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May 21, 2015

Their buff bodies being used to ratchet up interest in male stripper sequel before July release

At last, the five main actors in the summer sequel Magic Mike XXL are together in one poster.

Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez, previously been featured in individual posters, are shirtless, ripped and doing dance moves.

The male stripper flick hits theaters in the US on 1 July but for more than a month, Warner Bros has been unveiling individual posters of the main male cast members.

May 20, 2015

'He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn't he?'

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS's The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday (19 May), Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2015

'As long as I’m governor, we will fight to protect religious liberty and not apologize for it'

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (19 May) issued an executive order allowing businesses to turn away LGBTI customers, two hours after a House panel rejected a 'religious freedom' bill.

A bipartisan committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

But the potential presidential hopeful then bypassed the legislature altogether and ordered the law to be enforced anyway.

May 20, 2015

'I would love that, that would be amazing, but no'

There is little known about the upcoming season of the FX series American Horror Story.

We know that the season has been subtitled Hotel and that the cast includes newcomers Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga along with Sarah Paulson who has so far appeared in every season of the anthology series.

The bisexual actress appeared as a two-headed circus attraction in the most recent season but is mostly mum about her newest character.

May 19, 2015

Daughters upset that Olympic champ was far along with transition but had kept family in the dark

This week's episode of the reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians got very real as Bruce Jenner's decision to go public about his female gender identity took center stage.

Daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stepdaughters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and ex-wife Kris Jenner expressed support for Jenner's transition but called him out for his secrecy.

The family was stunned to learn about cosmetic procedures he had done and discovered Jenner was further along in his transition to female than any of them knew.

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 18, 2015

Comic Sarah Silverman also performs raunchy stand-up routine at benefit

The crowd at The Hollywood Palladium could not be contained any longer on Saturday night.

After remaining seated during a set by Sia, they left their seats and crowded around the stage once No Doubt took the stage at the An Evening With Women benefit which raised more than $700,000 for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The band fronted by Gwen Stefani performed Underneath It All, Simple Kind of Love, Magic’s In the Makeup, Don’t Speak and finally I’m just a Girl.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 17, 2015

US National Security Advisor warns of the United States taking further action over 'unconscionable' comments

The United States have slammed Gambia’s president for his unconscionable comments on gay men in his country.

According to the Human Rights Campain, Yahya Jammeh said he would slit the throats of men wanting to marry men in a public speech; a speech he gave last year also drew criticism from rights groups when the president called homosexuals ‘ungodly’ and ‘vermin’.

Susan Rice, the US National Security Advisor, did not quote Jammeh but called his comments part of an ‘alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation’ in Gambia.

May 16, 2015

'We had so much in common that it was kind of a match made in heaven'

It's now become clear that Kris Jenner and her children did not participate in the highly-rated Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer because they had a TV special of their own planned.

That special, About Bruce, is a two-part Keeping Up with the Kardashians that will begin airing on Sunday (17 May).

In it, Kris opens up about their 25-year marriage which officially ended in March. Their split has been due to Bruce's decision to transition to female at the age of 65.

They had met on a blind date and Kris says 'it was kind of love at first sight.'

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 16, 2015

Robbie Rogers and Megan Rapinoe also signed the letter

Martina Navratilova has teamed up with several other top LGBTI and ally athletes to stop Kazakhstan hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The incoming law, which has overwhelmingly been approved in the Senate, is a copycat of the Russia 'gay propaganda' ban.

The athletes believe the Olympics should ensure the principles of non-discrimination are upheld and that Kazakhstan is banned from hosting the Games.

Other athletes who have signed for LGBTI equality in sports include diver Greg Louganis and soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Robbie Rogers.

May 16, 2015

Pastor James David Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church and three other anti-LGBTI organizations have been added to the 2014 list

Four more organizations have been added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-LGBTI hate groups.

Amongst others, the national civil rights group The Southern Poverty Law Centre added ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood to their list.

Run by Pastor James David Manning, the church repeatedly made headlines in 2014; early last year they displayed a sign reading ‘Jesus would stone homos’ and later one saying anyone supporting ‘homos’ should be punished with ‘cancer, HIV, syphilis, stroke, madness, itch, then hell’.

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 14, 2015

Shepard's mother is 'thrilled that Laramie’s doing it, at the same time sort of saddened that the state of Wyoming can’t see fit to do that as well'

It's been 17 years since Matthew Shepard died at the age of 21 after being tortured in an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming.

The murder of the University of Wyoming student has long cast a shadow over the town where on Wednesday (14 May) its City Council passed a local anti-LGBTI discrimination ordinance.

'What a day for Wyoming, and what a day for the city that became synonymous with Matthew Shepard’s murder to now step up and do this right thing,' says Jeran Artery, head of the group Wyoming Equality.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 11, 2015

Gay gossip columnist shares picture of his new baby

Perez Hilton has revealed he has become a father for the second time.

The gay gossip blogger shared the happy news on his website, announcing his son Mario now has a new sibling.

It is unknown whether the single father's new little one is a boy or a girl.

In a statement, Hilton (born Mario Lavendeira) said: 'It is with great pride and relief that I can finally announce: I am a dad again!

May 8, 2015

Judge rules it is not up to the court to decide whether homosexuality is sinful

A federal judge on Thursday (7 May) dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska woman against all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, was suing on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ and wanted the courts t0 decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

May 7, 2015

The singer urged the US congress to continue leading the global effort to fight HIV and AIDS

Sir Elton John has said he believes AIDS can be eradicated during his lifetime – but only if the United States continue to lead the global effort.

Speaking at a senate hearing on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the United States’ global initiative to fight HIV and AIDS, the British singer urged the Congress to continue their global leadership.

‘The AIDS epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical,‘ the British singer told the Senate.