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February 11, 2014

Kenyan LGBTIs have held a protest action in solidarity with their Ugandan brothers and sisters – calling on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissuade Uganda from passing a law which could see people jailed for life for being gay

Kenyan LGBTI rights activists protested outside the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi on Monday to stand in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community as their Parliament again prepares to consider draconian legislation to further criminalize homosexuality.

January 30, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have promoted openly lesbian Marianne Ryan as commander of the Alberta province Mounties – making her the first LGBTI person to lead the province’s police force

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), affectionately known as the Mounties, have appointed the first openly lesbian woman to lead the police force for the province of Alberta

Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan assumed the command of the RCMP in Alberta on Wednesday after a handover of responsibilities from Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan.

‘I can’t think of a greater privilege than to lead such a dedicated team of employees who are truly committed to public safety in this dynamic and progressive province,’ Ryan said yesterday.

January 15, 2014

Calls for review of constitutionality of law which 'may fuel prejudice and violence'

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday (15 January) condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law which have already resulted in numerous arrests and 11 allegedly gay men being put on trial in an Islamic court.

A spokesperson for Moon said the Secretary-General has 'deep concern' particularly about the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria which is 'in breach of fundamental human rights.'

January 14, 2014

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will consider joining Victoria and Tasmania in wiping convictions of men charged with having adult gay sex before it was decriminalized

The Australian state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory may follow Victoria and Tasmania in quashing historical convictions for gay sex before it was legalized.

November 6, 2013

UK supermarket's plan to put facial recognition advertizing at petrol stations has drawn condemnation from the LGBTI community as it could lead to violence

Plans by UK supermarket chain Tesco to deploy new profiling software at petrol station checkouts are being condemned as it could lead to gay and trans bullying today (5 November).

Several members of the LGBTI community have said the new software is dangerous, likely to inspire homophobic bullying and potentially illegal.

Earlier this week, Tesco announced plans to install facial recognition technology that would use customer attributes, such as length of hair and other facial cues.

October 8, 2013

The Republic of Cyprus has moved to ban the vilification of people based on their sexuality or gender identity 9 years after it added its first anti-discrimination protections for gays

The Republic of Cyprus has banned the vilification of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, adding the protections to the Mediterranean island’s Criminal Code.

Cyprus already protected people from vilification on the grounds of their race, skin color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or descent and the new protections were added in line with recommendations from Cyprus’ Commissioner for Administration and Authority against Racism and Discrimination.

September 7, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights wants to backtrack on decision to offer LGBTs legal protection

Human rights charity Amnesty International has expressed outrage following Ukraine's bid to opt out of the European Union's anti-homophobia laws.

Valeriya Lutkowska, Ukraine's Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, announced on Thursday she and fellow delegates would travel to Brussels and attempt to persuade the EU to allow them to not take up laws which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director, has expressed disgust at the announcement.

August 24, 2013

Advocacy group says local daily equated sexuality with sex work and its homophobic reports will push people deeper into ‘closets of shame’   

A series of ill-conceived reports by a local daily in India has harmed the cause of HIV intervention and gay rights and will force people deeper into closets of shame, a leading non-profit organization working in the area of gay and transgender sexual health has said.

The Humsafar Trust in Mumbai, India’s financial and film capital, led a protest on Monday against reports published by a Marathi language newspaper, Lokmat Amravati, portraying the gay community in a negative light.

July 27, 2013

Amidst gruesome reports of homophobic violence and murders around the world, the United Nations has launched a Free and Equal campaign to promote LGBT rights

The United Nations has announced an unprecedented effort to help LGBT people around the world: the Free and Equal campaign.

Facing calls from LGBT rights advocates worldwide to intervene in anti-gay violence taking place in various countires, particularly in Russia and Africa where brutal homophobic attacks and murders are protected by law, the UN’s first global education campaign for LGBT rights will focus on legal reforms and education efforts.

July 27, 2013

Though slammed with kidnap charge and branded ‘dreaded organization’, Bangalore-headquartered Sangama to continue supporting young women ‘traumatized’ by their families

Despite the storm that broke over its Bangalore headquarters when an irate father accused it of complicity in the “kidnap” of his daughter by a “lesbian”, Indian LGBT rights organization Sangama remains unshaken.

Its drop-in centers are operating as usual and the phone helplines it runs are ready to intervene if members of the LGBT community or sex workers face an emergency.

“It’s nothing new for us,” says Gurukiran Kamath, dismissing the furor that saw the 14-year-old organization hit the headlines internationally this week.

July 17, 2013

Commissioner Bud Selig: 'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks'

If a player wants to come out publicly or to his team, Major League Baseball has adopted a 'zero-tolerance' policy for anti-gay harassment and discrimination.

'We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. 'Both on the field and away from it, Major League Baseball has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.'

