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April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

March 30, 2015

Package is labeled ‘This is what we sodomites enjoy!'

A notoriously anti-gay pastor claims he was sent a bucket of poop by 'demon-possessed sodomites.'

James David Manning, of ATLAH Missionary Church in New York, took to YouTube to rant about a package he received in the post, labeled: ‘This is what we sodomites enjoy!'

'They put in a plastic container so it wouldn’t give off any odors as it was transferred through the mail,' he said.

'Shouldn’t that be a hate crime?'

In the past, Manning has claimed that Starbucks flavoured its lattes with the 'semen of sodomites.'

March 27, 2015

Earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by a mob

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has defended the country's record of LGBTI rights.

Protestors descended on the 6th Biennal Jamaica Diaspora Conference in New York yesterday, where the PM was giving her keynote address.

The LGBTI activists demanded Simpson-Miller do more to stop the killing of gay, bi and trans people.

Just earlier this month, a gay man was stoned to death by an angry mob.

March 19, 2015

Ginger, spicy and hitting Germany next month – it's the RED HOT 100

It's already toured London, New York and Sydney – and now RED HOT 100, a trailblazing photographic exhibition of hot ginger guys courtesy of Thomas Knights, is taking residency in Berlin.

This follows the success of the RED HOT 100 book, published by BRUNO GMÜNDER, which is already in its third run.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be over Easter weekend, on Saturday 4 April from 4-8pm at the Bikini Concept Mall. It will last until 3 May, open seven days a week; 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays.

March 19, 2015

Ginger, spicy and hitting Germany next month – it's the RED HOT 100

It's already toured London, New York and Sydney – and now RED HOT 100, a trailblazing photographic exhibition of hot ginger guys courtesy of Thomas Knights, is taking residency in Berlin.

This follows the success of the RED HOT 100 book, published by BRUNO GMÜNDER, which is already in its third run.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be over Easter weekend, on Saturday 4 April from 4-8pm at the Bikini Concept Mall. It will last until 3 May, open seven days a week; 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays.

March 18, 2015

The tech giants will host forums for LGBT entrepreneurs and the tourism and hospitality industry as part of the inaugural LGBT Week NYC

Details are being finalized for the first LGBT Week – a new series of conferences, symposia, workshops and events aimed at the LGBT business community and those looking to explore the LGBT market.

LGBT Week NYC will take place from 20-24 April 2015, and will be followed by future conferences in Orlando (4 June) and Seattle (18 September).

The NYC event builds upon the success of the annual LGBT Marketing Week – which will be incorporated into this new event – and will look specifically at business, marketing and technology.

March 17, 2015

From I Dreamed A Dream to Don't Stop Believin', take a look back of some of the best songs

Glee is ending. Did you stick by it or do you feel like that sentence should have been written years ago?

Love it or loathe it, the show choir musical dramady was a phenomenon. A show that put LGBTI characters in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Even in its most uneven moments, there were still covers of songs that sounded almost better than the originals and were a big part of why people loved the show.

March 16, 2015

Rabbi Denise L Eger was appointed president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis during the Reform Judaism annual convention in Philadelphia on Monday – becoming only the third woman to hold that post and the first openly gay person

The socially progressive North American Reform Judaism religious denomination has appointed the first openly gay or lesbian person to serve as the president of its Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Founded in 1889 the central conference is the highest religious body for Reform Judaism rabbis and the Jewish denomination made Rabbi Denise L Eger its president during its annual conference in Philadelphia on Monday.

March 13, 2015

They may have met on Craigslist

A teenager in New York state has been charged with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing and setting on a fire a gay man he may have met on Craigslist.

Kyle Box, 18, was arrested on Monday (9 March) and is being held without bail.

The victim, 62-year-old Randy Bent, was found dead Sunday night at his home in Watertown.

The high school student, from nearby Carthage, told police he went back with the victim, then stabbed him with a knife 'multiple times.'

March 13, 2015

They may have met on Craigslist

A teenager in New York state has been charged with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing and setting on a fire a gay man he may have met on Craigslist.

Kyle Box, 18, was arrested on Monday (9 March) and is being held without bail.

The victim, 62-year-old Randy Bent, was found dead Sunday night at his home in Watertown.

The high school student, from nearby Carthage, told police he went back with the victim, then stabbed him with a knife 'multiple times.'

March 9, 2015

How one unassuming hotel in downtown Portland godfathered the hipster movement. Kind of.

Given how the achingly cool Ace Hotel in London has done more to rejuvenate the lagging energy of Shoreditch than any other bar, club or restaurant in recent memory, we were more than a little curious to check out the somewhat iconic branch in downtown Portland, Oregon.

With versions also in Panama, LA, Palm Springs, New York and the original in Seattle, it's surely the Ace's Portland pitstop the rests atop any self-respecting hipster's bucket list (if such a thing exists).

March 9, 2015

How one unassuming hotel in downtown Portland godfathered the hipster movement. Kind of.

Given how the achingly cool Ace Hotel in London has done more to rejuvenate the lagging energy of Shoreditch than any other bar, club or restaurant in recent memory, we were more than a little curious to check out the somewhat iconic branch in downtown Portland, Oregon.

With versions also in Panama, LA, Palm Springs, New York and the original in Seattle, it's surely the Ace's Portland pitstop the rests atop any self-respecting hipster's bucket list (if such a thing exists).

March 5, 2015

Student uses hookup app to organize Shabbot dinners
 

A university in New York has given a student a grant to bring together the local Jewish Community.

Aspiring rabbi Matt Green started using the hookup site to organize Shabbot dinners after he realised that many of his chats were not kinky they were Kashrut (a Jewish dietary law). He discusses Judaism at the dinners and at one of them 12 people attended.

Green spoke to the The Jewish Chronicle: ‘It occurred to me that what happened on Grindr was speaking to a Jewish communal need. People wanted to talk about being Jewish and Jewish things.’

March 4, 2015

Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn in as the New York City Fire Department’s newest religious chaplain after complaints about a lack of diversity inside the organization

New York City’s Fire Department has appointed its first ever woman chaplain and she is also the first ever openly lesbian person to serve in that role.

The Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn into the role on Tuesday and joins six other chaplains on the force that are Christian and one that is Jewish.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel A Nigro praised Kansfield for her community work around her Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn and welcomed her as the first ever female fire chaplain in New York.

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales. 

February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

'One day I just walked into the office and I quit ...  I had just reached a point where I was like, "I can't fucking do this anymore"'

On HBO's Girls this season, Andrew Rannells' character of Elijah does something very impulsive when he decides to follow Hannah (Lena Dunham) from New York City to Iowa.

So has Rannells, in real life, every done something similarly impulsive?

It turns out he did back in 2004 when he was an unknown and working for a company that made Pokemon and other anime cartoons.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 16, 2015

The out lesbian is survived by her partner of 33 years

Lesley Gore, the 1960s pop star who later came out publicly as a lesbian, died on Monday of lung cancer. Her biggest hits included It's My Party, You Don't Own Me and Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.

Gore died New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, according to the Associated Press.

'She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,' Lois Sasson, Gore’s partner of 33 years, told the AP.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 12, 2015

A colleague's offensive comments on gays prompted the actor to reveal his sexuality 

The American star of a hit Russian sitcom has risked his career by coming out as gay.

Odin Biron stars as Phil, an American doctor trying to negotiate his life in Russia, in one of the country's most popular TV programmes, a medical sitcon somewhat similar to Scrubs called Interns.

The actor, born and raised in Minnesota, has been the shows’s star for the past four years and felt the need to come out after his co-star, Ivan Okhlobystin, made offensive comments.