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October 30, 2014

The star and father has implored the island’s officials to allow gay people to adopt

Singer Ricky Martin – who instantly became one of the world’s most famous gay dads after his twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born five years ago – has been loudly vocal about his support of LGBT families and their rights.

This week he turned his attention to his native Puerto Rico, and tweeted an appeal to top officials in the country imploring them to change legislation in order to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

 

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

September 4, 2014

The 42-year-old gay pop star, already father to twin boys, hopes to add a girl to his family next year

Openly gay superstar Ricky Martin has announced plans to add a baby girl to his family.

The Livin’ La Vida Loca heartthrob hopes to give his twin sons Matteo and Valentino a little sister in 2015, growing his family in the same year he plans to release a new album and go on tour.

July 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 19, 2014

The self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shares how her transgender daughter wanted princess dresses, and told her that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone'

'My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.'

Debi Jackson, a self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shared how her transgender daughter, who is now seven, wanted princess dresses, and that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone.'

June 7, 2014

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez was nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, and she thanked her partner at the press conference

A lesbian lawyer has become the first openly gay person to be nominated for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court.

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez made history as Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the nomination on 4 June.

At the press conference after her nomination, she thanked her partner.

‘Thank you for your unconditional support through the hardest of times, and through the best of times, like today... I wouldn't be here without you,’ she said about her partner Gina Mendez Miro.

June 7, 2014

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez was nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, and she thanked her partner at the press conference

A lesbian lawyer has become the first openly gay person to be nominated for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court.

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez made history as Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the nomination on 4 June.

At the press conference after her nomination, she thanked her partner.

‘Thank you for your unconditional support through the hardest of times, and through the best of times, like today... I wouldn't be here without you,’ she said about her partner Gina Mendez Miro.

April 11, 2014

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have state bans on same-sex marriage that are not being challenged in the courts as Americans wait to see if the Supreme Court will finally decide the issue for the nation

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota still have state bans on same-sex marriage that are yet to be challenged in court and that number will soon dwindle to four after a South Dakota couple announced they will take legal action against their state.

Across the rest of America and Puerto Rico there are currently 65 lawsuits in progress against bans on same-sex couples marrying – including 44 in federal courts, meaning the issue could soon come before the US Supreme Court again.

March 26, 2014

Grief-stricken friends and family laid 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero to rest in Puerto Rico after his body was discovered on a local beach

A volleyball team, friends and family wept as they buried their gay friend this week who was shot by a gunman in Puerto Rico.

Jesus David Hernandez Otero was remembered as a clever student and a compassionate team player. He was just 21.

Hernandez was found on a beach in Dorado, half-naked with three bullet wounds on his torso after having been missing for a week.

He was reported missing by his family 12 March (Wednesday) after he left his house around midnight the night before.

March 7, 2014

Nude photos of Roberto Arango had previously shown up on Grindr leading him to resign from office in 2011

Former Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has publicly come out as gay nearly four years after a nude Grindr photo scandal drove him from office.

Arango had aligned himself with conservative religious coalition and had a long history of anti-gay votes and actively worked against legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

On Friday (7 March), he officially came out in an interview with radio station Noti UNO.

He was asked by a reporter: 'Isn't it time for you to state whether or not you are a homosexual?'

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

August 27, 2013

Gay Latin singer has talked about how he was so 'ashamed' growing up in a Roman Catholic family

Latin singer Ricky Martin has confessed to bullying gay people in his youth while he was struggling with his own sexuality.

The ‘Nobody Wants To Be Lonely’ singer, who came out in 2010, said he had ‘internalized homophobia’.

Speaking to GQ Australia, the 41-year-old said: ‘I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, “I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that, that’s not me.”

‘I was ashamed.’

Raised in a strict Roman Catholic family in Puerto Rico, Martin said he struggled growing up gay.

June 2, 2013

An Ohio high school principal resolved a possible discrimination issue by allowing a trans student to follow the female dress code at her graduation this week

A transgender high school student will be allowed to wear female robes to her graduation.

