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May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 20, 2015

'He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn't he?'

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS's The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday (19 May), Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2015

The final will go ahead if the president of the amateur football's association resigns

The final of an Italian soccer league has been called off after an official allegedly referred to female players as a 'bunch of lesbians'.

The comment was written in the minutes of a meeting of the Coppa Italia Women last week. Brescia were due to face Tavagnacco in the final on Saturday.

President of Italy's national amateur football association Felice Belloli has denied making the offensive comments.

The Italian Football Federation is investigating the claim.

May 19, 2015

'A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything'

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for gay marriage.

She has called on all families across Ireland to vote yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday (22 May), saying the future for gay children is at stake.

Speaking of her hopes and fears for her gay son Justin, she said she hoped to live in a country that truly believes in equality.

She was speaking at an event in Dublin hosted by BeLonG To, a national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

May 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 17, 2015

US National Security Advisor warns of the United States taking further action over 'unconscionable' comments

The United States have slammed Gambia’s president for his unconscionable comments on gay men in his country.

According to the Human Rights Campain, Yahya Jammeh said he would slit the throats of men wanting to marry men in a public speech; a speech he gave last year also drew criticism from rights groups when the president called homosexuals ‘ungodly’ and ‘vermin’.

Susan Rice, the US National Security Advisor, did not quote Jammeh but called his comments part of an ‘alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation’ in Gambia.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Londoners, Ugandans and Gambians came together this week to protest against Yayha Jammeh who has threatened to slit the throats of gay people.

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May), activists have made clear how horrific it is to be LGBTI in certain countries.

May 16, 2015

Robbie Rogers and Megan Rapinoe also signed the letter

Martina Navratilova has teamed up with several other top LGBTI and ally athletes to stop Kazakhstan hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The incoming law, which has overwhelmingly been approved in the Senate, is a copycat of the Russia 'gay propaganda' ban.

The athletes believe the Olympics should ensure the principles of non-discrimination are upheld and that Kazakhstan is banned from hosting the Games.

Other athletes who have signed for LGBTI equality in sports include diver Greg Louganis and soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Robbie Rogers.

May 16, 2015

'The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously. It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league'

The WNBA suspended  Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games.

The punishment is for the couple's domestic incident in late April.

Yesterday, 15 May, the league made the announcement on its website.

May 13, 2015

'And no white person can do anything about it'

The Gambia's notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to slit the throats of gay men in the small West African nation and said there was nothing the West could do to stop him.

The dictator, who seized power in a bloody coup in 1994, made the inflammatory comments last week during a stop on a nationwide agricultural tour.

VICE News obtained a translation of Jammeh's speech, which was about fostering a healthy atmosphere for the country's youth.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 7, 2015

The singer urged the US congress to continue leading the global effort to fight HIV and AIDS

Sir Elton John has said he believes AIDS can be eradicated during his lifetime – but only if the United States continue to lead the global effort.

Speaking at a senate hearing on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the United States’ global initiative to fight HIV and AIDS, the British singer urged the Congress to continue their global leadership.

‘The AIDS epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical,‘ the British singer told the Senate.

May 7, 2015

Six in ten would be enthusiastic about or comfortable with an LGBTI hopeful

Americans would feel more comfortable with an LGBTI presidential candidate than an evangelical Christian one, according to a new poll.

The latest WSJ/NBC poll asked 1,000 adults last week whether they would 'be enthusiastic,' 'be comfortable with,' 'have some reservations about' or 'be very uncomfortable with' a list of qualities of a potential leader.

May 6, 2015

'It will create cultural and ideological enrichment'

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro is planning a symbolic mass gay wedding on Saturday (8 May) as part of Havana's annual pride parade.

Mariela Castro, head of the National Sex Education Centre and a member of Cuba's National Assembly, said her father supported gay marriage but it is not yet legal in the country.

'We can't do a wedding, but we wanted to have a very modest celebration of love with some religious leaders,' she said.

'In the future we'll see what more we can do.'

May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee previously ran in 2008

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday (5 May) that he is running for president odf the United States.

Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, joins an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination.

May 5, 2015

'We’re being held captive against our will and tortured by my father who wants me to break up with Avi, get married and have children'

The gay son of the world cricket boss has accused his father of holding him captive and forcing him to marry a woman to continue the family line.

Narayanaswami Srinivasan is the newly elected chairman of International Cricket Council and the managing director of multi-billion-dollar company India Cements.

Ashwin Srinivasan said he and his partner, Avi Mukherjee, had been imprisoned in Chennai near his father's residence since May last year.

May 4, 2015

'It violates our religious and cultural beliefs'

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday (3 May) the government will not legalize gay sex, which is punishable by up to 12 years in jail in the African country.

'We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and believes,' he said during a church service in Nairobi.

We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.' 

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

April 28, 2015

Ecuadorians are a step closer to marriage equality after the country’s National Assembly sent a bill legalizing civil unions to President Rafael Correa to sign

The South American nation of Ecuador looks set to formally recognize same-sex couples for the first time after lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly approved a bill creating civil unions for unwed couples regardless of sexuality.

Ecuador has banned same-sex marriage since 2009 in it’s constitution but President Rafael Correa announced last year that same-sex couples would be allowed to register as being in de facto relationships and now the National Assembly has moved a step further.

April 28, 2015

The precise nature of English heritage and custom captured by the 17th century walls of this stately home, 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport

Frequented by the late Queen Mother and former US President Bill Clinton, Hartwell House basks in the upmost grandeur and cultural splendor coveted by its brethren, holding on to the traditional values cherished by history and safeguarding them against the future.

Frankly, do we dare to consider it the present day rival to Downton Abbey?

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.