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April 13, 2014

'At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered'

An advocate for abandoned LGBTI teenagers published a Palm Sunday open letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit a homeless center in New York City.

In the full page New York Times' advertisement Carl Siciliano, executive director for Ali Forney Center, notes that one of the reasons   many LGBTI youth are homeless is because of rejection from families.

April 12, 2014

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity'

While speaking to the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis insisted children need to be raised by mothers and fathers.

The comment was made as the pope was criticizing child soldiers and child labor.

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity,' the Pope said, as reported by the Advocate.

April 9, 2014

'It’s not an exaggeration to say homofascist because the German Nazi Party was homosexual; Hitler was a homosexual, the top Nazi leadership, all of them were homosexuals...'

Rick Wiles insists that Adolf Hitler did not desire an Aryan nation. Instead the German dictator was focused on making gay soldiers.

Late last week (4 April),  the reporter from TruNews was a guest on the radio show of fellow US anti-gay advocate Jeff Allen. Wiles argued the LGBTI community mirrors the Nazi Party of 1930s Germany.

March 31, 2014

Ellen Page will award the Orange is The New Black star who ‘reshaped the way Americans see transgender people’ with the award for trans activism

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month.

Cox was the first trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show, and will be presented the award by Academy award-nominated actress Ellen Page at a glitzy event held at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.

Page, who recently came out at Time to THRIVE, an event promoting issues of the gay community, said in her speech that Cox was one of her inspirations.

March 28, 2014

The US religious right is boycotting Girl Scout cookie sales, costing the organization millions of dollars

The one place you’d hope the abortion battle would not be waged is with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Girl Scout cookies are a ubiquitous symbol of the organization and an American staple like apple pie. They have made nearly $700million (€500million) in sales since 1999.

So the idea they have helped fund abortions at Planned Parenthood is unfathomable.

But with religious right activists fishing for another fallacious assertion to try on the American public, this one unfortunately has legs.

March 25, 2014

Corey, 15, was sick with pneumonia and suicidal when he was rescued from his birth family by his mom and sister-to-be

Last April, a story started going viral on social media. Titled ‘Parents put 16-year-old daughter up for adoption after learning she is gay’ it was shared by 72,000 people. But as suddenly as it had taken off, it disappeared.

Blushing page administrators started removing it quickly. The story was fake. It was, in fact, a satire from the site Deacon Tyson Bowers III.

March 22, 2014

Bigot Bill Donohue asked to march in New York's Heritage of Pride Parade, but now charges organizers are forcing him to follow rules he rejects

Anti-gay marriage advocate Bill Donohue is declining to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, after he charging he would never be invited.

The president of the Catholic League fumed when Guinness stopped sponsoring the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its exclusion of gay organizations.

He demanded to march in June's Heritage of Pride parade with a banner 'Straight is great.'

March 22, 2014

English actor calls for a gay superhero on cinema screens, and praises the gender equality shown in his new film

English actor Theo James thinks the world is ready to see a gay superhero on the silver screen.

In an interview with LGBT magazine The Advocate, the 29-year-old star said he thinks the time a gay action hero film is made is not too far away.

James was discussing his new film, the sci-fi thriller Divergent in which he stars alongside Kate Winslet, when he was asked about gay characters in the media.

March 21, 2014

Judy Shepard: 'I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one'

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps rose to prominence after protesting the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998.

But now that Phelps himself has died this week at the age of 84, Shepard's family has no desire to celebrate.

His mother, Judy Shepard, said in a statement: 'Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, (my husband) Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one.'

March 17, 2014

Inspirational advocates from across Asia share their stories at landmark awards ceremony in Singapore

Asia’s LGBTI heroes have been honored at the first Asian Pink Awards in Singapore.

Campaigners and company representatives flew in from all over the region and as far away as Europe for the event last night (16 March), organized by Asian gay men’s magazine Element.

Among those honored was A-Mei, the hit Taiwanese singer who held a free concert in 2013 to support same-sex marriage.

Another singer, Laure Shang, a past winner of the Chinese Supergirls contest and an LGBTI advocate was also given an award.

March 17, 2014

'We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation'

Guinness announced, in the early evening of 16 March, it was ending sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

'Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,' the company said in a statement on the website of GLAAD, an LGBTI media watch organization.

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

March 5, 2014

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has announced his support for same-sex marriage a year after signing civil unions for same-sex couples into law

Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has announced that he wants his state to join the growing list of US states that allow same-sex couples to legally marry – releasing a statement in support of the campaign for equal marriage in his state.

