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February 17, 2014

Former and possibly future First Daughter credited with helping father Bill Clinton evolve on gay marriage

The only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton calls the rights of LGBT people  'the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

Former and possibly future First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday (16 February) and adapted a line from her famous mother when making a point about LGBT equality.

'My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,' she said. 'That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

February 17, 2014

Former and possibly future First Daughter credited with helping father Bill Clinton evolve on gay marriage

The only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton calls the rights of LGBT people  'the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

Former and possibly future First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday (16 February) and adapted a line from her famous mother when making a point about LGBT equality.

'My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,' she said. 'That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

January 24, 2014

US report shows US president has used LGBTI inclusive vocabulary more than any other president

US President Barack Obama used the word ‘gay’ 272 times over a period of five yearx, a report from the Human Rights Campaign has revealed.

The HRC, a US gay rights group, uses the report to assess the wider cultural implications of Obama’s willingness to freely use LGBTI vocabulary in his vernacular as it also analyses his use of the words ‘bisexual’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘transgender’ in his official statements.

January 24, 2014

US report shows US president has used LGBTI inclusive vocabulary more than any other president

US President Barack Obama used the word ‘gay’ 272 times over a period of five yearx, a report from the Human Rights Campaign has revealed.

The HRC, a US gay rights group, uses the report to assess the wider cultural implications of Obama’s willingness to freely use LGBTI vocabulary in his vernacular as it also analyses his use of the words ‘bisexual’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘transgender’ in his official statements.

December 9, 2013

Film has been lauded by Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey and won many festival awards

Redbox DVD rental kiosks recently stopped renting out documentaries due to space limitations.

But the company is making an exception to its own rule for the gay-themed documentary Bridegroom which screened on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network last month and was introduced by Bill Clinton at the Tribeca Film Festival last June.

November 21, 2013

Tells GSN: 'That would be huge because being such a small film, it would help us reach so many'

Shane Bitney Crone has been on such a whirlwind that he can barely remember what day it is.

'Is that tomorrow?' he asks of The Legacy Awards, an event taking place in downtown Los Angeles on tonight (21 November) where he will introduce a clip of a classic LGBT film that is going to be restored.

Crone has been non-stop busy doing press for the DVD release this week of Bridegroom, the acclaimed documentary that tells the story of his relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom.

October 11, 2013

'You know what you're doing is wrong and everyone's gonna be freaked out by you'

Celebrities are coming out a lot more casually these days - sometimes even via Twitter - than when Melissa Etheridge did so at Bill Clinton's Presidential inauguration in 1993.

The Grammy-winning singer, now 52, recalls a far different climate when she was a teen in the 1970s and living in Kansas and first began to realize that she is a lesbian.

October 11, 2013

'You know what you're doing is wrong and everyone's gonna be freaked out by you'

Celebrities are coming out a lot more casually these days - sometimes even via Twitter - than when Melissa Etheridge did so at Bill Clinton's Presidential inauguration in 1993.

The Grammy-winning singer, now 52, recalls a far different climate when she was a teen in the 1970s and living in Kansas and first began to realize that she is a lesbian.

September 20, 2013

Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association made claims following rumors of Clinton having a lesbian affair

A homophobic commentator has made the claim that Hillary Clinton could become the first ‘lesbian president’ of the United States.

Bryan Fischer, of the anti-gay American Family Association, made the claims on a video released on the AFA’s website, in which he asserts that Clinton may be having a lesbian affair with her transition office chief Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.

September 20, 2013

Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association made claims following rumors of Clinton having a lesbian affair

A homophobic commentator has made the claim that Hillary Clinton could become the first ‘lesbian president’ of the United States.

Bryan Fischer, of the anti-gay American Family Association, made the claims on a video released on the AFA’s website, in which he asserts that Clinton may be having a lesbian affair with her transition office chief Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.

June 27, 2013

'We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day'

Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law when he was in The White House in 1996.

On Wednesday (26 June), the former Democratic president applauded the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down the law.

He released a joint statement with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State and US Senator and likely 2016 presidential hopeful.

'By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union,' the Clintons stated.

June 27, 2013

'We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day'

Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law when he was in The White House in 1996.

On Wednesday (26 June), the former Democratic president applauded the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down the law.

He released a joint statement with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State and US Senator and likely 2016 presidential hopeful.

'By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union,' the Clintons stated.

June 26, 2013

Calls for federal benefits and obligations to be implemented 'swiftly and smoothly'

Barack Obama, the first president in US history to publicly support gay marriage, applauded the Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Obama called the law, approved by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton 1996, 'discrimination enshrined in law.'

