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February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 16, 2014

Local activists hail the video to be a 'very large step' and a 'first in the whole history of Iran'

In a country where gay men risk execution for their sexual orientation, Googoosh, one of Iran's most famous singers, is believed to be the first to feature a same-sex (lesbian) couple in her music video for 'Behesht' (Heaven).

The video, which the singer posted to her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, proclaims: 'Freedom to Love for All!'

November 20, 2013

Nigerian model and singer Miss saHHara remembers her transition and dreams of a better world as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

I am standing in front of the mirror looking at my reflection. Tears of joy trickle down my rouged cheek before going on stage.

I am in tears because I just can’t believe how realistic my dreams have become. I am a woman! Living my life freely. Accepted and respected for my achievements as a model and a performer.

November 10, 2013

Caught on film, an employee of Don Pollo Bar & Grill openly admits discriminating against trans people

An Atlanta nightclub has been accused of transphobia after banning a transgender guest 'because they can'.

The Don Pollo Bar & Grill in Atlanta, Georgia, refused entry to Allisah Brooks on Friday (8 November) simply because of her gender identity.

Brooks, a drag performer, claims she was told by security 'You can't come in because you are a man.'

When challenged by her friends, an employee of the nightclub simply stated they refused her entry 'because we can'.

October 17, 2013

Former North Carolina Republican head says all trans people should be put in mental health institutions

A GOP politician has called trans people ‘disgusting freaks’ that should be put in ‘camps’.

Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, has been heavily criticized for his rant on transgender people.

After a trans activist, Kat Haché, replied to one of Kincannon’s tweets, he launched into a tirade of slurs and hate speech.

‘There are people who respect transgender rights. And there are people who think you should all be put in a camp. That's me,’ he said.

September 30, 2013

As the tale of a young trans journalist being humiliated at a Microsoft event goes viral, journalist Jane Fae asks whether the media needs a new attitude 

Have you read the one about the trans woman humiliated? Or the trans man excluded? Or the gay guy barred?

Chances are, if you read not just Gay Star News, but any LGBT press, you will come across such stories with depressing regularity.

Occasionally, they will creep into the mainstream. Though the formula is much the same. Person humiliated, discriminated against, wronged, because.

August 27, 2013

A Northern Ireland business owner allegedly attempted to sleep with a lesbian manager and referred to his LGBT staff as 'poofs'

A Northern Ireland man is paying out thousands after groping a gay male employee’s groin and asking a young lesbian manager for sex.

Bryan West, a 66-year-old businessman, is the focus of a sexual harassment employment tribunal.

The owner of a LGBT-themed restaurant in Belfast, he is accused of being homophobic, harassing staff and making sexual advances.

August 17, 2013

Under the approaching law change, German citizens will be permitted to opt out of male or female classification

Come fall, Germany will be the first European country to offer three options on a child's birth certificate.

The change, as reported by Spiegel Online International, will be available on 1 November. Birth certificates will have three options: the traditional 'male' and 'female' and a 'blank' option.

June 25, 2013

As transphobia enters the Oxford English Dictionary, Helen Belcher asks if it’s hate, ignorance or government stubbornness that is the real problem

Scrabble players have the benefit of some new words thanks to the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Transphobia and transphobic are two of them. Judicious placing of tiles on pink squares may see scores just about reaching three figures.

In the interests of assisting Scrabble aficionados, let me help by supplying a definition: Transphobic – hostile towards transsexual or transgender people.

June 17, 2013

Young football fans learning about anti-discrimination with new ‘UpFront’ game

While there are an increasing number of reports of gay and lesbian elite sportspeople becoming more open about their sexuality, for LGBT equality campaigners the battle is still far from won.

The European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) are targeting young sports fans in the 11 to 16 age range, using game-based education to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

June 13, 2013

Stephanie Smyth, a transgender woman, was forced to flee her Johnstone home, in Scotland after being subjected to transphobic hate

A 32-year-old trans woman has fled her small town in Scotland, as she can no longer endure abuse from locals who called her a 'witch'.

Stephanie Smyth, who worked as an administrator in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland said she received constant verbal abuse making her life in Johnstone ‘hell’.

The abuse started when she begun to embrace her true identity in her 20s, growing her hair and wearing women’s clothes.

Smyth underwent a gender-reassignment treatment last year.

May 27, 2013

Annual award ceremony brings attention to the worst examples of sexism and homophobia in Malaysia with irony 

The second annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah?! awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last night.

The annual awards 'celebrate' the worst examples of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in Malaysian public life, and there is plenty to choose from.

May 17, 2013

Events in Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore Vietnam and India for IDAHO

In Burma gay men are asking to be decriminalized, in Thailand transgender women want to be spared military service and in the Philippines LGBT rights activists are pushing for an anti-discrimination law.

