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May 7, 2015

Dr Christian Jessen to host event at BAFTA on 13 May

The National AIDS Trust's annual Spring Awakening returns on the 13 May, and is to be hosted by Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr Christian Jessen, alongside The Feeling singer Dan Gillespie-Sells.

The Feeling, whose hits include Fill My Little World and Love It When You Call, will also perform at the fundraiser, which will include an auction run by Christopher Biggins, with a dinner for six with Ben Cohen up for grabs.

April 28, 2015

'Satan’s really at work'

GoFundMe has shut down the crowdfunding page of an anti-gay bakery after they raised nearly $110,000 in donations.

After nearly two years in court, an Oregon judge Friday (24 April) recommended that the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa be fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Aaron and Melissa Klein then launched a campaign on GoFundMe that quickly reached $109,000 before it was taken offline.

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

March 12, 2015

Michigan school says the LGBTI charity 'conflicts' with its mission

A Christian university in Michigan has canceled a bake sale in aid of homeless LGBTI youth.

Andrews University (AU) said the charity Project Fierce Chicago 'conflicts' with the private Seventh Day Adventist school's mission.

The organizer of the sale, Eliel Cruz, said AU excluded the school's unofficial LGBTI group Aull4One 'on all channels.'

December 16, 2014

The star and mom was offering advice to aspiring gay parents at Cyndi Lauper’s recent True Colors concert in New York

Rosie O’Donnell recently took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting in a video chat with

The website caught up with the TV star and actor ahead of her co-hosting stint at Cyndi Lauper’s recent fundraiser in New York in support of homeless LGBTI youth.

O’Donnell, who is mom to five children aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and two years, was asked what advice she would give to any gay people who aspired to become parents.

October 30, 2014

A former adviser to Bill Clinton, David Mixner revealed Monday that he assisted in the mercy killings of 8 gay men who were dying of AIDS during the 1980’s – including his own lover Peter Scott

Veteran American LGBTI rights activist David Mixner has confessed to his involvement in euthanizing 8 gay men who were dying from AIDS during the height of the epidemic during the 1980’s.

Mixner made the admission on Monday during a performance of his one-man autobiographical stage show Oh Hell No! during a fundraiser for LGBTI youth scholarship charity the Point Foundation, revealing that he had sought legal advice before going public with his admission.

October 22, 2014

The original members of the hit-making British pop band will be performing together again for the BBC’s annual charity fundraiser

Pop group S Club 7 have announced that they are to perform together again for the first time in over a decade.

The group – featuring the original line-up of Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens – will be performing a medley of past hits for this year’s annual BBC fundraiser, Children in Need.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 18, 2014

'In the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense'

The day before speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraiser in New York City Tuesday (17 June), President Barack Obama had already let it be known that he was taking action on a long-simmering issue.

As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives continues to ignore the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Obama has finally agreed to sign an executive order that would offer some of the protections as that long-delayed legislation.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

May 28, 2014

From balls celebrating the medicinal properties of weed to waltzs followed by ingesting tons of candy, we look at Vienna for some of the year’s most elegant and unique fancy dress events

Traditional waltz balls don’t only exist in Disney movies.

The capital of Austria, Vienna, has been doing fancy dress balls for centuries, and every year the city is host to over 400 balls ranging in themes from career-specific parties, like a Doctor’s Ball or Coffee Maker’s Ball, to flower-themed events, like the Rose Ball and Red Clove Ball.

April 10, 2014

The prison guard turned songstress will headline this year’s red carpet, celebrity-studded fundraiser for LGBTI and HIV charities in Manchester

If you’ve not heard 2013’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey sing live, now is your chance.

On 11 April, under the wings of the world’s fastest plane the Concorde Jet, Bailey will be wowing a VIP crowd at Manchester Pride’s Supersonic fundraiser.

The red-carpet gathering will include a sparkling drinks reception, a VIP tour of the Concorde airline, celebrity guests and a four-course dinner with complimentary wine, all to help raise funds for local LGBTI and HIV charities.

March 3, 2014

A charity drag show by personnel at a US military installation on the Japanese island of Okinawa sold out Saturday – stunning organizers

A drag fundraiser for US LGBTI military network Outserve-SLDN sold out on Saturday after organizers issued more than four times the number of tickets they originally thought they would need for the show.

