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August 27, 2014

International Fund for Animal Welfare highlights their work with dolphins at LGBTI carnival in Provincetown

The summer Pride season has left millions of us with photos to share and happy memories to treasure.

And the team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are no different.

They were proud to join in Provincetown’s Carnival Pride Parade in Massachusetts, USA last week (21 August).

As the theme was Comicbook Capers, IFAW staff dressed as Justice League superheroes alongside their dolphin-decorated emergency response vehicle.

August 27, 2014

Freeheld will tell the true story of one couple's fight for pension benefits after one of them becomes terminally ill

Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay rights case.

Freeheld, directed by Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's Petter Sollet, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree.

The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees.

The couple were determined to make a change, after Ardeen (played by Page) was denied pension benefits of her Hester (Moore) when the latter became terminally ill.

August 26, 2014

Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room gay book store, opened in 1973, will reopen as a charity store for Philly AIDS Thrift and will retain the original name

The oldest surviving LGBTI bookstore in the United States will reopen again as a center for LGBTI life after the owner of Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room Bookstore sold the store and its buildings to fund his retirement.

Giovanni’s Room, named after the gay themed James Baldwin novel of the same name, was opened by business partners Tom Wilson Weinberg, Dan Sherbo and Bern Boylethe in 1973 and became widely known as the ‘center of gay Philly.’

Three years later the business was sold to Ed Hermance and Arleen Oshan.

August 25, 2014

Holding hands, rapper Haze and model Baldwin were described by MTV as 'the cutest VMA couple of the night’

US gay couple Angel Haze and Ireland Baldwin held hands as they posed for the cameras on the red carpet of the Video Music Awards yesterday (24 August).

The pair, who confirmed their relationship in June of this year, posed proudly together as an openly gay couple.

Baldwin, model and daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, held hands with rapper girlfriend Angel Haze as they posed for photographs on the red carpet at the ceremony in California.

August 22, 2014

Tells straights who think they are being hit on they are mistaken - it's their outfit that is being judged

George Takei answering stupid questions about gay people without uttering a word?

That is what the Star Trek icon has done by simply answering a series of questions with hilarious answers written on cards which he then shared with the readers of BuzzFeed.

A sampling:

Q. Why do gay dudes like being flight attendants so much?

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

August 21, 2014

Late actress said In Cold Blood author's story was 'a totally ridiculous suggestion'

Lauren Bacall was not amused.

Three years ago, she sat for an interview in her New York City apartment for a lengthy piece in the annual Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

The widow of Humphrey Bogart, and a film and Broadway legend in her own right, became irritated when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brought up a story spread by Truman Capote.

The In Cold Blood author was quoted as saying 'I gave Bogie a blow job one night' to settle a bet.

August 21, 2014

The Motion Picture Association of America has given an R-rating to a film staring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as elderly gay newly weds despite there being no sex, nudity, violence or drug use in the film

The body tasked with rating films for screening in the United States has given a film about an aging gay couple and their extended families an R-rating in a sign that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) may itself have fallen behind community standards.

The MPAA gave Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple who have been together for four decades but who are forced to move in with their families, the rating supposedly for ‘language’ used in the film – though many are saying the decision is just plain homophobic.

August 21, 2014

High court won't allow marriages to begin in state until it decides whether or not to review case that struck down ban

The US Supreme Court has dashed, for now, any plans for same-sex weddings this week in Virginia.

Although it has not yet decided whether it will hear an appeal to a federal court's ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban, the high court has issued a stay on the ruling until it makes its mind.

Marriages were expected to begin in Virginia as early as this Thursday.

August 19, 2014

Trans actress, part of famous acting family, would also love to sleep with Jon Hamm

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

The secret turned out to be quite a whopper.

'I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,' Arquette says in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto's manhood: 'And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

August 19, 2014

A council representing faiths groups in Uganda has had to fire all its staff after the US Government redirected funding to other groups over its support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people

Uganda’s multi-faith Inter-Religious Council has had its funding terminated by the United States government over its members’ support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people and those who support them, and the European Union has followed suit.

The Inter-Religious Council is made up of Uganda’s Muslim Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and Anglican, Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist churches.

USAID stripped the group of 89.6 billion Ugandan shillings ($US34.5 million), causing the group to lay off all its staff.

August 19, 2014

The members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will be greeted with a billboard saying ‘God loves gays’ for the next 12 months thanks to Facebook’s ‘God’

The brain behind Facebook’s popular ‘God’ humor page has crowdfunded over $US40,000 in a campaign to erect pro-gay billboards in the home town of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.

August 16, 2014

'A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love, and feel a sense of responsibility to others'

Chef Anthony Bourdain is putting his support behind the Human Right Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality project.

The Emmy award winning cook makes a case for same-sex marriage in a one-minute video (see below).

'A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love, and feel a sense of responsibility to others,'  Bourdain says.

August 15, 2014

Star Trek icon opens up about his signature phrase and blames Howard Stern for its popularity

At 77, George Takei is still saying 'Oh my!' whenever his signature phrase fits the situation.

Don't expect him to ever stop.

The Star Trek icon, subject of the new documentary To Be Takei, opened up in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly about why he so often uses those two words together as he goes through life.

'Oh my! I've been saying "Oh my!" my entire life,' he said.

He then offered some examples of when and how he says it.

August 15, 2014

National Enquirer story completey debunked by Harris spokesman as 'complete and utter nonsense'

David Burtka has been with Neil Patrick Harris for more than a decade and they are the parents of twins.

But since they are not married, the National Enquirer tabloid is referring to Burtka as the Tony winner's 'gay lover' in a story about an alleged fiery split.

In the left top corner of the tabloid is the headline: Neil Patrick Harris: Storm Out on Gay Lover.'

The proof?

Harris, set to wrap up his run as Broadway's Hedwig this weekend, was spotted leaving the couple’s New York City brownstone at least four times since June all by himself.

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 14, 2014

The CNN anchor confirms the incident but not a report that it left him in tears

It's well known that the late Lauren Bacall did not suffer fools.

Or, it seems, teenagers who express a political opinion different from her own - even of that teenager happened to be future CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The year was 1982 and Cooper's mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.

August 13, 2014

High court intervention last resort after appeals court denies delay in ruling that struck down marriage ban

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (13 August) refused to delay its ruling that struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban earlier this year.

This means that barring the granting of an emergency delay by the US Supreme Court, same-sex couples might start getting married in the state as early as next week.

'No one anticipated we would be this close this quickly to the day when all Virginians have the right to marry the person they love,' Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

August 12, 2014

America’s fallen LGBTI military personnel will be honored with a permanent monument in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery if the National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project gets its way and the group recently released the design for it

The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled its design for a national monument to fallen LGBTI military personnel which they plan to have erected in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery.

The memorial will feature three eleven foot tall stone monoliths, arranged in a triangle, with each baring two of the emblems of the United States’ six military forces – the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

August 12, 2014

America’s fallen LGBTI military personnel will be honored with a permanent monument in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery if the National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project gets its way and the group recently released the design for it

The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled its design for a national monument to fallen LGBTI military personnel which they plan to have erected in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery.

The memorial will feature three eleven foot tall stone monoliths, arranged in a triangle, with each baring two of the emblems of the United States’ six military forces – the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'