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July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

July 3, 2014

Scott Lively, who refuses to take credit for the anti-gay law in Uganda, says the Last Week Tonight host is a 'liar and a fraud'

British comic John Oliver is being attacked by the anti-gay rights pastor Scott Lively.

In a recent segment highlighting the US influence on Uganda’s homophobic law on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, Oliver named Lively as one of the evangelicals who travelled to the country.

Back in 2009, the pastor did fly to Uganda to promote his homophobic views and was allowed to speak for five hours in front of parliament.

June 27, 2014

Nick Antjoule from Galop, the LGBT safety charity asks whether homophobia and transphobia is increasing in the UK

Pride season is here and all over the UK people are getting ready to march against prejudice and hate, celebrate and inebriate.

But while our communities take pride in what we have achieved in the fight against prejudice, we are still faced with the reality of hate crime just for being ourselves.

A man sprayed with ammonia in Vauxhall, damaging his eyesight. A couple attacked by a gang in Whitechapel.

This is the reality.

June 26, 2014

Star Trek star tries to confuse viewers as he talks about the craft of acting

Zachary Quinto has debuted in a clever new commercial for Newcastle Brown Ale that poses the question of what things would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

After taking a swig of the ale, he says: 'What's up America? Newcastle has asked me to tell you about Independence Eve, their new holiday celebrating how much better things would be if the British ruled over America.'

So why did they choose him?

He humbly explains: 'When you're as talented and amazing an actor as I am, everyone assumes you're a Brit playing an American.'

June 24, 2014

Gay scouts past and present and their allies to participate in oldest LGBTI pride event in the US

Openly gay members of the Boys Scouts of America will make history on Sunday (29 June) when they participate in the 44th Annual New York City Pride March.

Until last January, a member of the scouts could be booted from the organization for being gay. Openly gay adults are still banned from being leaders.

Active and former Boy Scouts and leaders will present the American flag during the opening ceremony then serve as Color Guard during the march of more than 14,000 people down Fifth Avenue.

June 21, 2014

'It is clear to me that discrimination of any form should not be tolerated and that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the protections that only marriage can provide'

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined the growing list of politicians supporting marriage equality.

June 12, 2014

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League says comments likening a Christian baker being ordered that he cannot discriminate against gay couples to Nazism and the Holocaust are ‘offensive and inappropriate’

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has drawn the ire of one of the most prominent Jewish groups in America after he drew on the Holocaust in describing what he sees as the plight of anti-gay Christians in America.

After a Colorado court ruled that it was unlawful discrimination for a baker to refuse the business of a same-sex couple on religious grounds, Perkins asked on his radio show, ‘I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?’

‘When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?’

June 11, 2014

Filmmaker writes book about his adventure and says: 'You don't need to go on a dating site, just go hitchhiking!'

Legendary filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray) says he learned a lot about America during the nine days he spent hitchhiking from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California.

Waters told Stephen Colbert Tuesday (10 June) that it took 21 rides to get him to his destination and along the way, he ride in the cars of a preacher's wife, a trucker, a police officer, a coal miner, a young politician and a rock band called Here We Go Magic.

June 11, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding members once they become adults has been criticized by Attorney General Eric Holder in the strongest statement by a US official against the policy to date

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

June 9, 2014

Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy says LGBTI people seeking to be protected from discrimination in the provision of goods and services by religious people is a form of terrorism

Christian author and Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy has equated lawsuits against Christian business owners who refuse to do business with gay couples as a form of terrorism in a column for conservative website TownHall.com.

June 4, 2014

The American Family Association spokesman has claimed that the ‘gay gestapo’ is bringing back slavery in the US by expecting Christian bakers to not discriminate against gay couples

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has accused the LGBTI community of forgetting the Civil War and trying to bring back slavery by trying to stop Christian bakers discriminating against same-sex couples.

Fischer made the comments in complaining about a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling against a Christian baker who had refused to bake a cake in 2012 for a same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted a cake for a celebration of that marriage when they returned to their home state.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

June 4, 2014

Plaintiffs, lawyers, Chad Griffin, Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner among those on hand to celebrate The Case Against 8

They all made history together overturning California's Proposition 8 and on Tuesday (3 June) in Los Angeles, they reunited for the premiere of a documentary film about their journey.

