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March 26, 2015

Straight people posting on a gay confessions page may have been in the wrong but LGBTI reactions were heterophobic

Straight men are turning to social media to engage with LGBTI people but our reactions are ruining this incredible opportunity.

I realized this as I looked through an Indian gay ‘confessions page’. The administrators and most members are closet gays, just as I am.

Many of the confessions were fascinating but the most striking ones were – surprisingly – posted by straight men.

March 18, 2015

First openly gay congressman in US history shares his thoughts on his fallen former colleague

When former US Congressman Barney Frank got word that his former colleague, Aaron Schock, was resigning from office, this was his first question: 'He was outed or what?'

Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the House of Representatives, assumed Schock's quitting had to do with his not disclosing he had taken a male videographer-photographer with him on a trip to India over the summer.

March 15, 2015

Actress Susan Sarandon – whose gay nephew was taught by her, and Greg Bennett of the Real Housewives of New Jersey – who was her former student, had slammed the teacher on social media

Patricia Jannuzzi, a religion teacher at Immaculata High School in New Jersey who said the 'gay agenda' would to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction', has been has been placed on administrative leave.

On Friday, her Facebook rant made the news after Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon slammed the former teacher of her gay nephew.

March 14, 2015

Lawmaker may have violated rules by not disclosing photographer and videographer Jonathon Link was on trip

It used to be that Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, was in the news far more his impressive physique than any legislation he championed.

But in recent weeks, the former Men's Health cover man has been embroiled in a string of controversy involving his spending on such things as private jets and interior decorating.

The latest headache involves an official trip to India last summer accompanied by a photographer and videographer named Jonathon Link (pictured below) whose travel expenses were covered by The Global Poverty Project.

February 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign fires back at the American Family Association in a scathing blog post

The American Family Association (AFA) has published an 'anti-Christian bigotry map' that pinpoints the exact locations for all the offices of two LGBTI rights groups.

The map divides 'bigots' into four categories: anti-Christians, atheists, humanists and those with a 'homosexual agenda.'

February 19, 2015

Caution urged after draft report details potential policy change

The US Army is reportedly considering making it easier for transgender people to serve in the military.

A draft document obtained by USA Today proposes raising the authorisation level needed to initiate dismissal proceedings against trans service members.

The leaked report, which has not been adopted as official directive, does not rescind current Army policy, which considers transgender people "administratively unfit" for service.

February 9, 2015

But 38% believe homosexuality is contagious

Nearly nine in 10 Filipinos believe LGBTI people have the right to be protected from discrimination, according to a recent survey.

Of the 1,200 respondents, 85% agreed with the statement, 'Just like me, gays and lesbians also have the right to be protected against any form of discrimination.'

The Social Weather Stations conducted the survey in June and September 2013 but only released the results Friday (6 February).

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 17, 2015

'...The history of the Supreme Court is a history of case after case after case holding that marriage is a fundamental right —that it protects individual freedom...'

David Boies, the attorney who argued against Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court, thinks the country's highest court is ready to make a definitive legal answer on marriage equality.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

December 20, 2014

US Supreme Court denies the Florida Attorney General's request for the court to keep same-sex marriage ban

Florida is on its way to becoming the 36th state in the US to allow same-sex marriage after the US Supreme Court on Friday the US Supreme Court cleared the way for weddings in the state to start next month.

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2, the Miami Herald reported.

December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

December 9, 2014

First ruling was vacated on a legal technicality

Broward county judge Dale Cohen yesterday overturned Florida's ban on gay marriage for a second time after he vacated his first ruling on a legal technicality.

Cohen first ruled the ban unconstitutional on 4 August in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner, who entered a civil union with her now estranged partner in Vermont in 2002 but sought a divorce in Florida.

October 23, 2014

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has told talk radio that he believes that gay soldiers will not be ready to defend against sudden attacks because they will need to get massages first before going into battle like the Ancient Greeks

Outspoken anti-gay Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has used an appearance on the Point of View radio talk show to make a bizarre attack on gays and lesbians serving in the US military – claiming that they will not be battle ready in the event of a sudden attack.

Gohmert made the comments a day after the third anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that barred openly gay and lesbian personnel from serving, saying he still believes allowing them to serve ‘is not a good idea.’

October 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

August 5, 2014

Judge in Palm Beach County case rules state cannot stop man from inheriting late husband's estate

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage suffered its second legal setback in two days on Tuesday (5 August) and fourth in the past three weeks.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional in a case involving a gay man seeking to inherit his late husband's estate.

The ruling applies only to the case involving plaintiff W. Jason Simpson who married his late spouse in another state. Simpson now cannot be blocked from claiming the estate.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

June 10, 2014

Rob Watson has written an open letter to HLN host Nancy Grace about her defending a woman who described gay men as pedophiles

A few months ago, I appreciated Nancy Grace’s perspective.  News media were reporting that a woman named Jessica Dutro had killed her little boy because she thought he might be gay.  As a gay dad, I hurt for the little boy, but found that in much of the reporting, he had been ignored.  The reporting was around the mother and it was her picture that was plastered in public view.

May 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson will be the first spouse of a member of the US armed forces to receive equal death benefits over her National Guard wife Donna’s death in Afghanistan in 2012

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson will be the first ever military spouse to receive the same death benefits given to heterosexual widows and widowers when their spouses die in the line of duty.

Tracy married wife Donna Johnson in Washington in February of 2012 but she was killed by a suicide bomber just months later in Afghanistan in October that year.

May 13, 2014

Favorable ruling would make Virginia 19th state in US with marriage equality

The attorneys who successfully argued for the overturning of California's Proposition 8 are hoping for a similar outcome after today's arguments before an appeals court in a case challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.

Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, once opponents in the Supreme Court case that resulted in George W. Bush being sworn in as US president, are once again on the same side in a marriage equality case.

They asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to affirm that gay and lesbian couples are due their fundamental right to marry.

April 28, 2014

A US navy communications specialist has spoken out to The Washington Post about being discharged for transitioning to being male – showing that part of the LGBTI community is still legally barred from serving in the US Armed Forces

Transgender sailor Landon Wilsonhas spoken out about being forcefully discharged by the US Navy after superiors discovered he had transitioned to be a male – showing that some LGBTI people still face legal discrimination in the US Armed Forces past the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

The US Defense Department still retains a policy that was set when being transgender was viewed as a form of mental illness and classes it as a ‘paraphilia.’

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.