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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 16, 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.

June 21, 2014

'As long as this widespread misunderstanding in the straight world about homosexuality persists, that it is a choice or a "lifestyle", not only will we never be fully accepted by society, some of us will remain unable to accept ourselves'

John Paulk, a prominent poster boy for 'ex-gay' movement for over a decade who came out as gay last year, has hit out at Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent comments that compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

June 21, 2014

Approximately two years ago Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin, were found in Texas park; both shot in the head

A suspect has been arrested in the Portland, Texas shooting of two young lesbians.

As reported by NBC News, 27-year-old David Malcolm Strickland was taken into custody by US Marshals and Texas Rangers, on 20 June, in a suburb of San Antonio.

He's facing charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon, and aggravated sexual assault.

June 20, 2014

Rob Watson, a recovering alcoholic himself, tells Governor Rick Perry how wrong he is for thinking alcholism is the same as homosexuality

If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. 

This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people.

June 19, 2014

Perry is being widely criticized and ridiculed for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has admitted that 'I stepped right in it' when he made a recent comment comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

The remark has been widely criticized and ridiculed and even fellow Republican Chris Christie went on the record saying he does not agree with Perry's view.

June 19, 2014

Perry is being widely criticized and ridiculed for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has admitted that 'I stepped right in it' when he made a recent comment comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

The remark has been widely criticized and ridiculed and even fellow Republican Chris Christie went on the record saying he does not agree with Perry's view.

June 18, 2014

Tributes have been paid to the Texas-born performer who starred in several Falcon Studios films

Gay porn star Cameron Fox has died at the age of 36.

The actor – real name Shane Eugene Davis, passed away last Thursday (12 June) but a cause of death has yet to be reported.

The Texas-born performer and former Falcon Studios star entered into the industry in 1999 at the age of 22.

He racked up at least two awards, working on films like Haunted House on Sex Hill and Soccer Shooters, before he stopped doing porn in 2006.

Falcon Studios confirmed the news, simply saying: ‘RIP Cameron Fox’.

June 18, 2014

Host of The Daily Show rips into Texas governor for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been mocked and criticized for his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

But leave it to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to really tell Perry what's what.

'You know what’s sad? Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is,' Stewart said.

June 18, 2014

Host of The Daily Show rips into Texas governor for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been mocked and criticized for his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

But leave it to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to really tell Perry what's what.

'You know what’s sad? Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is,' Stewart said.

June 17, 2014

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are each the biological father of one twin

The first Father's Day for Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs was bittersweet because days earlier, a judge in Texas denied their request to have their names placed on the birth certificates of their newborn twins.

The twins, Lucas and Ethan, share an egg donor and were born to a surrogate mother a month ago. They are half brothers with Hanna the biological father of one and Riggs the biological father of the other.

So far, only the surrogate mother's name is on either birth certificate.

June 16, 2014

CNBC's Joe Kernen: 'I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar'

Texas Governor Rick Perry was put on the hot seat Monday (16 June) over his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Joe Kernen, co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box, told Perry: 'In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me. I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar.'

June 16, 2014

CNBC's Joe Kernen: 'I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar'

Texas Governor Rick Perry was put on the hot seat Monday (16 June) over his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Joe Kernen, co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box, told Perry: 'In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me. I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar.'

June 16, 2014

A politician has written an incredible Father's Day message to his child, affirming his belief in gay rights

A Texas politician has written an incredible letter to his lesbian daughter.

Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, a state senator, said it saddens him to know she lives her life in a society that views her as ‘different’.

‘You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love,’ he said.

In 2013, Hinojosa sponsored a bill to legalize civil unions in the US state, but in the letter he declares he now supports full equal marriage.

Read the entire letter:

June 12, 2014

'Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that'

Anti-gay Texas Governor Rick Perry is now comparing being a homosexual to being an alcoholic.

Both, he believes, have the option to abstain.

Perry, a failed candidate for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for president, was asked at an event in San Francisco over the weekend whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder.

June 12, 2014

'Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that'

Anti-gay Texas Governor Rick Perry is now comparing being a homosexual to being an alcoholic.

Both, he believes, have the option to abstain.

Perry, a failed candidate for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for president, was asked at an event in San Francisco over the weekend whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder.

June 10, 2014

A draft new platform for the Texas state Republican endorses so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as the proper approach to dealing with LGBTI issues in a sign that the party is moving backwards

A new draft of the Texas state Republican Party platform will officially endorse so-called reparative, or 'ex-gay,' therapies in a move that LGBTI Republican voters will find hard to stomach.

‘Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples,’ the draft platform reads

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'