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March 25, 2014

Break up your holiday with an adventure down some rapids, or plan an entire vacation around the most fun river bends in the world from Arizona to Nepal

No prior experience necessary: White water rafting is as doable for parents with young kids as it is for daredevil adventure seekers, you just need to find the right tide.

Depending on your desired level of difficulty you can choose a multi-person raft to navigate some choppier waters, or opt for a cruising kayak ideal for taking in the scenery.

March 24, 2014

Two California women in a domestic partnership have been accused of starving and beating their children - who have since been placed in foster homes

Three children have been removed from the Monterey, California, home of lesbian couple Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deana, 44, after they were charged with felony child cruelty, false imprisonment and other charges over allegations they neglected and abused their kids.

Craig and Deana had been raising three and five year old boys and an eight year old girl and allegedly had chained the girl to the floor to restrict her movements.

March 20, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 14, 2014

Law officials say it appears the two women were killed in the home of James Larry Cosby, father of Britney Cosby

Police have arrested the father of one of the lesbians discovered dead near a Texas dumpster.

James Larry Cosby was charged today, 13 March,  with two counts of evidence tampering in the deaths of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby.

March 10, 2014

A 24-year-old gay couple and parents to a five-year-old daughter were found dead near a convenience store in a quiet beach town

Police are on the hunt to find the murderer of a lesbian couple who were discovered dead near a dumpster in Texas.

Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, 24, were found at around 7.30am, Friday morning (7 March) in Port Bolivar by a beer deliveryman taking out some trash.

The couple had been living together for two years. Jackson and Cosby were raising Jackson’s five-year-old daughter.

Police have yet to announce a motive or suspect.

Detectives believe the women were killed somewhere else and dumped at the nearby convenience store.

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

January 24, 2014

David Hanson's impersonation of Sushi the drag queen at the Gay Star Beach Party won him a tour for two around Florida's Key West and accommodations in the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina Resort

Every New Year's Eve in Key West, Sushi the drag queen dons a fabulous gown, one she's been preparing all year, as she settles into a life-size, glittery red high heel.

The drag queen version of the Times Square midnight ball drop, Sushi is lowered from the top floor of the Bourbon Street Pub as the crowd below counts down to the New Year. At midnight, Sushi kicks off the celebrations by popping a bottle of champagne all over the revelers.

January 18, 2014

Annise Parker says calls it 'a very happy day' for she and Kathy Hubbard who married on their 23rd anniversary as a couple

She's mayor of one of the biggest cities in Texas but Annise Parker had to leave the state this week to get married.

Parker and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard were married on Thursday (16 January) in the gay-friendly city of Palm Springs in California.

Same-sex marriage is banned in Texas but became legal in California last June following a US Supreme Court ruling.

The ceremony took place at sunset at a private home and was held on the Parker and Hubbard's 23rd anniversary as a couple.

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

January 3, 2014

Chicago’s iconic Boystown gay precinct has been voted the world best gay neighborhood – beating out gay districts in other cities in the US and Spain

Boystown, in Chicago, has been voted the worlds most ‘incomparable’ gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid to be named the world’s best gay neighborhood.

Chicago beat other cities nominated by Out Traveler’s staff including West Hollywood’s similarly named Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca district, Barcelona’s Eixample district and San Francisco’s The Mission district, receiving the most votes from readers.

January 2, 2014

Seattle Police are investigating after someone doused a stairwell with gasoline and ignited it in one of the city’s most popular gay nightclubs just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, forcing patrons to evacuate the building

Seattle Police are hunting a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in one of the city’s most popular gay bars on New Year’s Eve.

More than 750 people were forced to flee into a nearby ally after staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

People began smelling gasoline in the building just after midnight and staff set off a fire alarm.

Luckily no one was hurt and the fire was put out using a combination of fire extinguishers and overhead sprinklers.

December 28, 2013

All counties in the state are now issuing licenses to same-sex couples

There's a gay marriage boom going on in Utah and only the US Supreme Court can stop it anytime soon.

In the week since a federal judge ruled that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 7, 2013

NY attorney John Scarpa claimed his client shouldn't face the same punishment as if he killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'

A New York defence attorney has caused outrage by claiming a murderer of a trans woman shouldn't face the same punishment as if he had killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'.

 

John Scarpa made the claim on Thursday (05 December) as his client, Rasheen Everett, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the brutal murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar in 2010.

 

December 4, 2013

13 mayors, both Republicans and Democrats, from cities across Indiana have gone public with their opposition to the HJR-6 effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis.

11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

December 3, 2013

Christian Kukajiko was last seen at her Maunawili home on 19 November at 3pm

Police in Hawaii are asking for the public’s help to locate a 15-year-old transgender teen missing for two weeks.

According to KITV News, police say 15-year-old Christian Kukajiko could be ‘emotionally distraught’. 

The teen was reportedly last seen in her Honolulu home in Maunawili on 19 November around 3pm.

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

November 10, 2013

Suspect allegedly swings a crowbar at his sister because she was involved with a woman

A suspect, and his friend, are charged with attacking the suspect's sister and her fiancee.

Law enforcement authorities claim 20-year-old Ahmed Tuma was angry his sister was involved in a relationship with another woman. He allegedly saw this as shameful and against the Muslim faith.

November 9, 2013

In 2009, Dave Wilson said out politician Annise Parker should not be elected mayor of Houston because 'homosexual behavior leads to extinction'

An anti-gay white bigot pretended to be black to win a local election in Houston.

Dave Wilson, who in 2009 distributed homophobic fliers when then out Controller Annise Parker was running to be mayor of the fourth largest city in the US, is now a member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees.

He beat out incumbent Bruce Austin, who is African-American, in a predominately black district. The margin of victory was 26 votes.

November 1, 2013

Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gamble is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

October 16, 2013

Tim Newcomb points out Aaron McKinney, serving life for Matthew Shepard's murder, said years after the crime the University of Wyoming student 'needed killing'

An attorney involved in Matthew Shepard's murder trial is pushing back against many of the conclusions revealed in Stephen Jimenez's controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb was the appellate attorney for Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney's accomplice in the University of Wyoming student's killing.

Newcomb is listed as a source in Jimenez's book.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 7, 2013

Ray Ramsay came out as transgender to fellow Concord High students last year

Ray Ramsay has made history at Concord High School in New Hampshire by becoming the first transgender student to be elected homecoming king.

The 17-year-old senior came out to fellow students as transgender last year asking people to call him Ray instead of Rachael and to use the pronoun 'he' instead of 'she.'

Ramsay was nominated for king by the school's LGBT club Tide Pride which had in previous years had a nominee - a gay male student - elected king.