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May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 19, 2015

'We wanted it to be like a pride parade gone rogue'

Gaymers, rejoice! The world's first LGBTI fighting game has come out more than a year after it was first announced.

The beat 'em up is like Street Fighter but with cast of RuPaul's Drag Race and is now available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play.

May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 7, 2015

The singer urged the US congress to continue leading the global effort to fight HIV and AIDS

Sir Elton John has said he believes AIDS can be eradicated during his lifetime – but only if the United States continue to lead the global effort.

Speaking at a senate hearing on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the United States’ global initiative to fight HIV and AIDS, the British singer urged the Congress to continue their global leadership.

‘The AIDS epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical,‘ the British singer told the Senate.

May 7, 2015

'It was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS ...  I internalized that fear for a long time’

Famed interior designer and television personality Nate Berkus is now one of the most famous gay men in America.

But there was a time when he was a kid with a big secret and terrified of dying of AIDS.

'I remember kind of equating the AIDS crisis to not wanting to come out because ... it was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS,' Berkus says in this week's installment of the It Got Better series.

May 5, 2015

The alliance aims to improve health and safety of trans workers in the US

A new alliance is aiming to protect the health and safety of trans workers in the United States.

America’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) has teamed up with the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in order to provide affiliates with information on how to create safer and more healthful workplaces.

The alliance, initially set to last two years, will provide OSHA with opportunities to speak, exhibit and appear at meetings, conferences and events sponsored by the NCTE or affiliates.

May 4, 2015

'Gay rights is not something that dominates my attentions - or my passions'

Frequent Fox New contributor Guy Benson has come out publicly as a gay man.

Henson, 30, shares the news in a new book he co-wrote by simply writing: 'Guy Here. So, I’m gay.'

This revelation is mentioned within the pages of End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun) co-authored with Mary Katharine Ham.

But his focus remains conservative politics, not LGBTI equality.

May 2, 2015

The international festival of hip hop dance theatre continues to demonstrate the power of dance.

'Our manifesto is peace, love, unity and having fun' declared artistic director Jonzi D, launching the annual Breakin' Convention dance festival at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.

Sadler's Wells is a theatre renowned for its support and celebration of contemporary dance, but it's events like Breakin' Convention where you really feel the power of contemporary dance to connect to a young audience from right across the city.

May 1, 2015

The newly-engaged Mad Men star reveals all about his life on the road with fiancee John Halbach, from a gay cruise in Mexico to pool-hanging in Palm Springs

What's the most random destination you've visited?
We've driven across America twice and we took some interesting detours. I loved stopping in Deadwood and seeing the Badlands, and Route 66 is really fascinating and full of history. There are so many random corners of the country to explore.  

April 30, 2015

The ‘Free to Believe’ site says some Christian business owners have had to deal with the ‘nightmare’ of gay people who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

The conservative lobby group, Family Research Council, has launched a new website to share the stories of businesses and individuals who do not wish to provide certain services to LGBT people.

Arguing that the owners of the businesses concerned are merely expressing the right to religious expression, the website is called ‘Free to Believe’. 

Family Research Council states its aim as being ‘to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.’

April 24, 2015

Olympic champion turned reality TV star talks about his 'journey' with Diane Sawyer in interview tonight

The day for the airing of Bruce Jenner's highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer has finally arrived.

'It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster but somehow I’m going to get through it,' Jenner says in the latest in a series of promos. 'I want to know how this story ends…you know… how does my story end?'

Sawyer appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and The View Friday to hype the two-hour special during which Jenner is expected his to publicly disclose that he is transitioning to female.

April 22, 2015

But Sandra Bullock gets the cover of the annual issue dedicated to female beauties

Sandra Bullock may have been given the cover but Laverne Cox is still getting plenty of attention for being included in People Magazine's annual World's Most Beautiful Woman issue.

The trans actress, who was showcased on the cover of Time Magazine last year, was also nominated for an Emmy for her breakout role on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 21, 2015

Branden James: 'I was shocked to see that people took it a lot less harsh than I ever anticipated'

His HIV status had long been singer Branden James' most closely-guarded secret.

But now the former America's Got Talent contestant has gone public about being HIV positive - a diagnosis he received a decade ago when he was in his mid-20s.

' ... The guilt and shame that I carried with me which was daunting,' he says in an interview with the digital magazine aTEEN.

April 21, 2015

New books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile show our past struggles and a path to future victory

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that ‘the gay agenda’ was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America on LGBT issues. Much of its outlook was basic common sense and PR.

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

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.