June 28, 2013

GSN meets the team from North Coast Softball who are preparing for the Gay Softball World Series

Gay softball is a big deal and clubs across North America are in preparations for the Gay Softball World Series in which over 150 LGBT teams compete each year.

We caught up with Jason Buffa – commissioner of Cleveland’s North Coast Softball, to find out how the club is shaping up this year.

When was the North Coast Softball established?  

June 9, 2013

A county commissioner has been dropped as a graduation speaker at the Catholic school he attended in his own youth because he is working to allow same-sex couples to marry in Ohio

An Ohio local politician has been dropped as the graduation speaker at the Catholic high school he attended as a teen because of his same-sex marriage advocacy.

Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady had been scheduled to speak at the Bishop Ready High School on Saturday but parents were confused when he failed to show.

June 8, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights has called for LGBT status to be added to the country’s hate crime laws and for an end to attempts to ban so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriia Lutkovska has called for lawmakers to add LGBT status to laws in the country’s criminal code which see greater responsibility placed on perpetrators who commit crimes motivated by intolerance.

Lutkovska made the call in an annual report on the state of human and civil rights and freedoms in Ukraine published on the Commissioner's website.

May 22, 2013

Latest attacks occur in the hours after rally decrying murder of gay man in Greenwich Village

Two more anti-gay attacks were reported in New York City in the hours after about 1,500 people attended a rally Monday night (20 May) in the streets of Greenwich Village where a gay man was gunned down over the weekend.

This brings the number of anti-gay attacks in New York City during the past 30 days to seven including the murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson who was shot in the head Saturday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference Tuesday (21 May) called the murder of Carson 'despicable.'

May 17, 2013

Ban Ki-moon speech delivered at The Hague as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said ending homophobia is ‘critical’ to the UN’s work and called for an end to anti-gay laws and better education.

His comments were delivered today (17 May) at an event in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The speech was delivered on his behalf by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in the presence of the new Queen of the Netherlands, Máxima.

May 16, 2013

UN leaders tell gay and trans people they are not alone and promise to fight for their rights

A new video from the United Nations – warning countries who fail to protect LGBT people that they are breaking international – law has gone viral on YouTube.

The UN Human Rights office released the video on 14 May, telling LGBT people they are not alone and promising to work for their protection and freedom.

After Gay Star News highlighted the video others started to share it and it went from 368 views on YouTube to 65,000 now.

May 15, 2013

A new United Nations video sends a clear message: LGBT rights are human rights and abuse of gay and trans people is against international law

The UN Human Rights office has released a new video telling LGBT people they are not alone and promising to work for their protection and freedom.

It reminds viewers that 76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment.

May 15, 2013

United Nations Secretary General features in video promising a ‘free and equal’ world for LGBT people and telling them they are not alone

Countries must protect LGBT citizens from violence or discrimination or they are breaking international law – the United Nations has warned.

A new video released by the UN Human Rights Office puts particular pressure on the 76 countries that still make consensual gay sex illegal.

And it highlights the many others where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not protected from violent attacks and discriminatory treatment.

May 13, 2013

Anti-discrimination organization tries to reach out to LGBT Northern Irish through social media 

Eight out of ten Northern Irish lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people who experienced discrimination did not report it, a study from the Equalities Commission found.

Northern Ireland Equality Commission (NIEC) surveyed LGB people last year and found that half experienced discrimination, but only 20% reported it.

'We have already recognized the need to take special measures to address under-reporting of sexual orientation discrimination,' said equality commissioner Michael Wardlow, speaking at the start of Northern Ireland's Anti-Homophobia Week this week.

May 13, 2013

MP says Christine Rankin's announcement that she is joining the Conservative Party is a conflict of interest

The head of the Families Commission in New Zealand has announced she is joining the anti-gay Conservative Party, prompting MPs to denounce her move as a conflict of interest.

Christine Rankin, former head of the Department of Work and Income, announced on Facebook that she has been appointed chief executive of New Zealand's Conservative Party. 'My admiration for the party and its leader has continued to grow over the past year or so,' she said.

May 1, 2013

Flyer displaying statistics on gay and straight life expectancy described as 'hateful and scurrilous' by state electoral commissioner

Over three-thousand flyers displaying statistics showing that gay people have a lower life expectancy than straight people have been distributed in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart ahead of a key gay marriage vote this Saturday.

State electoral commissioner Julian Type described the flyers as 'hateful and scurrilous' and said they could be a breach of the Electoral Act because they are not authorized.

The flyers are not attributed to any particular group or political party, and only have a cryptic email address as a clue to who made them.

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 9, 2013

Politicians are calling for the Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner to be fired and the position scrapped

Tweets described as anti-gay, racist and violent, posted by Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner, will be investigated by the police.

Paris Brown, 17, appointed to the £15,000 ($23k, €18k) position last week, has already apologized for posting ‘inappropriate’ messages between the ages of 14 and 16.

While Kent police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes has defended Brown, the force said they had received several complaints about the messages.