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August 10, 2012

GSN chats to Igualdad Peru director Luis Antonio Capurro, who believes we need to respect a straight person’s opinion if we want them to respect ours

As a member of the LGBT community, are you actively hetero-friendly?

Sure, we live in a predominantly straight world that we’re trying to make as gay-friendly as possible.

However, the process is not always friendly, and unfortunately has been known to include violence and even death.

But in the fight for our rights, do you forget that in some cases you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?

Igualdad Peru’s director Luis Antonio Capurro reminds us that heterosexuals are not the enemy (at least not all of them).

August 2, 2012

UK football organizations invite LGBT people to become soccer coaches as part of initiative to get more gay people involved in sport

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK are being encouraged to become football coaches.

The initiative in partnership with the Football Association, Pride Sports and Surrey County Football Association hopes to get more LGBT people involved in soccer and is part of the FA's plan to tackle homophobia in the English game.

Participants will take part in a residential course from 24 to 27 August, featuring all the necessary workshops required to attain the qualification.

July 29, 2012

Eight gay-rights groups in Michigan join forces to educate 'straight allies about the extreme anti-equality government in this state'

Leaders from gay rights groups in Michigan will embark on a 100-day hunger strike.

Starting tomorrow 30 July, leaders from eight different gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups will go without food for 24 hours as part of their Hungry4Equality campaign.

Hungry4Equality is designed to raise awareness of specific issues facing the LGBT community, according to David Garcia, executive director of LGBT group Affirmations in Ferndale.

July 6, 2012

British campaigner Clare Dimyon starts solo vigil outside Ukranian embassy in Hungary against gay censorship law 8711

A British lesbian campaigner has started a solo vigil outside of the Ukranian embassy in Budapest this morning as Ukraine debates anti-gay law 8711.

If it becomes law, 8711 would make all public discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues illegal.

It made the headlines last Saturday (30 June) when openly gay singer Elton John used a concert in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, to call for the country to drop the legislation.

July 5, 2012

Liz Bingham, partner at global professional services firm Ernst & Young, wants the best companies to do even more on LGBT rights

Firms must continue to push for better workplaces for LGBT people, even in countries where it looks like the job has been done.

That was the message from Liz Bingham, managing partner for people at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, as she addressed the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London today.

June 22, 2012

Israeli politician Anastasia Michaeli further attacked Israel's LGBT community and remaining unrepentent despite wide ranging condemnation and critique.  

Member of Kenesset - Israeli's parliament (MK), Anastasia Michaeli spoke out again (20/6/12) against the Israeli Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, this time signalling out lesbians: ‘Young girls get pregnant, get abortions — which hurt their chances of having children, and in the end they become lesbians.’

June 21, 2012

Kenyan LGBT activists divided about plans for LGBT pride event at US embassy on 26 June

Kenya is to have a gay pride for the first time but it’s not being organized by local LGBT people – instead it’s being put on by the US embassy.

American officials have invited local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and dignitaries to the event on 26 June at their embassy in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

But some gay campaigners on the ground have spoken out against it, warning they may face a backlash from the Kenyan public and threatening a boycott.

June 20, 2012

Malaysia deputy minister says government is ‘tackling’ LGBT issue

A Malaysia deputy minister questioned in the senate yesterday, said that the constitution did not protect the rights of LGBT citizens.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department responded to a question in the senate about what the government was doing to ‘tackle’ LGBT issues.

‘A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms,’ said Mashitah. She said that being LGBT was against Islam and the constitution of the country, as Islam is the official religion.

June 11, 2012

Gay Bombay organize talk from lawyer Vijay Hiremath so that LGBT people known their legal rights

In the wake of several raids of bars and clubs in Mumbai, a lawyer addressed a gay group in Mumbai yesterday informing them of their legal rights.

‘In the last two months there have been two incidents of queer parties being disrupted in Mumbai,’ Indian LGBT rights activist Pallav Patankar told Gay Star News.

‘Checks such as these create fear in the queer community as individuals do not want to be outed to the police, a lot fear blackmail and harassment is experienced  post such incidents.’

June 5, 2012

The pink pound? Early adopters? Fickle and flighty? What is the truth about marketing to the LGBT community?

My swimming club is organizing a pool party. It doesn’t sound like a big deal when you say it quickly, but we haven’t done it before and, when you’re relying on London to turn on some decent weather in June, there’s every chance things could go horribly wrong.

‘Sponsorship!’ said Jonathan, one of our members working on the event. ‘Sponsorship,’ he said again firmly. Jonathan is an investment banker - small, punchy and Irish, we were all inspired by his confidence. What we needed, to make this pool party really rock, was sponsorship.

