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August 8, 2014

Nigerian President told gay refugee and activist Michael Ighodaro at a Washington dinner that if he disagreed with his homeland’s anti-gay laws he had the right to fight them in court

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told an exiled Nigerian gay activist that he has the right to challenge his homeland’s anti-gay law in court in a confrontation at a $200 a head dinner in Washington DC.

Jonathan was attending a dinner on Wednesday night hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa and the US Chamber of Commerce held during the US-Africa Leaders Summit when he was confronted by gay Nigerian refugee and activist Micheal Ighodaro about his country’s anti-gay laws.

August 1, 2014

'Oh, you're a man!', he shouted before he reportedly hugged the victim in a 'sexual way' and began stabbing her

A man is being charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a transgender girl in Washington DC.

The 15-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was on a Metro train when the suspect began mocking her appearance.

Reginald Anthony Klaiber, 24, allegedly realized the girl was transgender and began to get aggressive.

‘He came to my friend and said you have red hair,’ Jae-la White, a friend of the victim, said.

‘My friend said ok, and then he said, “Oh, you’re a man!”’

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

June 20, 2014

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and other speakers appeared before less than 2,000 people

The National Organization's March for Marriage event on Thursday (19 June) drew failed Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee as speakers.

But the much-ballyhooed event in Washington DC failed to draw much of a crowd.

The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a photo of the sparse crowd at the anti-gay marriage event that was estimated to have been attended by between 1,000 and 2,000 people.

June 14, 2014

DJ Stalter was wearing his police uniform and held up small Pride rainbow flag during smooch

Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Washington DC's pride parade toting their usual 'God Hates Fags' and other signs of hate.

DJ Stalter, an officer with the Arlington County Police Department, decided it would make a nice photo op if he gave his boyfriend a kiss on the lips in front of the Westboro demonstration.

Salter was in uniform and holding up a small rainbow pride flag when he smooched boyfriend Mark Raimondo who posted the photo on Instagram.

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 4, 2014

Pete Cahall: 'I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School'

Pride Day at Wilson High School in Washington DC took on even deeper meaning this week when the school's principal decided to come out as gay in front of the student body.

Pete Cahall addressed the students during a lunchtime rally and said: 'I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School.'

March 25, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party will put the legalization of homosexuality at the top of its election manifesto as it seeks to win its first seats in the Indian Parliament and break into national politics

India’s fledgling Aam Aadmi Party is betting that championing the rights of women and minorities and fighting against corruption will be winning issues for voters as the party seeks to elect its first lawmakers in the nation’s parliament.

Aam Aadmi was established only 18 months ago but won 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013 – making them the second largest party in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (the Indian equivalent of Washington DC) and allowing them to form a minority government with the Indian National Congress Party.

March 17, 2014

Seeing AIDS Quilt unfurled in Washington DC 27 years ago made him realize the world did not know the stories of those who died

When Alec Mapa was presented with the Outfest Fusion Achievement Award in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the man known for making audiences laugh on shows like Ugly Betty and Half & Half couldn't help but get a little serious.

The actor and comic mentioned how Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry - who Mapa worked for on Housewives and the sitcom Some of My Best Friends - once said to him that on paper, his career was not supposed to exist 'and that it only existed through sheer force of will.'

February 18, 2014

Ronald Plishka survived heart attack and is still furious: 'The doctors came in and told me to calm down or I’m going to have another heart attack'

Lifelong Catholic Ronald Plishka thought the end was near after he suffered a heart attack earlier this month and asked a nurse at the hospital to summon a priest.

Plishka, a 63 year old from Washington DC, wanted to be administered communion and last rites.

The priest, working as a chaplain at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center,  allegedly refused after Plishka mentioned that he is gay.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cites 'family health issues' for ending sinking campaign in Wyoming

The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney has dropped her bid for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, said in a statement that 'serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.'

Cheney did not specify what health issues are that forced her to abandon her floundering campaign to oust incumbent Mike Enzi.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

November 13, 2013

A group of active and retired US gay and lesbian military service members have held a wreath laying ceremony to mark Veterans Day at the grave site of the first man to out himself in the military to fight the ban on gays surving

Veterans Day was commemorated on Monday by a group of gay and lesbian retired and active service members in Washington DC with a wreath laying ceremony in Congressional Cemetery.

The wreath was left at the grave site of Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich who became the first serving US service member to fight the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving in 1975.

November 7, 2013

Washington lawmakers Mary Cheh has introduced a ban on so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies for minors in the District of Columbia which has the overwhelming support of her fellow lawmakers

Washington DC Democrat Mary Cheh hopes that attempts to cure gay kids of their sexual orientation can be banned in the district housing the United States capitol and has put forward a bill to stop ‘ex-gay’ therapists from treating minors.

The Councilwoman introduced her Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2013 1 October which will ban ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual who is under the age of 18.’

November 5, 2013

If a group of US philanthropists have their way the United States will have an LGBT specific national museum in the nation’s capital by 2018

A group of philanthropists hopes to open a museum for LGBT people’s stories in Washington DC by 2018 and hopes to raise $50 million to $100 million towards that goal in the next few years.

The Velvet Foundation has been working on the idea of a National LGBT Museum along the lines of civil rights museums to other groups in America since 2007 and recently set up a donation campaign towards the effort.

October 28, 2013

Former NFL player later apologizes but is banned from Washington DC radio station for anti-gay slur against Dallas Cowboys icon

Dexter Manley used an anti-gay slur to describe fellow retired NFL player Troy Aikman in a Washington DC radio show Monday (28 October).

The former Washington Redskins player was guesting on WTOP radio and discussing his former team's loss over the weekend to the Dallas Cowboys for which Aikman was quarterback during his playing days.

One of the hosts jokingly asked if Aikman had jinxed the Redskins since he was commentating on the came for FOX Sports.

'I think Troy Aikman is a queer,' Manley responded.

October 8, 2013

Willam from RuPaul's Drag Race holds nothing back as she tells Gay Star News the one thing she couldn't swallow in Australia, and what she sticks right into her mouth the moment she lands in LA

After stealing our hearts (and our innocence) as the first drag queen to get disqualified and kicked off RuPaul's Drag Race, Willam is not one to 'Ru-pologize,' and we love her for it.

No stranger to TV before Drag Race, Willam boasts multiple TV credits, including as the transsexual Cherry Pick on the TV drama Nip/Tuck and a back-up dancer in Rihanna's S&M music video.

September 20, 2013

Floyd Lee Corkins, who planned a mass shooting at the anti-gay Family Research Council over its outspoken opposition to the rights of LGBTs, has received a 25 year jail sentence

The Virginia man who planned to commit a mass shooting at the Family Research Council’s Washington DC headquarters has received a 25 year sentence for the attack.

Floyd Lee Corkins, now 29, entered the lobby of the group’s headquarters on 15 August last year, pretending to be interested in volunteering for the virulently anti-gay group, but planned to shoot as many people in the building as he could.

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 13, 2013

The newly confirmed next US Ambassador to Australia married his same-sex partner over the weekend

America's new ambassador to Australia, John Berry, has married partner Curtis Yee in a ceremony in Washington DC where same-sex couples have been able to marry since March of 2010.

‘John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington DC,’ a statement by the couple reads.

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.