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March 8, 2015

'We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge'

Ever since he became a national political figure in 2004, President Barack Obama's speeches have included references to LGBTI history.

That tradition continued today, 7 March, in a ceremony celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Called Bloody Sunday, on 7 March, 1965 approximately 600 civil rights marchers were violently attacked by state troopers.

'The Americans who crossed this bridge, they were not physically imposing,' the president said in his speech.

March 7, 2015

We have to pass the federal nondiscrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now'

The Human Rights Campaign had a special, and important, guest at its Spring Equality Convention: US Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrat spoke to the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization yesterday, 6 March.

In the speech, Biden noted the struggle for LGBTI equality is part of the larger work for human rights.

September 23, 2014

Men and women who are attracted to both genders are found to disproportionate levels of poverty, violence, suicide, and discrimination

Bisexual people have it worse in life compared to gays and lesbians, a new report has found.

Even though they are estimated to make up more than half of the LGBT community, experts say they face disproportionate levels of discrimination, violence, poverty and suicide.

'Bisexual people are vulnerable to...poor physical and mental health outcomes - often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers,' the report states.

Around 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, in contrast to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.

July 24, 2014

She initially wondered: 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens'

Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.

'When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens,"' Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA.

But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.

June 27, 2014

Come to New York to learn about the start of the modern gay freedom movement and LGBTI artists

London, Toronto, Paris, and San Francisco are well known for their Gay Pride celebrations.

June 12, 2014

UK’s leading gay campaign organization to discuss how better to include trans issues after 25 years of being LGB only

Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has invited transgender activists to ‘initial’ talks about the future of trans campaigning.

Some trans activists have previously criticized Stonewall for excluding them. Others have argued that independent trans activism would be destroyed by Stonewall becoming fully ‘LGBT’.

The move appears to be spearheaded by Ruth Hunt, acting CEO of Stonewall, who has adopted a policy of greater communication and coordination with the wider LGBTI community since starting her new role earlier this year.

June 6, 2014

Fans are using the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky

If you grew up in the US, it is pretty likely you loved eating those Lucky Charms.

It might have also occurred to you, with all those colors, shapes and rainbows, that might have been the queerest way to start your day as a kid.

And now, you’ve been proven right. The cereal, best known for its leprechaun mascot, is running a new campaign for Pride month.

They are asking fans to use the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

May 31, 2014

US president Barack Obama has declared June to be gay pride month, calls for an end to the discrimination of gay people and remembers the Stonewall riots 45 years ago

US president Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT Pride month in the US.

In a statement sent from the White House yesterday (30 May), Obama declared June to be gay pride month, called for an end to the discrimination of gay people at work and remembered the legacy of Stonewall.

May 28, 2014

Lesbian former drag king Storme DeLarverie has passed away in her New York nursing home aged 93, 45 years after she took part in the Stonewall Riots that put America on notice about LGBTI rights

Storme DeLarverie, one of the oldest veterans of the Stonewall Riots, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning.

DeLarverie, 93, was already 49 in 1969 when the riots took place after New York police officers tried to raid the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village – prompting its LGBTI patrons to fight back.

When the police raided the bar her scuffle with them spurred patrons to fight back.

November 5, 2013

If a group of US philanthropists have their way the United States will have an LGBT specific national museum in the nation’s capital by 2018

A group of philanthropists hopes to open a museum for LGBT people’s stories in Washington DC by 2018 and hopes to raise $50 million to $100 million towards that goal in the next few years.

The Velvet Foundation has been working on the idea of a National LGBT Museum along the lines of civil rights museums to other groups in America since 2007 and recently set up a donation campaign towards the effort.

October 24, 2013

Best friend British acting legend duo sit on a bench with a lesbian couple scuplture while on a break from performing on Broadway

British acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and best friend Patrick Stewart has posed with a lesbian couple sculpture paying tribute to the Stonewall Riots.

The best friend duo is seen in New York City's Christopher Park wearing black top hats. 

They were taking a break from rehearsing No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot in Broadway.

Stewart linked to the picture, with the caption 'Stonewall!'

The sculpture is by George Segal to honor the gay rights movement and commemorates the events at the Stonewall Inn.

September 4, 2013

Over 50 guests have accused authorities of discrimination after they bust into a venue and shut it down

Police have raided a gay party and arrested three men for allowing ‘obscene acts’.

Authorities discovered the management were violating rules and shut down the premises, the Country Club’s Pulse Lounge in Begumpet, near the southern city Hyderabad.

