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June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 12, 2014

Says federal amendment banning same-sex marriage needed and plans to attend opposition march

San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is ratcheting up his opposition to gay marriage as a string of legal victories for marriage equality continues to grow.

Cordileone, chair of the US bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said at a meeting of bishops in New Orleans this week that the country is at a 'critical point.'

His solution?

May 12, 2014

In our latest Around The World feature, Seth Fornea turns us on to New Orleans and gives us a few reasons to visit Brazil

Whoever said beauty and brains don’t come in the same package, never had the pleasure of meeting Seth Fornea.

The hottest fixture on America’s gay party circuit, not to mention the latest erotica icon from media moguls COLT Studios, Fornea set himself apart from the saturated pool of virtual man-candy as the smoking ginger with boy-next-door-charm.

Before you start drooling over the pecs you can crack walnuts on and the baby blue eyes we want to get lost in, we’re happy to offer a look into the man behind the muscle.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 4, 2014

Oscar nominated actress tweets:  'I don't realize that it was a slur. I'm very sorry for my poor choice of words'

Gabourey Sidibe says she did not know the world 'tranny' is a slur and has apologized for using it repeatedly during a recent appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.

The actress, nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film Precious, came under fire for an anecdote she told about being in New Orleans filming the FX series American Horror Story: Coven.

January 9, 2014

Glee star Chris Colfer also represents gays with a win for Favorite TV Comedy Actor

The people have spoken and they love Ellen DeGeneres - they really love her.

The stand-up comic who became a sitcom star then one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time won a record 14th People's Choice Award in Los Angeles on Wednesday (8 January) night.

'As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards, I ... I mean 12, yes. Thirteen? Maybe. But 14?' DeGeneres joked as she accepted her award.

December 27, 2013

Liz Harris was told: 'You're VERY pregnant' after she and wife Nadia had nine unsuccessful attempts

Liz and Nadia Harris had a full house in New Orleans for Christmas with five new additions to their family.

The couple, married for four-and-a-half years, are now the parents of quintuplets - four boys named Michael, David, Maxwell and Joseph and a girl named Elizabeth.

'I think our gifts are the five babies,' Liz Harris tells the ABC affiliate WGNO.

September 20, 2013

Danny Roberts: 'Can’t say because he’s straight and married now'

Andy Cohen asked and Danny Roberts told - sort of.

During a reunion of MTV reality show stars this week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Cohen asked a group that included Roberts if they had ever hooked up with any of their fellow castmates.

All said no except for Roberts who appeared on The Real World: New Orleans in 2000 and on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons in 2002.

So who was it everyone wanted to know.

'Can’t say because he’s straight and married now,' Roberts answered.

August 4, 2013

Rainbow flag that was torn down from John Hill's New Orleans home had been put up the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI are investigating a possible hate crime against the leader of a gay rights organization in the US southern state Louisiana.

John Hill is the chairman of Forum for Equality and a resident of the Crescent City. An early morning 3 August surveillance videotape, from an art gallery near Hill's home,  shows an unidentified man stopping a van and getting out with a step ladder.

August 4, 2013

Rainbow flag that was torn down from John Hill's New Orleans home had been put up the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI are investigating a possible hate crime against the leader of a gay rights organization in the US southern state Louisiana.

John Hill is the chairman of Forum for Equality and a resident of the Crescent City. An early morning 3 August surveillance videotape, from an art gallery near Hill's home,  shows an unidentified man stopping a van and getting out with a step ladder.

June 23, 2013

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has apologized for its lack of sympathy 40 years ago over the Upstairs Lounge bar fire that killed 32, while the city’s mayor has marked the anniversary with an official certificate

New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond has apologized for his church’s silence 40 years ago when 32 people were burnt to death in the Upstairs Lounge bar fire.

On 24 June, 1973, staff at the Upstairs Lounge bar answered the door only to find it engulfed with flames.

Staff managed to evacuate 30 people from the building while the fire spread but 29 people died in the 16 minute blaze and three died later from their injuries. A further 15 people were injured in the blaze.

June 23, 2013

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has apologized for its lack of sympathy 40 years ago over the Upstairs Lounge bar fire that killed 32, while the city’s mayor has marked the anniversary with an official certificate

New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond has apologized for his church’s silence 40 years ago when 32 people were burnt to death in the Upstairs Lounge bar fire.

On 24 June, 1973, staff at the Upstairs Lounge bar answered the door only to find it engulfed with flames.

Staff managed to evacuate 30 people from the building while the fire spread but 29 people died in the 16 minute blaze and three died later from their injuries. A further 15 people were injured in the blaze.

