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September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

August 16, 2014

'A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love, and feel a sense of responsibility to others'

Chef Anthony Bourdain is putting his support behind the Human Right Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality project.

The Emmy award winning cook makes a case for same-sex marriage in a one-minute video (see below).

'A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love, and feel a sense of responsibility to others,'  Bourdain says.

April 4, 2014

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, attended the small signing ceremony for the legislation

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant held a small ceremony for the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill LGBTI advocates see as a step toward state approved anti-gay discrimination.

February 22, 2014

New anti-gay coalition dedicated to lobby governments to strengthen or enact anti-gay laws like in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda

Two of America's most infamous equality opponents, Christian evangelical pastor Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, on Friday held a press conference in Washington to launch their new global anti-gay group Coalition for Family Values.

The group's stated intention is 'to unify and coordinate pro-family groups around the United States and the world to more effectively oppose the now global LGBT agenda.'

February 13, 2014

The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the Utah state government’s appeal of a court decision that overturned its ban on same-sex marriage

The Mormon church has filed a last minute legal brief with the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals which is hearing the Utah state government’s appeal of the court decision that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage.

Nearly a thousand same-sex couples were able to marry in Utah during a brief window before the US Supreme Court issued an order for state officials to stop marrying more gay couples until an appeal could be held.

January 10, 2014

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said the church will be staying out of the appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah for now but has not ruled out getting involved at a later date

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now - but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date.

December 22, 2013

Utah Episcopal bishop Scott Hayashi has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage by a Federal Court judge, saying that it recognizes the dignity of all Utahans

The Episcopal Church in Utah has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state by a Federal Court judge, with the state’s bishop releasing a statement celebrating that gay and lesbian Utahans will be treated with the same dignity as other Utahans.

‘As the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, I rejoice that US District Judge Robert J Shelby has struck down Utah’s Amendment 3,’ Bishop Scott Hayashi said of the ruling.

November 29, 2013

Dance and drama consultant for leading London college claimed teachers can turn pupils gay through indoctrination

One of London’s leading colleges has suspended its head of dance and drama after he was caught ranting about ‘gayism’.

The incident has also seen the principal go on a leave of absence.

In his 50 minute speech Dr Mark Walcott, of Newham College in East London, suggested having Elton John as a headteacher would turn children gay.

He said LGBTI people indoctrinate children, like the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis.

He told colleagues he had investigated a school leading to the dismissal of a teacher because of his sexuality.

November 21, 2013

Tells GSN: 'That would be huge because being such a small film, it would help us reach so many'

Shane Bitney Crone has been on such a whirlwind that he can barely remember what day it is.

'Is that tomorrow?' he asks of The Legacy Awards, an event taking place in downtown Los Angeles on tonight (21 November) where he will introduce a clip of a classic LGBT film that is going to be restored.

Crone has been non-stop busy doing press for the DVD release this week of Bridegroom, the acclaimed documentary that tells the story of his relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom.

October 26, 2013

'I think it will inspire people to live their lives honestly, to fall in love deeply'

The gay-themed documentary Bridegroom has been a sensation on the film festival circuit since June.

But the film is about to have its biggest audience yet when it airs on Oprah Winfrey's network OWN on Sunday (27 October).

It tells the love story of Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after Bridegroom died in an accidental fall at the age of 29.

Though they had been together for six years, owned a home together and ran a business together, Crone was kept away from his funeral by Bridegroom's homophobic family.

August 6, 2013

Wants 'explicit, written guarantee from Russian President Vladimir Putin that visitors to the Olympics will be safe'

The Human Rights Campaign has launched a petition drive to pressure the International Olympic Committee get an 'explicit, written guarantee' that visitors to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will be safe.

The country has been under fire for its anti-gay propaganda law and HRC has been among the most outspoken critics.

