Drag queens, trans and queer people protest Trump in London

Drag queens, trans and queer people protest Trump in London

Drag queens, queer and trans people protest Trump in this amazing way Drag queens, trans and queer people are protesting President Donald Trump in London today (13 July).

Over 70,000 people are expected to take to the British capital to object to the US president’s views.

The main march will go from Portland Place at 2pm ending at Trafalgar Square at 5pm. Why drag queens, trans and queer people are protesting Trump

Manchester drag performer Cheddar Gorgeous was one of the main organizers of the queer protest.

Subsequently, she and some friends created a Facebook event inviting other drag queens and kings to participate in the wider London protests against Trump.

‘There’s also a broad issue around visibility,’ they told GSN. ‘There’s a wider point to be made about an attack on diversity. Diversity is becoming a scapegoat by the Trump administration and the people who support it.

‘What drag does in a very extravagant way is really show our differences, in a hope to make everyone’s lives a little bit easier. Anyone who feels different to the mainstream … anyone who feels what’s different about them is not recognized or seen.’

For Trump’s first visit to the UK as president, he is being met with the largest protest ever for a POTUS. Largest protest ever for a sitting US president in London

Gay Star News was there and interviewed a few of the protestors.

Dennis Queen is a parent of a 13-year-old child is from Manchester.

We’ve got a strong drag and queer contingent in the UK,’ she said. ‘There’s so many reasons why we have to protest against Trump.’

She added: ‘When I see Theresa May, in the papers today, holding that man’s hands – I’m disgusted. This is not a relationship that we want to develop.’

Isaac, Matty and Hannah are three young trans and queer people.

‘Being trans is hard enough in America. He doesn’t need to make it any harder,’ Matty said.

Isaac added: ‘We need to make sure he knows he’s not welcome.’ ‘Fuck Trump!’

Marilyn and Jacob are friends.

‘Fuck Trump,’ Jacob said.

Marilyn added: ‘I think it’s horrific what’s happening in America. Donald Trump is evil incarnate. What he is doing is fascism in its purest form. My boyfriend is a Latin American trans man living in America at the moment and he’s terrified.

‘When good people stay quiet is when evil flourishes.’

Very Cherry is a drag queen, who also came down from Manchester.

‘I fear for the young people over there,’ they said. ‘Over there it’s supposed to be the American way, but it’s not. Over there, right now, it’s the Trump way.’

They added: ‘It’s made people aware of politics in America. When Obama was in charge, we didn’t hear him tweeting on the toilet. Bush didn’t even go as far as Trump. It just shows you can buy your way into anything, even the most powerful seat in the world.’

Has Egypt found tomb of world’s greatest gay warrior?

Has Egypt found tomb of world’s greatest gay warrior?

Alexander, the grave: Could this be the legendary warrior’s resting place? Photo: @moantiquities Facebook Archaeologists in Egypt are preparing to open a 10ft-long sarcophagus, which may contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

The coffin was dug up in Alexandria, where the legendary leader may have been buried. It has been sealed for more than 2,000 years, say officials from the country’s antiques ministry.

Alexander the Great commanded vast armies that helped secure an empire stretching from Greece to India. He was born in 356 BC.

Archeologists also found a bust in the tomb, made from alabaster whose features had eroded into obscurity, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The worn bust and absence of written inscriptions on the sarcophagus have prompted questions about who may be inside.

If it turns out to be the remains of the greatest warrior in history, it will be one of the most significant finds since the discovery of Tutankhamen. Speculation about Alexander’s sexuality

Alexander the Great married three times during his life according to historians. However, there is much speculation he also had a gay love affair with his friend and bodyguard, Hephaestion.

Scholars have argued that although there is no official record of his homosexuality, Alexander may have been bisexual.

The Telegraph reported that leading Egyptologist and former antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, said the coffin ‘should belong to someone important, it is a granite sarcophagus’.

‘For someone to bring granite from Aswan [600 miles south] means he would have had to have been rich’, Zawass explained.

However, the tomb is said to be ‘too small’ for a king like Alexander as bigger ones have been found to contain Roman nobles.

The sarcophagus came to light during construction work and has a layer of mortar between the body and the lid. Its contents were undisturbed since it was buried, say experts.

The coffin is from the early Ptolemaic period, which began after Alexander’s death in 323BC. See also:

How to be alone

How to be alone

Glasgow Pride Festival will take the party to Kelvingrove Park I have lived alone many times, in many places: Dayton, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Paris, London, New York City and San Francisco.

