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September 19, 2014

US President writes in letter to her daughter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think’

Joan Rivers, not long before her death, caught some blowback from the LGBTI community for a joke she made about US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In July, Rivers was asked about being asked about likelihood of the US ever having either a female or a gay person elected.

She replied, 'We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny. A transgender. We all know.'

Obama is not holding a grudge.

September 19, 2014

Homophobes killed by gay people: Very few, if any. Gay people killed by homophobes: Countless

Scott Lively has claimed gay people are out to murder him.

The hate preacher, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his alleged LGBTI human rights abuses in Uganda, has published an article condemning the Human Rights Campaign and their 'hit list'.

As he is number one on the HRC's 'exporters of hate', he says he has 'special cause for concern'.

'Not every “gay” activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their “human rights advocacy” to harassment, intimidation and slander,' Lively claims in his article on Barbwire.

September 19, 2014

Unless dads Chad and Wayne strictly monitor everything that their son eats, they run the risk of him developing irreversible brain damage. They’ve now made a video to raise awareness about children with rare diseases

When husbands Chad Farquharson, age 39, and Wayne McGill, 48, decided to adopt a baby boy, they knew that being a parent would present them with challenges.

However, they had no idea quite what lay in store when they welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world.

Farquharson and McGill are both Canadian, and are based just outside of Vancouver. They met in 1998 and married in 2001.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 12, 2014

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

September 6, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.

September 4, 2014

The Australian Government has approved the personal use of HIV home tests so that people can test themselves for the virus but people will need to import them themselves

The Australian Government has removed barriers to the use of HIV home tests in Australia in a move that LGBTI community health groups hope will help Australia reach its goal of ending new HIV transmissions in the country by 2020.

HIV home test devices allow users to perform an initial screening test in the comfort and privacy of their home, involving a mouth swab or finger prick - which produces a result in less than 30 minutes.

September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 21, 2014

A trans woman and her partner managed to force a civil registry office to hand them a marriage certificate

Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 14, 2014

Vicky Beeching has suffered an exorcism, years of loneliness and an illness that could have killed her. And now she's taking the ultimate step

While Vicky Beeching may be a star on the Christian rock scene in the US, she has decided to risk everything by coming out as gay.

The 35-year-old Brit is already being targeted by homophobes who feel ‘betrayed’ by her coming out.

But if she didn’t, as she revealed in her coming out interview with The Independent, it could have killed her.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 2, 2014

Critics of same-sex families may claim that having two moms or two dads goes against a child’s best interests, but yet another study had found this to not be the case

A new US study has concluded that, 'despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts – including the health care system, the legal system, and the school system – LGB parents and their children are functioning quite well.'

August 1, 2014

'He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits'

Currently on tour as the frontman for Queen, Adam Lambert is performing a lot of the same classic songs the band's late lead singer Freddie Mercury did in the 70s and 80s.

But unlike Mercury, he is doing so as an openly gay man.

'From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality,' Lambert tells Huffington Post.

August 1, 2014

A new study has shone light on older African American women and how they are managing HIV self medication, particularly when they have other conditions

Imani (not her real name) was 32 when she contracted HIV. Surrounded by sister-friends who died from the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle age.

Now in her fifth decade, Imani has new and multiple challenges. She self-manages her HIV – along with her diabetes and hypertension – while searching for employment. The result of this stress is depression. All of this has gravely impacted her ability to manage taking her medicines and her will to live.

August 1, 2014

US District Judge Freda Wolfson found that a New Jersey couple who wanted their 15-year-old son to undergo ‘ex-gay’ counseling did not have their rights to freedom of speech or freedom of religion violated by the state’s ban

An unnamed couple in New Jersey have had their hopes of having their 15-year-old son subjected to attempts to change his sexual orientation after their court challenge against the state of New Jersey was dismissed on Thursday.

August 1, 2014

Hospitals in the country look likely to perform surrogacy services from 2015 – but under strict rules and regulations that prohibit gay couples from applying

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has announced plans for a small number of Vietnamese hospitals to perform surrogacy services – but for married heterosexual couples only. The policy echoes a recent clampdown by the Indian Government on its country’s surrogacy services – outlawing surrogacy for same-sex couples from India or abroad.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.