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April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

April 10, 2015

We all carry a level of unconscious bias and assumptions about others. This can impact on business performance – particularly so when recruiting, hiring and promoting staff. But what's the best way to address it?

Unconsciously, people tend to like people who look like them, think like them and share similar backgrounds.

Everyone likes to think he or she is open-minded and objective, but research has shown that the beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences heavily influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.

April 9, 2015

White House responds to petition urging the government to enact legislation named for late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday (8 April) that he supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors.

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 4, 2015

The chapter could face a lawsuit over their appointment of an openly gay Eagle Scout

The New York Boy Scouts have hired an openly gay Eagle Scout in direct defiance of the scouts’ anti-gay national policies.

On his 18th birthday, in August 2014, Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier wrote an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America to say goodbye to the organization – because its national policies allow gay scouts but ban gay leaders.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 24, 2015

Based in Washington, D.C., the NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded in 2002 by co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, who wanted to highlight the fact that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – and are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.

March 24, 2015

'In the eyes of the BSA, I am worthy to share Scouting with my children, but he is not'

After growing up as part of the Boy Scouts of America, August Easton-Calabriaand and his identical twin brother, Liam, reached the rank of Eagle Scout last year.

But now that they have turned 18, the BSA is forcing them to take different paths because Liam is gay.

March 18, 2015

Popular American game show Lets Make a Deal was the venue for a surprise same-sex marriage proposal between two contestants earlier this week and the audience went wild for it

One of America’s longest running game shows was the venue for an impromptu same-sex marriage proposal this week.

Audience members on Let’s Make a Deal dress in distinctive costumes hoping they will be picked by host Wayne Brady to compete on the show and an unnamed gay couple got his attention by wearing matching German lederhosen outfits.

When Brady gave the microphone to the couple, one of the men asked Brady, ‘Can I give a little shout out?’ to which he replied ‘Of course!’

March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.

March 12, 2015

At Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, the openly gay CEO of Apple responded to comments that there should be more people of color in top management positions

A day after launching the Apple Watch, Tim Cook took to the stage again on Tuesday at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California.

One of the guests as the event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke about the lack of color diversity in the upper echelons of the company.

‘We urge you to put more people of color in top management ... and look like America,’ he said.

Jackson has praised Apple for attempting to tackle a lack of diversity in the tech industries, but indicated that more needs to be done.

March 10, 2015

Openly gay country music star Steve Grand moved people around the world with All-American Boy, JD van Zyl asks about his vices and his debut album

Steve Grand was hailed by many as the first openly gay country music star to hit the big time when his video for All American Boy went viral.

Later this month his debut album is finally hitting the shelves. We discovered how his passions, love life and his early 20s have inspired his music.

All American Boy was your first big hit and now it’s the title of your debut album, where did the inspiration for it all come from?

March 10, 2015

She is 'going to be running to the tape' until end of her third and final term

Houston Mayor Annise Parker can't run for a fourth term next year due to term limits but she is making clear that she intends to make the most of her time left in office.

'I'm going to be running to the tape as mayor. Cities are 24-7 operations and I have a lot left to do,' Parker told Gay Star News during a chat at the recent Family Equality Council dinner in Los Angeles where Parker was an honoree.

March 10, 2015

Figures in support of marriage equality have almost doubled since 2004
 

Three in five Americans now support same-sex marriage, a new survey has revealed.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows figures have almost doubled to 59% since 2004, when only 30% of Americans were in favor of gay people getting married.

Conducted by Republican Bill McInturff and top Democratic consultant Fred Yang, the survey reveals a changing attitude towards supporting gay marriage in America.

The biggest change in opinion was that of Republicans whose support has risen to 40%, from 27% only two years ago.

March 9, 2015

Activist defends 'vile' proposition: 'Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire'

Controversial sex columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage has told Ben Carson to put his money where his mouth is and 'suck my dick.'

The potential Republican presidential candidate said last week that prison sex proves homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

March 5, 2015

Touching video, which features a pair of kissing skeletons, has gone viral with millions of views

A heartwarming video has hit 13 million views after being uploaded only days ago.

The three minute clip shows confused bystanders watching two skeletons hugging and kissing, who then reveal themselves as a female couple. Many more then choose to join in the frolics behind the screen which digitizes them to skeletons.

The ad is promoting the Diversity and Inclusion- Love Has No Labels campaign by the non-profit website which aims to raise awareness about the truth of prejudice and bias in America.

Watch the video here:

March 4, 2015

City reaching out to LGBTI travellers with the help of Miss Richfield 1981

Atlantic City has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981.

The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.

Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

March 4, 2015

HRC Nebraska and HRC Arkansas have announced details of their ‘Equality is Our Business’ programs

Developed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization, the Equality is Our Business initiative has the following aim: to encourage 10,000 US business and organizations to stand up for diversity.

Businesses that sign the pledge join others that support workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations.