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April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 17, 2015

Fellow Republican Marco Rubio says 'of course' he would 

Rick Santorum has said he will never attend a gay wedding – even a loved one's.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the statement Thursday (16 April) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

'Would you, Rick Santorum, attend a same-sex wedding of a loved one or a family friend or anyone you were close to?' the host asked.

'No, I would not,' he replied.

'Because I don’t — as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 15, 2015

Rounding out top five are Rachel Maddow, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Anderson Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has become increasingly vocal on LGBTI issues in the past year, tops this years' Annual Power 50 list unveiled Wednesday by Out Magazine.

The list ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture and looks at how the on the list have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.

Cook, second last year, is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. He knocked Ellen DeGeneres down one space after the talk show host headed last year's list.

April 14, 2015

'If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands'

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia's Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to anyone under 18.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

UK party, whose members have made homophobic comments, claims 'they are not bothered' by the neighbor clientele

When you pick a place to have your new office, it's all about location, location, location.

So when UKIP, the right-wing anti-immigration British party, chose a new premise for its office in Luton, they picked some odd neighbors.

The Greenhouse gay sauna, which also holds regular fetish nights, is right next door alongside a Turkish takeaway, a Lebanese restaurant and a Polish shop.

Bob Clements, election agent for UKIP, has said: '[The sauna] has got nothing to do with us, we are not bothered.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

The singer asked her girlfriend to marry her during a boat trip on the Thames

Lucy Spraggan, a former X Facto contestant, has announced her engagement to her girlfriend Georgina Gordon.

The singer popped the question during a boat trip down the Thames on Sunday, according to reports.

It was also the day her new single, titled Unsinkable, was released.

The pair, who have been dating for roughly a year, were greeted by family and friends after their trip.

In 2012 Spraggan took part in the British version of the X Factor.

April 12, 2015

'So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey'

The speculation is over. Hillary Clinton is running for president.

The former US Secretary of State announced her candidacy today, 12 April, in a two-minute video.

Various individuals, including a gay male couple, describe their plans for the immediate futures.

At the video's end, Clinton talks directly to camera.

'I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for President,' the Democrat announces.

April 12, 2015

While she now supports marriage equality, question remain about how, and when, the former Secretary of State 'evolved'

Papers released by the Clinton Library this past week do not show where then First Lady Hillary Clinton stood on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In 1996, the bill passed both the House and Senate by huge margins. 

It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

April 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers in Washington state unsuccessfully tried to strip verbal counselling from a bill to ban attempts to change people’s sexuality on the grounds that it might harm free speech and patient-counselor confidentiality

Washington state Republicans say they are opposed to ‘treatments’ aimed at changing people from gay to straight if they involve physical interventions like making people take baths in freezing water but they draw a line when it comes to spoken ‘ex-gay’ therapies.

Republican members of the state House of Representatives unsuccessfully tried to strip a prohibition on verbal counseling from a Washington Senate bill to ban attempts to ‘cure’ people of their sexual orientation in the state.

April 8, 2015

Only Taylor Swift gets more nods with 14

Sam Smith's four Grammy Awards may soon be getting some company.

The openly gay singing sensation has received a whopping 13 Billboard Music Awards nominations - second only to Taylor Swift who earned 14 nods.

‘Oh my lordy. THIRTEEN Nominations. Unreal. Thank you so much Billboard xxxx,’ Smith said on Twitter after the nominations were announced.

April 7, 2015

The Runner-Up chronicles his losing bid to become a US congressman

Clay Aiken's squeaky clean image from his long ago American Idol days is nowhere to be seen in The Runner-Up, the four-part documentary series premiering on Tuesday (7 April) about his run for congress.

'The truth is, cutting out the stuff where he doesn’t swear wasn’t an option–he swears all the time,' producer Jonathan Chinn tells Reality Blurred. 'In the case of his potty mouth, that is who he is, and sanitizing it would be disingenuous.'

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

April 6, 2015

Braff and his former Scrubs co-star have come out in support of Indiana's LGBTI community

Zach Braff has come out in support of the LGBTI community by offering to cater gay weddings in Indiana. 

Following their refusal to supply food for a same-sex wedding on the grounds of their religious beliefs, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, were so besieged by phone calls and online comments that they temporarily shut their doors.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 5, 2015

Cruz, an opponent to marriage rights, recently announced he's running for the White House

Two leaders in the US Republican Party filed briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

April 3, 2015

'Would you want an ex-porn star who has tried to commit suicide by HIV representing you?'

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has questioned HIV positive Lib Dem candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett's credibility. 

During an interview with Buzzfeed this week, Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, revealed how his clinical depression as a student led him down a self-destructive path to become purposefully infected with HIV. 

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

April 1, 2015

US presidential hopeful says he doesn't believe in 'rights based on behavior'

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said he doesn't believe in LGBTI rights because they are based on 'lifestyle.'

'I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,' he said in a 2013 video interview that received little attention at the time.

By the same reasoning, the Kentucky senator should also oppose free excise of religion and freedom of speech, both of which are rights based on behaviours.

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.