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June 3, 2014

An audience member, who was allegedly drunk, was shouting anti-gay slurs during emotionally tense scenes of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

An actor was fired after throwing out a heckler in the audience who was shouting ‘faggot’ at the cast.

John Lacy, who was performing as Big Daddy in a California production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, was growing tired of the unruly patron’s behavior.

According to other people at the show, the audience member was repeatedly making noise and yelled ‘fag’ during emotionally tense scenes.

The actor jumped off the stage, physically confronted the audience member, and threw him out of the theater.

May 2, 2014

The Tennessee wedding venue Mint Springs Farm that refused to host two gay Iraq War veterans’ commitment ceremony have changed their policy and will now welcome all couples who wish to wed there

Tennessee wedding venue Mint Springs Farm will allow couples regardless of sexuality or whether they can obtain a marriage license to hold commitment ceremonies on its grounds in a reversal of a previous policy that effectively banned gay couples.

May 2, 2014

Christian Party candidate Darrell Trigg wants to end the legal recognition of homosexuality and wants abortion and divorce banned except in extreme cases

A US presidential hopeful wants gay people to be removed from television.

Darrell Trigg, a Tennessee engineer, officially announced his candidacy for president and hopes to follow Barack Obama in the White House.

The Christian Party candidate wishes to end the legal recognition of homosexuality.

He also wishes to explicitly ban same-sex marriage by redefining the union as between as a man and a woman.

April 29, 2014

Two openly gay veterans of the Iraq war were planning to use Mint Springs Farm in Tennessee to host their commitment ceremony but the owners have refused to let them, claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage prevents them

A wedding venue in Tennessee is denying a pair of Iraq War veterans the use of their facilities because they are a gay couple.

Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas met while stationed at Fort Campbell nine years ago and became a couple despite the then policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that banned openly gay people from serving in the military.

March 19, 2014

'We intend to take all necessary steps to defend the law'

Governor Bill Haslam is appealing a federal judge's 14 March ruling that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

March 6, 2014

A song encouraging you to kiss girls or boys is changing country music and promoting a message of individuality and acceptance to its hesitant fans

‘Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys or kiss lots of girls if that’s what you’re into.’

Seems fair enough right? Well not if you are a country radio DJ in a conservative market deep in the Bible belt of the American South it’s not. It’s more a rallying cry to join the dark side and give your soul to the devil.

At least that’s been the reaction to those lyrics in the song Follow Your Arrow by new country music superstar Kacey Musgraves.

March 5, 2014

Larry Tomczak claims that when people 'choose' a gay lifestyle, God punishes their bodies with a 'penalty'

God is punishing gay men and lesbians by making them ‘effeminate’ or ‘mannish’, a pastor and US pundit has claimed.

Larry Tomczak, a pastor from Tennessee, is seen in video footage suggesting God punishes homosexuals with the characteristics of the opposite gender.

‘God turning people over to their own desires, men lusting after men, women after women, and they receive in their own bodies the penalties for their sin,’ he says, as Right Wing Watch first reported.

February 16, 2014

'It's our job as citizens to say that Michael Sam deserves a fair chance, not because he's a gay football player, but because he's a football player and he wants to go out and play football'

Chris Kluwe thinks  Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football defensive lineman who happens to be gay, will have few problems with National Football League teammates.

December 23, 2013

The country singer is reportedly performing for the Glastonbury Legends slot on the Sunday of the June festival

67-year-old Dolly Parton is expected to grace the Glastonbury stage next year.

The open-air festival launched in the 1970s welcomes emerging and chart-topping artists to play a weekend in Somerset, England.

Last year’s headline acts included U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé. Additional acts confirmed for next year’s festival include Lily Allen.

According to a source who spoke to The Sun newspaper: ‘Dolly is perfect for the Sunday Legends slot. It didn't take any convincing - she's always wanted to play Glastonbury.’

November 23, 2013

The owner of the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, TN was found by police badly bruised with an anti-gay slur written across his forehead

Three suspects remain at large following an anti-gay hate crime in a Tennessee city after a business owner was savagely attacked and his store badly damaged.

 

Joe Williams, who owns the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, Tennessee, was closing his store on Wednesday (20 November) when he was approached by a man asking for something to help his sick daughter.

 

October 21, 2013

'Every day, we are reminded that Tennessee does not value our commitment or our family'

Four legally married same-sex couples who live in Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit Monday (21 October) seeking to have their marriages legally recognized by the state.

The couples all married in other states and later moved to Tennessee where state law prohibits legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

They allege in their lawsuit that the state's law violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

October 21, 2013

'Every day, we are reminded that Tennessee does not value our commitment or our family'

Four legally married same-sex couples who live in Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit Monday (21 October) seeking to have their marriages legally recognized by the state.

The couples all married in other states and later moved to Tennessee where state law prohibits legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

They allege in their lawsuit that the state's law violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

October 15, 2013

'Ultimately being yourself is what really matters'

When Jonathan Allen went on NBC's America's Got Talent last summer, he was finally able to get the acceptance for being gay that he was unable to get from home.

