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April 4, 2014

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, attended the small signing ceremony for the legislation

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant held a small ceremony for the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill LGBTI advocates see as a step toward state approved anti-gay discrimination.

April 3, 2014

The legislation also includes a measure that adds  the national motto 'In God We Trust' in Mississippi's state seal

Governor Phil Bryant announced he will sign Mississippi's  Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a proposal many argue allows public businesses to deny services to LGBTI customers.

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant indicated he will sign the bill

The southern US state of Mississippi is a signature away from having laws that will permit businesses to turn away gays.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2681, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argue the proposal only keeps the state from administrating harsh burdens on the faithful.

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant indicated he will sign the bill

The southern US state of Mississippi is a signature away from having laws that will permit businesses to turn away gays.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2681, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argue the proposal only keeps the state from administrating harsh burdens on the faithful.

March 28, 2014

Facebook post by Dave Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi goes viral - he thinks gays 'have been in the news too much lately'

An anchorman at a television station in Biloxi, Mississippi, took to Facebook this week to suggest that the LGBTI community go on 'gaycation.'

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV wrote: 'I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But it seems like they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!'

March 28, 2014

Facebook post by Dave Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi goes viral - he thinks gays 'have been in the news too much lately'

An anchorman at a television station in Biloxi, Mississippi, took to Facebook this week to suggest that the LGBTI community go on 'gaycation.'

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV wrote: 'I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But it seems like they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!'

March 13, 2014

'We can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here,' says Mississippi native Bass in Freedom to Marry video

While gay marriage is slowly spreading - state by state - in the US, none of the states where it has become legal have been in the South.

Mississippi native Lance Bass, engaged to marry actor Michael Turchin, is confident that is about to change.

'We’re here; our feet are planted here in Mississippi, and we can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here,' Bass says in a video released Thursday (13 March) by Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

March 13, 2014

New research has found that some of the most conservative states in the US also have the highest number of people looking for gay porn on the internet

A new study by PornHub and Buzzfeed has found that, on average, people in the US South watch more gay porn than people in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

PornHub found that out of all 50 US states, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia had the biggest number of people searching for gay porn on the internet.

5.58% of porn searches by Mississippians was for gay porn, compared to 5.44% in Louisiana and 5.38% in Georgia.

March 10, 2014

A 24-year-old gay couple and parents to a five-year-old daughter were found dead near a convenience store in a quiet beach town

Police are on the hunt to find the murderer of a lesbian couple who were discovered dead near a dumpster in Texas.

Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, 24, were found at around 7.30am, Friday morning (7 March) in Port Bolivar by a beer deliveryman taking out some trash.

The couple had been living together for two years. Jackson and Cosby were raising Jackson’s five-year-old daughter.

Police have yet to announce a motive or suspect.

Detectives believe the women were killed somewhere else and dumped at the nearby convenience store.

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

December 18, 2013

After semester of alleged abuse by students and adults, Destin Holmes was asked not to return to the school

All Destin Holmes wanted was to go to school and to dress 'tom boyish' which is the way she feels most comfortable.

But the Mississippi teen's school day was made a living nightmare by not only the students at Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, but also by her principal and some teachers.

'It was only one semester because they told me they didn't want me there anymore,' she says in a video. 'Knowing that they didn't want me there, it felt terrible.

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.

October 30, 2013

The Daily Show segment blows hole in anti-gay stereotype of people in the southern US states

It would seem like waffle houses in Alabama and Mississippi might not be the best place for a gay couple to announce their engagement.

At least that's what folks from Comedy Central's The Daily Show initially thought when they sent two actors to the southern states to test pundit Nate Silver's conclusion that Alabama and Mississippi are the least tolerant when it comes to LGBT equality.

Silver, who correctly predicted the results of the 2012 US presidential election, had not visited the state personally he admitted.

October 30, 2013

The Daily Show segment blows hole in anti-gay stereotype of people in the southern US states

It would seem like waffle houses in Alabama and Mississippi might not be the best place for a gay couple to announce their engagement.

