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March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 28, 2015

The former couple has been living apart since November

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds are making their separation, made public just three weeks ago, a permanent one.

O'Donnell filed for divorce on Friday in Manhattan State Supreme Court from her wife of less than three years. She cited 'an irretrievably broken relationship' as the grounds.

The couple, who have a two year old daughter, have a prenuptial agreement, according to People.com.

February 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign fires back at the American Family Association in a scathing blog post

The American Family Association (AFA) has published an 'anti-Christian bigotry map' that pinpoints the exact locations for all the offices of two LGBTI rights groups.

The map divides 'bigots' into four categories: anti-Christians, atheists, humanists and those with a 'homosexual agenda.'

February 25, 2015

A judge has refused to grant the adoption until the Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage

The lesbian couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage law have had an adoption petition refused by a probate judge. 

Kim McKeand and Cari Searcy, who have been together for 16 years, were responsible for filing the lawsuit that lead to U.S District Judge Callie Granade to rule Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last month (23 January). 

February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 25, 2015

Don’t ask the Oscars to care about us. Just stop caring about the Oscars

With the pomp and circumstance of the weekend’s Oscar extravaganza quickly fading it’s time for the annual deluge of op-eds and finger wagging about the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards.

The din of outrage over what attributes the winners have (or should have) becomes more intense every year. 2015 marked the year that conversations about minority representation finally drowned out the red carpet scrutiny over who-wore-who. Some colours are simply never as in as others during awards season.

February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 23, 2015

'It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.'

Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars (February 22), took to the stage to thank her Boyhood co-stars and her family before launching into an impassioned speech about the equal pay battle currently raging in the US.

Comments the actress made shortly after the ceremony have been criticized, despite her acceptance speech garnering a standing ovation from stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

February 22, 2015

'If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law'

Leading US civil rights organizations are asking Arkansas' governor to veto a bill blocking towns and cities from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the statement yesterday (21 February).

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 19, 2015

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?'

Neil Patrick Harris told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday (18 February) that he's been having nightmares and it's all her fault.

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?' this year's Oscar host asked last year's Oscar host.

Harris was speaking of the all-star selfie that DeGeneres engineered with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, among others.

February 19, 2015

Caution urged after draft report details potential policy change

The US Army is reportedly considering making it easier for transgender people to serve in the military.

A draft document obtained by USA Today proposes raising the authorisation level needed to initiate dismissal proceedings against trans service members.

The leaked report, which has not been adopted as official directive, does not rescind current Army policy, which considers transgender people "administratively unfit" for service.

February 18, 2015

Jamie Ralph Kuntz must stay at least 200 yards away from  billionaire mogul for 10 years

A 21-year-old former college football player has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from billionaire David Geffen, 71, who he had briefly dated.

Jamie Kuntz was given probation after pleading no contest on 9 February to one misdemeanor count of stalking. He had violated a restraining order to stay away from Geffen's Southern California homes in Beverly Hill and Malibu, according to Associated Press.

February 18, 2015

But marriage licenses will not be issued to gay couples yet

A Texas judge Tuesday (17 February) ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Travis county probate judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which an Austin woman sought to have her eight-year lesbian relationship recognized as a a common-law marriage.

Travis county clerk Dana DeBeauvoir commended Herman's order as 'a great step toward marriage equality,' but added that the judge had not instructed her to begin to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

February 17, 2015

FLOTUS plays Billy on the Street game to promote good eating

Most people wouldn't feel comfortable yelling at the First Lady of the United States.

But most people aren't Billy Eichner, the very gay and very loudmouthed force of nature behind the wild game show Billy on the Street.

But rather than running around the streets of New York City with the likes of Paul Rudd or Amy Poehler, Eichner has somehow managed to round up Michelle Obama and Sesame Street's Big Bird to play the game.

February 17, 2015

FLOTUS plays Billy on the Street game to promote good eating

Most people wouldn't feel comfortable yelling at the First Lady of the United States.

But most people aren't Billy Eichner, the very gay and very loudmouthed force of nature behind the wild game show Billy on the Street.

But rather than running around the streets of New York City with the likes of Paul Rudd or Amy Poehler, Eichner has somehow managed to round up Michelle Obama and Sesame Street's Big Bird to play the game.

February 16, 2015

'This power over marriage which came from God under our organic law is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court'

Roy Moore, Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice, is certain any judge issuing same-sex marriage certificates is breaking the law.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 16, 2015

Religious authorities say no one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation'

No one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation.'

That is according to a flyer distributed by Malaysian religious authorities on Valentine's Day.

The leaflet, titled 10 myths about homosexuality, also claimed that gay people were not seriously disadvantaged by discrimination as they had higher levels of education.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.