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June 4, 2014

Former policeman was told by other officers, after he successfully sued the Met for homophobic discrimination, that he should be a 'hairdresser or cabin crew'

A British gay ex-policeman is suing the Metropolitan Police for race and homophobic discrimination.

Kevin Maxwell, a former Special Branch detective, claims he was driven to resign after officers taunted him by saying he should become a ‘hairdresser or cabin crew’.

The 36-year-old also said he was told by a former member of Scotland Yard’s Vetting Unit that officers’ activity on Grindr would be monitored.

Back in 2009, Maxwell was diagnosed with depression after experiencing racism and homophobia in the force.

March 27, 2014

Inquest hears 18-year-old Ben Cowburn was suffering from PTSD after his relationship with the gay celebrity

A British teenager made at least 43 suicide attempts before he killed himself, an inquest has heard.

Ben Cowburn, 18, was found dead in December 2010 and an investigation has been attempting to find out the cause of his suicide.

The jury inquest in Truro heard how a gay male TV comedian, referred to as Mr X throughout proceedings, did ‘sexual things’ to the 18-year-old while he was studying fashion in London.

February 18, 2014

Hollywood stars will play a couple who struggle with the state's homophobia as one of them becomes terminally ill

Julianne Moore will be playing Ellen Page’s lesbian lover in a new indie drama film.

‘Freeheld’ is a true story of Stacie Andree (Page) and New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore), a devoted couple whose world is shattered when Laurel becomes terminally ill.

Laurel’s conservative partner, Detective Dane Wells, is shocked but becomes a leader in the fight for gay rights in the United States.

Peter Sollett, of Raising Victor Vargas, will be directing the screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, of Philadelphia.

October 18, 2013

Romy Maynard, 28, will serve a life sentence, with a judge saying he will serve a minimum of 18 years, for stabbing 22-year-old Chrissie Azzopardi to death

A man who stabbed a 22-year-old trans woman to death in North London has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Romy Maynard, 28, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years today (18 October) for murdering Chrissie Azzopardi on 29 April 2012.

New Scotland Yard speculates the transgender woman, who lived on the same street as Maynard in Finsbury Park, got into some sort of ‘disagreement or altercation,’ which led to her murder.

October 15, 2013

Australian Federal Police have alleged that military cadet Daniel McDonald, found guilty of broadcasting sex with a female cadet on Skype without her knowledge, was part of a group of footballers who hazed members with gay sex acts

An Australian military cadet, who has been found guilty of filming himself having sex with a female cadet without her knowledge and then broadcasting it on Skype, is alleged to have been involved in a group of military footballers who performed a homoerotic hazing ritual for members.

October 14, 2013

Underage boys were targeted and groomed on social media, with many losing their virginity to men forty years older than them

Two British men, one with HIV, have admitted to meeting several gay teens on Grindr and other social media for unsafe sex.

Anthony Marsh, 53, and Lee Davis, 39, from Doncaster, are facing jail for 55 child sex offenses.

In what police are describing as ‘vile’ and ‘horrendous’, the two befriended and groomed boys as young as 13 online who were gay, bi or questioning.

Some of their victims had only just come out as gay and many lost their virginity to the men, according to the detective in charge of the case.

September 12, 2013

Fearing children might see genitals through wet underwear, Texas police will enforce a no-'indecent exposure' policy at Dallas pride this weekend

Wearing cotton underwear at Dallas gay pride parade this weekend may result in fines, police have said.

Dallas police announced again this week they will enforce the state and pride rules banning 'indecent exposure'.

According to the pride parade rules: 'In accordance with the city of Dallas public nudity ordinance,
parade participants must not expose genitalia, buttocks, or female breasts.'

September 5, 2013

British acting legend will take on one of the UK's most loved fictional characters

Sir Ian McKellen is to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film.

The gay 74-year-old British acting legend will take the starring role in A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it will follow the Arthur Conan Doyle detective living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.

Haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago, he is faced by his toughest case ever.

The film will be based on Mitch Cullin’s novel and a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher.

August 12, 2013

A 35-year-old is in critical condition and two are being held in police after incident outside gay-friendly club in the English Midlands

A man is fighting for his life after he was shot outside a Birmingham nightclub.

The 35-year-old was shot in the abdomen outside the Rainbow Warehouse at around 11.45pm on Saturday (10 August).

Two men, aged 34 and 29, were held by police and then bailed with strict conditions while enquiries continue.

West Midlands Detective Inspector Justin Spanner said the shooting ‘must have been very frightening for clubbers to witness’ but the motive was unclear.

July 20, 2013

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms violated federal laws for rejecting a potential employee because she was transgender

A transgender woman has won a landmark discrimination case against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

Mia Macy, who claimed to have been rejected from a potential job opportunity with the ATF after she revealed she was transgender, will now be receiving a renewed job offer and additional compensation.

The Department of Justice ruled that ATF broke anti-discrimination laws when it refused to hire the police detective after she told them she was transgender.

