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August 12, 2014

For a same-sex couple in Merseyside, adoption provided the answer to their dreams of motherhood

When gay male couples think about starting a family, the options most usually explored are adoption, surrogacy or an arrangement with a willing female friend. When a female couple or single woman wants to have children, then sperm donation or IVF treatment are the methods often utilised. However, not all women want – or are able – to give birth to their own kids, and for them, fostering and adoption are a more likely route to family life.

August 8, 2014

26-year old Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a female student

A lesbian PE teacher in England must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to having sex with an underage student.

Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with the minor, whom Fox met at the Royal Masonic School for girls in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

In the United Kingdom, the age of consent is 16.

The incidents reportedly occurred from 2012 to 2013, during the year term Fox was teaching at the school.

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

July 22, 2014

The Minister for Education has warned a headmistress that her school could lose funding if it is found she fired a teacher for being gay

A Catholic school could lose its public funding if it is found they fired a teacher for being gay.

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the Trento school after a teacher spoke out about being sacked to protect the school’s ‘ethics’.

Eugenia Libratore, the headmistress of Sacro Cuore, reportedly said she decided not to renew the ‘adequate and professional’ teacher’s contract because she ‘has the school’s environment to protect’ and ‘moral ethics’ to preserve.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

May 28, 2014

One first grade teacher, who was at her post for over 14 years, had to choose between her job and supporting her gay son

A group of teachers fired for being gay or supporting gay family members have asked for an audience with the Pope.

The Human Rights Campaign have delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine US teachers who lost their jobs at Catholic schools for either being LGBTI or supporting LGBTI family members.

The letter requests a meeting with Pope Francis ‘so that you may hear our personal stories first hand and see the impact the Church’s actions have had on us all.’

May 15, 2014

A Nevada seventh grader who brought a pistol to school and shot a teacher and two other students revealed in his suicide note that he was angry about being labeled as gay and ‘retarded’ by bullies

Nevada state authorities have released the details of why they think 12-year-old Jose Reyes brought a gun to school and fired on classmates before shooting himself on 21 October last year.

Reyes wounded two other students and killed a teacher before shooting himself just 10 minutes after being dropped at Sparks Middle School by his mother.

A 1,300 page report into the shooting was made public on Tuesday and reveals that Reyes left behind two suicide notes – one for his parents and one for his teachers and classmates.

May 13, 2014

West Chester teacher Molly Shumate has quit her job rather than sign a new employment contract with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that would ban her from publicly supporting her son’s sexuality

A veteran Cincinnati, Ohio Catholic school teacher has become the first to quit her job over a new teacher employment contract being introduced by the Archdiocese because it would mean that she could not publicly support her gay son.

Molly Shumate’s 22-year-old son Zachery is openly gay and the new contract strictly forbids teachers from any public support for homosexuality.

April 25, 2014

Laura Jane Klug: 'I’m willing to do whatever because I really need a paycheck. It doesn’t make me very happy'

Substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug has been allowed to return to work for the Texas school district that suspended her after parents complained because she is transgender.

But Klug is not being allowed to teach at Lumberton Independent School District.

She agreed this week to accept a full-time position outside the classroom that will last through the end of the school year.

April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

April 7, 2014

British assistant head teacher was ousted after religious parents complained about him trying to tackle homophobic bullying in primary schools

A British gay teacher is being forced to resign after parents complained about him teaching their children it is normal to be gay.

Andrew Moffat, who resigned from the secular Chilwell Croft primary school in December, will leave his post this month.

Christian and Muslim parents opposed to his book Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools being taught to 10 and 11-year-olds.

In an attempt to teach diversity and equality, one lesson describes a picnic in which gay families are guests.

March 31, 2014

The director of a school in Texas refused to enroll a toddler because he has two moms and ‘we don’t live that way’

A couple claims their son was turned away from a Texas school because he has lesbian parents.

Tracy and Dawn Keller were assured they could enroll their three-year-old son into the Bedford, Texas school but after touring the school were phoned by the director saying there son would not be welcome.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 20, 2014

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has asked its Catholic school teachers to sign draconian work contracts that would see them fired for publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married heterosexual relationship

Catholic school teachers in the Ohio Archdiocese Cincinnati are being required to sign strict work contracts that could see them fired for any diversion from the Catholic Church’s moral code – including publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married opposite-sex relationship.

Under the 2014-2015 contract for teachers in the 94 schools supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati employees will be banned from ‘from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.’

March 4, 2014

Popular BBC One drama TV show actress decided to put her acting career aside and concentrate on her music

Lesbian favorite Heather Peace has teased a brand new gay anthem on her upcoming album.

The Waterloo Road actress has quit the BBC One school drama show to focus on second record and UK tour.

Peace's last episode of appearing as popular teacher Nikki Boston will be 12 March.

She said: 'I've been two-jobs-Peace for almost 20 years and it felt like time to put my music first.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

February 14, 2014

Parents of seven and eight-year-olds reported the school to the authorities after their children made Valentine's cards for their same-gender friends

A Russian school is being accused of gay propaganda after kids gave Valentine’s Day cards to other students of the same gender today (14 February).

To celebrate the day of love, a teacher in the city of Smolensk, western Russia, encouraged students aged seven to eight to make cards to each other – and it didn’t matter if they were given to a boy or a girl.

But when the students went home and told their families what they did in school, their parents were ‘shocked’.

February 7, 2014

The class covers unfamiliar abbreviations that non-native speakers might find on online dating websites

A London-based gay language school added an optional ‘English for gay online dating’ class to its curriculum.

The Rainbow School of English, the UK’s only English language school aimed exclusively at LGBTI people, is offering its students a session to help them get the most out of dating websites.

Taught by a gay teacher, the class covers unfamiliar abbreviations non-native english speakers might find online. This optional online dating class is mainly aimed towards gay men, but anyone is welcome to attend.

January 30, 2014

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian editor was fined yesterday (29 January) for printing an interview with a gay teacher who said ‘being gay is normal’.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is the fourth person to be officially charged with violating the federal gay propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

December 31, 2013

A group of local gay men show Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp through the Malaysian capital during Ramadan, offering a warm welcome in a city with a dicey anti-gay reputation

I won't usually visit a country where me and my kin can face severe penalties for being who we are and doing what we do.

But this time a booking stuff-up of my own making means I'm spending less than two days in Malaysia enroute from Bangkok to Sydney.

And part of me likes the idea of spending even a short time alone exploring a new city, although I realize this isn't a choice everyone has the privilege to make.

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

December 18, 2013

After semester of alleged abuse by students and adults, Destin Holmes was asked not to return to the school

All Destin Holmes wanted was to go to school and to dress 'tom boyish' which is the way she feels most comfortable.

But the Mississippi teen's school day was made a living nightmare by not only the students at Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, but also by her principal and some teachers.

'It was only one semester because they told me they didn't want me there anymore,' she says in a video. 'Knowing that they didn't want me there, it felt terrible.