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August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

Trans actress, part of famous acting family, would also love to sleep with Jon Hamm

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

The secret turned out to be quite a whopper.

'I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,' Arquette says in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto's manhood: 'And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

August 8, 2014

'I think it's a fantastic thing. Hopefully Michael Sam’s taking the plunge for everyone who will come after him'

On Friday, Michael Sam will make history when he takes the field in an NFL preseason game as the St. Louis Rams’ third-string defensive end against the New Orleans Saints.

He will be the first openly gay player to play in an NFL game.

One person who has been watching Sam's story unfold is actor Daniel Radcliffe, an LGBTI ally who describes it as 'fucking awesome' that Sam was drafted by the Rams.

August 7, 2014

Michael Egan had claimed he tried to repress memories until undergoing trauma therapy

In April, Michael Egan and his lawyer held high-profile press conferences to announce sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three others.

He has since dropped three of the cases and this week, quietly filed legal papers to withdraw the case against Singer.

August 7, 2014

The National Diversity Awards returns to honor some of the most incredible names in the UK

The National Diversity Awards has revealed the nominees for the 2014 ceremony.

It celebrates the incredible work that people have done in the UK to fight for equal opportunities.

Sue Sanders, a teacher and advocate for over 40 years, is nominated for one of the lifetime achievement awards.

The nominees for LGBT Role Model are:

August 5, 2014

'I was assigned male at birth but I always felt like I was a girl'

First she took on Katie Couric and now Gayle King.

Actress Laverne Cox, nominated for an Emmy for her role on Orange is the New Black, once again found herself in the position of educating a TV host about how to interview transgender people.

Cox recently appeared on CBS This Morning where co-host Gayle King - also known as Oprah Winfrey's BFF - was stopped cold when she began the conversation this way: 'Let's let people know about you, Laverne, because you were born a boy but ... '

August 5, 2014

She puts the ‘tuck’ in ‘fierce mother tucker,’ takes the ‘I’ out of ‘William’ and is about to drop it like it’s hot in front of one of the world’s most gay-friendly countries

Can you imagine if one third of Brazil’s population or one third of New York’s citizens came out for the annual Pride Parade?

That amount of support and sheer human mass is something Iceland Pride has been counting on for some time.

This year, for the 16th annual Reykjavik Pride kicking off 5 August and culminating 9 August with the Pride March, more than one third of Iceland’s population (100,000 people) is expected to turn up.

After almost two decades of celebrating LGBTI Pride, Iceland is showing zero chances of slowing down.

August 3, 2014

Baer and his partner Brian Walsh have been in Vienna since 2013 September

Daniel Baer, the out US ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh.

According to a post by the Human Rights Campaign, the ceremony was held on 2 August in Vienna.

Baer is the seventh openly LGBTI person nominated by President Barack Obama.

July 30, 2014

Old favorites leave the hit Netflix show as Fringe actress is chosen to fill the void

The cast will change in the third season of Netflix’s hit LGBTI series Orange Is The New Black.

Old favorites will leave and new ones will join the stellar cast of the show about a bisexual woman and the rest of the inmates at a women’s prison.

Blair Brown, of Fringe, has been added as new recruit Mary Steenburgen. While details about the character are few and far between, it is being reported that she may be playing Pornstache’s mom.

She is also well known for starring on Political Animals and Law & Order: SVU.

July 28, 2014

Hardy portrays Ronald and Reggie Kray (aka the Kray Twins) who ran East London’s underworld in the 1950s and '60s

It's already known that Tom Hardy will portray gay singer Elton John in an upcoming biopic.

Now it turns out that the gangster twins he plays in the film Legend - Ronald and Reggie Kray (aka the Kray Twins) - were also both gay.

The film is currently in production and is expected to be released in 2015. It tells the story of the infamous twins who started a gang that ran East London’s underworld in the 1950s and '60s called The Firm.

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.