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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.'

June 5, 2013

First Lady of the United States scolds lesbian protester by threatening to leave the Democratic fundraiser

First Lady Michelle Obama decided to confront a gay rights heckler at a Democratic fundraiser last night (4 June).

About 12 minutes into Obama’s 20 minute speech, a lesbian standing at the front of the crowd began yelling for an executive order on equality for LGBT people.

‘One of the things that I don’t do well is this,’ the lawyer, writer and wife of the US president said to loud applause.

Journalists at the event reported she left the lectern, approached the protester, and scolded her by giving the crowd an ultimatum.

May 12, 2013

An online campaign has been started to help pay the medical bills of a gay couple violently beaten for holding hands on a New York street

An online fundraising campaign has been launched to help pay the hospital bills of a New York gay couple who were attacked in broad daylight.

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.

April 4, 2013

The annual ‘Walk For Life’ fundraiser by the UK HIV and sexual health charity returns to London with a really wild theme

The Terrence Higgins Trust brings its biggest fundraiser event back to the UK and this year’s theme is animals and wildlife.

‘Walk For Life’ is an annual event, now in its 24th year, raising money to help people living with HIV in the UK today.

Participants of all ages can come dressed as any animal they like. They can wear make-up, jungle themed clothes or complete costumes. Plain-clothed walkers are also welcome to take part.

February 24, 2013

Celebrity guests, circus scenes and performances by Brit-pop band The Feeling look to blow the roof off Manchester Pride's 'Supersonic' fundraiser
 

This year's Manchester Pride season kicks off with an exclusive, red-carpet event held on 6 April in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport.

Inspired by the power and energy of the fastest plane in the world, the 'Supersonic'-themed fundraiser will blow guests away with a premiere three-course dinner and lively entertainment underneath a Concorde Jet.

February 14, 2013

After fliers were given out saying 'Sorry, no same-sex delivery', protests from students forced the school to change its mind

A Utah school banned, then eventually announced it would allow same-sex singing Valentines today (14 February).

Cooper Hills High students were handed fliers last week about the school’s annual choir fundraiser, in which students were asked to make a donation and choir students in turn would deliver love songs to other students.

On the flier, it read ‘Sorry, no same-sex delivery’.

Students, parents and others were furious and sent protests to school administration saying it was singling out and discriminating against gay students.

January 22, 2013

Traditional Melbourne Surge v Sydney Stingers water polo battle is to raise funds for bush fire victims in Tasmania

Melbourne Surge and Sydney Stingers water polo clubs are to use their rivalry to raise cash for the bush fire-ravaged parts of the Tasman Peninsula.

Their traditional Australia Day grudge match will generate cash for the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires Appeal 2013 on Saturday (26 January).

October 17, 2012

Longtime friends preside over 20th annual Smash Hits event

Back in 1973, Elton John and Billie Jean King were at the peak of their powers as rock star and tennis legend, respectively.

And it was that year that they became close friends with Elton going on to write his hit song Philadelphia Freedom about King - the beat is based on the way she stomped around the tennis court.

On Tuesday (16 October), these old friends got together - as they do every year - to preside over their World Team Tennis Smash Hits fundraiser for AIDS charities which raised a record $1 million this year.

September 26, 2012

American Idol star is urging Maryland residents to vote yes on a referendum on marriage equality

Gay American singer Adam Lambert urged residents of Maryland to vote yes on a law protecting gay marriage at a fundraiser last night (25 September).

Appearing at the 9.30 Club in Washington D.C, Lambert spoke and performed at Marylanders for Marriage Equality.

He said: ‘The thing I like about Question Six is that it’s really not about politics at all.

'Yes you have to vote in order to choose yes but you don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat.

September 21, 2012

Chris Kluwe tackles gay stereotypes in humorous blog, claiming he was not fondled by any gay people at Minnesota fundraiser

 

Pro-gay rights NFL player Chris Kluwe says he was not ‘excessively fondled’ at a gay marriage fundraiser.

Writing firmly tongue in cheek, Minnesota Vikings Punter Kluwe joked in a new blogpost  trying to combat the idea gay football fans are not like straight fans.

His blog, published on TwinCities.com expresses Kluwe’s view that gay football fans are just the same around him as straight one would be.

August 29, 2012

Another campaigner for the outlawing of same-sex marriage in California has been charged by police for committing a crime

A second high profile campaigner for the Proposition 8 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the US state of California has been arrested and charged with a crime this month.

Earlier this week a key fundraiser for the effort was charged with molesting young boys over a 30 year period.

August 27, 2012

This year’s Brisbane Pride Festival will run from August 31 until September 30 and comes just as the weather hots up in Australia’s ‘sunshine state’

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT family through September this year, beginning with a launch party on the night of August 31.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘We are family,’ which Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said was about celebrating a sense of community.

‘We want to celebrate all that is wonderful and wild about our community, and we have a fantastic array of events that reflect the interests of our diverse queer community,’ Hancock told the Gay News Network.