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May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 17, 2015

'As a matter of fact, that is bullying me,' one angry father claims to have been bullied when his child was read the book in class

It was meant to be a lesson against bullying when a third-grade teacher picked a gay-themed storybook to read to his Orange County, North Carolina class in response to a bullying incident.

Dozens of angry parents are now demanding answers from school officials with a parent claiming that he is in fact being bullied when his child is being read such a book in school.

May 12, 2015

Plaintiff was outed in viral online video that 'affected the company's image'

A court has thrown out China's first gay workplace discrimination suit due to lack of evidence.

The plaintiff, only identifed by the pseudonym Mu Yi, was fired from a design company in the southern city of Shenzhen a week after he was outed as gay in a viral online video in October.

He accused the company of violating his right to equal employment by dismissing him because of his sexual orientation and requested an apology and 50,000 yuan in compensation for 'spiritual damages.'

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 8, 2015

Wisconsin teen was constantly tormented for being 'feminine'

A bullied 15-year-old transgender girl committed suicide last week days after coming out.

Cameron Langrell from Racine, Wisconsin told her parents a few years ago that she felt trapped in the wrong body.

She recently announced she was transgender and dating a boy on Facebook, and changed the gender on her profile to female.

Days later on 30 April, her mother, Jamie Olender, found her dead in the basement of their home.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

ChadMichael Morrisette recalls being bullied so severely that 'I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me'

ChadMichael Morrisette remembers being bullied - a lot - during junior high and high school.

'I was bullied for being who I am,' he writes on his Facebook page. 'I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.'

Morrisette, now a successful brand consultant and visual designer, was surprised recently when one of his tormenters reached out to him on Facebook.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

May 7, 2015

With society and the law against us, we can only protect ourselves

Yesterday I met face-to-face for the first time with a Facebook friend, Rohan, who lives in my city. As both of us are gay we talked about all the LGBTI issues in India.

The topic then turned to sex and blind dates. And that meant we very quickly started talking about the molestation and vulnerability of gays.

Rohan told me he had a very bitter experience and argued gays in India are really unsafe and vulnerable.

May 7, 2015

Teachers in trouble for saying ‘trans’ was like ‘gay’ on official form

A college of higher education is in trouble for not knowing what transgender is.

Henley College in Coventry, England has already hit the headlines this year for having an illegal block on their computer system, so students couldn’t see LGBTI content online.

Now they have confused gender with sexuality.

All new students have to fill in a form that asks what their sexuality is.

The options given are ‘heterosexual’, ‘gay/lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘I do not wish to disclose’ – or ‘transgender’.

May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 4, 2015

The prominent gay businessman hosted an event for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz last month (April)

Gay business man Ian Reisner has claimed that gay men are 'cheap' and 'entitled'. 

Reisner, one of New York's most prominent gay businessmen, caused controversy last month (April) when he and Mati Weiderpass hosted an evening event for a dozen guests and Republican Presidentual hopeful Ted Cruz at a Central Park South penthouse.

April 30, 2015

The former head of BP has said that employee network groups must be supported by senior allies and role models in order to be truly effective

Following up comments he made during a speech at Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Conference in London, Lord John Browne of Madingley has expanded further on his belief that senior role models are crucial for companies that are trying to foster an environment of inclusiveness.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 5, 2015

The boys were insulted, hit and even choked by other students because their father is gay

A gay father of two took to YouTube to raise awareness of the bullying his two sons endure every day at school.

Joshua Alameda Franklin from Puna, Hawaii, is seen engaging his sons in conversation about their experiences at school, where they frequently are the victims of bullies.

The children talk about being called ‘gay’, ‘retarded’ and ‘fag’; their father says he even witnessed one of his sons being insulted and a teacher, standing right next to them, doing nothing.

April 2, 2015

Owner has been besieged with telephone calls and social media postings

Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, has temporarily closed its doors due to the backlash it has received since publicly stating they would not cater a same-sex couple's wedding.

Kevin O’Connor had said he's refuse the business under Indiana's highly controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has quickly damaged the state's image.

March 31, 2015

National depression initiative BeyondBlue say one-in-three teenage boys in Australia still wouldn’t want to have a gay person in their friendship group, while nearly two thirds say they have witnessed homophobic bullying firsthand

Despite widespread support in Australia for the legalization of same-sex marriage, the message that it's ok for people to be gay isn’t getting across to teenage boys according to new research.

Australia’s national depression initiative BeyondBlue surveyed more than 300 14-to-17-year-old males and found that one in five still said they found it difficult to treat same-sex attracted people the same as everybody else.

March 26, 2015

Once openly gay Josey Greenwell has rebranded himself as country singer Nate Green

A once out-and-proud gay country musician named Josey Greenwell did a sexy DNA spread and appeared on the cover of the 2012 Spartacus Gay Guide.

Then he faded from sight in 2013 and more than a year later, re-emerged with a new name, Nate Green - a country singer being marketed for straight audiences.

Steve Grand, the openly gay singer whose debut album All-American Boy was released this week, thinks the metamorphosis of Josey Greenwell to Nate Green is a sad one.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.