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March 25, 2015

Greig Friday worked with young gay kids to help them overcome homophobia

Tributes have been paid to a gay man who lost his life in the Germanwings plane crash.

Australian Greig Friday, 29, who was living in Germany was spending a few weeks with his 68-year-old mother Carol who visited him for a vacation.

Both were on the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent. 150 people were killed.

March 21, 2015

Gay teen's parents join fight to change uniform policy at a Missouri school after classmates start freedom of expression campaign

When honor student Morgan Ball arrived at Lee's Summit North High School, Missouri, in makeup, corset and a beaded shrug, some fellow students and staff members accused him of being 'distracting'.

After being asked to remove the items twice, the 17-year-old returned home on Tuesday upset and embarrassed - prompting his parents and classmates to take action in the hope of changing the school's uniform policy to allow for freedom of expression.

March 21, 2015

Kendell Jenner: 'I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them'

It seemed like US Weekly had a real scoop: one of Bruce Jenner's children commenting on the reality show star's widely reported transition from male to female.

The magazine quoted Kendell Jenner as saying: 'I love my dad. He’s always been there for me and my sisters. He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.'

Only problem is that Kendall Jenner took to Twitter to let her followers know the story was bogus.

March 20, 2015

So adorable. Bonus points for the awesome Frozen dress

An adorable five-year-old has schooled the world on same-sex marriage, saying 'love is love!'

Ruby Gorry, from Ireland, twirls in her Frozen dress as she explains that she wants same-sex couples to get married.

It was released prior to the the gay marriage referendum in Ireland on 22 May.

'Two boys can get married, two girls can get married: love is love,' she says, thinking of a message to put on a placard.

'Love is love, and perfect makes perfect!'

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 16, 2015

Ricky Martin, Courtney Love, Victoria Beckham and John Barrowman all support

Several celebrities have backed Sir Elton John in his boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after the gay designers said they only believed in 'traditional' families.

Stars including Martina Navratilova, Courtney Love and Ricky Martin are supporting the songwriter, who has two children with his husband David Furnish born through a surrogate.

‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic",’ John said.

March 16, 2015

Is this the worst way of trying to calm down a backlash ever?

Gay designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have launched their own campaigns in response to Elton John's boycott of their brand.

The singer-songwriter was outraged after the fashion duo attacked same-sex couples with children, saying they only believed in the 'traditional' family.

'How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic",' John, who has two children with his husband David Furnish born through a surrogate, said.

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 13, 2015

Actress's gay nephew is a former student

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has slammed a former teacher of her gay nephew who published an homophobic rant on Facebook.

Patricia Jannuzzi, a teacher Immaculata High School in New Jersey, said the 'gay agenda' wanted to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction.'

'We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!' she wrote.

The theology teacher made the comments in reponse to Dan Savage's invitation to Ben Carson to 'suck my dick,' to prove that being gay is a choice.

March 12, 2015

Suffering from ALS, he took a turn for worse just before Julianne Moore won Oscar for performance in their film

Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed the film Still Alice, died Wednesday (11 March) after a long battle with ALS.

His death at the age of 63 comes less than a month after Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in the film.

Glatzer (he is at right in photo) is survived by his husband, Wash Westmoreland, with whom he co-wrote and co-directed the film.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 7, 2015

The biological father is reported to be the first single man to have a child through surrogacy in the UK, and the first to do so using his own mother as a surrogate

Desperate to become a father and having been turned away by surrogacy clinics across the country, the then 24-year-old gay man decided to approach his mother to be a surrogate to carry his child after plans to have another female relative do so fell through.

Kyle Casson's mother Anne-Marie, then 45, gave birth to her grandson, Miles, eight months ago via C-section, according to media reports.

She became pregnant via IVF after an anonymous donor egg – arranged through a fertility clinic – was fertilized with sperm from her son, Kyle.

March 3, 2015

Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry born over the weekend

Actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert gave birth to her first child over the weekend with music producer Linda Perry.

The announcement was made on Monday (2 March) by Gilbert's co-hosts on The Talk.

'Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was born on Saturday and both mother and child are doing well,' co-host Julie Chen told viewers.

Co-host Sharon Osbourne then held up a photo of the baby and Chen described it as 'Pure perfection.'

March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

March 2, 2015

#HisNameWasAsh

A 16-year-old transgender boy from North Carolina has taken his life after enduring years of bullying.

Ash Haffner stepped into oncoming traffic near his home in Indian Trail on Thursday (26 February) night.

His mother, April Quick, found the body. She said the suicide was a result of years of bullying, which became worse when he decided to transition and asked to be referred to as 'he.'

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 23, 2015

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen. 

February 19, 2015

Oregon's Kate Brown replaces John Kitzhaber who resigned in disgrace

Kate Brown made history when she was sworn in as governor of Oregon on Wednesday (18 February).

She became the first openly bisexual governor of any state in US history.

Brown's ascension to the state's top job came after the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber who announced last Friday (13 February) that he would be stepping down this week.

February 19, 2015

Rugby player says revealing his sexuality was 'the scariest moment in my life'

Gareth Thomas has said coming out was 'probably the scariest moment in my life.'

The Welsh rugby player told his ex-wife, Gemma, and coach he was gay in 2006.

'We just sat down, we had a couple of cans and basically I told him why Gemma had left me and what I was going through,' he told Channel 4 News.

'I told him my attempted suicide and basically how my life was falling apart.'

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 17, 2015

'He acted the part of the big brother. I hate fighting. But he would do that for me'

Colin Farrell used to beat up bullies who attacked his gay brother, his sibling has revealed.

Eamon, the brother of the Hollywood star, said Colin acted as his gay brother's 'protector' in the face of homophobia.

'He acted the part of the big brother. I hate fighting. But he would do that for me,' Eamon told the Irish Independent.

'One young fella out on the road shouted "You faggott Farrell". Colin went out and kicked the shite out of him. Honestly.'

February 16, 2015

The out lesbian is survived by her partner of 33 years

Lesley Gore, the 1960s pop star who later came out publicly as a lesbian, died on Monday of lung cancer. Her biggest hits included It's My Party, You Don't Own Me and Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.

Gore died New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, according to the Associated Press.

'She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,' Lois Sasson, Gore’s partner of 33 years, told the AP.

February 14, 2015

'We're living separately and we're figuring out how that feels and trying to deal with all the emotions that come with that'

Rosie O'Donnell had very little to say about her personal life during her last day on The View this week but she opened up on The Dr. Oz Show Friday (13 February).

O'Donnell, who survived a near-fatal heart attack in 2012, has been dealing with the stress of working on a high-pressure daily show and a crumbling marriage.

'I'm doing everything that I can to take care myself, and I think Michelle is doing the same thing,' O'Donnell said of wife Michelle Rounds who she married in 2012.

The couple, who have a child together, split in November.