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April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 20, 2015

'I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there'

Sam Smith has said he would rather be called a faggot than fat.

The British singer, 22, who recently lost 14lbs in 14 days, said he had been 'controlled' by food for most of his life.

'When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well,' he said during an interview with Australia TV show 60 Minutes on Sunday (19 April).

'I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat.'

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 14, 2015

'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!'

A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.

Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would 'punish' and then eat the 'faggots and dykes' who had 'sinned against God'.

In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.

Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: 'It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!

April 2, 2015

'I believe that the press can not be a vehicle of any kind of prejudice'

A Brazilian ESPN reporter shut down a football fan on live TV for using an anti-gay slur.

Gabriela Moreira stopped her report midway to tell off a Palmeiras supporter who she was interviewing in front of the Palestra Italia stadium.

Asked what he thought his team’s chances were against home side Sao Paolo, the young fan said they were going to 'beat those fags.'

Moreira looked visibly shocked by his answer, then gave this amazing response:

'Boy, I don’t know if you’ll win, but no to homophobia,' she said.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 11, 2015

'Please master can I kneel at your feet'

A Connecticut teacher has been suspended for reading an explicit poem about gay sex in class.

According to students at Windsor High School, David Olio read a 1968 poem by Allen Ginsberg which describes a sexual encounter between two men.

'It’s so graphic we can’t even repeat what much of it says,' a WTNH report said.

The first few lines of Please Master reads:

March 11, 2015

Bishop Luis Bambaren told a reporter that while openly gay Congressman Carlos Bruce may call himself ‘gay,’ in Peru the proper word for him is ‘maricon’ – the Spanish language equivalent of calling him a ‘faggot’

One of the most powerful Catholics in the South American nation of Peru has publicly used a homophobic slur to refer to his country’s first openly gay congressman in decrying attempts to allow legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Bishop Luis Bambaren’s comments were reported by Lamula.pe, who quoted him as saying, ‘I am totally against [the draft Civil Union bill]’

March 10, 2015

Gay British singer has opened up about the homophobia he faced growing up

British singer Sam Smith has said he was called 'faggot' all the time at school.

Opening up about growing up gay, he has revealed he received a huge amount of homophobic abuse both verbal and physical.

‘The toughest time for me was my first year in secondary school when I hadn’t come out as gay. It was actually the denying of being gay that was getting me bullied,’ he told The Sun.

‘I remember walking to the station getting "faggot" shouted at me all the time,’ he added.

March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

February 11, 2015

She also claims gay men are far more misogynistic than straight men

Azealia Banks has defended her repeated use of the word 'faggot', claiming it comes from a 'feminist' point of view.

During an interview with QutQ's Xorje Olivares on Sirius XM, the bisexual rapper said she would continue to keep using the homophobic slur. 

'When I use the word "faggot", it comes from a feminist point of view,' she told the radio host.

February 6, 2015

'Do gay men get a pass to say misogynist things because they like dick?'

Azealia Banks has argued that she should be allowed to use the word faggot because gay men often refer to women as bitches.

Her latest social media musings comes after the bisexual rapper slammed the 'evil' gay white media earlier this week following a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

'You gay bloggers try waving the homophobia flag at me like women are not the original source of all things fabulous,' she tweeted at Vice editor Mitch Sunderland.

January 26, 2015

90s boyband singer calls BBC Radio 1 a 'paedo-protecting poo bag station'. NSFW language

East 17's Brian Harvey has threatened to 'smash a lesbian's face in'.

The former British boyband star has left a foul-mouthed attack against BBC Radio 1, claiming it is a 'commercial poo bag station'.

Writing under a video of singer Rae Morris covering his band's 1994 Christmas number one single Stay Another Day.

'You will play anyone else as long as it's not me eh,' he said. 'Well done Rae Morris, but Radio 1 you suck fucking arse you bunch of wankers.

January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

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.

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 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.

December 8, 2014

'I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag'

A New Zealand pastor is standing firm behind his call for a gay author to kill himself.

Jim Marjoram, a gay author and community activist, emailed Auckland churches about his new book It's Life Jim. The memoir tells his 'journey of battling being gay but desperately wanting to be straight and just have a happy family.'

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 14, 2014

Bisexual rapper has no regrets calling gay celebrity blogger 'messy faggot'

Azealia Banks has claimed 'faggot' is a good way to describe gay people as they are 'way more misogynistic than straight men'.

The '212' bisexual rapper got in trouble last year after calling gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton 'messy faggot'.

But Banks doesn't regret using the word, saying she thinks the anti-gay slur is an insult for misogynists.

Speaking to The Guardian: 'I don't regret doing it, but I'll never do it again, because I don't care enough about the person to have the battle again and defend my use of the word faggot.

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.'