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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.

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.

September 12, 2013

'I was filled with fear, anger and a stubborn resistance that had built up'

Wentworth Miller is opening up about his journey from closeted TV star to openly gay man speaking out for equality.

Miller, who shared with an audience at an Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle that he tried to commit suicide as a teen, also spoke about how his experiences growing up and his sudden fame kept him firmly closeted until last month.

September 9, 2013

Before he starred on Prison Break and came out as a proud gay man, the US actor struggled with his homosexuality

US actor Wentworth Miller has revealed how he tried to kill himself over his sexuality when he was 15.

Most famous for his role in television series ‘Prison Break’, Miller attended a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle, USA on 8 September when he was invited to speak to the audience.

The guests sat in silence as he recounted his experiences coming to terms with his sexuality as a young teenager.

He said: ‘Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way.

September 4, 2013

See pictures from protests around the world against Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws yesterday (3 September)

LGBT people and their allies protestsed in at least 34 cities in 21 countries around the world to show solidarity with LGBT Russians and to ‘oppose the Putin regime’s escalating authoritarianism’ yesterday.

The protests were also an attempt to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit, due to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, tomorrow and Friday (5 and 6 September).

August 26, 2013

The 2013 VMA for Best Video with a Social Message went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their marriage equality anthem Same Love

Same Love by Makclemore and Ryan Lewis won an MTV Video Music Award last night.

The music video, released in 2012 following a Washington referendum to approve gay marriage, has garnered much media attention in recent months and now has over 80 million views on YouTube.

Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson joined in on the performance last night by the three Seattle-based artists Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclay’s Center.

August 25, 2013

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will join Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis  on tonight's VMA stage

Basketball player Jason Collins will be on the Video Music Awards' stage tonight.

The first active NBA player to come out gay will introduce Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. According to the site NewNowNext, the hip-hop duo will perform Same Love.

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

July 14, 2013

Seatlle based hip-hop artist Macklemore points to the positive influence of his 'hella gay' uncles and their partners

Macklemore, the performer known for the gay marriage anthem Same Love, praised his gay uncles, and partners, for their influence.

May 29, 2013

Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock marry over the weekend in Seattle

When Matthew Phelps proposed marriage to Ben Schock last December, he got worldwide attention because of the setting he chose: inside The White House.

The couple had been invited by the Military Partners and Families Coalition to attend the White House holiday tour and photos of Phelps, on bended knee, went viral.

On Saturday (25 May), the couple made if official when they got married in Seattle, Washington - one of 12 states in the US where same-sex marriage is legal.

Phelps got married in his USMC dress uniform while Schock wore a tuxedo.

May 9, 2013

A 21-year-old faces hate crime charges after hurling anti-gay slurs and punches at a gay woman

A Seattle man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly hurling anti-gay slurs and punching a lesbian student.

Gregory Cage Jr, 21, is being charged of abusing the woman outside a restaurant on 16 November.

As Seattle PI reports, he is accused of questioning her about her gender and sexuality on the night in question.

May 9, 2013

A 21-year-old faces hate crime charges after hurling anti-gay slurs and punches at a gay woman

A Seattle man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly hurling anti-gay slurs and punching a lesbian student.

Gregory Cage Jr, 21, is being charged of abusing the woman outside a restaurant on 16 November.

As Seattle PI reports, he is accused of questioning her about her gender and sexuality on the night in question.