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July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

June 23, 2014

Shocking polls have previously revealed that Russians are overwhelmingly in favor of the 'gay propaganda' law, with 5% even saying LGBT people should be 'exterminated'

Russians would prefer to see nudists in public than trans people, according to new research.

Only 8% of people were ‘sympathetic’ or ‘tolerant’ of seeing a trans person, polling organization the Levada Center told Gay Star News.

The highest support went up to 10% for people aged between 18 and 24.

With nudists, support was marginally higher with an average of 18% saying they were sympathetic or tolerant.

33% had no opinion on naturists, with only 23% having a neutral view on tran people.

April 14, 2014

Conservative Mothers for America leader Mary Baker says ‘gay supremacy is becoming a monster that carries greater evils than white supremacy ever did’

The African American leader of US group Conservative Mothers for America claims that there is a powerful growing ‘gay supremacy’ movement that is worse than the white supremacy movement – which she could tolerate more because at least those racists were Christians.

Mary Baker, a speaker for the Tea Party Express, made the claims in an article for Tea Party Nation which warned that America needed to take a similar approach to putting down ‘Gay Supremacy’ like it had the white supremacist movement.

April 9, 2014

'It’s not an exaggeration to say homofascist because the German Nazi Party was homosexual; Hitler was a homosexual, the top Nazi leadership, all of them were homosexuals...'

Rick Wiles insists that Adolf Hitler did not desire an Aryan nation. Instead the German dictator was focused on making gay soldiers.

Late last week (4 April),  the reporter from TruNews was a guest on the radio show of fellow US anti-gay advocate Jeff Allen. Wiles argued the LGBTI community mirrors the Nazi Party of 1930s Germany.

March 10, 2014

Man who helped to set up an anti-homophobia in football group was stabbed in the arms and lung after a rally celebrating International Women's Day

A 25-year-old gay rights activist is fighting for life after being reportedly stabbed by Nazis in Sweden.

Showan Shattak was assaulted by extreme right-wing thugs in Malmö on Saturday night (8 March).

A football fan and activist against human rights abuses, he attended a rally to celebrate International Women’s Day and fight against sexism.

According to his friends, the gang of neo-Nazis attacked him as he was heading home after the protest.

Shattak was stabbed in the arms and lung causing life-threatening injuries.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

December 25, 2013

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare acts on rising reports of sexual harassment by colleagues of the same gender

Japan has taken a small step towards better gender equality by banning same-sex sexual harassment in the workplace.

From July 2014, a female boss who keeps asking subordinates of the same sex to dine with her could have violated a revised law, reports Kyodo news agency.

Likewise, men sharing adult jokes or obscene rumors among themselves may be classified as sexual harassment.

November 11, 2013

The leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ which has been entrapping and humiliating young gay Russians on camera is reportedly on the run in Thailand after authorities began investigating him over an alleged racist attack in the Ukraine

Maxim Martsinkevich, the founder of the homophobic ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ Russian movement entrapping young gay men and then humiliating them on film is on the run in Thailand after authorities deemed a recent video he made to humiliate an Iraqi foreign student to be racist.

In the video Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, claims the Iraqi student believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex in an apartment in the Ukraine but instead he is confronted by Martsinkevich while taking a shower.

October 13, 2013

Uptick in marriage support among US conservatives is mostly due to people born after 1980

While US Republicans and conservatives are still overwhelmingly opposed to gay marriage, views are starting to soften.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, over the past decade a growing minority of conservatives are starting to support marriage equality.

Today roughly three in ten of Republicans (29%) and political conservatives (30%) are gay marriage supporters.

September 10, 2013

Five homophobic and transphobic bills are under consideration in Lithuania

Five anti-gay and anti-trans bills are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament later this year.

These bills include  a complete ban on gender reassignment, banning same-sex adoption and ‘criticisms of homosexual behavior’ no longer being classified as hate speech.

The first proposed amendment would place a ban on all trans surgery in Lithuania.

Official notes for the amendment states as Lithuanian society views 'gender reassignment as very controversial', it should be prohibited.

August 28, 2013

Irene Monroe offers ways forward for a dialogue about race and sexual orientation

When Sue O’Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper Bay Windows, which I also write for, penned her piece ‘Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think’ a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper’s website but it was also buzzed around town.

July 23, 2013

Topless band of female protestors' Paris offices are hit by fire, and they think it could be something to do with the stamp controversy

Feminist group FEMEN’s HQ in Paris went up in flames at the weekend, with some activists suggesting it could have been a homophobic attack.

Although police are treating the blaze as an accident, it comes after a recent death threat that said the women should ‘burn like witches’.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (21 July), a fire broke out at 5am in a room where FEMEN’s leader Inna Shevchenko had been staying.

