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July 16, 2014

Hanoi will host its signature LGBTI pride bicycle ride 3 August for the third year in a row and organizers are hoping to see double the number of participants this year

While the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Vietnam may have stalled for the moment, organizers of the third annual Viet Pride festival remain enthusiastic about the event.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Together’ and it will take place over five days from 1-5 August with its signature Viet Pride LGBTI bicycle rally on Sunday 3 August through the streets of Hanoi.

June 26, 2014

While religion is not necessarily to blame for suicide, the association is 'troubling' according to the study author

Gays who were counseled from a religious leader were more likely to attempt suicide than those who sought no treatment at all, a new study has revealed.

The Williams Institute has found LGB people who received therapy from a medical professional were no less likely to attempt suicide than those who did not seek help, but assistance from faith-based counselors were associated with a higher suicide risk.

June 16, 2014

Trans and gender non-binary youths need a safe and fun place to enjoy experiences from kayaking to camping out that millions of other kids take for granted

Trans teens need your help to make their summer camp a reality – and give them an experience millions of other kids already enjoy.

Gendered Intelligence is putting on a summer camp especially for trans and gender non-binary teens but need help funding it.

June 13, 2014

The largest Protestant church in the United States has passed a transphobic motion condemning people who undergo procedures to become the gender they feel is correct for them as it elects an anti-gay author its new president

The US Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution condemning transgender people who seek to transition to the gender they feel is correct for them, saying they are going against God’s design for human kind.

The same meeting that passed the resolution also elected a new president for the Southern Baptists – homophobic ‘The Gay Agenda’ author Ronnie Floyd – signalling that the church is sliding backwards when it comes to LGBTI issues.

Floyd’s 2004 book claims to ‘expose the agenda that the homosexual lobby is trying to impose on society.’

June 6, 2014

Hanoi is hosting the 2014 Viet Pride festival and bike ride from 1-3 August and organizers are already making preparations

The organizers of Vietnam’s largest public celebration of LGBTI pride are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year, with 200 people taking part in its first pride bike ride in 2012 and 250 in 2013.

Hanoi’s annual Viet Pride ride is a convoy of people on bicycles and motorbikes, carrying rainbow flags and messages of equality, which is also supported by a program of events.

June 4, 2014

The American Family Association spokesman has claimed that the ‘gay gestapo’ is bringing back slavery in the US by expecting Christian bakers to not discriminate against gay couples

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has accused the LGBTI community of forgetting the Civil War and trying to bring back slavery by trying to stop Christian bakers discriminating against same-sex couples.

Fischer made the comments in complaining about a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling against a Christian baker who had refused to bake a cake in 2012 for a same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted a cake for a celebration of that marriage when they returned to their home state.

May 30, 2014

Researchers have discovered that even some people who consider themselves to not be homophobic still think gay men can 'contaminate' them

Straight people still think gay men are ‘dirty’, according to new research.

According to experiments undertaken across the world, the participants felt the need to ‘physically cleanse’ themselves after imagining contact with a gay person.

Researchers believe it proves some people think gay men can 'contaminate' them in their subconscious mind.

If the participant considered themselves to be conservative in their social views, then they were far more likely to need to consider gay men to be ‘dirty’.

May 21, 2014

The part-time student has fought in vain for a refund from the course that torments him

A postgraduate student in Chinese Literature has taken his own life in Taichung, after complaints about rampant sexual discrimination in a mythology course fell on deaf ears.

The 30-year-old gay man surnamed Chang jumped off the 12th floor of a campus building yesterday evening (20 May) at the National Chung Hsing University.

April 11, 2014

'...America’s abolitionists recalled the timeless insight that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The wisdom of these words applies as much today as then'

The National Organization for Marriage is comparing the fight against marriage equality to the battle against slavery.

The group, that was co-founded by Maggie Gallagher, has a new fundraising campaign called 'Keep the Republic & Marriage.'

March 8, 2014

'There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage. That is a liberal lie'

Opponents to same-sex marriage in the US have given up on rationality.

Take Michel Medved. He's a conservative radio host and today, 7 March, was on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a yearly confab where conservatives meet and greet. Think of it as the political equivalent to a Star Trek convention.

Medved's panel was Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along? and he made this passionate statement:

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

December 10, 2013

Soccer bosses tell England fan she is banned from playing in competitive matches until her transition is 'complete' for two years

A British trans women has been told by the Football Association she can only play on a men’s team.

Despite her teammates and players from opposing teams having no problem with her, Aeris Houlihan faces a gruelling two year wait before she can compete.

