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March 24, 2014

National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher has conceded that same-sex marriage will come to all 50 US states

The co-founder of the leading group opposing same-sex marriage in the United States has conceded that her side has lost the fight and that gay couples will soon be able to marry all over the country.

Maggie Gallagher told the Huffington Post that she believed that a majority of Supreme Court judges would find any state ban on same-sex marriage that was brought before it to be unconstitutional.

Gallagher said she knew the end was near after a majority of the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

February 16, 2014

'It's our job as citizens to say that Michael Sam deserves a fair chance, not because he's a gay football player, but because he's a football player and he wants to go out and play football'

Chris Kluwe thinks  Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football defensive lineman who happens to be gay, will have few problems with National Football League teammates.

January 15, 2014

Co-founder of LGBTI Republican group GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia announced Monday he was no longer a Republican because of the party’s tolerance for anti-gay bigotry

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia has quit the US Republican Party over the party’s tolerance for homophobia and a leadership that he says is controlled by ‘big government conservatives.’

GOProud was founded in 2009 by former Log Cabin Republicans Christopher R Barron and LaSalvia because they felt that group was not conservative enough.

But on Monday LaSalvia posted on his blog, ‘So I changed my voter registration today – “No Party”’

January 10, 2014

The Rev. Robert Nugent, who spent 30 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics before being stopped by the Vatican, has died aged 76 from lung cancer

Co-founder of groundbreaking US LGBTI Catholic group New Ways Ministry the Rev. Robert Nugent died of lung cancer 1 January aged 76.

Nugent, a member of the Salvatorian Catholic order, had spent 32 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics in an accepting way from 1977 until he was stopped in 1999 by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI six years later.

New Ways Ministry survived without him and he assisted in parish ministry at St. John the Baptist Church in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in summer of 2013.

January 7, 2014

LGBTI wine travel company Out in The Vineyard arranges some of the most fun and unique events for wine aficionados, available year-round from Northern California to Southern Africa

You may ask: ‘Why is there a need for an LGBTI-specific wine group?’

Northern California’s wine country is a short drive from the gay mecca of San Francisco, a relaxed and joyous city that helped spark the gay rights movement in the United States. As such, it’s long-been a haven for LGBTI residents and travelers.

Out in The Vineyard gives the LGBTI community direct access to the best of the region’s wine country because, as co-founder Mark Vogler told Gay Star Travel: ‘It’s not about making a statement… some people are just more comfortable being themselves.’

December 9, 2013

An anti-gay activist trying to keep gay sex illegal in Jamaica suggested Tom Daley’s sexuality is because his dad died and he is looking for a strong father figure

A UK-based anti-gay activist in Jamaica has claimed Tom Daley came out as bisexual because of ‘the lack of a father’.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, co-founder of the UK-based Christian Concern, was in Kingston over the weekend to speak at a ‘pro-family’ conference titled International Law and the Welfare of the Family, organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association.

December 1, 2013

Danita Kilcullen, who was arrested in 2011 for kicking a police officer, sent an angry email in response to the Log Cabin Republicans gaining support

The co-founder of the Florida Tea Party claims the group is being taken over by gay 'thugs'.

 

Danita Kilcullen sent out an anti-LGBTI email after the Log Cabin Republicans group started to gain support within the Tea Party.

 

Her email also attacks party secretary Cara Pavalock, who has shown support for same-sex marriage.

 

September 21, 2013

According to Maggie Gallagher, US 'courts are going to shut down the marriage debate -- unfairly and without constitutional legitimacy'

Maggie Gallagher, a leading US foe against marriage equality, hopes gay marriage advocates pay attention to the recent remarks of Pope Francis.

September 18, 2013

Plenty of photo and video footage captures Boo 2 Bullying getting creative with a charity car wash to raise funds for an anti-bullying organization

Local residents in Palm Springs hosted a charity carwash to fight bullying of all types.

Boo 2 Bullying, who call themselves 'a collective of artists and visionaries who are dedicating to transforming this generation into a strong and empowered nation,' hosted a charity carwash to raise funds for their anti-bullying organization based in California.

'I don't think it matters what sexuality you are, bullying is bullying,' said co-founder of Boo 2 Bullying Dimitri Halkidis.

September 4, 2013

Inspired by Dan Savage's It Gets Better project, LGBT-affirming Christians encouraged to upload videos of support

A video campaign was launched today to give LGBT-affirming Christians a chance to prove that they are not all like anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson.

The NALT Christians Project - NALT stands for 'Not All Like That' - is modeled after Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign in that it provides people with a platform to post videos expressing their support.

July 18, 2013

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, wants gay Jews to have the opportunity to be ex-gay

Maggie Gallagher, a leading voice in the anti-gay marriage US movement, is giving her support to an ex-gay therapy group facing a legal battle.

As reported by Think Progress, Gallagher wrote a blog post for the National Review. The co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, expressed admiration for a lawyer defending JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing).

