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June 4, 2014

Quickly deletes joke relating to gossip about boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez

Jenny McCarthy, one of the co-hosts of the The View, posted a transphobic joke on Twitter Tuesday (3 June).

The joke had to do with the rumor that Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend, Casper Smart, may have cheated on her with a bikini model who happens to be transgender.

McCarthy quickly deleted the without explanation or apology.

Since followers were quick to take screen shots of the tweet, it spread quickly even after being deleted.

May 27, 2014

Danbury High student Nasir Fleming was cheered by his fellow students when he took out the title as Prom Queen at his school dance on Friday night – becoming the first ever male at the school to take the title

Things went wild in a good way when openly gay Danbury, Connecticut teen Nasir Fleming was named Prom Queen on Friday night – becoming the first male Prom Queen in the school’s history.

Nasir, who had also been nominated for Prom King, was cheered and applauded by his fellow students from Danbury High School as he accepted the tiara at the school’s dance at the Matrix Center on Friday night.

Nasir said he wanted to be Prom Queen to support transgender equality even though he is not transgender himself.

May 26, 2014

'Our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back'

The two New York radio hosts who were fired after describing trans people as ‘nutjobs’ are now saying they are sorry.

Kimberly and Beck, the former hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, have released a statement to All Access in which they describe themselves as 'very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the transgender community and their friends and families.'

May 22, 2014

Rochester, New York hosts described trans people as 'nut jobs', repeatedly misgendered them, and played Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like A Lady

Two New York radio hosts were fired for making transphobic comments during their show, it was announced today (22 May).

Kimberly and Beck, the hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, described trans people as ‘nutjobs’ in a disturbing, offensive segment broadcast yesterday.

The hosts were responding to the city of Rochester’s decision to offer transgender health benefits to employees.

In the segment, they play Aerosmith’s ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and repeatedly misgender trans people. Listen to the segment below.

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.

May 18, 2014

'Wrong, shameful, and very sad,' say other gay activists who object to the rally for exploiting the deceased victims to gain media mileage

To mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), several dozen LGBT activists in Taipei erected 100 paper gravestones with the names of international and local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) people who committed suicide after experiencing discrimination, bullying or violent attacks in front of the Presidential Office Building yesterday.

Each of the tombstones showed a QR code which is linked to a web page that tells the story of the person’s life, the China Times reported.

May 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry mark the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia calling on people everywhere to join in defending the equal rights of LGBTs

President Barack Obama’s full statement:

'Tomorrow [May 17], as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.

May 17, 2014

Thugs threw stones and eggs in an attempt to stop the rally, but it could not stop rainbow balloons from being released into the sky

Hundreds of Russian gay rights activists braved threats of violence to hold a peaceful protest in the city of St Petersburg today (17 May).

With around 200 armored policemen surrounding the group, there was one officer for nearly every single person participating in the rally.

The people gathered in a square holding placards calling for peace, love, diversity and tolerance.

May 17, 2014

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the UN have created a video about the power of sharing a positive message

The United Nations have released a powerful video encouraging people to stand up for LGBTI equality on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

The video created to support IDAHOT (17 May) encourages people to speak up about discrimination and share a message of support to those they love.

In the video, famous equality campaigners from Nelson Mandela to Aung San Suu Kyi are shown, alongside images of pride protests around the world, gay parents and some of the horrific attacks and injustices LGBTI people have suffered.

May 16, 2014

Ukrainian LGBTIs are caught up in a geo-political game, with Russian sympathizers saying the EU is a ‘homodictatorship’

Over recent years Ukrainian society has shown an increased intolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and LGBTI issues. Now the level of social tension is so high LGBTI people do not feel safe in their everyday lives.

May 15, 2014

Who will win out of 49 countries including the UK, Belgium, Montenegro and...Russia?

Where is the best place to be gay in Europe? The UK.

Ranked the best of 49 countries, with a score of 82%, it proves that while they might not be great at winning song contests recently – it comes tops when it comes to LGBTI rights.

The UK beat Belgium that scored 78%, followed by Spain with 73%.

The Netherlands, Norway and Portugal came in joint fourth place with 70% while Sweden, France and Iceland were top five at 65%.

