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July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?

July 14, 2014

Christian Minard is one semester from completing her sports management degree at Southwestern Christian University

Christian Minard has been expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for marrying her girlfriend.

Minard, 22, is just one semester away from completing her sports management degree and her marriage to Kadyn Parks in March is in violation of the school's admission requirement agreement that prohibits 'homosexual behavior.'

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 11, 2014

Denver has joined Boulder to become the second Colorado county to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – marrying its first 17 gay and lesbian couples yesterday

Denver County in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of yesterday, joining Boulder County in doing so.

Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on 25 June after its county clerk decided a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals verdict against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage would also apply to Colorado as it also falls under the 10th Circuit.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.

July 8, 2014

Study projects a surge in tourism and wedding arrangements even if only half of state's 15,000-plus same-sex couples marry

Gay marriage is not legal in Arizona but it could provide a big boost to the Grand Canyon State's economy if it were.

Weddings and the tourism they would bring to the state could add an estimated $61.9 million to the state's economy over the first three years with nearly $40 million of that boost coming in year one, according to a new study by the Williams Institute.

July 5, 2014

Alex Walker served as a witness to the wedding of a lesbian family member, the cousin of his mother

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might no longer publicly announce his position on gay marriage, but one of his sons doesn't mind participating in one.

On 9 June Alex Walker, a rising University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore, was one of the two required witnesses to the marriage of Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 21, 2014

'It is clear to me that discrimination of any form should not be tolerated and that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the protections that only marriage can provide'

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined the growing list of politicians supporting marriage equality.

June 13, 2014

'You do have many people in Wisconsin basically taking the law into their own hands and there can be legal repercussions for that'

The attorney general for Wisconsin warns clerks, who issued marriage certificates to LGBTI couples, that they could be brought up on charges.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the midwestern state's same-sex marriage ban.

On 9 June, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sought a stay on the ruling to block clerks from releasing licenses to gay couples. Judge Crabb denied the request.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 11, 2014

Whether or not going nude is your thing, our guide on where to whet your palate and gay it up in Florida's island city is sure to get you excited

Visiting Key West feels like you’re in another world unto itself.

Maybe it's the mix of city life and island vibes, a balance so difficult to get right yet one Key West pulls off with poise.

Maybe it’s the inspiring tropical landscape, a mix of deep green foliage, shimmering blue waters and bursts of color from flowers and buildings that rivals the universal rainbow flags just about everywhere in sight.

June 4, 2014

Robert Garcia achieves a trio of historic firsts in California city election

Robert Garcia made all kinds of history when he was elected mayor of Long Beach, California on Tuesday (3 June).

At 36, he's the youngest mayor ever and he's the first Hispanic elected to the city's top job.

Garcia is also the first openly gay mayor in the coastal city just south of Los Angeles. He had the high-profile endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

'Thank you, Long Beach!' Garcia wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning.

May 29, 2014

Texas city's lesbian mayor Annise Parker tweets: 'It's never too late to do the right thing'

After more than nine hours of comments from the public, the Houston City Council on Wednesday (28 May) passed an ordinance that extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents of the large Texas city.

'It's never too late to do the right thing,' tweeted the city's lesbian mayor Annise Parker.

She also later tweeted a photo of her signing what she described as 'Houston's first comprehensive equal rights ordinance!'

'It protects us all,' Parker wrote.

May 25, 2014

'She’s paying back her core constituents that supported her'

An anti-gay Houston activist threatens to recall out Mayor Annise Parker and any city council member who votes for an anti-discrimination  ordinance.

March 28, 2014

Facebook post by Dave Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi goes viral - he thinks gays 'have been in the news too much lately'

An anchorman at a television station in Biloxi, Mississippi, took to Facebook this week to suggest that the LGBTI community go on 'gaycation.'

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV wrote: 'I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But it seems like they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!'

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.