At least that's what folks from Comedy Central's The Daily Show initially thought when they sent two actors to the southern states to test pundit Nate Silver's conclusion that Alabama and Mississippi are the least tolerant when it comes to LGBT equality.

Silver, who correctly predicted the results of the 2012 US presidential election, had not visited the state personally he admitted.

October 5, 2013

'In no way do I condone this behavior but you need to have a conversation with these athletes when they set foot on any campus as to what is expected from them as representatives of the university'

In an open letter to the University of Mississippi faculty, gay marriage advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo offered his help in dealing with members of its football team hurling homophobic comments during a performance of the Laramie Project.

October 3, 2013

Play is based on the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard

A play about the reaction to the 1998 hate crime murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard drew anti-gay slurs such as 'fag' from some members of the audience during a performance at the University of Mississppi.

The Daily Mississippian student newspaper reports that the incident occured on Monday (1 October) when at least 20 members of the school's football team were in the audience.

September 5, 2013

Married gay National Guards in Texas and Mississippi will be forced to jump through hoops in seeking to apply for equal federal benefits because state level guard leaders say they would be breaching their state bans on same-sex marriage

Texas and Mississippi will be the only two states to deny aid in filing for federal marriage benefits for gays and lesbians in their state National Guards.

The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that it would no longer enforce Title 38 of the US Code which prevents the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs from recognizing same-sex marriages.

August 2, 2013

Spokesman: It's an 'amicable parting and, understandably, a private matter'

Cheyenne Jackson is getting a divorce.

A spokesman for the star confirmed today that Jackson and husband Monte Lapka have split after 13 years together. They were married in 2011 when same-sex marriage became legal in New York.

In a statement to Playbill, a spokesman for Jackson called it an 'amicable parting and, understandably, a private matter.'

July 18, 2013

Members of the Satanic Temple claim to have turned Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ mother into a lesbian in the afterlife after performing a ‘pink mass’ at her gravesite

A group of US Satanists has performed a “pink mass” over the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, which they say they believe has turned her into a lesbian.

The Satanic Temple say a pink mass is a ceremony that can change a person’s sexuality in their afterlife, similar to how Mormons baptize dead people into the Mormon faith after they have died.

May 10, 2013

Family attorney: 'There's a lot more to it'

The family of Marco McMillian, a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi who was murdered, on Friday (10 May) asked the US Justice Department to look into the case.

The family spoke out after an autopsy was released showing that McMillian had died of asphyxiation and had also been burned and beaten.

Lawrence Reed, 22, was charged in the death of McMillian.

May 10, 2013

Family attorney: 'There's a lot more to it'

The family of Marco McMillian, a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi who was murdered, on Friday (10 May) asked the US Justice Department to look into the case.

The family spoke out after an autopsy was released showing that McMillian had died of asphyxiation and had also been burned and beaten.

Lawrence Reed, 22, was charged in the death of McMillian.

March 7, 2013

Federal government could bring hate crime charges to high-profile case

The FBI is getting involved in the murder investigation of Marco McMillian, a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi who was murdered last week.

The agency 'will assess evidence to determine whether federal prosecution is appropriate,' Deborah Madden, an FBI public affairs specialist, tells USA Today.

A 22-year-old man named Lawrence Reedhas been charged with McMillian's murder. The victim's family says McMillian was beaten, dragged and set afire.

March 7, 2013

The horrific death of gay mayor hopeful Marco McMillian sparked fears hate may have motivated his murder. Now more evidence has emerged

Marco McMillian was a trailblazer, and the pride of the Mississippi Delta.

In 2004 when he was still in his 20s Ebony magazine hailed him as on the nation’s 30 leaders under the age of 30. And in his 30s the Mississippi Business Journal hailed him as one of the ‘Top 40 Leaders under 40’.

But at age 34 McMillian’s life was mysteriously cut short.

March 5, 2013

Marco McMillian's body found last week, a suspect is in custody

The family of Marco McMillian, a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi, is sharing some of the details they have learned about his murder.

McMillian's body was found last week near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta. A 22-year-old man named Lawrence Reed had crashed McMillian's car in a separate location a day before the body was found. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

McMillian, 34, was running for mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi.