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April 10, 2015

A man in Western Syria suspected of being a homosexual was blindfolded and made to run through a field by Islamic State fighters as they stoned him to death

Another man suspected of being a homosexual by Islamic State fighters in Syria has been stoned to death, according to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday.

The execution occurred on the province of Homs, in Western Syria though the name of the victim or the exact date or location of the killing remain unknown.

Images of the killing that were published online show around a dozen men in military fatigues hurling rocks at a man they have blindfolded and made to run through a field as a group of civilians watch on.

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

March 31, 2015

LGBTIs fleeing Uganda attacked and forced into sex work in world’s third largest refugee camp

Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned in the world’s third largest refugee camp.

That’s the revelation in a new video about life in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya.

It has seen an influx of refugees fleeing Ugandan LGBTI hate and anti-gay legislation.

But life in the camp is often dangerous.

Jaw Desman fled his home after being exposed in the Ugandan press as a homosexual and having neighbors ‘storm’ his home.

March 20, 2015

Openly gay anchor took over two hour block formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid

No one can say that Thomas Roberts hasn't paid his dues.

For more than a year, the newsman rose well before dawn to host MSNBC's Way to Early and to appear on the show that follows it, Morning Joe.

But three weeks ago, Roberts was moved to the afternoon shift on the cable network to take over a two-hour time block that had been formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid.

In his first two-and-a-half weeks, Roberts has quickly more than doubled the ratings of Farrow and Reid who have been given other assignments at MSNBC.

March 13, 2015

'When he touched me, I literally got chills down my spine. I loved it.'

A curious once-straight guy has realised he's gay after watching an episode of How To Get Away With Murder.

Posting on Reddit, the 24-year-old straight thought all of his life he was straight.

'I liked girls. I dated girls. The whole shabang. I had been in a relationship with a girl for a little over two and a half years until we broke up around September of 2014,' he said.

March 13, 2015

Father doubled over in tears, clutched stomach and heart then began rolling around on floor  - but today they are close

The therapist knew the college student's devout Muslim father and had this advice: Don't tell him.

'You have to think of it from a risk-rewards standpoint,' the therapist told Khalid el Khatib. 'If he cuts you off completely and cuts you out of his life, is it really worth it to you?'

So Khatib waited.

He graduated, moved from Iowa to New York City and entered into his first relationship. After that ended, he slipped into a depression.

March 11, 2015

The rise is described as ‘disappointing’and ‘not nearly enough’, and prompts questions over whether gender quotas should be introduced

The number of women in senior management roles in the United States has increased by only 1% over the past ten years, according to research published in the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR).

The report – which surveyed 5,400 business leaders in 36 economies – says that only 21% of senior management roles in the United States are occupied by women – which represents a decrease from the previous year (22%) and just 1% rise from 2004 (when it was 20%).

March 10, 2015

Horrifying images show a masked executioner about to behead a young, blindfolded man with a sword

Islamic extremists have beheaded three gay men in Iraq.

In pictures published on social media, it shows men blindfolded and knelt in front of a huge crowd in an unidentified province in the northern city of Nineveh.

A masked executioner, dressed in black, wields a long, rusty and bloody sword.

While the bodies were not shown, it is claimed the three young men were killed for 'blasphemy'. Under Islamic State-imposed sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

March 6, 2015

International community begged to help stop brutality in Syria

Gay rights activists in Syria have alleged they have been told 'they're not worth saving' from ISIS.

Nour, a gay man, lives near to where Islamic extremists are throwing gay men off buildings and then, if they survive, encouraging others to stone them to death.

During an interview with CNN, Nour alleged he and others have tried to reach out to international groups but have been told they are not a 'priority'.

March 4, 2015

Shocking images of the horrific murder

Pictures have been released of a gay man thrown to his death by ISIS militants.

The blindfolded man believed to be in his 20s was dragged to the top of a seven-story building by three extremists in black masks in Raqqa earlier this week.

In the images, released by activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, crowds of people are seen underneath the building watching the horrific murder.

February 28, 2015

Images have been released of yet another gay men being flung off a building and stoned to death by a crowd in Syria

Images have surfaced of a blindfolded man falling to his death for being gay.

They show a blindfolded man, with his hands and legs bound, being thrown off the top of a tall building and then stoned by a crowd below.

Reportedly, this took place in the Syrian town of Raqqa and was carried out by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 23, 2015

Italians respond in the best possible way

Islamic State militants have threatened to take over Rome and throw gay people from the 'Leaning Tower of Pizza.'

The militant group made the threat Saturday (21 February) on Twitter, seemingly unaware of the glaring spelling mistake – or the fact that the tower is 200 miles outside of the Italian capital.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual,' the tweet reads.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome with slaughter,' said a second.

February 13, 2015

'The fudge packers from Hollywood are shocked the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their imperialist, communist homosexual agenda!'

A Ku Klux Klan chapter has issued a 'call to arms in Alabama' in response to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, which the Supreme Court upheld earlier this week.

Brent Waller, the imperial wizard of the United Dixie White Knights in Mississippi, 'saluted' Alabama chief justice Roy Moore for refusing to bow to the yoke of federal tyranny.

Waller also called on Klansmen to join the 'massive' Christian protests 'that are surely coming.'

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

February 11, 2015

Well-known event promoter was lured into the attack by the man he loved

A well-known event promoter was brutally beaten by a mob in Ghana over the weekend for being gay.

Kinto Rothmans was lured into the ambush by a man named Salim, whom he had told he loved.

During the attack, Rothmans was forced to confess his desire to 'chop' (have sex with) Salim in a video, which has since gone viral in the west African country along with a photo of him dripping in blood.

Rothmans is the CEO of Get Familiar GH, which organizes the popular Friday Friends club night in the capital Accra.

February 9, 2015

Police kill a teenager in the riot

Two students at an all-boys high school were arrested in Ghana after their classmates tried to lynch them for sodomy.

Police were called to St Paul’s Senior High School in Danu Friday night (6 February) after students started rioting over two boys they caught having sex. One first-year student was killed in the incident.

Local media reported that the mob turned on their teachers who they accused of protecting the boys and preventing them from 'delivering instant justice.'

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

February 4, 2015

'Gay rights are still so far from where they should be. So far'

Sam Smith has pledged to do more to help LGBTI rights.

The openly gay British pop star has said he will 'do something', and urging his fans to do the same.

It is thought he was reacting to the horrific report from Syria that saw Islamic State militants throw a gay man from a building. When the gay man survived, he was stoned to death by the town.

February 3, 2015

Warning: Graphic images

Islamic State militants have reportedly thrown another gay man off a building, who was then stoned to death after surviving the fall.

New images have emerged that show two masked men hurling the man from a seven-storey tower.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a source as saying the man was killed in the Tal Abyad town in Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold.

The man, who appears to be in his 50s, was charged with having a 'homosexual affair.'

January 26, 2015

The truth about drugs, addiction and decriminalization will surprise you, writes Hari

A few weeks ago, somebody asked me a strange question, about how my sexuality informs my attitude to drugs, and at first I was a little bit offended.

It is now a century since drugs were first banned in the US and Britain, and as this anniversary approached, I set off on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to try to understand what the War on Drugs is really all about.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.