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November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

November 21, 2014

Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert gets Australian premiere at epic gay culture fest

Melbourne's gay culture extravaganza Midsumma Festival has announced a stellar line up for its January 2015 outing – including the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert.

Taking place between 18 January to 8 February, the festival will include everything from fringe theatre and film screenings to club nights and panel debates.

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 20, 2014

Plaintiff: 'Finally my family is equal in the eyes of the state I grew up and made my life in'

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in South Carolina.

The high court denied a motion filed by South Carolina’s Attorney General for an emergency stay to further delay the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban last week in a case filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 18, 2014

Unless unlikely event that high court steps in, licenses to start being issued to same-sex couples on Thursday

Same-sex marriage in South Carolina came a step closer to reality on Tuesday (18 November) after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the state's motion for a stay.

Last week, a US District Court struck down the state's gay marriage ban and that set the stage for same-sex couples to begin getting married this week.

Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, the marriages will begin at noon on Thursday (20 November).

November 17, 2014

Letter asking about LGBTI workers rights sent to American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks and 65 more

A group of US investors worth $210billion are pushing top firms to support their LGBTI workers around the world.

The investors point out that many leading firms now offer equal workplace benefits and protection from discrimination to their gay, bi and trans staff in the US.

But the same firms may be less clear on their LGBTI policies in other countries.

November 15, 2014

YouTube vlogger Benton Sorensen filmed the moment he came out as trans to his college classmates

When a teacher sets you a project, thinking of an appropriate theme can be very difficult.

So when Benton Sorensen’s professor assigned the class an ‘inspiration’ project, he looked no further than himself to be the subject.

The video, uploaded to his YouTube channel, shows him bravely giving his presentation to his class and telling them all about his background.

Through a series of stories and old photos, he tells his new classmates he is transgender.

November 14, 2014

He remains the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer league

While Michael Sam continues to struggle to find a team to play for in the NFL, US pro soccer's first openly gay player has just landed a contract extension.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday (13 November) that Robbie Rogers has been signed to a multi-year extension.

Rogers tweeted the news: 'Thrilled to have re-signed with . Thank you for your support, patience, and belief in my abilities. We're not done yet.'

November 14, 2014

Senior official says culture is no excuse for denying human rights

The US has urged India end to discrimination against LGBTI people and said culture is no excuse for denying human rights.

Sarah Sewall, under-secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights at the US state department, made the comments yesterday (13 November) while delivering a lecture on human rights in New Delhi.

November 13, 2014

State's governor and attorney general vow to continue legal fight to uphold ban

Same-sex couples began getting married in the state of Kansas on Thursday (13 November).

The marriages began after the US Supreme Court lifted the emergency stay it had issued earlier in the week.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who along with Governor Sam Brownback has vowed to continue the legal fight against gay marriage, had maintained that marriages should only be allowed in the two counties where successful lawsuits were filed.

But marriages were taking place across the state throughout the day.

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 13, 2014

'We are thrilled she will be joining the White House team and look forward to working with her on important issues in our ongoing fight for full equality'

This week the White House named a new LGBT liaison in its Office of Public Engagement.

Aditi Hardikar's official title is director of public engagement. She will serve as the White House's point person for the LGBT and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

November 12, 2014

Stays decision for one week so no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples before then

A federal judge on Wednesday (12 November) struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage saying it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard Mark Gergel stayed his ruling for one week so no licenses can be issued to same-sex couples before then.

Gergel based his decision on a recent ruling by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the striking down of a same-sex marriage ban in Virginia.

November 11, 2014

Takei says of Hunter: 'He was blond and gorgeous ... he was a dreamboat'

George Takei picked 1950s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter to present an award to him and his husband, Brad, over the weekend at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

The reason?

'When I was a teenager, Tab Hunter was my heartthrob,' Takei told the audience as the couple accepted the International Vanguard Award.

'He was blond and gorgeous - he was a dreamboat.'

Hunter, 83, had earlier told Gay Star News that he was making his first-ever appearance at a major LGBTI event.

November 11, 2014

Milan Rozsa, who made headlines in February when he climbed into the grounds of the Russian embassy in Budapest to protest Russia’s treatment of LGBTIs, has died after stepping in front of a train in an apparent suicide

One of the leading figures in Hungary’s LGBTI equality movement has died in an apparent suicide aged just 26-years-old.

Milan Rozsa rose to prominence as one of the most outspoken young activists on the Hungarian left in just four years of activism - taking prominent roles in not just campaigns to win equality for LGBTI people but also protests against attempts to tax internet usage in Hungary and a plan for Russia to finance a nuclear power plant in the country.

November 11, 2014

High court grants emergency stay requested by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Tuesday (11 November) was to mark the beginning of marriage equality in the state of Kansas.

But that won't be happening - at least for now - because US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a request from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for an emergency stay.

The stay applies to a recent ruling by a federal trial judge who struck down the Kansas gay marriage ban and ruled that the decision would go into effect Tuesday evening.

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 10, 2014

The Rocky Mountain Knights wants to be a fraternal society that all Americans can take part in so that they can join forces in resisting the ‘New World Order’ and ‘one-world-government’ though other Klansmen disagree with the move

One of Montana’s most well-known white supremacists says he has turned over a new leaf and wants to champion a new Ku Klux Klan movement which embraces non-white Americans and LGBTI people.

John Abarr says his Rocky Mountain Knights will be an inclusive Ku Klux Klan that will welcome all Americans in opposing what he calls the ‘new world order’ and one world government – which he says the US Government is pushing for.

November 8, 2014

'My suspicion is that they're getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavors up the coffee, and makes you thinks you're having a good time'

Pastor James David Manning is obsessed by two things: sodomites and Starbucks.

The anti-gay New York City preacher made news recently by claiming the coffee chain was 'ground zero' for Ebola.

The leader of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church is back with a more explosive charge. He insists Starbucks drinks are laced with male semen.

Guess who is offering the company the extra flavoring?

November 7, 2014

Decision comes two days after district judge made ruling that applied only to city of St. Louis

A federal judge on Friday (7 November) struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in the Midwestern state 10 years ago.

US District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and that that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses.

The state has said it will appeal.

Smith's ruling comes two days after same-sex marriage marriage licenses began being issued in the city of St. Louis where a state judge lifted the ban.

Smith's decision applies to the entire state.

November 7, 2014

Decision comes two days after district judge made ruling that applied only to city of St. Louis

A federal judge on Friday (7 November) struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in the Midwestern state 10 years ago.

US District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and that that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses.

The state has said it will appeal.

Smith's ruling comes two days after same-sex marriage marriage licenses began being issued in the city of St. Louis where a state judge lifted the ban.

Smith's decision applies to the entire state.