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April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 9, 2014

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player

Basketball player Derrick Gordon came out as gay today (9 April).

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.

A sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball player, the 22-year-old has decided to come out at the beginning of his career.

‘I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,’ Gordon told ESPN.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

February 14, 2014

Paul Hard wants to be listed as surviving spouse on death certificate and proceeds from pending wrongful death lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a surviving spouse who is challenging Alabama's laws banning gay marriage.

Paul Hard is fighting for his 2011 Massachusetts marriage to David Fancher to be recognized in Alabama, the state the couple was living in when Fancher was killed in a car crash in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed on Hard's behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks to overturn the Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.

January 23, 2014

'I assume this is for that pudding wrestling competition I won last April…right?'

It's not mentioned anywhere in the official press release.

But Neil Patrick Harris made a little bit of history today when he was named The Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year.

It marks the first time the Harvard University theater group has chosen an openly gay man for the honor.

Harris, currently starring in his final season on TV's long-running How I Met Your Mother, reacted to being selected with his typical brand of humor.

January 13, 2014

Corey Johnson wants firefighters to be able to communicate with and advise residents of high rise buildings

Daniel McClung lost his life in a smoke-filled emergency stairwell during a fire in his apartment building on 5 January.

His husband of less than a year, Michael Todd Cohen, was hospitalized in critical condition from smoke inhalation and is still recovering. He was found in the same stairwell as were the couples two dogs who also died.

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.

December 20, 2013

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was stripped of his clerical credentials on Thursday after he remained unrepentant about presiding over his son’s 2007 same-sex marriage

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked by the US’ United Methodist Church after he remained unrepentant after completing a 30 day suspension over his presiding over his gay son’s wedding in 2007.

Schaefer told the church’s ministry board that he could not say that he supported the United Methodist Book of Discipline in its entirety because of what it said about people in same-sex relationships.

Schaefer has said that he will appeal the decision and has said that he does not intend the leave the United Methodists for a more inclusive church.

December 7, 2013

Kathy Svenson caused outrage over comments she made about trans students using facilities that match their gender

A Colorado school board member who caused outrage when she claimed transgender students should be 'castrated' before being allowed to use facilities matching their gender has said she has 'no regrets' on her comments.

 

Kathy Svenson, a board member of Delta School District 50J, was caught making remarks about trans students during a board meeting in October.

 

December 7, 2013

In ruling, Colorado Office of Administrative Courts judge points out the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop once made a wedding cake for two dogs

A judge has ruled a Colorado bakery discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to bake a wedding cake.

In 2012 July, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig requested a rainbow-layered cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop, located in Lakewood, Colorado.

The couple planned to wed in Massachusetts and have a reception for family, and friends, in Colorado.

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

November 21, 2013

Over 24,000 people have signed a petition organized by a group of United Methodist pastors who want their church’s leadership to stop penalizing clergy who marry same-sex couples

Progressive US Christian group Faithful America will present a petition on Thursday of over 24,000 signatures backing United Methodist clergy who want to be able to marry same-sex couples without fear of being disciplined by the church hierarchy or losing their jobs.

November 3, 2013

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, but face difficulties separating as Kentucky refuses to recognize their marriage

A lesbian couple in Kentucky are attempting the state's first gay divorce.

 

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Boston, Massachusetts in December 2009, but seperated in September this year. They filed for divorce on 25 October.

 

October 30, 2013

Free drinks, discounted entries and cash prizes are some of the perks for dressing freaky at this year's most anticipated Halloween bashes

Who knew there were so many perks to dressing up?

Apart from seeing the creativity, nudity and downright deranged tendencies of your fellow Halloween party-goers, clubs and pubs have gotten creative in rewarding you for coming as you aren't.

From winning cash prizes for best costumes, to getting free drinks for dressing up, you should take advantage of what your local watering holes are offering.

We look at parties in South Africa, Amsterdam, New York, Salem and more to see who's bringing the spook in 2013.

October 23, 2013

Gay Star News reviews and interviews the leads of hit cult classic Bare The Musical Michael Vinsen and Ross William Wild

Bare has returned to London in a limited run.

After a sold out run at the Union, the Greenwich Theatre will host the cult classic that is the gay Catholic schoolboys musical until the end of October.

With lyrics and words by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, the hit show focuses on two 17-year-old boys in love and their struggles at a Catholic boarding school in present day Massachusetts.

Gay Star News had the chance to see the production and interview the leads Michael Vinsen and Ross Wild.

October 1, 2013

The biggest city in Massachusetts is centrally located, making it easy to visit other New England states

Despite manic warnings from some in the Fox News chattering class, the Christmas season is alive and well in the US.

From Thanksgiving, an American holiday celebrating the secret joy of gluttony, to New Year's Day, the country is awash in all forms of Jesus' birthday celebrations.

October 1, 2013

The biggest city in Massachusetts is centrally located, making it easy to visit other New England states

Despite manic warnings from some in the Fox News chattering class, the Christmas season is alive and well in the US.

From Thanksgiving, an American holiday celebrating the secret joy of gluttony, to New Year's Day, the country is awash in all forms of Jesus' birthday celebrations.

July 9, 2013

FreedomOhio joins with former Attorney General Jim Petro to fight the state's constitutional ban on same sex marriage

Jim Petro, the former attorney general of Ohio, announced he now backs marriage rights for same sex couples.

The Republican, who held the office from 2003 to 2207, held a press conference today (8 July) with the advocacy group FreedomOhio. The organization is working to amend the Midwestern state's constitution, which prohibits marriage rights for gay couples.

In a statement on FreedomOhio's website, Petro noted he was joining the marriage fight because of his daughter.

June 9, 2013

Joe Kennedy III joins Jason Collins in the Boston Gay Pride parade

Out NBA center Jason Collins kept a promise he made when he came out of the closet. He marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade.

The 34-year-old athlete walked the route yesterday (8 June) with his roommate from college, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

In his April Sports Illustrated article, Collins described how ashamed he felt about being closeted while Kennedy was participating in the city's 2012 pride parade.

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

April 16, 2013

Javier Pagan is Boston Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community

Among those who rushed to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday (15 April) was Javier Pagan, the Boston Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community.

Pagan is one of three officers captured by Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki running toward 78-year-old marathoner Bill Iffrig who is lying on the ground.

The photo has quickly become one of the most iconic images from the attack and is the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. Pagan is one of three officers in the shot and is standing on the left.

April 16, 2013

Controversial church says bombs were sent by God to punish Massachusetts for passing same-sex marriage law

Westboro Baptist Church has weighed-in on a national tragedy again to say that the explosion that killed three people and injured hundreds at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon yesterday was sent by God to punish the state of Massachusetts for passing same-sex marriage law.

'God sent the Boston Marathon Bombs for the sin of Massachusetts passing same-sex marriage! #SHAME #USAsDoom' said a tweet from the church.

Another tweet, referring to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, said: