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January 30, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

Right-wing LGBTI group thought 'Baby' singer, at first, was a girl

Justin Bieber accidentally joined a meeting of gay right-wingers this week.

The 'Baby' singer turned up to the State Social House in Los Angeles with four friends only to find his spot had been taken up by a meeting of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Not fussed about being the elephant in the room, he took a seat in the private area anyway.

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 9, 2015

Men’s fashion hits the catwalk in London

In the dark depths of a London winter, it is easy to get excited by AW15 at London Collections: Men as the UK’s menswear designers reveal their vision of what we will all be wearing in the seasons ahead.

The challenge with any major fashion event is that, despite your best intentions, it is impossible to see everything. But armed with a pair of sensible shoes and a willingness to dash madly between venues, I am doing my best to squeeze as much as possible into each day.

January 8, 2015

GSN's one-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub on Jan 17

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be the fabulous City Cruises.

Offering sightseeing London river cruises and boat tours from Westminster, Tower and Greenwich Piers, the organisation offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable party or a romantic date.

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

December 29, 2014

Virginia teen Gavin Grimm was ordered by his school board to either use the girls’ bathroom or staff facilities despite his living as a boy since the start of the school year

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has come to the aid of transgender teenage boy in Virginia who has been told he must use the girls’ bathroom or private facilities or risk disciplinary action if he uses the boys’ bathroom.

Gavin Grimm has been living openly as a boy since the start of the 2014 school year but his school board voted 6-1 on 9 December to stop transgender students at Gloucester County Public Schools using their preferred bathroom.

December 24, 2014

Governor wants to take his gay marriage battle to the Supreme Court

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay more than $400,000 to the lawyers who successfully fought the state's gay marriage ban.

US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday (19 December) awarded the six lawyers a total $401,663, which is still about 10% less than what they requested.

'There is no dispute that plaintiffs are the prevailing parties and are therefore entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses,' she wrote in an order.

December 23, 2014

Dozen men crash a private party armed with logs, iron bars and beer bottles

Thirty-five members of an LGBTI group Friday (19 December) were injured in an attack on a party in Zimbabwe.

A dozen unidentified men Friday (19 December) crashed an end-of-year party thrown by the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) at a private venue in the capital Harare.

All LGBTI events in Zimbabwe are held in private because homosexuality is criminalized in the south African country.

'Three vehicles forced their way into the venue of the party demanding to join the event,' the group said in a statement.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 9, 2014

‘It was about being more confident in my own skin’

It is a story that often starts with a few stray hairs found on a pillow one morning, but frequently ends in a noticeably less covered scalp.

Hair loss affects roughly eight million men in the UK but, despite this large figure, there is an obvious theme in most of their stories – the effect it has on their confidence. While very few bar the sufferer themselves notice the gradual change it’s not how our patients look that tends to bother them, it’s how they feel.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 7, 2014

'...The Minnesota State High School League allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression in an environment free from discrimination with an equal opportunity for participation in athletics and fine arts'

In the 2015-2016 school year, Minnesota high school transgender students will be permitted to be on sports teams.

According to local station KARE 11, the Minnesota State High School League voted on the policy this past Thursday (4 December).

The MSHSL is a nonprofit association of public and private schools in the Midwestern US state.

December 3, 2014

Veteran is the first out umpire in the league

Dale Scott has become the first umpire in Major League Basball to come out as gay.

The 29-year veteran also revealed he is married to his partner of 28 year.

Scott told Out Sports in a interview published yesterday (2 December) that he is openly gay in his private life and his colleagues already know his sexual orientation.

'I realized that it could open a Pandora's Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It's not a surprise to the umpire staff,' he said.

December 3, 2014

'NGOs and whites come deceiving you that circumcision and condom use are the best ways to protect yourself'

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said people living with HIV 'have betrayed their families' and advised youths to completely abstain from pre-marital sex as the way to prevent infection.

The notoriously anti-gay leader made the comments on Monday (1 December) to a group of youths at a World Aids Day event in Kabarole District, the Daily Monitor reported.

December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

November 24, 2014

Eight LGBTI people were arrested and torturted in the country this month

Gambia's president has signed into law a bill that punishes 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment.

The notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh approved the bill on October 9, according to documents uncovered last week. 

The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV but because 'homosexuality' and 'homosexual acts' are not defined in Gambian law, human rights groups fear that LGBTI people will be persecuted arbitrarily under the new enactment.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 10, 2014

Kees van Baar, human rights ambassador for the Netherlands, wants to work with corporates to improve life for LGBTIs around world

The new human rights ambassador for the Netherlands wants to work with the world’s biggest firms to make the world a better place for LGBTI citizens.

In particular, Kees van Baar hopes to change cultures in countries where homosexuality is illegal, by encouraging big employers to promote diversity for gay, bi and trans employees.

He said it would be one of his aims during his time as the human rights ambassador, a four-year term which started two months ago.