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November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

October 31, 2014

Home schooled teen was called 'faggot' and 'booty lover' by his three young attackers

A gay teen was lured to a skate park in Texas by a 'friend' and was then viciously beaten by the girl and two others while being called 'faggot'.

Dylan Beard, 17, said the 17-year-old girl asked him to come meet her at a nearby skate park in Bayton on 16 October.

When he arrived to the park, he then claims two of her male friends then jumped him calling him 'faggot' and 'booty lover'.

'They all started hitting me, got on the ground, hit me and punched me,' Beard told KHOU. 'It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess.'

October 27, 2014

'If Texas doesn't want to have gay marriage, then I think that's a right for Texas people to decide'

Former US President Jimmy Carter thinks gay people should have the right to get married - unless a church or a state votes that they should not.

Carter, president from 1977-81, tells Inside Texas Politics: 'I think all people ought to have an equal right and people who happen to be gay - I don't think it's preventable or caused by anything - I think they ought to have equal rights to marry.'

But he thinks there should be some exceptions.

October 27, 2014

Plaintiffs upset by what they consider to be an overly long wait

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced on Monday ( 27 October) that oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana have been scheduled for January.

The cases will be closely watched because in the Louisiana case, US District Judge Martin Feldman in September upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

Feldman was the first federal judge to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

October 13, 2014

In a brief filed with the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals, Greg Abbott also said that – in relation to legal arguments – the fact such unions may benefit children with same-sex parents ‘doesn’t matter’

At the beginning of the month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that part of the reason he was opposed to gay marriage was because he’d been married to his wife for 33 years.

Now, Abbott – a Republican who is currently running for the position of Governor of Texas – has voiced another reason why the Lone Star State should maintain its ban on gay marriage: Maintaining such a ban reduces out-of-wedlock births.

October 9, 2014

Looks like a hot wave is coming through followed shortly by a brief shower

Looks like things are getting hot and steamy in Texas.

News station TWC had spent the day tweeting out the usual thing of weather reports, news stories and traffic updates.

But one traffic update was a little bit more hot and heavy than the usual diversion notice.

Late Wednesday (8 October), the channel's Twitter feed accidentally sent out a collage of gay porn images.

The caption curiously said: 'TRAFFIC: Your 5.12pm update. Too many!'

October 1, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott gives answer during debate with Democrat candidate Wendy Davis

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, running for governor of the Lone Star state, said during a debate Tuesday (30 September) that he is against same-sex marriage because he's been married to a woman for 33 years.

According to LoneStarQ.com, the gay marriage question was posed to Abbott via Twitter from a man named John from Fort Worth: 'If a 10-year-old girl asked you whether her two dads should be allowed to get married, what would you tell her?'

September 25, 2014

Gay film festivals in Sweden and Scotland, a pride parade in Japan and a few prides for LGBTI people of color in the US are just some of the October events you should know about

October is a great month for the global LGBTI movement.

In the USA, communities and allies will be celebrating LGBTI History Month, and marking 11 October as National Coming Out Day.

The states will also celebrate over a dozen gay pride parades, from pride events for LGBTI people of color in Texas to a gay wine event, a Gay Grape Stomp, in Napa Valley just outside San Francisco.

In Asia, we celebrate gay pride in Taiwan and Japan, and Europe sees the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest parties in Belgium.

September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 5, 2014

'We cannot just stand idly by as Christian values and morals are trampled. We will do whatever we can to preserve family values in this country'

A US lobbyist who seems obsessed with Michael Sam promises to protest the first game of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jack Burkman, who heads a group called American Decency, will lead 'thousands' of conservative Christians in a rally against the National Football League team this Sunday (7 September).

September 3, 2014

Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about

September promises to be red hot with LGBTI events, and we’re not just talking about the ginger paradise that is to be the after-party for Thomas Knight’s RED HOT photo exhibit on red-headed men.

The photos are equally popular with straight women as they are with gay men, but there’s a few family members like Seth Fornea who are proudly representing both the ginger and LGBTI communities.

September 3, 2014

'It's been a roller coaster this past week but I'm happy where I'm at now'

Michael Sam summed it up best on Wednesday: 'It's been a roller coaster this past week.'

He had just passed a physical and was officially signed to the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. This came four days after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams and not made a part of their practice squad.

Then, no other NFL team signed Sam during the 24 hours that he was put on waivers and his only remaining hope was that a team would hire him for their practice squad which can be a stepping stone to making the active roster.

It has happened.

August 13, 2014

Court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter

Ever wonder why some politicians seem to blame LGBT people for everything from natural disasters to Game of Thrones?

Well, court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter.

July 29, 2014

Claiming voter fraud, a gay rights group has published 50,000 signatures from people who opposed a bill protecting LGBTI people from workplace discrimination

A Texas LGBT group has published on the Internet the personal details of Texans who signed a petition against a recent LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

A group under the website HeroPetition.com, named after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), published the 50,000 names and addresses of Texans who want to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance via public vote in November elections.

July 25, 2014

The University of California Los Angeles’ Williams Institute has crunched the numbers and figures legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas would generate $181.6 million in spending in the state over three years

Independent think tank the Williams Institute has released a report finding that, even using conservative numbers, legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas could generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue to state and local governments.

According to the US Census 46,401 same-sex couples live in cohabiting relationships in the state of Texas and the Williams Institute calculated the numbers based on only half of those marrying in the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

July 23, 2014

Emily Rios: 'This is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family'

It was already public knowledge that the character Emily Rios plays on the FX drama The Bridge is a lesbian.

But it was not until this week that the 25-year-old actress has acknowledged that she is also a lesbian off screen.

Rios plays a young reporter in the series that follows two police detectives - one Mexican, one American - who have joined together to investigate a serial killer menacing both the US and Mexico along the Texas-Chihuahua border.

July 15, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas is a former Washington Post reporter who has lived in the US since he was 12

Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in the US, was detained by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday (15 July) in an incident that qickly made headlines.

A photo of Vargas in handcuffs was posted on Twitter sparking outrage among supporters. He was later released.

Vargas, who is Filipino and gay, is an outspoken activist for immigration reform in the US. He had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles when he was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

July 12, 2014

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl'

Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama was a customer in an Austin, Texas restaurant called Franklin Barbecue.

Comic, and lover of sequin dresses, Daniel Rugg Webb happened to be working behind the counter that day.

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl,' the gay man told the Austin Chronicle.

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

July 2, 2014

The Texas state Democratic Party has slammed Texas state Republicans for endorsing so-called reparative therapies that aim to turn people from gay to straight at the party’s state convention

Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in Dallas on Saturday slammed their Republican rivals for approving a platform which includes support for attempts to turn gay people straight.

The Texas Democrats have instead put denying public funds to programs that attempt to alter a person’s sexuality in their platform and also want the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate people who try to provide such services.

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 22, 2014

'The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values'

The ex-gay therapy supporter who worked to include a conversion therapy plank in the platform of the Texas Republican Party is defending himself.

Jeremy Schwab, a Texas GOP delegate, pushed for the party, earlier this month, to approve the ex-gay language.