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April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 11, 2014

Upcoming political party has stunned the LGBTI community, who the Supreme Court made illegal last year, by fighting for equality

An Indian political party that describes itself ‘for the people’ has promised to legalize homosexuality if they win the upcoming election.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, translated as Common People Party), have revealed their Mumbai manifesto and in it speak out on LGBTI rights.

Known as the ‘anti-corruption’ party, the AAP are hoping the 814 million Indians who are eligible to vote will give them their support in the run up to the most hotly contested election in recent memory.

April 8, 2014

Son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will meet with nine other families during their visit to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George will have a playdate with a gay couple’s daughter.

Royal visitors Prince William and wife Kate are in New Zealand with their eight-month old son.

Tomorrow (9 April), they will meet with 10 families with babies who were all born around the same time as the future king.

Among the group chosen to meet the royals are gay dads Jared and Ryan Mullen and their daughter Isabella.

April 3, 2014

Singer-songwriter told his fans on Twitter about his upcoming album while calling on those who described his sexual orientation as 'sad'

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has spoken out against people who call his homosexuality a 'disability'.

The flamboyant singer said he has received comments and tweets such as ‘it’s so sad to be gay’ and he finds the statements ‘indirectly offensive’.

‘It ain't a DISABILITY!! It's just a disposition ya'll. the only thing that makes it "hard to deal with" is when folks be ignant bout it. Ha’, Lambert tweeted.

April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.

March 30, 2014

'He isn't here to be a scold-- and I think that's...a good thing for the church...'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum applauds Pope Francis for his leadership of the Catholic Church.

The Republican, who is against same-sex marriage and open service in the military, was a guest on the NBC News show Meet the Press.

According to Talking Points Memo, host David Gregory asked Santorum what he felt about the pope's lack of emphasis on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 21, 2014

‘They are so desperate for votes they are even asking people they think are unnatural,’ say LGBTI activists

An Indian political party that wants gay sex to stay illegal has found a surprising place to advertise for supporters – Grindr.

For the past four days, Indians have been checking the gay hookup app to see the Bharatiya Janata Party’s advertisements.

It shows prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s picture, together with the party’s lotus symbol, calling on gay people to vote BJP.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 17, 2014

' ... You learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it'

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy now wishes he hadn't dragged his fast food restaurant chain into the debate over gay marriage even though he remains opposed to it.

'Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,' Cathy says in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

March 15, 2014

Evangelist Franklin Graham has praised Vladimir Putin for his stance on gay rights, and criticised Obama for ‘turning [his] back on God’ over gay issues

Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his tough stance on homosexuality while criticising US President Obama for his ‘shameful’ acceptance of gay rights.

Russia’s anti-gay law, which bans the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors, has been under heavy fire since it was passed last summer, particularly in the run up to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

March 14, 2014

A Republican hopeful who wants to take Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s senate seat from has labelled him ‘ambiguously gay’ in attacking his service to constituents

South Carolina Republican hopeful and former police officer Juan ‘Dave’ Feliciano has implied that senior Senate Republican Lindsey Graham is gay as part of his bid to replace Graham as the Republican candidate for his senate seat.

Graham is only a two term senator for South Carolina and one of the more prominent faces of the Republican Party of the United States Congress but Feliciano believes South Carolinians deserve a better candidate next time around.

March 13, 2014

'People everywhere from politicians down to the lowliest person in our society... are terrified'

Ben Carson, a well respected figure in the US conservative movement, is certain people against same-sex marriage don't have free speech rights.

The neurosurgeon was a guest yesterday (11 March) on the anti-gay Family Research Council show Washington Watch.

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Host Tony Perkins asked Carson if the 'PC police' kept 'many politicians' from discussing 'core value issues like marriage.'

March 11, 2014

'And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people...'

Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully 'the American people' and elected officials.

The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.

March 6, 2014

Two gay and bisexual candidates with Holland’s D66 party have turned to Grindr to seek the support of the LGBTI community in municipal elections later this month

Two candidates for Holland’s D66 party have found an innovative way to seek the votes of the LGBTI community – setting up profiles on gay dating app Grindr to reach out to gay voters.

Candidates Jan-Bert Vroege and Pieter Rietman set up their profiles ahead of municipal elections that are being held on 19 March.

Vroege's Grindr profile asks ‘Have I got a date with you on March 19?’ – though he is happily partnered in a same-sex relationship.

March 6, 2014

You can help choose the 2014 European Diversity Awards as nominations open at a reception in Madrid

The search for Europe’s most deserving diversity champions is underway after the 2014 European Diversity Awards were launched in Madrid last night (6 March).

Business leaders, media professionals and representatives of cultural and charitable organizations joined a glitzy reception at Google’s Spanish HQ to mark the start of the nomination process.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.

March 3, 2014

Photo also includes Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jared Leto, among others

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter during the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday (2 March) with an all-star selfie for the ages.

While the Oscars were still underway, the photo had been retweeted more than 1.2 million times.

For the selfie, DeGeneres was quickly surrounded by two of the night's winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto as well as nominees Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep along with Brad Pitt.

The photo was actually taken by Cooper after DeGeneres handed her camera phone to him.

March 3, 2014

Also delivers classic line suggesting Liza Minnelli in audience was really female impersonator

Ellen DeGeneres may have a reputation for being one of the nicest women in showbiz but she wasn't afraid to poke fun at some folks during her gig as Oscar host on Sunday (2 March).

DeGeneres got new material just before the show when she learned that nominee Jennifer Lawrence had fallen on the red carpet after getting out of her limousine.

The 2013 best actress winner had famously tripped while going up the stairs to the stage to accept her statue last year.

February 27, 2014

Says SB 1062 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve ... It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine'

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended days of suspense by announcing she has vetoed the state's controversial 'turn away the gays' law.

Brewer said at an evening press conference Wednesday (26 February) that the proposed legislation 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve.'

The controversial SB 1062 was passed last week by the Republican controlled state Senate a day after it passed in the House chambers.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 26, 2014

'Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution'

Texas Governor Rick Perry believes that a federal judge who struck the state's gay marriage ban today is going against the will of the people.

The Republican, who has a history 0f anti-gay positions and statements, said the voters of his state made their views on same-sex marriage clear in 2005 when they approved a constitutional ban by a 76% margin.