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November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

October 15, 2014

'To just hear his voice, to see his smile ... For me, that would be an extraordinary thing'

While Anderson Cooper's famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90, the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Cooper was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

June 22, 2014

As part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month, Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will be the first transgender pastor to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral

The Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 22, in a service led by Rev Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

The service is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month and will include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.

April 30, 2014

With just nine days until graduation, Pasadena City College still has no commencement speaker

Instead of an Academy Award winning alumnus delivering the commencement speech at Pasadena City College next month, the Southern California school has no one at all.

With nine days until graduation, the school is dealing with a second fiasco involving its scheduled commencement speaker.

Black's invitation was rescinded earlier this month because of long ago leaked sex photos and now Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s director of public health, has also not panned out.

December 24, 2013

Out of all the anti-gay politicians, priests, professors and preachers we encountered this year, which was the biggest bigot of 2013?

American author Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: 'The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.'

For as much progress countries and communities are making with regards to marriage equality, homophobic bullying and transgender discrimination, the fight is far from over.

With the rapid-fire speed of social media, it seems someone, somewhere, is always making harmful comments to and about the LGBTI community.

October 3, 2013

Meeting a friend who consistently turned up with bruises and wound up in hospital highlighted the problem of violence in gay relationships for Reverend Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning Alex (not his real name) and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square.

I would notice visible bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but assumed the black and blue marks were simply par for the course for a guy who enjoyed the rough-and-tumble adrenaline high that comes with playing weekend scrimmage football.

September 4, 2013

1 in 10 Harvard College students in its 2017 class will identify as gay, bisexual or questioning according to a survey of incoming students of the elite academic facility

According to a survey of incoming students, one in ten Harvard College students will be non-heterosexual in 2017 - and LGBT students are more likely to have been accepted on their accademic efforts alone.

The Harvard Crimson surveyed incoming students of its freshman class between 5 and 28 August on a range of demographics.

June 18, 2013

Late astronaut was revealed to be a lesbian after her death last year

It was 30 years ago today that Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.

At the time, it was not known that she was also the first lesbian to do so.

It was on 18 June, 1983 that Ride was on the space shuttle Challenger. She also flew on Challenger in 1984.

'I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model,' Ride told The Harvard Business Review shortly before her death last year. 'But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one. And I began to understand the importance of that to people.'

May 9, 2013

The historian has lashed out at internet critics who have dubbed him a 'gay basher'

A Harvard historian who was accused of homophobia row over his critique of bisexual economist John Maynard Keynes has attempted to clear his name in a letter to his university’s newspaper.

May 8, 2013

UK news agency Reuters have uncovered an 18 year-old article where Ferguson said Keynes was inspired by his attraction to Carl Melchior

A Harvard professor, who had to apologize for saying economist John Maynard Keynes helped cause the recession because he was gay, has previously accused him of being biased at Versailles because he had a crush on a German diplomat.

July 4, 2012

Marriage of Hughes and Eldridge fuses young gay power couple influential in US politics

Co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes married Sean Eldridge at their home in Garrison, New York state on Saturday (30 June).

Hughes (28) co-founded Facebook with college friends Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin at Harvard in 2004. Zuckerberg attended Saturday’s wedding with his newly-wed wife Priscilla Chan.

Hughes and Eldridge met in November 2005 through friends at Harvard.

March 21, 2012

Elizabeth Warren, leading in polls for Massachusetts seat, wants marriage equality included in Democratic Party platform

President Barack Obama's stance that he is still 'evolving' on the issue of gay marriage as he officially remains against is no longer flying with some prominant members of his own Democratic party.

Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor who is leading in some polls to unseat incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, is calling on Obama to end his evolution once and for all.