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August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 14, 2014

Victim Bryan Higgins was known to friends and family as Feather Lynn

A 31-year-old gay man brutally beaten over the weekend in San Francisco's Castro District has been taken off of life support and police are searching for his attacker.

Bryan Higgins, called Feather Lynn by those who know him, was found early Sunday morning outside of a church without identification. The attack resulted in a brain anyeurism that left him on life support.

August 13, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of the late actor, saying he was a 'fag enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral for being a ‘fag enabler’.

The ‘God Hates Fags’ church has said it will hold signs at the memorial for the late actor, claiming he ‘decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy lifestyles, flagrant debauchery and hedonism.

WBC announced its plans on Twitter, using the hashtags #MustPicketFuneral and #PicketFuneral.

The 63-year-old actor died at his home in Northern California on Monday (11 August), and is believed to have committed suicide.

August 13, 2014

California senator Ricardo Lara is calling for equality when it comes to baby-changing stations in public restrooms – for both moms and dads

When a gay man or single dad wants to change his kid’s diaper, he’s often faced with a problem: diaper-changing facilities, if they’re available at all, are often only found in women’s restrooms.

August 12, 2014

Oscar-winning actor had been battling a severe depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday (11 August) at his home in Marin County, California.

The 63-year-old actor had apparently committed suicide.

An Oscar winner for Good Will Hunting who became a star on TV's Mork & Mindy in the late 1970s, Williams had been battling severe depression.

August 8, 2014

14 lesbians and four gay men submitted an appeal to Congress demanding not just marriage equality, but adoption, social security and all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy with marriage

A group of 18 gay and lesbian Mexicans are stepping up the fight for gay marriage in Baja California Sur, bordered by the northern state of Baja California.

According to BCS Noticias, the group this week submitted an appeal to the Judicial Power of the Federation (PJF) urging Congress and the governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor to change articles 330 and 150 of the Baja California civil code to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

August 8, 2014

One Californian mom explains why she regards surrogacy, and helping gay men to become dads, as her own form of ‘Uterine Activism’

Kelly Enders-Tharp clearly enjoys being pregnant. More significantly, she loves helping to create families. After giving birth to three of her own children (Ruby in 2001, Preston in 2003 and son Sawyer in 2006), she made the decision to help others become parents.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 6, 2014

Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage will be decided by the US Supreme Court in only the second gay marriage case to be brought before it and the court could potentially decide the issue for all of America

The Utah state government has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear an appeal to a ruling striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case that could potentially settle the issue once and for all.

The US Supreme Court has not heard a case involving same-sex marriage since it struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court could have ruled that same-sex marriage was legal throughout all 50 states in the California case but declined to do so. However this Utah case now gives it another opportunity.

August 5, 2014

Bid launched to ensure religiously-affiliated adoption agencies continue to receive US funding even if they refuse to deal with LGBT prospective parents

The Family Equality Council is the latest campaigning group to react with protest at the news that a US Federal Bill could create, what it calls, ‘adoption discrimination’.

August 1, 2014

Kimmel suggests Toni Atkins should have invaded Oregon during her hours in power

Toni Atkins was acting governor of California for about 10 hours this week and spent a few moments of that time appearing on TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

'It's been an uneventful day and I think that's good - I'm hoping nothing in this interview breaks that streak,' Atkins told Kimmel on his show Wednesday (30 July) night.

Atkins managed to stay out of trouble despite Kimmel suggesting such behavior as changing passwords on the real governor, Jerry Brown, and invading neighboring Oregon.

August 1, 2014

Kimmel suggests Toni Atkins should have invaded Oregon during her hours in power

Toni Atkins was acting governor of California for about 10 hours this week and spent a few moments of that time appearing on TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

'It's been an uneventful day and I think that's good - I'm hoping nothing in this interview breaks that streak,' Atkins told Kimmel on his show Wednesday (30 July) night.

Atkins managed to stay out of trouble despite Kimmel suggesting such behavior as changing passwords on the real governor, Jerry Brown, and invading neighboring Oregon.

July 30, 2014

With other elected officials out of the state for the day, lesbian House Speaker Toni Atkins takes the reigns

California's Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins got to make some history Wednesday (30 July).

With the state's governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate president pro tem all out of the state for part of the day, Atkins briefly became the first openly gay person to be acting governor.

July 30, 2014

What makes Sacramento’s Rainbow Troop 2384 slightly different to other Girl Scout groups? Most of its children come from LGBT families. GSN talked to the troop’s founder, Alisha DeCou, to find out more

Alisha DeCou says she was raised by religious parents who had a tolerant and open-minded outlook on life. From a young age, she was taught that not all people are attracted to people of the opposite gender, and that all humans are unique and worthy of love.

Bisexual herself, she is now married and lives with her husband, three sons (aged 13, 12 and 5) and three daughters (aged 7, 2 and eight months).

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 28, 2014

As a 60s child, Rob Watson learned from the Good News Club. Now he doesn’t want kids exposed to them

The headline pissed me off when I read it in my news feed. ‘Evangelical group plans to convert children as young as five at Portland Parks.’ As a dad, an interest group, any interest group, going after kids is unacceptable in my book.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

British born porn performer Bruno Knight was arrested at LAX on 16 June after border protection officers found he was carrying half a pound of crystal methamphetamine inside him

British born porn star Bruno Knight has been arrested for trying to traffic half a pound of crystal methamphetamine from the US to the UK.

Knight, who’s real name is Philip Gizzie, had attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic flight at LAX airport in California which was departing for the UK but was stopped by Border Protection officers who had been tipped off by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

July 9, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law creating a gender neutral definition of marriage in California law and recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages one year after the defeat of Prop 8 in the US Supreme Court

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday that marks the final step on the road to marriage equality for the state of California.

SB1306 deletes language defining marriage as being only between a ‘man and a woman’ in state laws and also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states in the same way that California recognizes opposite-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

July 9, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law creating a gender neutral definition of marriage in California law and recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages one year after the defeat of Prop 8 in the US Supreme Court

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday that marks the final step on the road to marriage equality for the state of California.

SB1306 deletes language defining marriage as being only between a ‘man and a woman’ in state laws and also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states in the same way that California recognizes opposite-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

July 8, 2014

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has compared gay people to a male nurse who has been sentenced to two years prison for having sex with a corpse

American Family Association ‘Director of Issue Analysis’ Bryan Fischer has turned to Twitter to compare homosexuality to necrophilia – arguing that if we outlaw one we should outlaw the other.

‘Homosexual conduct is sexually immoral,’ Fischer, one of the world’s most outspoken homophobes Tweeted 5 July, ‘We discriminate against immoral sexual conduct all the time.’

July 8, 2014

Madelynn Lee Taylor is challenging Idaho state law that prohibits her from having final resting place be with wife Jean Mixner

A 74-year-old military veteran sued the state of Idaho on Monday (7 July) in a battle to have her eternal resting place beside her late wife in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Madelynn Lee Taylor served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1964. Last year, she tried to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred in a granite columbarium next to those of late wife, Jean Mixner, who she married in California in 2008.

Cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho law does not recognize their marriage.