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December 18, 2013

'I just feel that you just rise above it ... You can't believe anything you read'

With roles on stage television and in film, Cheyenne Jackson has long been one of the busier openly gay performers in show business.

But until this year, the actor best known for Xanadu on Broadway and 30 Rock on television had not had to deal with headlines about his personal life in tabloids and online sites.

The official announcement of his split from husband Monte Lapka after less than two years of marriage and a decade together was preceded by reports of a younger boyfriend. (He has since confirmed he is dating actor Jason Landau)

December 13, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: 'They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law'

Mississippi was the last holdout.

But US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that all states have now agreed to comply with federal policy and grant full benefits to gay military personnel and their families.

Mississippi and Georgia had been the only two states out of compliance at the start of the week but like Texas and Louisiana before them, have decided to now follow federal law and process same-sex benefits.

November 1, 2013

In a speech US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls on states to issue National Guard ID cards to same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits

In a speech, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned states to stop discriminating against gay National Guard troops and their spouses.

Nine states, as reported by Huffington Post, have blocked their local National Guard headquarters from giving identification cards to same-sex spouses of troops to claim benefits.

October 30, 2013

Republican's wife had signed petition urging him to back the proposed legislation offering workplace protections to LGBTI employees

Arizona Senator John McCain is not going to listen to his wife.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee got some pressure last week from his spouse when Cindy McCain signed a Human Rights Campaign postcard urging her husband to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

But McCain said Wednesday (30 October) he fears the legislation might lead to 'reverse discrimination.'

October 25, 2013

2008 Republican presidential nominee has been against gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military

What do you do when you are the pro-gay wife of a conservative US senator with an anti-gay voting record?

If you're Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, you send him a postcard.

Mrs. McCain this week put her signature on a postcard provided by the Human Rights Campaign asking her husband for his support on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

October 8, 2013

A group of US military veterans have added their voices to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois as efforts to force the reform mount

US military veterans have joined the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois where the governor and state senate have backed the reform but the Republican controlled House of Representatives continues to block progress.

Veterans Unite for Marriage decided to organize after the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced in September that it would begin providing equal benefits to military personnel who were legally married in their home states.

September 27, 2013

State senator Kent Lambert believes Democrats are engaging in mind control experiments in pushing same-sex marriage and calls LGBT equality part of an Orwellian agenda that will lead to the worst kind of totalitarian tactics

Colorado state Senator Kent Lambert has told an online Christian TV program that he believes US Democrats are engaging in a ‘mind control experiment’ on same-sex marriage as part of an Orwellian agenda that could lead to the tactics employed by the worst dictatorships in human history.

‘In Colorado we have a constitutional prohibition against homosexual marriage, however [the civil unions] law turned that constitutional provision on its head,’ Lambert told the host of the webseries Pray in Jesus Name on 24 September.

September 5, 2013

Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who was recorded making anti-gay comments, is one of the three council members voting against changing the city's anti-discrimination laws

San Antonio, the second most populated city in Texas, now has anti-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

Today, 5 August, the  city council approved the changes 8 to 3.

The city's anti-bias laws cover public public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, city contracts and appointments to city boards and commissions.

August 8, 2013

Internet celebrity and X-Men Origins actor Troye Sivan has taken to YouTube to tell his fans he is gay

The Australian teen actor who played the child version of Hugh Jackman’s character in the movie X-Men Origins has come out in the hope he can inspire other gay teens that its ok to be gay.

18-year-old Tryoe Sivan has posted a video to YouTube in which he tells his fans that he wants them to know that he’s gay and talks about his experience coming to terms with his sexuality.

‘I want you guys to know that I’m gay,’ Sivan says in the video.

July 3, 2013

Couple has been together for 20 years and had civil partnership in 2006

John Barrowman is now officially a married man.

Torchwood's Capt. Jack Harkness, currently starring in the US series Arrow, broke the news Tuesday evening via Twitter that he and Scott Gill had tied the knot.

Barrowman tweeted out a photo of the couple holding their marriage license with this message: 'We are now Legally Married. Thanks for all your great wishes. Jb and Scott.'

Barrowman and Gill have been together since 1993 after Gill saw the actor in a play called The Rope.

June 26, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, who is gay, also speaks about personal experience

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came full circle Tuesday (25 June) with his appearance at a Pride reception at the Pentagon.

During his remarks, Hagel said that 'gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians are integral to America’s armed forces.'

He pointed out that their ranks include senior leaders like Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning who was also in attendance and Brigadier General Tammy Smith who last year became the first openly gay general officer in the United States military.

June 5, 2013

New book Warrior Princess details journey from Chris Beck to Kristin Beck

During two decades as a member of the elite Navy SEALs, Chris Beck participated in harrowing missions, fought in dangerous war zones and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his efforts.

