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April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

March 31, 2014

The director of a school in Texas refused to enroll a toddler because he has two moms and ‘we don’t live that way’

A couple claims their son was turned away from a Texas school because he has lesbian parents.

Tracy and Dawn Keller were assured they could enroll their three-year-old son into the Bedford, Texas school but after touring the school were phoned by the director saying there son would not be welcome.

March 26, 2014

As England and Wales prepares for its first lesbian and gay weddings, educators are advising teachers what books to use to explain it all to children

Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s how to teach kids about gay marriage, and it all starts in a distant land with a prince who doesn’t care much for princesses.

Prince Bertie’s mother troops princesses past him from as far away as Mumbai, Texas and Greenland. He just isn’t interested.

But it all changes when Princess Madeleine arrives, escorted by her brother prince Lee. Both Bertie and Lee exclaim: ‘What a wonderful prince!’

They fall in love, marry, are declared King and King and the Queen can finally relax.

March 25, 2014

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

March 18, 2014

A Texas therapist used to tell patients to throw out any CDs by any artists that are 'popular in the gay community' and only listen to Christian music if they want to be straight

Adele is being accused of turning people gay with her music.

A retired 'therapist' used to claim the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ singer is on the list of things that men ‘should avoid if they want to be straight’.

Openly gay doctor Christian Jessen, 37, discovered the bizarre claims in a new Channel 4 documentary Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the film, he meets retired 'therapist' John Smid from Texas who used to offer rehab for gay men.

As part of his old practices, he shows Jessen how he used to 'treat' his patients.

March 17, 2014

Texas police are still deliberating on who could have killed a 24-year-old lesbian couple. But one of the women's mothers is convinced its her ex, who she left over his violent tendencies

A Texas dad is being accused of murdering his own daughter and her partner because he disagreed with their ‘lifestyle’.

Police believe James Cosby, 46, bludgeoned daughter Britney Cosby to death and shot her girlfriend Crystal Jackson on 6 March.

The bodies were found the next day near a dumpster around 7.30am the next day outside a Fisherman’s Cove food mart.

Both women were only 24.

Britney’s mother has told police that Cosby was angry his daughter was gay.

March 14, 2014

Law officials say it appears the two women were killed in the home of James Larry Cosby, father of Britney Cosby

Police have arrested the father of one of the lesbians discovered dead near a Texas dumpster.

James Larry Cosby was charged today, 13 March,  with two counts of evidence tampering in the deaths of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby.

March 14, 2014

Law officials say it appears the two women were killed in the home of James Larry Cosby, father of Britney Cosby

Police have arrested the father of one of the lesbians discovered dead near a Texas dumpster.

James Larry Cosby was charged today, 13 March,  with two counts of evidence tampering in the deaths of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby.

March 14, 2014

There are only a handful of cases of HIV being transmitted between two women, and one has been reported in Houston, Texas

An ‘extremely rare’ case of HIV transmitted through lesbian sex is being reported in the US.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a case of female-to-female transmission of HIV in Houston, Texas.

A woman, 46, was investigated to have a virus almost identical to that of her female partner, 43.

According to the CDC, the infection took place during a six-month monogamous relationship.

The 46-year-old woman who contracted HIV had not injected drugs, had no tattoos, nor had acupuncture, transfusion or transplants.

March 14, 2014

Openly gay star of TV's White Collar continues to land feature film roles

The openly gay actor in a romantic leading role remains the final frontier for the US movie industry and Matt Bomer is shaping up as a candidate to scale that mountain.

The star of TV's White Collar was in Austin, Texas, this week for the world premiere of Space Station 76 at the South by Southwest film Festival.

He stars in the sci-fi flick with Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.

It was announced this week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to distribute the comedy drama set in the 1970s.

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 10, 2014

A 24-year-old gay couple and parents to a five-year-old daughter were found dead near a convenience store in a quiet beach town

Police are on the hunt to find the murderer of a lesbian couple who were discovered dead near a dumpster in Texas.

Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, 24, were found at around 7.30am, Friday morning (7 March) in Port Bolivar by a beer deliveryman taking out some trash.

The couple had been living together for two years. Jackson and Cosby were raising Jackson’s five-year-old daughter.

