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April 30, 2015

Report officially rules transgender teen's death a suicide

The death of Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old transgender girl who walked into traffic on a Cincinnati highway in December, has been officially ruled a suicide.

Ohio State Highway Patrol released a 26-page report into her death Wednesday (29 April) after a four-month investigation.

The report said Alcorn left a handwritten suicide note on her bed that said: 'I’ve had enough.'

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.

April 24, 2015

'Celebrate by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexuality'

Posters promoting Straight Pride have appeared on a Ohio university campus days after a Pennsylvania high school made headlines for organizing an anti-gay day.

The anonymously posted flyers popped up at Youngstown State University (YSU) earlier this week and invite students to celebrate during finals week 'by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexual orientation.'

'Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride,' they read.

April 24, 2015

'Celebrate by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexuality'

Posters promoting Straight Pride have appeared on a Ohio university campus days after a Pennsylvania high school made headlines for organizing an anti-gay day.

The anonymously posted flyers popped up at Youngstown State University (YSU) earlier this week and invite students to celebrate during finals week 'by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexual orientation.'

'Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride,' they read.

April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

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.

March 15, 2015

'…Here’s a guy that’s responsible for the coarsening of civil discussion and conversation being celebrated…'

We at GSN get why some conservatives don't like Dan Savage.

The columnist ruthlessly mocks public figures who go out of their way to utter anti-gay bigotry.

For example: he recently asked famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson to 'suck his dick' to prove the doctor's theory homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

It's not strange those against LGBTI rights, and visibility, are not Savage groupies.

March 6, 2015

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

March 5, 2015

Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio cases expected to settle marriage equality issue for the nation

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

March 4, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.

February 21, 2015

15 drag queens (and Michelle Visage) stuck on a tour bus in the snow in Cleveland sounds like a bad joke but it actually happened

When we first heard that 15 stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race were going on a Battle of the Seasons Tour we thought there’s bound to be some drama.

But instead of wig-snatching, the drama came in the form of a tour bus and some deep snow.

The queens taking part in the tour revealed on Twitter their tour bus had broken down after becoming stuck in some snow.

The Battle of the Seasons tour bus was heading to the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio when disaster struck and they were not able to make their 9pm curtain.

February 18, 2015

Freddie Smith's girlfriend was seriously injured in crash but she wrote letter to judge supporting her man

Wednesday was a dramatic day for US soap opera star Freddie Smith both on screen and off.

On the day an episode aired showing his Days of Our Lives character discovering that his husband has slept with his ex-boyfriend, Smith was in an Ohio courtroom trying to avoid being sent to jail.

He succeeded.

A judge suspended Smith's driver's license for one year and ordered him to DUI school stemming from a car accident last October that left Smith's now fiance seriously injured.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 14, 2015

Close to half of Americans know a gay couple who has been married

A study sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign shows a majority of US voters are for gay marriage.

January 16, 2015

High court has agreed to hear same-sex marriage cases from four states

The US Supreme Court on Friday (16 January) agreed to take on same-sex marriage cases from four states in order to rule on gay marriage nationwide.

The high court will hear cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were revered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Last October, the justices passed on reviewing five other marriage cases which had pro-marriage decisions from federal appellate courts.

January 14, 2015

Parents blame her for sharing photos of the transgender teen in a dress

Leelah Alcorn's best friend did not attend her funeral after receiving an angry phone call from the transgender girl's mother.

Carla Alcorn blamed Abby Jones for posting the now-famous photo of her daughter in a dress, which was shared worldwide alongside her suicide note.

The Ohio 17-year-old took her life last month after her Christian parents reacted 'extremely negatively' to her desire to transition.

January 10, 2015

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.

January 7, 2015

Raiden Quinn: 'I wish that even though her parents weren't accepting, I wish they hadn't cut her off from getting help'

Raiden Quinn was one of the few people who knew something about the pain and isolation Leelah Alcorn was experiencing before the transgender Ohio teen committed suicide last week.

January 5, 2015

In 2014 October, the congressman said gay soldiers would not be prepared to fight because they require massages

An anti-gay congressman wants to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Louis Gohmert, a representative from Texas since 2004, made his announcement on the Sunday News program Fox and Friends.

'I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,' the Republican said, as reported by The Hill.

The present Speaker is John Boehner, a fellow Republican from Ohio.