According to local media, most of the guests were students, businessmen and there were a ‘few known names’ from the city.

May 24, 2013

Writer fears the LGBT community is 'in danger of losing this important touchstone of our cultural history'

A new comic book is being planned to illustrate the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

Bluewater Productions is currently raising money on Indiegogo in order to publish a book remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots.

The goal is to raise $9,000 (€6.9k) by 11 July in order to produce the book. Depending on how much you donate, you can receive gifts including winning limited edition copies or being drawn into the book.

April 22, 2013

From disaster movies to the triumph of Stonewall: Independence Day author is going to film a new movie on the pivotal moment for the LGBT American community

German film director Roland Emmerich is going to work on a new movie on the Stonewall’s riots of 1969.

The author of 2012, Stargate and The Day After Tomorrow will spend about $14 million (€11 million) to film the story of a gay homeless teen who comes to New York and joins the Stonewall’s community.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

March 27, 2013

Stonewall Cymru has joined with LGBT filmmakers the Iris Prize to celebrate its 10th anniversary with films following the lives of welsh gay people

A South Wales Police officer has made a video explaining how her police force has changed its attitudes to gay people, saying one of her first bosses said her sexuality could ruin her livelihood.

Liane Bartlett's video was released today (27 March) as part of Welsh gay campaign group, Stonewall Cymru's, 10th anniversary celebrations.

A series of 10 short films have been comissioned by LGBT film festival, the Iris Prize, to mark the campaign's decade-long fight for equality in Wales.

January 31, 2013

A Colorado pastor warned that the state’s move to legalize gay civil unions will result at gays burning Christians at the stake and children given to paedophiles 

Pastor Kevin Swanson warned that if Colorado allows civil unions for same-sex couples, gays will end up burning Christians at the stake and children will be handed over to paedophiles.

Speaking on Generations Radio, Swanson warned that as soon as 2022, the state government will snatch kids from homeschooling families and deliver them to members of the a paedophile group he named as the North American Man/Boy Love Association(NAMBLA).

January 22, 2013

Family Research Council spokesman says ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else'

An anti-gay Christian group has slammed US President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech because ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else.’

In Obama’s second inauguration speech, he said: ‘Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.’

January 22, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris tweets that he's 'proud to be an American'

US President Barack Obama's historic call for gay and lesbian equality during his inaugural address Monday (21 January) led to kudos from many gay celebrities.

Neil Patrick Harris, the openly gay star of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, proclaimed Obama's speech 'brilliant' in his Twitter account.

'Inspiring stuff,' Harris tweeted. 'I’m very proud to be an American.'

January 22, 2013

'It's just amazing how things have changed'

Richard Blanco had already made history as the first gay and first Latino inaugural poet in US history when he stepped onto the podium Monday (21 January) to deliver his poem One Today.

But he had no idea that day would be so history making in other ways in the fight for LGBT equality. President Barack Obama likened to the gay rights movement's Stonewall Riots to the civil rights milestones Seneca Falls (women's equality) and Selma (black equality).

January 21, 2013

'Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law'

Barack Obama became the first president in US history to call for equality for gays and lesbians in an inaugural speech on Monday (21 January).

'Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,' Obama said during a 19-minute speech. 'If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to each other is equal as well.'

November 2, 2012

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives booed as she wins but criticizes Stonewall. Sue Perkins, Jeanette Winterson and Gay Star News all honored

Stonewall, Britain’s leading gay campaign group, has named Cardinal Keith O’Brien its Bigot of the Year at its annual awards ceremony.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, declared ‘war’ on plans for same-sex marriage equality in the country and likened gay marriage to slavery and child abuse.

Ruth Davidson, who went from a newly-elected Member of the Scottish Parliament to being the first openly-gay leader of a major political party in Britain by heading Scotland’s Conservatives, was cheered when she was named Politician of the Year.

October 30, 2012

Museum seeking donations to help pay for damage

Vandals struck The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco early Monday (29 October) shattering two large plate glass windows.

'It's clear that this was vandalism,' said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, the organization that runs the museum. 'We don't know who smashed the windows this or why they did it.'

The museum, located in the city's famed Castro District, is often referred to as San Francisco's 'queer Smithsonian' and is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

September 23, 2012

First observed on 23 September 1999, International Bisexuality Day promotes bi-visibility and diversity within the LGBT community

Cities around the world are celebrating International Bisexuality Day today.

Just like global pride celebrations International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and World Pride Day, International Bisexuality Day has gained popularity among social and internet groups around the world as a day to be doubly proud of bisexual communities.