July 9, 2013

An inquiry into whether police helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against Catholic priests in Australia’s Hunter Valley has been told that a priest allegedly destroyed gay porn to protect another priest

Whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox has told a New South Wales (NSW) state inquiry into allegations that police helped cover up sex crimes by Catholic priests that a priest destroyed gay porn owned by another priest who abused children.

Fox told Australia’s ABC TV channel in 2012 that priests had destroyed evidence ‘before we were able to secure it’ when he had been investigating sex abuse claims against Catholic priests in the Hunter Valley region.

July 5, 2013

Australian fathers found guilty of sexual exploitation of six-year-old boy, detective inspector says it's 'a tragedy' and 'extremely depraved'

Two gay fathers have been sentenced in the US for sexual exploitation of their young son.

'It's just really a tragedy. It's extremely depraved,' said Queensland detective inspector Jon Rouse, who was involved in the case and leads a task force investigating online child exploitation and abuse, to AFP. 'What's pretty sad about this one is the way this child came into their lives.'

April 22, 2013

In honor of Earth Day, GSN suggests some of the ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint

1 Recycle your e-waste

Instead of leaving old electronic devices to get dusty in the corner, you can make money off of them while de-cluttering your living space and saving the planet at the same time.

Websites like Cash in Your Gadgets offer e-waste recycling.

2 Turn off the lights

Even if it’s just for an hour a week, turning off your lights can help to reduce the amount of energy used in your household significantly.

March 19, 2013

A 21-year-old man was left 'devastated' after being attacked by a man in the northern English city's center

A young man was robbed and raped in Manchester city center on 16 March.

The 21-year-old victim was walking home at around 3am when a man threatened him with a bottle, demanding his mobile phone and cash. 

After giving away his valuables, in the busy area near London Road, Piccadilly, the man was then raped.

Manchester Police Detective Inspector Damian Simpson said the 21-year-old was left ‘devastated’ by this attack.

December 14, 2012

A 15-year-old strangled to death a student, in Campo Grande, Brazil, stating: ‘for me, gays are vermin’. Friend joined murder plot

Two teens have been arrested in connection with the murder of Lawrence Corrêa Biancão, a 20 year-old student, in Campo Grande, in the south west of Brazil.

The two confessed to the crime and stated that their motivation was theft and homophobia.

‘He wanted to kiss me and I wanted to kill him’, declared the boy who killed Biancão to daily Campo Grande News.

December 4, 2012

The New York Police Department cops tell gay kids It Gets Better in video for the Trevor Project

New York police have spoken about the difficulties they had growing up and coming out gay, but assured other kids in the same position, It Gets Better.

The NYPD joined countless vloggers and public figures like Pixar, Disney, President Obama and Adam Lambert who have recorded an It Gets Better video for The Trevor Project.

The project founded in 1998 aims to provide Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT teens whilst the video series reminds teens of the light at the end of the tunnel.

November 7, 2012

Police have released CCTV images of two men they are searching for in connection with the beating of a 19-year-old student in Plymouth, England

A teenager was left with two broken ribs after a suspected homophobic attack in Plymouth, England.

The 19-year-old student and his friend were leaving the Dog and Duck pub in Mutley Plain at around 3.10am on October 6 when a man began hurling anti-gay abuse at him.

After calling him a 'fag' and 'batty boy' he was hit violently on the head.

Detective Constable Louise Steele, of the Plymouth Diverse Communities Team, said the victim's friend tried to protect him as two attackers kicked the teenager while he lay on the ground.

August 17, 2012

UK receptionist murdered hetrosexual man he had 'developed a crush on'

A male Heathrow Airport hotel worker who murdered a hetrosexual man he had ‘developed a crush on’ has been jailed for 26 years.

Atilla Ban, a receptionist at Heathrow Airport's Radisson Edwardian Hotel, murdered colleagues Tibor Vass and Alice Adams in August 2011 before hiding in the divan bed that Vass’s body was found lying on.

Ban, 32, evaded police detection throughout the investigation.

June 28, 2012

BBC Lip Service star Peace says Catholic stance is ‘embarrassing’ and she wouldn’t want to marry in church

Heather Peace, star of lesbian BBC TV drama Lip Service, has labeled the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage as ‘embarrassing’.

Peace, 36, who is engaged to her partner Ellie, said she doesn’t want to get married in a church but was ‘ferocious’ for same-sex marriage equality.

The English actress plays gay police detective Sam Murray in the BBC3 drama about 30-something lesbians living in Glasgow, Scotland.

June 6, 2012

OUT Well-Being investigating ‘serial killer’ murders in Gauteng Province after police fail to solve mystery

Gay campaigners in South Africa have turned into sleuths to help solve the mystery of a series of murders of gay men in Gauteng Province.

The string of killings began with the killing of Manolis Veloudos in April 2010. Seven more gay men were killed under similar circumstances, culminating with the murder of Rulov Seneval in February 2012.

March 5, 2012

Feuding lesbians in Florida spark global debate on motherhood

A lesbian who took the biological daughter of her partner to Australia has sparked a global debate on the question of motherhood and egg donors.

The American women, known only in the court papers as their initials, are both in their 30s and were police officers in Florida.

One partner donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004, nine years into their relationship.

The couple separated two years later, and the birth mother eventually left without a trace taking the child with her.