Organisers of a New Zealand book festival have dropped a Harry Potter quiz from the event over JK Rowling’s trans views, saying they want the festival to be a “welcoming place for everyone”.

The Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival in New Zealand said they have chosen not to feature the popular Harry Potter quiz on this year’s programmes in light of the author’s explosive tweets on trans people.

Rowling has received tremendous backlash due to a series of tweets and a lengthy essay she published on the subject in June 2020. …


Iris Santos’ family is “requesting the community’s help with identifying the suspect” who apparently targeted and shot her while she sat at a table outside.

Iris SantosPhoto: Houston Police Department

Police are actively searching for a suspect in the murder of a Latina trans woman in Houston, Texas. Iris Santos, 22, was sitting at a picnic table on the evening of April 23 when the suspect walked up to her, opened fire, and killed her, before leaving the scene.

Santos is believed to be at least the 18th transgender or gender non-conforming person to be murdered or face a violent death in 2021 so far…


The 75-year-old retiree paid a hitman €2,500 in April to attack his son, a 43-year-old surgeon, and his boyfriend. Neither the suspect nor the victims were identified by authorities.

Homophobic father hired a hitman to break his gay son’s fingers and attack his boyfriend

But the plot was thrown into disarray when the goon, after two weeks of stalking the victim and slashing his car tires, decided the attack was “senseless”, according to a local activist group, via La Repubblica.

He decided to betray the father and revealed the plan to the son.

The father was charged with aggravated assault and stalking by law enforcement in Turin, Italy.

The alleged plot was no isolated incident…


Rupert “Twink” Starr, 97, was trying to help his attacker. (Karla Rothan/ Facebook)

A 97-year-old Second World War veteran and LGBT+ activist was robbed and assaulted in the street after trying to give money to his attacker.

Police in Columbus, Ohio, are searching for the man who attacked military vet Rupert Starr, 97, known to his friends as “Twink”, on Monday (May 18).

Sergeant James Fuqua told ABC 6 that the incident began with an act of kindness, when Starr was out for a walk.

A man approached Starr, who has mobility issues and walks with two canes, and asked…


Many leaders of ex-gay Christian ministries eventually come out as gay themselves and admit the practice doesn’t work.

May 17, 2015: The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia was marked with rainbow flags in JakartaPhoto: Shutterstock

Indonesia is on track to criminalize homosexuality and the punishment would be absurd. If found guilty, the accused would be required to undergo “rehabilitation” to have their homosexuality removed.

How? Most likely an ex-gay Muslim exorcism.

While other countries move to ban “ex-gay therapy” as a form of psychological torture without benefit, Indonesia has slid backward. Germany was the latest nation to ban the dangerous practice that frequently spawns suicide attempts and lasting psychological damage.

Four political parties are backing the…


A man threw something at the journalist’s face because he thought he looked gay, according to police.

Homophobic people attacked TV journalist in vicious anti-gay hate crime could suffer permanent injuries

The journalist had a message for viewers as he heals from the alleged hate crime.Photo: Screenshot/Facebook

A regional Emmy-award winning news reporter from Minnesota may have been the victim of an anti-gay hate crime and is at risk of permanent damage to his vision.

Matt Belanger is a reporter with KSTP-TV 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis, and late last week he posted a video to Facebook while wearing an eyepatch, explaining to his viewers why he hasn’t been on TV recently.

In the…


Discover the best gay, lesbian and LGBT-friendly bars and pubs in London

London’s LGBT scene is among the brightest and most fabulous in the world. Whether you’re looking to learn about queer history by seeking out some LGBT landmarks, or maybe your queer quest is slightly more hedonistic and the vibrant LGBT clubs are your thing, there’s more than enough to keep you busy.

Of course, much of LGBT history is housed in our bars and clubs. And London, thank goodness, still has a diverse number of LGBT venues, even outside of Soho. …


Gay men are being harassed and abused in Morocco after photos taken from gay chat apps were circulated online.

Photos spread after a social media influencer told her followers to make fake accounts on apps to see how common homosexuality is.

Homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, which is in lock down because of corona virus.

The restrictions mean many men are unable to leave their homes where families abuse them.

One man, a student who returned from France during the lockdown, killed himself after being identified as gay, Moroccan media report.

Samir el Mouti runs a Facebook…


Police in Bangladesh have arrested 27 men “for homosexuality.” Same-sex relations are a crime in the conservative Muslim-majority country.

Police guard the building where two LGBT activists were stabbed to death in Dhaka in 2016

An elite police unit detained the 27 men in a raid on a community center at Keraniganj, south of the nation’s capital, Dhaka.

“We’ve arrested 27 people for homosexuality. They are homosexuals. They held a get-together there,” an official with the unit told the AFP news agency.

Authorities said the suspects were mostly students aged in their 20s and had traveled from across the country…


Nigel Shelby was a 15-year-old a high school student in Huntsville, Alabama. A freshman at Huntsville High School, Shelby had faced homophobic bullying from classmates — bullying that let to Shelby taking his own life.

“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students,” read a statement from Aaron King, the principal of Huntsville High School. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

The school has provided teachers and grief counselors for students and has asked parents to also assist their children deal with the…

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