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September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

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

Jonas is promoting the new single Jealous and his role in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom

Give Nick Jonas credit for business smarts. He's doing all he can to get, and keep, LGBTI admirers.

The 22-year-old, who had a birthday this week, has been spending time showing a little skin at gay clubs in New York City and publicly declaring love to his gay fans.

September 19, 2014

Her hiring comes come five months after India's Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender

Transgender female Padmini Prakash has made history by being hired as a news anchor at Lotus News in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Prakash is the first openly trans anchor in India - ever.

'I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me,' Prakash tells the Times of India.

September 19, 2014

Homophobes killed by gay people: Very few, if any. Gay people killed by homophobes: Countless

Scott Lively has claimed gay people are out to murder him.

The hate preacher, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his alleged LGBTI human rights abuses in Uganda, has published an article condemning the Human Rights Campaign and their 'hit list'.

As he is number one on the HRC's 'exporters of hate', he says he has 'special cause for concern'.

'Not every “gay” activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their “human rights advocacy” to harassment, intimidation and slander,' Lively claims in his article on Barbwire.

September 17, 2014

The 16-year-old girl has been held without charge since April

A transgender teenager, whose imprisonment without charge sparked national outrage, was found hours after she escaped from a private treatment facility in Connecticut yesterday.

The 16-year-old girl made headlines in April when a judge ordered her to be held in an adult prison without charge at the request of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which said she was too violent to remain in its custody.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

September 16, 2014

Symantec, the software firm behind Norton AntiVirus, routinely allowed customers to filter out LGBTI websites

One of the biggest web filtering services in the world has announced they are scrapping a system that allows homophobes to block access to 'gay and lesbian' content.

Symantec, the online security firm behind Norton AntiVirus, has routinely been filtering out LGBTI websites offering news, charity and support as they consider them to be essentially the same thing as child porn.

The fourth-largest software company in the world, they say the 'lifestyle-sexual orientation' category will now be steadily removed from its databases.

September 15, 2014

'This amicus puts these corporations on record saying that in addition to this being an issue of civil rights, it complicates the running of our businesses'

It's easy to love Ben & Jerry's. Especially chocolate chip cookie dough.

The company just made its flavors more irresistible. According to the Human Rights Campaign, on 12 September, the ice cream maker announced it joined 30 other companies in an employers amicus brief to the Supreme Court.

September 15, 2014

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all'

John Travolta describes the claims by a former male employee that they had a six-year affair as 'every celebrity’s Achilles heel.'

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,' Travolta tells The Daily Beast.

The two-time Oscar nominee, now 60, claims he's not losing much sleep over it.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 13, 2014

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize gay couple's marriage despite state's same-sex marriage ban

It is victory for an 69-year-old gay man who had lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer. However when Martinez, 62 and a Vietnam war veteran, died in late August, McQuire was unable to receive social security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.

September 12, 2014

'...Over the last few decades a number of well-known, reputable professional and scientific organizations have publicly condemned the practice of SOCE [sexual orientation change efforts]...'

A US court unanimously upheld New Jersey's ban on 'anti-gay' therapy for teenagers.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled today (11 September) that the east coast state's law, prohibiting therapists from using conversion counseling with people under 18, does not violate free speech rights.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 11, 2014

From Chinatown and Little India to a gay village and Asia’s foremost shopping district, we discover Singapore’s unmissable neighborhoods

Singapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west.

And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

September 10, 2014

Launched internationally this week, GiFi is a brand new social networking and dating app for gay men

Following initial success in the UK, the GiFi (pronounced guy-fi) app has been launched internationally this week, and its creators say that it’s set to change the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

‘For many years now, other apps aimed at the LGBT community have focussed on either interests or particular traits,’ says Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal, GiFi Community manager.

September 10, 2014

A total of seven cases are now vying for review by nation's highest court

The attorney generals of both Indiana and Wisconsin petitioned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (9 September) to review appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in their states.

Plaintiffs in both cases agree with the request to have the cases heard by the nation's highest court.

The latest two states to make this request are competing with similar requests made in cases in several other states including Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 9, 2014

Author Rupert Smith talks about the joy of becoming a dad later in life, and why he has no time for gay people who think he and his partner have been assimilated by mainstream society

British author Rupert Smith, 54, and his partner, Marcus Soanes, 49, live in London.

They’ve been together since 1992 and in a civil partnership since 2009 (‘we didn’t want to rush into anything!’). They adopted their son, a three-year-old boy, in the spring of 2013.

Smith talked to GSN about the process of becoming a dad, and why he thinks LGBTI people who bad-mouth other gay people for choosing parenthood need to ‘grow up’.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

September 9, 2014

Organizers of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s have bowed to pressure to allow a gay group to participate, but the decision does not go far enough for some LGBT campaigners

September 9, 2014

‘From a refugee camp to the world’s biggest runways, from androgyny to womanhood,’ trans model and high fashion darling Andreja Pejic has a story she wants you to hear

Andreja Pejic, muse to fashion giants like Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs, is seeking public help to fund a film about her life.

The 6-foot-1 model, known across campaigns and headlines for her androgynous look (she was previously named by New York Magazine as ‘the prettiest boy in the world) came out this summer as a trans woman.