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April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

March 8, 2014

US tennis star Matt Dooley comes out as gay and reveals he once tried to kill himself because of his sexuality

US student tennis star has come out as gay and spoken about his attempted suicide when he was closeted.

Matt Dooley, senior student and tennis player at Notre Dame University in Indiana who came out as a gay in an article for Outsports on 3 March, has spoken about the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback he has received since.

In the piece, Dooley wrote about how hard it was growing up knowing he was gay.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

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?

February 25, 2014

'She’s being bullied by the homosexual lobby in Arizona and elsewhere'

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on his show today that Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being 'bullied' into vetoing a controversial anti-gay bill.

The bill, passed by both houses of the legislature last week, would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it for religious purposes.

February 10, 2014

New research in association with 02 and Childline reveals worrying statistics about the online activity of LGB youth

Nearly three quarters of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people use the internet to meet others like themselves. For many, it is their only source of information and support on gay issues, or contact with other LGB youth.

However, it can also put young people at great risk of things such as cyberbulling, grooming and sexual exploitation.

In partnership with o2, Stonewall is releasing guidance for parents and teachers to help young LGB people stay safe online.

February 10, 2014

US First Lady calls Sam 'an inspiration to all of us' in Twitter message and adds: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field'

US First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter today to publicly congratulate University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out publicly as a gay man.

'You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field,' Obama personally tweeted from her official @FLOTUS account.

February 7, 2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.

February 6, 2014

Dazzling floats and fabulous parties are expected to make this year's London Pride one of the biggest pride events ever. The annual pride parade will be held 28 June

London's summer is sure to sizzle with this year's pride celebrations, as organizers and volunteers strive to out-do last year's festivities.

London Pride, one of the globe's biggest pride events, will see LGBTI people and allies descend on the city to join in on the parties and parade.

The pride parade is set for Saturday 28 June, on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

January 24, 2014

British director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan’s film Celluloid is based on his experiences growing up gay in a small English town

One of the UK's most promising gay directors is back with his semi-autobiographical second film feature Celluloid.

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, the writer and director of the film, made his name with his debut play Dream On - a tender coming of age story that explores two male teens discovering their sexual identities.

EastEnders and Shameless' Jody Latham is starring in his next film, a gay psychological thriller following three characters - a mother and her gay son and lesbian daughter.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

January 12, 2014

New report finds more than half of young LGBT people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide

Young gay people in England are facing a looming mental health crisis according to a new report due to be published tomorrow (13 January).

The report reveals over 50% of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. It also shows 50% have self-harmed and 42% have sought medical help to combat anxiety or depression, says The Independent.

January 11, 2014

Jewlyes Gutierrez faces battery charges after being involved in fight at school

Jewlyes Gutierrez, a transgender student from Hercules, California, faces battery charges after she was involved in a fight at school last November following what she says were days of bullying by three female classmates.

The teen is not alone is thinking her being prosecuted is unfair.

January 5, 2014

At a rally in Utah ex-Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack calls on local law enforcement officials to block gay marriage

A former sheriff is in Utah fighting against gay marriage.

Richard Mack, who once was sheriff for Graham County, Arizona, spoke at a rally held in Highland, Utah.

'The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,'  Mack said, as reported by Fox 13 News.

December 30, 2013

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough ... Thank God I didn’t kill myself'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is glad he's around to enjoy things like the Oscar buzz he's getting for having directed The Butler.

There were plenty of times when he felt he could not go on.

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid,' he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

December 24, 2013

GSN looks at 11 individuals, from A-list celebrities to high school students,  who stepped out of the closet and into the spotlight in 2013

The increasing visibility of openly gay politicians, actors and public figures speaks volumes for the progress the LGBTI community and allies have made in the past few decades.

This year saw beloved celebrities, athletes and young students come forward and share with the world one of the most important and intimate aspects of their lives.

Whether they came out at school, on the Golden Globes stage or in a Youtube video - GSN applauds the message these 11 individuals shared when they came out of the closet.