I have also lived with many other people (not simultaneously) in places like New Haven, Connecticut; Los Angeles; Bath, Wooton Woodstock and Whytham Abbey (all UK); Arhus, Denmark (that was a commune, but, I digress) and Valencia, Spain.

My point here is not to dazzle you with my international living situations, but to note that I have lived for many years on my own and almost as many years with a lover or friends.

Living alone, at age 22, in a conservative, Mid-western American town like Dayton, Ohio was awful. I was so lonely; it was my first job after college. I didn’t like Dayton, my job (personnel assistant in a local department store) or my tiny, one-bedroom apartment.

After a few weeks there, I called my Dad and begged him to let me come back to the little town where I grew up and work for him at his pharmacy (he’s a chemist). I thought I wouldn’t be lonely there…at least, not this lonely.

Dad saw this request as the trap it was. Wisely, he said, ‘No. You need to stay in Dayton and get used to living on your own. This is part of growing up and it’s time you learned how to do it.’

Oh, how I hated him! I cursed him during those lonely nights. I cursed him until I begrudgingly realized that he was right. Living alone was something I needed to learn – a useful life skill – and despite my aversion to it, why not learn it now, rather than later?

I learned how to be alone. I learned how to live alone: how to count on myself. How to make friends in a strange city and how to go to a bar/movie/restaurant on my own and be OK with it

Thanks Dad.

As a psychotherapist, it is clear to me that many of my clients have not yet learned how to be alone.

They equate being alone with loneliness. Nope. They’re not the same. Being alone is a situation. Loneliness is an emotional response to that situation. After all, you can be lonely in a crowd of people and perfectly content staying home alone all day.

In some social circles, being alone is looked down upon and pitied: you’re a loser. But anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows that craving some alone time is a part of the deal. And many unhappy, long-term relationships are sustained by a fear of being alone. So, we stay with our partner and are miserable, because the thought of being alone scares us so.

If you can’t be alone, you’re usually desperate to be with someone. This is what people describe as ‘clingy’ or ‘needy.’ Not very attractive, is it? Yet, this is just what we are tempted to become if we cannot be alone.

So, if you don’t like being alone, how can you get better at it? Consider these ideas: Start small

If you are terrified by the thought of spending time alone, respect that. Take little steps: go to a movie alone or have lunch on your own someplace you really like. If you find that even these small steps are terrifying, then perhaps they aren’t small enough. Don’t judge: just notice. And take easier steps, like staying off your phone for an hour or just walking down to the local shops on your own. Make it do-able so you can succeed! Try mirror work

When feeling lonely comes up (and it inevitably will), instead of running from those feelings, get to know them: look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘What am I afraid of?’ and listen to the answer you get. Learn to self-soothe

Another way to use mirror work is to soothe yourself. You can ask yourself: ‘What can I do today to help you (the person in the mirror) feel better?’ or ‘What can I do right now to make you feel better?’ It sounds a bit trite, but, it really works! Become your own best friend

A really good mate would encourage you, support you, cheer you on, right? Well, if you have a friend like that, good on you! If not, become that supportive, kind, nurturing person. When you feel bad, don’t berate yourself! Instead, give yourself credit for doing something – anything! – on your own. Encouragement leads to bigger and better steps; being mean to yourself only makes you feel worse, and certainly doesn’t encourage you to try again. Begin to connect with other people

For some of us, this is the scariest stuff. We are so afraid that others won’t like us or that we aren’t ‘good enough.’ Well, the truth is that other people will judge us (as we do them), but many people may actually think we’re okay. Try this as a mantra: ‘I may not be perfect, but I’m good enough.’ or ‘Today, I’m going to go to the local shop/pub/whatever and just smile at three people.’

You don’t have to talk to anyone, just smile at three people. Eventually, you may even want to say, ‘Hello’ to someone. Start small: you needn’t be ready to discuss the pros and cons of queer theory on first meeting. Keep it simple: as the late, great E.M.Forster said, ‘Only connect.’

These are just a few suggestions, when you get to know yourself better (hint, hint), you’ll have more ideas that work specifically for you.

Being able to comfort yourself is a really valuable life skill, whether you’re alone or not. When you learn how to be alone, you’ll feel more solid and grounded, more faithful to yourself.

Your self-knowledge and self-esteem will grow as you learn to love yourself, even your less-than-wonderful qualities. And you’ll never need to be with someone else out of desperation. You can choose to be with a friend or lover, depending on if it suits you – or not.

