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October 9, 2014

Emmy nominee wants to send strong message against bullying 'so that young people don't have to go through what I did'

Next Thursday (16 October), Laverne Cox will help New York City's Empire State Building go purple.

The Emmy nominated star of Orange is the New Black will be on hand to light the iconic landmark which has been featured in such films as Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember.

The purple is part of Spirit Day which is held each year during National Bullying Prevention month.

Schools and communities are urged to wear purple to show their support and to raise awareness about people who have been bullied in the past and who are still being bullied.

September 18, 2014

'I'm a person who believes in standing up for his friends'

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has revealed why he is such a staunch fighter for LGBTI equality.

'I had to watch my friends endure challenges not experienced by the straight community,' he said last weekend in Seattle while accepting the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Manganiello shared how he saw friends in school struggle with their sexuality and having their families not accept them and later he saw friends struggle in the job market or live in secret.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

August 24, 2014

Brown's killing spree was a response to US foreign policy against Muslim countries

The suspect in the double homicide of gay men in Seattle is linked to two other killings, one in Seattle the other New Jersey.

According to the Seattle Times, Ali Muhammad Brown is now charged with two other deaths. On 27 April, Leroy Henderson was walking to his Seattle home, from a store, when he was shot multiple times.

August 24, 2014

Brown's killing spree was a response to US foreign policy against Muslim countries

The suspect in the double homicide of gay men in Seattle is linked to two other killings, one in Seattle the other New Jersey.

According to the Seattle Times, Ali Muhammad Brown is now charged with two other deaths. On 27 April, Leroy Henderson was walking to his Seattle home, from a store, when he was shot multiple times.

August 7, 2014

All nine members of the city council of the Washington city of Seattle have signed a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to end its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men giving blood

Seattle, Washington’s city councilors have unanimously backed the repeal of America’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, signing a letter to federal Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr Margaret Hamburg in which they urge the Government to screen out donors based on risky behavior rather than sexual orientation.

‘We join Seattle Mayor Edward Murray, the American Medical Association, and the Puget Sound Blood Center to ask you to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men,’ the city councilors write in the letter dated 4 August.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

May 5, 2014

Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Seattle gay bar Neighbours on New Year’s Eve as part of a deal with federal prosecutors

30-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty over a New Year’s Eve arson attack on a Seattle gay bar that put the lives of 750 people at risk.

Prosecutors say Masmari entered Neighbours bar from a neighboring venue with looser security and used a one gallon can of gasoline to douse a stairway, leaving the can at the top of the stairs before lighting it.

April 21, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist church in Seattle stood by Geoffrey McGrath when he got fired for being gay, now the Boy Scouts of America want nothing to do with them

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have told a Seattle church they cannot host a troop, because the scoutmaster is an openly gay man.

The BSA wrote to Rainier Beach United Methodist Church over the Easter holiday saying they are no longer affiliated with them because of their connection with gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

April 9, 2014

Geoff McGrath vows to continue to serve his local troop in Seattle

The Boy Scouts of America does not think Geoff McGrath is fit to continuing serving as a scoutmaster in Seattle because he is gay.

His troop and its charter organization disagree and are standing by McGrath after he had his registration revoked this week by the BSA.

Even though the BSA ended its ban on gay scouts at the start of the year, the ban remains in place for gay and lesbian adult leaders like McGrath.

McGrath has vowed to continue to lead the troop.

April 1, 2014

After a gay troop leader took his Boy Scouts to a Pride parade, he was accused of 'injecting homosexuality into scouting'

A gay scout leader is speaking out afer getting fired from the Boy Scouts of America because he ‘deliberately injected’ his homosexuality into a scout troop.

Geoff McGrath, an Eagle Scout leader who is thought to be the first openly gay scout leader in America, started a new troop through a local church in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

But the 49-year-old was removed from his position because they believed he had breached the national scout policy against gay leaders in the organisation.

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

March 10, 2014

An artist shares his grandfather's story of how he was in love with a boy he played music with at church, and that was the 'love of his life'

A 90-year-old grandfather came out to his gay grandson five months before he died.

Grant Rehnberg, an artist from Seattle, Washington, has spoken about what his grandfather told him.

He writes: ‘James Burton Rehnberg.

‘Baptist pastor, World War II veteran (218th Counter Intelligence Corps), preceded in death by Grandma Doris, his wife of sixty-five years.

‘Five months ago, Grandpa Jim told me he is gay.

February 4, 2014

A 30-year-old Libyan Muslim man with a history of instability has been arrested over an attempted New Years Eve arson attack on a Seattle, Washington gay bar but the incident does not appear to have been a hate crime

30-year-old Libyan US resident Musab Mohamed Musmari has been arrested over a New Years Eve incident where 750 people were forced to flee Seattle’s Neighbours night club to escape a fire.

Musmari, who also uses the surname Masmari, was caught Saturday preparing to flee the country on a one-way ticket to Turkey.

February 2, 2014

On New Year's Eve, staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub doused with gasoline and set ablaze

A suspect has been arrested for the New Year's Even arson attack of Neighbours nightclub, one of Seattle's most popular gay bars.

Musab Masmari was on his way to the airport when police took him into custody.

According to King 5.com, the suspect was interviewed by detectives then booked for investigation of arson. The bar released a surveillance video that police claim shows the suspect entering the club.

January 19, 2014

Law authorities arrest Mitchell Munro Taylor on suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

A suspect is being held for leaving threatening posts on the Facebook page of Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested this past Thursday (16 January), two days after Murray's staff discovered approximately 20 anti-gay notes.

'Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,' one of the Facebook posts said, according to the Associated Press.

January 2, 2014

Seattle Police are investigating after someone doused a stairwell with gasoline and ignited it in one of the city’s most popular gay nightclubs just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, forcing patrons to evacuate the building

Seattle Police are hunting a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in one of the city’s most popular gay bars on New Year’s Eve.

More than 750 people were forced to flee into a nearby ally after staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

People began smelling gasoline in the building just after midnight and staff set off a fire alarm.

Luckily no one was hurt and the fire was put out using a combination of fire extinguishers and overhead sprinklers.

January 2, 2014

Seattle Police are investigating after someone doused a stairwell with gasoline and ignited it in one of the city’s most popular gay nightclubs just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, forcing patrons to evacuate the building

Seattle Police are hunting a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in one of the city’s most popular gay bars on New Year’s Eve.

More than 750 people were forced to flee into a nearby ally after staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

People began smelling gasoline in the building just after midnight and staff set off a fire alarm.

Luckily no one was hurt and the fire was put out using a combination of fire extinguishers and overhead sprinklers.

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

November 7, 2013

Washington state Senator Ed Murray appears to have won Seattle’s mayoral election – making him the first openly gay man to hold that office

The architect of Washington state’s successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage has been elected as the first openly gay mayor of Seattle, attracting 56% of the vote.

Washington state Democrat Senator Ed Murray beat fellow Democrat and outgoing Seattle mayor Mike McGinn in elections this week – though McGinn’s campaign is yet to declare defeat.