May 20, 2012

Research indicates that employees aged 55+ less likely to be open about their sexuality

One of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes is: ‘...the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.’

May 7, 2012

Pre-election plans to set up an LGBT issues advisory committee are well-overdue in the Australian state of Victoria

Plans to set up a committee to advise on issues like HIV treatment, homophobia and youth suicide in the LGBT community in the Australian state of Victoria are facing dissent.

The Sunday Age reports that an anonymous senior MP said: 'I don't see what used to be know as "poofter bashing" happening and I don't see overt discrimination. It's unnecessary. You don't need a committee for everything.'

May 3, 2012

Annual report on human rights and democracy outlines steps UK took to promote LGBT rights abroad. Diplomats will continue the pressure despite a backlash

Britain will continue fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights around the globe despite a backlash for some countries.

That's the pledge the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave Gay Star News as it released an annual report on human rights.

The report on human rights and democracy was launched by foreign minister William Hague and has an LGBT section.

It outlines some of the activities and diplomatic positions taken by the foreign office in 2011 to protect and promote global LGBT rights.

April 30, 2012

Iowan Zach Wahls makes the case for gay equality with his new book

Only a crank, or Rick Santorum, would say anything negative about Zach Wahls.

April 20, 2012

Side by Side gay film festival regional event coming to Moscow

The Side by Side lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, which is based in St Petersburg, is coming to Moscow this year.

Local authorities have attempted to ban the festival repeatedly since its inception in 2008. It was held for the first time in St Petersburg, where it is still based, but puts on regional events in other cities.

April 18, 2012

European Parliament adopts report on global human rights and better access to asylum for gay, bisexual and trans people who flee to Europe

The European Parliament has demanded better access to asylum and human rights around the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The parliament’s adopted its annual report on human rights today (18 April) paying close attention to EU action for the human rights of LGBT people.

It guides the European Union’s actions on international diplomacy and is separate to a report on human rights within Europe which is published at a different time.

April 9, 2012

Champions of Change challenge to spotlight people who have made positive impact

The White House on Monday (9 April) announced a new video contest aimed to shine a spotlight on ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

The LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge seeks the stories of parents and students, neighborhood and business leaders, artists and advocates who are engaged in the fight for equality.

April 8, 2012

Discriminatory rally organised to defend country's 'moral and religious values'

A rally against 'unacceptable lifestyles' by anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups will take place on April 21 in Kuala Lumpur.

The rally will be held at the Dataran Merdeka square in the Malaysian capital and led by the discriminatory Jaringan Melayu Malaysia group.

April 2, 2012

Gay Star News interview one of the first gay elected politicians in Japan, Taiga Ishikawa

The way that societies treat LGBT people varies as cultures vary across nationalities. In Japan, a very polite and reserved culture, name-calling and playground punches are not such a problem for LGBT youth, but the silent treatment and behind-your-back bad-mouthing is.

March 23, 2012

The Malaysian government is working with several NGOs to help resolve LGBT ‘problems’

An official has revealed that the Malaysian government is training volunteers to 'help' the LGBT community, as part of its anti-homosexual campaign.

During a parliamentary session on Thursday (22 March), Mashitah Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the Malaysian government has ‘prevention’ and ‘law enforcement’ as its theme when it comes to LGBT issues.

March 20, 2012

LGBT film training in Beijing awards two fledgling filmmakers the chance to make documentaries

Gay coal miners and female-to-male transgenders won the chance to be the subjects of documentaries at a LGBT film training course in Beijing this month. Eight participants, chosen from 29 applicants from all over China, took part in the week’s training.

February 9, 2012

But activists say this won’t affect LGBT campaigns or individuals too much

As has been threatened for a while, the 320 million users of the Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblog site, will now have to register their real names and ID numbers to their account. After 16 March unregistered users won’t be allowed to post or forward messages. This will allow the government to trace anti-government sentiment on the site that has given Chinese people a powerful tool for free expression.

February 8, 2012

Second reading of homophobic bill due in St Petersburg’s parliament today

European diplomats met with the initiator of the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ bill due to have its second reading in parliament in St Petersburg today.

United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov brought the bill to the city’s parliament last November, saying: ‘We do not infringe on civil rights and freedoms. We are only talking about propaganda as this information about sexual deviations affects our children.’

January 31, 2012

American gay rights advocate Joseph Knudson is calling for the whole world to join LGBT rights march

Gay rights advocate and The Gayly Blogger, Joseph Knutson is calling for LGBT communities all over the world to march for their civil rights on 21 April. Knudson and other activists have started a Facebook event called LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY.