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November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

January 19, 2014

Five of the biggest names in advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss the ethics of LGBTI travel

Globally renowned LGBTI leaders have spoken out on Nigeria, travel and the problem of boycotting homophobic countries today (19 January).

Attended by an intelligent, opinionated audience, the debate was held at the LGBTI Travel Show in London organized by Gay Star News.

The panelists were:

January 15, 2014

Stonewall has revealed their top 100 gay-friendly employer list of the UK. Check out the full list here

A list of the top 100 gay-friendly employers in the UK has revealed several have changed their homophobic ways and improved for the better.

The Ministry of Defence was named as the most improved company to work for in the UK.

Gay campaigning charity Stonewall chose the MoD because it had shown a ‘real commitment’ to build a gay-friendly workplace.

Until 2000, men and women were automatically dismissed if found to be gay or lesbian.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.

August 19, 2013

The United Nations' human rights office has rejected Kremlin's controversial anti-gay laws, urging President Putin to consider welfare of LGBT community

The human rights office of the United Nations has rejected Russia’s controversial ban on the promotion of ‘gay propaganda’, instead urging the Kremlin to repeal the law.

Speaking in Kiev in Ukraine, human rights advisor Claude Cahn from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has called the anti-gay laws ‘inherently discriminatory in both intent and effect’.

August 13, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF predicted to toughen anti-gay laws with President Mugabe threatening ‘hell for gays’ and LGBTs saying violence is getting worse

LGBT people in Zimbabwe are warning President Robert Mugabe may change the constitution to further criminalize gay people.

The new constitution, overwhelmingly backed in a March 2013 referendum, already states: ‘Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.’

But now Mugabe has won the election his Zanu PF party has the power and desire to make more changes.

May 10, 2013

A group of community leaders meet in South London’s clubbing district Vauxhall to discuss the drug GHB, and its relationship to clubbing and the gay community

In 2012, Gay Star News reported at least three separate deaths in the months of July, August and October where gay men died of suspected drug overdose in clubs and sex saunas.

April 26, 2013

The founder of Mongolia's first LGBT rights organization, Mongolian LGBT Centre, talks to Gay Star News

Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel, executive director of Mongolia LGBT Centre talks to Gay Star News about the struggle to get the organization established, achievements and plans for the first ever Mongolian Pride this year.

When did Mongolian LGBT Centre open? How did it come about? 

In 2007, the mandate to register non-governmental organizations (NGOs) belonged to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs (MoJHA). At the time, MoJHA refused to register LGBT Centre, given the name of the organization was not recognized.

April 15, 2013

Andrew Cooper, who made gay marriage a top issue for the British government has resigned over a power dispute

The British government’s advisor on gay marriage has left his job after losing a power battle with a fellow strategist.

Andrew Cooper, founder of UK polling company Populus Ltd, resigned from his position as director of government strategy yesterday (14 April), the Daily Mail reports.

April 4, 2013

Moral running low at Nepal's biggest LGBTI rights organization, Blue Diamond Society, where staff haven't been paid for seven months

Nepal's biggest LGBT rights organization, Blue Diamond Society (BDS), is battling against low morale after wages have not been paid for seven months.

Founded in 2001, BDS successfully lobbied the government for recognition of a third gender and recently got LGBTI issues on the school curriculum.

It has achieved significant gains for LGBTI rights in the country but now their work is being thwarted by a government office.

February 20, 2013

A 22-year-old said he was humiliated when he was told by an advisor he would have to disclose his HIV to any staff he met

A gay man has said he was ‘humiliated’ when he was forced to reveal his positive HIV status at a job center.

Jayce Carberry, 22, said staff in Maidstone, Kent, made him declare his condition in front of other jobseekers.

An advisor even said he would have to seek legal advice about what sort of contact Carberry could have with other staff.

‘His [the advisor’s] reply was I’ll have to speak to my legal team to see if we have to disclose your HIV status to any members of the staff you come into contact with in this building,’ he told the BBC.

January 21, 2013

Social media backlash after Australian LGBT support campaign Twenty10 made to leave Rediscover the River event

Australians are accusing a New South Wales council of homophobia after a local gay support group were asked to remove their sign from a family fun day event.

Twenty10 were allegedly asked by Parramatta City Council to remove the 'offensive' sign, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The text of the banner read: 'Support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people, their families and communities.

January 7, 2013

Hagel remains under fire for anti-gay comments made in the past

President Barack Obama on Monday (7 January) formally nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the US Defense Department.

Hagel has come under for in recent weeks for anti-gay comments he's made in the past but Obama has said he believes his appointee's apology is sincere and has stood by him.

January 2, 2013

Franklin Graham says gay marriage is 'far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns'

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, put his own spin on the US fiscal cliff story by writing that gay marriage is placing the country on a 'moral cliff.'

December 19, 2012

A gay Jamaican activist is suing the government of Belize over its entry ban against homosexuals

Maurice Tomlinson, an LGBT advocate is to challenge Belize’s entry ban on gays in an international court.

Tomilnson, a Jamaican national and legal advisor for the NGO AIDS-Free World has been invited to conduct training and sensitization sessions regarding the rights of individuals infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

November 27, 2012

A gay Jamaican activist is suing the government of Trinidad and Tobago over its entry ban against homosexuals

Maurice Tomlinson, an LGBT advocate is to challenge Trinidad and Tobago’s entry ban on gays in an international court.

Tomilnson, a Jamaican national and legal advisor for the NGO AIDS-Free World has been invited to give two presentations during the month of December.

One invitation is by the United Nations Population Fund to participate in a HIV workshop, and the other is to attend a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) conference on human rights.

November 26, 2012

A Nicaraguan trans who was stabbed and verbally abused by a group of men was laughed at by local police when attempting to report the hate crime

Axel Díaz González, 20 year-old trans woman, was beaten and stabbed by group of men in Estelí, Nicaragua.

When González tried to file a complaint to the local police station she was laughed at and told she was asking for trouble because she ‘went looking for men’.

November 19, 2012

'There is no way you can have a family with two females or two males'

Franklin Graham believes that Americans turned their backs on God recently when they re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term.

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual advisor to several US presidents, says in an interview that Obama’s second term will 'usher in the largest changes in our society since the Civil War.'

November 16, 2012

Housing manager Adrian Smith was demoted and had his salary slashed for saying ‘marriage is for men and women’ on Facebook

A Christian housing manager who was demonted and had his salary slashed after he criticized gay marriages in church has won his court case.

Adrian Smith, aged 54, from Bolton, north west England was a manager at Trafford Housing Trust.

But after he wrote on Facebook that ‘marriage is for men and women’ he had his pay cut by 40% from £35,000 to £21,000. And he was shifted to a job as an advisor.

Friends said this would leave him facing financial hardship.

October 26, 2012

Jamacian gay activist is to sue two Jamaican TV stations after they rejected paid pro gay awareness TV ads, alleging they breached Jamaica's constitutional charter on fundamental rights and freedoms

Jamaica’s major television stations, CVM TV and TVJ, have previously refused to run paid ads calling on Jamaicans to love and respect their fellow citizens who happen to be gay.

October 19, 2012

Urges a 'vote for those who protect the biblical definition of marriage'

Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual advisor to several US presidents, speaks out against gay marriage in a full-page ad appearing in the Wall Street Journal on Friday (19 October).

Graham states in the ad that as he approaches his 94th birthday, the November elections in the US may be his last.

September 26, 2012

Ideas for a gay-centric school in the Canadian city is being criticized, fearing segregation in the community

Canadians are calling for an all-gay high school in order to avoid violence and homophobic bullying in mainstream schools.

A community forum is discussing putting forward a proposal to the Toronto District School Board to establish the city’s first and only ‘gay-centric’ school.

Organized by 20-year-old Fan Wu, now a student of University of Toronto, said there was a ‘lack of education and a need for a school that encourages critical thinking, especially in areas of gender and sexual diversity’.

September 19, 2012

A Chicago advocacy group has said, after meetings with company executives, Chick-fil-A will stop donating money to anti-gay groups

A Chicago advocacy group is claiming Chick-fil-A has promised to stop funding anti-gay conservative groups.

The American restaurant company, which was at the center of a media firestorm after its president confirmed their anti-gay marriage stance, has allegedly agreed to cease politically motivated donations.

In a press release, the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) cites Alderman Moreno as confirming Chick-fil-A officials will now ‘treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.’