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May 27, 2015

Unsubstantiated report in gossip mag

Pitt is reportedly bisexual, hooks up with rent boys and has an open marriage with wife Angelina Jolie.

That's according to a completely unproven report in a tabloid gossip magazine in the US.

Despite the dubious source, the story has already gained traction on the internet where it has been repeated without question by other publications.

Hollywood insider Hesham 'Sham' Ibrahim makes the unsubstantiated claims the actor has a history of bisexuality that goes back at least 10 years.

May 27, 2015

It is in the interest of protecting performers from STDs, apparently

Do you have a fetish for goggles? If you do, it's your lucky day because that might end up being the only option if new regulations in California are enforced.

Gay porn actors could be forced to wear protective eye gear during shoots as part of an attempt to keep sets safe from sexually transmitted diseases.

People in the industry are calling the new proposals ridiculous, saying they will only force production out of the state.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports on a 21-page draft which insists condoms, as well as eye gear, are used in all sex scenes.

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 8, 2015

Similar to contraceptive implants, it releases a sustained dose of antiretrovirals for up to 40 days

Scientists at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in California have developed a matchstick-size implant that could 'revolutionize' HIV treatment.

The implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, delivers a controlled, sustained release of antiretroviral drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects.

'To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose,' said Dr Marc Baum, senior faculty and founder of the institute.

May 4, 2015

School board voted to end the run of ‘And Then Came Tango’, prompting a gay dad to write this touching open letter in defence of his kids

A school board in Mariposa County, California, has banned a performance of a play about two gay penguins who looked after an orphaned chick - prompting a gay father to write a letter in protest.

May 1, 2015

The weekend wine festival returns to Northern California’s Sonoma Valley this summer

The organizers of Gay Wine Weekend 2015 have announced that this year’s event, due to take place 19-21 June in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, will include an LGBTI Business Expo.

Gay Wine Weekend 2015 will offer world-class wine, awe-inspiring food, music, dancing and networking.

Events will include a welcome reception at host hotel, Macarthur Place Hotel and Spa, several dinners and winery visits, cookery demonstrations and poolside dance parties. A wine auction will raise money for Face2Face – a local HIV network.

May 1, 2015

The weekend wine festival returns to Northern California’s Sonoma Valley this summer

The organizers of Gay Wine Weekend 2015 have announced that this year’s event, due to take place 19-21 June in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, will include an LGBTI Business Expo.

Gay Wine Weekend 2015 will offer world-class wine, awe-inspiring food, music, dancing and networking.

Events will include a welcome reception at host hotel, Macarthur Place Hotel and Spa, several dinners and winery visits, cookery demonstrations and poolside dance parties. A wine auction will raise money for Face2Face – a local HIV network.

April 28, 2015

Likely deciding vote Anthony Kennedy: 'This definition has been with us for millennia. It's very difficult for the court to say, "Oh well, we know better"'

As expected, the US Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today during oral argument for marriage equality cases in four states that could make gay marriage legal throughout the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding votes two years ago in rulings that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, sounded cautious about doing so again.

April 27, 2015

Sun's out, guns out at White Party Palm Springs

Organizers are surely toasting another super successful White Party Palm Springs today, after more than 30,000 gay guys descended on the California destination for a weekend of fun and frolicking.

Amid the countless pool parties and club nights, the gay dance music festival also featured performances from LeAnne Rimes and Jordin Sparks.

Reservations are already open for the Jeffrey Sanker-produced White Party 2016, which is set for April 22-25, 2016.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 21, 2015

'We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears'

Doris Day first met Rock Hudson in 1959 on the set of Pillow Talk, their first movie together.

But it is the last time they saw each other that makes the now 91-year-old retired movie legend the most emotional now.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 17, 2015

He is now suing the psychiatrist

A former prison guard is suing the psychiatrist that he claims locked him in a room behind numerous locked doors with a large dog to 'cure' him of being gay.

Calvin Chang claims he was originally sent to Doctor Benjamin Kaufman after he complained to his employers that he was denied promotion because of his sexual orientation.

And now he is accusing him of losing his job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after 20 years of service and forcing him to find a job as an attorney.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

April 3, 2015

Ryan Donegan sent his partner on a romantic Instagram-style scavenger hunt

A gay couple from California who met on Instagram have shared their heartwarming marriage proposal video online. 

Ryan Donegan, 26, who spotted his partner Scott, 29, while he was casually browsing through the picture-based app over two years ago, commemorated their chance meeting by genuiously incorporating the app into his romantic marriage proposal. 

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 25, 2015

Counters ballot initiative with her own – the Intolerant Jackass Act

A Californian activist has responded to a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in the best possible way.

Charlotte Laws, filed a counter initiative – the Intolerant Jackass Act – with the state attorney general’s office on Monday (23 March).

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 23, 2015

Wade Gasque's film explores identity, brotherhood, and growing up in a small town

Tiger Orange tells the story of two estranged brothers in California. Both brothers are gay.

Chet (played by Mark Strano) is the older brother who stayed at home, cared for their ill father, and took over the family hardware store. Todd (played by Frankie Valenti) left for LA to pursue his dreams of acting. They are reunited when Todd returns home, broke, homeless, and seeking refuge with his brother.