‘We have advocated for equal rights for all Coloradans and we will continue to advocate for equal rights for all Coloradans,’ Hickenlooper said in his statement for advocacy group Why Marriage Matters Colorado.

March 4, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the St Pat’s For All parade in Queens on Sunday but will not be marching in the city’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade over its exclusion of visibly LGBTI participants]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the LGBTI inclusive St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens on Sunday in the event’s 15th year since being started as an alternative to New York’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2000 over its exclusion of visibly gay marchers.

De Blasio was continuing a tradition as mayor in marching in the St Pat’s For All Parade that he began as a public advocate.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 13, 2014

Guy Wilson: 'No one has approached me on the street or anything, but I’ve gotten hateful anti-gay messages though social media and it makes me sad'

Guy Wilson, who began playing the gay character of Will Horton on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives last month, admits it has not been one big welcome party.

'No one has approached me on the street or anything, but I’ve gotten hateful anti-gay messages though social media and it makes me sad,' the actor tells Advocate.com.

February 11, 2014

Longtime gay rights advocate will be performing her song 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen at the Academy Awards

Broadway star Idina Menzel is to perform a coming out anthem at the Academy Awards.

The longtime gay rights advocate and powerhouse performer will be singing ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen at the annual Oscars ceremony.

Menzel said: 'It's really happening. I'm singing on the Oscars! Surreal.

'Thank you Frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.'

The track is nominated for Best Original Song, alongside ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2, ‘Ordinary Love’ from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and ‘The Moon Song’ from Her.

February 7, 2014

Four gay rights activists, including one pregnant woman, have reportedly been arrested in St Petersburg

Russia has made the first arrests of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Four gay rights activists, including one pregnant woman, were arrested in St Petersburg today.

LGBTI advocate Anastasia Smirnova led the group holding a banner, according to the Russian LGBT network.

It said: ‘Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter.'

Speaking to Gay Star News, a police spokesman confirmed the arrests and said they would be held until further notice. They could answer no further questions at this time. 

February 6, 2014

CNN host tweets: 'As for all the "transgender community members" currently sending me vicious abuse - I'm truly sorry....that you're so ignorant'

Piers Morgan is under fire for his interview with transgender advocate Janet Mock which aired this week and he's plenty irritated about it.

'As for all the "transgender community members" currently sending me vicious abuse - I'm truly sorry....that you're so ignorant,' Morgan tweeted Wednesday afternoon in reponse to accusations that the CNN host was disrespectful to Mock.

Mock takes particular issue with some of the promos to her interview.

February 5, 2014

'I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I'm glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community'

Juan Pablo Galavis, ABC's current star of The Bachelor, is speaking out after meeting with some LGBTI families during his apology tour.

The single father suffered massive backlash last month when he told a reporter that he did not think there should ever be a gay version of The Bachelor and that such a show would not set a good example for kids.

January 23, 2014

A four-year-old advocate has written letter to Tony Abbott says gay people will be 'sad forever' if they're not allowed to get married

A four-year-old girl has written a touching letter to the Australia Prime Minister asking him to let boys marry boys and girls marry girls.

Sabrina Franco decided to pen the letter on Disney princess letter after learning how her mother’s friends were forced to go to New York to get married as it was not legal or recognized in Australia.

In addition, the young advocate asked Abbott not cut funding to, and effectively shut down, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company).

The full letter is below:

‘Dear Tony Abbott,

January 11, 2014

In the 1990s, Emma Thompson wanted to make out with Michelle Pfeiffer; today Sandra Bullock is the one

If Emma Thompson were to play a lesbian, she knows who must play her love interest.

In an Advocate magazine interview, the Oscar winner confessed she has the hots for Sandra Bullock.

'I met Sandy Bullock at an awards thing a couple years ago, and she said to me, “If I were gay, you’d be the one.” I said, “I’m there,"' Thompson said.

January 8, 2014

A Californian gay couple were refused catering for their same-sex wedding by events caterer Janet Zimmerman 

A gay California couple were left disappointed when a caterer refused to provide for their wedding because it was against her 'Christian' beliefs.

Kama Kaina and Mathew Rivera contacted Janet Zimmerman catering on 26 November last year after the service was recommended by their venue in Big Bear, California.

The couple were surprised to receive an e-mail several hours later rejecting the job.