Michael Dale Kimmel is a psychotherapist and counselor based in San Diego: www.lifebeyondtherapy.com . His book, The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage , is out now. See also

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After 3 failed surrogacy attempts, this gay couple got their miracle baby

After 3 failed surrogacy attempts, this gay couple got their miracle baby

Sebastian Barleben and Johnny Lee with son Vaughn. | Photo: supplied

Gay couple Johnny Lee , 37, and Sebastian Barleben, 40, from New York City were ready to give up surrogacy altogether after three failed attempts.

In fact, they said if the fourth time didn’t stick, they’d quit trying and pursue another route.

The pair have been together for 12 years, since they first met at the Roxy club in New York City.

Sebastian is originally from Essen in Germany and had just moved to New York to attend NYU Stern for business school. But Johnny was actually leaving New York to attend UCLA Anderson, California.

They only had a short time to connect while in the same city, then their relationship developed while living on opposite coasts. Disowning a gay son to ‘save’ his soul

When Johnny came out to his own family right before college, it caused a ‘rift that ripped apart their relationship’ for over a decade.

He comes from a ‘very conservative, evangelical home’ where being gay was a sin and homosexuality was unacceptable to his parents. His parents were even willing to disown him in order to ‘save his soul’, creating a relationship that was ‘dramatic and full of scars’.

It wasn’t until the day of Johnny and Sebastian’s wedding that Johnny’s family came to terms with his sexuality.

For this reason, Johnny wanted to create a family of his own, making sure he shows them nothing but love.

In fact, Johnny and Sebastian were one of the first ever gay couples to marry when it became legal in New York City in 2011. They had a formal wedding ceremony a year later. In fact, the pair knew they wanted to start a family very early on in their relationship.

Johnny told Gay Star News: ‘That said, we wanted time to enjoy each other first and our relationship.’

The couple set out researching every possible avenue and decided on surrogacy .

‘We finally made up our minds three years ago and hired a surrogacy agency to help us start the process,’ Johnny said. ‘It was very emotionally and physiologically draining’

On the surrogacy process, Johnny said the gay couple had ‘quite a bit of difficulty’ through their journey.

Their first three attempts at transferring embryos in order to get pregnant resulted in only one viable embryo each time.

‘We had to start all over with a brand new donor during all of those previous attempts,’ Johnny said. ‘It was very expensive, very time consuming and very emotionally and physiologically draining.’

But on their fourth try, they miraculously got nine viable embryos – two of which they implanted into their surrogate.

Both embryos ended up sticking so they were elated to be having twins.

However, disaster struck in the ninth week with one of the embryos stopping development.

‘That was incredibly agonizing news and it made us incredibly nervous about the pregnancy,’ Johnny said. ‘At that point we had been through so much and our track record was so low that we feared the worst.

‘The first trimester was very nerve-wracking for us,’ he said.

But they had nothing to fear because baby Vaughn Everett Barleben-Lee was born earlier this year.

He’s now four months old and the couple say they’re happier than ever. Surrogacy advice for gay couples

On advice for gay couples looking into surrogacy, Johnny said his best advice is to research what route is best for you. It’s also important not to get overwhelmed by it all.

Johnny said: ‘Find your personal support group and reach out to as many other gay families and parents as you can.

‘Had we not done our research and fully committed to the process from the beginning, we would most likely have quit after the second or third failed attempt at surrogacy.

‘We didn’t know much about how to be a dad and how to take care of a baby. But we surrounded ourselves with experienced parents and we found the right support.

Johnny added: ‘Get help – and don’t be afraid to ask for help either.’ –––

You can follow Johnny , Sebastian and even baby Vaughn on Instagram.

Move over, Romeo: in this new film Juliet finds love again, with a woman

Move over, Romeo: in this new film Juliet finds love again, with a woman

Juliet learns to love again thanks to Veron, an American girl. | Photo: With A Kiss I Die Bisexuality representation, vampires, and a Greek island: With A Kiss I Die has it all. In the movie, premiering on 28 August, the Juliet we all know and love has fangs, sucks blood and is bisexual.

Yes, this is definitely a lot to process for Shakespeare’s purists, but let’s look at the bright side. The tragedy of Romeo & Juliet has undergone several movie adaptations throughout the years – from Franco Zeffirelli’s classic film to Baz Luhrmann’s extravaganza – but this will be the first time Verona’s heroin is a bisexual woman. Or a vampire, for all that matters.

