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October 23, 2014

He was 'unaware' his victim was transgender

A US marine charged with the murder of a transgender woman has been moved into Philippine custody.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was transferred by helicopter to military headquarters in Manila yesterday morning.

He is charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, 26, who was drowned earlier this month in a hotel toilet bowl in Olongapo city, northwest of the capital.

October 22, 2014

'Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean'

Now that Idaho's marriage ban has been struck down, Madelynn 'Lee' Taylor will be able to be buried with her spouse.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 21, 2014

The Boyzone singer's family and husband are battling over his estate

The family of late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately have said they will hire a private investigator for a fresh probe into his death.

They said they still had unanswered questions over his death while they battle with his husband over his £1.5 million ($2.42 million) estate.

Gately, 33, died of an undetected heart condition in October 2009 while on holiday in Majorca with his husband, Andrew Cowles. He was found slumped on a sofa after returning home from a gay club with a Bulgarian model they had just met.

October 20, 2014

After playing dysfunctional couple in film, Harris nixed doing it again during first season of TV series that has become huge hit

Neil Patrick Harris has made no secret lately that he'd like a have some kind of a role in the enormously popular American Horror Story anthology series.

What the newly-named Oscar host had not made known until recently is that he and husband David Burtka had been asked to play a couple during the show's first season - the roles eventually played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears.

The AHS couple died in an apparent murder/suicide and that's a big reason why Harris passed on it despite Burtka's wanting to do it.

October 15, 2014

The Australian Equality Party has signed 700 same-sex marriage supporters

Hundreds of Australian gay marriage supporters have registered a new party to run in the next federal election.

The Australian Equlity Party (AEP) was launched in February and has signed more than the 500 members required for recognition from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Party leader Jason Tuazon-McCheyne said, 'What started as a discussion amongst a group of friends 12 months ago has snowballed into the creation of Australia’s newest political party.

October 14, 2014

The 10th annual event will feature a wealth of exhibitors and opportunities to ask questions of experts and gay men who have already become parents

Gay men in New York or the surrounding areas who are thinking about starting a family should mark Sunday 2 November 2014 down in their diaries.

That’s the date that the tenth, annual NY Men Having Babies expo returns to the Big Apple.

The event is organized by the New York-based nonprofit group Men Having Babies and it is being co-sponsored and hosted by the the JCC in Manhattan.

October 12, 2014

Dana Contreras, once ranked 5th most important LGBT person in tech, gets three years of probation after agreeing to a plea deal

A transgender activist and senior Twitter engineer, who was hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

Dana Contreras – also known as Dana McCallum – was sentenced to three years of probation, and undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and substance abuse counseling. As part of her plea deal, her sentence also includes community service, a stay away order, and other terms. The rape charges were dropped.

October 10, 2014

The latest episode, 'The Cissy', opens up a discussion on gender identity

South Park, now in its 18th season, has been controversial from the word go. Nothing is considered ‘too taboo’ for creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker - with topics including gay rights, abortion, AIDS and Scientology firmly in their crosshairs.

October 8, 2014

Married couple of 57 years is leading the fight for the Vatican to open its arms to the LGBTI community

Straight Catholics are fighting for gay people to be welcomed into the church.

Ron and Mavis Pirola, a couple who have been married for 57 years, is hoping Pope Francis will agree that loving all members of the family is more important than centuries-old doctrine.

They believe that welcoming gay couples into the church would serve as a 'model of evangelization'.

'Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too,' the Pirolas during a statement inside Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

October 7, 2014

Marcus Peter Volke killed and cooked the body of his transgender Balinese wife in their Brisbane, Australia apartment, but fled and slit his own throat when police arrived

Balinese-born transgender woman Mayang Prasetyo has been identified as the victim of a shocking murder-suicide discovered in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday.

Prasetyo, 27, had met her husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, while both were working as chefs on cruise ships and the couple married late last year, honeymooning in Germany.

Volke had no criminal record or known history of mental illness but on Saturday police were called to their Tenerrife, Brisbane apartment after neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from the ground floor apartment.

October 6, 2014

Among those getting married are Oklahoma couple who in 2004 filed suit to overturn state ban

It was back in 2004 that Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma.

On Monday (6 October), they finally got it.

The couple were among the many in several states across the US to were able to obtain marriage licenses shortly after the US Supreme Court let stand the overturning of state marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Colorado also began to issue licenses.

October 4, 2014

ACLU of Missouri: 'This is a personal win for our 10 courageous couples'

A judge has ordered that the marriages of 10 same-sex couples who were married in other states be recognized in their home state of Missouri.

Missouri Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage which he said is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees equal protection under the law.

Such bans, Youngs wrote, 'treat one segment of the population — gay men and lesbians — differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.'

October 1, 2014

'You are alone with a man who is not your husband, who also has a husband'

Gone Girl's leading lady Rosamund Pike has a sex scene with Neil Patrick Harris in the highly-anticipated thriller opening in the US on Friday (3 October).

While the actual shooting of the scene was 'remarkably normal' the actress says things got a bit awkward before that.

Director David Fincher instructed Harris and Pike to spend two hours rehearsing their scene on an empty soundstage.

September 29, 2014

Linda Hunt has been married to retired therapist Karen Klein since 2008

When one thinks of an Oscar winner actress who is an out lesbian and married to a woman, Jodie Foster is probably the first name the comes out mind.

But Linda Hunt, who received the best supporting actress Oscar in 1983 for The Year of Living Dangerously, also fits that description.

September 27, 2014

A lesbian employee, who racked up medical bills of more than $100,000 for her wife's ovarian cancer treatment before Walmart’s same-sex partner health benefits came in effect this year, is seeking past damages for medical expenses and emotional distress

The US Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination on behalf of a Walmart employee in Swansea, Massachusetts who was denied spousal health insurance for her wife.

Jacqueline Cote’s wife, Diana Smithson is currently battling ovarian cancer, and between 2006 and 2012, Cote attempted to add Smithson to her insurance. However, when Cote entered her spouse’s gender as 'female,' Walmart’s online system would not proceed with the application.

September 27, 2014

A Christian pastor in North Carolina has been amazed by the reaction to one of his recent blog postings, in which he wrote about what his reaction would be if any of his children grew up and told him that they were gay

John Pavlovitz [pictured here with his family] is an 18-year local church ministry veteran.

He is currently the pastor of a house church community called North Wake House Church, and also a volunteer at North Raleigh Community Church.

He is married to wife, Jennifer, and has two young children, Noah and Selah. He’s also a keen blogger, and a blog that he posted last week – entitled ‘If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent’ has gone viral and prompted thousands of comments.

September 25, 2014

A bill to recognize the hundreds of Australian gay couples who wed abroad was introduced in March

The Australian Senate has recommended parliament does not pass a bill to recognize gay couples who married in places where same-sex unions are legal.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released a report on the bill today.

Some submitters expressed concern that the bill was 'a surreptitious attempt to introduce marriage equality.'

The Law Council of Australia was concerned that the bill would create a discriminatory situation where only couples with the financial resources to travel overseas would have access to gay marriage.

September 23, 2014

What was meant to be one of the best days of their lives turned sour after their outdoors ceremony was beset by hecklers

A gay couple, as happy as could be, were left devastated after they were told as they were exchanging vows to 'go home faggots'.

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson, an Arizona couple, flew in approximately 30 guests for their wedding in Coronado's Centennial Park in California.

But as they walked in, music playing, and took their positions in the grassy spot, they began hearing shouting.

Phone footage captures the couple saying their vows, with someone in the background shouting 'homos', 'go home homos', and 'go home faggots'.

September 23, 2014

Read the list of eight celebrities who ‘shocked the world’ with their sexuality – including Radcliffe, who is actually straight

A leading Arabic broadcaster has ‘named and shamed’ eight international celebrities for their ‘homosexuality’ – and got it wrong.

The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) delivers news and entertainment to 150 million Arabic speakers around the world.

September 23, 2014

'He is an angel, he's not a terrestrial mortal'

Dax Shepard appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and lamented the fact that Brad Pitt is now married to Angelina Jolie.

'He's really off the market now,' the actor told DeGeneres.

Shepard, married to actress Kristen Bell, still seemed to holding on to some hope that the two could get together.

'We're both married, we both have a lot to lose. He may be a great secret keeper if I had to step outside the confines of my marital bond. He would probably be the best guy to do it with because he has a lot to lose.'

September 23, 2014

Two moms from Dorset say they are ‘delighted and amazed’ to have scooped a top award for blogging about their family life together

A British lesbian couple from Dorset have won an award for their same-sex parenting blog.

Kirsty and Clara Taylor-Gallop, aged 32 and 26 respectively, started their ‘MyTwoMums.com’ blog in 2012, posting blogs, videos and photos of their family life together.

September 22, 2014

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’