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April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love's principal had said: 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is'

Claudetteia Love will be wearing a tuxedo to her high school prom after all.

The honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, had been told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux at the dance on 24 April.

But after The National Center for Lesbian Rights got involved, the teen's story went public and school officials have backed down.

April 3, 2015

Human Rights Campaign says amendment limits damage but falls far short of a full solution

Gov Mike Pence Thursday evening signed a fix to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law after a backlash over what was seen as a 'license to discriminate.'

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), made law last week, allowed businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

The amendment, which passed the state House by a vote of 66-30 and the state Senate by a vote of 34-16, explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the first time both terms have ever been mentioned in Indiana law.

April 2, 2015

'Religious freedom' law will include language that specifically protects people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Indiana will change the 'religious freedom' law, clarifying it to ensure businesses do not deny services to LGBTI people.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week by Governor Mike Pence, would allow any individual or corporation to cite religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit.

This would allow any faith-owned businesses the ability to deny services or goods to gay customers.

Companies such as Walmart and Apple condemned the law, with some states even stopping state-funded travel to Indiana.

April 1, 2015

‘The notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness’

Earlier this week, tech figureheads Tim Cook (Apple) and Max Levchin (PayPal and Yelp) spoke out forcefully on their disapproval of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 30, 2015

You can still be turned away from a public service just because you're gay

Indiana's governor Mike Pence has signed a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gay people claiming 'religious' reasons.

But while companies and celebrities have announced a boycott of the state, they might want to also do the same to the 19 other US states that have similar laws.

There are some suprising ones that allow businesses to refuse gay people service, including Illinois and Connecticut.

March 25, 2015

'We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!'

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: 'Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

March 7, 2015

We have to pass the federal nondiscrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now'

The Human Rights Campaign had a special, and important, guest at its Spring Equality Convention: US Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrat spoke to the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization yesterday, 6 March.

In the speech, Biden noted the struggle for LGBTI equality is part of the larger work for human rights.

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 2, 2015

Screenwriter of Milk will speak at the end of LGBT History Month in the UK

Dustin Lance Black will share his insights and experience when he talks at Student Pride 2015 on 27 February.

The gay American director, producer and screenwriter will be part of the Attitude Question Time panel at the University of Westminster and join BBC Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis in a discussion on LGBTI representation in film and TV.

Black is best known as the screenwriter of award-winning film Milk and for dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

January 31, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 21, 2015

The film festival held as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced its full line up of films for this year, with home grown talent shining in 2015’s selection

From ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

January 15, 2015

Catholic school says the employee of 15 years broke church doctrine

A gay teacher has been fired in North Carolina after he announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend on Facebook.

Lonnie Billard, 68, has taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than 15 years.

He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012, but continued to work at the school as a long-term substitute and had classes scheduled this month.

Billard announced his plans to marry his partner of 13 years Rich Dunham on Facebook in summer 2015.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 26, 2014

Dennis Hensley and Tom Goss experience  consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama

Black Friday, the big post-Thanksgiving shopping day in US, is the setting for high gay drama in a fun new short film by Tom Goss and Dennis Hensley.

Goss tells Gay Star News that he and Hensley came up with the idea while chatting over coffee and pie about the ridiculousness of relationships and Black Friday consumerism.

The short tells the story of Chad (Hensley) and Claudio (Goss) who meet while waiting in line for Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Lust, love and heartbreak quickly - very quickly - ensue.

October 9, 2014

CBS This Morning co-host explains she was stuttering after joking exchange with Charlie Rose

The rumors about Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey being more than best friends have persisted for years but both women have denied anything romantic between them.

Then King appeared to have said on Wednesday's (8 October) episode of CBS This Morning: 'I'm gay.'

But did she?

King was asked about it as she left the CBS studio in Manhattan where the show is taped.

'This is the thing: I didn't say that,' she tells TMZ.

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.