Ella Kweku and Paige Emerson in a scene. | Photo: With A Kiss I Die Juliet is a vampire

Turned into a blood-sucking creature after her attempted suicide, Juliet is now a badass vampire who gave up on love. Portrayed by actress Ella Kweku, the character is still mourning the loss of her beloved Romeo, who died in her arms 800 years earlier.

But even eternal loyalty has an expiration date. Juliet, in fact, meets Farryn (Paige Emerson), an American girl who makes her reconsider her life and death choices.

Desperately in love, Juliet has to challenge societal norms and go against her family once again. Hopefully, it won’t end in a double suicide this time around.

Watch the trailer below: Twilight meets Mamma Mia!

Borrowing heavily from different cinematographic inspirations, director Ronnie Khalil sets this tale of love and violence on a Greek island. If it rings more than one bell, you’re not wrong.

Two lovers belonging to different worlds falling in love in a dreamy Greek paradise is the hybrid between Twilight and Mamma Mia! we never knew we needed.

Is there anything more romantic than a sunset on a Greek island? Perhaps holding hands with a Shakespearean character. | Photo: With A Kiss I Die Congrats, Juliet: you’re bi!

Derived from one of the most romanticized tragic tales of all times, With A Kiss I Die takes on a different angle and increases bisexuality visibility. Despite never truly forgetting her love for Romeo, Juliet develops sexual attraction and romantic feelings for someone of her same sex, which makes her a bisexual character.

‘[It] was never about making an iconic character bisexual. I think it makes sense that someone living as long as she has would try to find love over the centuries through any means possible and, when it finally happens with another woman, that she’s open to it,’ said director Ronnie Khalil.

He explained the biggest challenge was portraying a love story which was ‘genuine, regardless of gender’.

Khalil also said he wanted to make sure ‘the relationship wasn’t seen as a “straight man’s stilted view” of a female same-sex relationship and to keep it honest, which is why we didn’t change anything in the script when it came to the romance’.

We’re not sure how Shakespeare would feel about this, but we’re on board. Read more from Gay Star News:

A phase? Still in the closet? No, some people are just bisexual

Bisexual rapper Taylor Bennett drops new single Be Yourself

Bisexual rapper Taylor Bennett drops new single Be Yourself

Glasgow Pride Festival will take the party to Kelvingrove Park Taylor Bennett single artwork for Be Yourself. | Photo: Taylor Bennett / Instagram Rapper Taylor Bennett just dropped a brand new EP called Be Yourself and it’s just as incredible as it sounds.

The younger brother of Chance the Rapper , Bennett came out as bisexual the day before his birthday last year (18 January).

The 22-year-old artist took to Twitter to announce the release of the single.

He tweeted: ‘I want to thank God for making this project possible.’ I want to thank God for making this project possible. “BE YOURSELF.” 4 Free On @soundcloud !!! NOW!! https://t.co/l1s1nRrcdi pic.twitter.com/CIZgZ8N3Lk — “BE YOURSELF.” OUT NOW!! (@_TaylorBennett) July 12, 2018 He sings in the new song: ‘And niggas still call me faggot, but bitch my shit lookin’ fabulous.’

Bennett then later raps: ‘My debt is repaid and then blast that shit, I ain’t cappin’ or Catholic. I’m an outstanding Afro-American bisexual havin’ shit.’ Taylor Bennett: I wish I could’ve come out sooner

In an interview with Windy City LIVE , Bennett said: ‘The mass message is just to have a conversation.

‘I think that the problem with not just everyday life and not just how we communicate with each other is just that we don’t have conversations to begin with,’ he said.

Taylor came out as bisexual in early 2017 | Photo: taylorbennett Instagram

On why he chose to come out on his birthday last year, Bennett said he wishes he could’ve come out sooner.

He said: ‘I wish that I had felt more comfortable as a younger age and live my childhood and not just one year of my life being who I want to be.

‘You know what actually finally made me do it? I was about to be 21 and I figured I’m gonna be a grown man.

‘I’m old enough to drink, join the army, smoke cigarettes, I might as well be old enough to be myself,’ he said. Watch the full interview:

When Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual last year, he took to Twitter for a long post explaining it all.

He tweeted: ‘My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues.

‘Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans.

‘I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017. Thank You,’ he said.

You can listen to Be Yourself on Spotify or SoundCloud .

