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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.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

June 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

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

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 24, 2014

The 33-year-old said it’s ‘sad’ to see Beverly Hills hotel workers suffering because of anti-gay laws in effect halfway across the world

Celebrity personality Kim Kardashian claims there must be ‘another solution’ to boycotting the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel.

Last month celebrities from the US to UK announced a very public boycott against the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the Beverly Hills hotel and other Dorchester Hotels, because he approved Islamic Sharia law that will eventually see gay people stoned to death.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 21, 2014

From an alcoholic ice tea to a peanut butter and jam dessert, London's annual food extravaganza left us with a watering mouth and a delicious buzz

Taste of London: Where bankers, hipsters, backpackers and wanna-be-foodies all unite for the one common goal: Beat others to free samples and buy as many little plates as possible before settling down in the grass in front of a DJ.

June 20, 2014

A California felon's picture has gone viral, turned nto a meme, and caused some to consider marriage

Sometimes a pretty face makes us forget all the good sense our parents passed down.

Take Jeremy Meeks of Stockton, California. According KRON 4, he was arrested this past Wednesday, 18 June, 'for illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public, and criminal street gang activity.'

His mugshot was posted on Facebook and since then the Internet has fainted with desire. His chiseled model looks, and piercing blue eyes, are making #FelonCrushFriday trend on Twitter.

June 20, 2014

A California felon's picture has gone viral, turned nto a meme, and caused some to consider marriage

Sometimes a pretty face makes us forget all the good sense our parents passed down.

Take Jeremy Meeks of Stockton, California. According KRON 4, he was arrested this past Wednesday, 18 June, 'for illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public, and criminal street gang activity.'

His mugshot was posted on Facebook and since then the Internet has fainted with desire. His chiseled model looks, and piercing blue eyes, are making #FelonCrushFriday trend on Twitter.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

June 15, 2014

Don't even have a meal with your gay children if they too are Christian, the pastor warns

A Christian pastor in California has advised Christian parents of gay children, who share the same faith, to 'alienate' them and 'turn them over to Satan'.

John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley made the comments in response to a question from a reader who asked how to react to an adult child coming out.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Grace to You, MacArthur said: 'If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind.

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.