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July 9, 2014

Round-up appears to endorse government’s bid to win back aid from the west

Five people have been arrested for ‘promoting’ homosexuality in northern Uganda.

The senior officer Pader Central Police Station, Romeo Ojara Onek, confirmed the arrest to the Monitor, and said they are investigating.

He said the among the suspects are two businessmen, one teacher, and two students.

Locals apparently accused the group of ‘promoting’ homosexuality in primary and secondary schools Pader district and ‘recruiting’ pupils and students to be homosexual.

July 7, 2014

Claude Giroux, the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, spent a night in a prison cell after the homoerotic prank

A ‘straight’ ice hockey player was arrested last week for repeatedly grabbing a male cop’s butt.

Claude Giroux, the Philadelphia Flyers captain, spent a night in a prison cell after celebrating Canada Day in his local Ottawa bar.

When he reportedly repeatedly grabbed a male officer’s buttocks, he was hauled off to a local jail.

But following an investigation, and Giroux apologized for the ‘prank’, criminal charges will not be filed.

July 4, 2014

Police officer Chris Kohrs has become local celebrity in gay neighborhood

More has been learned about the police officer in in San Francisco  previously known only as The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

His name is Chris Kohrs and a Facebook page has been dedicated to his hunkiness.

June 17, 2014

After video emerged of an officer appearing to attack a gay woman in Pittsburgh, an investigation has been launched to see if he used excessive force

A Pittsburgh police officer is on desk duty after a video has surfaced showing him appearing to punch a woman at the city’s Gay Pride parade.

The officer, Souroth Chatterji , will be on restricted duty for a month during the internal investigation.

In the criminal complaint, the cop claimed he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched her in the side so he could handcuff her.

June 16, 2014

Clip filmed at Pittsburgh Pride appears to show a girl grabbed by the neck by a policeman surrounded by several eyewitnesses

A disturbing video has emerged of a cop appearing to attack a teen at a Gay Pride.

The clip, filmed at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows an officer seeming to grab a girl by the neck.

Eyewitness Autumn Huntera shared the video on Facebook late Sunday afternoon (15 June).

It shows several people watching as one girl is on the floor. ‘Oh shit,’ one says, as a male voice states: ‘She’s going to get arrested.’

The cop appears to grab the girl by the hair and attack her. A woman shouts ‘What are you doing?’ before the 14-second video ends.

June 14, 2014

DJ Stalter was wearing his police uniform and held up small Pride rainbow flag during smooch

Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Washington DC's pride parade toting their usual 'God Hates Fags' and other signs of hate.

DJ Stalter, an officer with the Arlington County Police Department, decided it would make a nice photo op if he gave his boyfriend a kiss on the lips in front of the Westboro demonstration.

Salter was in uniform and holding up a small rainbow pride flag when he smooched boyfriend Mark Raimondo who posted the photo on Instagram.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 10, 2014

Due to be deported from the UK today, a 30-year-old fears she will be beaten, imprisoned and killed if she is forced to go back to Uganda

A Uganda lesbian, who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her, has been given a chance to have her life saved.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, was hours away from being deported from the UK where she feared she would be beaten, imprisoned, or even killed.

She was scheduled to leave today (10 June).

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

May 24, 2014

The Australian Federal Police recognized as the highest-ranking public sector employer in advocating for LGBTI employees

The Australian arm of the global financial services firm Goldman Sachs topped a list of 20 organisations to be named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2014 for recognising workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

May 23, 2014

The deliciously mysterious Bob Benson wants an arranged marriage to advance his career

James Wolk was busy making the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones when he got word that his mysterious Mad Men character would be returning to the show in an episode that aired last Sunday (18 May).

His Mad Men alter ego Bob Benson had made quite an impression in season six with viewers wondering what he was all about and wanting to see more of him.

But Benson did not return until the next-to-last episode of the first half of season seven (the show's final season has been split in half with a long gap in between).

May 17, 2014

Thugs threw stones and eggs in an attempt to stop the rally, but it could not stop rainbow balloons from being released into the sky

Hundreds of Russian gay rights activists braved threats of violence to hold a peaceful protest in the city of St Petersburg today (17 May).

With around 200 armored policemen surrounding the group, there was one officer for nearly every single person participating in the rally.

The people gathered in a square holding placards calling for peace, love, diversity and tolerance.

April 26, 2014

Two transgendered people have filed lawsuits against two different New Jersey police departments after being humiliated by officers

Two lawsuits from transgendered people have been filed against police departments in the state of New Jersey, claiming they have been humiliated by police officers.

North Bergen Police Department and Jersey City Police Department, both in Hudson County, New Jersey have had lawsuits against them from transgendered people who claim they have been the victims of discrimination.

Amira Gray, a 26-year-old transgendered woman is suing the North Bergen police after being pulled over while driving in September 2013.

