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April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 25, 2015

'I've been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life'

Olympic champion turned reality show star Bruce Jenner confirmed on Friday (24 April) plans to transition to female.

'For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,' Jenner told Diane Sawyer minutes into a highly-anticipated interview on ABC.

April 25, 2015

Kylee and Kendall Jenner and Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian tweet words of love and support

All of Bruce Jenner's 10 children and stepkids spoke out in support of their dad on Friday after Jenner confirmed that he identifies as female.

'Couldn't be a more proud daughter,' tweeted Kourtney Kardashian. 'With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce's side and support him.'

Khloe Kardashian watched the two-hour ABC News interview with her family and tweeted: 'Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.'

April 25, 2015

The NBA player, who was briefly married to Jenner's stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, sent the tweet after Jenner came out as a transwoman

 NBA player Kris Humphries has publicly distanced himself from former father-in-law Bruce Jenner after the former Olympian came out as a transwoman.

Humphries, who was married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days in 2011, sent a tweet soon after Jenner came out saying: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’

The comment drew widespread anger and criticism over Twitter, with many calling him an ‘idiot’ and stating he was dumped by Kardashian, rather than getting out on his own accord.

April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 24, 2015

Olympic champion turned reality TV star talks about his 'journey' with Diane Sawyer in interview tonight

The day for the airing of Bruce Jenner's highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer has finally arrived.

'It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster but somehow I’m going to get through it,' Jenner says in the latest in a series of promos. 'I want to know how this story ends…you know… how does my story end?'

Sawyer appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and The View Friday to hype the two-hour special during which Jenner is expected his to publicly disclose that he is transitioning to female.

April 24, 2015

Tik Tok singer leads a stellar line up that also includes Fifth Harmony

Kesha has been revealed as the headliner of this year's L.A. Pride, which takes place from June 12-14.

Former X Factor stars Fifth Harmony are also performing; the girl band are known for hits including Sledgehammer and Miss Movin' On.

Tamar Braxton and Ana Barbara will also be appearing. More acts are yet to be revealed.

The performers will take to the stage across the Saturday and Sunday at West Hollywood Park; access to the park is $20 per day.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 24, 2015

Gender-fluid deities, gay sex in temples and much more

Think all religion is anti-LGBTI? Think again.

While many know the arguments for and against equality from Christians, Muslims and Jews, have you considered the world’s other major religions?

In my last article for Gay Star News I was struck by the number of readers who commented that religion was our enemy.

If you think that, much of what follows will surprise you.

Hinduism

Hindu views of LGBTI issues are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views.

April 22, 2015

'I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life'

Jeffrey Tambor has some supportive words for Bruce Jenner who later this week is presumably going to confirm a transition to female in an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Tambor was asked about Jenner because he plays a transgender female in the series Transparent. His character has three adult children and transitions at the age of 70. Jenner is 65 and has six children in addition to four Kardashian stepchildren.

'I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life,' Tambor said recently while accepting the Point Foundation Courage Award in New York.

April 21, 2015

'What a parent needs to do more than anything is jump in there with love and support. You made 'em. They're a gift from God. Love 'em as they are'

When Kelly Clarkson said in as recent interview that she didn't care if one of her kids turned out to be gay, among those who backed her up publicly with an 'amen!' was Reba McEntire.

McEntire, whose stepson is married to Clarkson, believes parents and grandparents need to be completely accepting.

April 21, 2015

'We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears'

Doris Day first met Rock Hudson in 1959 on the set of Pillow Talk, their first movie together.

But it is the last time they saw each other that makes the now 91-year-old retired movie legend the most emotional now.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

April 21, 2015

Incident took place more than three decades before Tomlin publicly acknowledged being a lesbian

In the early 1970s, Lily Tomlin guested on NBC's The Tonight Show when host Johnny Carson asked her the question.

It wasn't 'Are you gay?' But it might as well have been.

Carson asked Tomlin, then one of the stars of TV's Laugh In, about being single without children.

When Tomlin answered that she wasn't interested in having kids, she remembers the audience became 'deathly still.'

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 20, 2015

Golden Globe Award winner reprises male stripper role in sequel to 2012 box office hit

It's Monday which means the marketing forces behind Magic Mike XXL have unveiled a new poster of one of the sequel's hunky stars.

This week it's Matt Bomer who reveals a body that is in ideal shape for a male stripper flick.

Reprising his role of Ken in the 1 July release, Bomer is joined in the sequel by fellow returnees Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Adam Rodriguez.

The openly gay actor is a much bigger star than when the first film came out in 2012.

April 20, 2015

More snippets of Olympian turned reality show star's interview with Diane Sawyer unveiled

With Bruce Jenner's highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer just four days away, ABC News has released another preview of the chat that has Jenner talking about family.

'Those are the only ones I'm concerned with,' the reality star says of the famous Jenner/Kardashian family.

'I can't let myself hurt them.'

The third preview for the interview, set to air over two hours on 24 April on ABC's 20-20, continues to avoid directly addressing the widely-reported gender transition that Jenner has yet to confirm publicly.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 19, 2015

The couple found the lost dog in the mountains

A lesbian couple in Washington, United States, helped rescue a starving stray dog they found in the mountains by acting injured.

The couple had heard reports of the dog living in the wilderness at Evans Creek, who was timid and ‘unapproachable’.

They initially approached the dog with food, but repeated attempts to feed him failed.

After hours of trying, they decided on a different approach - by acting injured to show the dog they weren’t a threat.

April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.