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July 30, 2014

'It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show'

The most buzz-worthy moment of the first season of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful was surely the unexpected make-out session between two of the lead male characters.

In the fourth episode of the season, Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney's Dorian Gray kissed passionately even though there had been no previous indication that either character was gay or bisexual.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 26, 2014

'It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!'

Jenny McCarthy now regrets suggesting on The View that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 25, 2014

Posts bogus story alleging Dave Franco and Efron are now a couple

Between making movies, appearing on Broadway and writing and directing, it would seem that the prolific James Franco would not have much time to spare.

But the Oscar-nominated star found the time to pull a prank on his brother, actor Dave Franco, and Zac Efron with whom Dave co-starred in the recent box office smash Neighbors.

Franco posted a bogus tabloid story, written by 'Dave Francock,' on social media which claims Efron and Dave Franco are dating and uses photos of them on the set of their film and at a basketball game as evidence.

July 25, 2014

The University of California Los Angeles’ Williams Institute has crunched the numbers and figures legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas would generate $181.6 million in spending in the state over three years

Independent think tank the Williams Institute has released a report finding that, even using conservative numbers, legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas could generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue to state and local governments.

According to the US Census 46,401 same-sex couples live in cohabiting relationships in the state of Texas and the Williams Institute calculated the numbers based on only half of those marrying in the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 22, 2014

Outgoing co-host of The Vew says: 'Well, maybe ... she has her girlfriends. You never know'

Jenny McCarthy is suggesting that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's The View, McCarthy was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the 'hidden lives of presidents' which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: 'Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.'

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 19, 2014

The self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shares how her transgender daughter wanted princess dresses, and told her that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone'

'My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.'

Debi Jackson, a self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shared how her transgender daughter, who is now seven, wanted princess dresses, and that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone.'

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 18, 2014

After the major of Salem in the USA banned an anti-gay school from using the town hall, she was flooded with anti-LGBTI phone calls

The mayor of Salem has an answer to the anti-gay campaigners bombarding her with telephone calls.

For every person who calls to make offensive anti-LGBTI comments, she will donate $5 (€3.70) to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (nAGLY).

Problems started for Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, Massachusetts, US, when she learned about local Christian school, Gordon College, wanting the legal right to discriminate against gay applicants.

Her response – to end the school’s use of her town hall.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 17, 2014

Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development as the church said they had ‘self-disqualified’ themselves from receiving funding by refusing to cut ties with a Latino civil rights group that supports same-sex marriage

The Catholic Church in the United States has stripped an immigrant workers rights group of funding over support for same-sex marriage.

Portland based Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development in June after it refused to cut ties with Latino civil rights group the National Council of La Raza.

July 16, 2014

Remembers being told: 'This is really going to hurt your career. You have a chance to be a movie star, and you can’t do that'

Even decades before he began portraying scandalous US President Fitzgerald Grant III on ABC's Scandal, Tony Goldwyn was determined to call the shots in his career.

Back in 1990, the same year he had a lead role in the box office smash Ghost, Goldwyn said he was advised not to keep the role of a gay man in the play The Sum of Us when it moved off-Broadway.

July 14, 2014

An American-born, British citizen says that what should have been a routine passport interview with UK officials turned into a half hour interrogation about his sexuality and fatherhood

The Home Office has suspended a UK passport official, pending disciplinary investigations, after the employee reportedly subjected a gay man to an intrusive line of questioning in front of the man’s four-year-old son.

The interrogation included information on the man’s sexual history and details about the adoption of his children.

American-born Randall Cole, aged 44, is married to a British man Stuart Wales, 42.