The 32-year-old’s passport and driving license confirms her gender, and has provided medical proof her hormone levels are exactly the same as any other woman.

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.

November 11, 2013

Plan to include housing complex for seniors and homeless youth

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center is embarking on an ambitious $25 million fundraising plan to pay for a major expansion to be completed in 4-5 years.

CEO Lorri L. Jean announced on Saturday at The Center's annual gala that on 25 October she had signed an agreement with the state of California to purchase property that will be transformed into ‘an LGBT campus the likes of which have never been seen before.’

October 29, 2013

Hundreds of Vietnamese LGBTs and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park to watch the symbolic marriages of two gay and lesbian couples and to show their government their support on the issue

Hundreds of LGBT Vietnamese and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park for the ‘Toi Dong Y’ festival to call for marriage equality while the government decides what to do on the issue.

The large crowd gathered Sunday morning with rainbow flags and balloons to watch a gay couple and a lesbian couple marry symbolically and cheered then they threw their wedding bouquets.

The event also received a lot of support online, with nearly 60,000 liking it on Facebook.

October 21, 2013

Big Brother star Brian Dowling says: 'To witness the outstanding work of all the nominees and award winners was extraordinary.'

The UK's largest national diversity awards will air on television for the first time next month.

Filmed back in September, The National Diversity Awards will broadcast on the Community Channel.

Role models and community heroes were among the honored at the ceremony for their commitment to equality and diversity.

Big Brother star Brian Dowling hosted the event again this year, who said: ‘It is a pleasure to be associated with such an inspirational awards ceremony. 

September 4, 2013

According to Bryan Fischer the start of the Nazi Party can be traced to a gay bar in Munich, Hitlers enforcers were homosexual and gays are 'thuggish'
 

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative American Family Association, went on his radio program to claim the Nazi Party started in a Munich gay bar.

Fischer is notorious for claiming  gays were essential to Hitler's Germany.

After claiming where the Nazi Party formed, Fischer repeated another discredited claim.

August 22, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it was revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The government in England and Wales has said the protections for trans individuals in educations were removed in 'error'.

The Department of Education (DfE) has claimed the removal of 'gender identity' as a characteristic listed in the inclusion guidelines for the equalities document guidelines in the national curriculum.

Speaking to Gay Star News, a DfE spokesman said: 'This was a drafting error.

August 13, 2013

Nelson Falu is sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the homophobic torture of three males his gang believed were gay in New York

The first member of New York City’s Latin King Goonies gang to be sentenced over the torture of three males they believed to be gay will spend seven years in prison for his crimes.

Gang member Nelson Falu, now 20, was sentenced August 9 in a plea bargain offered by prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb who told the Bronx Supreme Court that his victims would rather strike a deal than have to relive what she called their 'nightmare' on the witness stand.

July 8, 2013

India has always had a culture where heterosexuals have been very physical with their friends of the same-sex, but LGBT visibility is increasingly causing this affection to be questioned

LGBT visibility is having an effect on the way Indians view close friendships among heterosexuals of the same-sex - with people now questioning those who are physically affectionate with their friends.

Indians have traditionally been very affectionate, with male friends holding hands or putting their arms over each other’s shoulders but recent legal gains by LGBTs appear to be changing attitudes.

June 23, 2013

LGBT people are homeless at double the rate of heterosexuals in San Francisco according to the city’s Human Services Agency

A study has found that LGBT people make up 29% of the homeless population in San Francisco despite making up only 15.4 % of the general population in the city.

The Human Services Agency of San Francisco conducted a census of homeless people to maintain federal funding for its programs and found 6,436 people to be homeless in the city.

June 6, 2013

Clement Méric was attacked by a group of skinheads wearing knuckle-dusters outside a shop in Paris

A gay rights activist, aged only 18, was left brain dead after an attack by far-right skinheads in Paris.

Clement Méric, a student in Paris, was ‘violently attacked’ by a group of three men and one woman near Saint-Lazare train station last night (5 June).

An avid anti-fascist protester, he is believed to have rallied for the marriage equality bill which was passed into law last month. His savage beating has provoked horrified reactions across France.

May 31, 2013

Golden Boy, a new novel about an intersex teenager, is quickly becoming a critics’ favorite. We chatted with its young author, Abigail Tarttelin, about the issues it addresses

Abigail Tarttelin is only 25 but her second novel, released this month, is already on the shelves and you’d have to look pretty hard to find a bad review.

Golden Boy is the story of Max Walker, a 16-year-old with a lifestyle that every schoolboy would envy – the only complication being that he is half schoolgirl.