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December 19, 2014

Poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes

Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.

In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 13, 2014

36 elementary schools in the UK will teach their students about gay and lesbian rights and stamp out anti-gay language

36 UK schools have vowed to stamp out homophobia in schools, by signing up to a scheme to teach their pupils about LGBTI values.

The group of elementary schools in and around Birmingham, UK have pledged to stamp out homophobic bullying with a new range of teaching materials called CHIPS - Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

The CHIPS programme is used in 36 elementary schools and was created by Andrew Moffat, who authored a series of books used as resources to teach children about the LGBTI community.

December 11, 2014

Lesbian Queen of Shops to choose Britain’s LGBTI business stars

Mary Portas – known in Britain as the Queen of Shops – is joining the judging panel to choose the top 50 most influential LGBTI people in business.

Openly lesbian, Portas is best-known for her work on the Channel 4 show Secret Shopper.

She joins the Out at Work Top 50 judging panel, led by diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley, Labour peer Michael Cashman and Lord Guy Black of the Daily Telegraph Group.

December 11, 2014

But will PM David Cameron listen?

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing further divides in his Conservative party over the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

Anti-gay backbenchers have said in a letter they are 'alienated' Tories have little chance of winning the next General Election in May 2015.

The letter has been sent as dozens of gay couples have already this week converted their civil partnerships to marriages under the new UK government laws.

December 10, 2014

Long awaited day is here

Gay English and Welsh couples can officially convert their civil partnerships into marriages from today (10 December).

More than 60,000 partnerships have been formed over the past decade, with many of them expected to be converted at register offices up and down the country.

For the next year, all couples who formed their civil partnership before 29 March 2014 (the day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales) will receive a £45 ($70, €57) fee reduction - making it free.

December 10, 2014

Australia House hosts the launch of a new work examining the wartime career of Sir Robert Menzies

As you walk down the Strand in London, Australia House is a major landmark. Construction began in 1913 and it was officially opened in 1918 – an incredibly ambitious building project that cost around £1 million – a huge investment and logistical challenge during the international upheaval of World War I.

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.

December 5, 2014

LGBTI activist responds to President Yoweri Museveni's assertion that the country is a better holiday destination than Spain

Ever imagined being branded a criminal for being gay in your own motherland? Well, if you think this sounds like a joke, then think no further.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.

December 4, 2014

UK consumers of pornography clearly enjoy their S&M – prompting the government to introduce new regulations for video-on-demand material

The UK government have banned UK porn producers from producing certain types of online pornographic material, specifically anything that depicts ‘the infliction of pain’ and ‘verbal and physical abuse’.

The aim of the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations Act is to impose greater scrutiny on producers of video-on-demand online porn, in the similar way to how those who produce DVDs are regulated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Until now, video-on-demand porn has not been scrutinized by the BBFC in the same way as DVD.

December 2, 2014

It should be saved for LGBTIs

Sexual minorities have fought long and hard to win the positive use of words about them, including ‘coming out’.

But now ‘coming out’ is under a surprising attack.

Last week, British TV broadcaster Channel 4 aired an investigative documentary, The Paedophile Next Door.

Narrated by historian and filmmaker, Steve Humphries it claimed the UK must radically change the way we treat pedophiles and potential sex offenders.

December 1, 2014

Queer writer wins LGBTI literary award

Anneliese Mackintosh has been announced as the winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2014 – which celebrates LGBTI writing in any form.

The Manchester-based talent won the award for her book Any Other Mouth; a part-novel, part-memoir, part-short story collection.

Other nominees for the prize, sponsored by Foyles, included Laurie Penny for her manifesto Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution and Kerry Hudson's novel Thirst.

December 1, 2014

UKIP wake up to World AIDS Day ‘present’ and a gay kiss

HIV activists embraced in a gay kiss as they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the South London office of UKIP.

They were disgusted by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and other politicians in the party saying people living with HIV should be barred from coming to Britain.

The World AIDS Day (1 December) protest symbolizes a rebirth by the London chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a group which has had been less visible in the UK in the last decade.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 23, 2014

The animal sanctuary that has agreed to take Benjy the gay bull so that he did not go to the slaughterhouse plans to sterilize him when he arrives just in case he secretly swings both ways

A same-sex attracted Irish bull that became the center of an international crowdfunding campaign to save him from being slaughtered is going to be given ‘the snip’ when he arrives in England next month,

Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich sterilizes all of the animals it agrees to take in to stop them from breeding as if they did it would prevent the shelter from taking in more adult animals that needed housing.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

'While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.'

Nearly half of young trans people have said they have attempted suicide, with 30% saying they have done so in the past year.

As the world pays tribute on Transgender Day of Remembrance, UK's LGBTI mental health charity Pace has revealed new research that shows how difficult it can be growing up trans.

They found young trans people were eight times more likely to attempt suicide. 48% of trans people said they have attempted it compared to 6% of the general 16-24 population.

November 10, 2014

Top banks and financial services firms unite for summit on LGBTI issues in London

The CEO of HSBC in Britain, one of the biggest banks in the country, says being open about his sexuality helps him do his job.

Antonio Simoes was speaking at the LGBTI Out on the Street Europe Summit, for senior people in banking and finance, in London today (10 November).

Simoes said it was important for him to be ‘authentic’ to be a good boss and that meant speaking openly about his life and his husband.

‘I am the short, bald, Portuguese, gay guy. I have started to use it as a positive element of my personality,’ he told delegates.

November 10, 2014

But the Medical Defence Union appears to be changing for the better

UK doctors are recieving advice on how to treat transgender patients, and in some cases, this could lead to potentially life-threatening mistakes.

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), Britain's legal advisory group for the medical community, was found to be giving outdated counsel.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 4, 2014

Christmas is coming

While you may have barely thrown the pumpkins out and wiped the fake blood from your neck, someone has already got his Christmas sweater game on.

That person is gay Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, best known for playing loveable oaf Hodor.

Setting the bar high, the huggable actor snapped a photo sporting a wonderfully wintery top at British big-and-tall men's store High And Mighty.

Nairn came out in March, wishing to challenge stereotypes of what a gay man is supposed to look like.