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August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

August 27, 2014

Singer is telling you that she is not going to get bothered about rumors surrounding her sexuality

Jennifer Hudson has said rumors surrounding her sexuality do not bother her in the slightest.

The 32-year-old singer has said she would not have a career if it was not for the LGBTI community, so she doesn't care if people think she's gay.

Speaking to PrideSource, she said she had been looking at old pictures of herself when she was performing in gay clubs.

'I saw a picture of me performing in a gay club and a picture of being dressed,' Hudson said.

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 26, 2014

The founder of right wing American ‘news’ website World Net Daily has claimed that being opposed to same-sex marriage is a sexual orientation that should be protected like LGBTI people

World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah has claimed that people who oppose same-sex marriage are their own sexual minority that deserve legal protection from ‘discrimination’ in an op-ed titled ‘The same-sex marriage tyranny.’

Farah wrote the column in reaction to a New York State Division of Human Rights decision whereby an Albany farm that rents itself out for weddings was ordered to pay $13,000 after it refuses to allow a lesbian couple to book the venue for their marriage in 2012.

August 26, 2014

An advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan gay bar has taken out a bronze award at a regional advertising competition despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing

A controversial advertising campaign for a gay bar in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan is causing controversy despite winning a regional advertising award.

Posters for Almaty gay bar Studio 69 show Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing passionately and have been the subject of official complaints – though homosexuality has not been illegal in the country since 1998.

August 26, 2014

Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room gay book store, opened in 1973, will reopen as a charity store for Philly AIDS Thrift and will retain the original name

The oldest surviving LGBTI bookstore in the United States will reopen again as a center for LGBTI life after the owner of Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room Bookstore sold the store and its buildings to fund his retirement.

Giovanni’s Room, named after the gay themed James Baldwin novel of the same name, was opened by business partners Tom Wilson Weinberg, Dan Sherbo and Bern Boylethe in 1973 and became widely known as the ‘center of gay Philly.’

Three years later the business was sold to Ed Hermance and Arleen Oshan.

August 26, 2014

He claims it is time for Christians to 'resume obeying God and his word and recriminalize homosexuality, outlaw it again'

A pastor is calling for LGBT people to be punished with 10 years in prison at hard labor.

Michael V Williams, on his website PreachingPolitics, has asserted Christians have been 'increasingly tolerant' of gay people over the last 50 years.

'Whereas homosexuality used to be a felony in every state — referred to as sodomy — it has now been decriminalized, and homosexuality is allowed to be openly expressed in public,' he says.

'While Christians are becoming increasingly tolerant of homosexuals, homosexuals are becoming increasingly intolerant of us.'

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 25, 2014

Chilean LGBTI rights group MOVILH has called on the Ministry of Education to remove books from schools that are recommended reading for students that depict gay people as disordered and predatory

Chile’s Movement for the Integration and Liberation of Homosexuals (MOVILH) has raised concerns that books are still being used in the country’s schools that imply gay people are predatory or disordered, in breach of the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

MOVILH alerted the media to a students thesaurus which listed ‘sodomite,’ ‘pederast’ and ‘invert’ as synonyms of the word ‘homosexual’ and to a series of books by Mexican author Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez which the group says ‘associate homosexuality with pedophilia and seduction of minors, among other dire assessments.’

August 25, 2014

The 21-year-old was arrested by police who feared he would be hunted down and killed by furious local residents who have accused him of engaging in sex acts with other men

A 21-year-old student from Ghana has been arrested by police, after angry residents threatened to kill him because they suspect he is gay.

Police in Walewale, a small town and capital of the West Mamprusi district in the northern region of Ghana, made the arrest for fear the suspect could be lynched and killed by angry local residents.

A Ghanaian news source Peacefmonline.com published pictures of the suspect in handcuffs and in women’s clothing.

August 24, 2014

'And if people aren't politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that's just not normal, that's just not natural, that's not what human beings were designed for...'

US pundit Bryan Fischer thinks God, and humans, have an innate aversion to gay sexuality.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association went on a linguistic historical lesson on the word 'abomination.'

Fischer reassured his 21 August listeners homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes.

'When God sees it, it causes him to recoil,' Fischer explained.

