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March 26, 2015

Man was asked to leave after he was kissed by a male friend

An expat in South Korea has claimed he was kicked out of a bar in Seoul for being gay.

Eric Michael said he was asked to leave Zen Bar in Hongdae area on Sunday (22 March) after he was kissed by a male friend.

'I know I was singled out because I am gay, and that’s the simple fact,' he told the Korean Observer.

Eric said he was dancing with a group of friends when one, another gay man, 'snuck a gentle kiss in on my neck area.'

February 16, 2015

Incident allegedly occured at the launch of Labour's LGBT education policy

The House Of Commons are investigating an incident involving two trans activists who have claimed they were misgendered repeatedly by security staff.

Anwen Muston, a Labour transgender officer, and Sophia Botha, a disability officer for LGBT Labour, were both attending a parliamentary reception hosted by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for the launch of Labour’s LGBT schools policy.

According to Muston, when she presented herself at the Cromwell Green entrance to parliament, a security guard addressed her as 'sir'.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

January 21, 2015

A man and a woman kissing would have apparently been acceptable

A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'.

Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips.

When he asked the bouncer if it was 'acceptable' if they were male and female, the doorman allegedly said 'yes'.

'It was horrific', Dummigan told the Leicester Mercury. 'He said it was making people feel uneasy. It was really upsetting for me.'

December 9, 2014

Madrid restaurant staff applauded the protestors

A gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after a father eating there with his children had complained they were bothering him.

So, in response, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest against the incident.

It was particularly embarrassing for the company as the fast food giant after they made a 'gay burger' in celebration of Pride this year.

The action was applauded by the Burger King staff.

November 22, 2014

A Bible quoting Christian who attacked the patrons of a Minneapolis gay bar with a BB gun will spend 6 months in prison and 5 years on probation over the shooting

A Minnesota man who shot at and wounded patrons of a Minneapolis gay bar with a gas powered BB gun has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and will be on probation for 5 years after he gets out.

Wayne Odegard became furious after seeing gay couples being affectionate outside of Minneapolis gay bar Saloon on 25 September and produced the gun and started shooting at patrons, yelling that they were ‘fucking faggots.’

October 16, 2014

See some of the best pictures from last night's protest at Sainsbury's Brighton

Hundreds of students and supporters of equal rights held a mass kiss-in at a UK supermarket after a lesbian couple were told to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

In response, they held a mass kiss-in in the very same branch of Sainsbury's where a chaste kiss was branded 'inappropriate' by a security guard.

Annabelle Paige, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sussex, said she gave her girlfriend a light kiss and then a security guard came over to say they could either stop showing signs of affection or be thrown out.

October 14, 2014

Students are daring a branch of Sainsbury's to call their kisses 'inappropriate'

Angry shoppers are taking a stand after a UK supermarket told a lesbian couple to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

In response, they will be holding a mass kiss-in in the very same branch of Sainsbury's where a chaste kiss was branded 'inappropriate' by a security guard.

October 13, 2014

Sainsbury's has apologized after a security guard told a gay couple to stop being affectionate following a customer complaint

Angry shoppers are taking a stand after a UK supermarket told a lesbian couple to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

Sainsbury's apologized to the young couple after a security guard told them to stop being affectionate following a customer complaint.

The Brighton branch store denies the couple were asked to leave.

Annabelle Paige, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sussex, said she gave her girlfriend a light kiss and then a security guard came over to say they could either stop showing signs of affection or be thrown out.

October 1, 2014

'He recited a biblical passage -- I think it's a Deuteronomy passage'

A gay couple was shot with a BB gun while they were in front of a gay bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In a report by KMSP-TV, a local television station, the attack took place last week (25 September).

Suspect Wayne Steven Odegard was harassing customers of The Saloon, a gay bar in the Midwest US city

September 5, 2014

A former security guard is speaking out, alleging he was not given further employment for being a 'moffie'

A gay man has claimed he was fired after his boss discovered his Facebook profile.

Alexander Bruce was working as a security guard in a top private school in Johannesburg on a three month contract. When it came to an end, he was promised further employment.

After he took a brief break to go to hospital to have his appendix removed, he was contacted by his supervisor.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

January 28, 2014

The offices of LGBTI rights group Alternative Cote d'Ivoire were ransacked by around 200 homophobic thugs on Saturday - smashing windows and stealing computers

The most prominent LGBTI rights group in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has had its offices looted, with rocks and garbage hurled into the building and computers and other valuables stolen by a mob of around 200 anti-gay protesters.

