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April 29, 2015

Actor draws parallels between interrracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi

Mad Men actor  Kit Williamson is engaged to boyfriend of more than eight years John Halbach.

Williamson, 27, who plays Ed Gifford in the AMC series, drew parallels between interracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi.

April 2, 2015

The Dinah Vegas founder shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world

I've lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 21, 2015

Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story about growing up in small-town Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a part of the world that writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk knows well. It's his home town, it's where he went to college, and it is where he has set his latest movie Blackbird.

Polk (together with co-writer Rikki Beadle-Blair) have taken the novel by Larry Duplechan and transferred the action from 1970s California to the conservative and religious heartland of present-day Mississippi.

February 13, 2015

'The fudge packers from Hollywood are shocked the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their imperialist, communist homosexual agenda!'

A Ku Klux Klan chapter has issued a 'call to arms in Alabama' in response to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, which the Supreme Court upheld earlier this week.

Brent Waller, the imperial wizard of the United Dixie White Knights in Mississippi, 'saluted' Alabama chief justice Roy Moore for refusing to bow to the yoke of federal tyranny.

Waller also called on Klansmen to join the 'massive' Christian protests 'that are surely coming.'

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

December 30, 2014

One of our 'honorees,' the Rev. James David Manning, explains why he's certain Starbucks puts male semen in its drinks

It's been a rough year for people who obsess over gay families and couples.

Especially those who profess love for a deity and disgust at everything L,G,B,T,and I.

Their poster boy was called home, RIP Mr Fred Phelps, and the marriage revolution made their arguments punier with each passing day.

Instead of coming up with better ideas, many took steps beyond the real.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 13, 2014

'Although (the protest) is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status'


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/12/12/5965928_gay-marriage-protester-puts-horse.html?sp=/99/184/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Give Rev. Edward James credit. He admits to being ridiculous.

The pastor of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi is not behind this whole same-sex marriage thing.

To show his displeasure with District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves' ruling that the southern state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, James put a horse in a wedding dress.

December 13, 2014

'Although (the protest) is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status'


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/12/12/5965928_gay-marriage-protester-puts-horse.html?sp=/99/184/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Give Rev. Edward James credit. He admits to being ridiculous.

The pastor of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi is not behind this whole same-sex marriage thing.

To show his displeasure with District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves' ruling that the southern state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, James put a horse in a wedding dress.

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

November 27, 2014

Jim Hood says he has 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday (26 November) that Mississippi will fight a decision this week by a federal judge to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Hood said in a statement that his office has a 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws.

November 27, 2014

Jim Hood says he has 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday (26 November) that Mississippi will fight a decision this week by a federal judge to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Hood said in a statement that his office has a 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 23, 2014

'People get divorced. It's a part of life. We don't want it to happen, but it happens'

As it becomes easier for LGBTI couples in the US to marry, one final hurdle remains: the freedom to divorce.

Today, 23 November, National Public Radio did a report on Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham. In 2008, she and her then partner traveled from their Mississippi home to get married in California (when it was legal).

September 14, 2014

The Broadway star married his fiancé at an outdoor ceremony in Los Angeles, which he called a ‘new beginning’ for the pair 

US Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson got married to his fiancé at a romantic ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles (13 September).

An an outdoor ceremony, Jackson tied the knot with entrepreneur Jason Landau.

The pair hit headlines when they announced their engagement six months after Jackson, 39, ended his 13-year relationship with his former husband.

People magazine reports the ceremony was attended by a group of celebrity friends such as Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini and Alicia Silverstone.

September 3, 2014

A 32-year-old hopes to finally see justice after years of dealing with alleged sexual abuse

A gay man has claimed a male teacher at his Baptist school raped him weekly for three years to 'make him hate men'.

Jeff White, 32, has opened up about the horrific 'gay cure' he faced during the 1990s at a school in Walls, Mississippi.

His parents sent him to the school after he came out to them when he was 14 in 1996. The school's curriculum was and still is Bible based, with 'every student being taught the truths of God's word'.

June 4, 2014

A gay couple enters into a Mexican eatery in Mississippi and you will not believe what happens next

A gay couple enters into a restaurant, they kiss, and then they get harassed.

It’s a familiar story, if it wasn’t for it being filmed for ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do?

In the segment, it shows how Mississippi locals react to blatant homophobic discrimination at a Mexican eatery.

The two actors enter, and then an actress playing a customer becomes angry by the pair’s public displays of affection.

The cameras then watch as the legitimate customers react, and it is at times disappointing and then inspiring.

May 28, 2014

Network will also re-air entire seasons of original L Word series as well as Queer as Folk

The filmmaker who brought viewers the scripted series The L Word and the reality series The Real L Word is ressurecting her lesbian-themed franchise with a documentary called L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin.

Showtime, which aired both series, announced today that it will air producer Ilene Chaiken's latest work about the daily struggles of a group of Southern lesbians on 8 August.

The 90-minute film, directed by Lauren Lazin, spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in the religious, conservative deep South.

May 5, 2014

'I'm just honored to be able to share my wedding with the world'

Lance Bass is looking forward to getting married to actor Michael Turchin and sharing the ceremony with the world.

The former 'N Sync band member tells Gay Star News there is no firm date set yet for the ceremony but he knows it will happen before the end of the year.

'We're filming it for an E! wedding special. It will probably air around Valentine's Day so it has to be before Valentine's Day I know that,' he explained before hosting the GMCLA Voice Awards in Las Angeles over the weekend.

April 26, 2014

'Right now, this country is deeply divided into two Americas—one where LGBT equality is nearly a reality and the other where LGBT people lack the most fundamental measures of equal citizenship'

The Human Rights Campaign is bringing the gay equality struggle to the US South.

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.