to attend counseling after calling a player a ‘big poofter’ on-air.

On a 12 July broadcast, Taylor called Geelong player Harry Taylor ‘a big poofter’ for doing what he called a ‘royal wave’ when teammates hoisted him on their shoulders in celebration of his 150th game.

Taylor apologized to viewers in a subsequent broadcast saying: ‘In the pre-game show I said something that I regret.

July 12, 2014

Fan: 'He willingly kissed a boy just for a Snapchat story on top of apologizing twice.' So should he be forgiven?

If saying sorry isn't enough, will kissing a gay fan go some way in remedying it?

July 10, 2014

'Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it. I wanted us to be comfortable'

Their kiss had been seen by millions on live television on NFL draft day.

But what viewers did not know was that on the day Michael Sam met boyfriend Vito Cammisano years earlier, Cammisano was dressed as a bunny.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. and Cammisano met at one of the first big parties he attended in his freshman year at the University of Missouri.

It was a lingerie party and Cammisano, a star swimmer at the school, was dressed as a rabbit with a bushy white tail.

July 9, 2014

Nash Grier, 16, had told the world only ‘fags’ need test for HIV through his 8.7million social media followers

The teen with 8.7million followers who posted a homophobic rant on video sharing site Vine has apologized.

Nash Grier, 16, sparked anger around the world by showing a clip of an HIV testing product and then screaming ‘fag’.

He took it down, but not before it was recorded and re-uploaded by a fellow social media star, Tyler Oakley who branded it ‘extremely dangerous’.