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October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 26, 2014

‘A large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people’ says the US rapper and performance artist about who his music is for

Queer rapper Mykki Blanco has said as an LGBTI rapper and musician, he doesn’t look for the approval of straight artists.

In an interview with New York-based magazine Paper, he spoke about his new music, straight rappers and being arrested for being gay in Portugal.

‘A large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people,’ the California raised rapper and performance artist said.

October 23, 2014

The current and former inmates claim that they are locked in their cells for longer than the general prison population, are denied access to rehab programs and are subject to derogatory comments from staff

A group of 15 current and former gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

They accuse the department of discrimination, saying that they were kept locked up for over 22 hours of the day – sometimes only being allowed 30 minutes outside their cells – and denied access to rehabilitation programs.

October 22, 2014

'Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean'

Now that Idaho's marriage ban has been struck down, Madelynn 'Lee' Taylor will be able to be buried with her spouse.

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

October 12, 2014

'They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door'

October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

October 9, 2014

Police are not treating the murder as a hate crime

A 38-year-old Californian man has been arrested in the murder of a transgender and immigrant activist.

Randy Lee Parkerson was detained on Tuesday while driving in the city of Anaheim on suspicion of murder in the death of 28-year-old Zoraida Reyes.

He was arrested near to the parking lot of a Dairy Queen where her body was found in June.

Lieutenant Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the LA Times, ‘There is nothing to suggest that Zoraida was specifically targeted.

‘The motive is still unclear.’

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township, for 11 years when he was defrocked.

October 3, 2014

Residents and merchants of Coronado have banded together for event with mayor officiating

Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married - again.

But this time, they don't that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things.

That's because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together for the 11 October event and they are footing the bill $15,000 - 20,000 bill.

September 30, 2014

'Meg and I were jumped coming home from a birthday party,' one of the victims said. 'I thought my girl was dead.'

A gay couple were attacked in Long Beach, California as they were riding their bicycles.

Jamie Jarvis and Meg Taylor said they got jumped after coming home after a birthday party on Saturday evening (27 September).

Posting a graphic photo of the couple's injuries on Facebook, Jarvis claimed she was attacked by three African-American females that were inside two separate vehicles, a silver Mercedes SUV and a silver four-door Ford Focus.

She says, after the attack, that she was afraid 'my girl was dead'.

September 30, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

September 29, 2014

Defendents can no longer claim their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity

California has become the first state in the US to ban the so-called 'panic defense' that has been used successfully by some defendants in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which eliminates the excuse that a person was 'panicked' into committing a killing or assaulting a gay or trans person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.

Some defendants have succeeded in having homicide or manslaughter charges reduced by saying their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

September 23, 2014

What was meant to be one of the best days of their lives turned sour after their outdoors ceremony was beset by hecklers

A gay couple, as happy as could be, were left devastated after they were told as they were exchanging vows to 'go home faggots'.

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson, an Arizona couple, flew in approximately 30 guests for their wedding in Coronado's Centennial Park in California.

But as they walked in, music playing, and took their positions in the grassy spot, they began hearing shouting.

Phone footage captures the couple saying their vows, with someone in the background shouting 'homos', 'go home homos', and 'go home faggots'.

September 21, 2014

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men could increase total annual blood supply in the US by 2%-4%, says UCLA study

Allowing blood donations from gay men could result in more than 600,000 extra pints of blood every year and could save the lives of as many as 1.8 million individuals, says a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

September 17, 2014

We headed out of San Francisco to Sonoma County to discover three of the most LGBTI-friendly wineries with Out in the Vineyard

It’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco.

And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

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 14, 2014

The Broadway star married his fiancé at an outdoor ceremony in Los Angeles, which he called a ‘new beginning’ for the pair 

US Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson got married to his fiancé at a romantic ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles (13 September).

An an outdoor ceremony, Jackson tied the knot with entrepreneur Jason Landau.

The pair hit headlines when they announced their engagement six months after Jackson, 39, ended his 13-year relationship with his former husband.

People magazine reports the ceremony was attended by a group of celebrity friends such as Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini and Alicia Silverstone.

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 13, 2014

'With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus'

A California high school principal prohibited a booster club from selling Chik-fil-A sandwiches  because of the company's stance on gay marriage.

According to CBS 2 Los Angeles Val Wyatt, principal of Ventura High School, argued the food could not be sold at a back to school program because some parents and students might be offended.

September 10, 2014

A Californian vlogger welled up after reading messages that had been sent to him from LGBTI people when he asked if being gay was a choice

Like so many others, Chris Thompson of California was deeply affected and moved when Georgian teen Daniel Pierce posted a video on YouTube of his parents reacting with fury and denial when he revealed to them that he was gay.

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.