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March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
 
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.
 

March 13, 2015

The Scissor Sister on her life in travel – from romantic trips to Belize with her husband to performing at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Germany

What's been your best ever holiday?
The only holiday I've ever had with my husband where we were alone! We've been together for 12 years and we only holiday with friends it seems. But we did take one trip to Belize together, for 10 days, and it was magical. We're due another one!

What's been your worst ever holiday?

March 9, 2015

How one unassuming hotel in downtown Portland godfathered the hipster movement. Kind of.

Given how the achingly cool Ace Hotel in London has done more to rejuvenate the lagging energy of Shoreditch than any other bar, club or restaurant in recent memory, we were more than a little curious to check out the somewhat iconic branch in downtown Portland, Oregon.

With versions also in Panama, LA, Palm Springs, New York and the original in Seattle, it's surely the Ace's Portland pitstop the rests atop any self-respecting hipster's bucket list (if such a thing exists).

March 5, 2015

City keen to embrace gay and lesbian travellers

An LGBTI tourism task force has been assembled in Louisville, the largest city in the state of Kentucky.

The group, assembled by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, met recently to brainstorm ways to draw LGBTI travellers to the destination.

February 21, 2015

Baton Rouge police chief issues issues memo to all officers telling them to stop enforcing the invalidated and unconstitutional law that prompted the arrests of the two men

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has 'finally' issued a 'department-wide memo to remind officers not to arrest people using that statute,' reported The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper.

The memo came after the chief also apologized after two Louisiana men were arrested on Friday using an unconstitutional and unenforceable anti-sodomy law after they were seen having sex in a car in a park.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.

February 5, 2015

Parker is only US mayor in top 10 on worldwide list compiled by City Mayors Foundation

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been named the top mayor in the US by the international think tank City Mayors Foundation.

Parker, a lesbian who married her longtime partner last year, was ranked seventh from 26 finalists and is the only US mayor to finish in the top 10.

February 2, 2015

State assembles LGBTI travel crack team following legalisation of gay marriage in October

The US State of Virginia has revealed a major new LGBTI tourism drive – with Governor Terry McAuliffe recruiting a 21-person strong gay task force to get the job done.

The move follows the legalisation of gay marriage in the Old Dominion in October 2014.

Charlottesville Pride Community Network president Amy Sarah Marshall will be part of the gay travel dream team, according to reports.

January 9, 2015

City's fire chief was sacked for writing a book equating gay sex to bestiality

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson has compared the killing of 12 French journalists for publishing cartoons of Mohammed to the sacking of Atlanta's fire chief.

Kelvin Cochran was ousted Tuesday (6 January) for distributing a self-published book that equated gay sex with bestiality.

'In light of the events, we've got to talk about the terrorism situation,' Erickson said Wednesday (7 January) to open his eponymous radio show on Atlanta-based WBS station.

'The terrorists were offended by a publication,' he said.

January 7, 2015

'Devout Christian' says he is unapologetic

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been ousted for self-publishing a book in which he equates homosexuality to pederasty and bestiality.

He was fired yesterday (6 January) on return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay.

Cochran distributed his faith-based book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? to his subordinates without of the city's permission.

In it, he identifies himself as a 'devout Christian man' and lists gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

January 7, 2015

Blockbuster queer destination will see gay and straight couples marry alongside each other at huge event

A mass beach wedding will take place in the city of Fort Lauderdale, to mark the introduction of gay marriage in the state of Florida this week.

To mark the change in law, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the 'Love is Love' initiative – an event which will see gay and straight couples married alongside each other.

January 7, 2015

Some ceremonies took place just after midnight

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Florida on Tuesday (6 January), the first full day that gay marriage was legal across the state.

By day's end, just over 100 licenses had been issued in Miami-Dade County which began performing ceremonies on Monday (5 January) - a day earlier than any other county.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'

December 31, 2014

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share your holiday pics

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through memorable photos.

Gay Star Travel reader Jay Horne, also editor of glossy gay magazine FNQ, sent us his postcards from Cairns sister city, Scottsdale in the United State of America.

December 22, 2014

The Church of Latter Day Saints has acted quickly to amend a statement that led some to believe it was backing a nondiscrimination bill to protect gay people

The Mormon Church has issued a statement to clarify that it is not supporting a statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in Utah – just two days after it made a statement that led some to think that it may do so.

December 2, 2014

Kent State University researchers estimate hosting the 2014 Gay Games brought an additional $52 million into the city of Cleveland’s economy, and that’s just the conservative estimate

A new study of the economic impact of the city of Cleveland hosting this year’s Gay Games has suggested that the event caused an additional at least $52 million to be spent in the city during the 8 day event.

Kent State University economics professors Shawn Rohlin and Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley authored an economic impact study into the 2014 games which asked participants about their spending during the games and found that 75% of the 20,000-plus who participated or attended the Games lived outside the Cleveland/Akron metropolitan area.

November 24, 2014

Blockbuster gay destination reaches out to trans travellers following trailblazing study

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has announced its intention to better cater for the needs of trans travellers following a pioneering new study.

The popular beachside destination commissioned the survey, completed by over 700 self-identified members of the American trans community, earlier this year.

November 23, 2014

Activists want 19 Kids and Counting taken off the air, after the Duggar family have been accused of inciting hatred against gay and transgender people

158,000 people have signed an online petition called ‘End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.’

The petition on Change.org is targeting the Duggar family of US TV show 19 Kids and Counting which has aired on the The Learning Channel (TLC) network since 2008.

The show follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from Tontitown, Arkansas. They are described as ‘devout Independent Baptists and adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement.’

November 18, 2014

Kansas City Union Mission says it will refuse shelter to homeless married same-sex couples who want to stay together, even though same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal in the state

The owners of a privately owned Christian homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, have announced there will be no room in the inn for homeless married gay couples under their roof.

For 90 years Kansas City’s City Union Mission has provided shelter and food for individuals and families who are down on their luck, helping around 500 people each night, but the shelter has now announced that same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay there as couples.

November 16, 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection to the case

Stephen Patrick White, 46, has died on Saturday afternoon in a hospital from injuries after he was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room last weekend.

According to media reports, White, an army veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in the incident last weekend when he went to the hotel with a man he met at a gay bar.

A 26-year-old man has as been charged in the crime.

November 13, 2014

State's governor and attorney general vow to continue legal fight to uphold ban

Same-sex couples began getting married in the state of Kansas on Thursday (13 November).

The marriages began after the US Supreme Court lifted the emergency stay it had issued earlier in the week.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who along with Governor Sam Brownback has vowed to continue the legal fight against gay marriage, had maintained that marriages should only be allowed in the two counties where successful lawsuits were filed.

But marriages were taking place across the state throughout the day.