Pink Dollar Takes on The Bible Belt

While we look with horror at the situation in Uganda, Nigeria and Russia for LGBT people, it seems that the hardline Republican strongholds in the USA are turning more LGBT friendly. This is partly as a result of the Pink Dollar, as gays and lesbians increasingly take over hotels, diners and restaurants in Texas and […]

José Julio Sarria: December 22, 1922 – August 19, 2013

One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, José Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in New Mexico this morning. He was 91. Mr. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San […]

Campaigners Attack US over manning Verdict

Amnesty International and the Peter Tatchell Foundation have attacked the US over the trial of Bradley Manning. Describing the trial as ‘unfair and biased’, Peter Tatchell stated that Manning was not allowed to refer to his motives or provide his own evidence. Tatchell also referred to his inhumane treatment and the constant use of solitary […]

Will the World Ever Be Ridded of 'Panic defence'?

The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has passed a resolution to protect victims of so called gay and transgender ‘panic’ legal defenses and will take the resolution to the association’s annual meeting in August. The passing of the resolution by the Criminal Justice Section, which supports members of the LGBT community by no longer […]

First US Navy Same-Sex Kiss Breaks Old Barrier

A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted “first kiss” on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif., descended […]

National History Project: American President was Gay

The 15th US President James Buchanan was gay and it was no big secret, according to a new LGBT history site. His partner, William Rufus King, was the longest serving US vice-president. And America’s unofficial anthem America the Brave was written by Katharine Lee Bates, a lesbian. The Project’s Mark Segal argues that, contrary to […]