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August 22, 2014

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?

A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

August 22, 2014

A 29-year-old is urging everyone to speak out against hate crime after getting attacked in Shoreditch

A gay man has spoken out after being attacked for holding hands with his boyfriend in London.

Timothy Rumney, 29, was walking along Old Street in Shoreditch with his partner after a night out at gay club East Block during the early hours of Sunday morning (17 August).

As they were waiting for a bus, they overheard a man with his girlfriend refer to them as ‘batty men’.

Rumney challenged the man, and then the man asked why they were holding hands.

Minutes later, the same man approached the pair and hit Rumney around the face.

August 22, 2014

Why I founded rucomingout and what I’ve learned after 250 inspiring and moving coming out stories

I launched rucomingout.com in March 2012 when I was working as a youth worker for Britain’s National Health Service.

I was working with a 17-year-old called Jay and he told me he was gay. He had so many questions about coming out and what it was like to be gay. He regularly heard his parents use homophobic language and never heard any of his friends speak positively about being gay.

He feared he would be excluded from his group of friends and disowned by his parents.

August 22, 2014

A 17-year-old left his parting note on Instragram, telling his followers: 'I’m sorry I’m not the daughter you wanted'

A transgender teenage boy has stepped in front of an oncoming train, killing himself months after he came out as male.

Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, left a suicide note on Instagram saying: ‘I’m a prisoner of my own body.’

After the note was posted, he was pronounced dead after the train strike near his home in Croydon, Pennsylvania.

Friends said Moscatel had been researching hormone treatments, frustrated he could not start them until he turned 18. His parents had allowed him to cut his hair short and had bought him a breast binder.

August 21, 2014

A trans woman and her partner managed to force a civil registry office to hand them a marriage certificate

Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

'Father Time is undefeated against us all'

After playing part of last season for the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA's first openly gay player is hinting that his playing days could be over.

Jason Collins, 35, came out amid much fanfare on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 2013 then, for the first time in his career, was not signed by a team.

But the Nets hired him mid-season and he was able to secure his place in history as the first out player in the league.

August 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 18, 2014

A 24-year-old man is facing charges for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Ventersdorp

A gay woman is dead after being raped and strangled in South Africa.

Gift Makau, 18, was found dead in Ventersdorp, a town in the north west province on Friday (15 August).

She had been raped and strangled with wire and a shoelace. A running hose had been forced into her mouth.

‘[Gift] had never been abused or heckled in the community,’ her cousin, Lucky Gaorongqe, told South Africa Times.

‘Her mother is not coping at all, but we're trying - and people have been supportive.’

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 15, 2014

Every man of a certain age can understand the struggles of hair loss. When one guy started losing it in his 20s, he embarked on a treatment that changed his life

A young guy who bought 150 hats, and even wore one while having sex, is speaking out about a treatment that changed his life.

Marcin Dobiasz, 35, originally from Poland, began losing his hair eight years ago.

An actor and DJ, he lost all of his confidence when he went from a sexual lothario to being compared to Patrick Stewart.

‘About two years ago, before the treatment, I stopped dating completely and I wouldn’t take a cap off my head,’ he told GSN.

August 14, 2014

Victim Kelly Phillips and suspect Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman had broken up but remained business partners until recently

A well-known businessman in Minnesota was shot execution style outside a gas station in Minnesota this week (12 August) and police suspect his ex-boyfriend and former business partner is the killer.

Kelly Phillips, 48, was killed after being shot in the back then in the head and the gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the gas station in the city of Arden Hills.

August 14, 2014

Artist will use hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff to ask men to meet up with him in public spaces as part of a performance art piece

A gay man is to have sex with someone new everyday for a year as part of an art piece.

Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist born in Russia but based in Berlin, hopes the ‘performance’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the age of dating apps.

But while you may think his project, entitled ‘Save The Date’, is just an extreme way of getting some action, it was apparently inspired by the ‘gay condition’, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

August 14, 2014

Travel company Hotwire has produced a sweet and matter-of-fact video advert featuring a couple of same-sex parents

When campaigning group One Million Moms makes a complaint about a company it’s usually because that company – in the eyes of many LGBTI people – is doing something right.

The latest organisation to draws its ire is travel brand Hotwire. Its crime? It’s produced an advertising video featuring a real-life couple of gay dads.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

August 10, 2014

Former Lennox Lewis manager is now living life as Kellie Maloney after years of hiding her true self

The legendary boxing manager previously known as Frank Maloney has revealed that she is now living life as a woman.

Maloney became famous in the boxing world for helping to guide Lennox Lewis to world heavyweight success. After boxing in her youth, she become a trainer in the late 1970s and moved into management in the 1980s. Her working relationship with Lewis ran between 1989 and 2001.

August 10, 2014

'It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity, dignity, and rights of gay and lesbian Americans seeking to forge life-long bonds'

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision on his state's marriage ban.

Last month the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the southern state's marriage equality prohibition is unconstitutional.

On 8 August Herring, a marriage equality supporter, filed a writ of certiorari petition to the country's highest court.

August 9, 2014

The Brit actor plays a gay character in Lilting but says Freddie Mercury biopic is on hold

On the release of his latest movie, British actor Ben Whishaw has talked more about coming out.

RADA-trained Whishaw, who rose to prominence alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 2006 movie, Perfume, and has since taken on the role of Q in the James Bond franchise, stars in Lilting, which opened in UK cinemas yesterday (8 August).

August 9, 2014

Remembers 'the darkest time of my life, when I was afraid to ask for help' and doesn't want any others to go through the same

Billy Bean quit pro baseball in 1996 unable to cope with playing in the big leagues and being a closeted gay man.

A year earlier, he had watched his partner die of HIV-related causes and went on to play in a game for the San Diego Padres on the same day. He didn't tell his teammates or anyone else.

Flash-forward 18 years and Bean is back in the game in Major League Baseball's newly-created job of Ambassador for Inclusion.

August 9, 2014

Proposed legislative change is the latest move in the country’s clampdown on LGBTI rights

Indian’s Union Government has moved to stop same-sex couples from adopting children. The decision was taken while the federal cabinet reviewed amendments on Wednesday (6 Aug) to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

Although LGBT single people are not currently banned from adopting, campaigners in the country now fear that the ban on same-sex couples could be extended to single LGBT people too.

August 8, 2014

‘As president of Ola LGBT+ Almeria, it’s my obligation to denounce these homophobic acts, and urge others to do the same in order to show that there’s still a lot left to fight for and that activism is the solution’

Alejandro Gala, the 20-year-old president of LGBT youth group Ola LGTB+ Almería was the victim of another homophobic attack this week.

On Wednesday evening, while at his house in Almería, a city in Andalusia in southeastern Spain, Gala heard a commotion outside his house.

He saw a Molotov cocktail had been launched toward his house.

The homemade explosive did not make it to the house and instead combusted and burned on the front lawn.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 4, 2014

After pleading guilty to leaving the foul message, the father of three said he was not homophobic

A British father of three who posted a rant on Facebook saying all ‘faggots should be machine gunned’ has been arrested.

Paul Gair, 42, has claimed he was not homophobic and posted the message after having a bad day.

In a post under an article about a Pride event in Newcastle, north England, he said:

‘If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay cunts wouldn't of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting cunts!’

Gair posted another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’.