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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.

 

October 23, 2013

A young 'very much in love' couple's death is being treated as 'unexplained'

The bodies of a gay couple have been found in the foundations of a London building site.

Police have named the men as Gavin Brewer, 32-year-old British Transport Officer, and his boyfriend Stuart Meads, a 34-year-old who worked on The Weakest Link.

At around 2.30am on Saturday (19 October), the men were reportedly arguing in Hampstead Road, Camden, when they stopped at a site where a bottom flat is being redeveloped.

When they leaned against a wooden barrier, they fell into the basement area. This is where they died.

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 10, 2013

Now homeless, the men are later denied police protection

A house in Jamaica where four gay men were living was attacked and fire-bombed by a mob of 14 on Tuesday night.

The house Porto Bello, St James, was believed to be the last place where gender non-conforming teen Dwayne Jones lived before he was 'chopped and stabbed' to death at a party in July.

The men, who were friends of Jones, had been living in the house for two years.

October 5, 2013

Emmy winner had a strong defender though: Helen Mirren, the director's wife

Openly gay actor Leslie Jordan has made a career out of playing over-the-top gay men.

He won an Emmy as Karen Walker's pretentious, sexually ambiguous arch-nemesis - Beverly Leslie - on TV's Will & Grace. Jordan is also well-known for his cross-dressing character of Brother Boy in the stage, feature film and television series versions of Sordid Lives.

No one has ever accused the actor, whose memoir is called My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, of being particularly butch.

September 17, 2013

A group of gay NYPD police officers have called for a Greenwich Village street to be renamed in honor of Chares Cochrane – the cop who came out publicly in 1981 to speak for LGBT rights and founded the Gay Officers Action League

If a group of openly gay police officers in the New York Police Department get their way, a street in Greenwich Village will be renamed Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane Way.

Charles Cochrane, who died of cancer in 2008, was a trail blazing NYPD officer who founded the city’s Gay Officer Action League (GOAL) gay and lesbian network and famously came out publicly as a gay man in 1981 to speak in support of a citywide gay rights bill.

September 15, 2013

In 2000, a lesbian couple was kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing

At the end of September, the Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers will sponsor its first ever LGBT night.

'We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,'  Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen said in statement.

'We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community,' Rosen added.

August 29, 2013

A NSW Police officer who was captured throwing a handcuffed teen to the ground during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night

The police officer who was captured on video throwing 18-year-old Jamie Jackson to the ground during the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been one of the officers involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night.

Sydney LGBT rights activist Bryn Hutchinson was charged by police with assault when they arrested him for crossing Oxford Street in disobeyance of their instructions after the parade had finished.

August 22, 2013

An anti-gay Maryland Republican who claimed gays were a threat to children and then crashed his boat into a boat full of children has been arrested for drunk and dangerous driving just under a year later

The anti-gay Republican Maryland state lawmaker who injured four children in a drunken boating accident on 22 August of last year has been arrested while drunk and behind the wheel of an unlicensed motor vehicle almost a year later to the date.

August 20, 2013

Most serious charge of resisting arrest was dropped against Josh Williams in 30 July hearing

osh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenzan a July 30 court hearing

The three New York City gay men who allege a police officer called them 'faggots' had their charges dismissed.

In an email correspondence with Gay Star News Cynthia Conti-Cook, attorney for Josh Williams, Ben Collins and Antonio Maenza, said that in a 30 July hearing the charges against Williams, public urination and resisting arrest, were 'dismissed...for insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.'

August 20, 2013

Brett Williams sued after the Colorado State Patrol refused to rehire him

A judge has ordered the Colorado State Patrol to pay one of its former captains $768,000 in damages for outing him as gay during a polygraph test.

Brett Williams, 45, had left the force in 2010 to become a helicopter pilot. But he re-applied for his job a few months later and was not re-hired.

He sued.

It seems that during the interview process, Williams was made to take a lie detector test and was asked about a sexual encounter with a male masseuse.

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

July 31, 2013

While Don't Ask, Don't Tell is over and soldiers are no longer running the risk of discharge, they could still be disgraced for not having married sex while overseas

Gay US soldiers in Afghanistan are using Craigslist to meet up and have sex with each other on bases.

Military commanders have forbidden any service members who are not married to each other from having sex, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are now tracking those hooking up in the war zone.

July 16, 2013

Australian LGBT activists have called on Australian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd to make a clear commitment to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage within his first 100 days should he be returned to government

Marriage equality activists from around Australia have signed a statement calling on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to make a firm election promise on the issue following the passage of legislation by the UK House of Lords.

July 14, 2013

The chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS of Queensland says: 'Holiday-makers tend to do things they normally wouldn't do in Australia'

The chair of the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS of Queensland has said frequent travel to South-East Asia is pushing the infection rates.

Darren Russell, who coordinates the Australian State's policies on the disease, said: “A lot of the guys are cashed up, single and they head overseas for leisure and go into Bali, the Philippines and Thailand.

‘There are risks of acquiring HIV there, because holiday-makers tend to do things they normally wouldn't do in Australia.’

July 7, 2013

Two years after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Department of Defense held an official pride event in Kandahar for gay and lesbian American troops 

Gay and lesbian US troops stationed in Afghanistan got their chance to show their pride last week.

A video posted to the Department of Defense’s official Youtube channel shows video footage from other pride events, and interviews with US troops stationed in Kandahar Airfield.

One of the soldiers interviewed said: ‘I don’t want to be treated special, I just want to be treated equal,’ said one soldier who was interviewed.

‘People came to support people that they didn’t even know.’

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.