April 24, 2014

Children 404, a documentary about the online support group that gives LGBTI teens hope in Russia, was accused of 'gay propaganda'

Police attempted to shut down the premiere of a documentary film about the horrors gay teens face in Russia last night (23 April) – and failed.

The film, Children-404, received its first showing at the Moscow ArtPlay Centre.

Children 404 is an online support group that publishes stories of LGBTI teens in Russia. The film interviews some of the teens in the group about their lives since the gay propaganda ban was enforced.

April 22, 2014

Activists will hold public kissing protest in response to ‘violent’ arrest

Mexican cops abused a gay couple, bundled them into a police van and fined them – just for sharing a kiss.

Jorge, 24, and Alan, 26, were accused of ‘disturbing the peace’ by officers as they kissed on a street corner at around 10pm in La Paz on Sunday (20 April).

The couple claims an officer approached them, called them a homophobic slur, and ordered them to come with him to a police station.

When they refused, the policeman allegedly ‘violently’ forced them into a van and held them at the station for a few hours.

April 18, 2014

The Philippine National Police (PNP) have put their support behind a proposal to put a dedicated desk aimed at solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station in the country

Police in the Philippines are backing a legislator’s efforts to ensure there is a desk dedicated to solving crimes against LGBTI people in every police station across the country.

Lawmaker Representative Sol Aragones put forward House Bill 2571 which would ensure there was a police officer responsible for investigating sex crimes, sexual harassment, hate crime and other abuses committed against members of the LGBTI community at every police station in the Philippines.

March 28, 2014

The US religious right is boycotting Girl Scout cookie sales, costing the organization millions of dollars

The one place you’d hope the abortion battle would not be waged is with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Girl Scout cookies are a ubiquitous symbol of the organization and an American staple like apple pie. They have made nearly $700million (€500million) in sales since 1999.

So the idea they have helped fund abortions at Planned Parenthood is unfathomable.

But with religious right activists fishing for another fallacious assertion to try on the American public, this one unfortunately has legs.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

February 7, 2014

19-year-old Jamie Jackson, who was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, has been awarded $40,000 in costs against the NSW Police Force and now intends to sue for damages

Sydney teenager Jamie Jackson has been awarded $39,000 but the officer who assaulted him while he was handcuffed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is still working for the police.

Jackson, then 18, had been watching the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade when two police officers arrested him over they say was a kick at another spectator which did not connect.

January 4, 2014

LGBT rights groups to file a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of India as local police refuses to investigate the incident

It was a New Year vacation gone horribly bad for Delhi-based transgender activist Rudrani Chettri and her two friends. On New Year’s Eve, the trio were in Shimla, a popular hill station destination in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, when Chettri was allegedly approached by a beat constable – a low ranking police officer – who tried to molest her. When she objected and resisted, she was beaten up by the officer as were her two friends who had tried to intervene. Her injuries are not known to be serious.

December 16, 2013

A tribunal has found a police officer was 'oversensitive' and had an 'extreme' reaction after she said she felt 'very distressed' about outing herself on three separate occasions on police radio

An employment tribunal has rejected claims by a trans police officer after she said she was ‘forcibly outed’.

PC Emma Chapman has been deemed to be ‘oversensitive’ and had an ‘extreme’ reaction after she complained she had to out herself over a police radio system.

The 44-year-old claimed Essex Police control room staff had questioned about her gender identity on three separate occasions.

The first occasion, in October 2012, the operator did not believe who she was, saying she had a ‘male voice’.

November 12, 2013

Researcher discovers isolation and depression makes lesbians, gays and bisexuals an easy target for drugs and alcohol consumption

Gays, lesbians are bisexuals are more likely to be dependent on drugs and alcohol compared to straights, a new report has revealed.

The five year-long project 'Part of the Picture' was conducted by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, and sampled over 7,000 people within the LGB community of England.

Answers reveal over a quarter of respondents are substance dependents on drugs such as cannabis, ‘poppers,’ – an inhaled liquid nitrite - as well as powder cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and amphetamines.

November 5, 2013

A journalist and cameraman claimed they were repeatedly arrested, harrassed, and threatened for simply criticizing the Sochi Olympics

A Norwegian news team has claimed they were detained, harassed and threatened while reporting in Sochi.

Oystein Bogen, a reporter for TV2, and cameraman Aage Aunes, had arrived in Adygea – south of Sochi – on 31 October.

Traffic police stopped the news team six times, and on one occasion alleged the anchor had been using narcotic drugs.

When Bogen denied the allegation, he was asked what would happen if he declined.

The officer allegedly told him: ‘That will be an admission of your guilt and we will put you in jail.’

October 27, 2013

The officer, from El Monte, reportedly attacked the victim for her gender identity and has been placed on leave

A police officer in Southern California has been accused of raping a transsexual woman whilst on duty.

 

The El Monte officer, who has been placed on leave as a criminal investigation takes place, allegedly attacked the woman in October 2012 as she walked to a friends house in the early hours.