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June 27, 2015

She said she felt progress for some in the community was leaving others behind

The transgender woman who went viral for heckling Obama at the LGBTQ Pride event at the White House, said she was ‘heartbroken’ once the community booed her out of the White House.

Jennicet Gutiérrez – an undocumented immigrant in the US and founding member of Familia TQLM – interrupted the president during his address to bring awareness to trans immigrants held in detention centres, where they may be sexually abused.

She was booed, and eventually escorted out of the White House for creating a disturbance.

June 26, 2015

In remarks outside The White House, Obama pays tribute to 'countless small acts of courage' of gays and lesbians

President Barack Obama described today's US Supreme Court marriage equality victory to a 'slow steady effort ... rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.'

'Today we can say in no uncertain terms that we've made our union a little more perfect,' Obama said as he stood in the Rose Garden outside The White House.

Obama spoke of the historic significance of the high court's 5-4 ruling which makes same-sex marriage legal across the US.

June 26, 2015

Image celebrates Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling - gets mixed reaction

If you check out The White House Facebook and Twitter accounts today, you'll see that the house is not so white.

Shortly after the US Supreme Court handed down its ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal in every state, The White House social media photo was changed to reflect the colors of the LGBTI rainbow.

The change in photos had nearly 500,000 'likes' as of Friday afternoon and had been shared more than 150,000 times.

June 25, 2015

A clearly irritated president scolds heckler: 'Listen, you're in my house. It's not respectful. Shame on you'

President Barack Obama scolded a transgender activist during a Pride reception at The White House on Wednesday (24 June) after she heckled the president over his immigration policies.

Jennicet Gutiérrez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, shouted: 'President Obama, release all LGBTQ in detention centers. President Obama, stop the torture and abuse of trans women in detention centers.'

Gutiérrez, 29, was eventually escorted from the room by Secret Service at Obama's request when she refused to stop chanting.

June 25, 2015

Jennicet Gutiérrez: 'I interrupted his speech because it is time for our issues and struggles to be heard'

Jennicet Gutiérrez has no regrets.

The transgender activist was thrown out of an LGBTI Pride reception at The White House on Wednesday (24 June) after interrupting remarks being made by President Barack Obama.

June 20, 2015

The National Organization for Marriage demands for the reversal of any executive orders from President Obama 'that have the effect of undermining marriage…'

The National Organization for Marriage wants Republicans running for the White House to know what needs to be done to gain its support.

The anti-gay marriage group issued a 5 point pledge this past week to the GOP presidential candidates.

The document mirrors what NOM expected from the party in 2012.

May 30, 2015

'Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution'

To honor LGBT Pride Month, US President Barack Obama released a proclamation.

The White House issued the statement yesterday, 29 May.

It starts by connecting the fight for LGBTI equality with the country's history.

'Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution,' the proclamation says. 'Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society.

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 17, 2015

President Obama says America will continue to support the advancement of LGBTI rights under his watch while John Kerry has used the event to celebrate the appointment of the US’ first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI rights

The White House has released an official statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in another sign that he continues to see the promotion of equality for LGBTI people both at home and abroad as a significant part of the legacy of his administration.

‘Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17,’ President Obama says in the statement.

May 3, 2015

'My comment affirmed Jenner as a person, made by God in His likeness as we all are'

Rick Santorum is not changing his mind on LGBTI issues, no matter the kind words offered to Bruce Jenner.

According to Mediaite, the possible 2016 White House candidate, used Facebook to remind he's still a conservative.

'Many of you may have read a story published by the website BuzzFeed where I was asked for my thoughts regarding Bruce Jenner,' Santorum began.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 12, 2015

While she now supports marriage equality, question remain about how, and when, the former Secretary of State 'evolved'

Papers released by the Clinton Library this past week do not show where then First Lady Hillary Clinton stood on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In 1996, the bill passed both the House and Senate by huge margins. 

It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 8, 2015

Jeremy Bernard is the first man to ever hold the post

Jeremy Bernard made history in early 2011 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama as White House social secretary.

He was not only the first man to hold the post, he also happened to be openly gay.

A little over four years later, Bernard is quitting the job thst has him responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 14, 2015

Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer among the stars to appear at PaleyFest 2015

It was nirvana for loyal Gleeks at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Friday (13 March).

As part of the PaleyFest 2015, Glee cast members Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Dot-Marie Jones, Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet were on hand to talk about their years on the show which ends its six-year run next week.

Some attendees flew in from out of state and even other countries to be present and were rewarded by being among the first to see the first half of the show's two hour finale.