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December 17, 2014

He was protesting against a cardinal who said he believed gay people didn't exist

A gay Italian teacher is being forced to hang a crucifix on his classroom wall after the school cited a Mussolini fascist-era law.

Professor Davide Zotti, a philosophy teacher in the city of Trieste, northeast Italy, took down the crucifix in protest of homophobic statements made by the Catholic Church.

He said he was especially offended by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who in October claimed he had no reason to support 'imaginary rights' as he believes gay people do not exist.

December 16, 2014

'You don't have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do'

A nine-year-old has written an incredible, heartfelt, A+ letter to her gay teacher.

You can read the full screencap below, or read the transcription here:

Dear Mr R,

Even though you're gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You're a great teacher and these are just some of the words that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

December 13, 2014

36 elementary schools in the UK will teach their students about gay and lesbian rights and stamp out anti-gay language

36 UK schools have vowed to stamp out homophobia in schools, by signing up to a scheme to teach their pupils about LGBTI values.

The group of elementary schools in and around Birmingham, UK have pledged to stamp out homophobic bullying with a new range of teaching materials called CHIPS - Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

The CHIPS programme is used in 36 elementary schools and was created by Andrew Moffat, who authored a series of books used as resources to teach children about the LGBTI community.

December 11, 2014

You will not believe what happened in conservative Korea

A Korean middle school student's response to a survey on homosexuality has gone viral in the conservative country after their former teacher posted it online last week.

The principal heard a rumor that two students were in a lesbian relationship and created a survey to find out who they were and punish them.

Students were assured their answers were anonymous and their honesty would help create a 'safe and healthy school environment.'

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 7, 2014

Throughout much of his childhood, Matthew McVarish was repeatedly sexually abused by an uncle. He's now on a mission to walk through 32 European capital cities to help end the silence that persists around child sexual abuse

When Matthew McVarish was first taken to see the film Forrest Gump, at the age of 11, little did he know that – years later – it would prove to be the inspiration for his current endeavor.

The Scotsman is nearing the end of his ‘Road to Change’: an 20-month mission to walk 10,000 miles across Europe, visiting the capital cities of 29 countries in an effort to raise awareness around child sex abuse and to break down the stigma victims feel in talking about their experiences.

November 15, 2014

YouTube vlogger Benton Sorensen filmed the moment he came out as trans to his college classmates

When a teacher sets you a project, thinking of an appropriate theme can be very difficult.

So when Benton Sorensen’s professor assigned the class an ‘inspiration’ project, he looked no further than himself to be the subject.

The video, uploaded to his YouTube channel, shows him bravely giving his presentation to his class and telling them all about his background.

Through a series of stories and old photos, he tells his new classmates he is transgender.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.

November 6, 2014

Interview process also forces applicants to reveal their HIV status or if they've had a 'transsexual operation'

A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus.

'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads.

The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had transsexual operation? [sic]'.

University officials claim LGBTI people do not meet the 'requirements' needed to be a teacher at the school.

November 4, 2014

Italian schoolteacher fails at actually teaching her pupils facts

November 1, 2014

A US jilted lover sent nude photos of his ex-boyfriend to his teacher colleagues in an attempt to get him fired, but it was him who ended up in the hands of the police

A jilted US man sent x-rated nudes of his former boyfriend to his colleagues at the school where he worked in an attempt to get him fired.

38-year-old David Galvan leaked the nude photos of his ex-boyfriend Richard Rosa, 31, who is a teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, US.

Galvan was angry their relationship had ended, so he sent the nudes in an attempt to get Rosa fired.

He hacked into his email account and sent 4 nude photos to over 200 of Rosa’s colleagues with the subject line ‘Enjoy’.

October 28, 2014

Linda Wall denies the statistics of LGBTI teen suicides and believes being gay is an 'addiction akin to drugs'

A former gym teacher who had sex with an underage girl has now set up a group to fight the 'evils' of homosexuality.

Linda Wall, an ex-politician and once a candidate for the Virginia House of Representatives, is a leader in the 'ex-gay movement'.

Setting up a group called Virginia Mass Resistance, she denies the statistics of LGBTI youth suicide rates in the US and believes homosexuality is akin to being addicted to drugs.

