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August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married after nine years together, breaking a longstanding pledge to not get married until same-sex couples can, though we suspect most will forgive them after years of speaking out for the LGBTI community

Long time Hollywood allies of the LGBTI community Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reneged on a 2006 pledge to not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized across America but we suspect most people will forgive them after years of advocacy by the couple for gay rights.

The couple were reported to have married in France on Saturday in a small private ceremony in a chateau near Nice.

The couple were married by a Californian judge who also provided their marriage license.

August 28, 2014

In filmed comedy bit, she wonders if she was never invited onto Chelsea Lately because she's a lesbian

In the seven years that the late night show Chelsea Lately was on the air, Ellen DeGeneres never appeared as a guest.

That is until the show's finale on Tuesday (26 August) during which DeGeneres barges into a shower and confronts host Chelsea Handler who has given up her cable show on E! to do a future show with Netflix.

In the filmed comedy bit, Handler is nude (with private parts blurred out) and DeGeneres is wearing a pantsuit and shower cap.

DeGeneres wonders if she was never asked on the show  'because I'm a lesbian.'

August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

July 29, 2014

Claiming voter fraud, a gay rights group has published 50,000 signatures from people who opposed a bill protecting LGBTI people from workplace discrimination

A Texas LGBT group has published on the Internet the personal details of Texans who signed a petition against a recent LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

A group under the website HeroPetition.com, named after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), published the 50,000 names and addresses of Texans who want to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance via public vote in November elections.

July 10, 2014

Millions have shared in Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote’s relationship online

Not every couple wants to share all the private moments and intimate details of their relationship with millions of people on social media.

But some do.

And it’s lucky that Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote are two of them.

Because they have to be among the most adorable couples not just in the virtual world but in the whole world.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 25, 2014

Inquest hears how a sauna's drug policy has become more 'aggressive' since the death of one of its patrons

Three men have died within eight months after taking a party drug at a London gay sauna, inquests have heard.

Greg Page, 41, was found dead at the Pleasuredrome sauna in Waterloo at 8am on 27 October 2012.

John Scott, 46, was found collapsed at the same time and rushed to hospital where he died two days later.

And not only that, but Konstantinos Bamptazis was found dead eight months earlier in a locked private room after taking mephedrone and GHB.

June 23, 2014

Coming to the Big Smoke for Gay Pride or for the free museums? Consider our round up of London hotels, from great value to the best city views

There’s no better time than the summer to see London.

Taking a line from Adele, we love seeing everybody in short shorts, skirts and shades.

From glorious parks, to the charming South Bank, to bustling city hoods and free entertainment, London is a city that can accommodate almost all tastes.

Which is why we’re doing a round up of London’s best hotels, ranging from budget bookings to luxury splashes.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

June 20, 2014

Pretend conservative Comedy Central talking head Stephen Colbert has pledged to stop talking about opposing same-sex marriage in solidarity with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has said he will no longer state his opinion on the issue

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has promised to no longer state what position he pretends to take on same-sex marriage, mocking politicians who ‘evolve’ on the issue by taking calculated steps towards going public with their support.

Colbert had been reacting to recent comments by Wisconsin state governor Scott Walker in which he said he will no longer have a public position on same-sex marriage after his state’s ban on gay couples marrying was struck down.

June 16, 2014

Straight-friendly bars, specialty cocktails and free goodies from the most fashionable streets in Gothenburg make this Swedish city’s Gay Pride festivities one for the books

Stockholm, sure. Lapland, naturally. Malmo, of course, who doesn’t love The Bridge?!

But if you are thinking of Sweden and you haven’t thought of Gothenburg, then you’re missing a trick. A beautiful, perfectly formed, walk able, friendly, delicious trick!

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, home to two universities, and ranked 12th Most Innovative City in The World by Forbes Magazine. Considering you can walk from one end of Gothenburg to the other in 20mins, there is a lot packed into this perfectly formed city on the west coast of Sweden.

June 16, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin bishop Robert C Morlino has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry will unleash a domino effect that will destroy civilization

Wisconsin state Catholic bishop for the city of Madison, Robert C Morlino, has claimed that allowing same-sex marriage threatens the very fabric of civilization and will set off a domino effect that will destroy its institutions.

Bishop Morlino made the comments in an online statement published by the Madison Catholic Herald reacting to a Federal Court judge’s 6 June decision to strike down that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

June 4, 2014

Former policeman was told by other officers, after he successfully sued the Met for homophobic discrimination, that he should be a 'hairdresser or cabin crew'

A British gay ex-policeman is suing the Metropolitan Police for race and homophobic discrimination.

Kevin Maxwell, a former Special Branch detective, claims he was driven to resign after officers taunted him by saying he should become a ‘hairdresser or cabin crew’.

The 36-year-old also said he was told by a former member of Scotland Yard’s Vetting Unit that officers’ activity on Grindr would be monitored.

Back in 2009, Maxwell was diagnosed with depression after experiencing racism and homophobia in the force.

May 27, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari  13 to 26 October, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

May 26, 2014

The British singer talks about labels, and fear of press intrusion if she talks about her partners

British pop star La Roux has opened up about her sexuality, saying she does not identify with any of the LGBT labels.

‘I don't feel like I belong to any of those. So I'm not going to put myself in that camp, or under that title,’ she said.

‘I don't feel one thing or the other, I don't feel man, I don't feel woman – that's where the androgyny comes from.

‘I probably feel more feminine than I do masculine… but if people want to hold me up as a gay role model, absolutely, I'm proud to be that, but I don't feel the need to say that I'm gay to do it.’

May 22, 2014

The international Iris film festival is seeking judges aged 14 to 17 to join its dedicated youth jury in Cardiff, Wales

Young film lovers in the UK are being invited to judge a prestigious international LGBTI film festival.

The Iris Prize in Cardiff, Wales features short and feature films with gay, lesbian, bi, trans and more themes.

Now its Iris Prize Youth Jury 2014 will give 10 young people the chance to attend private screenings before choosing from some of the best short films from the last 12 months.

And the judges will get to present their award at a gala dinner with celebrities and film industry insiders.

May 20, 2014

Olympian's hubby says he was 'terrified' after Weir flew into a jealous rage

Last we heard, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov had gotten back together and were requesting privacy and respect.

That's all changed.

Voronov has gone on the syndicated TV show Inside Edition and alleged that Weir flew into a jealous rage over the weekend and Voronov was so terrified he called the police.

May 14, 2014

Further Afield, specializing in gay-friendly stays, has the perfect hotels from Europe to the US where you can pamper yourself and Fido

There’s no need to leave your pooch behind when so many hotels are pet-friendly.

Take the money you’d spend on a dog-sitter or kennel and put it toward a weekend break with your loyal companion.

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service to the LGBTI community, has also teamed up with a great group of hotels that are as happy to welcome your pet as they are to welcome you.

May 14, 2014

'If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great'

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel is teaming up with Michael Sam to make a documentary series on Sam becoming the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Over the weekend, Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the final round of the draft. His story has dominated the news in recent days including debate over his kissing his boyfriend on live television after learning he had made history.

May 11, 2014

Judge says his decision to retire early came after an 'inappropriate invasion of my privacy'

Judge David Audlin on Friday retired as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge – with four years left in his second six-year term – to return to private practice.