The 20-year-old aspiring singer with the operatic voice made it all the way to the semifinals before finally being eliminated.

Allen revealed on the first show that on his 18th birthday, his parents had kicked him out of the family home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for being gay. He received a standing ovation after his performance of Con te Partirò including one from the judges.

October 8, 2013

An LGBT group at Middle Tennessee State University have been accused of desecrating the American flag after they displayed a version with rainbow stripes to mark LGBT History Month but the US Government feels otherwise

A decision to display a rainbow striped version of the American flag to mark LGBT History Month at Middle Tennessee State University has been branded an act of desecration by a graduate of the school but the US Government feels otherwise.

Members of LGBT on-campus support group MT Lamda didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they put the flag up as part of a display in the university’s Walker Library marking the group’s 25th year at the university but Middle Tennessee graduate Ralph Dye was so incensed by it he decided to go to the media.

September 30, 2013

'I really am humbled by it often. I feel really grateful'

For a guy who started out playing Tori Spelling's best friend on the short-lived comedy series So NoTORIous, Zachary Quinto has done pretty well for himself.

He’s conquered television as one of the stars of Heroes then American Horror Story and landed the plum role of Mr. Spock in the reboot of the Star Trek feature film franchise.

Now the openly gay actor is making his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie which also stars two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones.

Quinto can't quite believe his good fortune.

September 10, 2013

Trail Life USA hopes to provide a home for people who feel excluded from the Boy Scouts of American because the scouts won't exclude gay teens

A group set up by people who have left the Boy Scouts of America after the scouts allowed openly gay teens to become scouts launched in Tennessee over the weekend.

Around 1,200 people attended an inaugural Leadership Conference for the group ‘Trail Life USA’ which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America.

August 23, 2013

Tennessee man is finding an alternative use for the geo-location hookup site, connecting LGBT Christians

A Christian youth leader is using Grindr to recruit gay people.

Michael Szalapski is using the geo-location hookup site in an alternative way. He's trying to help other gay Christians experiencing rejection from the church.

The gay man from Clarksville, Tennessee, was recruited by his progressive church, gay-friendly church as they felt young people would benefit from his experience and insight.

Filmmaker Christian Hendricks interviewed Szalapski on his different methods.

June 12, 2013

Jonathan Allen, 20, has not seen his parents in two years, but it didn't stop him from giving an amazing audition

Meet Jonathan Allen, a 20-year-old from Tennessee. On his 18th birthday, his parents decided to kick him out for being gay.

An incredible opera singer, he decided to show his family they had missed out on supporting their gifted son by performing on America’s Got Talent.

‘My parents, they didn’t really support my lifestyle,’ Allen said.

‘I haven’t seen my parents in about two and a half years. I love them with all my heart. I don’t know if they still love me. It’s been difficult and music is what makes me feel like I belong.’

June 6, 2013

StudentsFirst drops support of anti-gay Tennessee politician and stands behind 11-year-old Marcel Neergaard

Marcel Neergaard's voice, and petition, were finally heard and an education reform group stripped away an honor it gave to a politician who supports anti-gay policies.

June 1, 2013

Tennessee student Marcel Neergaard stands up to anti-gay politicians and bullies

Eleven-year-old Marcel Neergaard has had enough of the anti-gay politicians in his state.

The gay youngster from Tennessee wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post railing against John Ragan, a  state house representative. He is the co-sponsor of a controversial bill requiring teachers to out gay students to parents.

May 30, 2013

A woman with eight grandchildren has composed a song for her lesbian niece and fiancée's upcoming wedding

A grandma of eight, 72, has written a gay marriage song that she believes may have been a result of divine intervention.

Sherri Gray, from Nashville, Tennessee, took to a (slightly) out-of-tune piano and poured her heart out. She was inspired by her lesbian niece and fiancée’s upcoming wedding in August.

The song, ‘What If We Are Just Like You? (Shannon and Lisa’s Song)’, might be performed by Gray at the girls’ wedding in Columbus, Ohio.

April 28, 2013

StudentsFirst chooses anti-gay Tennessee representative as its reformer of the year

According to a Huffington Post article John Ragan, a Tennessee State House representative, was named an educational reformer by StudentsFirst. Gay and lesbian students in the US southern state know Ragan all too well. He's one of the co-sponsors of a controversial bill requiring teachers to out students to parents.

April 24, 2013

Passed over after a mediocre senior year, Alan Gendreau is trying again on his own terms

The National Football League has never had an openly gay player and Alan Gendreau wants to change that.

He's got the gay part down.

Now all he has to do is make it on an NFL team.

Gendreau, 23, was a standout placekicker at Middle Tennessee State where he had a record-breaking career and seemed headed to the pros.

But a poor start to his senior year derailed that path and he was not selected in the 2012 NFL draft.