August 24, 2014

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced on Saturday that his government would allow same-sex couples in committed relationships to register their relationships with the government in order to protect their rights and obligations

The South American nation of Ecuador has become the latest on the continent to enshrine the rights of committed same-sex couples, with President Rafael Correa announcing that same-sex de facto marriages would be registered by the state, while stopping short of allowing same-sex couples to officially marry.

Ecuador’s 2009 constitution bans same-sex marriage but also provides for the legal recognition of committed unmarried relationships and Correa has now announced that as of 15 September such couples will be able to register their relationships regardless of sexuality.

August 24, 2014

Maria Walsh, winner of the competition celebrating Irish heritage, says she is not ashamed of her sexuality

The winner of a competition celebrating Irish heritage has come out as gay.

Maria Walsh, 27, was crowned winner of the Rose of Tralee festival on the 19 August, and revealed her sexuality in an interview with Irish newspaper The Irish Sun on Sunday today (24 August).

‘I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,’ she said.

August 24, 2014

Kerry Byrnes was set upon by two thugs while she was walking home alone at night, and the attack has left her scared to leave her home

A UK lesbian posted horrific photos online of injuries she received from anti-gay attackers who targeted her as she walked home.

Kerry Byrnes was left unconscious for over 15 minutes when the incident happened on 17 August in Oakland, Leicestershire, UK where she lives.

The 23-year-old, who works in a Tesco supermarket, claims the two men recognized her from her job and targeted her as she walked home in the early hours of the morning.

The men, believed to be in their 20s, hurled anti-gay slurs at her before attacking her from behind.

August 23, 2014

An anonymous person claims to have sent messages to thousands of Grindr users in countries with anti-gay laws, warning them the app has a security flaw which could allow authorities to know their exact location

An anonymous person is warning Grindr users that alleged security flaws in the app could allow people to know their exact location and has claimed that the company has been aware of the problem for months.

‘This year's "WTF? Why am I still using Grindr"-moment comes with the fact that it's possible to locate every single user and perform a sender spoof using the chat,’ the anonymous person posted to Pastebin.com on 16 August .

August 23, 2014

Patricia Yurena, Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, posted a picture of her and her partner on Instagram in an intimate pose

A Spanish beauty queen revealed her sexuality by posting an intimate picture of her and her girlfriend on photo-sharing app Instagram.

Patricia Yurena Rodríguez Alonso won Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, posted the picture on 19 August of her partner Vanesa Klein with the caption: ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

News quickly spread on social media and was soon inundated with messages of support.

‘Thank you for all your comments,’ she said.

August 23, 2014

I 'thought, "There’s no way this guy’s going to hell" because in my church, it was, "Anybody who’s gay is going to hell"'

Jessica Alba had her views on faith and sexuality shaped when she was a teen and fell for someone her church had taught her would go to hell.

The actress told The Daily Beast this week that she was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont when 'I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina.

August 23, 2014

'I'm into diversity. I kill everybody, I don't care'

A St. Louis area police officer has been suspended after a video was released of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faces a review after a 2012 speech was brought to the attention of his superiors by CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

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 22, 2014

A 29-year-old is urging everyone to speak out against hate crime after getting attacked in Shoreditch

A gay man has spoken out after being attacked for holding hands with his boyfriend in London.

Timothy Rumney, 29, was walking along Old Street in Shoreditch with his partner after a night out at gay club East Block during the early hours of Sunday morning (17 August).

As they were waiting for a bus, they overheard a man with his girlfriend refer to them as ‘batty men’.

Rumney challenged the man, and then the man asked why they were holding hands.

Minutes later, the same man approached the pair and hit Rumney around the face.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 22, 2014

People’s Party senator Luz Elena Sanín is facing calls for her resignation after she blamed Spain’s $1.3 trillion national debt on previous Socialist governments’ ‘subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals’

A ruling party Spanish senator has come under fire after she tried to blame Spain’s national debt on past Socialist governments cosying up to gay groups and NGOs.

Spain is experiencing an economic emergency which has left one-in-four Spaniards out of work and People’s Party Senator Luz Elena Sanin blamed spending on the LGBTI community for her country’s ‘gaping economic hole.’

Sanin said that former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero had put the country into debt by lavishing ‘his favors’ on ‘NGOs and homosexuals.’