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March 18, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) claims 1.8 million members

The largest Presbyterian group in the US has approved a change to its constitution to allow gay marriage.

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) governing body voted to redefine marriage as a 'commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'

But approval was required a majority of the 171 regional bodies to ratify the change. The critical 86th yes vote came Tuesday (17 March) night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 16, 2015

'It really gives you validation and gives you kind of a wall that you can lean on if something happens'

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova had already been together for more than six years by the time they got married last month.

It has already made all the difference.

'I want to write an article about it, how much it changes your life,' the tennis legend tells The New York Times.

January 16, 2015

'It really gives you validation and gives you kind of a wall that you can lean on if something happens'

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova had already been together for more than six years by the time they got married last month.

It has already made all the difference.

'I want to write an article about it, how much it changes your life,' the tennis legend tells The New York Times.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 12, 2014

It is adorable and amazing

It's hard to capture a perfect kiss. Most of the time on camera the actors look uncomfortable, or there's no chemistry, or it just feels unnatural.

For New York Times Magazine, 18 of the year's biggest stars coupled up to participate in nine short films about trying to capture that single kiss.

While a masked Benedict Cumberbatch kisses a big-haired Reese Witherspoon and Timothy Spall wins an arm wrestling match by pecking David Oyelowo on the lips, we have a favorite.

December 1, 2014

'My father’s been dead for 15 years, and I’m still trying to prove something to him'

Stanley Dwight, a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, wanted his son to go into banking.

But Reginald Dwight had other ideas.

He changed his name to Elton John and for the past five decades has had one of the most successful careers in music history.

John says in a new interview that his dad never went to see him perform.

December 1, 2014

'My father’s been dead for 15 years, and I’m still trying to prove something to him'

Stanley Dwight, a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, wanted his son to go into banking.

But Reginald Dwight had other ideas.

He changed his name to Elton John and for the past five decades has had one of the most successful careers in music history.

John says in a new interview that his dad never went to see him perform.

November 25, 2014

'It's like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are'

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has been one of the highest-profile power players in the movie industry for more than two decades.

She's also an out and proud lesbian and has little respect for those who choose to remain in the closet.

'It’s a detriment to be closeted,' she tells The New York Times Magazine.

October 31, 2014

'I was always afraid of that reporter asking me the question outright - are you gay?'

Finance guru Suze Orman says she's happy to see Apple CEO Tim Cook come out on his own terms this week.

'Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so,' Orman tells CNN.

October 28, 2014

'Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began ... one in eight gay men (in the US) is HIV-positive'

Elton John is celebrating the dramatic advances made on the marriage equality front in recent years but he believes it has come at the expense of a life and death issue.

October 28, 2014

'Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began ... one in eight gay men (in the US) is HIV-positive'

Elton John is celebrating the dramatic advances made on the marriage equality front in recent years but he believes it has come at the expense of a life and death issue.

October 4, 2014

The former world champion, who appeared in Mark Wahlberg's No Mercy music video in 1995 as himself, is said to be a 'surprising' but 'perfect' person to emerge as a gay rights advocate in conservative Poland

'I am an ally of LGBT people, because I want to live in a country where my gay friends are not discriminated against,' declared Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist, in a photo to support a prominent gay rights group, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — LGBT and Friends in Poland.

October 4, 2014

The former world champion, who appeared in Mark Wahlberg's No Mercy music video in 1995 as himself, is said to be a 'surprising' but 'perfect' person to emerge as a gay rights advocate in conservative Poland

'I am an ally of LGBT people, because I want to live in a country where my gay friends are not discriminated against,' declared Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist, in a photo to support a prominent gay rights group, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — LGBT and Friends in Poland.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 9, 2014

Tweets four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein: 'She loved Broadway and we loved her'

There is growing outrage over The Broadway League's controversial decision not to dim the marquee lights of Broadway theaters in honor of the late Joan Rivers.

The Broadway League is the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers.

September 9, 2014

Tweets four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein: 'She loved Broadway and we loved her'

There is growing outrage over The Broadway League's controversial decision not to dim the marquee lights of Broadway theaters in honor of the late Joan Rivers.

The Broadway League is the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers.

June 15, 2014

'In contrast to the solid, nuanced briefings we created on the ground, the news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications'

In an op-ed for the New York Times, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning alleges the media is not reporting the complexities of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

June 15, 2014

'In contrast to the solid, nuanced briefings we created on the ground, the news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications'

In an op-ed for the New York Times, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning alleges the media is not reporting the complexities of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.