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April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 22, 2015

Restaurant will be staffed by half-naked men

A male version of Hooters is coming Dallas' gay Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Tallywackers will be staffed by half naked men and is scheduled to open on Lemmon Avenue in May.

Last week, the restaurant started hiring for bartenders, servers, cooks, bus boys and hosts on Craigslist.

'Dallas' Newest and most exciting place to be is now hiring for all positions!' the ad reads.

Hooters is restaurant chain staffed by curvy young women in revealing outfits and bills itself as 'delightfully tacky yet unrefined.'

April 2, 2015

Joke mocks absurdity of bathroom bans

The National Center for Transgender Equality officially won April's Fools Day with a joke mocking the absurdity of bathroom bans.

The NTCE Wednesday (1 April) released a press release announcing that it would open a state-of- the-art laboratory in the basement of its Washington DC headquarters to create transgender people who do not need to pee.

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 27, 2015

Film's subject and producer Shane Bitney Crone invited group of 'prayer warriors' in for Q&A

Shane Bitney Crone has been through a lot in his young life.

The love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, died after accidentally falling from a rooftop during a photo shoot. Despite their having been together for six years, Bridegroom's family did not invite Crone to the funeral and tried to erase any evidence that their son was gay.

But the evidence is for the world to see in the acclaimed documentary Bridegroom which Crone brought this week to the University of Texas at Tyler for a screening.

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

Republican Rep Gilbert Pena, in office less than two months, wants schools fined $2,000 for any violations

Gilbert Pena began his first term in the Texas House of Representatives less than two months ago and is quickly targeting transgender students with a new bill.

Pena on Tuesday (10 March) introduced  HB 2801 which seeks to ban trans students from using school restrooms that reflect their gender identity.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

February 26, 2015

'Would you rather me send letters all year? Or you listen the first time? Your choice'

A nine-year-old girl has written a letter to US Congress demanding the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Maggie from Texas decided that for lent this year she is going to write one letter a week advocating for the rights of the LGBTI community, reports Buzzfeed

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 20, 2015

State's Supreme Court issues emergency order blocking other same-sex couples from obtaining licenses

For now, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant are the only legally married same-sex couple in the giant state of Texas.

And they might be for awhile.

The couple has been together for 30 years and were married in Austin on Thursday (19 February). They said their vows in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office, according to The Austin American Statesman.

February 18, 2015

But marriage licenses will not be issued to gay couples yet

A Texas judge Tuesday (17 February) ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Travis county probate judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which an Austin woman sought to have her eight-year lesbian relationship recognized as a a common-law marriage.

Travis county clerk Dana DeBeauvoir commended Herman's order as 'a great step toward marriage equality,' but added that the judge had not instructed her to begin to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

February 10, 2015

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have chosen to appear in the documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity’ alongside notorious anti-LGBTI activist Scott Lively

Two of the leading candidates to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 have taken part in a new documentary that claims that ‘homosexual activists’ want to ban the Christian religion.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have both chosen to appear in the soon to be released documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity.’

Both have declared their interest in running to be the next Republican candidate to be the President of the United States.

February 7, 2015

'We reserve the right to discontinue enrollment of a current student participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning homosexual activity'

A Texas school has responded to a teen who said on YouTube he was forced to move schools for being gay.

Austin Wallis, a 17-year-old US YouTuber and former student at private Christian school Lutheran High North in Houston, posted a video recently showed him in tears after he recounted a story of how he was called into his principal's office two weeks ago.

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 5, 2015

Parker is only US mayor in top 10 on worldwide list compiled by City Mayors Foundation

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been named the top mayor in the US by the international think tank City Mayors Foundation.

Parker, a lesbian who married her longtime partner last year, was ranked seventh from 26 finalists and is the only US mayor to finish in the top 10.

February 3, 2015

A 17-year-old was forced to change schools

A gay teen was told by his principal to shut up about his sexuality or he could face expulsion.

Austin Wallis, an American student who posts vidoes on YouTube, recently showed him reduced to tears after he recounted the story of how he was forced to change schools.

‘I hope that my story will make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe I can change things so this will never happen again’, he said.

February 2, 2015

Screenwriter of Milk will speak at the end of LGBT History Month in the UK

Dustin Lance Black will share his insights and experience when he talks at Student Pride 2015 on 27 February.

The gay American director, producer and screenwriter will be part of the Attitude Question Time panel at the University of Westminster and join BBC Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis in a discussion on LGBTI representation in film and TV.

Black is best known as the screenwriter of award-winning film Milk and for dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley.