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August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media:

August 22, 2014

V. Stivanio says in court papers she never had sex with the billionaire who was ousted from NBA for racist comments

Donald Sterling, the one-time owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was ousted from the league for being a racist bigot.

Now his ex-girlfriend is also claiming that he is also gay.

V. Stiviano alleges in court papers filed this week that she was the billionaire's beard and that the two never had sex.

She states that Sterling is 'homosexual and enjoys sexual and or sexual congress with males.'

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

Former soap stars take lead roles in a new play exploring sperm donation and gay parenting

Breeders, by playwright Ben Ockrent, will premiere for a month-long run at London’s St James Theatre from 3 September 2014.

August 16, 2014

A panel of three judges in Arizona overturned a previous ruling, which claimed Beatie was in a 'same-sex union'

A trans man seeking a divorce from his wife in Arizona has been allowed to continue divorce proceedings after a panel of judges overturned a previous ruling claiming the marriage wasn't recognised.

 

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 14, 2014

Late actress regarded the show as her greatest professional high

The late Lauren Bacall, who died this week at 89, took the greatest pride in her stage career where she received the roles and acclaim that often alluded her in films.

The stage role of her lifetime was that of Margo Channing in Applause, a musical version of the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve.

Bacall played the older actress who takes young and ambitious newcomer Eve Harrington under her wing only to later be betrayed.

August 13, 2014

Court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter

Ever wonder why some politicians seem to blame LGBT people for everything from natural disasters to Game of Thrones?

Well, court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter.

August 13, 2014

Widow of Humphrey Bogart won two Tonys and an honorary Academy Award

There are not many people – any people perhaps – who could claim to be an A-List star for the past 70 years.

Lauren Bacall, who died of a stroke on Tuesday (12 August), certainly could.

She was 89 at the time of her death and had continued to work in films until her final years.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

August 12, 2014

A Tennessee county judge has ruled that the US constitution does not protect same-sex couples’ right to marry in the first legal loss of its kind since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense Of Marriage Act

Roane County Tennessee Circuit Judge Russell E Simmons Jr has declared his state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional, bucking the nation-wide legal trend on the issue.

Simmons had been hearing the case of Fredrick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, a same-sex couple who had married in Iowa in 2010 and were seeking to have that marriage recognized in their home state of Tennessee.

August 8, 2014

One Californian mom explains why she regards surrogacy, and helping gay men to become dads, as her own form of ‘Uterine Activism’

Kelly Enders-Tharp clearly enjoys being pregnant. More significantly, she loves helping to create families. After giving birth to three of her own children (Ruby in 2001, Preston in 2003 and son Sawyer in 2006), she made the decision to help others become parents.

August 5, 2014

The 8-year-old niece of a gay couple who are the subject of a new reality show has threatened to write to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott every day this week if he does not legalize same-sex marriage

An 8-year-old Australian girl has started a letter writing campaign to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in support of her gay uncles being allowed to get married, and says she will write to him every day this week.

‘To Tony Abbott, my name is Abbey and I am 8 years old,’ she writes.

‘My unkls are gaye and we had to go to New Zeland to have ther wedding. It is going to be on TV it’s called Living with the Enemy they wont to get marred in Astralea but that’s eligle. I will write to you once a day for a week. P.S. I wold like the law changed. [sic throughout]’

August 3, 2014

Baer and his partner Brian Walsh have been in Vienna since 2013 September

Daniel Baer, the out US ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh.

According to a post by the Human Rights Campaign, the ceremony was held on 2 August in Vienna.

Baer is the seventh openly LGBTI person nominated by President Barack Obama.

August 2, 2014

Violet Palmer and wife, Tanya Stine, have been a couple for the past 20 years
 

Violet Palmer, the first woman to referee a National Basketball Association game, married celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine, her partner of 20 years.

The pair were married in Los Angeles yesterday (1 August).

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 23, 2014

'While marriage might not be my thing, if it's your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it'

Susan Sarandon spent 21 years in a relationship with fellow Oscar winner Tim Robbins and they had two children.

But they never got married.

In a new video for the Human Rights Campaign, Sarandon makes clear that she thinks same-sex couples should have the same option of getting married or not as she and Robbins did.

'While marriage might not be my thing, if it's your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it - equally and unequivocally.

July 21, 2014

Band donated $20 for every single member of the 'God Hates Fags' church that decided to show up to protest at their gig

Panic! At The Disco have taken on the Westboro Baptist Church after the group targeted one of their gigs.

Last week, the ‘God Hates Fags’ church announced plans to protest the band’s show in Kansas City, Missouri.

As Panic! At The Disco are the church’s latest targets, the zealots recorded a homophobic parody of the band’s 2006 single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

They dubbed their version ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’.

July 17, 2014

 I wouldn't want anyone to rush into things because they see two characters like them get married.

As Glee prepares to begin shooting its sixth and final season, gay high school sweethearts Kurt and Blaine are engaged and pursuing showbiz careers in New York City.

Blaine (Darren Criss) had proposed to Kurt (Chris Colfer) last fall in an elaborate production set to The Beatles All You Need is Love (see video below).

Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt, said this week he hopes the couple takes things slow.

July 11, 2014

Honoree James Schamus joked that Oldman is known to 'have a very, very large mouth, but his heart is much bigger'

It was known that filmmaker James Schamus would be receiving the lifetime achievement award at the opening night of Outfest Los Angeles on Thursday but what was not known was who would be presenting it to him.

It turned out to be quite s surprise for the audience at the LGBT film festival: actor Gary Oldman who last month suffered severe backlash for defending Alec Baldwin's use of an anti-gay slur.

Oldman has since apologized in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it appears all is forgiven since he was warmly received by the audience at the Orpheum Theatre.

July 10, 2014

Fred G. Thompson, who lived as a woman using the name Frances, was legally married to Frank Carrick in 1912 and a judge upheld their marriage license, convinced she was a woman despite her being born male

It turns out that LGBTI couples who marry following the striking down of Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in June will not be the first to have legally married in the state.

In 1912 gender illusionist, singer and prostitute Frances Thompson, born biologically male as Fred G. Thompson, convinced a justice of the peace to allow her to marry Indiana native Frank Williams in the city of Crown Point.

Frances married Frank, dressed as a woman, and took his surname Williams.

July 3, 2014

Photo sharing website deleted the picture of a married couple kissing because it was 'inappropriate'

Instagram has removed a photo of a gay newlywed couple kissing.

Alberto Guzman posted a photo of him and his husband, Janeiro Bofill from their wedding day to celebrate Pride on Sunday (29 June).

The image was posted alongside several equal rights hashtags, including #happy #gaypride #equalrights #tilldeathdousapart and #wearethesame.

But then the photo was flagged as ‘inappropriate’ and removed by Instagram.

Instagram’s community guidelines state users are banned from sharing images that include nudity or mature content.