July 3, 2013

Paula Deen’s attorneys suggest the white employee suing Deen for using the word ‘nigger’ has ‘no standing’

TV personality Paula Deen hopes the ruling on anti-gay Prop 8 will apply to her own racial discrimination lawsuit.

The celebrity chef is being sued by Lisa Jackson, a white employee who claims she was subjected to a hostile work environment as a result of Deen’s racial slurs and discriminatory behavior.

Deen quickly lost her cooking show with The Food Network, along with nearly a dozen other endorsements, for acknowledging during a deposition that she ‘of course’ used the word ‘nigger’.

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

March 28, 2013

But he takes issue with Bill O'Reilly's characterization of gay marriage opponents as 'bible thumpers'

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says gay marriage is coming to all of America sooner of later.

Limbaugh. who has a weekly audience of 15 million, told his listeners on Thursday (28 March) that when it comes to fighting gay marriage, 'this issue is lost.'

He said 'it is now inevitable' that it will become legal for same-sex couples in the US to marry regardless of the outcome of this week's Supreme Court hearings challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

March 23, 2013

US right wing shock jock Rush Limbaugh has suggested that he might marry his sofa if allowed to and believes same-sex marriage might open the gateway to that becoming a reality

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has suggested that same-sex marriage might lead the way to people marrying their furniture and says he has an eye on marrying his favorite sofa.

Limbaugh was speaking to a fellow same-sex marriage opponent during a March 22 broadcast when he made the bizarre comments.

March 16, 2013

American Enterprise scholar Charles Murray has backed same-sex marriage at the Republican leaning Conservative Political Action Conference being held just outside Washington DC

A leading Republican aligned thinker has backed same-sex marriage in a surprise move at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) being held near Washington DC.

American Enterprise Institute political scientist Charles Murray told the conference that the Republican Party had to embrace issues like same-sex marriage and abortion rights if it wanted to return to government.

March 1, 2013

'I didn’t feel like that was something this administration could avoid'

President Barack Obama said today that getting involved in the Proposition 8 case to be heard by the US Supreme Court this month was not something his administration 'could avoid.'

Obama met with reporters a day after his Justice Department filed a 'friend of the court brief' in the case which challenges the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a referendum approved by voters in 2008 banning gay marriage.

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 24, 2013

Chris Hayes turns down CPAC invitation, but promises to change mind if GOProud gets to go

GOProud and CPAC have never been best buddies. While the LGBT Republican organization attended the annual  Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010 and 2011, there were no invites in 2012 or this year.

Most are pretty certain why a group of gay conservative Republicans are barred from a popular conservative confab. The GOP might talk about changing, but too many Republicans are not ready to accept LGBT like minded voters.

February 23, 2013

An outspoken conversion 'therapy' advocate says students should treat pro-LGBT school group like Nazi skinheads and KKK groups

Robert Gagnon, allied to the anti-gay organization, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM), said that students should treat a pro-LGBT school group like the Ku Klux Klan or Nazi skinhead groups.

Gagnon ranted against Alan Chambers, head of the Ex-Gay group Exodus International, for suggesting that students to attend Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) group meetings in their schools.

GSA is a group which aims to make schools safer for LGBT students and help improve their academic performance.

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

The American scout group's application form says it will not hire homosexuals 'in any capacity', but 'conviction of a crime is not an automatic bar to employment.'

Boy Scouts of America will hire convicted criminals but not gays, according to their application form.

The US youth organization's job application form says they will not consider 'known or avowed homosexuals' as scout leaders or 'in any other capacity.'

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.

February 6, 2013

'I said, 'Why would I choose to make my life more difficult?'

Design star Nate Berkus, who first came to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, has reunited with his television mentor for a candid conversation that includes how he came out to his father.

Berkus tells Winfrey in the first of a two-part interview that begins airing on her OWN Network on Sunday (3/10) about the first conversation he had with his father about his being a gay man.

Says Berkus: 'I asked my father: 'Do you trust me? Do you respect me? Do you think I'm smart?' He said, 'Yes.''