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May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 12, 2015

Get set for a splash of color at annual LGBTI party, taking place from 10-14 June

Key West is to reveal a special rainbow crosswalk at next month's Pride festival, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia Streets in the heart of the island's LGBTI village.

The crosswalk in the gorgeous tropical beach destination, found on the southernmost tip of Florida Keys, will be co-sponsored by the City of Key West and the Key West Business Guild.

May 12, 2015

Get set for a splash of color at annual LGBTI party, taking place from 10-14 June

Key West is to reveal a special rainbow crosswalk at next month's Pride festival, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia Streets in the heart of the island's LGBTI village.

The crosswalk in the gorgeous tropical beach destination, found on the southernmost tip of Florida Keys, will be co-sponsored by the City of Key West and the Key West Business Guild.

May 9, 2015

Father’s letter is a lesson in tolerance for us all

When husbands Eric and Rich McCaffrey decided to baptize their young son, Jack, they hoped it would be a day of joy and happiness for their entire family.

Instead of being welcomed with open arms, however, the couple were left stunned and disappointed when Jack was turned away from the Cathedral Church of St Luke in Orlando, Florida - just three days before the service was due to take place.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 2, 2015

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death

A gay porn perfomer has taken his own life, it has been reported today.

Florida-based performer Rylan Knox died ‘after hanging himself in his boyfriend’s apartment’ at around 7.30pm on 29 April, according to Edge Boston.

NSFW-website Str8UpGayPorn called Knox a ‘relative newcomer’ who had performed in scenes for GayCastings and Hot House, amongst others.

They described him as ‘extremely well-liked among fans, directors and co-stars.’

April 27, 2015

US senator also charges that activists 'want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters'

US Senator Marco Rubio says it's 'ridiculous and absurd' for anyone to consider same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

Rubio, who announced earlier this month that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, reiterated his strong opposition to marriage equality over the weekend with Christian Broadcasting Network.

'There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage,' Rubio said.

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 16, 2015

Conservative US senator and presidential candidate is outspoken opponent of marriage equality

Would any of Marco Rubio's gay relatives invite such an outspoken opponent of marriage equality to their wedding?

If so, the US senator from Florida insists it's not an invitation he would turn down.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

April 16, 2015

Conservative US senator and presidential candidate is outspoken opponent of marriage equality

Would any of Marco Rubio's gay relatives invite such an outspoken opponent of marriage equality to their wedding?

If so, the US senator from Florida insists it's not an invitation he would turn down.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

April 15, 2015

Former student with neo-Nazi facial tattoo confesses to the killing

A gay employee at a North Carolina community college was shot dead Monday (13 April) morning by a white supremacist in what may have been a hate crime.

Ron Lane, 44, was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun at the school's print shop, where he was the director, by a former student whom he dismissed from a work-study program for too many absenses.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, confessed to the killing the next day after he was  arrested while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

Extra host posts pic on Instagram and confesses: 'Couldn't help it'

Mario Lopez was grand marshal of the Miami Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and got a little grabby.

The Saved By the Bell star who now hosts the entertainment host Extra posted a fun pic of himself on Instagram of him grabbing a friend's butt and giving it a solid squeeze.

The caption reads: Caught in the act! Couldn’t help it… @rodneyrinks ‘s butt looked so juicy today I had to get in there. He liked it :) #MiamiPride

April 11, 2015

Sgt. Shane Ortega said he wants to serve his country while being true to himself

An Hawaii-based helicopter crew chief is considered to be the first openly transgender person serving active duty in the US military.

Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours – two before he fully transitioned, one afterwards – according to a profile published by the Washington Post.

April 10, 2015

Two weeks after voting to allow same-sex couples to adopt in the state, the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to reject them as potential parents on religious grounds

The Florida state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies that have contracts with the state to discriminate against same-sex couples if the owner says they have a religious objection to them.

Representatives voted 75-38 in support of the bill with most of the votes against it coming from House Democrats.

Republicans say the bill is needed to protect religious adoption agencies from having to either go against their conscience or close down if another bill formally allowing same-sex couples to adopt becomes law.

April 7, 2015

Police are calling for anyone who might have spoken to a 33-year-old trans woman visiting the UK from Miami, Florida

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 33-year-old trans woman was killed in London.

The body of Vanessa Santillan, originally from Miami, Florida, was found in a flat in Fulham, an area of south-west London, on 28 March.

Officers were called to a flat in Romily Court at around 9.30pm where Santillan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as injuries to the head and neck.

April 2, 2015

Joke mocks absurdity of bathroom bans

The National Center for Transgender Equality officially won April's Fools Day with a joke mocking the absurdity of bathroom bans.

The NTCE Wednesday (1 April) released a press release announcing that it would open a state-of- the-art laboratory in the basement of its Washington DC headquarters to create transgender people who do not need to pee.

April 2, 2015

Joke mocks absurdity of bathroom bans

The National Center for Transgender Equality officially won April's Fools Day with a joke mocking the absurdity of bathroom bans.

The NTCE Wednesday (1 April) released a press release announcing that it would open a state-of- the-art laboratory in the basement of its Washington DC headquarters to create transgender people who do not need to pee.

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 31, 2015

Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Ben Carson all back the controversial law

Jeb Bush and other Republican presidential hopefuls on Monday (30 March) rushed to defend Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the state's controversial 'religious freedom' law, which allowes businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

'I think Governor Pence has done the right thing,' Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.