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May 2, 2015

'My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum is standing up for Bruce Jenner.

Today, 2 May, the marriage rights foe was part of a reporters roundtable discussion at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

'If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,' Santorum said to a question from BuzzFeed News.

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 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 19, 2015

'Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down'

District officials are investigating claims a group of high school students harassed peers during last week's Day of Silence.

On Friday,17 April, parents and students contacted Channel 11 News (WPXI-TV) voicing concerns about a group of students from McGuffey High School in Washington County, located near Pittsburgh.

April 17, 2015

Fellow Republican Marco Rubio says 'of course' he would 

Rick Santorum has said he will never attend a gay wedding – even a loved one's.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the statement Thursday (16 April) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

'Would you, Rick Santorum, attend a same-sex wedding of a loved one or a family friend or anyone you were close to?' the host asked.

'No, I would not,' he replied.

'Because I don’t — as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

March 9, 2015

Activist defends 'vile' proposition: 'Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire'

Controversial sex columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage has told Ben Carson to put his money where his mouth is and 'suck my dick.'

The potential Republican presidential candidate said last week that prison sex proves homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

February 10, 2015

Centenary of the bisexual singer celebrated in song

It was 1915 when Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a troubled childhood, including an arrest and imprisonment for prostitution at the age of 14, it was in New York City's Harlem in around 1929 when she first took to the stage and began performing as Billie Holiday.

Holiday's successful career and troubled personal life are well documented, ending with her early death in 1959.

February 2, 2015

The author of 'What Happened to Marilyn' shares some tips on where to find the best margarita and more

Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city. We caught up with the writer extraordinaire recently for some inside tips on what makes Pittsburgh a great place to live.

What kept you in Pittsburgh after you graduated?
I stayed because it's a beautiful city that has a lot to offer – in terms of job opportunities, great dining options, fun nightlife, culture, entertainment venues. And it is relatively LGBT friendly.

January 2, 2015

Andi Woodhouse jumped to his death in mid-December but local media did not report the fact that he was a trans man

A vigil will take place tomorrow (3 January) for a trans man who committed suicide in Pittsburgh.

Andi Woodhouse, aged 24, died on Saturday 13 December after jumping from the 10th Street Bridge. From Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Woodhouse worked at a local McDonalds.

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revelation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 17, 2014

Kathryn Knott, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan will be tried as a group for on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges

Two men and the daughter of a local sheriff were ordered to stand trial Tuesday (16 December) in connection with the September beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, Philip Williams, 24, and Kathryn Knott, 24, are to be tried for aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges.

The trio cannot be charged with a hate crime, however, because sexual orientation is not covered in the stat of Pennsylvania's current hate crime law.

November 9, 2014

Uganda pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for the viral video in which he claims gays ‘eat the poo-poo’

An online petition wants an honorary degree given to a homophobic pastor revoked.

The petition is calling for support and wants the honorary degree given to Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa from Cairn University revoked because of his anti-gay views.

Cairn University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, awarded the honorary doctorate to Ssempa in 2006 for his work with people with AIDS.

November 2, 2014

Council passes new legislation after a gay couple was assaulted by as many as 15 people who hurled anti-gay slurs while attacking them

Philadelphia's city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law.

The move was triggered in part by an attack on a same-sex couple in Rittenhouse on September 11 in which one man suffered a broken jaw, broken orbital bones in his face, and a cut that required 24 stitches to close; the other, facial fractures.

October 27, 2014

Loving dad said his love for his son is stronger than the love he has for the church

A Methodist pastor who was defrocked after he officiated his gay son's wedding is now allowed to return to work.

Earlier today (27 October), the Judicial Council ruled a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to discipline Frank Schaefer last year.

Schaefer had been convicted for 'disobeying the church'.

The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final.

October 25, 2014

'They’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument'

Young people are generally more accepting of gay people than their elders and this has Rick Santorum crying foul.

The anti-gay former US senator from Pennsylvania alleges the LGBTI community has 'effectively silenced the church' to the degree that the younger generation is not aware of the arguments against homosexuality and equality.

October 25, 2014

'They’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument'

Young people are generally more accepting of gay people than their elders and this has Rick Santorum crying foul.

The anti-gay former US senator from Pennsylvania alleges the LGBTI community has 'effectively silenced the church' to the degree that the younger generation is not aware of the arguments against homosexuality and equality.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township, for 11 years when he was defrocked.

October 3, 2014

Couple feels sorry for group 'who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags'

A gay couple who were beaten by a group of people in Philadelphia last month are speaking out for the first time.

The couple., whose identifies have not been made public, had a statement read by supporters at a rally held at the Bucks County Courthouse this week.

September 23, 2014

Lawmaker makes announcement during rally pushing for state hate crimes laws to include LGBTI protections

Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo was at a rally Tuesday (23 September) to push for his state's hate crime laws to be expanded to include LGBTI protections.

Then he shared with the crowd some information he had never shared publicly before: he is gay.

'Hundreds of people know I’m gay,' Ferlo said. 'I just never made an official declaration.'

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 17, 2014

Troy Jónsson has never spoken about being raped by one of his brother’s friends. Now he shares his story with Gay Star News

Troy Jónsson stepped on to the Mr Gay World stage as a perfect pin up; handsome, athletic, intelligent, caring, confident. Nobody knew his secret.

He was raped as a 12-year-old boy by one of his brother’s friends.

Now he’s spoken to Gay Star News about that terrible day. It’s a story he has never even hinted about to anyone else in the world – not his friends, his brothers, his parents or his boyfriend.

Jónsson, 27 now lives in Iceland, the country he represented in Mr Gay World.

August 22, 2014

A 17-year-old left his parting note on Instragram, telling his followers: 'I’m sorry I’m not the daughter you wanted'

A transgender teenage boy has stepped in front of an oncoming train, killing himself months after he came out as male.

Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, left a suicide note on Instagram saying: ‘I’m a prisoner of my own body.’

After the note was posted, he was pronounced dead after the train strike near his home in Croydon, Pennsylvania.

Friends said Moscatel had been researching hormone treatments, frustrated he could not start them until he turned 18. His parents had allowed him to cut his hair short and had bought him a breast binder.

August 12, 2014

Freida Hurdle had wanted to wait until after partner's daughter's wedding to get married herself

Frieda Hurdle died last week an unmarried woman.

She and longtime partner Lynn Hurdle were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage being overturned by a federal judge in May.

But the couple, already together for 24 years, did not rush to marry because the wedding of Lynn Hurdle's daughter was scheduled in November and they didn't want to steal her thunder.

In a tragic turn of events, Hurdle suffered a stroke last Friday (8 August) and died at the age of 50.