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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.

December 23, 2013

The US government has reiterated its respect of Uganda’s sovereignty but opposition to the controversial law punishing homosexuality with life in prison

The Obama administration has released an official statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said to Gay Star News LGBTI people in Uganda ‘believe there is going to be a hunt’.

December 3, 2013

After the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day the US President has pledged to stay the ‘global leader’ in finding a cure for HIV, using redirected research funds allocated over the next three years

US President Barack Obama has made another massive commitment to finding a cure for HIV.

In a White House announcement made yesterday (2 December) after the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Obama said his administration will rederict $100 million (€73.7 million) of existing research funds over the next three years to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

While the White House said it will ‘reprioritize’ the funds, it did not specify where the funds will come from.

November 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged all Americans, ‘no matter who we love,’ in his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation

US President Barack Obama has capped off a year of victories for the LGBTI rights movement by acknowledging Americans ‘no matter who we are or who we love’ in the opening paragraph of his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation.

‘Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings - the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,’ Obama wrote in a proclamation posted on the White House website.

November 22, 2013

'I was really angry and everything I've done so far is to prove him wrong'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels got personal when he received the Visionary Award Thursday evening in Los Angeles at The Legacy Awards.

The director of The Butler, Precious and The Paperboy had previously shared in interviews that he had been beaten by his father while growing up because he is gay.

He brought up his father again during his acceptance speech.

'My dad told me awhile ago, when he found out that I was gay, that I would never be anything,' Daniels told the crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.

November 21, 2013

Astronaut Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington,  join 14 others who are honored in a White House ceremony

In a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the same-sex partners of NASA astronaut Sally Ride and human rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The honor, the highest for US civilians, was started 50 years ago by President John Kennedy.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

November 2, 2013

State Senate has given approval but House vote a tougher sell

President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage has been public since last year when he confirmed it in a television interview.

Now, through a White House spokesperson, Obama is speaking out in favor of marriage equality in his home state of Hawaii.

President Barack Obama is advocating for marriage equality in Hawaii.

October 29, 2013

Baltimore's Morgan State University chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi now under investigation for alleged discrimination against Brian Stewart

It seems Brian Stewart gets more respect at The White House than he did from a fraternity he tried to join.

A gay student at Morgan State University in Baltimore claims he was rejected as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity because of his sexuality.

Brian Stewart, 20, has been an intern at The White House and chose this particular fraternity because his pastor had been a mentor.

October 18, 2013

High-profile allies go purple to show support for LGBT youth on Spirit Day

On the fourth observance of Spirit Day - a day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT young people - a collection of high-profile allies got into the act.

August 9, 2013

'If Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it will probably make their team weaker'

President Barack Obama said today that he does not support the growing calls for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of Russia's anti-gay laws.

'I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,' Obama said at a White House press conference. 'We've got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can do to succeed.'

August 2, 2013

In a taped conversation with advisors, President Richard Nixon warned  'homosexuality, and immorality in general, are the enemies of strong societies'

CNN recently released a recording where former US President Richard Nixon rails against gay sexuality.

In the tape, Nixon complains about a TV show that followed a baseball game. The comedy, a sitcom called All in the Family, allegedly 'glorified homosexuality.'

At first he thought it was a movie, but after the mistake was cleared up the Republican repeated his charge.

July 12, 2013

US Justice Department trying to decide new rules for a post-Defense of Marriage Act world

US President Barack Obama's White House released a statement today (12 July) announcing it instructed the Justice Department to review the recent Defense of Marriage Act decision and its impact on federal policies.

July 9, 2013

Former US president says he does not want to 'wade back into politics' but feels free to talk about Obama's immigration policies

George W. Bush surprised millions worldwide when he refused to comment and stayed neutral on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Speaking with ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Bush explained his cryptic remark: ‘I meant that I wasn’t going to answer the question then, and I’m not going to answer it now.’

‘I just don’t want to wade back into the debate; I’m out of politics.’

He also added: ‘I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.’

July 4, 2013

Works include Angels in America and Oscar-nominated screenplay for Lincoln

Tony Kushner may have lost the Oscar race this year for Lincoln but next week, he will be the recipient of a prestigious National Medal of the Arts.

The White House announced today that Kushner, the winner of a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Angels in America, will be honored on 12 July along with director George Lucas, musician Herb Alpert and writer Elaine May.

Kushner will be honored for his contributions to the theater and films.

July 2, 2013

ENDA has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994

With momentum from the Supreme Court's rulings last week on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act will get a committee vote in the US Senate on 10 July.

The long-stalled ENDA, introduced again in April by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, has been schedule for a vote before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.

President Barack Obama said last month that he wants to see the long-stalled legislation enacted.

June 28, 2013

From coming out confessionals to the overturning of DOMA, YouTube has created an amazing video in support of gay rights

YouTube are joining in on celebrating the LGBT community, and the video they have created has gathered together some of the most moving, funny and inspirational moments.

The clip is compiled from various YouTube videos uploaded in the past few years, from coming out confessionals to It Get Better, from Obama at the LGBT conference at the White House in 2012 to the overturning of DOMA.

They are also encouraging other users of the site to join in on the Gay Pride conversation.

June 27, 2013

'We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day'

Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law when he was in The White House in 1996.

On Wednesday (26 June), the former Democratic president applauded the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down the law.

He released a joint statement with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State and US Senator and likely 2016 presidential hopeful.

'By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union,' the Clintons stated.

June 26, 2013

Calls for federal benefits and obligations to be implemented 'swiftly and smoothly'

Barack Obama, the first president in US history to publicly support gay marriage, applauded the Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Obama called the law, approved by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton 1996, 'discrimination enshrined in law.'

'It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people,' Obama said in a statement released by The White House. 'The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.'

June 18, 2013

Late astronaut was revealed to be a lesbian after her death last year

It was 30 years ago today that Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.

At the time, it was not known that she was also the first lesbian to do so.

It was on 18 June, 1983 that Ride was on the space shuttle Challenger. She also flew on Challenger in 1984.

'I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model,' Ride told The Harvard Business Review shortly before her death last year. 'But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one. And I began to understand the importance of that to people.'