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October 9, 2014

Is East Sussex council misleading people over their requirements to change their 'legal name'?

If you want to change your name in a county in south east England, whether as part of the gender recognition process or following a same sex marriage, you must pay the county council or it will not be officially recognized.

The misleading warning on the East Sussex Name Changes page tells its residents they must pay £60 ($100, €75) to 'officially' register the change.

September 11, 2014

The Court of Final Appeal has ended a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests

Hong Kong's highest court yesterday dismissed a police appeal against a ruling in favor of LGBTI activists who danced at an anti-homophobia rally in 2011, putting an end to a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests.

Three out of five judges ruled in favor of the activists, who staged a dance performance at an International Day Against Homophobia rally in May 2011. 

July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

November 29, 2012

The Leveson Report in British press standards has some harsh words about the tabloids’ treatment of transgender people – now action is needed

Shortly after lunch on 8 February this year, I walked through the side door of the imposing Royal Courts of Justice where I was to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

I was presenting evidence collated by Trans Media Watch (TMW), even though I haven’t personally been the target of press harassment (yet – although I am aware that an easy route for the press to debunk Leveson is to debunk witnesses).

May 4, 2012

Gay refugee avoids deportation from UK to Uganda but remains in high security removal center

Escorts at the UK’s most secure Border Agency removal centre did not follow through with plans to deport a gay Ugandan asylum seeker today.

As previously reported by Gay Star News 41-year-old Felix Wamala had been booked on a Virgin flight back to Uganda today

But escorts at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre told him that they would not put him on the plane as they knew he didn’t want to go.