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December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 14, 2014

Figures also show that lesbian couples are more likely to get married or be in a registered relationship than gay male couples

New research conducted by the Williams InstituteNot only are same-sex couples generally as good as or better at parenting than their straight counterparts as studies have shown, a new study says they are no worse or even better at marriage.

New research conducted by the Williams Institute, at the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that same-sex couples end their marriages at a lower rate than straight couples.

December 12, 2014

And it might just surprise you

Listening to a gay person talking about how they want to get married is the best way of getting a former homophobe to change their minds, a new study has found.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of California has found a gay person is far more effective than straight person in shifting voters' views towards supporting marriage equality.

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

December 6, 2014

Ronin Shimizu's family had reported the bullying to school officials multiple times

His friends say Ronin Shimizu was passionate about cheerleading.

But being the only male on the cheer squad at Folsom Middle School in folsom, California, led to ongoing bullying and being called gay.

This week, the 12 year old killed himself.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 5, 2014

But at least he's still showing off his pretty face in new modeling shots

Remember San Francisco's Hot Cop of Castro? The adorable officer Chris Kohrs who drove the gay internet wild?

Well, it turns out, he has revealed that his superiors have told him he is officially too hot to patrol the gayborhood.

'They prefer to keep me out of the Castro area just because it gets kind of crazy sometimes when I go down there,' he has revealed in a new video.

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

December 1, 2014

A beautifully illustrated children’s book, that will help to explain to the donor-conceived kids their biological origins, has successfully raised its production costs via Kickstarter

Zak’s Safari is a new book from California-based author Christy Tyner.

It follows the story of Zak, and introduces us to his two moms: the women met, fell in love, and then decided to start a family with the help of a sperm donation.

‘When our children were around three, my wife and I knew it was time to start talking to them about their donor,’ says Tyner, a U.S. Navy veteran turned author, on the book’s Kickstarter page.

November 30, 2014

The truth can be even more surprising

The myths about HIV and AIDS grow each year – making the fight against the virus even harder.

So here is the annual GSN myth buster, with help from our friends at National AIDS Trust.

It’s dedicated to breaking down the prejudices and rumors and giving you some surprises, however much you think you know about the virus.

Myth: Lesbians can’t get HIV from each other.

November 25, 2014

Actress calls him her 'favorite person in the world'

Amanda Bynes has said her rumored boyfriend is not gay as they've had sex.

The 28-year-old actress said she was engaged to a 19-year-old called Caleb Pusey in October, a teen she met in rehab. It is believed they lived together for a short while in California.

When he denied the suggestion on his social media, Bynes then accused him of being gay.

She has now retracted this, saying on Twitter: 'Caleb is not gay we had sex (sic).

'He did talk about being gay but we had sex so he obviously is not.'

November 24, 2014

Baja California officials then find 'inconsistencies' in the paperwork

The first gay wedding in the Mexican state of Baja California had to be postponed again after a registry official refused to perform the ceremony and then announced a bomb threat.

After a 19-month legal battle, hairstylists Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, were supposed to be the first gay couple to marry in the northwestern state on Friday (21 November).

The couple arrived at Mexicali city hall both dressed in white suits and defied the dozen praying Catholic protesters.

November 24, 2014

Baja California officials then find 'inconsistencies' in the paperwork

The first gay wedding in the Mexican state of Baja California had to be postponed again after a registry official refused to perform the ceremony and then announced a bomb threat.

After a 19-month legal battle, hairstylists Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, were supposed to be the first gay couple to marry in the northwestern state on Friday (21 November).

The couple arrived at Mexicali city hall both dressed in white suits and defied the dozen praying Catholic protesters.

November 23, 2014

'People get divorced. It's a part of life. We don't want it to happen, but it happens'

As it becomes easier for LGBTI couples in the US to marry, one final hurdle remains: the freedom to divorce.

Today, 23 November, National Public Radio did a report on Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham. In 2008, she and her then partner traveled from their Mississippi home to get married in California (when it was legal).

November 22, 2014

'Man it feel like rollin' dice, man it feel like rollin' dice'

The world belongs to you when you can drop a music video on Friday night, and people are talking about it Saturday morning.

Yesterday, 21 November, Beyonce released the video for her song 7/11. According to US Weekly, the tune was leaked earlier in the week.

The Queen Bey being...well a queen decided to give us some images to go with the catchy melody.

November 20, 2014

Fleshy and juicy with a full-bodied density – and that's just the vintners

What happens when a bunch of queer wine-lovers board a train through Napa Valley to taste the region's gayest, sun-sweet grape juices? We're not entirely sure, but we'd love to find out!

The Big Gay Wine Train has announced details of its all-gay winemaker dinner event next spring: taking place on Saturday, March 28, oenophiles will be able to taste the fruit of four of California's most delectable gay wine merchants.

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 14, 2014

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'

Authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in a late October anti-gay attack.

According to a press release, on 28 October deputies were called to Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, California (located approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles).

November 10, 2014

The courageous kid raps about the day he told his mom ‘this girl is your son’

It takes courage to come out as transgender, whatever your age, but we’re always bowled over by young children that have the insight and determination to reveal to their families – and school friends – that they wish to be known under a different gender.

Alex was but one of the attendants at the recent Camp Aranu’tiq – a unique non-profit program serving trans and gender-variant youth and their families.

November 3, 2014

November is National Adoption Month in the US. Both the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign have launched initiatives to help prospective LGBTI parents to realize their dreams

Are you living in the US and considering adoption? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a recent National Family Growth Survey, an estimated two million LGB adults are interested in building a family through adoption.

However, the process is not always a smooth one – or even possible – depending on where you reside.

Whereas California allows LGBT adoption, Nebraska prohibits fostering by two unrelated adults – a policy that activists say has been consistently enforced against same-sex couples.

November 1, 2014

A US jilted lover sent nude photos of his ex-boyfriend to his teacher colleagues in an attempt to get him fired, but it was him who ended up in the hands of the police

A jilted US man sent x-rated nudes of his former boyfriend to his colleagues at the school where he worked in an attempt to get him fired.

38-year-old David Galvan leaked the nude photos of his ex-boyfriend Richard Rosa, 31, who is a teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, US.

Galvan was angry their relationship had ended, so he sent the nudes in an attempt to get Rosa fired.

He hacked into his email account and sent 4 nude photos to over 200 of Rosa’s colleagues with the subject line ‘Enjoy’.

October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

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.