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September 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 17, 2014

The 16-year-old girl has been held without charge since April

A transgender teenager, whose imprisonment without charge sparked national outrage, was found hours after she escaped from a private treatment facility in Connecticut yesterday.

The 16-year-old girl made headlines in April when a judge ordered her to be held in an adult prison without charge at the request of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which said she was too violent to remain in its custody.

September 17, 2014

Gay Star News chats with stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light and creator Jill Soloway

A star-sudded crowd got an early look this week at the first two episodes of the new series Transparent, a dramedy about an LA man with three grown children who is transitioning to female.

Series lead Jeffrey Tambor told Gay Star News on the red carpet of a premiere screening at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA that he has had a lot help from the LGBT community in learning and in preparing for his role.

‘This is important, this is a part of a lifetime,’ he said. ‘This is why you went into acting.’

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 30, 2014

Vincent Piket, head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, says opponents of LGBTI rights should not invoke any cultural, traditional or religious values to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons

LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday.

August 30, 2014

A transgender refugee who tried and failed to gain asylum in several countries, has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’ where her gender identity is accepted

A transgender woman has spoken about her happiness at finally being allowed to live in a country where her female identity is accepted.

Eliana Rubashkyn, 26, from Bogota, Colombia, was granted asylum in New Zealand, where her certificate of identification has her gender stated as ‘female’.

She has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’.

Rubashkyn has spoken about the ordeals suffered as a refugee seeking entry into countries such as France, Norway and Finland. She was consistently rejected because of regulations on gender reassignment surgery.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 29, 2014

On the eve of the first ever meeting held between Stonewall and the trans community, Jane Fae reflects on the past, present and possible future

I am shocked...shocked I tell you...to discover that the best that Stonewall has to offer at tomorrow’s grand trans jamboree breakfast is pastries! I mean, how’s a girl to engage with the big issues of the day on a diet of croissant and cafetiered coffee. Where’s the bacon? Where’s the eggs?

Where, I ask you, is the smoked fish?

August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

August 22, 2014

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?

A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

August 22, 2014

Why I founded rucomingout and what I’ve learned after 250 inspiring and moving coming out stories

I launched rucomingout.com in March 2012 when I was working as a youth worker for Britain’s National Health Service.

I was working with a 17-year-old called Jay and he told me he was gay. He had so many questions about coming out and what it was like to be gay. He regularly heard his parents use homophobic language and never heard any of his friends speak positively about being gay.

He feared he would be excluded from his group of friends and disowned by his parents.

August 20, 2014

A 22-year-old fears rape, jail or even death if she is forced to leave the UK to return to her country

The last time a 22-year-old Ugandan saw her girlfriend was when, naked and afraid, she fled her home after a mob caught them having sex.

Joan Ayebare Tumewine has called her girlfriend, who we will call Grace to protect her anonymity, every single day for over a year.

Fearing Grace is dead, her desperate search feels hopeless. Adding to her despair is the prospect of being deported from the UK back to Uganda, where she could meet a similar fate.

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 17, 2014

'Islan’s death was not an isolated incident'

A year ago today, 17 August 2013,  Islan Nettles was walking the streets of New York City with her transgender friends.

The group encountered another. Words were exchanged, including transphobic epithets, and a suspect allegedly punched Nettles.

The trans woman fell to the ground, and the suspect continued the attack.

Four days later, the 21-year-old was removed from life support and died.

August 17, 2014

The piece, entitled 'Transphobia is Perfectly Natural', has been described by many as one of the most transphobic articles ever written

Gavin McInnes, co-founder of advert company Rooster, has been asked to take an indefinite leave of absence from his job as chief creative officer following a transphobic article published on Thought Catalogue.

McInnes, who also co-founded online magazine Vice, wrote a piece entitled ‘Transphobia is Perfectly Natural’, in which he justifies bigotry against the trans community by claiming tolerance is ‘sexist, misandrist, homophobic, and further damages the lives of the mentally ill.’

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 11, 2014

25% of pupils say they are physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to new findings

A shocking number of LGBTI students suffer discrimination during PE at school, a new report has found.

Four out of five pupils have said they experience casual homophobia in physical education lessons.

A quarter also said they had been physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to the new findings.