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July 27, 2014

The towing company allegedly targeted cars during last year's Gay Days

A towing company is accused of illegally towing vehicles during Orlando's Gay Days.

Law officials charge ASAP Towing, owned by Jason Combs, towed up to 100 vehicles, between 5 June and 9 June, from a parking lot across from the host of the event, Doubletree by Hilton.

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 Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 17, 2014

 I wouldn't want anyone to rush into things because they see two characters like them get married.

As Glee prepares to begin shooting its sixth and final season, gay high school sweethearts Kurt and Blaine are engaged and pursuing showbiz careers in New York City.

Blaine (Darren Criss) had proposed to Kurt (Chris Colfer) last fall in an elaborate production set to The Beatles All You Need is Love (see video below).

Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt, said this week he hopes the couple takes things slow.

July 17, 2014

Syco boss has allegedly slept with 'several men' according to footage shown of a PA who worked close with him

Simon Cowell is gay, according to a recording played of a phone conversation in court today (17 July).

The American Idol and X Factor judge has allegedly slept with several men. In the public eye, the 54-year-old music mogul has had several girlfriends and  recently became a father for the first time.

The claim was made at the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos, who judged on The X Factor UK from 2011 to 2012.

She is accused of supplying Class A drugs.

July 14, 2014

‘Comments such as those made last night are unacceptable and should not and will not be tolerated.’

Football commentator Brian Taylor is confirmed to attend counseling after calling a player a ‘big poofter’ on-air.

On a 12 July broadcast, Taylor called Geelong player Harry Taylor ‘a big poofter’ for doing what he called a ‘royal wave’ when teammates hoisted him on their shoulders in celebration of his 150th game.

Taylor apologized to viewers in a subsequent broadcast saying: ‘In the pre-game show I said something that I regret.

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 9, 2014

Launched by a pair of gay moms, clothing label Little Figs offers kid's wear that celebrates alternative families

Ohio-based company, Little Figs, was launched by wives Mary Robinett and Arrin Turnmire, who say that they were inspired by their twin boys, Finn and Graham, to create high-quality, handmade children’s clothing. Most of the range is made from 100% organic cotton and printed with environmentally friendly inks.

July 5, 2014

'Our plan is to file something with the US Supreme Court because we believe Theresa is a proper party and we believe that intervention is appropriate'

A Pennsylvania county clerk faces a difficult challenge in her attempt to uphold the state's defunct law against same-sex marriage.

On 3 July the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's rejection of her wish to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

In late May, US District Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state's prohibition against marriage equality.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

July 1, 2014

Judge John G. Heyburn II had already previously ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal

Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down today by a federal judge who has ruled that it is unconstitutional.

The ruling, however, was put on hold pending an expected appeal meaning there will be no marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples for now.

The ruling by US District Judge John G. Heyburn II marks the 23rd consecutive ruling in favor of marriage equality since the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

The DOMA ruling means the federal government must recognize legal marriages between those of the same sex.

July 1, 2014

All Irish political parties have already indicated support of marriage equality

A referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland will be held in the spring of 2015, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

Kenny made the confirmation when asked about marriage equality in Ireland during Order of Business by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

June 28, 2014

But Lambda Legal vows that 'Greg Zoeller will not have the last word, justice will'

A federal appeals court put a halt to more than two days of same-sex nuptials in Indiana on Friday (27 June) by granting an emergency motion made by the state's attorney general.

Greg Zoeller asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to stay a ruling made Wednesday (25 June) by a federal judge who ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 27, 2014

Gay Star News brings you content about all aspects of LGBTI family life and how to start your own

Gay Star News has a new baby – a dedicated LGBTI Family section.

It’s already packed with information and advice about pregnancy, surrogacy, fostering, adoption, babies, children, teens and everyday family life.

And as Gay Star Family grows in the weeks, months and years to come, it will become a go-to resource for anyone in or interested in ‘alternative’ families.

June 26, 2014

'I was honored and grateful to be among the voices urging that it be overturned'

Former US President Bill Clinton's signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996 was seen as a major betrayal to an LGBT community that had supported his being elected.

Seventeen years later, key provisions of DOMA were gutted by the US Supreme Court which made it possible for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages.

Clinton by then had changed his views.

June 24, 2014

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June 20, 2014

Jim Parsons also wins for The Big Bang Theory

HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited movie version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, was a big winner at the Critics' Choice TV Awards on Thursday (19 June).

The film about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City won the award for Best Movie over An Adventure in Space and Time, Burton and Taylor, Killing Kennedy, Sherlock: His Last Vow, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Matt Bomer, who played a New York Times reporter dying of the disease, took the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie.

June 19, 2014

A 20-year-old Swedish blond hunk won the hearts of the judges with his winning smile

Meet Mr Gay Europe, a 20-year-old Swede named Jack Johansson.

A ballet student and performer, he was the youngest competitor of the 15 delegates vying for the crown of (young, male, hairless from the neck down) gay Europe.

The competition took place in Vienna during the weekend, with Johansson taking on the different talent, modelling, and sports challenges.

Austrian Robert Prolic was first runner-up, with Brit Stuart Hatton Jr and Dane Christian Sebastian rounding out the top four.

June 18, 2014

Lesbian drama and gay Big Bang Theory actor are among the nominees for the show where the awards are voted for by teens

Lesbian drama series The Fosters and gay actor Jim Parsons are among the first wave of nominees for this year’s Teen Choice Awards.

Teen Wolf, Arrow, Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory are up for multiple prizes in the annual awards voted for by teens.

The 2014 ceremony takes place on 10 August, broadcast live on Fox.

The first list of nominations are as follows:

Choice TV Show: Drama
Hart of Dixie
Pretty Little Liars
Switched at Birth
The Fosters
Twisted

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).