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July 5, 2014

81-year-old comic makes no effort to be politically correct

Joan Rivers clearly stopped caring about being politically correct long ago.

The 81-year-old comic was asked in New York this week if she thought there would ever be an openly gay president of the United States.

'We already have that with Obama,' Rivers replied.

Then she added a remark about the First Lady: 'You know Michelle is a tranny...A transgender. We all know. It's okay.'

July 3, 2014

Watch What Happens Live is celebrating fifth anniversary this week

Oprah Winfrey has come to Andy Cohen's boozy Clubhouse on Watch What Happens Live.

So has Cher, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and a host of other A-listers including his BFF Anderson Cooper.

But as the nightly Bravo show turns five, Cohen reveals the dream guests he has yet to land: Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and US First Lady Michelle Obama.

June 13, 2014

'I think you’re trying to say I used to be opposed and now I’m in favor and I did it for political reasons, and that’s just flat wrong'

The usually unflappable Hillary Clinton grew agitated Thursday (12 June) by persistent questions about her evolution on gay marriage during an interview with National Public Radio.

Clinton, expected to run for the Democratic party nomination for president in 2016, is now supportive of same-sex marriage after years of stating she supported civil unions instead.

'I think we have all evolved,' Clinton told Terry Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air.

June 12, 2014

Former Secretary of State has revealed she has gotten into 'shouting matches' with Russian officials over gay rights

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the United States must lead the way on gay rights worldwide.

Hotly tipped to run for president, the former First Lady is promoting her new memoir Hard Choices.

‘We have a long way to go,’ I don’t want to mislead anybody,’ Clinton said at the Chicago Harris Theater, when asked about the march for equality.

‘This is going to be an ongoing struggle and the United States must be on the front lines.’

June 7, 2014

‘My blood was boiling but I was still silent,’ the 77-year-old actor and activist recalls what propelled him to become a vocal proponent of gay rights in 2005

LGBT people in Japan need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, George Takei said during his visit to Japan this week.

The California-born actor, who is of Japanese ancestry, recounted his own experiences as having felt both courage and anger when he publicly came out as gay and joined the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the US.

Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the television series 'Star Trek,' the 77-year-old is also a prominent gay and civil rights activist.

May 20, 2014

Kim Simplis Barrow called for a stop to anti-gay attacks in Belize, where gay sex is punishable by up to 10 years in prison

First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis Barrow has spoken out against anti-gay activity in Belize.

Belize was one of the many countries celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May.

At a ceremony at the House of Culture in Belize City, Barrow sent a special video message of support directly to the LGBT community.

Voicing her support for LGBT equality, she also denounced anti-gay activity in Belize.

April 27, 2014

Akie Abe wore rainbow badges and appeared on a float at Tokyo’s annual gay pride parade

Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, joined gay, lesbian and transgender people celebrating gay pride in Tokyo, Japan today (27 April).

Abe was joined by over 3,000 participants in the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

The 51-year-old, who is the wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wore a white suit adorned with rainbow badges.

She went on to post colourful pictures on her Facebook page of her on a pride float next to a drag queen, smiling and waving to the crowds.

March 17, 2014

Janet Museveni was congratulating bishops on their recent work campaigning against homosexuality in Uganda

Uganda’s First Lady has said if cows can’t be gay, then humans can definitely not be gay.

The bizarre statement was uttered during a speech Janet Museveni made while congratulating the Church of Uganda’s bishops for their recent work.

Uganda recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act, punishing gay sex with up to life in prison.

Museveni, who is also the minister for affairs in the region of Karamoja, said because of the bishops Uganda has ‘progressed’.

‘We must listen to God and obey him,’ she said. ‘Thank you God for leading us.’

December 30, 2013

Tweets to Good Morning America anchor: 'You continue to make us all proud'

First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter today to publicly congratulate Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts for coming out publicly as a lesbian over the weekend.

'I'm so happy for you and Amber!' Obama tweeted, referring to Roberts' partner of 10 years Amber Laign.

'You continue to make us all proud,' Obama added.

When President Barack Obama decided to go public with his support of gay marriage last year after many years of 'evolving' on the issue, he gave the exclusive interview to Roberts.

November 21, 2013

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, has received a plea for more tolerance for LGBTIs in China from a group of Chinese mothers with gay children

The wife of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has received a letter from a group of Chinese mothers with LGBTI children, urging the Asian superpower to do more to encourage acceptance of LGBTI people in order to combat the spread of HIV.

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan is a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and received the letter from the five women Tuesday.

November 7, 2013

As three men face 14 years in prison for being gay, Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has said no one should be discriminated against for being gay

Zambia’s first lady has made ‘miracles’ happen as she becomes one of the most senior names in politics to stand up for gay rights.

Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has called for an end to discrimination of gay and bisexual men.

