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August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

August 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

July 30, 2014

Court to hear six challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee next week

The fight for marriage equality in the US will have a historic day next week (6 August) when a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in six different cases from four states.

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, located in Ohio, is considering challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee.

It will mark the fourth argument heard by a federal circuit court since the US Supreme Court’s decision last summer which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 11, 2014

Proud father of a gay son and marriage equality supporter, Senator Rob Portman has announced he is considering whether to put his hat in the ring to become the next Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States

Republican Senator Rob Portman, one of the most prominent supporters of marriage equality in his party, has said he is considering whether to step forward as a contender to become US president.

Portman made the comments to the Washington Post, saying he was reluctant to run but would be tempted to if he didn’t see a strong candidate that was able to win.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.

July 9, 2014

Launched by a pair of gay moms, clothing label Little Figs offers kid's wear that celebrates alternative families

Ohio-based company, Little Figs, was launched by wives Mary Robinett and Arrin Turnmire, who say that they were inspired by their twin boys, Finn and Graham, to create high-quality, handmade children’s clothing. Most of the range is made from 100% organic cotton and printed with environmentally friendly inks.

July 2, 2014

Out actor plays gay sidekick of 90210 alums on new ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can't believe he's working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as 'Scooby Doo meets AbFab.'

Garth and Spelling, of course, starred on the original 90210 from 1990-2000 and have reunited on a new show which premiered last week and airs its second episode tonight (2 July).

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 26, 2014

The LGBTI affirming American United Church of Christ has signed on to be one of the official sponsors of this year’s Gay Games taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron in August

The United States’ United Church of Christ has been announced as a sponsor of Gay Games 9 – taking place in the Ohio cities of Akron and Cleveland from 9 to 16 August this year.

The United Church of Christ is one of the oldest LGBTI affirming religious denominations in the world, coming out against the criminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the church has supported marriage equality since 2005.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 18, 2014

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in all four states covered by the US judicial Sixth Circuit in the last step for opponents short of taking the issue to the Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is set to rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee – deciding to hear all of the cases together.

Those four states make up the judicial Sixth Circuit – one of 13 such legal circuits across the United States.

A three judge panel will hear arguments in five cases from the four states from 6 August and is likely to rule on the issue before year’s end.

June 18, 2014

Ohio's Rob Portman came out for marriage equality after his son came out as gay

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections.

He doesn't think it will happen again in 2016.

Portman acknowledges that by coming out in support of gay marriage in March 2013 - after his son came out as gay - he may have doomed his chances of running for president or vice president.

'It puts me at odds with my party in many respects,' he said in an interview posted online this week with Hoover Institute fellow Peter Robinson.

June 18, 2014

Ohio's Rob Portman came out for marriage equality after his son came out as gay

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections.

He doesn't think it will happen again in 2016.

Portman acknowledges that by coming out in support of gay marriage in March 2013 - after his son came out as gay - he may have doomed his chances of running for president or vice president.

'It puts me at odds with my party in many respects,' he said in an interview posted online this week with Hoover Institute fellow Peter Robinson.

May 30, 2014

Two women have fled the US state of Georgia as they feel they are not protected by the police

Travel police in Atlanta are investigating the attack of two trans women by several men on a train.

The video of the fight from last week, which shows the two women being verbally harassed before one man threw a kick, has gone viral online.

Other passengers did not help the two women, as one of them was stripped in a further bid to humiliate her, with some even cheering the men on.

May 13, 2014

West Chester teacher Molly Shumate has quit her job rather than sign a new employment contract with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that would ban her from publicly supporting her son’s sexuality

A veteran Cincinnati, Ohio Catholic school teacher has become the first to quit her job over a new teacher employment contract being introduced by the Archdiocese because it would mean that she could not publicly support her gay son.

Molly Shumate’s 22-year-old son Zachery is openly gay and the new contract strictly forbids teachers from any public support for homosexuality.