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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 6, 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.

January 4, 2015

Held at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn last attended

Hundreds of people gathered on a cold, rainy Saturday evening at Kings High School in Cincinnati where Leelah Alcorn attended before her parents enrolled her at an online school, Ohio Virtual Academy.

The 17-year-old committed suicide last Sunday after writing in an online diary that her parents didn't accept that she identified as female.

While some were friends, others were there to support the call to end discrimination of transgender people and to protect transgender youth.

January 2, 2015

‘Love your children’, says Deacon Ray Dever of St Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The death last Sunday morning of Leelah Alcorn in Ohio has again led many to question the impact of religious doctrine upon the lives of LGBTI people.

‘We don't support that, religiously,’ said Carla Alcorn – Leelah’s mother – when asked by CNN reporter about her daughter’s desire to transition.

January 2, 2015

Transgender teen posted two heartbreaking notes on account before commiting suicide

The erasure of every trace of Leelah Alcorn's short life online continued today with the apparent removal, from Tumblr, of her 'satan's wifey' account.

It was from here, earlier this week, that the Ohio teen posted two notes shortly before her death, claiming that her parents' refusal to accept that she was transgender made it impossible for her to continue to live. 

January 2, 2015

Carla Alcorn has given an interview in which she discusses her daughter’s suicide: ‘People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy’

The mother of Leelah Alcorn has given an interview to CNN in which she talks about Leelah’s death, her online suicide note, and some of the condemnation that she and her husband, Doug, have received.

January 1, 2015

He tweets: 'If Tyler Clemente's roommate could be prosecuted—and he was—then the parents of can & should be'

Author and activist Dan Savage is furious with the parents of an Ohio transgender teen who committed suicide this week.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, died Sunday after being struck by a truck in Union Township, Ohio. She had left behind a lengthy suicide note on her Tumblr account.

January 1, 2015

The Ohio trans teenager died on Sunday morning in a suspected suicide

At the time of writing, just over 53,000 had signed a petition on change.org urging the family of Leelah Alcorn to use her chosen female name on her tombstone.

Alcorn, aged 17, died in a suspected suicide in the early hours of Sunday morning.

December 30, 2014

The Ohio teenager was killed by a truck on Interstate 71. She left behind a note blaming her parents’ negative reaction to her wanting to transition, and an inability to see a positive future for herself, among other reasons

A 17-year-old transgender teen in Union Township, Ohio, has died after being struck by a truck. A suicide note that went live on her Tumblr account after her death suggests that she intended to kill herself.

She died at 2.20am on Sunday. Police say she had walked 3-4 miles from her parent’s house in Kings Mill, Ohio.

Following her death, the following note appeared on her blog.

December 24, 2014

Justices have cases out of five states to choose from

The US Supreme Court could decide as early as 9 January whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court will be in conference on that day and will consider hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana, according to BuzzFeed News.

December 10, 2014

Freddie Smith to be sentenced in February for  felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence

US soap opera star Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in Ohio that left his girlfriend seriously injured.

Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, entered pleas of guilty this week to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press.

Smith will be sentenced on 18 February.

December 4, 2014

He now says that he is likely to change his judgment, which would leave the women married to one another again

A judge in Athens, Ohio, approved a couple’s divorce last week… only realizing afterwards that the couple were both women.

Currently, Ohio has a ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling becomes the state’s first same-sex divorce.

December 2, 2014

Kent State University researchers estimate hosting the 2014 Gay Games brought an additional $52 million into the city of Cleveland’s economy, and that’s just the conservative estimate

A new study of the economic impact of the city of Cleveland hosting this year’s Gay Games has suggested that the event caused an additional at least $52 million to be spent in the city during the 8 day event.

Kent State University economics professors Shawn Rohlin and Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley authored an economic impact study into the 2014 games which asked participants about their spending during the games and found that 75% of the 20,000-plus who participated or attended the Games lived outside the Cleveland/Akron metropolitan area.

November 17, 2014

Actor plays gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of our Lives

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, has been charged with drunk driving.

The 2013 Emmy nominee was involved in a serious car crash last month in Ohio when he lost control of his car early on Route 84 in Kingsville Township.

Smith suffered minor injuries but his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, was critically injured and trapped in the overturned car. She and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

She is now recovering from her injuries.

November 8, 2014

Ohio student Cole Ledford posted a defiant message to his attacker, who beat him up for kissing his boyfriend

A US student, who was beaten up for being gay, tweeted a defiant message to his attacker and instantly became a viral sensation.

Ohio student Cole Ledford, who tweets at @ColeLedford11, was beaten up for kissing his boyfriend, and was left with a painful black eye.

Yesterday (November 7), he tweeted a picture of himself and his injuries alongside a text with the words: ‘To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend.’

‘I'm sorry that you called me fag,’ wrote Ledford.

November 7, 2014

A 33-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital

A Ohio trans woman is to be discharged today after surviving a near death experience earlier this week.

On Monday, 33-year-old Candice Milligan was attacked in broad daylight in downtown Toledo by at least three men.

The men reportedly called her anti-gay trans slurs, punched her, kicked her and stole her cell phone. The assailants then fled the scene.

She was hospitalized in critical condition at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center.

Doctors performed at least two surgeries to save her life, including one to drain blood from her brain.