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April 27, 2015

Sun's out, guns out at White Party Palm Springs

Organizers are surely toasting another super successful White Party Palm Springs today, after more than 30,000 gay guys descended on the California destination for a weekend of fun and frolicking.

Amid the countless pool parties and club nights, the gay dance music festival also featured performances from LeAnne Rimes and Jordin Sparks.

Reservations are already open for the Jeffrey Sanker-produced White Party 2016, which is set for April 22-25, 2016.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 22, 2015

'Who wants to burn down Memories Pizza with me?'

When it was exposed that Memories Pizza would become the first business in Indiana to say they would never serve their food at a gay wedding, thousands of people posted angry messages on social media.

But a high school coach who sent her own angry tweet is now fired.

Jessica Dooley, who was the girls golf head coach for Concord Community Schools in the state, was accused of promoting 'harmful' and 'illegal' activity to students with her online message.

April 22, 2015

Town turning into 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks – it should be a family vacation destination' he adds

A reverend in Arkansas has claimed LGBTI visitors to Eureka Springs are bad for business – in what he describes as a destination for Christians and those on a 'family vacation.'

The clergyman is quoted in the New York Times as saying Christian visitors are driven away because of efforts to promote the town as the 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks.'

April 22, 2015

Restaurant will be staffed by half-naked men

A male version of Hooters is coming Dallas' gay Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Tallywackers will be staffed by half naked men and is scheduled to open on Lemmon Avenue in May.

Last week, the restaurant started hiring for bartenders, servers, cooks, bus boys and hosts on Craigslist.

'Dallas' Newest and most exciting place to be is now hiring for all positions!' the ad reads.

Hooters is restaurant chain staffed by curvy young women in revealing outfits and bills itself as 'delightfully tacky yet unrefined.'

April 20, 2015

The gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 13, 2015

The pub owners did not give a reason for closing the long-serving venue

A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning. 

The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.

In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building's first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn. 

April 9, 2015

Opponents voice concern about 'unintended dangers' for businesses and bathrooms across the city

Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city, Tuesday (7 April) narrowly voted to take away protections from LGBTI people.

Some 15,347 (51.4%) city residents voted to repeal an ordinance that protected LGBTI people against discrimination in housing and hiring, even though it contained religious exemptions.

Just under 15,000 people voted to keep the law, which was passed six months ago.

LGBTI advocacy group PROMO called the vote disappointing.

April 2, 2015

The Dinah Vegas founder shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world

I've lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

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.