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April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 22, 2014

Blatino Oasis, a weekend retreat for gay men of color and their admirers, welcomes controversial rappers Fly Young Red and Trina for a weekend of debauchery in the dessert

‘It’s a retreat, not a pride event.’

Blatino Oasis organizers want to make a few things clear about their 8th annual Palm Springs party.

From the clothing-optional host hotels to expletive-spitting rappers Trina and Fly Young Red making up this year’s entertainment acts, Blatino Oasis is not your standard LGBTI event.

April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

April 18, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

April 2, 2014

First stamp to feature an openly gay elected official will be issued in May on Harvey Milk Day

It has been known since last fall that slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk was going to be honored with a US postage stamp.

What was not known until this week was what it would look like.

The stamp is to be issued on 22 May - Harvey Milk Day - and will feature a black and white photo of the late San Francisco Supervisor who will be the first openly gay elected public official to be featured on a stamp.

April 2, 2014

As winter gives way to spring, the month of April heats up with the world’s biggest lesbian party in California, a bear weekend in Spain and a pride celebration in the Caribbean

Whether you’re looking for a weekend road trip or want to circle the globe for the LGBTI festival of the year, we look at what prides and parties are buzzing this month.

If you have an event you want to put on our radar, not matter how big or small, email Gay Star Travel with your suggestions and preferred places to boogie or be with your LGBTI family.

April 1, 2014

Online dating website OkCupid has weighed in on Mozilla’s controversial new CEO Brendan Eich – urging its users to switch browsers over his past anti-LGBTI rights activism

Online dating website OkCupid has urged its users not to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser over the company’s appointment of a new CEO that donated to keep California’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mozilla appointed JavaScript creator Brendan Eich to be its new CEO on 24 March, raising the eyebrows of many LGBTI employees of the company as he had donated a thousand dollars to the campaign that put same-sex marriage on the ballot paper in California – resulting in the state ceasing to marry same-sex couples from November of 2008 until June of 2013.

March 30, 2014

Mozilla employees posts united and nearly simultaneous messages on Twitter calling on newly named CEO Brendan Eich to 'step down'

Shortly after Brendan Eich was named the new CEO of Mozilla Corporation last week, it was revealed he had donated US$1000 to support California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008. The proposition passed the same year and was only struck down in 2013.

Multiple employees at Mozilla have openly called for Eich’s resignation over his anti-gay marriage stance, posting similar messages on Twitter.

March 25, 2014

Back in 2008, Brendan Eich donated $1000 to support California's anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8

Some internet users are boycotting Firefox after the company promoted a man who has donated to anti-gay causes to CEO.

Brendan Eich, formerly Mozilla’s chief technology officer and known as the 'father of Javascript', was announced as the man taking over the job yesterday (25 March).

Very soon after the announcement, it was revealed he had donated $1000 (€725) to support California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008.

March 24, 2014

Two California women in a domestic partnership have been accused of starving and beating their children - who have since been placed in foster homes

Three children have been removed from the Monterey, California, home of lesbian couple Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deana, 44, after they were charged with felony child cruelty, false imprisonment and other charges over allegations they neglected and abused their kids.

Craig and Deana had been raising three and five year old boys and an eight year old girl and allegedly had chained the girl to the floor to restrict her movements.

March 24, 2014

'I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely'

Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the American alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out publicly as gay.

'I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely,' he tells Rolling Stone magazine in an issue out Friday (28 March).

March 15, 2014

During a discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson’s CrossFit lawsuit, panelist says ‘she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there’

Wendy Williams has become the latest US television personality to offend the transgender community after hosting a panel segment discussing transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson.

Jonsson, a personal trainer from California, has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against fitness company CrossFit for alleged discriminatory practices.

She claims CrossFit denied her the chance to participate in the women’s division of the upcoming CrossFit Games on the grounds that she was ‘born as a male’.

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

March 7, 2014

Says defendant:  'Our decision has nothing to do with ignorance or being bigots - it has to do with a very real understanding ... of fundamental biology'

Transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the CrossFit Games, a competition billed as the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.

Johnson filed suit after being told she would have to compete as a man in the competition which has been held annually since 2007.

Johnson underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman in the state of California where she lives. She is 5 feet, four inches tall and weighs 151 pounds.

February 28, 2014

Rob Watson’s kids already understand the message behind Frozen but one woman, old enough to know better, doesn’t get it

Last week a self-defined Mormon grandmother named Kathryn Skaggs wrote a blog in an effort to alert the world the movie Frozen was targeting children with a ‘gay agenda’.

In a sense, she was not alone in seeing ‘something gay’. Many gay bloggers reviewed it with the thrill it captured the air of gay persecution and some dubbed it ‘the gayest Disney movie ever’.

February 27, 2014

'As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those stuck in the past'

A consultant lost a customer after announcing he's drafting a bill banning out gay players from the National Football League.

According to Time magazine DC Solar Solution, a California company, is severing its relationship with Jack Burkman.

February 25, 2014

California School Success and Opportunity Act allows trans teens access to facilities of their choice and opportunity to play on sports teams

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has officially failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot.

California’s Secretary of State reported Monday that the repeal effort - led by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group - did not have the 504,760 valid signatures that were needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

February 25, 2014

California School Success and Opportunity Act allows trans teens access to facilities of their choice and opportunity to play on sports teams

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has officially failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot.

California’s Secretary of State reported Monday that the repeal effort - led by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group - did not have the 504,760 valid signatures that were needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.