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September 18, 2014

'I'm a person who believes in standing up for his friends'

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has revealed why he is such a staunch fighter for LGBTI equality.

'I had to watch my friends endure challenges not experienced by the straight community,' he said last weekend in Seattle while accepting the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Manganiello shared how he saw friends in school struggle with their sexuality and having their families not accept them and later he saw friends struggle in the job market or live in secret.

September 17, 2014

'The guy’s such a stud. I met him once playing golf and couldn’t stop shaking his hand ... we had five good seconds of eye lock'

David Walton, star on the NBC comedy About a Boy, says NFL quarterback Tom Brady is an even bigger crush for him than Tom Cruise or Ryan Gosling.

The actor is straight but thinks sexuality is on a continuum 'with 1 being the strictest hetero and 10 being a gay person who’d vomit thinking about sleeping with the opposite sex.'

Walton says he's a 3 but tells The Advocate there are a few men who could cause the number to grow.

September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

August 20, 2014

Mariela Castro, a member of Cuba’s National Assembly and daughter of President Raul Castro, cast a ‘no’ vote in protest over a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from discrimination

Outspoken Cuban LGBTI rights advocate Mariela Castro has cast a historic ‘no’ vote in Cuba’s National Assembly which experts believe is the first time a dissenting vote has been recorded in the chamber since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Mariela, who is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and the niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, cast the vote in December of last year in protest at a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from workplace discrimination.

August 15, 2014

Gay Christian rock star says she wants to come out to help young people in the church who could be affected by extremist homophobic pastors

US pastor Scott Lively, who believes gay people can be ‘cured’, came to blows with lesbian Christian rock star Vicky Beeching yesterday (14 August).

He told her she had ‘given into a lie’ into believing there is any such thing as a ‘gay person’.

Beeching, a British theologian and musician who made her name in the US Bible Belt and came out this week, said she wants to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.

But Lively has called on Beeching to not succumb to the ‘temptations of the flesh’ and repent her ‘sins’.

August 5, 2014

Public Advocate of Bolivia Rolando Villena has called on his government to include same-sex civil unions in a new Family Code being considered by lawmakers

Bolivia’s Public Advocate has called on Bolivian lawmakers to allow same-sex couples to formalize their relationships in a way that is similar to marriage but has stopped short of calling for full marriage equality in the South American nation.

Rolando Villena made the call in late July via a public statement in which he said same-sex couples deserved to have their rights and obligations recognized in the same way that married couples are.

July 24, 2014

'I don't think it's a past-tense kind of thing. It doesn't prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn't really work like that'

Anna Paquin, currently starring in the seventh and final season of HBO's True Blood, says her marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer doesn't mean she's no longer bisexual.

Paquin was discussing her marriage this week on Larry King Now and was asked by the host: 'Are you a non-practicing bisexual?'

Paquin replied: 'Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.'

King: 'So you were bisexual?'

July 24, 2014

Fidel Castro's niece is well known for her support of the LGBTI community. She was believed to have been on the missing Air Algerie AH5017 flight

Gay rights champion Mariela Castro is alive after she was rumored to be aboard the missing Air Algerie plane.

Ouagadougou Airport claimed the advocate, the niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was among the 110 passengers on board.

In a statement, it said: ‘Among the passengers of VOL AH5017, there were two EU civil servants of French nationality based in Ouagadougou and Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader.’

But on Telesur TV, a Latin American channel, Castro went on air to say she was alive and well.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 11, 2014

Actress says of former Bikini Kill singer: 'I love a riot grrrl'

Keira Knightley had a quick answer when she was asked recently who she has a girl crush on.

'I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her. She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl.'

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 26, 2014

Beaten, starved and whipped – why we must remember Yves and the many LGBTI and other victims of torture today

Yves was enjoying a quiet, early evening drink with his boyfriend in a bar when he was surrounded by police.

He was dragged outside, stripped, kicked, beaten and trampled. Later he was thrown into a dark, cramped cell, starved and repeatedly whipped with a rope.

When he was released from prison, Yves was psychologically and physically scarred by the torture he was forced to endure. The threat of further violence eventually forced him to leave his West African home and seek asylum in the UK.

June 23, 2014

Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri has been ‘released from her contract’ with Opera Australia after it was revealed that a homophobic rant was posted by her Facebook account

Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri will not perform in an Australian production of the opera Otello after it was revealed that her Facebook page published an ant-gay screed attacking the LGBTI community in Georgia.

The 2013 dated screed praised Georgians for spitting at an LGBTI pride parade, calling participants ‘faecal masses’ and compared gay rights advances to metastasizing cancer cells.

June 22, 2014

'The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values'

The ex-gay therapy supporter who worked to include a conversion therapy plank in the platform of the Texas Republican Party is defending himself.

Jeremy Schwab, a Texas GOP delegate, pushed for the party, earlier this month, to approve the ex-gay language.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 11, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding members once they become adults has been criticized by Attorney General Eric Holder in the strongest statement by a US official against the policy to date

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

June 9, 2014

Lex Watson, who co-founded the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founded the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and was first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, has been given the Australian equivalent of a knighthood just weeks after his passing

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, has been honored with the Australian equivalent of a knighthood for his decades of activism on behalf of LGBTI people.

Watson was made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the release of today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

May 25, 2014

The Canadian rock group defend their choice to cast Andrew Garfield as a trans woman in their music video, after criticism for not using a trans actor and pushing stereotypes 

Arcade Fire have defended their choice to use Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield as a trans woman in the music video for single ‘We Exist’.

The Canadian rock band unveiled the video for ‘We Exist’ earlier this month, and it features Hollywood actor Andrew Garfield playing the role of a trans woman.

May 24, 2014

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved. Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual'

US writer Gore Vidal was gay, but stubbornly refused to be defined by sexuality. There was no shame about his love life, but the author of The Best Man did not want to be pinned down with imprecise labels.

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved,' he said in a 1995 Advocate magazine interview. 'Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual.'

May 23, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet want to let these 'brave men and women step out of the tabloids'

Much has been made this week of how the Modern Family couple of Cam and Mitch, who got married this week on the ABC comedy, are role models that are helping people be more accepting of real-life gay couples.

The actors who play Cam and Mitch are straight Eric Stonestreet and gay Jesse Tyler Ferguson who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to use their platform to try and bring about even more positive social change.

May 15, 2014

'In my early 20s I was like the last stop before a guy said, “Yep, it’s official: I’m gay.”'

Melissa McCarthy has always loved gay men - sometimes a little too much for her own good.

The star of the sitcom Mike & Molly was asked by The Advocate in an interview posted today about her TV alter ego's ex-fiance turning out to be a gay man.

Had that ever happened to her in real life?

May 7, 2014

Inspirational teen gives an incredible speech about going from poverty to president of the student body

A teen that spent years experiencing poverty and homelessness is working on becoming the first transgender President of the United States.

Pat, a 17-year-old from Azusa, California, has given an incredible, inspiring speech at the Trangender Law Center’s summit for future leaders.

An outspoken advocate for her state’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), she wants to ensure transgender students are given a fair chance to fully participate in all programs at school.

Pat, who was raised in a Catholic family, came out as transgender in 2011.

May 7, 2014

Co-founder of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founder of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, Lex Watson passed away yesterday evening but will be remembered for his decades of activism in support of his community

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, passed away last night after his health declined in the last few weeks.

Lex had been instrumental in the foundation of most of the LGBTI rights groups in the state of New South Wales, beginning with the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in 1970, and was one of the first gay people to advocate openly for their rights on Australian television.