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January 30, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 29, 2015

Court deems the 'eccentric' kiss provacative

A gay couple who posted a picture of them kissing on Facebook is being told to not complain about death threats as they were asking for it.

A Lithuania court has dismissed a formal complaint after a series of online comments threatened two students who posted the same-sex kiss picture.

The District Court of Klaipėda City claims a person who posts a photo such as this 'has to anticipate that such an eccentric act would clearly discourage the common understanding and tolerance amongst people in our society who have different views and opinions.'

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 27, 2015

'I will not allow legislators to talk about "family values" when they have affairs'

An openly gay Alabama state representative has said she will expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage.

Patricia Todd made the declaration in response to comments from fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

January 26, 2015

Lee Hsien Loong explains why he always wears pink

Singapore's prime minister Saturday (24 January) dodges a personal invitation to the city's largest LGBTI rally during a online Q&A.

Lee Hsien Loong fielded questions from the public on his personal Facebook page from the social network's Singapore offices.

During the 45-minute session, the premier managed to answer just 27 of nearly 1,500 questions, which ranged in topic from cats to gay rights.

Of the few he managed to answer, Lee decided to respond a question from LGBTI activist Lim Jialiang about his penchant for pink.

January 24, 2015

Security staff tell Corrie writer: ‘We don’t want your custom here’; restaurant responds when contacted by GSN

Openly gay playwright Jonathan Harvey has taken to Facebook to slam the ‘quietly menacing’ security staff of Soho restaurant Balans.

In a post on the social networking site, the Coronation Street writer said: ‘Balans Soho last night. The most menacing bouncers. Quietly menacing. “We don't want your custom here." No wonder the place was empty.’

The man behind the much-loved Gimme Gimme Gimme continued: ‘Called the restaurant this morning to complain. Manager shouted I CAN'T HEAR YOU WE'RE REALLY BUSY!'

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 16, 2015

Family tree depicts two fathers with four children

A Malaysian publisher has apologized for a school textbook that featured a family tree depicting with two fathers with four children under the heading Harmonious Family.

The diagram made the rounds on social media after a photo was the on Facebook, with commenters wondering how it passed censors or if it is a misprint.

Publishers Penerbitan Bagus confirmed Wednesday (12 January) that the gay couple in the year 4 history book, Temanku DSKP Sejarah Tahun 4, was unintentional.

January 16, 2015

Family tree depicts two fathers with four children

A Malaysian publisher has apologized for a school textbook that featured a family tree depicting with two fathers with four children under the heading Harmonious Family.

The diagram made the rounds on social media after a photo was the on Facebook, with commenters wondering how it passed censors or if it is a misprint.

Publishers Penerbitan Bagus confirmed Wednesday (12 January) that the gay couple in the year 4 history book, Temanku DSKP Sejarah Tahun 4, was unintentional.

January 16, 2015

Ex-Southern Baptist president delivers an anti-gay sermon at the legislature

A baptist minister invited to give a devotional at the opening of the Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday (14 January) took the opportunity to rant against gay rights, which he called 'erotic liberty.'

Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist convention, reminded legislators that their role was to protect citizens against the 'evil,' in this case gay marriage.

January 15, 2015

Catholic school says the employee of 15 years broke church doctrine

A gay teacher has been fired in North Carolina after he announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend on Facebook.

Lonnie Billard, 68, has taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than 15 years.

He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012, but continued to work at the school as a long-term substitute and had classes scheduled this month.

Billard announced his plans to marry his partner of 13 years Rich Dunham on Facebook in summer 2015.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

January 14, 2015

Cineworld offered a £20 gift voucher and two free tickets as an apology

A gay couple say they were thrown out of women's bathroom at a London cinema after security guards reportedly thought they were men.

Tracey Seaton, 28, and girlfriend Keira Williams, 27, say they have never been more humiliated after they said they were pulled out of the bathroom by security and shouted at by staff.

The couple had gone to go see Annie at a Cineworld in Ilford, east London.

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 7, 2015

Couple had ceremony in 2013 on island of Maui then wed in Oregon over weekend

Beth Ditto and Kristin Ogata were married in Oregon over the weekend.

The gossip frontwoman shared the joyous news on Facebook: 'Legally married finally, a year later! Thanks everyone who fought to make gay marriage legal in Oregon! In 2015, the whole US!'

January 6, 2015

Raiden Quinn: 'I wish that even though her parents weren't accepting, I wish they hadn't cut her off from getting help'

Raiden Quinn was one of the few people who knew something about the pain and isolation Leelah Alcorn was experiencing before the transgender Ohio teen committed suicide last week.

January 5, 2015

Three-day extravaganza in Sin City comes to a glittery, flesh-filled finale

Is it just us, or does the festive period suddenly seem like a distant memory?

But if you are feeling the Monday morning, back-to-work blues, then never fear. We have a little something to soften the blow: seven pictures of fabulous, queer, sequin-filled excess at the Evolve Vegas NYE party. If it doesn't get you thinking about next December 31, nothing will.

It'll soon come around, trust us...

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

January 2, 2015

Former Olympic wrestler calls certain scenes between Channing Tatum and Steve Carell a 'sickening and insulting lie'

One person not happy with the movie Foxcatcher is the man whose real-life story the film starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo is based on.

Mark Schultz, a retired wrestler and 1984 Olympic gold medalist, takes issue with the film suggesting he (played by Tatum) might have had a sexual relationship with benefactor John du Pont(Carell).

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 31, 2014

For too long LGBTIs have had their identities hidden and their loved ones excluded from their funerals

It is heartbreaking enough that Leelah Alcorn appears to have taken her life on Sunday (28 December) because she felt rejected by the family and community in which she grew up.

And it is sad, yet not entirely surprising, that in announcing her death, her family compounded that rejection. They identified her by a name and a gender that she clearly discarded.

December 31, 2014

'If we conjured Kim Kardashian out of nothing can't we do the same with a gay badass who fights crime?'

Tuc Watkins, best known for playing straight on the daytime soap One Life to Live and gay on the primetime soap Desperate Housewives, wants to see Hollywood create a wider array of gay characters.

'Yes, different gay characters are trickling in,' Watkins writes in a Facebook post Tuesday (30 December). 'But Hollywood is the gatekeeper of the cultural lexicon. We set the pace. Let's step it up. America can handle it.