Ivory Coast is one of the few African countries that does not criminalize homosexuality so it has traditionally been seen as a safe-haven for homosexuals.

However the attack on the offices of Alternative Cote d'Ivoire after days of anti-gay protests may indicate that attitudes towards LGBTIs are hardening in the country.

October 6, 2013

Betu Singh will live on through the Sangini Trust she helped found and Project Bolo, the oral history of prominent LGBT activists in India

The search for livelihood saw Anandita Singh leave home in eastern India’s Kolkata city and head for national capital New Delhi where she worked as a security guard.

But her real journey began when she came out to take a leading role in the movement for LGBT rights in India, becoming a founding member of Sangini Trust.

The trust, established in 1997 under the Naz Foundation (India), is the oldest non- governmental organization in India to provide support to LBT persons.

August 8, 2013

Ken Bencomo was fired after 17 years when his marriage made the news

Whether or not Ken Bencomo ever gets gets his job back at St. Lucy’s Priory High School, he knows now how much his students appreciate him.

On Thursday (8 August), hundreds of current and former students of the Catholic school in Glendora, California, delivered more than 45,000 petition signatures which ask that Bencomo be given his job back.

June 9, 2013

One of the suspects charged in Méric's death could face 15 years in prison if convicted

French authorities charged five suspects, with links to an ultranationalist group, in the murder of an 18-year old gay activist.

It comes after eight people were arrested.

At a press conference yesterday (8 June), prosecutor Francois Molins announced he sought murder charges against one suspect in Clement Méric's death. The teen was violently attacked by a group of three men and one woman, near Saint-Lazare train station, on 5 June.

April 19, 2013

A young man from Jerusalem, Israel was verbally abused and brutally assaulted on a night bus for being gay, while passengers and security stood by and did not intervene

A young gay man was attacked on a Jerusalem night bus, receiving facial injuries.

The youth in his early twenties went out with friends in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and making their way back home return on a night bus.

The youth, who prefers to remain unnamed, recounted to daily Yediot Yerushalaim: ‘Three friends and I got on and sat at the back of the bus chatting.

March 12, 2013

Mall officials cooperate and say they are taking a look at their sensitivity training

About 250 people showed up at a shopping mall in California over the weekend to publicly show some same-sex affection - and to make a point.

March 6, 2013

Mall officials maintain couple was involved in 'sexually explicit conduct' when reprimanded by a security guard

A California shopping mall where a gay couple says they were singled out for kissing and holding hands will be the site of a 'Kiss In' protest on Saturday (9 March).

There has been growing public support for Daniel Chesmore and Jose Guzman who were shopping at Westfield Galleria in Roseville last week when they were reprimanded by a security guard.

Organizers say the 'gay peace protest' will take place at 11 am PST.

March 6, 2013

Guard claimed 'any couple' holding hands or kissing would be reprimanded

A gay couple says a security guard at a California shopping mall reprimanded them and asked them to leave after he saw them holding hands and kissing.

Daniel Chesmore and Jose Guzman were shopping at Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California on 2 March when the incident occurred.

'I feel like we’re always treated differently because we’re gay,' Guzman told Fox station KTXL in Sacramento. 'It makes me sad.'

February 8, 2013

Floyd Lee Corkins II has pleaded guilty to three felonies, while court documents published online revealed his plan to target a second right wing organization if he had not been stopped at the first

Family Research Council shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, pleaded guilty to three felonies on Wednesday, while federal court documents published by the Washington Post have revealed that he planned to attack further right wing organizations had he not been stopped by security guard Leonardo Johnson.

January 29, 2013

A gay couple have claimed a SPAR Ireland security guard called them 'faggots' after they kissed

A gay couple have claimed they were attacked at a grocery store in Ireland.

Robbie Lawlor and his boyfriend Emmett Daly said they had gone for a few drinks together at a gay bar in Dublin on Sunday night (27 January).

They went to get a late night snack from a Spar Ireland on Dame Street at 3.30am, where they kissed.

Writing on Facebook, Lawlor claims: ‘The security guard then came over to us and told us to “take it back into the George you faggots”.

September 4, 2012

Reverend Anthony Evans says he need protection from the 'forces of evil' that support gay marriage which he opposes

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), an organisation of African-American churches, has announced they are taking security measures to protect their chair, Reverend Anthony Evans.

The organisation made this decision on Sunday (2 September) following last month’s shooting of a security guard at the offices of the anti-gay Family Research Council in Washington, DC.