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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.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

The Williams Institute says that hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees in the Sunshine State are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace

A new report published by the Williams Institute in Los Angeles has concluded that – in the absence of explicit statewide legal protections – approximately 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination.

The situation in Florida is a mirror on the wider legislative situation across the rest of the US – with some states prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and others not.

March 6, 2015

'I appreciate that he spoke his truth'

Billy Bean has responded to a New York Mets player who said he '100% disagreed with his gay lifestyle.'

Second baseman Daniel Murphy made the comment while the retired baseball player visited a Mets training session in Florida.

'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him,' he told NJ.com

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 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 20, 2015

'My childhood was awesome. My moms cared for me and did the best they could to bring me up normally despite not having a dad'

A straight marine has paid tribute to his four gay mothers with a tattoo on his forearm.

The seaman based in Florida posted on Reddit, with a huge amount of people appreciating the twist on the classic ink.

Explaining his situation, he said his birth mom and her first wife divorced when he was around five years old.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.