'It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people,' Obama said in a statement released by The White House. 'The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.'

June 26, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, who is gay, also speaks about personal experience

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came full circle Tuesday (25 June) with his appearance at a Pride reception at the Pentagon.

During his remarks, Hagel said that 'gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians are integral to America’s armed forces.'

He pointed out that their ranks include senior leaders like Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning who was also in attendance and Brigadier General Tammy Smith who last year became the first openly gay general officer in the United States military.

May 29, 2013

Daughter of former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former US president Bill Clinton speaks about health work and gay rights during conference in Malaysia

Chelsea Clinton yesterday revealed her intentions to speak out for gay rights and become increasingly involved in the international health projects of her father's foundation.

Former US President Bill Clinton’s only child told Associated Press during a visit to Malaysia that her focus will be on the Clinton Foundation's work, especially ‘related to health, not just in the United States but also around the world’.

May 29, 2013

Daughter of former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former US president Bill Clinton speaks about health work and gay rights during conference in Malaysia

Chelsea Clinton yesterday revealed her intentions to speak out for gay rights and become increasingly involved in the international health projects of her father's foundation.

Former US President Bill Clinton’s only child told Associated Press during a visit to Malaysia that her focus will be on the Clinton Foundation's work, especially ‘related to health, not just in the United States but also around the world’.

May 29, 2013

Release of film comes as US Supreme Court is poised to announce ruling

After nearly a year on the film festival circuit, the drama I Do is being released in theaters just as the US Supreme Court is poised to announce its ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

'This film is relevant now but it’s been relevant to the hundreds of thousands of people that DOMA’s affecting,' the film's star and writer David W. Ross said on MSNBC's The Cycle this week.

'Hopefully, we can look back and see this film and realize why DOMA has to go - the devastating effects it has on families and human beings.’

May 21, 2013

Legislation has been passed by Senate but is stalled in House of Representatives

Former President Bill Clinton is using his still considerable political clout to try and get Illinois to become the 13th state in the US to make gay marriage legal.

Proposed marriage equality legislation, already passed by the State Senate, has been stalled for some time in the Illinois House of Representatives.

In a statement released Tuesday (21 May) Clinton urged members of the House to pass the bill before the legislature adjourns its spring session on 31 May.

May 21, 2013

Legislation has been passed by Senate but is stalled in House of Representatives

Former President Bill Clinton is using his still considerable political clout to try and get Illinois to become the 13th state in the US to make gay marriage legal.

Proposed marriage equality legislation, already passed by the State Senate, has been stalled for some time in the Illinois House of Representatives.

In a statement released Tuesday (21 May) Clinton urged members of the House to pass the bill before the legislature adjourns its spring session on 31 May.

May 15, 2013

'It's good that something so tragic led to something that's positive'

The documentary Bridegroom tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accidental fall off of a building in their Los Angeles neighborhood.

Crone shared with Gay Star News in a recent interview how his life has taken unexpected turns since he made a YouTube video about how his grief was compounded by the heartless actions of Tom’s homophobic family.

April 29, 2013

But some homophobic comments surface on Twitter

The public coming out of NBA player Jason Collins has been such big news Monday (29 April) that it got the attention of President Barack Obama and led the evening newscasts on the US broadcast networks.

Collins is the first male player in one of the four major US sports - basketball, football, baseball and hockey - to come out as gay while still an active player.

April 29, 2013

Gets kudos from Bill Clinton, Martina Navratilova, Kobe Bryant and more

Moments after the news broke that NBA player Jason Collins had come out as gay - the first active male member of a major US pro team sport to do so - Twitter exploded with support.

The messages came far and wide from NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and retired tennis star Martina Navratilova to former President Bill Clinton actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

April 24, 2013

Bridegroom directed by longtime Clinton friend Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Just three days after receiving the Advocate for Change prize at the GLAAD Media Award in Los Angeles, Bill Clinton turned up in New York to introduce the film Bridegroom at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The former president, close friends with the film's director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, spoke highly of the documentary that shines a light on how a lack of marital rights can compound the grief of a surviving spouse when the other one dies.

April 21, 2013

'You have made this a better, a more interesting and a more well-prepared country for the future'

As the recipient of the Advocate for Change Award, Bill Clinton was the star attraction at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (20 April).

In a speech short by Clinton standards, the former US president gave much of the credit to his evolution on LGBT equality to his daughter, Chelsea Clinton who made a surprise appearance after his speech to present him the award.

He said his daughter 'had a profound impact on the way I see the world. Chelsea and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me the way we all should treat each other.'