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November 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged all Americans, ‘no matter who we love,’ in his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation

US President Barack Obama has capped off a year of victories for the LGBTI rights movement by acknowledging Americans ‘no matter who we are or who we love’ in the opening paragraph of his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation.

‘Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings - the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,’ Obama wrote in a proclamation posted on the White House website.

November 20, 2013

Officially becomes 16th state in the US with marriage equality but same-sex unions will not begin until June

With the stroke of several pens, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn officially made his state the 16th in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.

The late afternoon signing ceremony at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum  began with spirited musical performances by lesbian feminist chorus the Artemis Singers and a performance of America the Beautiful by the Gay Mens Chorus of Chicago.

November 20, 2013

President has compared one of the most famous speeches made in US history to the fight for gay, women and workers' rights tod

Barack Obama has linked one of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address, with gay rights.

Lincoln delivered the speech, one of the most famous in US history,during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of 19 November 1863.

Now 150 years later, the sitting US president has paid tribute in a handwritten letter to Lincoln’s legacy.

He sat down and wrote a speech of the exact same length and linked it to the importance of rights for gays, workers and women.

November 20, 2013

President has compared one of the most famous speeches made in US history to the fight for gay, women and workers' rights tod

Barack Obama has linked one of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address, with gay rights.

Lincoln delivered the speech, one of the most famous in US history,during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of 19 November 1863.

Now 150 years later, the sitting US president has paid tribute in a handwritten letter to Lincoln’s legacy.

He sat down and wrote a speech of the exact same length and linked it to the importance of rights for gays, workers and women.

January 11, 2013

Pat Brady says: 'I’m not backing down'

When the chairman of the state's Republican Party stepped up and spoke out in favor of marriage equality last week, LGBT advocates were pleasantly surprised.

But some members of Pat Brady's own party are livid and want him to step down from his post.

Brady says he isn't planning to quit.

November 17, 2012

Award winning writer Tony Kushner discusses why his script for the film Lincoln does not cover the US president's alleged sexuality

If you want to watch a bloody brawl between Abraham Lincoln scholars, bring up his sexuality. The  romantic desires of the sixteenth president of the US is a heated topic of conversation, with some historians certain he was gay (or, at the very least, bisexual).

November 9, 2012

Futurist Jason Silva takes time out of headlining the 2012 IBM Information on Demand Conference to show his support for gay marriage on GSN

Jason Silva was keynote speaker at this year’s IBM Info on Demand conference and he took the time out of his busy schedule to record this quick video in support of gay marriage.

Silva opens his clip by congratulating Gay Star News for its ‘continued advocacy on behalf of freedom’, saying that there is ‘no place’ for governments to ‘legislate love’.

He states strongly that he 'completely support[s]' gay marriage, paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln to make a poignant statement on its current illegality.

August 22, 2012

An American woman who claimed men broke into her house and cut gay slurs into her skin before trying to burn the house down has been charged with making a false complaint to police

A Nebraska woman who alleged she was the victim of a vicious hate crime has been charged with making a false complaint to police after they decided that her injuries were self inflicted.

Charlie Rogers crawled to the house of a neighbor on July 22, naked and bleeding, and told police that three masked men had broken into her home and pinned her down, cutting gay slurs into her skin before trying to burn the house down.

July 23, 2012

Hundreds attend candlelit vigil for lesbian in Lincoln who was brutally assaulted and had her house set on fire

Hundreds of people attended a candlelit vigil in Nebraska for a lesbian whose attackers allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin before setting fire to her house.

Around 500 gathered with rainbow flags at the steps of the Capitol building in Lincoln last night (22 July), according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

March 10, 2012

John Abraham had his deportation flight cancelled after court swayed by Gay Star News article

Nigerian gay asylum seeker John Abraham was saved from being deported from the UK thanks to an article by Gay Star News.

John Abraham, 25, is currently in Colinbrook Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow airport, west London, and was due to be deported to Nigeria on Thursday evening (8 March).