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May 15, 2014

Broadway legend says of two-time Olympic figure skater: 'Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce'

Johnny Weir's highly-public on-again off-again divorce from husband Victor Voronov has apparently gotten on Harvey Fierstein last nerve.

When the multiple Tony winner, currently on Broadway in Casa Valentina, was asked by Huffington Post about issues he is speaking out these days he replied: 'Anything but Johnny Weir. Leave me alone with that faggot. Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce.'

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

January 24, 2014

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera, outed by Wikileaks, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa is out to get him and that the government is using a man accused of stealing from his house to frame him for breaking the country’s sodomy law

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera says the ruling party is out to get him for splitting from the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and says they are using false accusations of sodomy by a thief who robbed his home to try to destroy him.

The man accused of burglarizing Samaraweera’s home was arrested last week but was soon out on bail and President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, a former ambassador and political appointee of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been hired to defend him.

December 22, 2013

Quentin Lee's public service announcement features a "fake" marriage between a lesbian woman and gay man, he hopes it will go viral on mobile devices

Hong-Kong-Canadian film director Quentin Lee has made a short film highlighting the practice of 'fake' marriages, where a gay man and lesbian woman marry, in China.

November 8, 2013

Jennifer Boylan to share duties at LGBTI media advocacy organization with Steve Warren

GLAAD, a group that didn't include transgender people in its original acronym, today appointed a transgender woman as co-chair of its board of directors.

The media advocacy organization no longer uses the original name of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and instead is simply known as GLAAD.

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is now co-chair of the national board of directors along with a gay man, Steve Warren.

October 27, 2013

From dancing in bars, Chamcham Gajbhiya has become a voice of the community, fighting elections and notarizing her 3-yr live-in relationship

Chamcham is the tinkle made by the traditional anklets women wear in India.

But there is very little traditional about Chamcham Gajbhiye, who decided to call herself that.

Gajbhiye, a trans woman living in Nagpur, one of the largest cities in central India, is a familiar face in the winter capital, after having contested a municipal election last winter.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 22, 2013

After learning more about the struggles Jackie Robinson faced, Brittney Griner decided to keep his numer 42

Basketball player Brittney Griner,who came out as a lesbian this past April, proudly wears 42 on her jersey, the same number a US sports trailblazer wore.

Since high school the WNBA rookie has used the same number Jackie Robinson wore in his 10 year career on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 April.

May 1, 2013

Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage attorneys talk to business leaders at the Out in the Street conference

Want to see the tangible results of the modern gay rights battle? Count the number of companies who signed the amicus brief in the US Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act. Retailers like Amazon and Starbucks put their brand names behind marriage equality. High powered firms like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs did the same. Approximately 300 companies said in part:

April 29, 2013

Basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to continue playing professionally in a major US team sport

Basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major US team sport.

The seven foot tall 34-year-old, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, has come out in an article for Sports Illustrated.

He said: ‘I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different."

‘If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.

February 22, 2013

Gay business guru and Out on the Street founder Todd Sears explains the power of LGBT workplace allies

Allies are a critical piece of the puzzle in the fight for LGBT workplace equality.

It is a testament to the evolution of allyship in the workplace that the casual uttering of anti-gay views completely unacceptable in today’s corporate culture. It is almost impossible to imagine a gay slur being said in the majority of US, Canadian or European companies today.

January 10, 2013

A nationalist pro government paper from Turkey spreads hate speech against students and LGBT people

Yeni Akit, a pro government paper known for its nationalist and homophobic views branded gays and students as being ‘dirty’ ‘deviants’.

The paper published the article after students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) protested against a visit by the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

As Erdoğan attended METU for a launch of a Turkish satellite called Göktürk-2, hundreds of students protested against his conservative and militarist policies.

January 6, 2013

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is called the person of the year by The Advocate

The LGBT news magazine The Advocate picked Senator Tammy Baldwin as its person of the year. Considering she was sworn in last week as 'the first openly gay US. senator' very few will argue with her selection.

