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February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 16, 2015

California just got hairy

Over two thousand bears have descended on Palm Springs in California for a huge party – namely, the second International Bear Convergence.

The sunshine-drenched blowout – which must be a contender as one of the best-named LGBTI events ever – took over Renaissance Palm Springs across Valentine's weekend.

The get-together, which featured pool parties, concerts and fashion shows, has seen attendance shoot up 200 percent since last year's debut, according to head organizer Steve Harris.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 8, 2015

Jenner was traveling north on the Pacific Coast Highway when the accident occurred

Police authorities are considering issuing warrants for the drivers involved in Bruce Jenner's car accident.

The Olympic gold medalist was part of a 3 car incident yesterday, 7 February, that left one woman dead and injuries to seven.

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

February 7, 2015

Kim Kardashian's stepfather was miles from his Malibu, California home

Bruce Jenner was part of a fatal car crash.

According to People he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, near his Malibu, California home, when the 7 February (Saturday) accident happened.

The 65-year-old  sustained no injuries, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one fatality.

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 2, 2015

Screenwriter of Milk will speak at the end of LGBT History Month in the UK

Dustin Lance Black will share his insights and experience when he talks at Student Pride 2015 on 27 February.

The gay American director, producer and screenwriter will be part of the Attitude Question Time panel at the University of Westminster and join BBC Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis in a discussion on LGBTI representation in film and TV.

Black is best known as the screenwriter of award-winning film Milk and for dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

January 30, 2015

'The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was...My death needs to mean something'

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Leelah's Law, the proposed legislation that could end LGBTI 'cure' therapy in the US.

The White House petition has gained the necessary amount of signatures required needed for a response from President Barack Obama.

January 30, 2015

Legislation creates a special LGBTI envoy in the State Department

US lawmakers in both of houses of congress yesterday (29 January) introduced a bill to promote and protect LGBTI rights globally.

The International Human Rights Defense Act would create a special envoy in the State Department to coordinate efforts to prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against LGBTI people worldwide.

January 24, 2015

In 1996, California's Supreme Court banned state judges from associating with groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation

California's Supreme Court voted to ban state judges from affiliating with the Boy Scouts of America.

As reported by the Associated Press, the seven judge court unanimously approved the decision on 23 January.

The justices are following a 2014 February recommendation by its ethics advisory committee.

In 1996, the state's highest court ruled judges could not belong to groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 22, 2015

Researchers behind one of 2015's biggest new podcasts Invisibilia will edit future broadcasts of the episode

A trans woman has pushed NPR to edit an 'offensive' podcast about her.

Paige Abendroth, who lives in California, is a subject of one of the 2015's biggest podcasts so far Invisibilia.

Her story, an exploration of how the gender line is far more blurrier than we might first think, was previewed on Radiolab.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 18, 2015

Finally married! After being turned away three times and having their ceremony last Saturday cancelled due to a complaint that they 'suffer from madness'

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias have become the first same-sex couple get married in the Mexican city of Mexicali, near the border with California, on Saturday after local officials ended an 18-month fight that led to a Mexican Supreme Court order to permit the wedding.

The lawyer for the couple had filed a complaint on Friday against Mexicali officials after authorities again blocked the marriage despite the high court ruling.

Only the capital Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila permit same-sex unions.

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

January 17, 2015

'...The history of the Supreme Court is a history of case after case after case holding that marriage is a fundamental right —that it protects individual freedom...'

David Boies, the attorney who argued against Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court, thinks the country's highest court is ready to make a definitive legal answer on marriage equality.