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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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May 31, 2014

US president Barack Obama has declared June to be gay pride month, calls for an end to the discrimination of gay people and remembers the Stonewall riots 45 years ago

US president Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT Pride month in the US.

In a statement sent from the White House yesterday (30 May), Obama declared June to be gay pride month, called for an end to the discrimination of gay people at work and remembered the legacy of Stonewall.

May 22, 2014

Milk joins other civil rights pioneers honored with stamps including Martin Luther King Jr and Caesar Chavez

Americans can now begin mailing letters with a stamp bearing the likeness of Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials.

The stamp was dedicated at a White House ceremony on Thursday (22 May) which was attended by Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and the slain politician's nephew.

'We have this beautiful stamp to remind us that hope resides in you, hope resides in me,' Stuart Milk told the crowd. 'As President (Barack) Obama said about Harvey: `Hope unashamed. Hope unafraid."'

May 11, 2014

President Obama congratulates Michael Sam as he is the first gay football player drafted to a NFL team and social media reacts to the news

President Barack Obama has joined in celebrating Michael Sam being the first football player drafted to a National Football League team.

News broke yesterday of Sam being drafted to the St. Louis Rams, making history as the first openly gay player for join a major NFL team.

Obama sent out a statement through the White House congratulating Sam, his new team and the NFL on the milestone achievement.

May 7, 2014

Woman whose affair with Bill Clinton led to impeachment was suicidal after scandal and her mother feared she would be 'literally humiliated to death'

It was in the fall of 2010 that Tyler Clementi, just three weeks into his freshman year at Rutgers University, jumped off a bridge to his death.

The 18 year old had been secretly streamed via Webcam kissing another man by his dorm roommate and his death was one in a series that raised awareness of suicide among gay teens.

For Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern whose affair with US President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment in 1998, Clementi's suicide re-opened some old wounds.

May 2, 2014

Christian Party candidate Darrell Trigg wants to end the legal recognition of homosexuality and wants abortion and divorce banned except in extreme cases

A US presidential hopeful wants gay people to be removed from television.

Darrell Trigg, a Tennessee engineer, officially announced his candidacy for president and hopes to follow Barack Obama in the White House.

The Christian Party candidate wishes to end the legal recognition of homosexuality.

He also wishes to explicitly ban same-sex marriage by redefining the union as between as a man and a woman.

April 27, 2014

Joining Pancholy on the White House committee will be out businessman Michael Byun

Gay actor Maulik Pancholy was appointed to a White House advisory committee focused on Asian-Americans.

Late last week the White House announced Pancholy, and 13 others, are now part of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

April 25, 2014

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition was first created in the 1950s by President Dwight Eisenhower

Today has been a day of honors for Jason Collins.

The first active National Basketball Association player to come out publicly as gay was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The Stanford University graduate was also appointed as a member to US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 18, 2014

Former *NSYNC star jokes that he bets Franklin D Roosevelt was gay and in a loveless relationship

Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass has said he is ‘sure’ there has been a gay US president.

The former boyband singer was finished judging the Queen of the Universe Pageant when TMZ asked him about his thoughts on a gay commander-in-chief.

‘Statistically speaking, I’m sure that someone in the White House has definitely slept with the same sex. I would definitely go out and say that, yes,’ Bass said.

‘There’s been rumors,’ Bass joked. ‘I’m looking at you, Roosevelt.’

February 15, 2014

'Russia is actually, in many ways, doing the right thing with Islam, they're doing the right thing with homosexuality, they won't tolerate homosexuals in their country...'

It's so hard to be a bigoted US Christian nowadays. Gays in the military. Marriage equality. An out gay man about to be drafted in the National Football League.

And let's not forget that guy, with the funny name and big ears, in the White House.

February 14, 2014

DOMA plaintiff was among those invited to State Dinner for President of France

President Barack Obama was flying in Air Force One last June when he placed a call to Edie Windsor to congratulate her on making history.

It was the day that because of Windsor's landmark lawsuit, the US Supreme Court gutted the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. She sued the US government for denying her tax benefits after the death of her spouse of 42 years, Thea Spyer.

This week, Windsor and Obama met face-to-face for the first time and the president invited the 83-year-old LGBTI icon into the Oval Office for a private chat.