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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 10, 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 19, 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.

January 27, 2015

She was just 24

A trans woman was shot down in Texas yesterday (26 January).

Ty Underwood, a 24-year-old training to be a nurse, was found murdered in the city of Tyler, around 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

A woman had called 911 early on Monday morning saying a car had hit a telephone pole and that her children had heard gunshots.

While police have yet to determine a motive, it is believed she was targeted because she is transgender.

January 22, 2015

Former Gimme Gimme Gimme star and out gay actor on his travel heaven and hell, from Bombay to the USA

Where has been your best holiday and why?
Driving across the USA, from Thousand Islands to LA and back again over four weeks with two friends and an old one-eyed Golden Retriever called Cassie. We went everywhere and did everything. A million motel rooms on a million highways. Heaven. Always on the move, every state different, no time for boredom.

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 6, 2015

The adorable YouTube and Twitter star on his life in travel – from childhood trips to NYC to hearing anti-gay sentiments on Texan radio...

What has been your best ever holiday and why?
To celebrate being together for a half year my boyfriend Nick and I went to Catalina Island. It's only a couple hours off the California coast, but it makes you feel like you're in a mini-Hawaii. Renting a golf cart and just driving around the whole island was pure bliss.

January 5, 2015

In 2014 October, the congressman said gay soldiers would not be prepared to fight because they require massages

An anti-gay congressman wants to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Louis Gohmert, a representative from Texas since 2004, made his announcement on the Sunday News program Fox and Friends.

'I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,' the Republican said, as reported by The Hill.

The present Speaker is John Boehner, a fellow Republican from Ohio.

December 13, 2014

In his decision, Garcia said allowing same-sex couples to marry as the case is appealed 'would only be temporary, with confusion and doubt to follow'

While a judge ruled the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, he's unwilling to lift a stay while the case faces appeal.

This past February, US District Judge Orlando Garcia found the southern's state's prohibition went against the US Constitution's protection of equal treatment under the law.