Police have yet to announce a motive or suspect.

Detectives believe the women were killed somewhere else and dumped at the nearby convenience store.

March 7, 2014

Man was left with a broken lip and nine missing teeth after a brutal attack during gay pride week in Austin, Texas in October 2012

‘It’s just been hard on the inside more for me than the outside, not because of how people see me, but how I feel about myself.’

A victim of a gay hate crime has received a six-figure oral reconstruction surgery for free after nine of his teeth were knocked out.

In October 2012, during gay pride week in Austin, Texas, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were severely beaten while waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

March 3, 2014

Jack Evans and George Harris were married at Midway Hills Christian Church in Texas on Saturday after 53 years together – though their marriage will not yet be recognized by the state

Gay couple George Harris and Jack Evans were married on Sunday after 53 years together by a United Methodist priest who has put his pension and credentials as a clergyman on the line in order to conduct the ceremony.

Harris, 80, and Evans, 84, met in Dallas in 1961 and have been together ever since.

They were married 1 March at Midway Hills Christian Church.

February 27, 2014

A Texas woman who was forcibly outed to her mother by her high school softball coaches has won a $77,000 settlement from her school after a 6 year legal battle

21-year-old Skye Wyatt has won a 6 year battle seeking compensation for the violation of her privacy after sports coaches at her Kilgore, Texas high school forcibly outed her to her parents.

At age 16 Wyatt had been in a secret relationship with another girl at her high school when her softball coaches learned of the relationship and confronted her about it.

The coaches confronted her in a locker room and told her that unless she admitted she was a lesbian she would not be allowed to play in that day’s softball game.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 26, 2014

'Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution'

Texas Governor Rick Perry believes that a federal judge who struck the state's gay marriage ban today is going against the will of the people.

The Republican, who has a history 0f anti-gay positions and statements, said the voters of his state made their views on same-sex marriage clear in 2005 when they approved a constitutional ban by a 76% margin.

February 26, 2014

'Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution'

Texas Governor Rick Perry believes that a federal judge who struck the state's gay marriage ban today is going against the will of the people.

The Republican, who has a history 0f anti-gay positions and statements, said the voters of his state made their views on same-sex marriage clear in 2005 when they approved a constitutional ban by a 76% margin.

February 14, 2014

Texas Republican introduces bill that would prevent federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where there is a ban in place

Accusing the Obama administration of 'trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states,' Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Thursday (13 February) that would limit federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, wants to pass the State Defense of Marriage Act which would limit federal programs and benefits to married gay or lesbian couples living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

February 12, 2014

'I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”

The world found out on Sunday that NFL prospect Michael Sam is gay - his dad found out just last week.

Michael Sam Sr. tells The New York Times that he was out celebrating his birthday at a Denny's restaurant outside of Dallas, Texas,  when he received a text from his son containing three words: 'Dad I'm gay.'

The birthday dinner was apparently ruined.

January 22, 2014

Annise Parker flew to California last week to wed partner of 23 years

Houston's lesbian Mayor Annise Parker is being attacked by GOP critics for getting married in California last week to her partner of more than two decades.

Some are saying the nuptials are a political statement rather than a romantic one.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, a conservative talk radio host involved in a primary campaign for lieutenant governor called the marriage 'obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California.'

January 22, 2014

Annise Parker flew to California last week to wed partner of 23 years

Houston's lesbian Mayor Annise Parker is being attacked by GOP critics for getting married in California last week to her partner of more than two decades.

Some are saying the nuptials are a political statement rather than a romantic one.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, a conservative talk radio host involved in a primary campaign for lieutenant governor called the marriage 'obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California.'

January 18, 2014

Annise Parker says calls it 'a very happy day' for she and Kathy Hubbard who married on their 23rd anniversary as a couple

She's mayor of one of the biggest cities in Texas but Annise Parker had to leave the state this week to get married.

Parker and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard were married on Thursday (16 January) in the gay-friendly city of Palm Springs in California.

Same-sex marriage is banned in Texas but became legal in California last June following a US Supreme Court ruling.

The ceremony took place at sunset at a private home and was held on the Parker and Hubbard's 23rd anniversary as a couple.