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April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

March 20, 2014

'God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions'

A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 14, 2014

Uganda warns cutting health budget will mean they cannot buy HIV kits and antiretroviral drugs, medicine that half a million Ugandans rely on

The United States has suspended some of its reported $400 million in aid to Uganda.

This is the first move after President Barack Obama warned passing the law would ‘complicate’ the African country’s relationship with the US.

A senior US government official told Reuters that a portion of the US Centre for Disease Control’s agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health had been put on hold.

Uganda now says it can no longer afford to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits, medicine that some members of the Ugandan LGBTI community relies on.

March 6, 2014

Russian president, who is involved in the Ukraine crisis and approves the country's homophobic laws, is nominated for the million-dollar prize

Despite the rampant homophobia in Russia, and the conflict in Ukraine, Putin is in the running to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the million-dollar prize.

He was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, who also nominated the president last year, said Putin is more deservning than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

March 6, 2014

Russian president, who is involved in the Ukraine crisis and approves the country's homophobic laws, is nominated for the million-dollar prize

Despite the rampant homophobia in Russia, and the conflict in Ukraine, Putin is in the running to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the million-dollar prize.

He was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, who also nominated the president last year, said Putin is more deservning than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

February 28, 2014

'Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black women. A white homo may take your man'

James David Manning is not a fan of USA President Barack Obama, basketball player Jason Collins, and National Football League draft prospect Michael Sam.

Additionally, the pastor of ATLAH World Missionary Church, located in New York City, cares little for 'white homos.'

February 28, 2014

'Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black women. A white homo may take your man'

James David Manning is not a fan of USA President Barack Obama, basketball player Jason Collins, and National Football League draft prospect Michael Sam.

Additionally, the pastor of ATLAH World Missionary Church, located in New York City, cares little for 'white homos.'

February 27, 2014

The Coalition of African American pastors has called for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached after he told state attorneys general they no longer had to defend state bans on same-sex marriage

A group of African American Christian pastors is campaigning for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached and has attacked US President Barack Obama over his administration’s support for same-sex marriage.

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) believe Holder’s message to state attorneys generals that they do not have to defend their state bans on same-sex marriage is a denial of due process for opponents of same-sex marriage.

February 27, 2014

The Coalition of African American pastors has called for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached after he told state attorneys general they no longer had to defend state bans on same-sex marriage

A group of African American Christian pastors is campaigning for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached and has attacked US President Barack Obama over his administration’s support for same-sex marriage.

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) believe Holder’s message to state attorneys generals that they do not have to defend their state bans on same-sex marriage is a denial of due process for opponents of same-sex marriage.

February 27, 2014

Unofficial US presidential hopeful tells Florida college students that 'inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about'

Hillary Clinton is praising Arizona's Republican governor for vetoing the wildly controversial SB 1062.

The bill would have made it legal for businesses to discriminate against gay people for religious reasons.

February 26, 2014

As Netherlands, Norway and Denmark announce aid changes, gay activists have responded to the worldwide call to cut aid to the African country

Uganda gay activists have warned the worldwide call for aid to be cut will make the fight-back against the new law harder.

Several advocates for LGBTI equality fear politicians will directly blame gay people if aid is cut and increase hatred against them.

After Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law on Monday (24 February), the Netherlands has announced it has frozen aid while Denmark and Norway is redirecting its assistance so it directly helps non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

February 23, 2014

'In the [bid] process it would be helpful. I would like to see it but I also understand it's not that easy'

On the last day of the Sochi Winter Games, tennis legend Billie Jean King hopes the International Olympic Committee changes its charter to specifically declare anti-gay discrimination is prohibited.

'Hopefully [IOC president] Mr [Thomas] Bach and the IOC will think about the next time they give a bid out - I hope that they'll look at discrimination as a big part of it,' she said to the BBC.

'But no country is perfect. America certainly isn't,' King continued. 

February 21, 2014

Yoweri Museveni has challenged the US government to prove people can be born gay, and if they can, then Uganda will review anti-gay laws

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has reaffirmed his promise to make the anti-gay bill law.

He has responded to President Barack Obama who called on him to drop the bill or face a more ‘complicated’ relationship with the United States.

There are unconfirmed reports that Museveni has already signed the bill and is merely delaying delivering it to parliament to prevent international outrage.

February 20, 2014

How will the US and Europe react if Uganda really does make the bill law and what do LGBTI Ugandans want?

In a retrograde turn of events, Uganda’s internationally-criticized Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon become law. President Yoweri Museveni, defying worldwide criticism, has promised to assent to the bill which proposes harsh penalties for LGBTI human rights advocacy and for individuals living with HIV and AIDS.

Adding to the outcry of Ugandan LGBTI activists and their allies worldwide, President Barack Obama has reiterated America’s position to the bill calling it ‘more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda.’

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

February 18, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is believed to have signed the anti-gay bill into law, punishing gay people with life imprisonment

Uganda’s president has signed the anti-gay bill into law, unconfirmed reports claim.

After President Yoweri Museveni has given his assent to the Anti-Pornography Bill, gay rights activists on the ground have said the Ugandan government is delaying the announcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The bill was previously dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’. The death penalty has now been dropped but it still punishes ‘aggravated’ homosexuality, including repeat offenders, with life-imprisonment.

February 18, 2014

A spokesperson for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his country can ‘do without’ humanitarian and development aid from the United States if it tries to force it to back down on making homosexuality an offense worthy of life imprisonment

Following a statement by President Barack Obama that passing the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill would damage diplomatic relations between Uganda and the US, a spokesman for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his country can do without US aid.

February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

February 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned moves to pass a bill in Uganda that would see some LGBTIs jailed for life if convicted of having gay sex

President Barack Obama has warned Uganda that passing a bill to further criminalize homosexuality in the East African nation would damage the relationship between the two countries – issuing a public statement on the issue earlier today.

'As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights,’ Obama said.

February 15, 2014

Lesbian tennis legend King has been named as one of the presidential delegates to attend Sochi’s closing ceremony after she had to drop out of opening ceremony to care for her sick mother

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has been announced as one of the presidential delegates selected by Barack Obama to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The openly gay US former world number one, 70, was originally part of the line up to appear at the opening ceremony but she decided to drop out to care for her sick mother who died on 7 February.

Now King is being given a second chance to travel to Sochi as part of a group of US representatives.