Organizers of the event, held at the Rocker NCO Club on the grounds of Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, originally expected to only need about 75 tickets for the show – but ended up selling 400 tickets, maxing out the venue’s capacity.

January 27, 2014

Black-tie guests at Supersonic will dine under the wings of the world's most famous aircraft to raise cash for Manchester Pride charities

Manchester Pride hope its fundraising total will soar sky high when it holds a lavish charity dinner under the wings of Concorde this April.

The 'Supersonic' event will be held on 11 April in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport – following a successful maiden voyage last year.

Supersonic aims to raise money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund which provides support for LGBTI and HIV charities in greater Manchester.

November 17, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio was invited to speak at a fundraiser for the Florida Family Policy Council, known for their homophobic views

A US senator told an anti-gay rights group on Saturday (16 November) that 'moral' issues should form a part of US government debate.


US Sen Marco Rubi, known for his homophobic views, was invited to speak at a fundraising dinner for the Florida Family Policy Council.


October 14, 2013

Tells GSN: 'It’s like they’ve got little jet packs on their backs'

For new father Tuc Watkins, the worst days of sleep deprivation are over.

'When I don't sleep, I can be pretty grumpy,' says the actor who looked pretty rested at a recent fundraiser for Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing in Malibu.

Twins Catchen and Curtis were back at home with their 'manny' who is Watkins' cousin. It's an arrangement that was supposed to be for a month or two but is working out so well that the actor jokes he hopes to keep his cousin on the payroll until the twins go off to college.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

August 2, 2013

Organizers of Birmingham Pride in England’s second city made it a paid event for the first time this May and walked away with a profit for charity

Birmingham Pride organizers are heralding a fundraising victory after their first ever paid-for event made a profit for charity.

They pulled in £75,136 ($114,749 €86,468) at their event in May this year to fund future local LGBT projects.

That means they raised more for LGBT good causes than any pride fundraiser in the country in 2012.

June 26, 2013

A star studded annual charity ball in Sydney’s historic Town Hall has raised almost $54,000 for LGBT community groups

Sydney’s Aurora Annual Ball has raised $53,931 for LGBT community groups in a night of celebrity entertainment and fine dining.

The event on Saturday night had a 1920’s ‘Yesterday Once More’ theme and was attended by state Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and federal Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek, City of Sydney councilor Linda Scott and a host of corporate supporters including IBM and Goldman Sachs.

June 23, 2013

Openly gay tennis pro Martina Navratilova gave inspiring and astute answers during an interview with out TV personality Clare Blading 

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and TV presenter Clare Balding kept the full house laughing and clapping today in London’s St James Theatre.

Introduced as ‘two leading lights in the lesbian community,’ Balding hosted an audience with Navratilova to kick off London Pride Week with a fundraiser question and answer session.

June 15, 2013

DOMA supporter Ralph Hall accidentally walked into a gay fundraiser thinking it was an event for a fellow congressman

Anti-gay Congressman Ralph Hall was spotted at an LGBT fundraiser this week.

Hall wasn’t there to show a change of heart on his anti-gay marriage views, however. He walked into the wrong door by mistake.

The DOMA supporter meant to make an appearance at an event for a fellow congressman scheduled for the same day. He instead strolled into an event for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an American organization that provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates.

June 11, 2013

Joy and emotion marks weekend Finish Line Ceremony in LA

As Kelly Clarkson's song What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) played ocver the loudspeakers on the grounds of the VA Center in Los Angeles, Sean Mamola stood waiting for the last rider to cross the finish line of the 2013 edition of AIDS/LifeCycle.

The New York City resident (pictured, right) had finished the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles a few hours earlier but like the thousands of others at Saturday's Finish Line Festival, he wasn't ready for the experience to end.

June 8, 2013

Bottini calls Michelle Obama 'arrogant' for shutting down lesbian protester this week

Day one of the three-day LA Pride Festival belonged to the ladies and one lady in particular: Ivy Bottini.

Bottini (pictured) was honored Friday (7 June) for her more than 45 years of activism on behalf of women's and LGBT equality.

June 6, 2013

First Lady's rare display of unscripted anger gets praise from White House

US First Lady Michelle Obama's confrontation with a lesbian protester at a Washington DC fundraiser was the talk of town on Wednesday (5 June).

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters: 'It's my personal opinion she handled it brilliantly.'