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January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

June 26, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, who is gay, also speaks about personal experience

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came full circle Tuesday (25 June) with his appearance at a Pride reception at the Pentagon.

During his remarks, Hagel said that 'gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians are integral to America’s armed forces.'

He pointed out that their ranks include senior leaders like Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning who was also in attendance and Brigadier General Tammy Smith who last year became the first openly gay general officer in the United States military.

June 9, 2013

Long Island Democrat Steve Israel has announced he will put forward legislation repealing the dishonorable discharges of gay and lesbian military personnel under the policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and before homosexuality was legalized

Long Island Democratic member of the US House of Representatives Steve Israel has announced that he will move legislation that would see the repeal of dishonorable discharges of gays and lesbians who were drummed out of the military when their sexuality was revealed.

Military veterans are afforded a range of benefits in the US, however those are not available to personnel who have been dishonorably discharged and over 30,000 gay and lesbian veterans are believed to be excluded from receiving those benefits because their sexuality was discovered.

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.

March 5, 2013

A new bill by members of the Republican party attempts to ban same-sex marriage in military bases

Republican congressman, Tim Huelskamp is introducing the 'Military Religious Freedom Protection Act', a bill which aims to ban on gay marriages on military bases.

On the surface the bill appears to 'protect' military chaplains, 'ensuring' that they cannot be penalized if their religious beliefs are not pro-gay, however commentators pointed out such provision already exist.

January 16, 2013

Twelve Republicans abstain from voting for former Top Gun fighter pilot because he is gay

Tracy Thorne-Begland has become the first openly gay judge in Virginia history despite 12 social Republicans in the State Senate refusing to vote for hos confirmation.

Thorne-Begland, a state prosecutor, is a decorated former Top Gun pilot but last year had his nomination defeated because a number of Republicans said his being gay made him biased and unqualified for the state bench.

He was appointed to the bench on a temporary basis.

December 31, 2012

Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan admits surprise boyfriend Dalan Wells turned up to give him homecoming embrace

A gay US marine whose homecoming kiss went viral on Facebook eariler this year, has spoken out about how that photo has changed his life.

In less than 48 hours, more than 18,000 people found and clicked 'Like' on the photo of Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan arriving home from a tour of duty and leaping into the arms of his strapping boyfriend, Dalan Wells.

December 17, 2012

'Thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!'

It's only been less than 14 months since the US military's anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy officially ended.

But a symbol of how fast things have changed came over the weekend at The White House when US Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps proposed to his partner Ben Schock.

December 5, 2012

Marco Rubio: 'I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is'

US Senator Marco Rubio, already being mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says he believes homosexuality is a sin but insists that he does not judge gay people.

'I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is (a sin),' Rubio tells Politico.com. 'And that’s what the Bible teaches and that’s what faith teaches.'

November 7, 2012

A recent poll revealed out of thousands of gay Americans, 41% said they had donated money to political campaigns

A poll has revealed 90% of gay men and women voted for President Barack Obama to win the election, which he did last night (6 November).

The Community Marketing & Insights poll surveyed thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender United States voters, across all 50 states, to find out who they will vote for.

In other survey results, 95% of gay people said they would vote in the election, and 41% said they had voted before election day.

October 31, 2012

Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour says she is pleased gays can now fight and die for the US, free to be who they really are

The first African American female combat pilot has spoken about being gay and how pleased she is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) is over.

DADT, which prevented lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the US armed forces, finished a year ago. Research has since shown the change has had no impact on morale or military readiness.

Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour left the US Marines several years ago after a career as a helicopter combat pilot including deployments in Iraq and around the Middle East.

September 24, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee: 'I think this issue is past us. It's done'

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan voted against the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the anti-gay military policy in the US that officially came to an end a year ago last Friday.

But Mitt Romney's running mate said in a television interview over the weekend that if elected, he sees no reason to try and reinstate the law that prevented gay and lesbian soldiers from serving openly in the military.

September 20, 2012

Gay Star News takes a look back at the year since President Obama allowed gay men and women to serve openly

A year ago, on 20 September, President Barack Obama allowed gay members of the armed forces to serve openly and honestly without fear of repercussion.

With one swipe of a pen, thousands of gay men and women had their lives changed.

Gay Star News decided to take a look at six great moments since the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed.

Gay US marine's homecoming goes viral

The photo that went around the world.

September 8, 2012

Democratic convention is filled with words about LGBT eqaulity

When the Democratic convention ended last week, it was the first time a major political party in the US was so open about LGBT equality. From the party platform, calling for same sex marriage, to the speakers,  gay political freedom was embraced by the party.

February 17, 2012

Out and proud Dutch illusionist Hans Klok chats about his London debut, the magic of the internet and why being a gay performer in the US is career kryptonite

With his blonde blow-dried hair, tan and shirt billowing in a wind machine, Hans Klok looks every inch the stereotypical showman illusionist.

While his high-camp theatrics have been a runaway success in Las Vegas and continental Europe, he is still a relative unknown in the UK.

But all that is about to change as the openly gay Klok prepares to amaze London audiences for the first time with his grand illusions and quick as lightning slight of hand, which has seen him materialise the World Cup out of thin air and vanish Pamela Anderson.