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One Year On: The United Nations LGBT Advocacy Campaign 'Free And Equal' - VIDEO

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On July 26th, 2013, the United Nations Human Rights office launched "Free and Equal," an unprecedented global public education campaign aiming to combat violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people around the world.

Free&equalThe campaign has included a Bollywood gay marriage video The Welcome and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

What's happened since the campaign's launch?

Watch the video to find out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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LGBT People Two To Three Times More Likely To Suffer From Psychological Problems - VIDEO

DepressionA University of Cambridge study shows that LGBT people are two to three times more likely to suffer from chronic psychological problems such as depression and are twice as likely to not trust their GP, reports Varsity.

The study was based on a survey of two million people, 27,000 of whom identified as a sexual minority.

According to the survey, while only five percent of straight men reported psychological problems, 11 percent of gay men and 15 percent of bisexual men reported such problems.

While 12 percent of lesbians and 19 percent of bisexual women reported long-term psychological conditions, only six percent of heterosexual women reported similar problems.

The survey also found that general health was of a lower quality amongst LGBT people, with 22 percent of gay men and 26 percent of bisexual men reporting poor general health, alongside 25 percent of lesbians and 31 percent of bisexual women. Only 20 percent of straight men and 21 percent of straight women classified their health as poor.

The study also suggests that some LGBT people had faced a hostile health-related environment in which sexual minorities were stigmatised.

Professor Martin Roland, director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, said:

"The survey shows that sexual minorities suffer both poorer health and have worse experiences when they see their GP. We need to ensure both that doctors recognise the needs of sexual minorities, and also that sexual minorities have the same experience of care as other patients."

Watch ASAP Science's depression explainer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anna Paquin Teaches Larry King A Thing Or Two About Bisexuality During Awkward Interview

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Anna Paquin has been open about her bisexuality for years now, so it is no surprise that Larry King might ask about her sexuality and marriage to True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer. Still, King's line of questioning verged straight from a discussion of vampire Bill's multiple partners on the bloody, sexy HBO drama to a couple of painfully awkward questions about Paquin's own sexual interests. The endearing star came out of the interview all the better for her honest and articulate responses, but one cannot help but cringe a little.

Here's a short excerpt:

King: Are you a non-practicing bisexual?

Paquin: Well, I mean, I am married to my husband and we are happily, monogamously married, so...

King: But you were bisexual?

Paquin: I don't think it's a past-tense thing. Are you still straight if you're with somebody? If you were to break up with them or they were to die it doesn't prevent your sexuality from existing.

King: That's wishful thinking, okay? (laughs)

Paquin: I'm just saying it doesn't really work like that.

You can watch the full interview from Larry King Now on Hulu.


Man Pleads Not Guilty In July Shooting Of Bisexual California Man: VIDEO

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A 25-year-old Mecca, California man named Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez (left) sits in jail as the lone suspect in the shooting death of his bisexual 20-year-old Pizza Hut co-worker Juan Ceballos (right).

According to KESQ News, on Sunday July 13 Ceballos texted his brother Sergio asking him to come outside and help bring in pizza that he had brought home for his family. Soon after, Sergio heard two gunshots and went outside to discover his brother dead.

Juan was the oldest brother to five siblings. Since he was murdered right outside his family's doorstep, the family moved away immediately after his funeral. At their new place, Juan’s mother keeps a candles lit by several of his pictures in the living room.

KESQ News reports that the criminal complaint against Ramirez says that he “waited for Juan outside his home and shot and killed him because of his sexual orientation.” Juan worked two jobs and was also a student who wanted a career so he could keep helping his family.

The Bilerico Project shares Sergio thoughts on the pointlessness of his brother’s murder:

”If it was because of that, that was a stupid reason... he said that he was he was looking for happiness in a world full of evil, maybe he was right. The world is full of evil, and I just don't know why they ever did this to him... He was our guide, everything that we have now, we owe it to him...I'm going to continue with all this, but I'm going to have to do it without him."

Though Ramirez has plead “not guilty” to murder, he also faces hate crime and lying-in-wait charges. He is being held without bail until he returns to court August 11. The local district attorney may seek the death penalty.

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Bisexual Asylum Seeker Avoids Deportation To Jamaica - VIDEO

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Orashia Edwards, a bisexual Jamaican man who says he faces danger in his native country because of his sexuality, learned on Tuesday that he will not be deported from the U.K.

Homophobia remains a major issue in Jamaican society.

The case for a judicial review of Home Secretary Theresa May's decision was thrown out by a judge in Leeds.

In his written judgement, Judge Clive Heaton QC said that Edwards was being dishonest about his sexuality.

According to Pink News, Edwards has been living in the U.K. for four years along with the rest of his family. He has a one-year-old daughter. Mr Edwards has not been in Jamaica for 14 years.

Speaking to the BBC after the verdict, Edwards said:

"This is my home, I feel safe here, my family and friends are here. I can't go back to Jamaica."

In a press release, activist organization Leeds For Change, which has claimed Home Office decisions behind asylum are prejudiced against LGBT applicants, said it “won’t stop fighting for Orashia to stay here in Leeds with us, his family and the LGBT community. An application to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Orashia will be issued shortly.”

All claims of bias in asylum applications have been denied by the government.

Edwards learned Tuesday that he will now not be deported from the U.K. A spokesperson from the Home Office refused to comment on the change in its decision.

Edwards is today in court submitting new evidence.

Watch State Of Limbo, a short documentary about the Edwards case, and a follow-up interview prior to the hearing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anna Paquin's Married Bisexual Motherly Pride

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 True Blood Anna Paquin tweeted out some lovely sentiments earlier this week: "Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender."


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