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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.

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.

February 13, 2014

Idaho’s state Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their spouses’ children in a unanimous verdict on Monday – saying that the state had been misapplying its own law

Darcy Drake Simpson will become the first lesbian to legally adopt her partner’s children in the US state of Idaho after a state Supreme Court bench ruled unanimously in favor of her right to adopt.

Drake Simpson has been co-parenting a 15-year-old son born to partner Rene Simpson during their 19 year relationship and a 13-year-old boy Rene Simpson adopted in 2001.

However before now Drake Simpson had no parental rights over the children or legal responsibility for them.

January 12, 2014

While the latest decision might sound absurd, it is significant in that it would prevent the police from misusing their power, says the activist’s lawyer

The Court of Appeal on Jan 8 upheld a gay activist's right to dance during a gay rally in 2011.

The activist, who is only identified in court only as "T", won the appeal in July last year after losing a judicial challenge to the police's decision to bar him and more than 100 participants from dancing during a 2011 street demonstration for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

January 5, 2014

GOP willing to spend money to fight equality, calling it 'a wise use of funds'

Republicans in Idaho have vowed to defend the states ban on same-sex marriage from legal challenges, as four couples are taking their case to the federal court.

The lawsuit comes after the US Supreme Court made rulings in June last year that reinforce the legal status of same-sex marriages.

The four couples, aided by local attorneys and the National Centre For Lesbian Rights contest that the state ban on same-sex marriage is against the US constitutions guarantees of equal protection and due process.

December 25, 2013

Adam Shankman's special tree, Cheyenne Jackson snowed in, and Alex Newell with his dad

Adam Shankman may be the director of such splashy movies as Hairspray and Rock of Ages but one of his favorite Christmas memories is a simple one involving just him and the man in his life.

'My fiance (Frank Meli) and I, in our apartment in New York, put together just an incredibly beautiful tree,' Shankman told Gay Star News earlier this month.

'It was just by ourselves,' said the So You Think You Can Dance judge. 'We had already done the family thing and this was us by ourselves and that was a very special time for me.'

December 7, 2013

Eight-time US Gymnastics tumbling champion Kalon Ludvigson is using manual wheelchair with power assisted wheels

Kalon Ludvigson is going home to Idaho for Christmas.

The openly gay athlete has been paralyzed since suffering a spinal injury last summer.

He's an eight-time US Gymnastics tumbling champion who landed on his neck while conducting a gymnastics camp for kids.

After the accident, Ludvigson moved from his home state of Idaho to Colorado to be treated at Craig Hospital in Englewood.

December 7, 2013

Eight-time US Gymnastics tumbling champion Kalon Ludvigson is using manual wheelchair with power assisted wheels

Kalon Ludvigson is going home to Idaho for Christmas.

The openly gay athlete has been paralyzed since suffering a spinal injury last summer.

He's an eight-time US Gymnastics tumbling champion who landed on his neck while conducting a gymnastics camp for kids.

After the accident, Ludvigson moved from his home state of Idaho to Colorado to be treated at Craig Hospital in Englewood.

November 8, 2013

Plaintiffs include university instructors, teacher of deaf children and a military veteran

Four female couples from Boise, Idaho, have filed a federal challenge to their state's ban on gay marriage and refusal to recognize same-sex unions from other states.

The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s laws are in violation of the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and due process - an argument used in successful lawsuits filed in other states such as New Jersey.

November 8, 2013

Plaintiffs include university instructors, teacher of deaf children and a military veteran

Four female couples from Boise, Idaho, have filed a federal challenge to their state's ban on gay marriage and refusal to recognize same-sex unions from other states.

The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s laws are in violation of the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and due process - an argument used in successful lawsuits filed in other states such as New Jersey.

August 14, 2013

Social networking site is looking into the situation after French IDAHO has demanded they remove the homophobic hashtags

July 12, 2013

From celebrating the death of DOMA to helping homeless LGBT kids, Barclays sets out to serve the gay and trans community

When banking experts Barclays wanted to make a statement supporting the end of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the US, they did it in the most visible way they could think of – plastering a huge rainbow flag across their corporate offices on New York’s 7th Avenue.

Bold gestures aside, Barclays is keen to prove they really are serious about giving back to the LGBT community. And the work they are doing makes a great case study into the value of what firms call ‘corporate social responsibility’ and how it can be a pillar of a successful business.

June 7, 2013

Queer Comrades congratulate Changsha Pride for 'courage' after the biggest LGBT pride march in China

Queer Comrades website, China's 'LGBT TV channel', has released a video about last month's pride march in Changsha, Henan province.

