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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.

August 19, 2014

Students of all gender identities are celebrating after UCAS chooses to change their rules that could have arguably violated the Equality Act

Non-binary and trans students are victorious after protesting biased new UK university admission rules.

UCAS, the UK’s official provider of university admissions services, sought to immediately review their procedures following a petition on change.org.

The Nonbinary Inclusion Project spotted UCAS had amended their application form for 2015 university admissions, asking students to state their ‘legal sex’ of either male or female. The question was not optional.

August 4, 2014

Sunday saw Vietnam’s LGBTI community take to the streets for the third annual Viet Pride ride in Hanoi

Around 300 people decorated their bicycles and scooters with rainbow flags and took to the streets of Hanoi for Vietnam’s annual LGBTI pride festival on Sunday.

Protests of any kind are highly controlled by the Vietnamese Government. However the Viet Pride festival was able to be held without interference from officials for a third year in a row.

July 28, 2014

After threats of forced evacuation and complaints of ‘bad behavior’ for living in a sewer, a group of homeless LGBT Jamaicans could get a shelter for ‘skills training’ but not ‘to carry on homosexual activities’

Police and government authorities in Kingston, Jamaica are reportedly debating opening a new homeless shelter specifically for LGBT individuals.

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 7, 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.’