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June 13, 2015

A gay chef was mutilated and forced to drink bleach at his family restaurant

A man in Delta, Utah was assaulted while he was closing up his family business. The man was knocked out, forced to drink bleach and mutilated by an unidentified assailant.

Rick Jones, 22, was closing up the family restaurant on 25 April when ‘someone’ grabbed him, and slammed his head against a wall.

June 11, 2015

David Baker is an MBA Candidate 2016 at Oxford Said Business School. Despite his religious, conservative background, here he explains how he has been inspired to be out in his studies and future career

The three taboo topics in America are sex, religion, and politics. As a gay Mormon working in Republican politics, I have spent my career pushing against these taboos, sometimes by merely continuing to breathe.

However, I am only able to continue pushing for equality because I stand on the shoulders of LGBT giants who came out in an era where it was even more difficult to be gay.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

March 30, 2015

Seeks $101,610 for property and emotional damages

A former student at Brigham Young University in Utah settled a lawsuit Thursday (26 March) after he was assaulted and evicted from student accommodation for being gay.

The amount was not disclosed but Andrew White had sought $101,610 for damage to property and 'emotional distress as a result of management's sharing his sexual orientation.'

On 23 January, White was evicted from 'BYU-approved' housing which enforces the Mormon school’s honor code, including no premarital and gay sex.

March 12, 2015

The bill prohibits employment and accommodation discrimination against LGBT people, but gives religious organizations exemptions. It also allows people to express religious beliefs at work without facing the risk of being fired

A bill in Utah that bans employment and housing discrimination against LGBTI people, while at the same time allowing exemption to religious organizations, has been passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

The legislation, SB296, was introduced by lawmakers last week.

March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

February 12, 2015

The Mormon Stories podcasts feature 'delicate topics' such as rights for LGBTI people and the ordination of women

A pro-gay Mormon is being forced to leave the church for refusing to stop talking about LGBTI rights and feminism on his podcasts.

John Dehlin was found guilty by a disciplinary panel of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints held at North Logan, Utah this week.

He will no longer be allowed to wear temple robes, donate money or prayer in public, although he will still be allowed to attend church meetings.

January 31, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

December 22, 2014

The Church of Latter Day Saints has acted quickly to amend a statement that led some to believe it was backing a nondiscrimination bill to protect gay people

The Mormon Church has issued a statement to clarify that it is not supporting a statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in Utah – just two days after it made a statement that led some to think that it may do so.

December 22, 2014

The Church of Latter Day Saints has acted quickly to amend a statement that led some to believe it was backing a nondiscrimination bill to protect gay people

The Mormon Church has issued a statement to clarify that it is not supporting a statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in Utah – just two days after it made a statement that led some to think that it may do so.

December 10, 2014

Followers by director Tim Marshall will be screened in front of A-list critics and avid movie-goers

A gay short film will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Followers is produced by the Iris Prize, the Cardiff-based LGBTI film award.

Written, directed and edited by Tim Marshall, it will be screened from 22 January to 1 February.

It is a dark comedy drama about faith and loneliness with a cast including Valmai Jones and Mark Oliver.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 8, 2014

A court in Charleston County has issued a same-sex couple with a marriage license this morning – despite a state constitutional ban still being in place

The decision by Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon to issue the license follows Monday’s ruling by the US Supreme Court, in which it refused to take up appeals from five states that wish to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage.

These were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage in those states.

October 7, 2014
Following the Supreme Court's historic decision, LGBTI people are ever more hopeful that full equality across the country is coming

The Supreme Court has made history in the United States, with three in five Americans soon able to say they live in states that believe in equal marriage for all.

On Monday (6 October), the high court declined to hear appeals from give five states that were challenging lower court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage.

By doing so, same-sex marriage is now legal in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

October 7, 2014

Decision comes a day after marriage equality comes to six additional US states

Same-sex weddings in Las Vegas?

It appears to be just a matter of time now that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down gay marriage bans in the states of Nevada and Idaho.

The ruling comes a day after the US Supreme Court opted not to intervene in gay marriage appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin making same-sex marriage legal in those states. Colorado also began issuing licenses to same-sex marriages this week.

October 6, 2014

NOM President Brian Brown: 'We are not defeated or dispirited'

Monday was not a good day for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage in the US.

The US Supreme Court's decision to pass on reviewing any of the seven same-sex marriage cases submitted to them has resulted in same-sex marriage immediately becoming legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana on the same day.

In addition, Colorado also announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses state-wide to same-sex couples with five more states likely to soon follow suit.

October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

October 6, 2014

Thousands of same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin

Thousands of gay couples in the United States are now able to marry thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision today (6 October).

The high court turned down same-sex marriage appeals from five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisonsin. Gay marriage is now legal there and couples can begin to get their marriage licenses.

By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.