LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Environment

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

March 28, 2014

Veteran broadcaster also a staunch ally for LGBTI equality: 'What the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war'

At 80, US talk show host Larry King sides with the younger generation of Americans who generally support equality for LGBTI people.

'Gay is a civil rights issue,' King tells The Rubin Report. 'And what the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war.'

King is confident that the US will one day be led by a chief executive with a same-sex partner in The White House.

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 18, 2014

Former *NSYNC star jokes that he bets Franklin D Roosevelt was gay and in a loveless relationship

Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass has said he is ‘sure’ there has been a gay US president.

The former boyband singer was finished judging the Queen of the Universe Pageant when TMZ asked him about his thoughts on a gay commander-in-chief.

‘Statistically speaking, I’m sure that someone in the White House has definitely slept with the same sex. I would definitely go out and say that, yes,’ Bass said.

‘There’s been rumors,’ Bass joked. ‘I’m looking at you, Roosevelt.’

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

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

February 22, 2014

A new study has found that LGBT people in America are more likely to struggle with hunger issues than the general population

A new report from American think tank The Williams Institute reveals LGBT people are more likely to have experienced ‘food insecurity’ than straight counterparts.

The study defines ‘food insecurity’ as ‘having limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways’.

February 15, 2014

'Russia is actually, in many ways, doing the right thing with Islam, they're doing the right thing with homosexuality, they won't tolerate homosexuals in their country...'

It's so hard to be a bigoted US Christian nowadays. Gays in the military. Marriage equality. An out gay man about to be drafted in the National Football League.

And let's not forget that guy, with the funny name and big ears, in the White House.

February 14, 2014

DOMA plaintiff was among those invited to State Dinner for President of France

President Barack Obama was flying in Air Force One last June when he placed a call to Edie Windsor to congratulate her on making history.

It was the day that because of Windsor's landmark lawsuit, the US Supreme Court gutted the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. She sued the US government for denying her tax benefits after the death of her spouse of 42 years, Thea Spyer.

This week, Windsor and Obama met face-to-face for the first time and the president invited the 83-year-old LGBTI icon into the Oval Office for a private chat.

January 30, 2014

See who has been nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards this year

Lady Gaga and Dallas Buyers Club are among the nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards to take place later this year.

The prestigious awards celebrate the representation LGBT people and their stories in the media over 2013.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said ‘Since its inception 25 years ago, the GLAAD Media Awards have reshaped the news and entertainment industries, inspiring thoughtful and inclusive characters and plotlines that have driven equality forward.

January 27, 2014

The openly gay US former basketball star Jason Collins will be among the First Lady's guests at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech, leading some to believe the president will highlight his campaign's successes with regards to LGBTI rights

Gay US basketball star Jason Collins, 35, is one of the guests selected to sit with Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on 28 January.

Collins made history as the first male athlete to come out as gay while playing for a major US team sport in April 2013.

January 27, 2014

The out actor opens up to Gay Star News about gay and straight roles

After more than two decades working in movies and television, Guillermo Díaz tells Gay Star News it is 'unexpected' and 'amazing' to have finally landed on a big hit television series: ABC's Scandal.

'I've been acting for over 20 years and I'm ready for all of the intensity that comes with working on a hit show,' he says. 'It's a little jarring sometimes but I feel like ready - especially for the work.'

January 14, 2014

New York congressman has already been with partner for more than 20 years - had wanted to wait for marriage on national level

On Christmas Day, US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and longtime partner Randy Florke had a special present for their three kids: they had gotten engaged to be married.

Maloney and Florke live in New York and have been together for 21 years but had previously vowed to wait to get married when marriage equality had reached every state in the US.

January 10, 2014

Another TV star coming out may be nothing new, but when she has had to overcome all the extra challenges Roberts has, it merits applause

While I will continue to argue the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it.

Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of African descent, in truth, black homophobia maims the entire community.

For example, to date more than a quarter of a million African Americans have died of AIDS – both straight and gay.

December 23, 2013

The US government has reiterated its respect of Uganda’s sovereignty but opposition to the controversial law punishing homosexuality with life in prison

The Obama administration has released an official statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said to Gay Star News LGBTI people in Uganda ‘believe there is going to be a hunt’.

December 18, 2013

Outspoken 20-time Wimbledon champ is part of official US delegation

Billie Jean King, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, is part of the delegation that will be representing the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

King, 70, is not only one of the world's most famous athletes, she's also one of the world's most famous lesbians and a tireless advocate for LGBTI and gender equality.

"Honored to represent USA in Sochi and I hope these Olympics will be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people,' King tweeted Tuesday (17 December) evening.

December 10, 2013

Uganda’s Health Minister plans to roll out a series of HIV clinics targeting the needs of LGBTIs and sex workers in the East African nation, but the country’s Minster for Ethics and Integrity is outraged by the plan

18 months after attacking activists for opening a HIV clinic for LGBTIs in Kampala, Uganda’s Health Ministry has announced plans for similar clinics of their own – but the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity is strongly against them, showing a split in the government.

December 3, 2013

After the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day the US President has pledged to stay the ‘global leader’ in finding a cure for HIV, using redirected research funds allocated over the next three years

US President Barack Obama has made another massive commitment to finding a cure for HIV.

In a White House announcement made yesterday (2 December) after the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Obama said his administration will rederict $100 million (€73.7 million) of existing research funds over the next three years to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

While the White House said it will ‘reprioritize’ the funds, it did not specify where the funds will come from.

November 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged all Americans, ‘no matter who we love,’ in his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation

US President Barack Obama has capped off a year of victories for the LGBTI rights movement by acknowledging Americans ‘no matter who we are or who we love’ in the opening paragraph of his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation.

‘Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings - the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,’ Obama wrote in a proclamation posted on the White House website.

November 24, 2013

Dan Savage reminds Mary Cheney supported a presidential candidate who called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage across the US, including states where it was legal

Gay columnist Dan Savage offered scathing commentary about the argument between sisters Liz and Mary Cheney.

November 22, 2013

'I was really angry and everything I've done so far is to prove him wrong'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels got personal when he received the Visionary Award Thursday evening in Los Angeles at The Legacy Awards.

The director of The Butler, Precious and The Paperboy had previously shared in interviews that he had been beaten by his father while growing up because he is gay.

He brought up his father again during his acceptance speech.

'My dad told me awhile ago, when he found out that I was gay, that I would never be anything,' Daniels told the crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.

November 21, 2013

Astronaut Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington,  join 14 others who are honored in a White House ceremony

In a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the same-sex partners of NASA astronaut Sally Ride and human rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The honor, the highest for US civilians, was started 50 years ago by President John Kennedy.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.