May 14, 2014

‘However bad the situation, we are ready to defend our human dignity and rights, to speak against violence and stand with activists all over the world’

The situation for LGBTI people in Russia is getting more and more complicated.

Human rights violations, hate crimes and speeches and state-sponsored homophobia have become a part of day-to-day life of LGBTIs and those who speak out for equal rights for everyone.

But despite this, there is defiance. We are planning various actions devoted to International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May. There will be activity in at least 11 Russian cities.

May 14, 2014

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity

A new charity song celebrating LGBTI rights is out to warm your heart.

The song, by British lesbian group The L Project, is dedicated to ‘everyone who has suffered as a result of LGBT bullying, abuse or inequality.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity.

'Diversity and love is a message everyone can get behind', believes Georgey Payne, one of the project's coordinators.

May 2, 2014

A Russian lawmaker who believes gay groups should be shut down and anti-gay laws enforced accidentally marched alongside a gay rights protest

Hundreds of LGBTI activists joined the largest protest so far against Russia’s anti-gay laws since they were introduced yesterday (1 May).

With a large rainbow banner reading ‘Love Is Stronger Than Hate’, around 300 protestors marched through the streets of St Petersburg fighting for their rights.

Some held rainbow flags, some carried the pink, blue and purple flag representing bisexuality, and others held posters calling for love, not hate.

The march coincided with a May Day rally, with numerous groups and organizations taking part in the event.

May 1, 2014

We look at how LGBTI groups around the world are raising their voices against transphobia, homophobia in sport and homophobia for IDAHO

It’s 2014, and not everyone has the freedom to express themselves.

As we approach International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), commemorated around the world on 17 May, the battle for LGBTI rights and human equality continues to reach critical mass.

This year’s theme of ‘Freedom of Expression’ is a call for LGBTI people and allies raise their voices against homophobia, especially for those who live in countries where living and expressing themselves freely could be punishable by fines, imprisonment or death.

April 14, 2014

Producers of the hit TV show apologize for using the ‘transphobic slur’ and will remove it from all programming

RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced it will remove what has been called transphobic language from its programming.

Trans activists have criticized the show’s producers in the past weeks for a segment titled ‘Female or She-male’ where drag queen contestants were asked to identify whether cropped photos were former drag queen contestants or women.

March 26, 2014

RTE defends The Centre's trans character, who is described as 'King Kong in a thong', as being a positive LGBT role model

Several complaints have been made to RTÉ over an a ‘transphobic’ new sitcom airing in Ireland.

The Centre, which aired on Monday (24 March), features a trans woman who is part of the cast of characters living on a housing estate in Dublin.

Nuala Mooney, played by Gary Cooke, is described as a ‘40-year-old pre-op trannsexual who’s been living as a woman for the past three years.’

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has accused the sitcom of being a ‘throwback to the dark ages of television’.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

March 15, 2014

During a discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson’s CrossFit lawsuit, panelist says ‘she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there’

Wendy Williams has become the latest US television personality to offend the transgender community after hosting a panel segment discussing transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson.

Jonsson, a personal trainer from California, has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against fitness company CrossFit for alleged discriminatory practices.

She claims CrossFit denied her the chance to participate in the women’s division of the upcoming CrossFit Games on the grounds that she was ‘born as a male’.

March 7, 2014

British woman was left traumatized after one of her windows was deliberately smashed, saying she felt like a 'prisoner in her own home'

A British trans woman is living in fear and says she is too scared to leave her own home after an attack on her property.

The unnamed woman, living in Cheshire, north west of England, was left traumatized when a piece of heavy exercise equipment was hurled through one of her windows on New Year’s Eve last year.

Alexander Stoll, 32, said he did not remember the incident but later admitted to smashing the window and pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Halton Magistrates Court yesterday (6 March).

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 16, 2014

Local activists hail the video to be a 'very large step' and a 'first in the whole history of Iran'

In a country where gay men risk execution for their sexual orientation, Googoosh, one of Iran's most famous singers, is believed to be the first to feature a same-sex (lesbian) couple in her music video for 'Behesht' (Heaven).

The video, which the singer posted to her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, proclaims: 'Freedom to Love for All!'

February 7, 2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.