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April 24, 2015

Actor plays father of a gay teen in new movie Blackbird

Isaiah Washington isn't gay, but he knows what it's like to be gay bashed.

The Grey's Anatomy alum told HuffPost Live this week that when he was working as a professional dancer in New York in the 1980s, he was attacked becvause he was perceived to be gay.

'I had on leggings,' Washington explained. 'Walking around in the Bronx, you're getting a beatdown.'

April 22, 2015

'I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life'

Jeffrey Tambor has some supportive words for Bruce Jenner who later this week is presumably going to confirm a transition to female in an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Tambor was asked about Jenner because he plays a transgender female in the series Transparent. His character has three adult children and transitions at the age of 70. Jenner is 65 and has six children in addition to four Kardashian stepchildren.

'I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life,' Tambor said recently while accepting the Point Foundation Courage Award in New York.

April 19, 2015

Two legally married men and their son are fighting for same-sex marriage in Ohio - despite living more than 500 miles away

A married couple from New York City are joining the legal fight for same-sex marriage in Ohio because they cannot adopt their son in the state.

Married since 2011, Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas adopted a newborn baby, Cooper, in 2013.

They slept in hospital for the legally required 72 hours as they waited for the birth, before taking their son home to New York where they received a final adoption decree on January 17 2014.

The decree included a directive that a new birth certificate be issued, naming Vitale and Talmas as Cooper’s parents.

April 17, 2015

Britain's Got Talent hit act have released Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York

La Voix and the London Gay Big Band have released their first two singles.

The hit Britain's Got Talent act is following up last year's reality TV show success with contemporary arrangements of classics Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York.

'The women I adore to impersonate, such as Garland and Minnelli, all come from the era where you always sang with live music with full bands,' said La Voix.

'When I sing alongside the London Gay Big Band the energy and sheer volume they bring to any performance is second to none.'

April 17, 2015

Britain's Got Talent hit act have released Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York

La Voix and the London Gay Big Band have released their first two singles.

The hit Britain's Got Talent act is following up last year's reality TV show success with contemporary arrangements of classics Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York.

'The women I adore to impersonate, such as Garland and Minnelli, all come from the era where you always sang with live music with full bands,' said La Voix.

'When I sing alongside the London Gay Big Band the energy and sheer volume they bring to any performance is second to none.'

April 16, 2015

'I was still very scared and insecure about being gay. I did the stupidest things'

Jonathan Groff may be one of the more famous openly gay actors around today but it always that way.

The star of HBO's Looking recalled this week how he made his boyfriend sit in the back of Radio City Music Hall the year Groff attended The Tony Awards as a nominee for Spring Awakening.

'I didn't bring him as my date,' Groff said while accepting an award from the Point Foundation Monday night.

Groff, now 30, had made a name for himself on Spring Awakening but was not ready to share with the world that he was gay at the age of 21.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 14, 2015

Gay mathematician's hidden notebook dates from the time he cracked the Nazi's Enigma code

Alan Turing's hidden wartime manuscript Monday (13 April) sold for more than $1 million at Bonhams auction house in New York.

An anonymous buyer paid $1,025,000 for the 56-page notebook, part of which will be donated to charity.

The handwritten notes date from 1942 when the gay mathematician was working at the UK government code and cypher school in Bletchley Park, where he led the team that cracked the code used by the Nazi Enigma machines.

April 13, 2015

'And Tango Makes Three' is ruffling feathers in the US, as one of the most complained about books in schools and public libraries in the past year

A picture book featuring two male penguins raising their baby is one of the most complained about books in US libraries, according to a report released yesterday by the American Library Association.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins who got together and raised a chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

April 11, 2015

27 stools and a popcorn machine in Rupert Street makes this one of London's best restaurants.

Amidst the sex shops and gay bars of Rupert Street in London's Soho, you have to search for the discrete entrance to Spuntino - a small, counter-style restaurant that serving up some New York classics.

Perfectly lit, with an emphasis on booze, music, and good times, this is a place best enjoyed as a party of two where you can perch on a couple of stools and drink and eat and laugh the night away.

April 4, 2015

The chapter could face a lawsuit over their appointment of an openly gay Eagle Scout

The New York Boy Scouts have hired an openly gay Eagle Scout in direct defiance of the scouts’ anti-gay national policies.

On his 18th birthday, in August 2014, Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier wrote an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America to say goodbye to the organization – because its national policies allow gay scouts but ban gay leaders.

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'. 

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) 

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.'