Events are being held across Asia today to bring attention to various anti-LGBT aspects of society for IDAHO (International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia).

May 17, 2013

Russian city’s LGBT population holds demonstration for IDAHO despite propaganda law. Thugs attack

Over 150 LGBT people and their friends have braved homophobic and transphobic thugs to demand their rights at a protest in St Petersburg, Russia.

The protest for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) today (17 May) was in the city’s main park, Marsovo Pole.

May 15, 2013

United Nations Secretary General features in video promising a ‘free and equal’ world for LGBT people and telling them they are not alone

Countries must protect LGBT citizens from violence or discrimination or they are breaking international law – the United Nations has warned.

A new video released by the UN Human Rights Office puts particular pressure on the 76 countries that still make consensual gay sex illegal.

And it highlights the many others where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not protected from violent attacks and discriminatory treatment.

May 13, 2013

Anti-discrimination organization tries to reach out to LGBT Northern Irish through social media 

Eight out of ten Northern Irish lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people who experienced discrimination did not report it, a study from the Equalities Commission found.

Northern Ireland Equality Commission (NIEC) surveyed LGB people last year and found that half experienced discrimination, but only 20% reported it.

'We have already recognized the need to take special measures to address under-reporting of sexual orientation discrimination,' said equality commissioner Michael Wardlow, speaking at the start of Northern Ireland's Anti-Homophobia Week this week.

April 3, 2013

English soccer player, currently playing for Olympique de Marseille, has slammed Brazilian Thiago Silva

English footballer Joey Barton is being accused of transphobia after calling a fellow footballer a ‘transsexual ladyboy’.

The 30-year-old was talking about soccer player Thiago Silva, who said Barton was not respecting ‘Brazilian football’ in a press conference before the Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain game yesterday (2 April).

On Twitter today (3 April), he said: ‘2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca? Very strange.

April 2, 2013

British mystery drama is being called offensive after lead character made several jokes about trans people

British mystery drama Jonathan Creek is being accused of transphobia.

The BBC series, which returned for an Easter special last night (1 April), featured a trans character.

During the episode, Creek played by Alan Davies referred to the character Jacqueline using male pronouns and made comments about her genitalia.

Jacqueline forgives Creek's crass comments, and later helps to solve the final piece of the puzzle.

March 4, 2013

UK's transgender community protested against anti-trans police actions following claims officers violently handled a transgender woman in the heart of London's gay quarter

A group of transgender rights activists held a protest against police transphobia and alleged brutality, in London.

Some 25 to 30 people gathered outside Charing Cross police station, in London, this past Saturday (2 March) to protest against transphobic actions by the London police force.

March 1, 2013

Transgender community to protest against police transphobia following claims officers were violent while handling a transgender woman in the heart of London's gay quarter

A newly formed pressure group, Protest Transphobia, is to hold a peaceful protest against police transphobia, outside a London police station tomorrow.

The protest follows a incident revealed by Gay Star News, where Jose Dos Santos, a 49 year-old, transgender woman was allegedly mocked and handled with excessive force by the Metropolitan Police in Soho, the gay center of the UK capital, last week.

February 15, 2013

Transgender women in the Philippines join day of action to end violence against women and girls

Transgender women's rights group GANDA Filipinas joined a One Billion Rising (OBR), a day of protest calling for an end to violence against women, at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila yesterday.

'Transgender women are no stranger to violence as the yearly statistics of the Transgender Day of Remembrance demonstrate,' said Naomi Fontanos co-founder of GANDA Filipinas.

January 21, 2013

Portugal's parliament has voted to include 'gender identity' as a category of hate crime law

The Portuguese parliament approved a revision of the country’s criminal code which will ban discrimination and hate crime against transgender people.

This addition to the criminal code was approved unanimously, following a proposal by the Portuguese Socialist Party.

Hate crimes against trans people in Portugal have been recorded in the recent past, transphobic violence made headlines with the murder of Gisberta Salce Júnior in 2006.

However, gender identity was absent from hate crime legislation.

January 16, 2013

The Observer newspaper under pressure as anti-transphobia protesters gear up for demonstration

Protests against transphobia in the UK media are scheduled to take place tomorrow (17 January) in London and Manchester.

Around 300 attendees are expected to demonstrate outside of the London offices of the Observer newspaper, part of the Guardian Media Group.

The protests were initiated by Sarah Savage, star of the Channel 4 drama My Transsexual Summer.

November 19, 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after the alleged victim was abused by two male students in the British gay-friendly seaside city

A transgender woman was allegedly attacked in Brighton on Sunday morning (18 November).

Police were called after the woman said she had been physically and verbally abused after a night out in the southern English seaside city, well known for its large gay community.

In a statement made to Gay Star News, a Sussex Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police were called after a woman and her friends were allegedly subjected to homophobic abuse from a balcony on King's Road, Brighton at around 2.05am.