But after retiring from the military two years ago, Chris changed his name to Kristin and began to live life as the woman he felt he had been for a long time.

Her story is told in the new book Warrior Princess, released this week.

May 3, 2013

GSN celebrates Star Wars Day looking at moments in the franchise which might raise a few eyebrows if you look at them differently

It’s the time of year science fiction fans come together to share their love of all things Star Wars.

And to celebrate Star Wars Day (4 May) – Gay Star News is counting down the top five gay connotations you may not have noticed last time you watched the legendary movies.

1 The Lightsaber as a symbol of phallic strength

April 26, 2013

'They want to move forward, they want to try some different things'

When the BBC science fiction series Dr. Who was revived in 2005, John Barrowman began a recurring role as time traveler Captain Jack Harkness.

The 51st century character proved so popular that Barrowman was given his own spinoff series, Torchwood, which has run four seasons.

But Barrowman, currently co-starring of The CW series Arrow, will not be a part of an upcoming Dr. Who 50th anniversary television special.

It's a surprise to fans and to the actor himself.

February 26, 2013

Log Cabin Republicans vow 'to make sure his change of heart is sincere'

Former Senator Chuck Hagel was approved today by the US Senate to be the new Secretary of Defense.

The narrow vote of 58 to 41 followed a bruising confirmation process that included the first-ever fillibuster to try and block a vote on the person nominated to lead the Pentagon.

February 21, 2013

Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and Laura Bush among those in new TV spot

Some of President Barack Obama's historically LGBT inclusive inaugural address was an obvious choice when the The Respect for Marriage Coalition was looking for footage of political figures to feature in its $1 million marriage equality ad campaign that made it debut today (20 February).

But featuring a bunch of well-known Republicans too?

February 17, 2013

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the first same-sex partner of a US veteran for burial in a national cemetery

Oregon woman Nancy Lynchild has become the first same-sex spouse of a US veteran to be approved for burial in a US national military cemetery.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Linda Campbell petitioned the US Department of Veterans Affairs with help from officials in their home state of Oregon following Lynchild’s death.

January 31, 2013

Secretary of Defense nominee: 'All men and women deserve the same rights'

Former US Senator Chuck Hagel was asked about gays in the military and same-sex marriages being performed on military bases Thursday (31 January) during a sometimes contentious secretary of defense confirmation hearing.

'I am fully committed to implementing the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’' Hagel said in his opening statement, "And doing everything possible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all, all our service members.'

January 27, 2013

New York Times article traces Use Your Mandate to Republican linked organizations

For the past week Use Your Mandate has been using Twitter, mailings in seven states and TV ads to knock Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense. The group insists it's made up of Democratic party LGBT operatives, but its members have chosen to be anonymous.

January 7, 2013

Hagel remains under fire for anti-gay comments made in the past

President Barack Obama on Monday (7 January) formally nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the US Defense Department.

Hagel has come under for in recent weeks for anti-gay comments he's made in the past but Obama has said he believes his appointee's apology is sincere and has stood by him.

December 30, 2012

President Barack Obama goes on Meet The Press to defend Chuck Hagel

President Barack Obama is standing behind Chuck Hagel's apology to former Ambassador, and gay man, James Hormel.

The president appeared on the news program Meet the Press. In the 30 minute interview he was asked about Hagel and his possible appointment as Secretary of Defense. In 1998, when Hormel was nominated to be the US ambassador to Luxembourg, he earned the ire of the then senator.

December 22, 2012

James Hormel goes to Facebook to announce he accepts Chuck Hagel's apology.

Things can change rapidly in Washington, DC. Late yesterday (21 Dec.) former Ambassador James Hormel told the Washington Post he had doubts about  Chuck Hagel's apology. Sometime after that article was published, Hormel announced on his Facebook page all was forgiven.

December 21, 2012

Chuck Hagel says he is fully 'committed to LGBT military families'

Former US Senator Chuck Hagel is reportedly being considered for the position of Secretary of Defense, a position that is second only to the president in the military hierarchy - a military that since September 2011 has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly.

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, would have to be in support of gay and lesbian military personnel in the cabinet-level position.

December 11, 2012

Gay actor has mysterious new role with Amell in new hit show Arrow

John Barrowman has shared plenty of kissing scenes with other men in his role as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood

In the current issue of TV Guide, the openly gay star  admits he wouldn't mind if similar scenes were written into his new role on The CW’s new hit show Arrow - especially if they also involve series star Stephen Amell.

Barrowman plays Malcom who he describes as a ‘troubled hero’ whose methods in attempting to clean up the city clash with those of the show’s hero.