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March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 7, 2015

We have to pass the federal nondiscrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now'

The Human Rights Campaign had a special, and important, guest at its Spring Equality Convention: US Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrat spoke to the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization yesterday, 6 March.

In the speech, Biden noted the struggle for LGBTI equality is part of the larger work for human rights.

February 16, 2015

Robin Duff helped establish the first national LGBTI group

The first openly gay man to stand for parliament in New Zealand has died at 67.

Robin Duff was also involved in the beginnings of the first national LGBTI group, the National Gay Rights Coalition, and senior vice president of the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA).

He passed away this morning (16 February) at Christchurch hospital surrounded by family and friends.

PPTA president Angela Roberts praised Duff’s commitment to supporting secondary teachers and the work he had done to make schools a better place for LGBTI students.

February 14, 2015

Close to half of Americans know a gay couple who has been married

A study sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign shows a majority of US voters are for gay marriage.

January 31, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 31, 2015

Time for a Herstory lesson for Ms. Cheney

To most people, it’s obvious that drag and blackface are not the same thing.

Unfortunately for Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, she can’t seem to see the distinction.

Cue RuPaul, one of the most famous drag queens in the world, and the production company behind his hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, to school Cheney on the difference between the two.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

December 13, 2014

Magazine editor defends the controversial move, which has sparked outrage across the political spectrum, saying it's in the public's interest

French tabloid Closer on Friday ran photographs of Florian Philippot, vice president of far right group Front National (FN), and his alleged boyfriend, an unnamed TV journalist, on a trip to Vienna last week.

A photograph of the pair – with the unnamed man's face has been blurred out – is seen on the front page next to the headline 'Yes to love for everyone' (Oui a l'amour pour tous), a play on words with the anti-same-sex marriage movement’s slogan 'Demo for all' (Le Manif pour tous).

November 26, 2014

And he didn't even need to unwrap it

The rainbow could be seen as a representing two main concepts: the gay rights movement and a 'blessing' from God.

So one lesbian politician thought of the perfect gift to give to Pope Francis: a rainbow scarf.

Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek, the gay Vice President of the European Parliament, gave the leader of the Catholic Church his early Christmas present yesterday (25 November).

'Today I handed Pope Francis a rainbow scarf for gays, lesbians, and for peace,' Lunacek proudly said.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

September 4, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga wants to bring back the anti-gay law

The notoriously anti-gay speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been cut from a business forum in London after complaints from LGBTI activists.

She was meant to speak later this month at the fourth Ugandan Investment Forum, which promotes the country as a favored investment destination. Other speakers include the vice president and several ministers and business leaders.

Kadaga vowed to pass the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2012, which would have made gay sex punishable by death or life imprisonment, and last month she re-tabled the bill.

July 14, 2014

Christian Minard is one semester from completing her sports management degree at Southwestern Christian University

Christian Minard has been expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for marrying her girlfriend.

Minard, 22, is just one semester away from completing her sports management degree and her marriage to Kadyn Parks in March is in violation of the school's admission requirement agreement that prohibits 'homosexual behavior.'

July 13, 2014

When a Christian university in Oklahoma found out Christian Minard had married her girlfriend, a letter of expulsion arrived at her home 

A US college student was expelled after staff found out about her marriage to another woman.

Christian Minard was a student at Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until she received a letter from the school telling her she was expelled.

Brad Davis, the school’s vice president of student life, had evidently caught wind of Minard’s marriage to long-term girlfriend Kadyn Parks.

‘I was informed that you recently married someone of the same sex and saw a few pictures from Facebook,’ wrote Davis.

July 10, 2014

Cash allotted for LGBTI fundraising efforts was stolen from the headquarters of the group responsible for Madrid Gay Pride

As one million people took to Madrid’s streets this past weekend for Gay Pride, an unknown number of thieves broke into the office of COGAM (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Madrid Collective).

Between 5 pm on 5 July and the morning of 7 July, locked cabinets were broken into, belongings were flung about the office and equipment and cash were taken from the LGBTI group's headquarters in Madrid.

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

June 18, 2014

Ohio's Rob Portman came out for marriage equality after his son came out as gay

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections.

He doesn't think it will happen again in 2016.

Portman acknowledges that by coming out in support of gay marriage in March 2013 - after his son came out as gay - he may have doomed his chances of running for president or vice president.

'It puts me at odds with my party in many respects,' he said in an interview posted online this week with Hoover Institute fellow Peter Robinson.

June 6, 2014

Fans are using the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky

If you grew up in the US, it is pretty likely you loved eating those Lucky Charms.

It might have also occurred to you, with all those colors, shapes and rainbows, that might have been the queerest way to start your day as a kid.

And now, you’ve been proven right. The cereal, best known for its leprechaun mascot, is running a new campaign for Pride month.

They are asking fans to use the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

January 20, 2014

Mario Pescante has accused Barack Obama of 'political terrorism' after including three gay athletes as part of the delegation to the Sochi Olympics

An Olympics official has offered a half apology for his slam on the US including gay athletes in its delegation to the Sochi Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

Facing calls to resign, he has now admitted he used the wrong ‘terms’ to criticize President Barack Obama.

January 16, 2014

Italian member of the IOC says it is 'absurd' the US is sending gay athletes and should not be 'promoting' LGBTI rights

A senior IOC member has slammed the US for including gay athletes in its official delegation to the Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, is reported to have said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

‘The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.’

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cites 'family health issues' for ending sinking campaign in Wyoming

The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney has dropped her bid for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, said in a statement that 'serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.'

Cheney did not specify what health issues are that forced her to abandon her floundering campaign to oust incumbent Mike Enzi.

January 4, 2014

Former punter alleges he was fired for gay activism and accuses assistant coach of homophobic rants

The Minnesota Vikings have hired two-profile attorney's to lead their investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's explosive allegations this week about why he was fired and the anti-gay behavior of an assistant coach.

The team said Friday (3 January) that it has retained the services of former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel.

December 4, 2013

Former US vice president says it's his 'preference' that such conflicts stay within the family

Former US Vice President is making clear he is not pleased with the public feud that has erupted between his two daughters.

Mary Cheney, a lesbian who is married with children, slammed sister Liz Cheney on Facebook last month for not supporting gay marriage.

The two have not spoken since August.

November 27, 2013

Next month Mary Cheney will host a reception to support efforts to fight an anti-gay marriage amendment in Indiana

Mary Cheney is battling the anti-gay marriage amendment proposal the US state Indiana.

The daughter, and out lesbian, of former Vice President Dick Cheney is sponsoring a Freedom Indiana reception on 11 December.

'Freedom means freedom for everyone,' Cheney wrote in an email to the group's supporters. 'For me, that’s not just another saying. It’s who I am — the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve.'