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February 23, 2015

Ash Carter: 'I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them'

New US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has come out in favor of transgender people being able to serve openly in the military.

Appearing at a town-hall meeting in Afghanistan, said he aims to make 'service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country … provided they can do what we need them to do for us.'

Carter added that he doesn't think 'anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.'

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

February 3, 2015

But the former US First Lady wanted it known that President Reagan had called Hudson to wish him well

The year before he died, Rock Hudson was photographed looking very chummy at a White House event with old friends President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

But by the summer of 1985, Hudson was dying from AIDS and flew to Paris for treatment. He collapsed after checking in to The Ritz and was rushed to the American Hospital of Paris.

February 2, 2015

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer when members of the Los Angeles Galaxy visited The White House on Monday (2 February).

Robbie Rogers, standing with his teammates, smile and nodded his head after Obama's warm words of praise for the player who went public about his sexuality nearly two years ago.

February 1, 2015

'People can be my friends who have a lifestyle that are not necessarily my lifestyle'

Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he has friends from diverse backgrounds.

The potential 2016 White House candidate was a guest on CNN this morning (1 February).

In the interview, the Republican proudly listed how tolerant he is when it comes to friendship.

'People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,' Huckabee maintained.

January 30, 2015

'The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was...My death needs to mean something'

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Leelah's Law, the proposed legislation that could end LGBTI 'cure' therapy in the US.

The White House petition has gained the necessary amount of signatures required needed for a response from President Barack Obama.

January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

December 25, 2014

The West African countrywill lose duty-free access to US markets

The US government has removed Gambia from a trade benefits program for abusing human rights, including a new law that imposes life imprisonment for some gay acts.

The White House did not initially give any reason why Gambia would cease being a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), according to the Associated Press.

December 23, 2014

'When you think you're all that and a bag of chips, boom!'

Robin Roberts snagged one of the biggest scoops of her career in May 2012 when President Barack Obama announced that he was publicly supporting gay marriage.

During an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday (23 December), Roberts revealed that during the interview at The White House, Roberts noticed her producer holding a huge sign off camera after Obama made his announcement.

Roberts figured it had congratulatory words but instead it read, 'Lipstick on teeth!'

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

November 28, 2014

ABC Family show centers on lesbian couple and their large brood

For five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Peter Paige played the role of Emmett Honeycutt who was part of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh.

Since then, Paige has gone on to create the ABC Family series The Fosters about the lives of an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.

While Queer as Folk was quite sexually explicit, Paige tells Gay Star News The Fosters is even more 'subversive' in its own way.

November 13, 2014

'We are thrilled she will be joining the White House team and look forward to working with her on important issues in our ongoing fight for full equality'

This week the White House named a new LGBT liaison in its Office of Public Engagement.

Aditi Hardikar's official title is director of public engagement. She will serve as the White House's point person for the LGBT and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

October 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 11, 2014

Newly uncovered recordings from the presidency of Republican Richard Nixon have revealed he believed people were born gay and lesbian though he thought they could bring down civilizations if they were allowed to promote their ‘lifestyles’

White House audio recordings recently uncovered by writers at Vanity Fair magazine have revealed that US President Richard Nixon considered himself to be the most tolerant person towards gays and lesbians in his administration and that he thought gay people were born that way.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 21, 2014

President Barack Obama has expanded social security, veterans and sick leave benefits to ensure they include gay people, even in states where gay marriage has not been legalized

US president Barack Obama has expanded government benefits so they include LGBTI people.

On Friday 20 June, the White House made a statement regarding government benefits for gay people in the US. These include social security, veterans benefits and work leave to care for a sick partner.

Obama’s official twitter account tweeted a link to the news, with the words ‘Another victory for equality #LoveIsLove.’

June 15, 2014

'Married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive', the President says he supports dads who are involved and committed to their children

Calling fatherhood among the most difficult and rewarding jobs as it 'demands constant attention' and 'frequent sacrifice,' US President Barack Obama also gave a shout out to gay fathers in his annual Father's Day Proclamation, issued by the White House on Friday.

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