17-year-old Chris Calderon-Perez was told she would have to attend graduation following the male dress code, which includes a shirt and tie and a black robe instead of the red robes girls wear.

Calderon-Perez, who moved from Puerto Rico to the Northwestern city of Fostoria with her family in 2010, was born a male but has lived the past two years as a girl.

May 29, 2013

 'We are all the same and we must be equal under the law'

The governor of Puerto Rico signed bills into law on Wednesday (29 May) that protect LGBT people against discrimination and adds to the country's domestic violence law protections for sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity.

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed the legislation at his official residence in San Juan and issued a statement via Twitter: 'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law.'

May 29, 2013

 'We are all the same and we must be equal under the law'

The governor of Puerto Rico signed bills into law on Wednesday (29 May) that protect LGBT people against discrimination and adds to the country's domestic violence law protections for sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity.

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed the legislation at his official residence in San Juan and issued a statement via Twitter: 'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law.'

May 24, 2013

Senate already has approved and governor has promised to sign into law

The Puerto Rican House of Representatives on Friday (24 May) approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities.

The Senate has already approved the bill and Governor Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the legislation into law.

The vote occurred as similar legislation - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - remains stalled in the US Congress.

May 24, 2013

Senate already has approved and governor has promised to sign into law

The Puerto Rican House of Representatives on Friday (24 May) approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities.

The Senate has already approved the bill and Governor Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the legislation into law.

The vote occurred as similar legislation - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - remains stalled in the US Congress.

May 21, 2013

A Puerto Rico gay activist was told on Twitter to be careful at a gay rally as it could end like the Boston Marathon

A man is facing prison after threatening to bomb a Puerto Rico gay pride march on Twitter.

Joseph Morales Serrano was taken into custody at his home in San Juan on charge of cyber-bullying a gay activist on the social networking site.

As reported by the Associated Press, a spokesman for the FBI said Morales allegedly posted the threatening message on 6 May and was expected to appear before a federal judge yesterday (20 May).

April 28, 2013

Pop singer Ricky Martin has celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand and says it is now inevitable that Australia, where he is currently staying, will follow suit

Openly gay pop star Ricky Martin has taken to Twitter to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand and says that marriage equality in Australia is inevitable.

Martin is in Australia to star as one of the celebrity coaches on the Australian version of The Voice and used his Twitter account to post a YouTube video of the aftermath of the passing of New Zealand’s same-sex marriage bill in which MPs burst into applause and then rose to sing a traditional Maori love song.

March 9, 2013

The homophobic message printed on an ATM receipt has sparked local concern and international outrage

Police are investiagting an ATM machine in Puerto Rico that has caused international uproar.

Outside the bar El Ocho De Blanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico, an ATM machine has been printing receipts with the message ‘We hate fags’.

According to LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano neither the bar’s owners nor the ATM’s operators claim responsibility for the homophobic message.

February 20, 2013

Justices vote 5-4 in case of lesbian who sought to adopt partner's baby

The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico on Wednesday (20 February) voted 5-4 to uphold the country's law which bans gay couples from adopting children.

The ruling comes in a case where a lesbian was seeking to adopt a baby that her partner gave birth through which was conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Among those critical of the ruling is Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who tweeted: 'How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.'

February 20, 2013

Justices vote 5-4 in case of lesbian who sought to adopt partner's baby

The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico on Wednesday (20 February) voted 5-4 to uphold the country's law which bans gay couples from adopting children.

The ruling comes in a case where a lesbian was seeking to adopt a baby that her partner gave birth through which was conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Among those critical of the ruling is Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who tweeted: 'How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.'

January 1, 2013

Outgoing Secretary of Justice promises new rules and new Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pledges to tackle anti-gay violence

Puerto Rico’s LGBT community may be a step closer to being protected from killings, assaults and other hate crimes.

The departing Secretary of Justice, Guillermo Somoza has said new rules would be put in place for hate crimes and said these result from meetings with LGBT groups in recent years.