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 6, 2013

Three masked men attacked Nikolai Alekseev, who received minor injuries, as he was about to board a train leaving from Kostroma to Moscow, Russia

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia was attacked, as he was about to board a train in Kostroma heading for Moscow, Russia.

Three skinheads dressed in black, wearing white masks that covered their faces, cycled right up to Alekseev, physically and verbally assaulting him, earlier today (5 June).

Alekseev recounted to Gay Star News, while recovering on his train journey: ‘I was about 100 meters from the train station when someone ran into my back with a bicycle.

May 24, 2013

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride, received a warning from Russian authorities not to go ahead with the event tomorrow, or else face legal consequences

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, has received a warning from the Russian General Prosecution not to go ahead with a planned Moscow Pride tomorrow.

Earlier today (24 May) security officers twice served a warning to Alekseev at his Moscow home.

Last year, Moscow's highest court ruled to ban gay pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

May 23, 2013

Despite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as plannedDespite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as planned

A Moscow suburb court upheld the decision of the city authorities not to permit a gay pride parade this Saturday (25 May). Despite the ban, activists say Moscow Pride will go ahead as planned.

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, stated: ‘Khimki City Court upheld the ban on the planned Gay Pride rally and march.’

He added he would appeal on Monday to the Moscow Regional Court.

May 17, 2013

Gay dating site’s co-founder Henry Badenhorst exits business. New management team pledge to ‘reinvigorate the global dating scene’

Henry Badenhorst, co-founder of Gaydar, the website which revolutionized gay dating, has sold his shares and left the business after 14 years.

A new investment partner has been brought in to allow a management buy-out of the company. Gaydar will now be headed by former manager Trevor Martin who becomes chief executive officer.

Badenhorst set up Gaydar with his boyfriend Gary Frisch in 1999 after a friend complained he was too busy to look for dates.

May 15, 2013

Healthy ageing, fitness-plus-culture, male pampering and adveture trips for women – the latest travel trends

I always think when contemplating the future it’s interesting to also take a look at the past.

By all accounts travel or tourism continues to evolve rapidly, and adapt and change to the economic and social developments that we’re seeing around the world.

But this isn’t a new phenomenon.

March 25, 2013

'Brave, principled and passionate' gay rights activist, who fought decriminalization and the AIDS crisis in the 1980s in Ireland, died on Saturday

Irish gay right activist Christopher Robson died on Saturday, leaving behind his partner of 35 years Bill Foley.

Robson was co-founder of Ireland's Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) in 1988.

'Chris’s generosity of spirit was the bedrock of GLEN’s approach to social change,' said Kieran Rose, chair of GLEN.

March 22, 2013

Co-founder of Microsoft is pledging thousands of dollars in a bid to make safe sex hotter than unsafe sex and save millions of lives

Bill Gates will be giving an inventor thousands of dollars if they can invent a more pleasurable condom.

The co-founder of Microsoft and business magnate is looking for a next generation condom that ‘significantly preserves or enhances pleasure in order to improve uptake and regular use’.

Gates is welcoming anyone, from students to scientists, to come up with an idea and submit it in an easy, online, two-page application.

March 10, 2013

Gay rights campaigners warn that opponents of marriage equality are attempting to reintroduced previously repealed ban against 'promotion of homosexuality in Scots schools

Equality campaigners in Scotland warned that an anti-gay educational ban repealed in 2000 (called Section 28) could be introduced by 'stealth' as an add on to Scotland's gay marriage bill.

February 28, 2013

GSN brings you insights into some of the emerging trends in gay travel

Thinking about planning your next trip? Unsure where to go, what to see, or things to do?

Relax – GSN is doing the hard work for you. We caught up with a couple of travel industry experts to bring you the latest and greatest in gay travel.

We spoke with Aaron Davis – founder of Venture Travel and Robert Sharp, co-founder of OUT Adventures.

February 15, 2013

Transgender women in the Philippines join day of action to end violence against women and girls

Transgender women's rights group GANDA Filipinas joined a One Billion Rising (OBR), a day of protest calling for an end to violence against women, at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila yesterday.

'Transgender women are no stranger to violence as the yearly statistics of the Transgender Day of Remembrance demonstrate,' said Naomi Fontanos co-founder of GANDA Filipinas.

February 8, 2013

Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is planning to run for a seat in New York in 2014

The husband of the co-founder of Facebook's is planning to run for US Congress.

Sean Eldridge, the 26-year-old husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, submitted forms this week to run as a Democrat for a congressional seat in New York in 2014.

The seat, representing New York's 19th district in the Hudson Valley, is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, but his constituents voted for Democract president Barack Obama in last November's US election.

January 27, 2013

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes goes after Governor Chris Christie's stance on marriage equality

Today (27 January) Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, was on the ABC News program This Week. He covered many topics, but one that stood out was his disagreement with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on gay marriage.