July 10, 2013

Masked muscle men get into their trunks to storm the beach and demand freedom for an anti-gay activist

The world’s most homoerotic anti-gay marriage protestors are at it again – getting down to their trunks to invade France and ‘liberate’ a fellow activist.

The young, masked, muscled men – Les Hommen – are at war with France’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

And in a shambolic recreation of the D-Day landings, they storm their way onto the beach.

May 22, 2013

Democrat and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they do not want to jeopardize immigration reforms

Gay couples have not been included on a new bill offering US citizenship to immigrants living across the country.

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act was introduced on 17 April offering full citizen rights to illegals who have lived in the US before 31 December 2011.

May 9, 2013

Faith Community Baptist Church pastor Lawrence Khong says that the devil is behind LGBT people asking for rights

A Singaporean pastor has delivered a sermon titled God's Pattern for Marriage in front of 3,000 people in which he called the LGBT movement 'diabolical'.

'I believe that God has awakened to face one of the greatest attacks on the family by the evil one,' said Lawrence Khong.

Khong also called the LGBT rights movement the 'onslaught of the evil one'.

April 11, 2013

The UK’s National Diversity Awards is now taking nominations for 2013. Founder Paul Sesay explains the difference the first year of the awards has made

One of the reasons why I set up The National Diversity Awards in the UK is that I identified there are not enough positive role models, charity organizations and entrepreneurs that get recognized for their hard and selfless work each and every day.

When I was growing up in Leeds (north east England) there was so much deprivation, crime and poverty that positive role models did not automatically shine through. It’s the same where I live now in Liverpool.

March 24, 2013

Karl Tropper, an Austrian priest, has been banned from Easter preaching and forced to retire due to his continual use of hate speech against gays and Muslims 

Austria's Roman Catholic Church has forbidden a priest from preaching to his flock at Easter Mass because of his comments against gays and Muslims.

The move comes after the 75 year-old priest, Karl Tropper, has been repeatedly warned to desist from inciting hate against gays and Muslims.

Last week he called gay people ‘homo-deranged’, he has also described Islam as ‘pure racism’.

February 27, 2013

Canada's supreme court ruled that Saskatchewan anti-gay activist's flyers violated human rights rules and constitute hate speech

Canda's supreme court of ruled against anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott saying his flyers amounted to hate speech.

Today's (27 February) ruling came after years of legal wrangling over a case brought against anti-gay activist, Bill Whatcott, by Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC), concerning flyers he distributed in 2001 and 2002.

The ruling found that two of the four flyers could be construed as hate speech against gays, and upheld previous damages of $7,500 levied against Whatcott.

February 26, 2013

Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the new Agang party said she supports LGBT rights and opposes homophobia

Mamphela Ramphele, leader of South Africa's newest political party, Agang (Sotho for 'Build'), stated she fully backs LGBT rights and is dedicated to fight homophobia.

Ramphele, a revered anti apartheid activist, announced last week (18 February) on the formation of a new political party and called upon South Africans to 'join me on a journey to build the country of our dreams'.

February 22, 2013

Two candidates with Fratelli D'Italia party released a video on YouTube saying Italians 'should vote with their hearts and brains' against same-sex marriage

Two Italian politicians have gone on YouTube to beg voters to keep the country 'clean' and not 'vote with your ass' by supporting same-sex marriage.

LGBT associations have branded the video by the right wingers as homophobic.

‘Vote with your heart and with your brain. Don’t vote with your ass,’ is what Alberto Romano Pedrina and Raffaele Zanon say in the video.

It has been released for their campaign for the general elections, which will take place in Italy this Sunday (24 February).

January 27, 2013

Australia’s opposition Liberal Party is heading into an election without any policies on the rights of LGBT people and a platform which ignores their existence

The Australian Opposition has fired its first shot in the 2013 election campaign with a policy booklet that fails to mention LGBT people or their issues.

‘Our Plan – Real Solutions for all Australians’ which aims to spell out what the opposition Liberal Party would do if elected to government contains no mention of LGBT people or if the Liberals would do anything to formally recognize their relationships while in office.

‘Our Plan – Real Solutions for all Australians’ contains no mention of the issue of same-sex marriage or civil unions.

September 20, 2012

The minister of education of the small Caribbean island state announced special measures in order to 'save the young people of Dominica' from 'homosexuality and deviant behavior'

The Dominica minister of education said that homosexuality and anti-social behavior is a large scale ‘problem’ in the country’s school system, 'bigger than previously thought'.

Education minister, Petter St. Jean, said that due to these large scale ‘problems’ the government was forced to ‘broaden its task force to deal with the matter’.

August 14, 2012

Bisi Alimi looks back at the first LGBT Uganda Pride with admiration for the activists who made it happen

Five years ago, in a state of panic I packed my bags, grabbing everything I could carry and made my way to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria. I was running for my life. I was in dire need of a place of safety; just the night before I had experienced what could have been the end of my life.