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April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

April 4, 2015

Following eight hours of debate, the Irish Seanad have approved plans for same-sex couples to adopt

Same-sex couples in Ireland will be able to adopt, following changes to the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

Approved late on Monday night with a majority of 20-2, the bill received a standing ovation as it cleared the Seanad after an eight hour debate.

Following lengthy discussions in the days leading to the debate, and 122 amendments, the 100-page bill includes 170 sections, dealing with topics around guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction, and child custody.

March 31, 2015

For Trans Visibility Day, Lola Olson questions what do you do when you identify as agender in a male/female world?

This is the exact wording of a letter I received from the Gender Identity Clinic:

'I use the female pronoun she has made no make change ans acknowledged that she is generally perceived and considered as female within the society should she lives. She said that she is accepting of that.'

I wonder if it's possible to roll your eyes inside out. That's really important for me to know, considering only one of mine work.

When I was told repeatedly the Gender Identity Clinic would help me as an agender person, I guess I just wanted to believe it.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 17, 2015

A 14-year-old helps debunk myths around being transgender: 'Gender is who you are, like your soul.'

It's the question every out teen dreads: 'Are you sure you're actually transgender?'

At best, it solicits an eye-roll and a well-rehearsed answer; at worst, further months of self-doubt and stress.

March 12, 2015

Michigan school says the LGBTI charity 'conflicts' with its mission

A Christian university in Michigan has canceled a bake sale in aid of homeless LGBTI youth.

Andrews University (AU) said the charity Project Fierce Chicago 'conflicts' with the private Seventh Day Adventist school's mission.

The organizer of the sale, Eliel Cruz, said AU excluded the school's unofficial LGBTI group Aull4One 'on all channels.'

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales. 

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 11, 2015

Four government bodies reject the first LGBTI group to apply for incorporation

The first South Korean LGBTI group to apply for incorporation has said they were rejected by four government agencies because of anti-gay discrimination.

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation approached the Seoul Municipal Government, National Human Rights Commission and the ministry of justice between January 2014 to January 2015 but were rejected by them all.

February 4, 2015

It is not the post-racial era we dreamed of

Black History Month (which kicked off on 1 February) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans.

If Dr Carter Woodson, the Father of Black History, were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African American community. It speaks volumes about our survival here on this American soil, after centuries of slavery, decades of lynching and years of racial profiling.

January 29, 2015

The UK’s Office of National Statistics has released some new figures on the number of same-sex couple families living in the UK

According to newly-released statistics from the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), co-habiting couples – both opposite-sex and same-sex – are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

The data is included in the ONS’ Families and Households, 2014 report, which revealed that cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014.

December 29, 2014

The US Department of Education has issued a directive to federally funded schools explaining that transgender students must be allowed into the class of their preferred gender in single-sex educational settings

The US Department of Education has expanded guidelines that protect transgender people in schools under federal laws covering sex discrimination, sending out an official ‘significant guidance document’ to clarify that transgender students must be allowed to attend single-sex classes of their preferred gender.

The Department of Education announced that it had decided that sex discrimination laws covered transgender students in April and the new document gives further advice to schools that receive federal funding on how they should approach the issue.

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 18, 2014

New legislation draft is of big concern to trans voters

The UK government has fixed the 'glitch' that forced trans people to provide a previous name in order to register to vote.

Following a report by Gay Star News, the Cabinet Office has responded swiftly, ensuring only those who changed names in the past 12 months must provide their 'dead name'.

While disclosure of previous names is not currently a legal requirement, legislation has been drafted to make it so.

December 8, 2014

Mayor indefintely postpones the anti-gay hate law after a Christian backlash

About 70 LGBTI activists staged a sit-in at Seoul city hall to protest the mayor's indefinite delay of a human rights charter banning anti-gay discrimination.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups Saturday (6 December) occupied the lobby of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) holding a banner reading, 'To sexual minorities, human rights mean life.'

They said Mayor Park Won-soon had not responded to repeated requests for a meeting and demanded he proclaim the charter, which was supposed to be enacted on Human Rights Day on 10 December.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

October 28, 2014

Report finds 87 per cent of the country's LGBTI people are not out

LGBTI Mongolians face social stigma and violence despite living in the first Asian country to teach LGBTI issues in schools, according to a new report.

The report was conducted by the United Nations Development Program and US Aid and is the first comprehensive review of LGBTI rights in the north Asian country.

It highlighted the lack of published records of LGBTI before the transition to democracy in 1992 and until recently, there was no word in the Mongolian language for gay or transgender.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

September 28, 2014

The two gay men were walking in Brooklyn when the suspects started yelling homophobic slurs

The New York City Police Department has arrested two men, and a teenager, for attacking two gay men on Saturday (27 September).

A 22-year-old gay man was walking with friend in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bushwick. Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that comprises New York City.

According to the Daily News, the unnamed victim was wearing a dress.

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.

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.