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January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 29, 2015

Olympic Gold Medalist and Kardashian stepdad widely expected to reveal he is transgender

Bruce Jenner, no stranger to reality television, is about to embark on a TV project far different from his years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

A series documenting Jenner's 'journey' is in development at E! Entertainment, according to Variety.

Although the network or Jenner has not confirmed the theme, it is widely believed the show will follow the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist transitioning from male to female.

January 28, 2015

His daughter is Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey who says: 'I feel very happy for my dad'

Joel Grey, who won the Academy Award for his performance in Cabaret 42 years ago, has come out publicly as a gay man.

'I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man,' Grey tells People Magazine.

'All the people close to me have known for years who I am,' he adds. '[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.'

Grey, 82, has the staunch support of his daughter, actress Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.

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 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 20, 2015

'My advice for homosexual people is live with honesty and dedication'

What is the secret to being gay and happy?

That was one of the questions put to openly gay US ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius last week by readers of the VietNamNet Bridge website.

'Many readers said that they greatly admire you as you are an ambassador who has disclosed your sexual orientation and has been supported by the world community,' the interviewer said.

She then asked Osius to share some wisdom with the LGBTI community in Vietnam.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

January 16, 2015

Says it is 'only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world'

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena Friday when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

'It’s about time,' DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 added: 'The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

January 16, 2015

Dominic Purcell: 'Wentworth (Miller) and I have an intuitive understanding of each other as human beings and that resonates on screen'

As Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell sat side-by-side on a stage in Pasadena this week, it was almost as if no time had passed since they starred together in the Fox drama Prison Break.

'We've got chemistry, we've got history,' Miller said at a gathering of stars of The CW shows Arrow and The Flash.

It's been six years since Prison Break ended its four year run and during that time Miller has come out publicly as a gay man and become a successful screenwriter (Stoker, The Disappointments Room).

January 16, 2015

LGBTI model will be playing new inmate Stella Carlin

Australian gay and genderfluid model Ruby Rose has shared the first pictures of her time on the set of hit show Orange Is The New Black.

Netflix reps have said that she will play Stella Carlin, 'an inmate at Litchfield Federal Correctional Institution whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield’s inmates.'

The star appeared in a picture with Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren, as well as a picture outside what looks like her dressing room.

January 15, 2015

TMZ quotes Kris Jenner as saying: 'It’s just mean to do, whether or not it’s true'

Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star Bruce Jenner was photoshopped to look like a woman on the cover of the current issue of In Touch magazine.

Even his ex-wife, Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner, thinks the magazine went too far.

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

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Alan Turing, is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Imitation Game is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the gay World War 2 genius and codebreaker Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley, who played his wife Joan Clarke, are up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Morten Tyldum is also up for Best Director.

The film has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Film Editing and Production Design.

January 14, 2015

Parents blame her for sharing photos of the transgender teen in a dress

Leelah Alcorn's best friend did not attend her funeral after receiving an angry phone call from the transgender girl's mother.

Carla Alcorn blamed Abby Jones for posting the now-famous photo of her daughter in a dress, which was shared worldwide alongside her suicide note.

The Ohio 17-year-old took her life last month after her Christian parents reacted 'extremely negatively' to her desire to transition.

January 12, 2015

Openly gay comedian loses long battle with cancer

Openly gay actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

His cousin, Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his passing Saturday (10 January) in a YouTube video.

'I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,' he said.

'His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him.

'May he rest in peace.'

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 8, 2015

Character of Will Horton has sex with his husband's ex-boyfriend

Viewers of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives have been bracing themselves for the character of Sonny Kiriakis to sleep with his ex-boyfriend - closeted pro baseball player Paul Narita.

But Sonny's husband Will beats him to it in today's and Friday's episodes of the show.

It's an unexpected twist that even took the actors on the show by surprise.

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 7, 2015

A disciplinary hearing against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has ended with a ‘just resolution’ and no further action will be taken against him over his presiding over a same-sex wedding in 2013

The United Methodist Church of the United States has adopted a live-and-let-live attitude on a complaint against one of its retired bishops who married a gay couple in Alabama in 2013 with the church this week issuing a statement declaring the complaint resolved.

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

January 2, 2015

'I don't know how I sensed it without anyone ever telling me'

Robbie Rogers reveals many things in his new autobiography Coming Out to Play including the surprising fact that he was a twin.

It's something he sensed from a very early age without anyone ever telling him.

'One day when I was six or seven years old I asked my mother if I had a twin brother,' he writes.

It's a fascinating story he let his mother, Theresa Rarick Rogers, write about in the book.

'I never said a word to my children about Robbie's twin, so I was shocked when Robbie asked me about his twin brother,' she writes.

January 2, 2015

Carla Alcorn has given an interview in which she discusses her daughter’s suicide: ‘People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy’

The mother of Leelah Alcorn has given an interview to CNN in which she talks about Leelah’s death, her online suicide note, and some of the condemnation that she and her husband, Doug, have received.