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June 23, 2015

Uses #poweredbypride hashtag to raise funds for Hetrick-Martin Institute

Actor Russell Brand reached out to his more than 10 million Twitter followers on Tuesday (23 June) to raise money for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

June 22, 2015

Party’s producer says he was influenced by calls to boycott properties owned by gay hotelier Ian Reisner after he hosted party for GOP senator Ted Cruz

Another major event has pulled out of taking place at a venue owned by New York gay businessman Ian Reisner.

It was announced late week that the organizers of the annual Ascension Party – due to take place on Fire Island Pines – had decided not to go ahead with the circuit party’s planned event over the Labor Day weekend in August.

They have decided to relocate the event to Mykonos in Greece.

June 18, 2015

'They didn’t grow up losing their community ... it's staggering what happened'

Famed fashion stylist Brad Goreski may have been a young boy when the AIDS plague hit, but he is well aware of that devastating time and thinks others should be too.

Goreski, 37, shared his thoughts at this week's 6th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York.

June 17, 2015

The show's Big Boo to marry fiancée Chelsea Fairless

Orange is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria isn't sure of the exact date when she'll marry fiancée Chelsea Fairless but she is sure of who will perform the ceremony.

'Sandra Bernhard is going to marry us because she’s a really good pal,' DeLaria tells Page Six. 'It’s going to be in New York, but we’re still trying to find the spot!'

June 16, 2015

From Brooklyn food markets to bike rides around Governor’s Island – the Big Apple offers plenty of free or affordable tourist options this summer

Whatever time of year you choose to visit, New York City never fails to impress. However, there’s something about summer in New York that makes it unlike anywhere else on earth.

Go between June and early September and you’ll find a city struggling to keep its cool. The sun glistens off Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers, the pungent aroma of food seems to suffuse every sidewalk, and the climate is hot and sticky.

June 12, 2015

Some Pride festivals prompt hotel room prices and home rentals to rise: other festivals have no effect. A company has now done research into why some cities see a boost

A company that analyzes the falling and rising prices of short-term rentals and hotel stays has taken a look at the effect that Pride festivals has on prices in the US.

The conclusion of its research?

When deciding what sort of rental amount to charge, hoteliers and property owners should consider a number of factors, including how many people are expected to attend the event, how many hotel rooms and rentals are in the area, and whether the event attracts mainly locals or a high proportion of out-of-towners.

June 9, 2015

Hundreds of parents and their kids marched to prove boys can be Wonder Woman, and girls can be Spider Man

Hordes of tiny Spider-Men, X-men and Wonder Women of all genders took to the streets in New York this weekend to make a powerful point about stereotypes.

They came together to help four-year-old Ellie Evangelista, who was told by boys at school that she could not be Spider Man, because she was a girl.

June 9, 2015

These footballers are paving the way for equality in sport

The world of sport may still be a hostile place for many LGBTI athletes.

With its long history of homophobia, there are precious few openly gay men in the entire football industry, despite efforts to encourage tolerance and equality in sport.

But this year, there are at least 14 openly gay or bisexual women playing in the Canada World Cup - that's exactly 14 more than the men's World Cup last year.

Meet some of the footballers who are scoring a goal for LGBTI rights:

June 8, 2015

Colorado gay valedictorian gives speech to hundreds of thousands viewers after his planned speech was cancelled by school

Evan Young, an 18-year-old graduating senior at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School who was stopped from giving a speech at his school's commencement ceremony, found a new audience – over 400,000 people to be exact – last week.

The valedictorian's planned speech was cancelled after the school found out that he was planning to come out as gay.

After the cancellation made the news, Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show, flew the teen to New York to deliver the banned part of the speech on the show last Thursday.

June 4, 2015

Lawsuit alleges senior executives sent the plaintiff graphic gay imagery, harassed him for being Jewish and exchanged racist emails with one another

The former US in-house counsel for Zara Inc USA has launched a $40million (€35.5million) lawsuit against the company claiming that he was subject to a hostile work environment, pay discrimination and harassment due to his religion, nationality, and sexual orientation.

Ian Miller worked for the Spanish retail company from 2008 until he was fired in March this year.

He says in the suit that his firing came about after he raised concerns about discrimination.

June 3, 2015

Four employees say that The OUT NYC’s restaurant and club – owned by beleaguered businessmen Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass – discriminated against them and withheld tips

New York hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass have found themselves the subject of more negative publicity this week.

The gay business owners – who own The OUT Hotel in midtown Manhattan and venues on Fire Island, among other properties – are still fighting to rebuild their reputation after making the ‘mistake’ (their words) of hosting a private dinner for Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

June 2, 2015

Says former New York City Mayor: 'I’m in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality'

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani does not believe it's possible to win the Republican Party nomination for president and be in favor of gay rights.

Giuliani was asked by Fox News this week if he is considering jumping in to the already crowded field of Republican hopefuls.

Giuliani said he would not be running and explained why.

'I believe I can’t get nominated because of my views on gay marriage, I’m in favor gay rights, I’m in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality.'

And that's not all.

May 30, 2015

If the bar passes the process, it will become the first LGBT historical landmark recognized by the Big Apple
 

Next week, the Stonewall Inn begins the process of being New York City's first overtly LGBTI historical landmark.

According to the New York Times, on Tuesday (2 June) the city Landmark Preservation Commission will vote to add the building to its calendar.

Once a property is put on the commission’s calendar, the road to landmark status is virtually assured.

May 28, 2015

An impressive multi-media exploration of identity, race, and belonging

Hetain Patel delivers a personal and humorous exploration of identity in his new show American Boy at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.

An accomplished impressionist, in this show Patel uses many voices but never his own.

May 26, 2015

The film Jeffrey was welcome change after seven years as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart has played several gay roles in recent decades but he will always have a special fondness for his first.

The year was 1994 and the film was Jeffrey about a young man (Steven Weber) in New York who besides to become celibate because he is terrified of AIDS.

Stewart was cast as an interior designer named Sterling who is determined to find Jeffrey a long-term relationship.

May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015

A special mention was given to ‘The Lobster’, an eccentric fable starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz about lovers who risk being turned into animals if they fail to find a partner

A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the 2015 Queer Palm award, an independently sponsored prize entered into the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Todd Haynes, 'Carol' is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel ('The Price of Salt') that tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.

Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.

May 22, 2015

Also jokes, deadpan, that he was drag queen in high school, 'experimented with ass play,' and was male prostitute

Taye Diggs will take over the title role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in July and he says he is more than ready.

'I feel very honored and flattered and excited and committed,' Diggs told TMZ. 'It’s a lot of work.'

Then he said: 'I have a flaming homosexual inside me and I’m raring to let that out.'

May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 16, 2015

The Attorney General's office kicked off an initiative schooling health care professionals on best practices in working with transgender patients

The Attorney General of New York has announced a new initiative to ensure equal access to medical care for transgender people across the state.

Eric Schneiderman said his Civil Rights Bureau is working with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Mt Sinai Health Systems and Lambda Legal to address the challenges trans patients face and to ensure healthcare providers know best practice to treat them.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.