BBC ‘worst for on-screen portrayal of gay people’

A Stonewall study into how gay people are portrayed in TV programmes watched by young people has found that many depictions are negative, demeaning or stereotypical. It found that the BBC – which has been plagued by controversy over its handling of on-screen homophobia in the last two years – was the worst of the ...more ⇒

GOP Congressmen Side with Islamic Governments to Oppose Obama Request to UN to Approve Gay Group’s Consultative Status

On Monday, the Obama administration plans to press for the 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to grant “consultative status” to an American group, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), to allow it to participate in U.N. meetings along with thousands of other ...more ⇒

Did X Factor ‘out’ a gay asylum seeker, putting him in danger?

The production company for hit TV show X Factor passed the real name to the Sun newspaper of a contestant who is a young Middle Eastern gay asylum seeker, he has claimed in comments published by Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and then Pink Paper. The Sun subsequently ran an inaccurate article ...more ⇒

Trans woman’s memoirs breaks new ground in Arab world

In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world’s underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle to become a woman against all odds. “Mouzakarat Randa al-Trans”, or “The Memoirs of Randa the Trans”, is a brutally honest narrative that ...more ⇒

Supreme Court rules gay asylum seekers have right to stay in UK

The Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK. The pair took their cases to the court after being told by the Home Office they could safely return home if they were “discreet” about their sexual orientation. The Cameroonian man, HT, argued he was ...more ⇒