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November 28, 2014

'The time is here to recognize the marriages as valid and lawful just like any other marriage'

The American Civil Liberties Union is changing its marriage equality suit against Kansas, claiming now the US state is not honoring same-sex marriage certificates.

According to Lawrence Journal-World, the civil rights organization made the revision on 26 November.

The amended complaint is an attempt to get the state to recognize same-sex marriages for health benefits, state income taxes, and changes in driver's licenses.

November 28, 2014

'I've learned not to engage with them via media'

The last time Rosie O'Donnell made fun of Donald Trump on ABC's The View eight years ago, it ignited a bitter public feud.

Did O'Donnell kick open the door to round to on Friday's episode of The View which she returned to this fall?

During a discussion about rude people with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace O'Donnell alluded to her infamous feud with Trump during which he called her a 'loser,' a 'slob' and took jabs at her weight.

November 27, 2014

'I wouldn’t know if (Portia) was pregnant or not or if we’re getting divorced or getting remarried – I keep up with it that way’

Ellen DeGeneres knows she has a lot to be thankful for.

So on her daytime show this week, she mixed humor in with sincerity as she shared with her audience some of the things for which she gives thanks.

She started off by giving ‘thanks for elastic waistbands’ after a Thanksgiving Day pig out.

‘I am grateful for you – all of you,’ Ellen said. ‘Without you I would be up here talking to no one and that would be sad. I am thankful to have this show and this platform to reach millions of people every day – it’s not something I take for granted.’

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 27, 2014

Jim Hood says he has 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday (26 November) that Mississippi will fight a decision this week by a federal judge to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Hood said in a statement that his office has a 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws.

November 27, 2014

Barrowman flies home to be with family - gets row to himself on near empty plane

John Barrowman decided to travel on Thanksgiving Day.

'1st Thanksgiving with family and friends in almost 10 years. I'm hungry:)' the Arrow and Torchwood star tweeted from the airport.

He later tweeted that his plane was empty and 'had a row to myself.'

Barrowman was among the stars tweeting their thanks via Twitter before settling in to seriously stuff their faces on Thanksgiving Day.

November 26, 2014

But no marriages yet as ruling put on hold pending possible appeal

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage on Tuesday (25 November) then placed a stay on the ruling to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

The stay means no marriages can take place between same-sex couples - yet.

US District Judge Kristine Baker stated in her ruling that even though the state's 2004 ban was approved by voters, that 'does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny.'

Baker ruled in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who sued on the grounds that the ban was in violation of the US Constitution.

November 26, 2014

Dennis Hensley and Tom Goss experience  consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama

Black Friday, the big post-Thanksgiving shopping day in US, is the setting for high gay drama in a fun new short film by Tom Goss and Dennis Hensley.

Goss tells Gay Star News that he and Hensley came up with the idea while chatting over coffee and pie about the ridiculousness of relationships and Black Friday consumerism.

The short tells the story of Chad (Hensley) and Claudio (Goss) who meet while waiting in line for Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Lust, love and heartbreak quickly - very quickly - ensue.

November 26, 2014

The United States Department of State has expressed its dismay that The Gambia has moved forward with a bill that punishes ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with life imprisonment and reports that security forces are actively hunting down LGBTI people

The United States Government has issued its strongest warning to date to the Government of The Gambia over its persecution of LGBTI people, with the Department of State issuing an official warning over the issue.

‘We are dismayed by President Jammeh’s decision to sign into law legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals and are deeply concerned about the reported arrests and detention of suspected LGBT individuals in The Gambia,’ State Department Bureau of Public Affairs director Jeff Rathke said in a statement on Monday.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 25, 2014

The trio reportedly have steamy scene in upcoming film Michael

We already know that James Franco and Zachary Quinto play lovers in the upcoming feature film Michael.

What we did not know is that at one point, they take part in a steamy threesome scene with Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver.

November 22, 2014

Friends of Jennifer Gable were angry to see her in a suit and with short hair at her funeral

Friends of a transgender woman who died suddenly were shocked when she was presented at her funeral in an open casket as a man.

Jennifer Gable, a 32-year-old trans woman from Idaho, US died suddenly of an aneurism on October 9 while working as a customer service co-ordinator for Wells Fargo bank.

At the funeral in Twin Falls, Idaho her friends were shocked to see her in an open casket with short hair and dressed in a suit.

Friend Stacy Dee Hudson took to Facebook to voice her opinion.

‘I am disgusted,’ she wrote.

November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

November 21, 2014

Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert gets Australian premiere at epic gay culture fest

Melbourne's gay culture extravaganza Midsumma Festival has announced a stellar line up for its January 2015 outing – including the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert.

Taking place between 18 January to 8 February, the festival will include everything from fringe theatre and film screenings to club nights and panel debates.

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 20, 2014

Plaintiff: 'Finally my family is equal in the eyes of the state I grew up and made my life in'

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in South Carolina.

The high court denied a motion filed by South Carolina’s Attorney General for an emergency stay to further delay the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban last week in a case filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 18, 2014

Unless unlikely event that high court steps in, licenses to start being issued to same-sex couples on Thursday

Same-sex marriage in South Carolina came a step closer to reality on Tuesday (18 November) after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the state's motion for a stay.

Last week, a US District Court struck down the state's gay marriage ban and that set the stage for same-sex couples to begin getting married this week.

Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, the marriages will begin at noon on Thursday (20 November).

November 17, 2014

Letter asking about LGBTI workers rights sent to American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks and 65 more

A group of US investors worth $210billion are pushing top firms to support their LGBTI workers around the world.

The investors point out that many leading firms now offer equal workplace benefits and protection from discrimination to their gay, bi and trans staff in the US.

But the same firms may be less clear on their LGBTI policies in other countries.

November 15, 2014

YouTube vlogger Benton Sorensen filmed the moment he came out as trans to his college classmates

When a teacher sets you a project, thinking of an appropriate theme can be very difficult.

So when Benton Sorensen’s professor assigned the class an ‘inspiration’ project, he looked no further than himself to be the subject.

The video, uploaded to his YouTube channel, shows him bravely giving his presentation to his class and telling them all about his background.

Through a series of stories and old photos, he tells his new classmates he is transgender.

November 14, 2014

He remains the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer league

While Michael Sam continues to struggle to find a team to play for in the NFL, US pro soccer's first openly gay player has just landed a contract extension.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday (13 November) that Robbie Rogers has been signed to a multi-year extension.

Rogers tweeted the news: 'Thrilled to have re-signed with . Thank you for your support, patience, and belief in my abilities. We're not done yet.'