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July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 24, 2014

Kenya’s high court has ruled that rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy must receive official recognition as a registered Non-Government Organization from the government

Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register.

Justice George Odunga criticized the board for declining to recognize the group, saying that it had failed to carry out its own statutory function.

July 21, 2014

Sexism, transphobia and mockery reported in new survey. Anti-gay laws hurt engineers’ chances of working abroad

Nearly half of LGBTI engineers hide their sexuality at work and some have even been forced out of the profession.

That’s according to a new survey by the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) magazine.

It shows 41.8% are not open at work about their sexuality, compared to just over 45% who say they are.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

July 19, 2014

The self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shares how her transgender daughter wanted princess dresses, and told her that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone'

'My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.'

Debi Jackson, a self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shared how her transgender daughter, who is now seven, wanted princess dresses, and that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone.'

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 18, 2014

The victim is the sibling of Reggie Bullock, a player in the National Basketball Association

On 16 July the body of a transgender woman was discovered in a Baltimore alley.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Mia Henderson was found by law enforcement officials when they were serving a warrant on a matter not related to the victim.

According to authorities the 26-year-old sustained 'severe trauma.' There are no suspects.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 13, 2014

The music video and accompany documentary aims to raise awareness in the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge which is focused on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls

The Orange is the New Black star, who recently became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, can be seen in John Legend's new 'You and I (Nobody In the World)' clip.

July 10, 2014

Feminist charity Women’s Aid is demanding transgender staff ‘prove’ their gender before being allowed to work, highlighting problems with UK law

A falling out between the UK trans community and feminist charity Women’s Aid has highlighted what many activists consider to be a job half-done when it comes to legal protections for trans persons.

It illustrates why, with a UK general election now less than a year away, many are calling on politicians to think again about half-baked equality laws and a Gender Recognition Act, which creates more problems than it solves.

Trouble erupted when the Women’s Aid Transgender and Transsexual Equality Policy and Procedure was publicized on a number of trans forums.

July 9, 2014

New songs written to accompany the best LGBTI children’s books are getting young kids singing and dancing against homophobia and transphobia

Kids love books. Kids love music. Put them together under a broad diversity umbrella and something wonderful happens – they learn to accept differences.

This is the thinking behind our new project from my organization ‘Educate and Celebrate’ in the UK.

We already know kids are born prejudice-free and therefore discrimination is learned. That means all forms of discrimination can be unlearned.

And we think getting young children involved in a creative and musical process is one of the best ways to achieve this. Kids’ karaoke!

July 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 5, 2014

81-year-old comic makes no effort to be politically correct

Joan Rivers clearly stopped caring about being politically correct long ago.

The 81-year-old comic was asked in New York this week if she thought there would ever be an openly gay president of the United States.

'We already have that with Obama,' Rivers replied.

Then she added a remark about the First Lady: 'You know Michelle is a tranny...A transgender. We all know. It's okay.'

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

July 2, 2014

RuPaul is eager to have it happen: 'Let’s do it! I’m ready for it'

Drag legend RuPaul is interested in hosting a UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race.

According to DragOfficial.com, RuPaul confirms that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular US show in the UK.

Says RuPaul: 'Let’s do it! I’m ready for it. I’m ready for it… so, what’s the next step? He’s got to pitch it to a network?'

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 30, 2014

The inaugural Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival is seeking submissions from transgender and gender diverse filmmakers and films that explore transgender and gender diverse themes

The organizers of the first ever Tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival have put out the call for submissions for the festival – being held from 21-23 November this year.

The event will be held in partnership with the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival and will be Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of transgender and gender diverse filmmakers as well as films exploring transgender and gender diverse themes and issues.

June 29, 2014

Shai Piron says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his previous comments saying gay families are not proper families in his eyes

Israel’s Education Minister has apologized for offending gay families, after a comment saying same-sex couples are not proper families.

On 26 June, Shai Piron made the comments in an interview with news website INN.

‘I think it’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’ he said.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

June 26, 2014

In 1953, one gay man decided to hold onto a picture that would have got him arrested and very possibly beaten by the police

Back in 1953, being gay was not only frowned upon but forbidden.

Safe places were sacred, and one of them happened to be a photo booth.

The young man on the right hand side of the image above, Joseph John Bertrund Berlanger, once owned the picture.

 Even though the picture itself could have got both of the men arrested at the time it was taken, he held onto the romantic shot for posterity.

June 26, 2014

'When I saw the first brief where it said "Edie Windsor vs. The United States of America, I was scared to death'

It was one year ago today that the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Edie Windsor, the 84-year-old widow whose lawsuit led to the landmark ruling, reflects on the enormity of being the plaintiff in such a historic case.

Windsor sued because she was required to pay a $350,000 federal estate tax bill. The government did not recognize her marriage to her late wife Thea Spyer and under DOMA, couples cannot file joint federal tax returns or receive survivor benefits if one spouse dies.

June 23, 2014

Head of a new discrimination panel at the FA has said the governing body has hired gay, disabled and people of ethnic minorities

The Football Association has hired a new head for its anti-discrimination panel, who says ‘homophobia is unacceptable’.

As the World Cup carries on in Brazil with no openly gay players competing, new chair Tariq Sadiq has said he wants to fight against all forms of discrimination in his new role.

The leading employment lawyer with St Philips Chambers, he told HR magazine there is a problem with discrimination at soccer clubs across the UK.