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April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.

April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 24, 2015

Based in Washington, D.C., the NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded in 2002 by co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, who wanted to highlight the fact that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – and are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.

March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 16, 2015

'Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience'

Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old trans teenager, is slowly turning into a media sensation.

TLC has ordered an 11-series show called All That Jazz. The docu-series will chronicle her daily life, including high-school, family, and experience as a LGBTI advocate.

Included in the series will be her parents Greg and Jeanette, siblings Ari, Griffen, Sander, and her maternal grandparents Jack and Jacky.

March 10, 2015

The annual LGBTI gala dinner – which will be paying tribute to the ground breaking Amazon show – marks the culmination of the annual Out & Equal Executive Forum

The final preparations are being made for this year’s Out & Equal Executive Forum – due to take place in San Francisco from 24-26 March.

Organized by LGBT business advocate organization Out & Equal, the forum will draw together 50 out LGBTI executives for what its website describes as ‘an intensive experience designed to build leadership skills, strengthen business connections and discuss how to achieve LGBT equality and advancement in the workplace.’

March 9, 2015

'Not nearly as many people will ever get sick from Ebola as we lost to AIDS'

It's not been lost on Larry Kramer that the reaction to Ebola was far different then when the AIDS epidemic began killing gay men more than 30 years earlier.

The outspoken author and activist, whose The Normal Heart was made into an HBO film last year, is certain he knows why.

'Well, because it wasn’t happening to us; it was happening to them,' he tells The Advocate in a cover story posted Monday (9 March).

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 2, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley writes of his hopes and ambitions in teaming up The Glass Closet and Gay Star Business

Welcome to Gay Star Business and welcome to the new platform for glasscloset.org.

When I wrote The Glass Closet I hoped it would become more than a book. I expected it to become a movement to advocate and support LGBTI workplace equality around the globe.

March 1, 2015

'Love is defined by two people in an intimate and personal way, and superimposing an institution on that isn't necessarily, for me, the most exciting idea.'

Actor Zachary Quinto, one of Hollywood's most high-profile gay celebrities and outspoken gay rights advocate, says he's not a fan of marriage, whether it’s gay or straight, which he sees as 'superimposing an institution' on a personal relationship between two people.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 21, 2015

Baton Rouge police chief issues issues memo to all officers telling them to stop enforcing the invalidated and unconstitutional law that prompted the arrests of the two men

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has 'finally' issued a 'department-wide memo to remind officers not to arrest people using that statute,' reported The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper.

The memo came after the chief also apologized after two Louisiana men were arrested on Friday using an unconstitutional and unenforceable anti-sodomy law after they were seen having sex in a car in a park.

February 6, 2015

New post will be filled by an openly gay Foreign Service officer

US Secretary of State John Kerry will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for LGBTI rights overseas.

The move pre-empts a bill introduced last week in boths houses of the Senate that would make promoting LGBTI rights a priority of US foreign policy.

February 2, 2015

Global traffic rank service helps Gay Star News understand our audience

Founded in 1996, Alexa offers a service that analyses a website's traffic delivers insights into a site's users.

Alexa's global traffic rank is a measure of how a website is doing relative to all other sites on the web - performance can be analysed at a global level or at a country-specific level.

A recent audit by Alexa of the Gay Star News website has given us the following insights:

January 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 20, 2015

Her character of coach Beiste is transitioning to male on the show

Dot-Marie Jones, whose Glee character came out as a transgender man last week, says she is often mistaken for a man in real life.

Jones attributes this to being 'not the most feminine wallflower' and can only recall a handful of days where 'somebody hasn't called me sir.'

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

January 14, 2015

British supermodel joins the cast of Fox's new hip hop drama Empire

Naomi Campbell has said she owes her life to gay men, without whom she would not exist.

The British supermodel made the comments during an interview with GLAAD published Monday (12 January) about her role on Fox's new hip hop drama Empire and her support for the LGBTI community.

'If it wasn't for gay men, I wouldn't exist,' she said.

'Hair, makeup, designer, photographer, stylist, manicure, hairdresser... I owe my life to gay men.

'It's just what I've grown up with. It's my family.

January 9, 2015

Of Crudup he says: 'He’s quite a sweetheart - and pretty easy to look at'

On the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Jason Biggs plays the husband of a woman who definitely swings both ways when it comes to being involved intimately with men and women.

While Biggs, best on known as the star of the American Pie comedies, says he 'has never had those desires' towards other men, he has certainly had his crushes.