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January 22, 2015

Three LGBT business leaders, in Davos for the World Economic Forum, have taken part in a live, online discussion about LGBT workplace issues and the importance of senior-ranking role models

In a live discussion this afternoon from Davos, Switzerland, hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest, three senior business figures have voiced their thoughts on LGBT issues in the workplace, and offered an insight into their own personal journeys in the business world.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 21, 2015

Recent murder of a transgender woman is blamed on state and police apathy

Transgender activists in the Indian city of Hyderabad have called for a panel similar to the Human Rights Commission, citing a rise in anti-trans violence in Telangana state.

The Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) collective made the demand on Monday (19 January) after the murder of one of their sisters.

Pavallika, 25, was found dead on a construction site in the early hours of Saturday (17 January) morning.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 20, 2015

Director seeks police protection after a sit-in outside his home

An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai.

About 35 transgender activists yesterday (19 January) gathered outside Censor Board offices demanding an unconditional apology from director Shankar Shanmugham and the removal of the offending scenes.

Tamil blockbuster I has incurred the wrath of the LGBTI community since its release last week. Shankar sought police protection after the activists staged a sit-in outside his home for two successive days over the weekend.

January 20, 2015

Openly gay director says men on the DL are 'killing African-American women'

Openly gay director Lee Daniels has said he wants to 'blow the lid off' homophobia in the African-American community in his new TV series Empire.

The Oscar-winning director of Precious said he was frightened by his own father's hostility towards homosexuality and the same attitude was depicted in the lead character's relationship with his gay son.

'Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL,' he said at a press conference on Saturday (17 January).

January 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of two non-operative transgender women

Transgender Israelis are no longer required to undergo sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to change the gender designation on their ID cards.

The change comes after the Supreme Court ordered the ministry of interior to legally change the gender of two transgender citizens from male to female, Haaretz newspaper reported.

A petition was filed at the court by a lawyer and an ex-soldier who started transitioning during her compulsory military service.

January 20, 2015

Parodied a LGBTI campaign by the University of Bristol

UK university students are believed to have put up a poaster claiming that trans people rape women every nine minutes.

Posted at the University of Bristol, the sexist and transphobic poster was put up near the Wills Memorial Building toilets.

It is attributed to ‘MENZ+ Society’, a group that does not exist at the University of Bristol.

'Women, if a man tries to enter a womens' bathroom please take these simple steps:' it reads.

'1. Kindly ignore the fact that men including transgender males rape women every nine minutes.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 16, 2015

New constitution will ensure protection for all sexual identities

Thailand's new constitution will recognize a 'third gender' for the first time, a move that has been welcomed by the country's large LGBTI community.

A panel hand-picked by the military government began work on the new constitution this week after the previous one was scrapped following a coup in May.

Panel spokesperson Kamnoon Sittisamarn yesterday (15 January) said the charter would ensure protection for all sexual identities and equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2015

Health Ministry advises driving bans will only be given out in extreme conditions

Russia will allow trans people to drive.

Following a legal decree saying all people who suffer from a 'mental disorder' should stay off the road, a government official has said being trans is not enough of a 'disability'.

Last week, the government announced that anyone suffering from a 'sex disorder' would be ordered to give up their driving license.

January 14, 2015

Australian actress goes full frontal for her new feminist website

Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has said she is a lesbian despite having a boyfriend.

The former Neighbours star spoke candidly about her sexuality and posed naked for her new feminist website Herself, which was launched Saturday (10 January).

'I know it troubles people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner,' she wrote.

January 14, 2015

Name change is also no longer a requirement

It become much easier this week for trans individuals in New York City to change their gender on their certificate.

Proof of convertive surgery is no longer a requirement nor is a name change.

These are changes pushed by the New York City Health Department that were approved last December and went into effect on Monday (12 January).

January 14, 2015

Emoticons include a fish taco, U-Haul truck and The L Word DVD

A Los Angeles advertising director has created a suite of nearly 50 lesbian emojis out of frustration with the lack of Sapphic emoticons for iPhone.

The Lesbian Emojis app launched two weeks ago on the Apple Store and includes a The L Word DVD cover, turkey baster and her personal favorite – a plaid shirt.

Kimberly Linn, associate creative director at Pitch ad agency, started Lesbian Emojis six months ago as a joke Instagram account that now has more than 10,000 followers.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 13, 2015

Calpernia Addams, who’s life story was the basis of the movie A Soldier’s Girl, will take part in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival as a special guest at the Gender Trailblazers event

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced earlier today that American Transgender actress, artist, activist and LGBTI cultural icon, Calpernia Addams will be taking part in a special 2015 festival event focussing on transgender issues.

The 2014 Gender Trailblazers event saw Chaz Bono and Australian Defense Force Lt Colonel Cate McGregor AM share their inspiring stories to a packed theater.

Now in 2015 Addams will be a special guest at Gender Trailblazers at Sydney’s Seymour Center in Chippendale on Saturday 21 February at 7.30pm.

January 11, 2015

Warns that the ban 'risks exacerbating an already hostile climate against LGBTI in Russia', calls for immediate removal of ban

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, has criticized Russia's new law on road safety that prohibits transgender people from obtaining a driver's license to be 'ridiculous' and 'unlawful'.

January 11, 2015

In a new optional measure to increase equality, applicants will also have the option to choose ‘prefer not to say’

Applicants to the British armed forces will be asked if they wish to disclose their sexual orientation when they join.

The new measure aims to promote tolerance and equality within the armed forces.

Applicants will also have the option to choose ‘prefer not to say.’

The information will be held on personal records for the first time in British military history, reports the Press Association.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) commented on the new move, which was introduced last November.

January 9, 2015

'You don't get on our show unless you're are doing something that is inappropriate'

Jerry Springer has refuted claims his long-running tabloid talk show is transphobic, claiming trans people receive more exposure there than anywhere else.

The Jerry Springer Show has repeatedly featured trans people, and often referred to them as the slur word 'trannies' or shock 'I'm a man!' reveals. It has been so frequent the musical version of the show featured a song called 'Chick With A Dick'.

'We have transgender people on [The Jerry Springer Show] all the time, a lot,' Springer told HuffPost Live.

January 9, 2015

Of Crudup he says: 'He’s quite a sweetheart - and pretty easy to look at'

On the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Jason Biggs plays the husband of a woman who definitely swings both ways when it comes to being involved intimately with men and women.

While Biggs, best on known as the star of the American Pie comedies, says he 'has never had those desires' towards other men, he has certainly had his crushes.

January 8, 2015

Drag/jazz act will perform at travel event at London's Heaven nightclub on the 17 January

Britian's Got Talent semi-finalists La Voix and London Gay Big Band have confirmed their attendance for the Gay Star Travel Expo at London's Heaven nightclub on the 17 January.

Drag act La Voix – real name Chris Dennis – reached the live shows of the Simon Cowell-fronted talent show last year, along with the 20-piece, London-based orchestra, comprised predominantly of LGBT musicians.

January 8, 2015

Listed among the 'mental disorders' that also include fetishism, exhibitionism, compulsive gambling and stealing

Russia has banned transgender people from getting drivers licenses.

The government is blaming too many road accident for the move that lists being transgender as one of the 'mental disorders' that should prevent people from driving.

Other 'disorders' include fetishism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, compulsive stealing, and 'pathological' gambling, according to the BBC.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.