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September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 28, 2014

The two gay men were walking in Brooklyn when the suspects started yelling homophobic slurs

The New York City Police Department has arrested two men, and a teenager, for attacking two gay men on Saturday (27 September).

A 22-year-old gay man was walking with friend in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bushwick. Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that comprises New York City.

According to the Daily News, the unnamed victim was wearing a dress.

September 22, 2014

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’

September 19, 2014

Jonas is promoting the new single Jealous and his role in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom

Give Nick Jonas credit for business smarts. He's doing all he can to get, and keep, LGBTI admirers.

The 22-year-old, who had a birthday this week, has been spending time showing a little skin at gay clubs in New York City and publicly declaring love to his gay fans.

September 16, 2014

Performer has done striptease in in gay club in recent days and revealed his character in new series Kingdom might be gay

Nick Jonas continues to spread the love to his gay fans saying in a new interview: 'I love them.'

His latest remarks come at a time that Jonas, who turned 22 today (16 September), has been whipping fans into a frenzy with his recent striptease at New York City gay nightclubs.

September 12, 2014

Billy on the Street sensation challenges Letterman to game of  "Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?"

David Letterman doesn't seem like the kind of guy who especially likes being screamed at by a gay man.

But he made an exception on Thursday (11 September) for a very funny gay man named Billy Eichner.

Eichner is the hilarious host of the online sensation Billy on the Street which has him running around New York City, usually with a celebrity in tow, handing dollar bills to people who answer his impromptu questions correctly.

Eichner's profile was raised considerably last month when he did a bit for the Emmys with host Seth Meyers.

September 12, 2014

Fellow comic reflects on her friend's sendoff which she says 'put the fun back in funeral'

Margret Cho was among the guests at Joan Rivers' funeral in New York City last Sunday (7 September) and she says it was unlike any sendoff she had ever attended.

'I’ve never been to a funeral like that,' Cho said this week on Larry King Now. 'I think Joan Rivers really put the fun in funeral.

“It was also the best place to be if you were a good-looking gay man, because there was the richest gay men in the world all coming together. If I was a gay man, I would have definitely kept my Grindr turned on.'

September 12, 2014

'My character has a big storyline revolving around his sexuality'

September 12, 2014

Group's president Bill Donohue complains: 'They decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics'

An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be.

The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years.

September 9, 2014

'I desperately wanted to because I loved her - but I couldn't go because I can't walk'

Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (7 September) in New York City was a star-studded affair but one star who was surprisingly not in attendance was Liza Minnelli.

The two showbiz icons, both huge favorites of the gay community, had been longtime friends and only a broken back could keep Minnelli from the service.

September 9, 2014

Tweets four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein: 'She loved Broadway and we loved her'

There is growing outrage over The Broadway League's controversial decision not to dim the marquee lights of Broadway theaters in honor of the late Joan Rivers.

The Broadway League is the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers.

September 7, 2014

In her 2012 book, Rivers wanted a funeral with 'a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's'

It was the type of ceremony Joan Rivers would have loved. Or made fun of.

The 81-year-old comic's funeral was held today, September 7, at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed Broadway tunes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played New York, New York.

September 7, 2014

In her 2012 book, Rivers wanted a funeral with 'a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's'

It was the type of ceremony Joan Rivers would have loved. Or made fun of.

The 81-year-old comic's funeral was held today, September 7, at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed Broadway tunes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played New York, New York.

September 4, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.

September 4, 2014

Death comes one week after she went into cardiac arrest during vocal cord procedure

Joan Rivers has died at a New York City hospital.

She was 81.

'It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,' her daughter Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today.

'She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.'

September 3, 2014

If you can’t meet the smoking hot models at the Red Hot exhibit’s New York premiere today, at least you can drool over their photos right now

Hearts will be melting in New York City today as the Red Hot exhibit kicks off stateside.

Thomas Knights, photographer and creator of the Red Hot campaign, has confessed he ‘despised’ his own ginger hair growing up, and many of the red head models he's photographed for this series share a similar story of being made fun of for their red locks.

August 31, 2014

Hospital officials have no new information on Rivers condition; unconfirmed reports say the comic is on life support

Today (31 August) Melissa Rivers, daughter of comic Joan Rivers, released a statement about her mother's condition.

The announcement came from New York City's Mt. Sinai Hospital, where the 81-year-old has been hospitalized since 28 August.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 21, 2014

Late actress said In Cold Blood author's story was 'a totally ridiculous suggestion'

Lauren Bacall was not amused.

Three years ago, she sat for an interview in her New York City apartment for a lengthy piece in the annual Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

The widow of Humphrey Bogart, and a film and Broadway legend in her own right, became irritated when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brought up a story spread by Truman Capote.

The In Cold Blood author was quoted as saying 'I gave Bogie a blow job one night' to settle a bet.

August 17, 2014

'Islan’s death was not an isolated incident'

A year ago today, 17 August 2013,  Islan Nettles was walking the streets of New York City with her transgender friends.

The group encountered another. Words were exchanged, including transphobic epithets, and a suspect allegedly punched Nettles.

The trans woman fell to the ground, and the suspect continued the attack.

Four days later, the 21-year-old was removed from life support and died.

August 6, 2014

A 29-year-old New Yorker had her face slashed on Friday by a homeless man with a knife after she came to the defense of her friend who he was calling gay slurs

32-year-old homeless man Takeam Brison has been charged with a hate crime after he slashed the face of a 29-year-old woman who came to the defense of a friend on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Brison told police that he had called 911 to complain that ‘a group of homosexuals’ were following him and he approached a group of friends around 10:40pm on Friday night, calling one of them a ‘faggot,’ and asking, ‘Am I in Faggotville?’

The woman told Brison to stop abusing her friend at which point he produced a pocket knife and slashed her face.

July 17, 2014

 I wouldn't want anyone to rush into things because they see two characters like them get married.

As Glee prepares to begin shooting its sixth and final season, gay high school sweethearts Kurt and Blaine are engaged and pursuing showbiz careers in New York City.

Blaine (Darren Criss) had proposed to Kurt (Chris Colfer) last fall in an elaborate production set to The Beatles All You Need is Love (see video below).

Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt, said this week he hopes the couple takes things slow.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 8, 2014

Authorities say as many as 700,000 people took pat in Sunday’s Cologne Gay Pride parade – making it one of the largest shows of LGBTI solidarity in the world

700,000 people marched in the Cologne Gay Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Germany and Europe.

That figure was arrived at by police supervising the event which originally began as a Christopher Street Day event commemorating the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street.

This year’s Cologne Gay Pride march was also notable as a contingent from local pro-football side FC Köln marched in the parade including club vice-president Toni Schumacher.