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April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

March 31, 2014

Five men reportedly raped a 20-year-old gay man in an abandoned house before setting the bed and the room on fire

South Africa police are investigating an anti-gay rape and arson case.

A 20-year-old from Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, was reportedly gang-raped in an empty housing development in Lerato Park. According to IOL News, the attackers then sit fire to the bed where they allegedly raped the young man.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

March 24, 2014

Bosses immediately laid off the driver as a 'protective measure' to ensure no other gay couple is discriminated against

A French public bus driver sprayed water all over a young lesbian couple for kissing, and immediately got fired.

Transport authorities in the city of Nancy, northern France, said they had laid off a driver ‘as a protective measure’ after he admitted to attacking the couple.

The driver stopped in front of a high school to pick up students around 5.30pm on Friday (21 March).

As one of the girls kissed her girlfriend goodbye, the driver allegedly uncapped a bottle of water he had with him and threw it all over them.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

February 25, 2014

'She’s being bullied by the homosexual lobby in Arizona and elsewhere'

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on his show today that Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being 'bullied' into vetoing a controversial anti-gay bill.

The bill, passed by both houses of the legislature last week, would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it for religious purposes.

February 14, 2014

Johnny Weir has spoken out how figure skating is viewed as feminine in the US, but masculine in Russia

Both gay and straight ice skaters have spoken out against the homophobic bullying they face in the sport.

As the world’s eye is on Russia and the anti-gay laws LGBTI people face there, some may look to figure skating as the gay oasis in a desert of homophobia.

February 10, 2014

New research in association with 02 and Childline reveals worrying statistics about the online activity of LGB youth

Nearly three quarters of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people use the internet to meet others like themselves. For many, it is their only source of information and support on gay issues, or contact with other LGB youth.

However, it can also put young people at great risk of things such as cyberbulling, grooming and sexual exploitation.

In partnership with o2, Stonewall is releasing guidance for parents and teachers to help young LGB people stay safe online.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

January 12, 2014

New report finds more than half of young LGBT people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide

Young gay people in England are facing a looming mental health crisis according to a new report due to be published tomorrow (13 January).

The report reveals over 50% of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. It also shows 50% have self-harmed and 42% have sought medical help to combat anxiety or depression, says The Independent.

January 11, 2014

Jewlyes Gutierrez faces battery charges after being involved in fight at school

Jewlyes Gutierrez, a transgender student from Hercules, California, faces battery charges after she was involved in a fight at school last November following what she says were days of bullying by three female classmates.

The teen is not alone is thinking her being prosecuted is unfair.

January 9, 2014

A 31-year-old man has been taken into custody by the authorities. He was already known to police. Gay Center: 'Italy is still a homophobic country'

Italian police have arrested a man suspected of murdering a gay activist discovered in a ditch.

Andrea Troisio, 31,  was taken into custody by the Roman police for the alleged murder of Daniele Fulli, 28, the gay man found dead on the banks of the Tiber river last Tuesday (7 January).

December 30, 2013

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough ... Thank God I didn’t kill myself'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is glad he's around to enjoy things like the Oscar buzz he's getting for having directed The Butler.

There were plenty of times when he felt he could not go on.

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid,' he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 18, 2013

An inquest has heard how a 14-year-old boy, who had made 20 reports of bullying to his school, bypassed settings on his computer to research suicide methods

A British gay teen has killed himself after being ‘bullied to death’ at school, an inquest has heard.

Ayden Keenan-Olson, 14, chose to take his own life by swallowing an overdose of prescription pills.

He left two suicide notes saying how he could no longer cope with the homophobic and racist bullying he experienced at his school in Colchester, Essex.

The inquest held this week heard how father Tim Olson found him dead in his bed on 14 March.

Keenan-Olson had come out to his parents just before Christmas, three months before his death.

November 17, 2013

Ofsted inspectors are now quizzing English schools about their homophobic bullying policies

Government inspectors in England are finally cracking down on schools that fail to tackle homophobic bullying – 10 years after the death of Section 28.

Ofsted, the official inspectors of English schools, is now investigating whether schools they visit are fighting anti-gay bullying and teaching about same-sex families.

A poor Ofsted report can wreck a school’s reputation and cause it to be forced to improve with managers, staff and governors sacked.

Tomorrow (18 November) marks 10 years since the UK scrapped Section 28.

November 13, 2013

Gays are being targeted by Islamist elements within the Syrian Opposition forces, and refugees have spoken of being blackmailed, robbed and tortured and of friends being taken away and killed by foreign fighters

Islamist elements in the Syrian Uprising are targeting homosexuals in the country, according to a special report in Vice magazine, with foreign Jihadis often blamed by the refugees who spoke to the magazine.

Vice’s Hannah Lucinda Smith spoke to seven Syrian gay men who have fled the country and they told stories of torture, blackmail and of death threats and having gay friends disappear.

November 9, 2013

The parents and brother of Tyler Clementi will walk the bridge on Sunday that he leaped to his death from 3 years ago after being outed by his college roommate in order to raise awareness about bullying

The family of gay teen suicide victim Tyler Clementi will return to the bridge where he leaped to his death on Sunday, three years after he took his own life after being outed by his college roommate.

Parents Joseph and Jane Clementi and older brother James Clementi will walk the bridge as part of the Friend Movement anti-bullying campaign.

November 7, 2013

Gay deputy headteacher and pioneer in the fight against homophobic bullying is raising attention of the current state of British schools

The UK is being warned today gay teachers are still too afraid to reveal their sexuality as homophobic bullying is still too common in some schools.

Some teachers are told coming out as LGBTI would go against the school’s ethos, a small charitable organization has claimed.