May 2, 2013

Matt Moore, a blogger for the Christian Post who claimed he was 'cured' of 'sinful homosexuality', has admitted he still has feelings for men

March 15, 2013

Baltimore rabbi Jason Klein has been elected to the role of president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association in what is the first time that a gay man has been appointed to lead a Jewish religious order in the US

Baltimore rabbi Jason Klein has become the first gay man to lead an American Jewish religious order.

Klein was elected to the role of president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at its conference in New Orleans this week.

Klein thanked his colleagues for their support in electing him for the role.

February 8, 2013

As the US marks Black History Month, we learn how Voodoo can give freedom to LGBT Haitians

As I celebrate Black History Month I’d like to recognize one of my indigenous West African ancestral religions that's not homophobic – even if some of the practitioners are.

To the disbelief of many – it's Voodoo (also sometimes called Vodou, Vodoun or Vodun).

Haitian Voodoo is an ancestral folk religion whose tenets have always been queer-friendly, accepting people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions.

December 26, 2012

HMV’s Poll of Polls crowns US rapper’s Channel Orange as album of the year

Frank Ocean’s coming out record Channel Orange has been voted the best album of 2012 by Britain’s music critics.

The US R&B star, who came out as gay in the summer, topped a list of 50 artists named by UK music retailer HMV in their 12th annual ‘Poll of Polls’.

The 25-year-old from New Orleans has had a stellar year.

October 17, 2012

Tells Gay Star News: ‘I’m all grown up now’

Danny Roberts has not been in the spotlight much since he was featured as part of the New Orleans cast on MTV's The Real World in 2000.

But he's never been forgotten.

In his 2008 interview with Out magazine, Neil Patrick Harris said Roberts was a role model for him at that time because 'before him I'd never seen anyone wear [homosexuality] so comfortably.'

September 3, 2012

Police say they yelled anti-gay slurs over bullhorns during a demonstration

Using a city law passed just last year, police in New Orleans arrested nine preachers for an anti-gay demonstration during Southern Decadence festivities in the French Quarter over the weekend.

Eight of the men were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation under an ordinance that prohibits 'any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.'

September 3, 2012

Police say they yelled anti-gay slurs over bullhorns during a demonstration

Using a city law passed just last year, police in New Orleans arrested nine preachers for an anti-gay demonstration during Southern Decadence festivities in the French Quarter over the weekend.

Eight of the men were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation under an ordinance that prohibits 'any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.'

September 1, 2012

Southern Decadence is set to celebrate a muted 41st year after pastors blamed the festival for the state's destruction

Southern Decadence, a New Orleans gay festival which draws over 100,000 LGBT people to the state, will be celebrating after Isaac today (1 September).

Isaac, now a tropical storm, caused heavy flooding in areas around the state and damage around the Gulf Coast, nearly seven years to the day after the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Organizers say the show will go on, billed as the ‘Gay Mardi Gras’, is older than both hurricanes and is responsible for bringing millions in revenue and tourism to the US state.

September 1, 2012

Southern Decadence is set to celebrate a muted 41st year after pastors blamed the festival for the state's destruction

Southern Decadence, a New Orleans gay festival which draws over 100,000 LGBT people to the state, will be celebrating after Isaac today (1 September).

Isaac, now a tropical storm, caused heavy flooding in areas around the state and damage around the Gulf Coast, nearly seven years to the day after the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Organizers say the show will go on, billed as the ‘Gay Mardi Gras’, is older than both hurricanes and is responsible for bringing millions in revenue and tourism to the US state.

August 28, 2012

Chaplain John McTernan has said God's judgment of gays caused the tropical storm nearing New Orleans

An anti-gay online ministry is already blaming Hurricane Isaac on gays.

As the United States prepares for the storm, arriving nearly seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans which left 1,800 dead, author and chaplain John McTernan has decided who is at fault.

August 28, 2012

Chaplain John McTernan has said God's judgment of gays caused the tropical storm nearing New Orleans

An anti-gay online ministry is already blaming Hurricane Isaac on gays.

As the United States prepares for the storm, arriving nearly seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans which left 1,800 dead, author and chaplain John McTernan has decided who is at fault.

August 23, 2012

Extremist Christian preacher in New Orleans found guilty of obscenity after admitting to pleasuring himself in public for a 'thrill'

Anti-gay pastor Grant Storms has been convicted of obscenity after admitting to masturbating in a New Orleans park.

The right-wing Christian, who was notorious for organizing rallies against homosexuality, was found guilty of one count of obscenity and sentenced to three years probation at the US city's 24th Judicial District Court yesterday (22 August).

Storms waived the right to a jury and in his confession claimed he pleasured himself in public because of the 'thrill' of it, reported New Orleans news source nola.com