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August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

August 19, 2014

Former Big Brother contestant describes the former boxing promoter, who has just come out as a trans woman, as a 'tranny'

When former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who has recently come out as a trans woman, went into the UK Celebrity Big Brother house – there was bound to be controversy.

But not even Channel 5 could have prepared itself for the onslaught of transphobia and conspiracies surrounding her involvement in the reality show.

With some on Twitter and Facebook referring to Maloney as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’, others chose to use the transphobic slur ‘tranny’ to describe the former UKIP politician.

August 18, 2014

Former boxing promoter and newly out trans woman will be entering the reality TV house, and according to the bookmakers is the most likely to win

Trans boxing legend Kellie Maloney is set to win Celebrity Big Brother, according to the bookies.

With the highest reported pay out of all of the competitors, the former promoter is expected to take home the trophy even before she steps inside the house.

With odds of 5/2, she is beating out Benefits Street’s White Dee and British boxer Audley Harrison in second and third place.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: ‘Kellie & Dee both look set to go the distance and it would be a massive shock if either of them were knocked out in the early rounds.’

August 17, 2014

With Glee winding down its run, star has a second steady gig to fall back on

Jane Lynch is now a two-time Emmy winner.

The actress, who won her first Emmy for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee, picked up the second trophy Saturday (16 August) night for hosting NBC's Hollywood Game Night.

While the Primetime Emmys will be handed out next Sunday (24 August), many categories were presented at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lynch won in the category of Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.

August 16, 2014

The former boxing promoter, who recently came out as a trans woman, has a history of anti-gay views

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.

 

August 11, 2014

New Zealand’s Conservative Party has picked Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar to be its candidate for the seat of Napier in general elections but he is on the record as claiming that same-sex couples being allowed to marry will cause more crimes to occur

New Zealand’s Conservative Party has chosen former Sensible Sentencing Trust leader Garth McVicar as its candidate for the seat of Napier in the upcoming September general election, praising his ‘common sense.’

However McVicar still stands by claims he made in the lead up to same-sex marriage being legalized by the New Zealand Parliament when he said that allowing gay couples to wed would lead to an increase in all kinds of crimes.

August 8, 2014

The young stars play sisters fighting to survive in Into the Forest

With more and more Hollywood stars coming out publicly, it is inevitable that some of them would end up working together on a project.

That has happened with Oscar-nominee Ellen Page, who came out as a lesbian on Valentine's Day, and bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood.

The two stars are playing sisters in the new film Into the Forest which is based in the novel by Jean Hedland.

Their characters live in a remote ancient forest and they fight for survival as they discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse.

August 8, 2014

The famous pair, friends for 41 years, have raised more than $12 million for AIDS charities

Elton John and Billie Jean King met in 1973 and the peak of their rock star and tennis playing fame.

She sang back-up at several of his concerts and he wrote the 1975 hit Philadelphia Freedom about her.

To say they have kept in touch would be an understatement.

The famous pair announced this week that they are once again teaming up for a World TeamTennis Smash Hits event to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It will take place on 7 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

August 8, 2014

Republican lawmaker had said 'to be gay is like injecting heroin'

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield, the man responsible for the homophobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill last year, has been dumped by voters after a decade in the legislature.

Campfield lost badly in his bid for reelection to Knox County Commissioner Richard Biggs who received more than twice the number of votes as the Republican incumbent.

Campfield received just 5,824 votes (28 percent of the overall vote) while Briggs received 13,977 (67 percent).

July 31, 2014

Unlike in the US on Logo, 'You've Got She-Mail' will be heard on nearly every single episode of the sixth season

RuPaul’s Drag Race is now on Netflix UK for eager Brits to soak up all the glitz and glamor.

But eagle-eyed viewers may spot some differences between the UK and US showings.

Netflix UK has removed the mini-challenge and ‘You’ve Got She-Mail’ intro in the fourth episode, but the latter will still be heard for the rest of the season.

For those unaware, US viewers reacted angrily to the mini-challenge entitled ‘Female or Shemale’ in the episode ‘Shade: The Rusical’.

July 30, 2014

Russia will revive the Cold War era Intervision song contest in October in protest at Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win

Following on to hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian coastal city of Sochi will host the 2014 edition of the Soviet era Intervision song contest in October which Russia is reviving in protest at Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision song contest.

The contest is open to members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Co-operation Organization and former Soviet Republics including the Baltic states.

July 26, 2014

'It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!'

Jenny McCarthy now regrets suggesting on The View that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

July 25, 2014

The University of California Los Angeles’ Williams Institute has crunched the numbers and figures legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas would generate $181.6 million in spending in the state over three years

Independent think tank the Williams Institute has released a report finding that, even using conservative numbers, legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas could generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue to state and local governments.

According to the US Census 46,401 same-sex couples live in cohabiting relationships in the state of Texas and the Williams Institute calculated the numbers based on only half of those marrying in the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 22, 2014

Outgoing co-host of The Vew says: 'Well, maybe ... she has her girlfriends. You never know'

Jenny McCarthy is suggesting that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's The View, McCarthy was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the 'hidden lives of presidents' which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: 'Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.'

July 10, 2014

Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees

When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.

In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.

July 10, 2014

Gets supporting actress nod for performance in Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

When nominations were ann0unced in Los Angeles this morning, Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

Her competition will include two OITNB co-stars (Natasha Lyonne ans Uzo Aduba) and a trio of established veterans: Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) and Joan Cusack (Shameless).

July 10, 2014

'...It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle'

A Republican candidate for a Minnesota House of Representatives seat is consumed with sodomy and sharing 'scientific' theories that are not connected to actual science.

Bob Frey is running in the Republican primary to represent House District 47A. The MinnPost asked Frey his stance on social issues and he offered the following:

July 8, 2014

Zach and gay Frankie even cuddle in bed but Zach insists 'I'm straight and I only date women

During a recent episode of CBS's Big Brother, male contestants Zach Rance and Frankie Grande were laying on a bed together.

Zach, the straight one, said softly to his gay friend: 'Frankie, can you just like caress me.'

They then began to spoon.

Grande, the brother of singer Ariana Grande, and Rance are the season's first big 'showmance' and have given themselves the moniker of 'Zrankie.'

'I'm not gay,' Rance tells viewers. 'But the bond Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel that he is my boyfriend.' '

July 2, 2014

The Texas state Democratic Party has slammed Texas state Republicans for endorsing so-called reparative therapies that aim to turn people from gay to straight at the party’s state convention

Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in Dallas on Saturday slammed their Republican rivals for approving a platform which includes support for attempts to turn gay people straight.

The Texas Democrats have instead put denying public funds to programs that attempt to alter a person’s sexuality in their platform and also want the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate people who try to provide such services.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.