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February 23, 2015

Ash Carter: 'I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them'

New US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has come out in favor of transgender people being able to serve openly in the military.

Appearing at a town-hall meeting in Afghanistan, said he aims to make 'service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country … provided they can do what we need them to do for us.'

Carter added that he doesn't think 'anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.'

February 18, 2015

The next project of the German-born director of Independence Day and Stargate will be a drama on the 1969 Stonewall riots

Writer-director Roland Emmerich is to be honored at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. He will be presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actor Channing Tatum.

Openly gay, German-born Emmerich has helmed some of Hollywood’s biggest hits in recent years.

Relocating to the US in the early 90s, his credits include Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. He directed Tatum – who is soon to wow audiences in the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Magic Mike – in 2013's White House Down.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

February 9, 2015

But co-host cited health concerns during weekend appearance at film festival

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Monday without mentioning that this is expected to be her final week as a regular co-host.

News of O'Donnell's impending departure broke late Friday when her rep and ABC both confirmed that she would be leaving the show to focus on her family. It was also confirmed that O'Donnell had split from wife Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell was given an opening to address the developments when moderator Whoopi Goldberg noted that she had had a big weekend.

February 9, 2015

If chosen, Gaydio's new UK-wide platform will launch in the first half of 2016

The UK's only LGBTI radio station is hoping to launch nationwide.

Gaydio has bid to be part of DAB Digital Radio, allowing people to listen on their home and car radios nationwide.

Currently only available online, London and Sussex on DAB Digital Radio, on 88.4fm in Manchester, it is hoping to reach more listeners if it is picked by Ofcom.

Station Director Toby Whitehouse said: 'We know that people already listen online from Penzance up to Inverness, so making the station accessible via their home and car radios is hugely exciting.'

February 3, 2015

But the former US First Lady wanted it known that President Reagan had called Hudson to wish him well

The year before he died, Rock Hudson was photographed looking very chummy at a White House event with old friends President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

But by the summer of 1985, Hudson was dying from AIDS and flew to Paris for treatment. He collapsed after checking in to The Ritz and was rushed to the American Hospital of Paris.

February 2, 2015

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer when members of the Los Angeles Galaxy visited The White House on Monday (2 February).

Robbie Rogers, standing with his teammates, smile and nodded his head after Obama's warm words of praise for the player who went public about his sexuality nearly two years ago.

February 1, 2015

'People can be my friends who have a lifestyle that are not necessarily my lifestyle'

Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he has friends from diverse backgrounds.

The potential 2016 White House candidate was a guest on CNN this morning (1 February).

In the interview, the Republican proudly listed how tolerant he is when it comes to friendship.

'People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,' Huckabee maintained.

January 30, 2015

'The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was...My death needs to mean something'

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Leelah's Law, the proposed legislation that could end LGBTI 'cure' therapy in the US.

The White House petition has gained the necessary amount of signatures required needed for a response from President Barack Obama.

January 25, 2015

'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that'

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, wants to see the US Constitution amended if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage equality bans.

The Republican was a guest on the Sunday news show This Week.

January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 11, 2015

The grumpy Texan compares Christie and Jones to the famous duo Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

Has a hug ever received more attention and scrutiny?

For those not paying attention, last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones squeezed each other tight.

January 7, 2015

Some ceremonies took place just after midnight

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Florida on Tuesday (6 January), the first full day that gay marriage was legal across the state.

By day's end, just over 100 licenses had been issued in Miami-Dade County which began performing ceremonies on Monday (5 January) - a day earlier than any other county.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 5, 2015

In 2014 October, the congressman said gay soldiers would not be prepared to fight because they require massages

An anti-gay congressman wants to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Louis Gohmert, a representative from Texas since 2004, made his announcement on the Sunday News program Fox and Friends.

'I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,' the Republican said, as reported by The Hill.

The present Speaker is John Boehner, a fellow Republican from Ohio.

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

January 1, 2015

After 6 years in the Knesset, Meretz party MK Nitzan Horowitz has announced he does not intend to stand again – meaning there may no longer be an openly LGBTI person in the Israeli parliament once again

Meretz party lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz, only the second openly gay member of the Israeli Knesset, has announced his plans to retire from politics after 6 years as an MK.

Horowitz announced his departure on Facebook yesterday, writing that it had been an ‘easy decision’ for him to make.

‘After deep deliberation I have decided not to compete to be in the next Knesset for Meretz,’ Horowitz wrote.

December 30, 2014

The plans, which never reached fruition, came about following meetings with anti-obscenity campaigner, Mary Whitehouse

It has been revealed that former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, briefly considered banning sex toys in the UK in the mid-1980s.

The revelation comes following the annual release of documents from the UK’s National Archive. They say that the change was considered after moral crusaders lobbied the Prime Minister, including Mary Whitehouse, whom Thatcher met on two occasions.

In September 1986, the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, wrote to Prime Minister Thatcher saying that there was a ‘strong case’ for banning sex toys under obscenity laws.

December 25, 2014

The West African countrywill lose duty-free access to US markets

The US government has removed Gambia from a trade benefits program for abusing human rights, including a new law that imposes life imprisonment for some gay acts.

The White House did not initially give any reason why Gambia would cease being a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), according to the Associated Press.

December 23, 2014

'When you think you're all that and a bag of chips, boom!'

Robin Roberts snagged one of the biggest scoops of her career in May 2012 when President Barack Obama announced that he was publicly supporting gay marriage.

During an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday (23 December), Roberts revealed that during the interview at The White House, Roberts noticed her producer holding a huge sign off camera after Obama made his announcement.

Roberts figured it had congratulatory words but instead it read, 'Lipstick on teeth!'

December 12, 2014

Despite multiple legal setbacks, the state's governor and attorney general work to keep the ban in place

Same-sex marriage in Kansas has turned even more complicated.

While the state's governor and attorney general use every legal tactic to keep the ban in place, the state has issued gender neutral marriage certificates.

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’