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December 1, 2013

Macy's defends the Kinky Boots' performance at its annual Thanksgiving parade

The performers from the award winning play Kinky Boots cheekily responded to the critics of their presence in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

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 30, 2013

But writer Harvey Fierstein praises it as a 'message of tolerance and acceptance to America's parade'

The musical Kinky Boots may have won the Tony Award for best musical this year but its presence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was just too much for some people.

The show, written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straight-laced owner who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to save the business with custom fetish-type footwear.

A number from the show was featured on NBC's telecast of the parade and a disapproving YouTube user by the name of SuperLatvian posted video of it.

July 4, 2013

Canadian performer claims she was not being racist when she was fired for playing a 'big fat black' American psychic character

A Canadian drag queen is furious for being fired from Toronto Pride after being accused of performing in ‘blackface’.

Daytona Bitch claims he was fired in an email from the marketing company that booked her for her 24 June performance.

According to 26 June email from Diamond Integrated Marketing, the performance was against the organization’s ‘longstanding commitment to diversity’.

The performer said the character, a black American psychic called Miss Cleo, was not offensive or even an example of blackface.

June 5, 2013

Bradley Taylor and Dylan Meehan inspired by the support and attention

Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan, a gay couple who gained instant internet fame after being voted ‘Cutest Couple’ in their high school yearbook, went to their prom this week as celebrities.

The tuxedo-clad pair from Carmel, New York, smiled for cameras as they posed for pre-prom photos on Monday (4 June) and reflected on all that has transpired since yearbook photo went viral last Friday.

May 16, 2013

Student, who identifies as a gay male, was told he could not campaign for the prom queen crown as it would be 'discriminating women'

A gay male student is being banned from running from prom queen at his Austin, Texas school.

Coy Villasenor was told by Lehman High School administrators they could not allow him to campaign for the crown, saying it discriminate against women.

On voting day, school officials put him in the king category after he had already stated his intentions to run with other female students.

April 24, 2013

A Pennsylvania school principal allegedly put a trans student on the prom queen ballot after denied the chance to run for king

A transgender student, denied the chance to run for prom king, was allegedly placed on the queen ballot by his principal.

Isaak Wolfe, 18, a senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania, says his school principal Mark Shue put his birth name on the ballot for prom queen.

‘If I would have known they would’ve done that, I probably would have opted out,’ Wolfe told the York Daily Record. ‘What bothers me the most if they never told me.

Wolfe says he was ‘humiliated’ because he had handed out prom king fliers campaigning for the title.

April 5, 2013

After a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union reminded the school a trans female teen has a right to express herself, the Texas school changed their mind

February 26, 2013

A high school senior was told he is not allowed to wear a dress, high heels and wig to his prom

A Texas teen is fighting against officials who say he is not allowed to wear a dress, heels, and a wig to the prom.

Tony Zamazal, a senior at Spring High School, told local news KHOU he feels more comfortable in women’s clothes and has recently been dressing in them as often as he can.

‘[The principal] told me it just wasn’t in the dress code. Women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos,’ Zamazal said. ‘It’s not okay to just tell people they can’t be the way that they are. It’s not just a choice of the way you look, it’s more of who you are.’

February 16, 2013

Speaking in favor of an anti-gay prom in Indiana, a special education teacher adds fuel to the fire with homophobic comments
 

A group of parents, students and teachers in Indiana is trying to ban gays and lesbians from the annual prom.

The campaign for a 'traditional prom' at Sullivan High School escalated this week when one of the group's members made several homophobic comments.

Diana Medley, a special education teacher and member of the group, told WTWO-TV: 'We don't agree with it (homosexuality) and it's offensive to us.

'Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them,' Medley continued.

February 15, 2013

Missouri teen is not allowed to bring his date as the county handbook states 'boys can only invite girls'

A gay Missouri teen is being banned from bringing his male date to his high school prom, it was revealed today (15 February).

Stacy Dawson, from Scott County, asked his school’s administrators if he could bring his same-sex date to his senior prom.

‘I was really shocked, and it was really depressing,’ he told KFVS.

November 7, 2012

Britain's Channel 4 apologizes for censoring a Sunday lunchtime repeat of the popular US cartoon

A British TV channel has apologized after cutting the word 'gay' out of an episode of The Simpsons.

Channel 4 censored the word from a repeat of the US show on Sunday (4 November) at 12.55pm because it was deemed unsuitable for viewers at that time of the day, despite it being used in its proper context.

The 1994 episode features Homer and Ned Flanders at an American football match.

Although the donut-loving patriarch usually hates his God-fearing neighbor, the pair bond after Flanders buys him food and introduces him to a star player.

September 5, 2012

A new exhibition in the northern Italian city starts next Friday and will run until the 23 September. The gay comics exhibit will also feature LGBT characters and stories in mainstream comics

From Gus & Waldo to the X-Man Northstar, Milan is going to celebrate ‘gay’ comics with a brand new exhibiton starting next Friday (7 September) until 23 September at the Museo del Fumetto, the comics museum.

Organized by university association Gaystatale and the leading LGBT Italian association Arcigay, the exhibition will be launched with a lecture by Massimo Fenati, author of Gus & Waldo, a comic about two gay penguins popular in Britain and Italy.

April 15, 2012

Equality California support straight allies engagement

A gay rights group in California has shown full support for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding announcement - despite the couple's oath to never tie the knot until everyone had the right to marry.