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 20, 2014

He made a huge mistake

A Swedish teacher and photographer was sacked on the same day he dared to call a student 'fag', it was reported today (20 October).

The Helsingborg schoolteacher, who has not been named in the report, was asked to take pictures of the new classes earlier this month.

'Fag number one, you can stand over here,' he allegedly shouted at one of the students.

That was a big mistake.

The photo shoot was stopped, and the school's principal was summoned. The offended boy in question went to call his parents.

October 9, 2014

A Primary School in the English town of Newhaven has introduced ‘gender neutral’ toilets for pupils in an effort to tackle transphobia

Boys and girls, aged between 4 and 11, returned from their summer break last month to discover that they were now able to share toilet facilities at Harbour Primary and Nursery School in Church Hill, Newhaven, East Sussex.

When pupils reported this change to their parents, some complained to the school about not being notified in advance.

This prompted a letter of explanation from the head teacher, Christine Terrey, and an invitation to attend a meeting on ‘preventing transphobia’.

October 6, 2014

A number of parents were unhappy with measures that the school has taken to highlight diversity and equality at the school

A small number of teachers have had an angry confrontation with Jamie Barry, the head teacher of Welford Primary School in Birmingham, England, over his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the school.

Around six police officers were called to attend the school on Friday morning (3 Oct) after a number of parents expressed anger at a parents forum meeting in the school hall.

According to the BBC, Mr Barry had to be escorted from the building for his own safety.

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 25, 2014

Machinery teacher allowed other students to take pictures and tease his prank victim

A Canadian teacher is facing weeks of suspension after playing a homophobic prank on a teen.

Daniel Mark Ogloff has defended his actions as 'horseplay' after he slapped a 'I'm Gay' sticker on the Grade 11 student's back.

He is a metal fabrication and machining teacher at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in Lnagley, British Columbia.

During a class last year, he let the boy leave class unaware after he affixed the tape on his back. The teacher allowed other students to take pictures and tease him.

September 12, 2014

Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh got legally hitched in order to win a competition to attend the next Rugby World Cup

To the anger of many LGBT rights campaigners, two heterosexual men in New Zealand have gone ahead with their marriage to one another this morning.

They did so as a stunt, as part of a competition run by a local radio station, in order to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup in the UK in 2015.

September 11, 2014

The Catholic school accused the 16-year-old of sexual harassment after seeing a photo of him kissing his boyfriend

Gay 16-year-old Colombian Sergio Urrego killed himself last month after persecution by his Catholic school.

His mother only recently spoke to the media about her son's suicide.

She said the ordeal started in May when a teacher at Gimnasio Castillo Campestre school in the Colombian capital Bogotá saw a photo of her son kissing his boyfriend on his phone. He confiscated it and the boys were sent to the school psychologist.

His boyfriend of a month and a half was forced to tell his parents about his sexuality and was withdrawn from the school.

September 11, 2014

Two male best friends are getting married to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

Two best friends from New Zealand will get married tomorrow in order to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will say their rubgy-related vows in front of 60 family and friends in Auckland to win the radio competition.

McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times, 'We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

'It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.

September 9, 2014

The ‘gay’ chair, the child called ‘it’, the girl hit with a softball bat and the kids who think it’s ok to use anti-LGBTI language as long as it’s to their friends

Classroom commotions never bode well, even at the best of times. This was not the best of times: this was half past eight on a Monday morning in an unfamiliar school.

The problem, it transpired, was there were precisely 23 chairs in the room. There were 23 students - the math seemed simple enough. ‘But look!’ came the anguished howl, in a tone so plaintive I half expected the chair to be riddled with spikes.

Instead, a crude hand had wittily scrawled on it ‘whoeva sits on this cHair is gay’ [sic].

September 6, 2014

Emily Fox will serve a jail sentence for having an affair with the 15-year-old female student, after their messages to each other were exposed

A UK teacher has been jailed for 15 months for having sex with one of her students.

Emily Fox, a 26-year-old PE teacher at the all girls Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, will serve a 15-month sentence for having sex with a female student who was just 15 years old at the time.

It is reported the pair had many secret meetings, sex on several occasion and exchanged ‘hundreds’ of text messages.

The affair came to light when the student, who cannot be named, tried to print out a message Fox had sent to her.