Labour MP suspended over homophobic comments resigns

Labour MP suspended over homophobic comments resigns

Jared O’Mara: Quit Labour as he felt unwelcome. British MPJared O’Mara has quit the Labour Party saying he had been ‘made unfairly to feel like a criminal’ since returning.

The Sheffield Hallam MP was suspended last year after a series of sexist and homophobic postings from his past came to light.

Newly elected: O’Mara was only elected last year and barely appeared in Parliament before suspension

In an open letter to his constituents, O’Mara said he didn’t feel he’d been listened to or faced a fair investigation.

‘I am of the opinion that the Labour Party no longer shares my commitment to the true definition of equality and compassion. O’Mara had previously apologized for sexist and homophobic comments

‘There is no doubt that I made mistakes as a young man using distasteful language as a clumsy attempt at satire and sarcasm online. But that does not mean that is who I am today.’

Jared reactions: O’Mara apologized for comments and was reinstated, before resigning.

He was readmitted to the party earlier this month after receiving a formal warning. The party’s national executive committee disputes panel ruled the case didn’t merit O’Mara’s expulsion. However, it did recommend that he should undergo mandatory training.

The Daily Mail reported that the MP said he had made three suicide attempts at the height of the furore.

Despite quitting the Labour party, O’Mara suggested he will not be stepping down as an MP. ‘I might be leaving Labour but I am still at your side’, the newspaper quoted him as saying.

O’Mara won his seat in 2017 and had barely entered Parliament when details of his previous comments emerged. These included inviting the band Girls Aloud to an orgy and joking about musician Jamie Cullum being ‘sodomised to death’.

The 36-year-old politician, who has autism, asked people ‘to go on the internet and read about autism, and about my other disabilities; clinical depression, cerebral palsy and anxiety’.

‘We’re disappointed Jared has decided to resign from Labour after we won the Sheffield Hallam seat from Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems last year’, the BBC quoted a Labour Party spokesman as saying. See also:

Leader was asked: ‘Do you think that a self-identified transgender woman is a woman?’

Prepare for International Non-binary Day by learning how to be a better ally

Prepare for International Non-binary Day by learning how to be a better ally

Non-binary people Ali, Kieran and Spencer | Photos: Supplied July 14 marks International Nonbinary Day.

Calls for an International Non-binary Day began back in 2012.

The original post suggested July 14 as the chosen day because ‘it’s precisely in the middle between International Men’s Day and International Women’s day.’

It’s a truly deserved day for non-binary people all over the world to celebrate just how amazing they are.

There’s still a lot to do when it comes to the non-binary community however.

Most countries in the world still do not recognize non-binary as a legal gender, meaning most NB people still have a gendered passport and official identification.

There is some hope however!

Canada has already started offering it’s citizens the opportunity to obtain a non-binary birth certificate .

As far back as 2003 , it was reported that Australians can choose to have an X on their passports, instead of the gendered F (for female) or M (for male).

There’s still a long way to go though, and it begins with each and everyone of us.

Ahead of Non-binary Day tomorrow, we spoke to three non-binary people about who is their best ally. They also gave tips on how everyone can be a better ally. Spencer says:

I think the best ally in my life is my girlfriend. I’ve a lot of non-binary friends so it was easy for them to understand but I was definitely terrified to tell her when we started dating because I just didn’t know how she’d take it! I remember telling her one night and she just smiled at said ‘that’s fine.’

We proceeded to have a conversation about what pronouns and words I’m comfortable with and what words she should use. Her immediate acceptance was everything I could have asked for.

Another great ally is my dad, he doesn’t understand really but he tries! I told him that I had gone to trans* group with my friend Jake and explained how I felt and his response was perfect. He said; ‘You don’t have to conform to anything you don’t feel connected to.’

I think being a good ally is just accepting a person and not trying to fight them on their identities, even if you don’t understand. If you struggle to understand what it means to be non-binary, try finding someone who doesn’t mind being asked questions and educate yourself! Always make sure to check in with people and ask for pronouns and just use and respect them

As an ally you can’t understand exactly how a person feels because you’re not them and you don’t identify that way. That’s okay! That’s normal. As long as you just accept that someone is NB and use the correct words/pronouns for them you’re already a good ally It’s just about treating other people with the respect and understanding that you want to be treated with. Kieran says:

To this day my most valuable ally is ironically the wife of a church pastor. When I came out as non-binary she supported me with no questions asked. And she uses my pronouns to this day and is just wonderful. But the absolute cherry on top is when she introduces me to others, she’ll also explain my gender and my pronouns.

