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March 10, 2014

North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper has said it is his job to defend his state’s ban on same-sex couples getting married even though he personally believes that legally they should be able to

Despite being a supporter of marriage equality, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says it is his duty to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the attorneys general of Kentucky and Virginia electing to not defend their states’ bans.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

January 3, 2014

A new study published by Hong Kong’s Center for Comparative and Public Law has found that 74% of residents in the Chinese autonomous territory support some level of legal recognition for same-sex relationships – though support for same-sex marriage remains low

A new report published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law has shown that a majority of the Hong Kong public supports granting some legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Researchers Kelley Loper from the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Holning Lau from the University of North Carolina School of Law and Charles Lau from RTI International found that 74% of Hong Kongers thought same-sex couples should have some of the rights of opposite sex couples.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 14, 2013

Athletes from University of North Carolina teams record a You Can Play video

A number of University of North Carolina students are taking a stand for inclusion on the sports field.

Players from the school's basketball, diving fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, softball, soccer, tennis, and track and field teams recorded a video for the You Can Play project to raise awareness of changing attitudes to LGBTI athletes in sport.

The message was simple. Bring skills to the field, and no one will care about sexuality.

December 14, 2013

Athletes from University of North Carolina teams record a You Can Play video

A number of University of North Carolina students are taking a stand for inclusion on the sports field.

Players from the school's basketball, diving fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, softball, soccer, tennis, and track and field teams recorded a video for the You Can Play project to raise awareness of changing attitudes to LGBTI athletes in sport.

The message was simple. Bring skills to the field, and no one will care about sexuality.

November 27, 2013

LGBTI rights group Equality North Carolina has asked the state General Assembly to ensure that tax payer dollars don’t go to schools with anti-gay policies

Equality North Carolina (NC) have responded to the Myrtle Grove Christian School announcing it will bar same-sex attracted children and children with gay parents from becoming students by launching a campaign to stop tax payer dollars from going to schools with discriminatory enrollment policies.

October 11, 2013

God is Gay, by 20-year-old Elliot Darrow, has gone viral for challenging ‘believers’ who call God’s creations abominations

A straight poet has posed a controversial question: what if God is gay?

A Youtube video gone viral captures 20-year-old Elliot Darrow passionately performing his poem for the University of North Carolina during the final stages of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Darrow, according to The Times Magazine Swampland Blog, describes himself as a straight male but says it is his religion that ‘drives his writing’.

October 6, 2013

Orlando Pride organizers say people from South Africa, Brazil, Germany and Great Britain enjoyed the entire day of events

Yesterday's (5 October) Orlando Pride parade ended the only way a day of fun can: with  a firework display.

Held in the  hometown of Walt Disney World Resort, and other major tourist attractions, the entire affair is the largest LGBT-organized event in Florida.

October 4, 2013

Mary Burson and Carole Kaiser were accompanied by daughters and church pastor

Same-sex marriage is prohibited in North Carolina but that didn't stop a pair of determined 79 year olds this week from trying to get married anyway.

Mary Burson and Carole Kaiser walked into the Henderson County Register of Deeds office on Wednesday (2 October) prepared: they had their drivers licenses, social security cards and the $60 is costs to get a marriage license.

The couple, together 40 years and the parents of eight children, were accompanied by two of their daughters and their church pastor.

September 12, 2013

School says showing the video to pupils was inappropriate and ‘called for disciplinary action’

A teacher could lose their job after showing gay rights video Macklemore's 'Same Love' to students in North Carolina.

The Taylorsville educator played the video in a critical theory class. The song supports marriage equality and depicts a relationship between two men and their wedding day.

Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Jeff Peal said to the Taylorsville Times:

September 12, 2013

School says showing the video to pupils was inappropriate and ‘called for disciplinary action’

A teacher could lose their job after showing gay rights video Macklemore's 'Same Love' to students in North Carolina.

The Taylorsville educator played the video in a critical theory class. The song supports marriage equality and depicts a relationship between two men and their wedding day.

Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Jeff Peal said to the Taylorsville Times:

August 28, 2013

A North Carolina woman is accused of having her 12-year-old son beat up his 15-year-old brother to 'cure' his sexuality

A US mother is being accused of having her son attack his brother in order to ‘beat the gay away’.

Mary Gowans, from Whiteville, North Carolina is facing a misdemeanour child abuse charge.

Police were called to an incident on Saturday evening (24 August), with officers saying when they arrived there were several people yelling and screaming.

July 23, 2013

Universities in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are working to become more inclusive of LGBTs on campus

North Carolina universities in the Cape Fear region are rolling out a Safe Zone program to create safe spaces for LGBT students.

Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently joined the program and will open a Safe Zone office in the Office of Student Affairs in August after hearing student feedback.

FSU is a historically African American college and is only the second black college to join the program.

North Carolina Central University, the first black college to join in 2009, opened a dedicated Safe Zone center in April.

July 23, 2013

Universities in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are working to become more inclusive of LGBTs on campus

North Carolina universities in the Cape Fear region are rolling out a Safe Zone program to create safe spaces for LGBT students.

Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently joined the program and will open a Safe Zone office in the Office of Student Affairs in August after hearing student feedback.

FSU is a historically African American college and is only the second black college to join the program.

North Carolina Central University, the first black college to join in 2009, opened a dedicated Safe Zone center in April.

July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union launch multi-state strategy

Several legal actions are being planned to try and bring same-sex marriage to the 37 remaining states in the US where it is not yet legal.

Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court gave huge boosts to gay marriage with their rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the activist groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - separately and sometimes together - are busy filing and planning lawsuits.

June 23, 2013

The judicial philosophy of  Supreme Court Justice Scalia does not include privacy rights for consensual sodomy

In a recent speech, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia repeated his resistance to the famous case that struck down anti-sodomy laws.

On Friday (21 June) the justice spoke to the North Carolina Bar Association. He told the 400 people crowd his speech was titled Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters. While focusing on his judicial philosophy, the justice repeated severe misgivings about a 2003 case.

April 3, 2013

Nolan Cranford made headlines when he was videoed shouting at gay-friendly churchgoers on Easter morning. Now a gay dad digs down into his home life

My 10-year-old son Jesse had big plans Easter morning. He had set his alarm for 6am. He wasn’t getting up early to search for the Easter basket the mystical bunny was likely to have left him, it was to make French toast as a surprise for me, his dad.

That special dad bond is an important one for many young boys. Jesse was not alone in that objective.

April 1, 2013

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!'

An 11-year-old boy stood in front of North Carolina's Green Street United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday giving the congregation a piece of his mind as they exited the church.

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!' the boy can be seen shouting at one point on video posted on the Good As You website.

March 17, 2013

A North Carolina Methodist church has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage and will hold no marriages until the state and its denominational leadership will let it marry same-sex couples

A United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage – telling the state and the United Methodist Church leadership that it will not perform marriages until its pastors are allowed to marry all couples.

December 14, 2012

We meet Todd Sears, who went straight to the top to make the world’s biggest banks more gay friendly and is now repeating the trick with law firms and expanding it to Europe and Asia

If you want to make the world’s most powerful companies more gay friendly, you should go straight to the top.

That was what Todd Sears realized when he founded Out on the Street – an annual gay summit for the leaders of the world’s biggest banks in New York which has just mirrored the success of that event in London.