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March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

March 3, 2014

New powerful documentary discovers homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and dealt with at soccer matches in the UK

Children are singing anti-gay hate chants at football matches, a documentary has discovered.

Channel 4 Dispatches has discovered that homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and catalogued by the authorities.

While often regarded by fans as ‘banter’, the Crown Prosecution Service - backed by the Football Association (FA) – have given out ‘robust’ new guidelines.

February 28, 2014

An 18-year-old teenager says his confidence is gone and utterly embarrassed after the attack

A British bisexual teen has spoken out after a brutal homophobic attack in Preston..

Richard Scott Kennedy, 18,  was on his own after a night out at the Evoke nightclub on 26 February, at around 3.30am.

The theatre student said he was violently assaulted by a group because of his sexuality, with the gang stomping on his face causing his teeth to go into his gums.

February 17, 2014

Sardinia's second pride event aims to promote LGBTI rights and equality in a region where sexual and gender minorities continue to face discrimination

After a successful first event in 2013, Sardinia Pride is due to be held for a second time, in the small city of Alghero during the week ending Saturday 28th June.

The first event attracted around 6,000 people, a number the organizers were not expecting in such a sparsely populated country.

'We started to hold demonstrations only in 2009,' organizer Massimo Mele told Gay Star Travel.

'They were called demonstrations against homophobia because we didn’t dare to call them pride.

February 4, 2014

In this touching speech, the performer discussed why certain actions can seem homophobic and their real-life ramifications

An Irish drag queen has given an inspiring speech on gay hate.

For anyone who has ever, or knows anyone who has ever, been called 'faggot', this is an incredible speech on oppression and speaking out.

Rory O'Neill, the drag performer, caused outrage last week when he used the word 'homophobe' to describe those who disagree with issues of gay rights on 11 January edition of 'The Saturday Night Show'.

January 22, 2014

Award winning author Binyavanga Wainaina has published the missing chapter of his debut memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, in which he acknowledges his homosexuality, to protest the passing of anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria

Famed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana has come out as gay to protest homophobia in Africa, publishing a missing chapter of his debut book One Day I Will Write About This Place in which he remembers telling his mother about his sexuality on her death bed.

Wainana shot to fame as an author internationally after the book was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey.

In the missing chapter, titled ‘I am a homosexual, mum,’ Wainana remembers sitting by his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying and he had still not told anyone about his sexual orientation.

January 22, 2014

Muslim educational expert claims he is not homophobic, despite saying he could never 'approve' of homosexuality

Global charity Oxfam has cancelled an event in London after learning the speaker called gay people ‘evil’.

Ibrahim Hewitt, a Palestinian speaker and former headteacher, had written a book for 15 to 16-year-old students describing homosexuality as a ‘great sin’.

He said in an Islamic state, homosexuality should be treated like pedophilia and incest.

In the book, Hewitt reportedly said: ‘[Homosexuality is an] evil practice which could corrupt and pollute the whole society.’

January 11, 2014

X Factor winner James Arthur continues to step away from calling rapper Mickey Worthless a 'fucking queer'

'fucking q***r'

British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.

While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.

'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

January 10, 2014

Another TV star coming out may be nothing new, but when she has had to overcome all the extra challenges Roberts has, it merits applause

While I will continue to argue the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it.

Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of African descent, in truth, black homophobia maims the entire community.

For example, to date more than a quarter of a million African Americans have died of AIDS – both straight and gay.

January 7, 2014

Reverend Donald MacInnes removed from chaplaincy at Glasgow school for calling homosexuality a ‘disorder’ on Facebook

A school chaplain was sacked after calling homosexuality a 'perversion' during a Facebook rant yesterday (6 January).

Reverend Donald MacInnes, a Church of Scotland minister originally from the Isle of Lewis, was removed from his post as chaplain at Glasgow Gaelic School after his tirade against gay marriage.

After parents noticed the comments and complained to Glasgow City Council, MacInnes was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards.

January 6, 2014

Following a rally held by supporters of Section 377, pro-LGBT activists have banded together to make form an alliance in the Indian city of Chennai

Indian Christians have protested demanding the law making gay sex criminal in the country is kept – but other Christians have come out to fight for LGBTI rights.

An estimated 150 Christians rallied in support of Section 377 – which makes gay sex illegal – at Marina Beach in Chennai, south east India, on Sunday (5 January).

The law was reinstated by the country's Supreme Court on 11 December, sparking protests around the world.

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.

November 18, 2013

‘It’s OK 2 be gay’ reads a handmade poster for one school’s weekly LGBT student group – it’s a world away from the days of Section 28 in England

Last Friday I was in a secondary school in Manchester, northwest England talking to a class of year nines (14 and 15-year-olds).

We talked about homophobia, coming out, faith and sexuality, hate crime and LGBT role models. The students had lots of questions and the discussion covered difficult issues, opinions and ideas.

As I stood at the front of the classroom I noticed a homemade poster for the school’s weekly LGBT group that meets every Wednesday lunchtime (see below).

November 17, 2013

The X Factor star apologised on Twitter after upsetting his fans, including Little Britain star Matt Lucas

British X Factor winner James Arthur has apologized for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter earlier in the week.

