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March 29, 2015

After signing the act into law, Governor Mike Pence says he is now seeking clarification that the new law does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians

Thousands in Saturday marched in the state capital of Indianapolis while several hundred others rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse as a campaign by major businesses to boycott the state over its anti-gay religious freedom gains traction.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 26, 2015

Pair reveals for first time that they had been signed to three-year contract

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are leaving the Academy Awards behind after three consecutive years as the show's producers.

'Frankly before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it,' Meron tells Deadline Hollywood.

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 25, 2015

'We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!'

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: 'Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 24, 2015

'Thirty four years is a long time for every president and every Congress to sit back and let us die'

Longtime AIDS activist Larry Kramer blasted the US government while accepting the inaugural Larry Kramer Activism Award from the Gay Men's Health Crisis on Monday night.

Kramer, who turns 80 in June, came to speak his mind.

He pointed out that around the world an estimated 78 million people have become infected - 39 million of whom have died - from AIDS in the past 34 years.

March 23, 2015

The Denver employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative

An employee at Home Depot’s North Lakewood store in Denver was so disgusted and angered by a notice on a staff noticeboard advertising an LGBT History Month in June that he has written an open letter to his employer challenging it on its stance towards diversity and inclusion.

In the letter, Timothy Noffsinger says that LGBT people ‘practice and promote’ sexual behaviors that are ‘morally evil and self-destructive sexual deviations.’

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 20, 2015

Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely to get skin cancer as their heterosexual counterparts and the experts are laying the blame on sun beds

A new study of gay and bisexual men in the United States has found that they get skin cancer at twice the rate of heterosexual men but lesbians and bisexual women do not have the same problem.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at data from government health surveys conducted in California between 2001 and 2009 which found elevated rates of skin cancers among gay and bisexual men but not gay and bisexual women.

March 19, 2015

Cohen describes Griffin's reasons for quitting Fashion Police as 'the pot calling the kettle black'

Kathy Griffin may try to embarrass Anderson Cooper each year when they co-host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage but he's got her back.

On Wednesday's night's Watch What Happens Live after show, Cooper stood up for Griffin during a discussion about her well-publicized decision last week to quit as host of the E! show Fashion Police.

'I'm on Team Griffin,' said Cooper who accused Cohen of loving to 'stir the pot.'

March 19, 2015

Betty DeGeneres: 'She's not putting on an act'

Betty DeGeneres knows where she is going to be just about every weekday.

The 84-year-old mother of Ellen DeGeneres is on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank watching her daughter tape her wildly popular daytime talk show.

'I watch it every day. I go to the show and the next day I'll watch the show that I was at,' she told Gay Star News at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.

'I don't miss it. Are you kidding? And then when it's reruns all summer I'll watch that too.'

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 18, 2015

'What if I don't like the kid? What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented?'

Ellen DeGeneres said Tuesday she'd like to have kids - but not enough to actually become a parent.

DeGeneres appeared on The Today Show as executive producer of the NBC sitcom One Big Happy about a lesbian who has a child with her straight male best friend.

DeGeneres said of potential parenthood: 'I love kids. But that's such a big commitment. And it seems long-term. It seems like a commitment that you have to stick with.

March 18, 2015

Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will still be part of revamped show

Fashion Police has been put on a long hiatus.

The fashion snarkfest that Joan Rivers put on the map has struggled to find its groove since her death last September.

The show, which relaunched in January with Kathy Griffin succeeding Rivers as the comic center, was dealt a blow last week when Griffin abruptly quit after just seven episodes.

Her departure came just days after panelist Kelly Osbourne, a holdover from the Rivers version, had quit.

March 18, 2015

Celebrating LGBTI Pride around the world

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

March 17, 2015

'Constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve'

Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, announced today that he is resigning from the US House of Representatives.

Schock has been embroiled in a string of controversies involving his spending on such things as private jets, mileage reimbursements and interior decorating. He also reportedly did not properly disclose that he was accompanied to India on an official trip by a male photographer and videographer.