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March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 7, 2015

  Health officials are calling on Washington single gay men to get checked as soon as possible  

Two gay men in King County, Washington have been left permanently blind after contracting a rare strain of syphilis.

Six cases of ocular syphilis have been reported in the state since mid-December, three gay men, with three being HIV positive.

All of the patients reported they were suffering from a loss of vision, blurring, having a blue tinge to their vision and seeing 'floaters' and flashing lights.

Three of the patients were hospitalized to receive intravenous penicillin treatment; one patient refused care.

February 4, 2015

Caribbean country to spotlight LGBTI tourism

Activists and officials have teamed up to mastermind a new LGBTI publicity drive in the Dominican Republic.

A meeting took place on Monday between members of the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and members of the advocacy group Center for Integrated Training and Research to discuss the new campaign.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.

January 28, 2015

James David Manning praises the 'wisdom' of ISIS for stoning gay men

A New York City pastor who made the bizarre claim that Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen has said he was tempted by gay sex while in prison.

James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem made the admission in an interview with the Young Turks.

'Absolutely, no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years in prison,' he said.

'I saw a lot of that activity going on in prison. It was par for the course.

'I was tempted but I didn’t yield to temptation, by the way. You need to know that.

January 26, 2015

Art teacher, football coach and mentor was shot and killed in Minnesota

A teacher, a coach, a mentor and ally to LGBTI teens was the victim of a fatal shooting on Saturday (24 January).

David Frigaard, a 46-year-old who taught art at Park High School in Minnesota, was killed in Mahtomedi close to a bar he owned.

The Washington County Sheriff's office has confirmed a suspect is in custody.

In the news release, they said authorities responded at 3.17am to a report of a gunshot in the area of Highway 244 and 75th Street. Frigaard was found dead in the area.

January 23, 2015

Human Rights Campaign has published its annual State Equality Index and warns that despite marriage equality in most states, other inequalities persist

Human Rights Campaign has today published its annual State Equality Index, which ranks 50 US states and Washington D.C with regards to the protections that it offers LGBT citizens.

It has broken states down into four categories, with 29 states occupying the bottom slot: those states offering the least protection.

Just seven states fill the top category: those with the most protection.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 1, 2015

Circuit Judge Timothy Shea ruled Wednesday that Orange County won’t be breaking the law if it issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is lifted 6 January

A second Florida county will be able to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next Tuesday after a judge clarified an earlier ruling.

The Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers had previously stated that it believed that only Washington County would be legally able to issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting 6 January when the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is lifted.

However Circuit Court Judge Timothy Shea ruled yesterday that Orange County could legally do so as of next Tuesday as well.

December 31, 2014

The conservative group have targeted three elected state officials who have said that they will officiate at gay weddings: ‘They’re just saying “let’s ride this wave of inevitability.”’

Despite the fact that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida hasn’t yet been lifted a conservative group has already launched an anti-gay marriage lawsuit against a Floridian county clerk, mayor and judge.

As previously reported, a US District judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida is unconstitutional. The ban is due to be lifted on 6 January.

December 30, 2014

37 American companies have signed onto an amicus brief backing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida by a United States District Court which is hearing an appeals case on the issue

Some of America’s best known companies have joined the case against Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, signing onto an amicus, or ‘friend-of-the-court,’ brief signalling their interest in the case.

US District Judge Robert Hinkle court ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on 21 August. However that ruling appears to apply to just one Florida county.

December 24, 2014

After being asked to clarify his position, one Florida state attorney has said that he does not intend to prosecute county clerks in in Orange and Osceola counties if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in January

Yesterday we reported on how county clerks in Florida were wavering over whether to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after 5 January, when a stay on same-sex marriages taking place in the state is lifted.

A law firm advising all of Florida’s county clerks had warned them that the lifting of the stay only applied to one particular county: the one named in the lawsuit that had challenged the ban.

December 23, 2014

A law firm memo has thrown Florida county clerks into disarray over the planned legalization of gay marriage in the state

As previously reported, same-sex marriages are due to begin in Florida on 6 January. However, a legal memo has now prompted confusion among county clerks.

Earlier this month, the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it was declining to extend a stay on same-sex marriages in the Sunshine State.

Then, on Friday, the Supreme Court backed this decision, ruling that a stay on same-sex marriages would come to an end on 5 January.

December 22, 2014

Attorneys acting for Washington State and a same-sex couple have asked a court to rule against a florist who refused to provide flowers for the couple’s wedding ceremony

When Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were planning their wedding in March 2013, they approached Baronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington.

Despite providing services to Ingersoll on previous occasions, she declined to provide flowers for their wedding.

December 22, 2014

Attorneys acting for Washington State and a same-sex couple have asked a court to rule against a florist who refused to provide flowers for the couple’s wedding ceremony

When Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were planning their wedding in March 2013, they approached Baronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington.

Despite providing services to Ingersoll on previous occasions, she declined to provide flowers for their wedding.

December 14, 2014

Praised by city officials and students when he came out in June, the gay principal's contract will not be renewed next school year

Peter Cahall, principal of Wilson High School in Washington DC, made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students during a lunchtime Pride Day rally in June this year.

In a letter to city council members, he has called the decision by John Davis, the chief of schools, to not renew his contract 'purely capricious and arbitrary.'

December 12, 2014

Former boyfriend of Marc Jacobs says he was 'humiliated'

Gay Brazilian model Harry Louis has claimed he was the target of discrimination in a Starbucks, when a worker told him to 'become a man'.

The former boyfriend of designer Marc Jacobs, he says he intends to sue the coffee company over the 'humiliating' incident.

Louis said he went to grab a hot drink while he was waiting for a connecting flight at the São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport on Wednesday morning (10 December).

But as the Starbucks wasn't open at 7am, the model asked a worker setting up when he would be able to get a coffee.

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

November 6, 2014

James David Manning compares drinking Starbucks coffee to drinking the blood of innocent babies

A notoriously anti-gay New York City pastor has said Starbucks flavors its coffee with the 'semen of sodomites.'

James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church said on his video blog, The Manning Report, that semen was the secret ingredient in the coffee shop chain's lattes.

October 31, 2014

US Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has warned that ‘climate change alarmists’ are seeking to ‘promote homosexuality’ to control the population growth of humans on the Earth

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warned yet again on Wednesday that he fears for the future of humanity if gays and lesbians are allowed their rights, saying he believes that equality for people in same-sex relationships is part of a conspiracy by people who believe in global warming.

Perkins made the comments in response to a caller on his Washington Watch radio show who said he suspected LGBTI rights were ‘promoted … because it doesn’t lead to reproduction.’