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December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

September 26, 2014

'Philadelphia is known all over the world as a city that celebrates and values diversity and we will not allow a few thugs to tarnish that reputation'

Two Philadelphia councilors have introduced a bill that will cover sexual orientation in the city's hate crime laws.

The legislation is a response to the 11 September attack of two gay men. While three suspects are facing four charges each, sexual orientation and gender expression are not listed n the city's, or state's, bias statutes.

June 26, 2014

Voters in the South Carolina town of Latta have voted to strip their mayor of his executive powers after he fired their popular lesbian police chief and was recorded making a homophobic rant

Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard has been stripped of his executive powers by voters after he caused a backlash by firing the town’s lesbian chief of police after she investigating one of his appointees.

Bullard was only newly elected in April of this year when he fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore for doing a background check into a man he had appointed the town’s Parks and Recreation office – discovering the man was driving without a license and had a string of convictions.

April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

March 27, 2014

Ola Girls was cancelled days before tickets were to start selling. Organizers say the authorities are freezing out lesbian events in favor of gay men's parties

A Sitges government official has allegedly cancelled a lesbian party saying there’s no room for any more gay events in the LGBTI paradise.

The seaside town of Sitges, 22 miles southwest of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, was slated to host Ola Girls, a new Mediterranean-themed lesbian festival from 6 to 8 June 2014.

January 19, 2014

Pamela Raintree challenged Councilman Ron Webb's proposal to repeal an anti-LGBTI ordinance, even bringing a stone for him to throw at her

A Louisiana city council member withdrew his proposal against a pro-gay ordinance after a trans woman challenged him to ‘throw the first stone’ against LGBTI people.

Councilman Ron Webb, the lone ‘no’ vote against an ordinance which bans discrimination in housing and employment against LGBTI people in the city of Shreveport, La., had authored a proposal banning the new policy on the grounds of ‘religious freedom’.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

January 13, 2014

Corey Johnson wants firefighters to be able to communicate with and advise residents of high rise buildings

Daniel McClung lost his life in a smoke-filled emergency stairwell during a fire in his apartment building on 5 January.

His husband of less than a year, Michael Todd Cohen, was hospitalized in critical condition from smoke inhalation and is still recovering. He was found in the same stairwell as were the couples two dogs who also died.

October 27, 2013

The pro-LGBT bill signed on Thursday also offers health protections for gay families and decision-making rights to same-sex couples

A new law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania requires that all city-owned buildings must have gender-neutral toilets.


The bill, signed into law on Thursday (24 October) which affords equal rights to Philadelphia's LGBT population, requires that new or renovated city-owned buildings must include gender-neutral bathrooms alongside male and female ones.


September 11, 2013

Mayor of Philadelphia has rejected calls to remove 'sister city' status with the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod

The mayor of Philadelphia is rejecting calls to sever the city's 'sistership' with a Russian region capital.

Nizhny Nogorod, in Western Russia, has been twinned with US Pennsylvania largest city for over 20 years.

The call for Philadelphia is to distance itself in response to the controversial gay propaganda laws in Russia.

May 23, 2013

Ron Galperin elected controller and Mitch O’Farrell wins council seat

Ron Galperin made some LGBT history when he was elected city controller of Los Angeles on Tuesday (21 May) - he became the first openly gay person ever elected to citywide office.

Galperin's win was something of a surprise since he was not very well known and was running against three-term councilman Dennis Zine. But he managed to win his first political office by to garning 56% of the vote compared with 44% for Zine.

April 21, 2013

Washington DC LGBT health care provider Whitman-Walker Health has called for sexually active gay men who are not in a committed relationship to get vaccinated against meningitis following the deaths from the disease of gay men in New York and California

There have been further calls in the United States for men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, after a series of deaths from the disease in gay men.

April 17, 2013

AIDS Health Foundation and LA County health officials disagrees on whether it's an outbreak

Since the death of West Hollywood attorney Brett Shaad last weekend from Meningococcal meningitis, it has been revealed that two other men in Southern California had died from the same disease in recent months.

