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December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 18, 2014

'For the first time in a divorce case, a judge has ruled that the state laws banning same-sex marriage and the recognition of those marriages is void and unenforceable...'

While Florida fights against marriage equality, one lesbian couple is able to have their marriage recognized so they could be divorced. At least for now.

Today, 17 December, Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen granted a divorce between Heather Brassner and Megan Lade.

December 18, 2014

Butch Otter believes Idaho case is 'best vehicle' for same-sex marriage issue to be decided for the nation

Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants his state's gay marriage case to be decided by the nation's highest court.

On Wednesday (17 December), lawyers for the governor filed what is known as a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court.

In it, they ask that the court - which is considering hearing several gay marriages cases this term - hear a case out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which includes Idaho.

December 18, 2014

Adorable

So not only has Neil Patrick Harris, partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon taken over Halloween, they're now on a mission to make us feel festive.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' star recorded his four-year-olds having a sing-song around the Christmas tree, and it is adorable.

Harris posted the video on Instagram, saying: 'Yay! David is back home, and the family all together! Time to trim us a tree! #trim #carols #JingleFeels.'

December 17, 2014

'It was weird and interesting writing about that publicly after we spent so much time trying to be private about it'

Neil Patrick Harris admits that it felt a bit odd to be sharing in his autobiography the details of what he and hubby David Burtka went through to become dads.

'I talk a lot about the details of having kids because I find it scientifically just fascinating that they're our actual DNA and that you can figure out that process and like weird visuals of being in a sterile room masturbating into a cup with a bigger plan in mind,' Harris said during a video Twitter chat this week.

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

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.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’

December 11, 2014

Interview will follow OWN's airing of documentary on the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team

Oprah Winfrey gets Michael Sam after all.

After the college football star was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Winfrey's cable channel OWN had announced plans for a documentary series following the first season of the NFL's first openly gay player.

Nothing worked out as planned and that series has been instead made into a 90-minute film to be aired on Winfrey's OWN on 27 December.

The series was quickly scrapped after pushback from the league and the team who were already concerned about 'distractions' regarding Sam.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 10, 2014

App's Best of 2014 Awards find Clinton 'Straight Ally of the Year' and Vladimir Putin 'Enemy of the LGBT Community'

Hillary Clinton has not yet formally announced her candidacy for President of the United States but she can already count on one block of voters.

Grindr users voted the former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady the 'Straight Ally of the Year' in the app's third annual Best of Awards.

In contrast to the support Clinton received, Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted 'Enemy of the LGBT Community' - no doubt for his championing of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

December 7, 2014

'...The Minnesota State High School League allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression in an environment free from discrimination with an equal opportunity for participation in athletics and fine arts'

In the 2015-2016 school year, Minnesota high school transgender students will be permitted to be on sports teams.

According to local station KARE 11, the Minnesota State High School League voted on the policy this past Thursday (4 December).

The MSHSL is a nonprofit association of public and private schools in the Midwestern US state.

December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

December 6, 2014

Some of the attitudes about the LGBTI community expressed in this documentary might shock you, or perhaps more worryingly, they may seem all too familiar

In 1967, US TV network CBS aired an episode of their CBS Reports program entitled ‘The Homosexuals.’

The program aimed to decipher and discover more about homosexual lifestyles, what people knew about them and how people felt towards them.

The documentary opens with the results of a survey into what the average American thought about gay people.

‘Homosexuality is an enigma,’ says presenter Mike Wallace.

‘We discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion or prostitution.’

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

December 3, 2014

DJ extraordinaire shares her holiday memories – from LA and Tokyo to Moscow and Majorca

What has been your best holiday ever?
I always have a really good time in Los Angeles, but my best holiday ever was St. Lucia – although I didn't feel it was the most accepting place. I feel like if I had gone with a boyfriend it would've felt a bit weird.

I went by myself to DJ – the rest of the time I just lay on the beach. But it was a stunning place. I stayed at the [Boucan by] Hotel Chocolat, and the view was the best in the world.

December 3, 2014

The 10th Circuit appeals court has rebuffed the latest attempt by the state of Kansas to stop gay people from getting hitched

Kansas remains one of the US states where battles continue to be waged over same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court announced in early October that it declined to review pending same-sex marriage bans in several US states.

This paved the way for same-sex marriage in states such as Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, and sent out a clear signal to lawmakers elsewhere that should they continue to fight same-sex marriage in the courts, they would ultimately be disappointed should they get to the Supreme Court.

December 3, 2014

The talk show host and her actor wife looked radiant, relaxed and happy in a make-up free selfie to mark their anniversary

Portia de Rossi has confirmed that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres celebrated their tenth anniversary on Monday (1 December) – and to mark the occasion, she tweeted a couple of gorgeous photos of the two of them over the weekend.

Clearly the women, who met in December 2004 and married in August 2008, enjoyed some quality time together ahead of their anniversary. This included taking a stroll on the beach – where they snapped a make-up free selfie of themselves.

December 3, 2014

While some Texas county clerks are preparing to issue licenses, others have said that they will refuse gay couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay on a ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban

Campaigners are hopeful that a stay on a ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban in Texas could soon be lifted. This could mean that gay couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses within the state.

However, the Texas Observer reports that some couples may be left bitterly disappointed, as some county clerks have indicated that they will refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay.

December 1, 2014

'These are some big shoes I'm going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind'

It's official: Kathy Griffin will take over for Joan Rivers on the popular E! series Fashion Police.

Griffin's name had been mentioned as a possible successor immediately after Rivers' death this fall but she downplayed the possibility and other names were floated.

The show will return to the air on 12 January to critique the fashions worn at the Golden Globe Awards.

'I get it! These are some big shoes I'm going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind,' Griffin said in a statement.

November 30, 2014

'This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation'

In honor of World AIDS Day, US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation.

Released on 28 November, the two page document noted the early stage of the epidemic.

'Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus,' Obama wrote.