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September 27, 2014

A lesbian employee, who racked up medical bills of more than $100,000 for her wife's ovarian cancer treatment before Walmart’s same-sex partner health benefits came in effect this year, is seeking past damages for medical expenses and emotional distress

The US Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination on behalf of a Walmart employee in Swansea, Massachusetts who was denied spousal health insurance for her wife.

Jacqueline Cote’s wife, Diana Smithson is currently battling ovarian cancer, and between 2006 and 2012, Cote attempted to add Smithson to her insurance. However, when Cote entered her spouse’s gender as 'female,' Walmart’s online system would not proceed with the application.

September 25, 2014

Barbra Streisand makes music industry history with sales of latest album

Barbra Streisand is number one again.

The legendary singer's latest album, Partners, has debuted at the top of the Billboard sales chart. This makes Streisand the first artist in history to have a number one album in six consecutive decades.

Streisand's first number one album, People, came out 50 years ago next month. Her other chart toppers include The Way We Were, A Star is Born, The Broadway Album, and Love is the Answer, among others.

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 18, 2014

Legendary comic, who hosted the E! show since 2010, died on 4 September

Melissa Rivers is to pay tribute to her mother Joan on an episode of Fashion Police.

The producer of the E! show will present a 90-minute edition of the show honoring the late comedian, who presented the show since 2010.

Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos will also be there to remember Rivers and her legacy.

The special episode will also include never-before-seen show moments, behind-the-scenes footage, and side-splitting outtakes.

September 18, 2014

'I wasn't a crying mess ... but they're important words that need to be heard by the person that you're speaking them to'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't think he was the kind of guy who would get emotional saying his wedding vows.

So the Tony and Emmy winning star says he was surprised when it happened to him during his recent wedding to David Burtka in Italy.

'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.

'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

September 17, 2014

We headed out of San Francisco to Sonoma County to discover three of the most LGBTI-friendly wineries with Out in the Vineyard

It’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco.

And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

September 15, 2014

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all'

John Travolta describes the claims by a former male employee that they had a six-year affair as 'every celebrity’s Achilles heel.'

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,' Travolta tells The Daily Beast.

The two-time Oscar nominee, now 60, claims he's not losing much sleep over it.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

September 11, 2014

It’s not about beauty, it’s about transformation. And on 18 October absolutely anything goes at London’s Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Why would you settle for being a man, or a woman, when there’s so much in between you could do?

The inimitable Andrew Logan, sculptural artist turned cultural icon, argues it shows a ‘lack of imagination’ to think within typical binary gender terms.

This year, he once again gives gender-benders and performance artists of all peruasions the chance to display their creativity through a beauty pageant that is anything but.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

September 10, 2014

Gilbert reveals her pregnancy on the air this week on The Talk

Sara Gilbert shared some big news with the audience of The Talk this week: she's pregnant.

This will be Gilbert's third child but her first with wife Linda Perry who she married earlier this year.

Her co-hosts seemed genuinely surprised as Gilbert revealed her pregnancy during a facing your fears segment of the show.

The one-time Roseanne cast member was discussing how she had been dared to stretch out over a bed of nails and allow a cinder block to be broken over her stomach.

September 8, 2014

S. Truett Cathy, the religiously conservative founder of the restaurant chain that took a public stance against same-sex marriage, has died at the age of 93

It’s been announced that the founder of the Chick-fil-A chain of restaurants, S. Truett Cathy, has died at the age of 93. The company prompted controversy in recent years by taking a very public stance against same-sex marriage.

Cathy was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1929. He opened his first restaurant in Atlanta in 1946, and then launched the Chick-fil-A chain in 1967. It now has over 1,800 outlets in 40 states across the US, and reported an annual turnover of $5billion in 2013.

September 8, 2014

The couple, who have been together ten years and have a son and daughter, tied the knot in Italy

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has revealed via Twitter that he has married his long-term partner, David Burtka, in a ceremony in Italy on Saturday.

His tweet simply said, ‘Guess what? @DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the "n" and "d" in "husband".’

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

September 6, 2014

'Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you'

Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children's book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.

In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.

There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.

The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.

September 6, 2014

Serious and tearful, she also joked her only regret would be that grandson Cooper is not gay

While most episodes of the reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? didn't seem very real, at least one scene from the show's four seasons is now really hitting home.

In it, Rivers is going to undergo a plastic surgery procedure and through laughter and tears talks to her daughter about the possibility of her death.

'I've had a great life, I've had an amazing life. If I died this morning, nobody would say, "So young!" ... If it ended right now, amazing life. You've been wonderful and we've had a great ride together.

September 4, 2014

Death comes one week after she went into cardiac arrest during vocal cord procedure

Joan Rivers has died at a New York City hospital.

She was 81.

'It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,' her daughter Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today.

'She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.'

September 3, 2014

A 16-year-old, who identifies as gender non-conforming, was told his makeup could be construed to be a 'disguise'

A teen is suing South Carolina after he was told to remove his make-up to 'look more male'.

Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old who identifies as gender non-conforming and uses male pronouns, went to the department of motor vehicles earlier this year.

Even though the Anderson, South Carolina teen had passed the test, he was told to remove his make-up as it could be considered a disguise.

September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

September 1, 2014

Gay singer is believed to have helped save a little boy from Ukraine, giving him and his family safe passage away from the conflict

Elton John is being named as the savior of a six-year-old boy's life from the conflict in Ukraine.

Lev Ageyev, six, his brother Artyom, seven, and their grandmother Yulia Ageyeva were given safe passage out of the conflict in the port city of Mariupol.

The gay singer has known Lev since he attempted to adopt him in 2009. He was banned over laws in Ukraine that ban gay couples from adoption.

'I would love to adopt him...he has stolen my heart,' he said at the time. 'I wouldn't give up on him, ever.'

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

August 31, 2014

Paul Ross, UK journalist and presenter, has admitted to a tabloid newspaper he cheated on his wife with a gay former teacher for one year

A UK journalist and presenter has admitted to cheating on his wife with a gay man.

Paul Ross, a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK, admitted to the gay affair in today’s The Sun newspaper (August 31).

In addition to the revelation about his gay lover, Ross, 58, also admits to now being addicted to the drug mephedrone. Ross is married with five children.

The tabloid newspaper reveals Ross was filmed with his lover.