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February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 23, 2015

Host, who had gotten gaunt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, displays impressive physique

Neil Patrick Harris has been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night's Academy Awards, this year's host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton's actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York's Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 18, 2015

Former Alabama state rep has a record of fighting against LGBTI rights

Apple has fired an Alabama lobbyist with a record of fighting against LGBTI rights while a state representative.

Jay Love appeared on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 as a representative of Apple, whose openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, also hails from the yellowhammer state.

This prompted questions about how the seemingly contradictory relationship would work?

The answer is it doesn't.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet confirmed yesterday that Love had been fired.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 18, 2015

'Much like Bruce Jenner, it is in transition'

Bruce Jenner has had to endure plenty of transphobic comments as the news of his transition from male to female has become public.

Now the Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star is being used to describe English singer Robbie Williams' dye job gone wrong.

February 17, 2015

FLOTUS plays Billy on the Street game to promote good eating

Most people wouldn't feel comfortable yelling at the First Lady of the United States.

But most people aren't Billy Eichner, the very gay and very loudmouthed force of nature behind the wild game show Billy on the Street.

But rather than running around the streets of New York City with the likes of Paul Rudd or Amy Poehler, Eichner has somehow managed to round up Michelle Obama and Sesame Street's Big Bird to play the game.

February 17, 2015

Tom Daley, Ellen DeGeneres, Graham Norton and Sue Perkins are all up for major awards

Will Sam Smith add to his list of awards?

Will Nicola Adams knock out Tom Daley for best sports personality?

And how exactly can you choose between Hillary Clinton, Joan Collins and Kylie Minogue for Global Gay Icon?

These are the questions that will be asked as the UK gets ready for the British LGBT awards that will be handed out at the Landmark Hotel in  London on 24 April.

Among the nominees for Best Event includes the Gay Star Travel Expo. 

February 16, 2015

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

Following the success of similar rankings in other countries, GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) have announced details of a survey to discover the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in Ireland.

The group announced the launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index last week with a press event in Dublin.

The organization’s Eimear O’Reilly, Programme Officer Workplace Diversity, told to GSN that GLEN had received interest from, ‘a range of leading public and private sector employers’, since the announcement.

February 15, 2015

'At the time Chief Justice Moore had not started bloviating on this topic and so there was no need to defy because I didn't ask for his opinion and frankly didn't need it'

A probate judge in Alabama is pushing against the state's chief justice, Roy Moore, in the gay marriage battle.

Today, February 15, Alabama Probate Judge Steven Reed was a guest on the ABC News show This Week.

February 11, 2015

'Having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system'

US President Barack Obama is weighing in on the confusing state of gay marriage in Alabama where some of the state's probate judges are refusing licenses to same-sex couples.

The judges are caught between a federal ruling that went into effect this week which struck down Alabama's gay marriage ban and an order by the state's anti-gay supreme court chief justice not to issue licenses.

February 10, 2015

David Axelrod writes in memoir: 'He grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me'

It wasn't until May of 2012 that US President Barack Obama officially evolved on the issue of gay marriage and publicly declared his support.

It was nearly six months before the 2012 presidential election and the conventional wisdom was that Obama would remain mum on the issue until after voters had decided between he and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

But it turns out Obama had wanted to declare his support even before his first presidential election in 2008, according to a new memoir by Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod.

February 9, 2015

Is up for a total of six awards

Sam Smith did not have to wait long to become a Grammy winner on Sunday (8 February).

In the first award presented during the live telecast, Smith won the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Smith won over fellow nominees Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clarke and Haim.

It is one of six categories Smith is nominated for including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Prior to the televised ceremony in Los Angeles, Smith chatted with Entertainment Tonight and described the event as 'a celebration of the last year and a half.'

February 7, 2015

The cakes were produced during the grand final of the ‘Ed-u-bake and Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off: a nationwide competition for students to help tackle LGBT prejudice

The live final of the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off competition took place at Stoke Newington School yesterday (6 February). The nationwide competition was launched for school children last year during the UK’s annual anti-bullying week.

Students were invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake or cupcakes and to send photos of the resulting treats to competition organizers, Educate & Celebrate.

January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 27, 2015

Someone doesn't know the meaning of the word 'literally'

Bryan Fischer has come up with perhaps one of the most ridiculous statements an anti-gay pundit has ever given to the world.

He has claimed that when you meet gay people, you are 'literally staring' at the energy of Satan.

Somehow under the belief that all LGBTI people are the gay devil from South Park, the radio host was responding to Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal who held a prayer rally featuring some of the most far-right Republicans in US politics.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 25, 2015

The actor, along with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and designer Paul Smith, has put his name to an open letter saying that Soho is being changed beyond recognition because of London’s rising real estate prices

Stephen Fry is among those who have signed an open letter to the British Government imploring them to save Soho – the historic district in the heart of London’s West End.

Soho has undergone increasing changes in recent years, chiefly fuelled by the escalating cost of London property prices.

January 23, 2015

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people'

Grammy nominee Miley Cyrus paid a surprise visit to homeless youth this week at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people,' the singer told Good Morning America which accompanied her on the visit.

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean met with Cyrus and was impressed with the young star.

January 22, 2015

Holding glass of red wine he writes: 'It's been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day'

It looks like six-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith is single again.

Smith posted a selfie on his on his Instagram page holding a glass of red wine and looking very sad.

He wrote: 'Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T-shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell. It's been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day x.'

So are he and boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel kaput?

January 20, 2015

Transparent dominates TV awards - The Normal Heart and Neil Patrick Harris also win

Oscar front-runners Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore are among the winners of Dorian Awards announced Tuesday by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).

Also among the winners was non-Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay who was voted best director for Selma.

The film Pride, the true-life story of how a group of gays and lesbians championed striking blue-collar miners in Thatcher-era England, earned LGBTQ Film of the Year as well as Unsung Film of the Year honors.

January 19, 2015

Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group Equal Ground hope the incoming government of President Maithripala Sirisena will be more open minded to the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people

A leading Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group has expressed hope that Sri Lanka will move forward to protect the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people now that the New Democratic Front coalition have taken power.

President Maithripala Sirisena was swept into power at the start of this year with the backing of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Tamil communities and rural Sinhalese voters that had become disenchanted after 10 years of government by outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

January 16, 2015

Nominated for British Male Solo Artist and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour

The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2015 are out and Sam Smith leads the way with nominations in five categories.

Smith is a contender for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour.

The gay 2014 Critics Choice winner has gone from strength to strength since winning his first BRIT, with a string of hit singles including Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.