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November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 7, 2014

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now'

A Uganda minister has claimed President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron 'must not love their children' if they let them live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal.

Simon Lokodo, the Minister for Ethics, has claimed the two political leaders are 'not responsible parents' for allowing them to grow up in a society where LGBTI have rights.

'Homosexuality is not African. There was never any word for homosexuality here in this country before now,' he told GQ Magazine.

'This is foreign behavior.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 5, 2014

If elected, Michaud will become the first openly gay governor in US history

First lady Michelle Obama has given her backing to openly gay Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud.

Speaking to an audience at the University of Maine to encourage women and young people to vote on Friday (3 October), Obama said: ‘[If] we bring others along with us then I know we can keep on making that change we can believe in then we can elect Mike Michaud as governor of Maine and I know that together we can build a future worthy of all our children.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

September 27, 2014

‘Homos bully the poor and needy’ reads church sign erected by notorious anti-gay pastor James David Manning in Harlem

A notorious anti-gay pastor has put up a new sign at his church, claiming gay people are bullies and Jesus would have killed them with fire and brimstone.

The ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York has a sign outside which currently reads: ‘When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem Jesus fire and brim-stoned them’ alongside a Bible reference.

This is not the first time the church has erected homophobic signs.

September 24, 2014

Sam Kutesa is a virulent supporter of Uganda's anti-gay laws, which set up sentences of up to life in prison for homosexuality.

President Barack Obama is to meet with Sam Kutesa, the new president of the United Nations General Assembly who was instrumental in bringing in new anti-gay laws in Uganda, today (24 September).

The meeting will take place in New York this afternoon, prior to a UN Security Council summit on foreign terrorists the US president will chair.

But experts say Obama is unlikely to use this opportunity for a moral argument over homosexuality.

September 19, 2014

US President writes in letter to her daughter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think’

Joan Rivers, not long before her death, caught some blowback from the LGBTI community for a joke she made about US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In July, Rivers was asked about being asked about likelihood of the US ever having either a female or a gay person elected.

She replied, 'We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny. A transgender. We all know.'

Obama is not holding a grudge.

September 19, 2014

US President writes in letter to her daughter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think’

Joan Rivers, not long before her death, caught some blowback from the LGBTI community for a joke she made about US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In July, Rivers was asked about being asked about likelihood of the US ever having either a female or a gay person elected.

She replied, 'We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny. A transgender. We all know.'

Obama is not holding a grudge.

September 5, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.

September 5, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.

August 31, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

August 31, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 3, 2014

Baer and his partner Brian Walsh have been in Vienna since 2013 September

Daniel Baer, the out US ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh.

According to a post by the Human Rights Campaign, the ceremony was held on 2 August in Vienna.

Baer is the seventh openly LGBTI person nominated by President Barack Obama.

August 3, 2014

Baer and his partner Brian Walsh have been in Vienna since 2013 September

Daniel Baer, the out US ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh.

According to a post by the Human Rights Campaign, the ceremony was held on 2 August in Vienna.

Baer is the seventh openly LGBTI person nominated by President Barack Obama.

July 30, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A Uganda rapper has lashed out after getting banned from UK venues over his homophobic views.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’ and has accused President Barack Obama of promoting homosexuality and being a ‘fagot’.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.