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March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 5, 2015

No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade... Gay Star News speaks with the first contestant to leave Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

We are off and racing as Season 7 of RuPaul's smash-hit drag queen reality show gets away. We caught up with the first contestant to leave the show – Tempest DuJour from Tucson, Arizona.

What did it feel like to watch the first episode of RPDR S.7?

February 20, 2015

State's Supreme Court issues emergency order blocking other same-sex couples from obtaining licenses

For now, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant are the only legally married same-sex couple in the giant state of Texas.

And they might be for awhile.

The couple has been together for 30 years and were married in Austin on Thursday (19 February). They said their vows in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office, according to The Austin American Statesman.

February 18, 2015

But marriage licenses will not be issued to gay couples yet

A Texas judge Tuesday (17 February) ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Travis county probate judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which an Austin woman sought to have her eight-year lesbian relationship recognized as a a common-law marriage.

Travis county clerk Dana DeBeauvoir commended Herman's order as 'a great step toward marriage equality,' but added that the judge had not instructed her to begin to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

December 21, 2014

One victim, who had five teeth knocked out on gay pride weekend, had to undergo dental reconstruction over an 18-month period

Lambert Borgardt,who attacked two men in 2012 – one of whom made the news for receiving a six-figure dental reconstruction surgery for free by a local dentist after five of his teeth were knocked out, received 10 years probation sentence and must complete 200 hours of community service.

July 12, 2014

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl'

Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama was a customer in an Austin, Texas restaurant called Franklin Barbecue.

Comic, and lover of sequin dresses, Daniel Rugg Webb happened to be working behind the counter that day.

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl,' the gay man told the Austin Chronicle.

March 14, 2014

Openly gay star of TV's White Collar continues to land feature film roles

The openly gay actor in a romantic leading role remains the final frontier for the US movie industry and Matt Bomer is shaping up as a candidate to scale that mountain.

The star of TV's White Collar was in Austin, Texas, this week for the world premiere of Space Station 76 at the South by Southwest film Festival.

He stars in the sci-fi flick with Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.

It was announced this week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to distribute the comedy drama set in the 1970s.

March 7, 2014

Man was left with a broken lip and nine missing teeth after a brutal attack during gay pride week in Austin, Texas in October 2012

‘It’s just been hard on the inside more for me than the outside, not because of how people see me, but how I feel about myself.’

A victim of a gay hate crime has received a six-figure oral reconstruction surgery for free after nine of his teeth were knocked out.

In October 2012, during gay pride week in Austin, Texas, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were severely beaten while waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck.

July 24, 2013

The Red Room is located among strip of gay businesses in Austin

The Red Room in Austin, Texas, was a gay bar until 19 July.

That's the day, a former bartender says, that new owners informed the staff that some changes were being made to the club.

'They pulled all the bartenders in the back and they said, "Well, we're not going to call this a gay bar anymore, we're going to call it a straight bar,"' Josh Moon tells KVUE.

July 11, 2013

'It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us'

One man has been arrested in a hate crime attack against a lesbian couple in Chicago over the weekend but as many as nine more male suspects remain at large.

The women were pinned against a car in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side of the city on Saturday (6 July) as the group taunted them for their sexuality, threw punches and landed kicks.

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.

March 11, 2013

Over 500 pro gay rights activists were reported to have protested for LGBT rights in Austin, Texas

Hundreds of activists gathered at Austin's city hall yesterday (10 March) and marched to the Texas Capitol to show their support for LGBT Texans and demand for equal rights.

Members of GetEQUAL Texas, hopes to gain public support for equal rights under state and federal laws choosing to protest while the state legislature was in session.

Several pro LGBT rights bills have been filed for the current session of both houses of the Texan state legislature.

February 26, 2013

Lawmakers in Texas introduce two bills which aim to cut funding to educational facilities which have pro LGBT policies

Texas Republican lawmakers have introduced two anti-gay bills, one which would cut funding for schools and universities that have pro LGBT policies for students, faculty, or staff, and another measure allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs.

State representative, Drew Springer filed a bill aiming to reduce a school district’s healthcare funding by 7.5 percent if they offer domestic partner benefits to anyone other than an employee or a dependent of an employee.

January 4, 2013

GSN pays tribute to one of the style icons of our time

With Tom Ford being one of the big names to be showcased at British Fashion Council’s ‘London Collections: Men’, we take a look at the man and the business of the fashion powerhouse that is Tom Ford.

Born: 27th August 1961.

Home town: Austin, Texas.

Studied: Parsons The New School for Design (interior architecture).

September 28, 2012

Councilmember Sheryl Cole: 'We have learned is that simple, symbolic acts matter'

Despite a Texas constitution that only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman, the Austin City Council on Thursday (27 September) unanimously voted to formally endorse gay marriage.

'One thing we have learned is that simple, symbolic acts matter,' Councilwoman Sheryl Cole said at a press conference after the vote.

September 27, 2012

City Council will vote on resolution this week

Austin, already known as the most progressive city in Texas, could become the first city in the state to officially support gay marriage.

The City Council on Thursday (27 September) will vote on a formal resolution which comes after a petition in support of the resolution posted by Equality Texas was signed by 1,700 people.

Equality Texas says in a statement that the council resolution 'recognizes that marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment and a source of social support and recognition.'

September 23, 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Police Officers Association in Austin, Texas make a 'It Gets Better' video

Want a good cry? Watch the 'It Gets Better' video produced by the Lesbian and Gay Police Officers Association from Austin, Texas.

August 17, 2012

Tiffany Gooden, 19, is second transgender woman to be murdered in US city's West Side in last four months

A transgender teenager in Chicago has been found stabbed to death just four months after another trans woman was murdered nearby.

The 19-year-old was found dead in an abandoned building in the city’s South Austin neighbourhood, reported CBS Chicago.

Tiffany Gooden is the second black transgender woman to be murdered in the area in the last two months.

August 2, 2012

Texan joins 'mooovement' against anti-gay US restaurant chain

A lesbian activist dressed as a cow in Texas to protest homophobic fast food chain Chick-Fil-A.

Just Kusko stood outside a branch of the restaurant in Austin holding a sign which read: 'Don't Hate The Homooo!'

The chain is openly against gay marriage and its charitable arm has donated millions to anti-gay organizations in recent years.

'These pictures have really taken off,' Kusko told The Advocate.

June 27, 2012

Television success has so far eluded the openly gay two-time Tony winner

Nathan Lane has been a huge star on Broadway for three decades now and appeared in such hit movies as The Birdcage, Austin Powers in Goldmember and this year's Mirror Mirror.

But what he has never manage to do is be one of the stars of a hit television series.

His NBC sitcom Encore! Encore, in which he played an opera singer who loses hos voice and moves home with his mother, lasted just 12 episodes on 1998. Then in 2003. he starred as a gay politician in the CBS sitcom Charlie Lawrence which ran for only six episodes.

January 17, 2012

Texan gay couple left stranded for 12 hours with no water or blankets after surviving Costa Concordia sinking.

A gay couple from the US who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship have talked about their horrific experience.

The Costa Concordia crashed into rocks off Italy's west coast on Friday night and six people are known to have died.

Blake Miller and Steve Garcia, from Austin, Texas, told the Today show on NBC how they had been to one of the ship’s bars and were planning on going to another when the ship started to list.

When they returned to their cabin, they heard a terrible scraping sound.