Speaking during a reception hosted by UNAIDS in the county’s capital Lasaka, she reflected on the recent waves of outings of LGBTI people by Zambian tabloids.

‘Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,’ she said.

October 16, 2013

Valérie Trierweiler used her partner François Hollande’s state visit to discuss how constitutional rights are not translating to a better life for some LGBTI people

France’s First Lady Valérie Trierweiler has met South African LGBT activists to discuss how daily life doesn’t match the promise of the country’s constitution.

She held the talks on Monday (14 October) while she and her partner, French President François Hollande, were in the country for a two-day state visit.

May 4, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama will attend fundraising event for LGBT Democrats that will be hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen

In late May, First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a New York City fundraiser for an arm of the Democratic Party committed to LGBT issues.

According to a report from the website Politico the 29 May affair will be hosted by Andy Cohen, the Vice President of Development for the television channel Bravo. Cohen is an out gay man.

February 21, 2013

Wife of George W. Bush is one of several prominent Republicans featured

Former First Lady Laura Bush wants herself removed from marriage equality ad campaign that debuted this week.

The ad, paid for by the The Respect for Marriage Coalition, features the past words of such prominent Republicans as Bush, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell who have all spoken out in favor of marriage equality in the past.

January 19, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama throws out a Twitter challenge to Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres better be careful. She might be wearing bangs soon.

As reported by Politico, the television host went to Twitter and challenged First Lady Michelle Obama to a push up contest.

'I'm so glad the @FLOTUS got bangs. It's gonna be much easier for her to see me win our next push-up competition.'

December 6, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow and Janis Ian all nominated in Best Spoken Word Album category

R&B and Hip-Hop singer Frank Ocean may have got the most attention of the openly gay Grammy nominees announced on Thursday (5 November) evening.

But he's not the only LGBT nominee this year.

Gay musician Dave Koz was nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album for his Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and bisexual actress and comedienne Margaret Cho is a nominee in the Best Comedy Album category for Cho Dependent: Live in Concert.

December 6, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow and Janis Ian all nominated in Best Spoken Word Album category

R&B and Hip-Hop singer Frank Ocean may have got the most attention of the openly gay Grammy nominees announced on Thursday (5 November) evening.

But he's not the only LGBT nominee this year.

Gay musician Dave Koz was nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album for his Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and bisexual actress and comedienne Margaret Cho is a nominee in the Best Comedy Album category for Cho Dependent: Live in Concert.

November 25, 2012

Former French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, stated that she supports same-sex marriage and adoption

Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy expressed her backing of France’s plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.

In an interview to Vogue magazine December issue, Bruni-Sarkozy, the 44-year-old singer and former supermodel said she disagreed with her husband, former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who objects to gay marriage and adoption.

September 5, 2012

Anderson Coooper: 'I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever'

Michelle Obama made quite an impression on gay celebrities who were filled with praise for the US First Lady after her widely-praised speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday (4 September).

'I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever,' tweeted Anderson Cooper who is anchoring convention coverage for CNN.

September 5, 2012

'We can’t take anything for granted because it’s all still on the line'

A day after her triumphant speech in front of delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama addressed LGBT attendees at the Human Rights Campaign/Victory Fund luncheon on Wednesday (5 September).

August 6, 2012

'I think people get too caught up in it. I don't stress about it'

Guillermo Diaz is one of the busiest openly gay actor in Hollywood but he goes about his work without any of the attention that accompanies every career move of Neil Patrick Harris or Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

But that seems to suit this 37-year-old just fine as he takes on roles both gay and straight in television and film. He currently plays the role of Huck, an ex-CIA agent turned computer hacker, on the ABC series Scandal which will return for a second season this fall.

June 29, 2012

The gay mecca of the USA will host an overwhelming number of events for the entire LGBT community over the summer, ranging from small parades to major galas

Over two months of events are to take place in the California city this summer, hosted by the ‘First Lady of San Francisco’, Donna Sachet.

Sachet has over 20 years experience in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community meaning something for everyone will be available at this year’s summer festivities.

June 14, 2012

American singer Justin Brown goes viral on YouTube with a gay parody of the famous video by Obama Girl

Have you ever had a crush on a politician? Well Justin Brown, or ‘Obama Boy’, has seen his YouTube video go viral, chanting his love for the US president:

‘You let us serve openly in the military. I'm so jealous of the first lady.

‘Gay marriage will soon be the norm. It makes me shiny and warm.

‘You support me unlike the right. You're my rainbow colored knight.’

Maybe it’s the president’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or maybe his recent endorsement of gay marriage: that’s why Justin Brown is becoming a new star of the social media.

June 1, 2012

'Discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right'

US First Lady Michelle Obama answered a series of questions submitted to her via Twitter on Thursday (31 May) including one about her husband's recent endorsement of gay marriage.

The questioner thanks President Barack Obama for his support and wanted to know about the First Family's discussions about marriage equality.