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February 23, 2015

'It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.'

Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars (February 22), took to the stage to thank her Boyhood co-stars and her family before launching into an impassioned speech about the equal pay battle currently raging in the US.

Comments the actress made shortly after the ceremony have been criticized, despite her acceptance speech garnering a standing ovation from stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

February 19, 2015

Research suggests attractive men are as unkind and unequal as rich people

A new study has found the better looking a man is, the more likely he is to be selfish.

Brunel University London tested a theory in evolutionary psychology that attractive people have more to gain from inequality because they tend to have higher social status.

'We found that attractive men tended to be less egalitarian and less generous. But that wasn’t the case with attractive women,' said lead investigator and senior lecturer in psychology at Brunel University London, Dr Michael Price.

February 11, 2015

Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons was 'disturbed' by the incident

A UK transgender detainee was called 'the thing' and 'it' by an officer while waiting to appear in court, it was revealed today (11 February).

According to a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, this was just one of the shortcomings in custody facilities in courts throughout Sussex and Surrey, including Lewes, Hove and Brighton.

The chief inspector of prisons in the UK is said to be 'disturbed' by the incident.

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

January 16, 2015

New constitution will ensure protection for all sexual identities

Thailand's new constitution will recognize a 'third gender' for the first time, a move that has been welcomed by the country's large LGBTI community.

A panel hand-picked by the military government began work on the new constitution this week after the previous one was scrapped following a coup in May.

Panel spokesperson Kamnoon Sittisamarn yesterday (15 January) said the charter would ensure protection for all sexual identities and equal treatment under the law.

December 22, 2014

In open letter to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor expands in his views: 'I see your point. I hope you’ll consider mine'

Former Desperate Housewives cast member Tuc Watkins has apologized for using the term 'blackface' to describe the Cam and Mitchell characters on Modern Family.

Watkins had been critical of the fictional gay couple in a Facebook post stating: 'It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.’

December 9, 2014

Bill allows the refusal of goods and services on religious grounds

A Northern Ireland legislator is seeking to add a 'conscience clause' to equality laws after a Christian bakery was sued for refusing to make a gay marriage cake.

Paul Givan yesterday (8 December) introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the legislative assembly that would allow those with strongly held religious beliefs to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation.

'The dilemma facing people of faith is the choice of violating their sincerely held beliefs or going out of business,' he told the legislature.

November 28, 2014

'Little Red Riding Hood' was outed after a video of him shouting at his partner was posted online

A viral video star has filed China's first gay workplace discrimination suit at a court in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Netizens named him 'Little Red Riding Hood' after a video of him shouting at his partner on the street was posted online and went viral.

In the video, the man tells police he was deceived and hit by a hook-up he met on a mobile app who 'won't even give RMB100 [$16]' taxi fare.

November 27, 2014

See more boys in skirts inside

National Taiwan University is calling for male students to wear skirts every day in the month of December to 'break the traditional gender frame.'

The Gender Workshop Society said it was launching 'Men's Skirt Month' to 'eliminate something that society had gender-kidnapped.'

The group added that they hoped transgender and cross-dressing students would 'feel surrounded by supportive friends.'

At the time of writing, 500 students had joined the event on Facebook.

November 13, 2014

Study finds only 1 per cent are out to their fathers

Seven out of 10 young gay men in Korea hide their sexuality from their parents, a new study has found.

Seoul National University human ecology major Jo Nam-seok surveyed 103 gay men in their 20s and presented her findings on Tuesday (23 November).

Her study found that 68.9 percent of respondents had not come out to their parents for fear of disapproval, especially from their fathers.

Only 1 per cent said their father knew their sexual orientation, compared with 19.4 per cent of mothers.

September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

Four in ten Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

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.