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January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 21, 2015

Todd and Jeff Delmay were among plaintiffs in case challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

It's been a heady month for Florida newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay who became the second same-sex couple in their state to legally marry.

Tonight, they are in Washington DC to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address before members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

They have been invited by Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

'We are over the moon with excitement,' Todd Delmay said in a statement from Equality Florida.

January 4, 2015

Held at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn last attended

Hundreds of people gathered on a cold, rainy Saturday evening at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn attended before her parents enrolled her at an online school, Ohio Virtual Academy.

The 17-year-old committed suicide last Sunday after writing in an online diary that her parents didn't accept that she identified as female.

While some were friends, others were there to support the call to end discrimination of transgender people and to protect transgender youth.

January 3, 2015

An online petition is calling on Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from the conversion therapy which is suspected to have contributed to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide

Over 240,000 people are calling on US president Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from conversion therapy.

The petition on Change.org is called ‘Enact Leelah's Law to Ban Transgender Conversion Therapy,’ and is addressed to Obama, senator Harry Reid and representative Nancy Pelosi.

January 3, 2015

An online petition is calling on Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from the conversion therapy which is suspected to have contributed to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide

Over 240,000 people are calling on US president Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from conversion therapy.

The petition on Change.org is called ‘Enact Leelah's Law to Ban Transgender Conversion Therapy,’ and is addressed to Obama, senator Harry Reid and representative Nancy Pelosi.

December 26, 2014

The President was helping to allocate gifts for boys and girls in a charity drive for less fortunate kids

Video footage has emerged of the US President and First Lady, Michelle Obama, helping out earlier this month in sorting out toys for a charity initiative to provide gifts to less fortunate children.

The couple were helping to sort items in the ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ bins for the US Marine Corp’s annual Toys for Tots program in early December.

Michelle Obama has helped out with the program on several years previously, but this was the President’s first time. The event took place at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

December 23, 2014

'When you think you're all that and a bag of chips, boom!'

Robin Roberts snagged one of the biggest scoops of her career in May 2012 when President Barack Obama announced that he was publicly supporting gay marriage.

During an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday (23 December), Roberts revealed that during the interview at The White House, Roberts noticed her producer holding a huge sign off camera after Obama made his announcement.

Roberts figured it had congratulatory words but instead it read, 'Lipstick on teeth!'

December 23, 2014

'When you think you're all that and a bag of chips, boom!'

Robin Roberts snagged one of the biggest scoops of her career in May 2012 when President Barack Obama announced that he was publicly supporting gay marriage.

During an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday (23 December), Roberts revealed that during the interview at The White House, Roberts noticed her producer holding a huge sign off camera after Obama made his announcement.

Roberts figured it had congratulatory words but instead it read, 'Lipstick on teeth!'

December 18, 2014

Praise these people

The golden rule of Christianity is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Even though Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people (seriously), and was far more interested in people being good to one another, a lot of people forget that.

Some religious people still continue to use the Bible as a way of propagating their hate, their unease, their ignorance.

But there are some who have realised that you can be both religious and support LGBTI rights.

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’

November 30, 2014

'This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation'

In honor of World AIDS Day, US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation.

Released on 28 November, the two page document noted the early stage of the epidemic.

'Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus,' Obama wrote.

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 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.