December 28, 2012

Former state senator has worked closely with Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Former State Senator Andrew J. McDonald became the first openly gay man to be nominated to the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday (27 December).

McDonald, 46, was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy with whom he has worked closely with for two decades including the past two years as Malloy's chief legal counsel.

December 22, 2012

Will conservative Christian universities have to accept there are LGBT students in their classrooms?

More and more LGBT students at conservative Christian colleges and universities are trying to find ways to reconcile their sexual and religious identities.

October 17, 2012

John Whaite, 23, won over judges in TV baking contest final with 'Heaven and Hell' cake

A 23-year-old gay lawyer has been crowned the winner of TV cooking contest the Great British Bake Off.

John Whaite fought off stiff competition from bakers Brendan Lynch and James Morton in last night's final on BBC Two, with his 'Heaven and Hell' chiffon cake.

The creation which finally sealed the deal for judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry was a dark chocolate and orange base cake with lemon and coconut meringue cakelets on the top as heaven.

September 16, 2012

Matthew Vines goes to YouTube, and churches, to tackle the Bible and homophobia

It's been a compelling road for Matthew Vines. The 22-year-old was reared in a Christian church that was conservative. He accepted the teaching of his elders, especially on gay sexuality.

However, Vines is now earning praise, and censure, for his YouTube videos that call into question anti-gay interpretations of Scripture.

September 15, 2012

Brendon Ayanbadejo's past shows why the NFL linebacker is a same sex marriage supporter

National Football League linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been under the spotlight because he supports same sex marriage.

September 12, 2012

VP of Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia says his country cannot accept recognition of LGBT rights in the ASEAN human rights declaration

The Vice-President of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia said on Monday that LGBT rights should be excluded from a human rights declaration currently being drafted by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Lawyer Azril Mohd Amin wrote in a letter to a Malaysian newspaper:

‘There will be attempts by LGBTs, NGOs, and various other activists to include LGBT rights and the right of absolute freedom of religion in the declaration.

June 27, 2012

An Australian court has opened the way for a new investigation into the death of an American gay man in 1988 that was dismissed as a suicide

The New South Wales Coroners Court has paved the way for a new investigation into the 1988 death of an American gay man in Sydney.

A 1989 inquest ruled the death of 27 year old Scott Johnson to be a suicide despite his body being found naked on the rocks below an area where gay men were known to sunbathe and meet for sex near Manly’s Shelly Beach.

Johnson had no history of depression and had been told only that morning that he was well on his way to achieving his doctorate in mathematics from the Australian National University.

June 11, 2012

Two new reports criticize landmark 2005 gay parenting brief that says LGB families as good as straight ones

Children with lesbian, gay or bisexual parents are worse off, a report from US university scientists claims.

In the study of 3,000 adults, Mark Regenerus, author and professor of sociology at the University of Texas, found that children from planned LGB families did worse than children in conventional relationships with stable families.

The study asked young adults questions about social, emotional and relational experiences in 40 areas.

June 6, 2012

Tunisian minister of human rights Samir Dilou rejects UN demand to decriminalize same-sex acts, saying it is incompatible with Islam

Tunisia's human rights, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

In a press conference held in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, on 2 June Dilou stated that while all Tunisians are entitled to basic protection, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not included.

March 19, 2012

Islamic communities will not accept LGBT candidates, say politicians

Politicians in Indonesia have again expressed their opposition to two LGBT candidates currently competing to serve on Indonesia's human rights commission, Komnas HAM.

March 14, 2012

Anti-gay and trans sentiment casts doubt over Yulianus Rettoblaut and Dede Oetomo chances of Komnas HAM selection

Gay and transgender activists are still in the running for Komnas HAM, Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights, despite hostile reaction to them.

The committee overseeing the selection process announced today (14 March) that gay activist Dede Oetomo and trans Yulianus 'Mami Yuli' Rettoblaut are among the 120 people through to the next round.