It’s weird, how affirming it feels to just be acknowledged on a human level.

As an ally, if you mess up pronouns, just correct yourself and move on. The bigger deal you make the bigger deal it becomes.

I hear it all the time, but it’s surprising how many times people blow it out of proportion. Ali says:

One of my best allies is my college teacher. Someone in my class said something that kinda set me off. He basically said that I should be grateful that he’s using the right pronouns for me and it’s a privilege not to be misgendered. I went off on him. After the class she held me back and just kinda supported me. I didn’t see it coming at all, but she really surprised me with support.

I guess one of the easiest things that allies can do is to ask preferred pronouns, it’s just something easy to do and it just kinda lets me know that you’re chill with non-binary people. It always stands out to me when people put the effort in to use my preferred name and pronouns, no questions asked. It just kinda makes me feel like a real person.

I’d also ask allies not to pry, y’know. Don’t ask me why I’m nonbinary, don’t ask me to explain it. It’s kinda alienating bc it’s just a reminder that I’m not like a cis person. I understand that you want to learn and stuff, but don’t just do it in a normal everyday conversation.

I know it sounds like I’m slating allies. But I really do appreciate just having people’s support, and just being treated like an every day person. It’s just nice when people use the right pronouns, especially because I’m female presenting (I’m not in a safe environment to present otherwise) so it’s just really nice for people to just do it. No questions asked.

Responses have been edited for clarity.

Democrats introduce law to ban gay and trans panic defense in courts

Democrats introduce law to ban gay and trans panic defense in courts

Seeking justice for LGBTI victims | Photo: Flickr/Ted Eytan Two Democrats today (13 July) introduced new legislation to ban the so-called ‘gay’ and ‘trans’ panic defense used in courts.

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Congressman Joseph (Joe) Kennedy III (MA-04) presented the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018.

The proposed bill amends title 18 of the United States Code.

Markey and Kennedy’s legislation provides a thorough explanation for the ban. They primarily focus on the inherent discrimination in this type of defense.

Both legislators give seven findings to support the ban: The American Bar Association has urged the US government before to curtail these defenses.

The defenses are ‘remnants of a time when widespread public antipathy was the norm for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (referred to in this Act as ‘LGBT’) individuals’.

They characterize sexuality and gender identity as ‘reasonable excuses for loss of self-control’.

They appeal to ‘irrational fears and hatred of LGBT individuals’.

Use of the defense undermines protection for victims of bias-motivated crimes.

They also reinforce prejudice at the ‘expense of norms of self-control’.

Finally, ‘to end the antiquated notion that LGBT lives are worth less than others and to reflect modern understanding of LGBT individuals as equal citizens under law’.

Beyond adding in language to ban the defenses, Markey and Kennedy’s Act also requires a report from the Attorney General.

Specifically, the AG must submit an annual report to Congress detailing prosecutions in federal court ‘involving capital and noncapital crimes committed against LGBT individuals that were motivated by the victim’s gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation’.

Read the full legislation here . Banning what should have never existed

One of the most well-known cases of the gay panic defense was the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1988.

It has also been used more recently. An Ohio man used the defense to try and get off death row — but the Ohio Parole Board stayed his execution date of 18 July.

A Texas man, meanwhile, was found not guilty of manslaughter and murder after using the defense.

Only a few states have banned the practice, first California , and then Illinois . Rhode Island did the same more recently.

This new legislation, however, proposes to ban it nationwide.

‘Murdering or assaulting anyone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is not a defense, it is a hate crime,’ said Kennedy.

‘Legal loopholes written into our laws that seek to justify violent attacks against our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender neighbors should never have existed in the first place.’

Other co-sponsors include Tim Kaine (D-VA, Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election), Kamala Harris (D-Ca), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and more. More from Gay Star News

Xherdan Shaqiri: Liverpool sign Stoke forward after triggering release clause

Xherdan Shaqiri: Liverpool sign Stoke forward after triggering release clause

Liverpool have signed Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, after triggering his £13.5m release clause.

The 26-year-old joined the Potters from Inter Milan in August 2015 for a club record fee of £12m.

He was Stoke’s top scorer last season with eight goals as they were relegated from the Premier League.

Shaqiri scored against Serbia at the World Cup as Switzerland reached the last 16, where they lost to Sweden.

In June, he was reported as saying he wanted to leave Stoke and sign for a Premier League club.

Liverpool have already strengthened their squad this summer with the £39m signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho, and the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.