But health officials and community leaders are at odds over whether this can qualify as an outbreak among gay and bisexual men.

April 16, 2013

John Duran says anger is misplaced, he was trying to warn public of possible outbreak

The family of a West Hollywood attorney who died over the weekend from bacterial meningitis is blasting a city councilman for making what they say were 'sensationalist and erroneous public statements' about the victim.

Councilman John Duran tells Gay Star News he meant no disrespect to the victim or his family. He says his priority was public safety in a city with a large population of gay men.

Brett Shaad, 33, was taken off of life support on Saturday (13 April) and died later that day at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills.

March 7, 2013

US councilman said he did not know the city's transit alert system was working when he sent out a mass email

A US councilman has said he did not know the city’s transit alert system was alive when he sent a mass email. reports Matt Stanizweski, from Pennsylvania, sent an email: ‘Alert: This is a test. Bryan is gay.’

City of Washington mayor Brenda Davis criticized the councilman, saying he acted in an ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ manner from an elected official.

February 16, 2013

Russian city has been passing repressive laws directed at LGBT community

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has introduced a resolution this week (14 February) to sever cultural ties with St. Petersburg because of the Russian city's anti-gay laws.

Los Angeles has been in a sister city relationship with St. Petersburg since 1993.

November 2, 2012

For the first time in the country’s history, Chilean voters elect an openly gay councilman, and in the same municipal elections re-elect a trans council member for a third term

Jaime Parada has made history by becoming the first openly gay man elected to Chilean municipal government.

Parada was elected as councilman to Providencia, a commune in Chile’s capital city Santiago, with nearly 6% of total votes.

Parada told Gay Star News: ‘This election was symbolic. Chile’s focus was on Providencia, one of the country’s most conservative municipalities.’

October 28, 2012

Reward offered for the murder of New York City activist Lou Rispoli

Law enforcement officials in New York City are offering $22,000 for information concerning the murder of Lou Rispoli. The gay activist was attacked approximately a week ago, 20 Oct, by two unidentified men.

According to witnesses, Rispoli was walking in his neighborhood Sunnyside, Queens, where he lived for 30 years, when unknown assailants struck him in the head with a blunt object. He was transported to hospital, but was removed from life support. Two days ago, 26 Oct., the victim's local representative, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, announced Rispoli had died.

October 9, 2012

Bill Rosendahl has endorsed hias chief of staff, also gay, to succeed him

Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, told his constituents on Tuesday (9 October) that he would not be seeking reelection so he can focus on his battle with cancer.

Rosendahl, 67, has been representing the city's 11th district for seven years and had initially vowed to run for the third term this year.

But now Rosendahl has decided to hand the baton to his longtime chief of staff Mike Bonin, who is also gay.

September 19, 2012

California city will mark Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day on September 27

Berkely, a California city best known for academic achievement, free speech and the arts, made history this week when its city council officially declared 27 September to be Bisexual Pride Day.

It is believed to be the first time any US city has taken this formal step and given bisexuals a day separate from the gay pride celebrations that typically take place in June.

Councilman Kriss Worthington said the idea was 'conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities.'

August 22, 2012

Intersection at heart of gay district originally painted for pride month

During LGBT Pride Month in June, the crosswalks spanning the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards in the heart of West Hollywood were transformed from brick red to the colors of the rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride.

Now the transformation will be permanent.

The West Hollywood City Council voted this week to keep the rainbow crosswalks in the section of the city known as Boystown where such popular spots as The Abbey attract tourists and locals alike.

July 26, 2012

Chain being protested in growing number of states for anti-gay marriage stance

First Boston, then Chicago, and now Philadelphia.

A leader from yet another major US city has blasted fast food chain Chick-fil-A for its stance against gay marriage and said the company's restaurants are not welcome.

Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney has written a letter blasting Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy who last week acknowledged the company's anti-gay policy.