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March 20, 2015

'We should all be so lucky to live half as a fulfilled life as he did'

The connection between Zachary Quinto and the late Leonard Nimoy went far beyond their shared role of Mr. Spock in the most recent Star Trek films.

'We were very, very close and losing him was really difficult, obviously,' Quinto said this week on Conan O'Brien's late night show. 'But I feel so grateful that I knew him and that he was such an instrumental figure in my life. He lived a beautiful life and a full life.'

Nimoy died on 27 February, one month shy of his 84th birthday.

March 5, 2015

Star Trek icon launches campaign to make a statement

The Alabama Supreme Court has incurred the wrath of Sulu.

Star Trek icon George Takei has launched a social media campaign to give the finger to court after it voted this week to halt same-sex marriages in the state. This despite the US Supreme Court declining to issue a stay that would have stopped the marriages from taking place.

Takei posed with husband Brad in a photo that has them flipping their wedding ring finger for the camera.

February 6, 2015

New post will be filled by an openly gay Foreign Service officer

US Secretary of State John Kerry will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for LGBTI rights overseas.

The move pre-empts a bill introduced last week in boths houses of the Senate that would make promoting LGBTI rights a priority of US foreign policy.

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 13, 2015

Calpernia Addams, who’s life story was the basis of the movie A Soldier’s Girl, will take part in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival as a special guest at the Gender Trailblazers event

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced earlier today that American Transgender actress, artist, activist and LGBTI cultural icon, Calpernia Addams will be taking part in a special 2015 festival event focussing on transgender issues.

The 2014 Gender Trailblazers event saw Chaz Bono and Australian Defense Force Lt Colonel Cate McGregor AM share their inspiring stories to a packed theater.

Now in 2015 Addams will be a special guest at Gender Trailblazers at Sydney’s Seymour Center in Chippendale on Saturday 21 February at 7.30pm.

August 12, 2014

America’s fallen LGBTI military personnel will be honored with a permanent monument in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery if the National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project gets its way and the group recently released the design for it

The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled its design for a national monument to fallen LGBTI military personnel which they plan to have erected in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery.

The memorial will feature three eleven foot tall stone monoliths, arranged in a triangle, with each baring two of the emblems of the United States’ six military forces – the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

August 11, 2014

Actor posts Instagram photo of he and his lastest co-star - they play ex-boyfriends in the film Michael

Just days after Gawker insinuated that James Franco and actor Scott Haze are romantically involved, Franco joked on Instagram that he has moved on - with Zachary Quinto.

Franco posted a photo of he and Quinto on Instagram over the weekend with the caption: 'My new lover, SPOCK! zacharyquinto.'

The two are starring in the movie Michael and in it, they are both playing gay - well, ex-gay in Franco's case.

July 31, 2014

The 1988 favorite with gay audiences had comedy, tragedy and some music

Of all of Bette Midler's movies, the 1988 comedy-drama Beaches is probably the one gay men have committed to memory the most.

Starring Midler and Barbara Hershey, it tells the story of two friends from different backgrounds whose friendship spans more than 30 years.

There's comedy, drama, some music and in the end, tragedy.

In a hilarious new video, Micah McCain shows just how well he knows each and every line reading of the film which he reenacts in less than four minutes.

July 22, 2014

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay

Actor George Takei has revealed he attempted to persuade Star Trek writers to include an episode dealing with gay rights.

But, sadly, the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry wasn’t interested in the idea.

Takei, who found fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, appeared on Real Time will Bill Maher this week to talk about his life and career.

He said as the show was so good as tackling women’s rights, race relations and international politics, he would have loved for Star Trek to deal with the gay rights struggle in America and around the world.

June 20, 2014

But nation's top diplomat acknowledges 'there’s cloud hanging over this journey right now' with anti-gay laws in Uganda, Russia and more

US Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated his country's advances in LGBT equality on Friday (20 June) but said there must be 'push back' against a global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.

'We can palpably feel the wave of new, growing - the trend if you will, in some places for anti-LGBT laws that are metastasizing in various places,' Kerry said at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Celebration.

June 15, 2014

Don't even have a meal with your gay children if they too are Christian, the pastor warns

A Christian pastor in California has advised Christian parents of gay children, who share the same faith, to 'alienate' them and 'turn them over to Satan'.

John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley made the comments in response to a question from a reader who asked how to react to an adult child coming out.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Grace to You, MacArthur said: 'If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind.

June 7, 2014

‘My blood was boiling but I was still silent,’ the 77-year-old actor and activist recalls what propelled him to become a vocal proponent of gay rights in 2005

LGBT people in Japan need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, George Takei said during his visit to Japan this week.

The California-born actor, who is of Japanese ancestry, recounted his own experiences as having felt both courage and anger when he publicly came out as gay and joined the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the US.

Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the television series 'Star Trek,' the 77-year-old is also a prominent gay and civil rights activist.

June 2, 2014

Her father, US Senator John McCain, has been staunchly opposed to gay marriage and allowing gays to serve openly in the military

Meghan McCain continues to prove that when it comes to LGBTI equality, the apple does fall very far from the tree.

The daughter of US Senator John McCain, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, has joined the board of directors of GLAAD.

The media monitoring organization, which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media, said in a statement today that 'equality is no longer a partisan issue.'

May 16, 2014

Tells excited fans on Twitter: 'It's true!'

When Arrow returns to The CW for its third season this fall, John Barrowman will be aboard as a series regular.

His Malcolm/Dark Archer character had appeared on a recurring basis during the show's first two seasons.

'It's true!' Barrowman tweeted to his Twitter followers on Thursday (15 May).

Series star Stephen Amell teased the news by tweeting a photo of himself with Barrowman's hands around his neck asking: 'What could go wrong?'

May 13, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told ABC News he believes the ban on transgender personnel serving in the US military needs to be reviewed but has suggested that it would be difficult for those still transitioning to do so

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made the strongest statement to date suggesting the US Government may be open to changing its stance on transgender people serving in the military during an appearance on ABC News on Sunday.

April 29, 2014

A new ‘human goals’ charter signed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday outlines the military’s goals of better supporting gay and lesbian personnel but fails to mention transgender personnel who can still be excluded from service

US Defense Secretary has signed an updated human goals charter for the Defense Department yesterday which outlines the department’s commitment to ‘diversity, inclusion and fairness.’

But the document ignores that the US military can still legally fire and refuse to hire transgender people and fails to mention them at all.

February 27, 2014

Says SB 1062 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve ... It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine'

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended days of suspense by announcing she has vetoed the state's controversial 'turn away the gays' law.

Brewer said at an evening press conference Wednesday (26 February) that the proposed legislation 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve.'

The controversial SB 1062 was passed last week by the Republican controlled state Senate a day after it passed in the House chambers.

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.