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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.'

February 3, 2014

Chandler Whitney tells teammates: 'You know that college football player at Willamette who came out? I'm dating that guy'

It was just last month that Conner Mertens, a place kicker for Willamette University in Oregon, became the first college football player in the US to publicly come out during his playing days.

Now his boyfriend, a baseball player at Walla Walla Community College in Washington, has done the same.

January 28, 2014

Conner Mertens, a kicker for Willamette University in Oregon, is believed to be first active college football player in US to come out

Conner Mertens made some LGBTI history this week.

The place kicker for Willamette University in Oregon is believed to be the first active college football player in the US to come out publicly, according to Outsports.com.

'I'm bisexual,' Mertens told his coach. 'I like dudes. I have a boyfriend. And next week, I'm going to tell the world.'

January 12, 2014

After inauguration ceremony, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stands up for the state's LGBT employees

After being sworn in as Virginia's seventy-second governor, Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT state workers.

'My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our commonwealth home,' McAuliffe said after signing the directive, according the Washington Blade.

January 2, 2014

Seattle Police are investigating after someone doused a stairwell with gasoline and ignited it in one of the city’s most popular gay nightclubs just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, forcing patrons to evacuate the building

Seattle Police are hunting a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in one of the city’s most popular gay bars on New Year’s Eve.

More than 750 people were forced to flee into a nearby ally after staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

People began smelling gasoline in the building just after midnight and staff set off a fire alarm.

Luckily no one was hurt and the fire was put out using a combination of fire extinguishers and overhead sprinklers.

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

December 7, 2013

NY attorney John Scarpa claimed his client shouldn't face the same punishment as if he killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'

A New York defence attorney has caused outrage by claiming a murderer of a trans woman shouldn't face the same punishment as if he had killed someone 'in the higher end of the community'.

 

John Scarpa made the claim on Thursday (05 December) as his client, Rasheen Everett, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the brutal murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar in 2010.

 

November 7, 2013

Washington state Senator Ed Murray appears to have won Seattle’s mayoral election – making him the first openly gay man to hold that office

The architect of Washington state’s successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage has been elected as the first openly gay mayor of Seattle, attracting 56% of the vote.

Washington state Democrat Senator Ed Murray beat fellow Democrat and outgoing Seattle mayor Mike McGinn in elections this week – though McGinn’s campaign is yet to declare defeat.

October 25, 2013

A boy carried a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his Vancouver, Washington school claiming he was hearing 'voices in his head'

An 11-year-old boy planned to shoot a classmate for calling a friend ‘gay’.

He had taken a semi-automatic .22 caliber handgun with 400 rounds of ammunition to his school in Vancouver, Washington.

Police say the boy had heard voices telling him to shoot another student, and then turn the gun on himself.

The boy is facing charges of attempted assault and is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

October 23, 2013

Nirvana frontman who committed suicide in 1994 had wondered if 'that might be the solution to my problem'

There was a time that the late rocker Kurt Cobain wondered if he was gay.

The Nirvana frontman, who committed suicide in 1994, hung out with girls in high school and says people thought he was gay.

'I even thought that I was gay,' he says in an interviewed that has surfaced as part of the PBS series Blank on Blank. (See video below)

October 12, 2013

Students wore Confederate flag after fellow student wore rainbow flag for LGBT history month

Two students in a Washington high school have been suspended after wearing the Confederate flag in an alleged anti-gay statement.

The students, who attend Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Washington, reportedly wore the Confederate flag in protest after a fellow student wore a rainbow flag for two weeks during LGBT History Month.

Tahoma High School officials have not released the names of the boys involved, but have confirmed they have been suspended until Monday (14 October) for violating the dress code and causing a disruption.

October 12, 2013

Students wore Confederate flag after fellow student wore rainbow flag for LGBT history month

Two students in a Washington high school have been suspended after wearing the Confederate flag in an alleged anti-gay statement.

The students, who attend Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Washington, reportedly wore the Confederate flag in protest after a fellow student wore a rainbow flag for two weeks during LGBT History Month.

Tahoma High School officials have not released the names of the boys involved, but have confirmed they have been suspended until Monday (14 October) for violating the dress code and causing a disruption.

September 29, 2013

Three Iranians and an online Persian magazine honored for their contribution to the cause of Iran’s invisible LGBT community

New and projected as moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s telephone conversation with American President Barack Obama Friday made news worldwide, being the first contact between the top leaderships of the two countries after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

September 24, 2013

Todd Hughes has been deputy director in civil division of  Justice Department since 2007

Todd Hughes made history today (24 September) as the first openly gay man to be confirmed to a federal appeals court.

The US Senate unanimously confirmed Hughes by a vote of 98-0.

Hughes will not likely be drawn into any controversial social issues since US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, on which he will serve, mainly deals with issues of intellectual property.

For the past six years, Hughes has been a deputy director in the civil division of the US Justice Department.

September 12, 2013

Washington state’s Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation council has voted to legalize same-sex marriages on their lands, becoming only the 6th US Native American tribal nation to do so

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has become only the 6th US Native American tribal nation to allow same-sex marriage on their territories.

On 5 September the Colville Business Council, which is the official governing body of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, amended Title 5-1, the Tribe’s Domestic Code, to recognize same-sex marriage.

The Colville Business Council says the change was in keeping with tribal values and recognized the special place that ‘Two-Spirited Peoples’ hold within the Colville tribal community.

August 28, 2013

'If one of us is not free, then none of us are truly free'

President Barack Obama mentioned gays during a speech today commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech and the March on Washington.

Obama said that freedom takes courage and that 'courage comes when an interracial couple connects to a gay couple who has been discriminated against, and understands it as their own.'

'That’s where courage comes from - when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards each other.'

August 26, 2013

The 2013 VMA for Best Video with a Social Message went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their marriage equality anthem Same Love

Same Love by Makclemore and Ryan Lewis won an MTV Video Music Award last night.

The music video, released in 2012 following a Washington referendum to approve gay marriage, has garnered much media attention in recent months and now has over 80 million views on YouTube.

Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson joined in on the performance last night by the three Seattle-based artists Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclay’s Center.

August 25, 2013

According to Attorney General Eric Holder the struggle for black equality, that started 50 years ago, now includes gays and lesbians

US Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the many speakers at today's (August 24) rally to honor the 1963 March on Washington. In his remarks Holder said the struggle for civil rights has widened to include many groups, including gays and lesbians.

'As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on,' Holder said to the crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial (located in Washington, DC).

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

August 10, 2013

Organizers insist the decision to pull Donnie McClurkin, the gospel singer who claims God saved him from homosexuality,  from the MLK memorial concert was a 'mutual decision

'Ex-gay' gospel performer Donnie McClurkin will not take the stage for the 10 August Washington, DC memorial concert for Martin Luther King, Jr.

'The Mayor directed the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to ask Donnie McClurkin to withdraw,' Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray's spokesperson, Doxie McCoy, said to the Washington Blade in an email.