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August 7, 2014

All nine members of the city council of the Washington city of Seattle have signed a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to end its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men giving blood

Seattle, Washington’s city councilors have unanimously backed the repeal of America’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, signing a letter to federal Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr Margaret Hamburg in which they urge the Government to screen out donors based on risky behavior rather than sexual orientation.

‘We join Seattle Mayor Edward Murray, the American Medical Association, and the Puget Sound Blood Center to ask you to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men,’ the city councilors write in the letter dated 4 August.

August 3, 2014

Uganda president Museveni said his trip to Washington next week had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill, and sounded defiant on the future of the bill

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has said the US had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill on Friday (1 August).

Speaking at a press conference, the anti-gay leader denied the US put any pressure on him to get rid of the draconian bill.

‘I was going to Washington with the bill when it was stopped. It has nothing to do with us going to Washington,’ he told Agence France Press.

He also commented on reports circulating about countries stopping their aid to Uganda, which he also denied.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

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 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas is a former Washington Post reporter who has lived in the US since he was 12

Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in the US, was detained by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday (15 July) in an incident that qickly made headlines.

A photo of Vargas in handcuffs was posted on Twitter sparking outrage among supporters. He was later released.

Vargas, who is Filipino and gay, is an outspoken activist for immigration reform in the US. He had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles when he was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

July 3, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown is wanted over the 1 June murder of two gay men in Seattle and authorities believe they were targeted because of their sexual orientation

An American Muslim born extremist is on the run in the United States after authorities believe he murdered two gay men in Seattle and robbed a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Authorities are unaware of 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown’s current location but say he underwent training with a radical Islamist group in California three months ago.

Police say Brown may have targeted one of his victims, Ahmed Said, as he was a gay man with a Muslim sounding name.

June 29, 2014

'Don't sneak. Because if you sneak, like you did today, it means you think you're doing the wrong thing. And if you run around spending your whole life thinking that you're doing the wrong thing, then you'll ruin your immortal soul,' says dad to son

Patrick Haggerty, who grew up as a gay teenager in the 1950s in rural Washington, shared an important lesson about self-acceptance from his dad, a farmer who turned up in his school wearing dirty jeans and boots.

Haggerty, who is now 70, said he didn't know he was gay at the time, but says his father who he described as the 'patron saint of dads for sissies' knew what direction he was headed.

June 29, 2014

To opt-out of marriage, the couple must legally end their partnership

Many same-sex couples in Washington, who are already in state registered domestic partnerships, will be recognized by the state as being married from Monday, whether they want to or not.

The automatic trigger was part of the 2012 state law legalizing same-sex marriages. A provision of that law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships – in which at least one partner is under 62 years old – to marriage on June 30.

June 29, 2014

Gay pride in New York City gets a rousing start with the annual Dyke March

When the drums started, the crowd cheered. The beats started the New York City Dyke March.

In 1993, the Lesbian Avengers sponsored the first such march in Washington, DC.

The tradition moved to New York City and for 22 years women have taken the streets of Manhattan, the day before the official gay pride parade.

It all starts at Bryant Park, near Times Square, and heads down Fifth Avenue. The procession ends in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood of the Stonewall Riots.

June 22, 2014

As part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month, Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will be the first transgender pastor to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral

The Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 22, in a service led by Rev Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

The service is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month and will include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.

June 11, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding members once they become adults has been criticized by Attorney General Eric Holder in the strongest statement by a US official against the policy to date

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

June 10, 2014

Alleged incident occurred at Bistro 18 in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood

After a night of indifferent service at a hookah bar in Washington DC, a transgender woman says she was given a restaurant receipt with the words 'gay bitches' printed on it.

Amira Gray was with eight friends at Bistro 18 in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood last August when the alleged incident occurred.

When one of Gray's friends approached the manager, he snatched what he thought was the offending receipt out of the man's hands and printed a new receipt without the anti-LGBTI slur on it.

June 8, 2014

After over four decades of pride parades, 150,000 spectators at the Capital Pride parade witnessed something never before seen – a US Armed Forces color guard marching alongside rainbow flags and following Dykes on Bikes

It’s a first for the 39th annual Capital Pride parade on Saturday or any other pride parade in the US with a new contingent – a US Armed Forces color guard that presents the red, white and blue as well as flags of each branch of the military.

The eight-member color guard team from the US Army Military District of Washington led the parade through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ending at 14th Street and S Street.

May 20, 2014

Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson will be the first spouse of a member of the US armed forces to receive equal death benefits over her National Guard wife Donna’s death in Afghanistan in 2012

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson will be the first ever military spouse to receive the same death benefits given to heterosexual widows and widowers when their spouses die in the line of duty.

Tracy married wife Donna Johnson in Washington in February of 2012 but she was killed by a suicide bomber just months later in Afghanistan in October that year.

April 19, 2014

Her boyfriend gets 12 and a half years' prison for his role in the child's death

Jessica Dutro, a 25-year-old Oregon woman, convicted in the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Burgess has been sentenced to life in prison on Friday in a Washington County Circuit Court. She will serve 25 years for her murder and second-degree assault conviction before she gets her first chance at parole.

April 13, 2014

'At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered'

An advocate for abandoned LGBTI teenagers published a Palm Sunday open letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit a homeless center in New York City.

In the full page New York Times' advertisement Carl Siciliano, executive director for Ali Forney Center, notes that one of the reasons   many LGBTI youth are homeless is because of rejection from families.

April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

March 13, 2014

'People everywhere from politicians down to the lowliest person in our society... are terrified'

Ben Carson, a well respected figure in the US conservative movement, is certain people against same-sex marriage don't have free speech rights.

The neurosurgeon was a guest yesterday (11 March) on the anti-gay Family Research Council show Washington Watch.

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Host Tony Perkins asked Carson if the 'PC police' kept 'many politicians' from discussing 'core value issues like marriage.'

March 10, 2014

An artist shares his grandfather's story of how he was in love with a boy he played music with at church, and that was the 'love of his life'

A 90-year-old grandfather came out to his gay grandson five months before he died.

Grant Rehnberg, an artist from Seattle, Washington, has spoken about what his grandfather told him.

He writes: ‘James Burton Rehnberg.

‘Baptist pastor, World War II veteran (218th Counter Intelligence Corps), preceded in death by Grandma Doris, his wife of sixty-five years.

‘Five months ago, Grandpa Jim told me he is gay.

February 22, 2014

New anti-gay coalition dedicated to lobby governments to strengthen or enact anti-gay laws like in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda

Two of America's most infamous equality opponents, Christian evangelical pastor Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, on Friday held a press conference in Washington to launch their new global anti-gay group Coalition for Family Values.

The group's stated intention is 'to unify and coordinate pro-family groups around the United States and the world to more effectively oppose the now global LGBT agenda.'