It was the biggest LGBT pride parade in China so far, after Changsha Pride debuted on a much smaller scale last year.

Shanghai has had its own pride festival every year since 2009 but without a march, as all demonstrations are heavily cracked-down upon in China.

'Any kind of march will be looked upon as a demonstration, or some sort of protest,' said Shanghai Pride organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News.

May 29, 2013

Georgian Facebook game emulates the recent violent clashes between LGBT rights defenders and anti-gay activists, including priests, on on May 17 in Tbilisi

A game that recreates a battle between LGBT rights campaigners and anti-gay activists in Tbilisi, Georgia on 17 May has gone viral on Facebook.

May 22, 2013

New report finds 49% transgender people in Delhi, India, 37% in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and 34% in Jakarta, Indonesia have HIV

A new report highlights the 'serious threat' that HIV remains to transgender people in Asia and the Pacific.

Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) released the report on Friday for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia).

May 18, 2013

San Francisco LGBT activists declared Bradley Manning as the People’s Grand Marshal, protesting against the city’s Pride leaders’ decision not to honor him

LGBT activists and allies held a San Francisco rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) by declaring Bradley Manning the People's Grand Marshal of city’s Pride.

Manning is the gay U.S. Army Private accused of divulging a massive amount of government documents to WikiLeaks and has been spending nearly three years in jail without trial.

May 18, 2013

LGBT rights advocates have been detained in at least two cities in China while engaging in IDAHO activities

LGBT rights advocates were detained in at least two Chinese cities when celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Officers detained about a dozen LGBT advocates who were handing flyers about IDAHO in a busy mall in downtown Guangzhou, yesterday (17 May) afternoon.

May 18, 2013

The first former NBA player to come out publicly thinks sports leaders should be held more accountable for homophobia in sport

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to ever come out, had some good and bad things to say about being gay in professional sport.

In an interview with UK-based online radio station Gaydio, Amaechi first gave his opinion on the importance of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a global day of awareness of anti-gay hate.

May 17, 2013

New figures claim 78 trans people have already been killed in 13 countries this year and 1,233 in 59 countries since January 2008

New figures published today show 78 trans people were murdered in 13 countries from 1 January to 30 April this year.

There were 1,233 reported murders of trans people in 59 countries worldwide from 1 January 2008 to 30 April 2013.

The new figures were collected as part of the Trans Murder Monitoring project by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and published on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

TGEU says the murders are often particularly violent, including mutilation and torture.

May 17, 2013

Events in Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore Vietnam and India for IDAHO

In Burma gay men are asking to be decriminalized, in Thailand transgender women want to be spared military service and in the Philippines LGBT rights activists are pushing for an anti-discrimination law.

Events are being held across Asia today to bring attention to various anti-LGBT aspects of society for IDAHO (International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia).

May 17, 2013

Gambia president, Ukraine MP and American legal center named in Human Rights Watch's IDAHO 2013 Hall of Shame

International rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its 2013 Hall of Shame for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) today.

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh was named for his 'persistent' homophobia. He directly addressed LGBT people in parliament in March saying 'if you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders'.

HRW report that 20 people were charged with committing 'unnatural offenses' in the Gambia in 2012, but were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

May 17, 2013

GSN teams up with London Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Big Band to spread the word about fighting homophobia and transphobia

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital’s talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

While reports out for IDAHO today (17 May) again show the shocking levels of abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence and even murder faced by the world’s LGBT citizens, the GSN video tries to bring some hope.

May 17, 2013

Police stop LGBT community from holding procession aimed at stopping homosexuality being a criminal offence

Police in Kenya have stopped people marching through the capital Nairobi today (17 May) to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

A permit had been issued to allow Kenyan LGBTs and supporters to procession.

But this morning police withdrew the permit just as the event was about to start on Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park.

Julie Jules, Out in Kenya community leader, told Gay Star News: ‘Basically the police stopped the procession because we would be seen to be "promoting homosexuality".

May 17, 2013

GSN meets one of Europe’s leading champions for LGBT equality who argues gay and trans citizens need the European unity more than ever

It was raining in Brussels and I was late. I’d over-estimated my walking speed and sense of direction on my way to meet with Michael Cashman, one of the UK’s representatives to the European Parliament.

His assistant Renaud rang me: ‘Where are you now?’

‘I don’t know. I can see the Sofitel?’

‘Oh. You have to cross the park. I will meet you in reception.’

Well-groomed and impeccably dressed, Renaud was sympathetic when I finally made it to the reception of the parliament – my clothes dripping and my shoes covered in grass.