 

Arthur, who won the singing reality show last year, caused outrage after he attacked rapper Mike Worthless on the social network, calling him 'a fucking queer.'

 

November 11, 2013

To fight homophobia in sport and raise funds for a local HIV organization experiencing budget cuts, Barcelona’s Panthers don their speedos for the world to enjoy

A Spanish gay sport group got creative to fight homophobia in sport and raise money for a local HIV charity.

Barcelona’s gay swim team the Panthers decided to shoot a 2014 swimsuit calendar to help raise funds for BCN Checkpoint Centre, a local HIV testing, treatment and prevention center.

Group coordinator Mano Ventura told Gay Star Travel: ‘Checkpoint Centre does some great work with Barcelona’s gay community with regards to HIV treatment and prevention.

November 5, 2013

Amnesty International have called on the Russian authorities to arrest the masked men responsible for the violent attack in St Petersburg

A Russian gay man who was blinded in one eye after a homophobic shooting has spoken out on his ordeal.

One of the two gun-wielding masked men shot Dmitry Chizhevsky, 27, in the eye during a terror attack on a social event for young LGBTs in St Petersburg on Sunday (3 November).

The young activist, as well as female advocate Anna Prutskova, was hospitalized.

October 31, 2013

Hundreds gathered in most gay friendly area of Rome to pay tribute to the 21-year-old medical student who condemned Italy's homophobia before jumping off a roof

Hundreds gathered together in Rome to pay tribute yesterday to a young man who chose to kill himself.

They held a candlelit vigil for the Italian medical student who climbed onto the roof of a former pasta factory and plunged to his death.

The 21-year-old, only known publicly as Simone D, killed himself because of homophobia in Italy.

‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death.

October 28, 2013

A young medical student climbed up onto the roof of a former pasta factory and jumped over the homophobia he faced

A 21-year-old man has killed himself by jumping from the 11th floor of an Italian building.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (27 October), the young Italian climbed onto the roof of a former pasta factory and threw himself off onto the busy streets of Rome.

Police have identified the man as Simone D (his surname is unknown), a medical student at the University La Sapienza.

‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death.

September 24, 2013

United Nations ambassador suggests Eric Lembembe 'may have committed crimes' and reports of his death were all 'made up'

Cameroon is attempting to blame a gay activist for his own murder.

Eric Lembembe’s body was discovered by his friends in July, with his neck and feet broken and his face, hands and feet burned with an iron.

The attack happened weeks after the renowned gay activist issued a public warning about the threat posed by homophobic thugs.

September 20, 2013

Italian LGBT groups are unsatisfied with a proposed anti-homophobia bill that passed in the lower Chamber of Deputies last night, arguing the bill's freedom of speech protections still allow discriminatory transgressions

Italy's LGBT groups are saying the new ban on homophobia is 'hypocritical'.

LGBT rights and ally groups criticized the proposed legislation, which intends to penalize homophobia and transphobia but still protects the 'opinions expressed within political, cultural or religious organizations,' allowing groups to continue making homophobic comments.

September 16, 2013

Rainbow laces and publicity campaign aim to give British soccer a ‘kick up the arse’ to make it more LGBT friendly

Bookies have calculated the odds of there being no gay footballer in British soccer and generated a number so big it is 134 digits long.

It comes as bookmakers Paddy Power start a campaign with leading gay campaign organization Stonewall to tackle homophobia in football today (15 September).

They’ve done the math – and with 5,000 pro male soccer players in the UK and 6% of the population being gay, the likelihood of none of them being gay or bisexual is so remote as to be impossible.

September 11, 2013

A$AP Rocky says he is 'not homophobic at all' after he was accused of appearing anti-gay towards the out basketball player

US rapper A$AP Rocky has apologized to basketball player Jason Collins for his alleged homophobic behaviour at VMA’s.

At the Video Music Awards on 25 August the 'Fuckin Problems' rapper appeared on stage with newly out US basketball star Jason Collins.

The pair were introducing rapper Macklemore to the stage to perform his hit song about gay love ‘Same Love’.

Collins made a short speech about gay equality and A$AP Rocky’s behavior and mannerisms made many viewers feel uncomfortable.

September 7, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights wants to backtrack on decision to offer LGBTs legal protection

Human rights charity Amnesty International has expressed outrage following Ukraine's bid to opt out of the European Union's anti-homophobia laws.

Valeriya Lutkowska, Ukraine's Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, announced on Thursday she and fellow delegates would travel to Brussels and attempt to persuade the EU to allow them to not take up laws which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director, has expressed disgust at the announcement.

September 6, 2013

Priest refused to baptize son and told British lesbian moms they were 'living in ignorance' and were 'lost'

A vicar lectured a British lesbian couple about how they were 'lost' and 'living in ignorance' – and then refused to baptise their baby as planned.

Lesbian moms, Aimi and Victoria Leggett have spoken to Gay Star News about the discrimination they faced when they wanted to have their son christened at their local church in Portsmouth, southern England.

The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for two years, arranged to have their one year old son Alfie baptized by Reverend Andy Norris at St Mary’s Church, Warsash.