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were joined at the event by lead attorney Ted Olson as well as Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winning producer Bruce Cohen, and actor-director Rob Reiner.

May 31, 2014

US president Barack Obama has declared June to be gay pride month, calls for an end to the discrimination of gay people and remembers the Stonewall riots 45 years ago

US president Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT Pride month in the US.

In a statement sent from the White House yesterday (30 May), Obama declared June to be gay pride month, called for an end to the discrimination of gay people at work and remembered the legacy of Stonewall.

May 28, 2014

'I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, "Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?"'

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

One of America's leading voices on the civil rights movement, she was confirmed dead this morning (28 May).

Famous for works such as her memoir, 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings', she has performed in front of presidents, kings and queens, and the world.

She had recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor, where she would have been given the 'Beacon of Life' Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on 30 May in Houston.

May 28, 2014

Network will also re-air entire seasons of original L Word series as well as Queer as Folk

The filmmaker who brought viewers the scripted series The L Word and the reality series The Real L Word is ressurecting her lesbian-themed franchise with a documentary called L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin.

Showtime, which aired both series, announced today that it will air producer Ilene Chaiken's latest work about the daily struggles of a group of Southern lesbians on 8 August.

The 90-minute film, directed by Lauren Lazin, spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in the religious, conservative deep South.

May 28, 2014

The 2013 American Community Survey census is the first to count how many same-sex couples have married in America and the results will be out in September

The United States Census Bureau will know this year how many same-sex marriages there are in America as of last year as it recorded same-sex couples’ marital status in last year’s American Community Survey.

It is estimated that around 180,000 same-sex couples have now married in the United States but it was not possible for the Census Bureau to record them until the Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in March last year which prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

May 27, 2014

Researchers recorded the brain activity of 48 gay fathers when they could see their kids and compared that to the brain activity of heterosexual mothers and fathers and found they displayed similarities to both

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) this week has shown parenthood changes the brain activity of gay fathers in ways that mimic the brains of heterosexual mothers and fathers.

May 24, 2014

Robert Gates has said he would have allowed gay adults in the Boy Scouts of America, but opening up the debate again now would be too problematic

The newly elected president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has said he would have supported gay adult members in the scouts.

Robert Gates, who was elected the new president of the BSA on 22 May, said he would have voted in favour of allowing openly gay adults in the scouts last year, but he won’t open up the issue again because of the problems it may cause.

May 22, 2014

A new poll has found the highest level of support to date for the legalization of same-sex marriage with 55% now backing the reform – up from only 27% in 1996

Support for same-sex marriage has soared in America over 18 years according to a new poll by the Gallup research company.

Gallup only began polling Americans on their attitude to the issue in 1996 when just 27% of people said they were supporters.

However 18 years later Gallup has concluded that a clear majority of Americans now support reform on the issue with 55% saying they are in favor of same-sex couples being allowed to marry.

And that trend looks only to grow with Gallup finding 78% of American adults under 30 are supporters.

May 19, 2014

'What was he supposed to do? Shake his hand?'

Robin Roberts, the out host of ABC's Good Morning America, doesn't know what the big deal is with Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being selected by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

May 12, 2014

In our latest Around The World feature, Seth Fornea turns us on to New Orleans and gives us a few reasons to visit Brazil

Whoever said beauty and brains don’t come in the same package, never had the pleasure of meeting Seth Fornea.

The hottest fixture on America’s gay party circuit, not to mention the latest erotica icon from media moguls COLT Studios, Fornea set himself apart from the saturated pool of virtual man-candy as the smoking ginger with boy-next-door-charm.

Before you start drooling over the pecs you can crack walnuts on and the baby blue eyes we want to get lost in, we’re happy to offer a look into the man behind the muscle.

May 9, 2014

Rates of syphilis in the US have more than doubled since the year 2000 and most new cases are among men who have sex with men, according to new data from the CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control released new data on Thursday showing that the sexually transmitted disease syphilis has returned from the brink and is spreading mostly among gay and bisexual men in America.

In 2000 the rate of infection in the US was just 2.1 cases per 100,000 people and health authorities believed they had the spread of the bacteria that causes the disease nearly beat.