Hawaii Lawmakers Receive Coal For Voting Against Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriages earlier this month, but the nineteen Hawaii state representatives who voted against it got an early Christmas present this week. The lawmakers each received a black box with green tissue paper in the mail; enclosed was a red pouch with a hard black substance. According to […]


Uganda: No Country For Gay Men

Uganda: No Country For Gay Men

Briton Bernard Randall and his partner Albert Cheptoyek could be jailed for being homosexual, the latest victims of church-encouraged homophobia. Bernard Randall, the British gay man charged with homosexuality-related offenses in a Ugandan court, glances up sceptically when I walk into his lawyer’s chambers. His Ugandan partner, Albert Cheptoyek, sits protectively in front of him, […]


Masha Best, Transgender Russian Lawyer, Poses Nude For Transgender Day Of Remembrance

 Top Russian lawyer Masha Best sent shockwaves when she came out as both transgender and bisexual in wake of her country’s crackdown on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community earlier this year. On Wednesday, the activist posed naked in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day in which we celebrate the […]


Q&A: Buck Angel on ‘Mr. Angel’ Documentary

PHILDELPHIA, PA — Buck Angel recently answered a few questions for XBIZ about “Mr. Angel,” a new documentary that tracks the life and times of the transgender porn star, advocate and educator, set to release on DVD Dec. 3. Filmmaker Dan Hunt, who helmed the feature-length documentary, said that it explores Angel’s story “to understand […]


Annette Bening And Warren Beatty’s Transgender Son Appears In PSA

Annette Bening And Warren Beatty’s Transgender Son Appears In PSA

Nov. 17 (UPI) —Warren Beatty and Annette Bening have always been politically active, and now their transgender son, Stephen Ira, is speaking out against certain New York State Medicaid regulations that exclude transgender people.”I grew up outside of New York, but I’ve always known I’ve wanted to move here for the city’s vibrant artistic community,” […]


Gay Conversion Therapists Lose Suit In New Jersey

A ban on performing gay-conversion therapy on children in the state of New Jersey doesn’t violate the freedom of speech or religious rights of licensed counselors, a federal judge ruled. The law prohibiting gay-conversion therapy for children and teens was signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug. 19. The National Association for Research and Therapy […]


Russian Concert Promoters Fined For Lady Gaga’s LGBT Support

Russian Concert Promoters Fined For Lady Gaga’s LGBT Support

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 16 (UPI) — A Russian court fined the concert promoters that brought Lady Gaga to the country for a concert during which she expressed support for gays and lesbians. The St. Petersburg court upheld a ruling passed in May that concert promoters Planeta Plus should be fine $615 for violating Russia’s […]


NJ Diner Leaves Anti-Gay ‘Tip’ for Lesbian Waitress

A New Jersey waitress and former Marine says she was “offended” after a customer left an anti-gay note on a check in place of a tip because she is a lesbian. Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., said a family dining at the restaurant Wednesday night skipped the tip on […]

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