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June 5, 2014

America’s best-loved poet and civil rights activist has had her funeral threatened because of her support for LGBTI people

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas was planning to protest the ‘home-going’ service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

May 31, 2014

Labelling the late poet a ‘fag pimp’, anti-gay group Westboro tweet appealing for information about Angelou’s funeral so they can plan a picket

Notorious anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest the funeral of Maya Angelou because of her pro-gay views.

The US-based group announced on Twitter they had added Angelou, who passed away on 28 May, to their picket schedule.

Angelou, 86 when she died, was a prolific poet, author and activist. She was vocal about her pro-gay views throughout her career.

May 23, 2014

Grandson says rumors US’s top anti-gay hater Fred Phelps supported the rainbow equality house across the road from the WBC

Fred Phelps reportedly supported gay rights and was then excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church before he died, his grandson has claimed.

New information is emerging about one of the most famous homophobic monsters in the world, who called for LGBTI people to be stoned to death.

His grandson 23-year-old Zachary Phelps-Roper, who left the church in February, has spoken out following his grandfather’s passing in March. 

May 2, 2014

A teen was shocked after he discovered an arrow spray-painted pointing to his bedroom, letting others know a 'fag' lived there

A gay teen’s house was spray-painted with homophobic graffiti, it was reported today (2 May).

Levi Peabody, 16, from Kansas, was shocked to discover an anti-gay slur and a red and black arrow pointed towards his window on the outside of his house.

While they have tried to wipe away the graffiti, the traces still remain.

‘It does hurt,’ Peabody said. ‘As much as I don’t want to admit it, it does hurt that someone would dislike me that much to do something to my window.’

His parents believe Levi’s classmates are behind the attack.

April 27, 2014

Accused of killing three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas earlier this month, the former Ku Klux Klan leader was once arrested for paying for sex with a black man dressed as a woman in the 1980s

A former Ku Klux Klan 'Grand Dragon', who has been charged with killing three people outside two Kansas Jewish centers earlier this month, is revealed to have been arrested in the 1980s for having sex with a man in his car.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the community center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center on April 13.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

February 12, 2014

Kansas state Republicans are moving to pass a law allowing any business or government employee to legally discriminate against same-sex couples so long as it's for religious reasons

Under a law being passed by Kansas state Republicans it will soon be legal for any business or government employee to legally discriminate on religious grounds against same-sex couples.

An initial vote on House Bill 2453 passed in the state House of Representatives in a vote of 72 to 42 and if it passes another vote on Wednesday will then go to the Republican controlled state Senate.

Under the bill hotels, restaurants and stores can legally refuse to serve gay couples if ‘it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.’

December 11, 2013

'I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality'

Edie Windsor says she is 'honored' to have finished in third place for TIME Magazine Person of the Year.

The woman whose challenge to the US government’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriages gutted the Defense of Marriage Act finished behind Pope Francis and Edward Snowden.

TIME describes Windsor as 'an unlikely activist.'

November 14, 2013

In the world of Sandy Rios, Christians are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice

Sandy Rios knows Christians. The American Family Association radio has serious doubts about the late October story about a Christian couple refusing to tip a gay waiter and calling him a ‘fag'.

November 8, 2013

Mother of 13-year-old Skyler Davis is furious and accuses school of discrimination

A 13-year-old boy has been suspended from his Kansas school for refusing to stop wearing his Vera Bradley purse around campus.

Skyler Davis, an eighth grader at Anderson County Senior-Junior School, had been wearing the purse without incident since August. On Wednesday (6 November), he was called into an assistant principal's office then later suspended for refusing to take it off.

November 8, 2013

Mother of 13-year-old Skyler Davis is furious and accuses school of discrimination

A 13-year-old boy has been suspended from his Kansas school for refusing to stop wearing his Vera Bradley purse around campus.

Skyler Davis, an eighth grader at Anderson County Senior-Junior School, had been wearing the purse without incident since August. On Wednesday (6 November), he was called into an assistant principal's office then later suspended for refusing to take it off.

October 11, 2013

'You know what you're doing is wrong and everyone's gonna be freaked out by you'

Celebrities are coming out a lot more casually these days - sometimes even via Twitter - than when Melissa Etheridge did so at Bill Clinton's Presidential inauguration in 1993.

The Grammy-winning singer, now 52, recalls a far different climate when she was a teen in the 1970s and living in Kansas and first began to realize that she is a lesbian.

August 20, 2013

As the 'God Hates Fags' Church sings 'We Hate Who U R' - a parody of 'We R U We R' - the bisexual pop singer sends her dancers for a surprise performance

Popstar Ke$ha treated Westboro Baptist Church protestors to a choreographed dance routine from three male back-up dancers during her Nebraska show on Sunday (19 August).

Followers of the extreme church group were chanting an anti-gay version of Ke$ha’s hit anthem ‘We R Who We R’, titled ‘God Hates Who U R’ outside the stadium in Lincoln.

In response, the openly bisexual star sent a few of her dancers to surprise the protestors, providing slick choreography to accompany the hateful lyrics.

August 6, 2013

Guilty of espionage, theft and computer fraud in connection to leaking 700,000 confidential documents to WikiLeaks

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was given a bit of a break by a military judge today when his maximum possible sentence was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years.

The 25 year old, who is gay, was found not guilty last week of aiding the enemy after leaking approximately 700,000 confidential documents to Wikileaks. A conviction on that charge could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison.

August 2, 2013

Sponsored feature: Friends of Dorothy invited to visit spectacular home developments in Brighton and south London

Bellway Homes is asking potential homebuyers to ‘follow the yellow brick home’ at this year’s Brighton and Hove Gay Pride festival.

The leading developer is promoting a series of new developments with a Wizard of Oz theme and will be on-hand at the event to give buyers the courage to make their next step on the property ladder.