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Judge who legalised same-sex marriage in Massachusetts says she’s thanked every week for the decision

Margaret Marshall wrote the 4-3 majority decision back in 2003. Margaret Marshall, one of the judges who legalised same-sex marriage in Massachusetts back in 2003, says she is thanked by someone every week for her part in the landmark ruling. Speaking at a Duke Law event, Margaret said: “Goodridge was in November 2003. There has not been one week, anywhere in the world, where someone hasn’t come up to me and said: ‘Thank you.'” Margaret was part of a 4-3 landmark ruling which legalised same-sex marriage in 2003 in Massachusetts,...
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Lilly Singh delivers inspirational speech about her bisexuality

The YouTuber came out as bisexual last year. YouTuber Lilly Singh, who came out as bisexual last year, has given an inspirational speech about her bisexuality on her talk show A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Addressing the audience, she said: “There’s a lot of homophobia in the Indian community. In fact, when I came out, people told me that I’d lose all of my popularity, all of my fans, all of my business in India. “But then, I didn’t. Turns out in a place with 1.3 billion people a...
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Utah becomes the 19th state to ban gay ‘conversion’ therapy for minors

The conservative Mormon state has passed a ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy. Utah has become the 19th US state to pass a ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy on minors. The ban has given hope to LGBTQ campaigners that other conservative states might also pass bans. The so-called therapy, which has been discredited by the NHS and the World Psychiatric Association, refers to any attempt at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and often involves techniques like electroshock therapy or prayer. Last year, Republican senators in the state successfully...
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Olympian Jack Woolley says some opponents won’t shake his hand since he came out

Olympic hopeful Jack Woolley says there has been some negative response to his bisexuality. The 21-year-old became the first Irish person to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo in December, and will head to Tokyo later this year for the 2020 Olympic Games. He bravely came out as bisexual during a documentary that followed his previous attempts to qualify for the Olympics in 2016, but in a new interview with he says he regrets being so open on television. “I just wish I never labelled it. I still don’t...
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Woman complains to police over gay men wearing ‘mesh thongs and leather harnesses’. Yes, really

A woman in Washington DC has complained to local authorities over a gay event because her neighbours saw men wearing “provocative outfits” – including a leather harness and a jockstrap. The party took place in the city on January 18 at the RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro and was marketed as a “leather weekend”. The event caters mostly to Black men. But one woman was not impressed at gay men gathering in her local area. The woman, who is called Jessica, sent an email complaining about the event to the DC Alcoholic...
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Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ for trans teens, study shows

Access to puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ for trans youth, a new study has found. We already know that trans youth have a disproportionate risk of suicide when compared to their cisgender counterparts, a statistic that’s been acknowledged by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics has become the first to examine the link between access to puberty blockers as an adolescent and future suicidal ideation among trans adults. Researchers on the study analysed a survey of 20,619 trans...
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Taylor Swift calls out “sinister” politicians who disguise homophobia as ‘family values’

Taylor Swift has opened up about being an ally to the LGBTQ community. It was recently announced the the singer-songwriter will be honoured at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards, and now she’s spoken about her decision to become more politically engaged and vocal about LGBTQ equality. “To celebrate but not advocate felt wrong for me,” she told Variety while promoting her new Netflix documentary Miss Americana. “Using my voice to try to advocate was the only choice to make. Because I’ve talked about equality and sung about it in songs...
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita are expecting a baby

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita are having a baby! The star of Modern Family was appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden when he made the announcement that he and his husband Justin are expecting their first child. Asked how it felt to be in his 40s, Jesse said: “It’s when you finally become an adult, I feel. Like, I need to start getting serious about things. Actually, this is something I haven’t mentioned to anyone, but I’m expecting a baby in July with my husband. Show...
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Church of England says sex is for married straight couples only

The Church of England has stated that only married heterosexual couples should be having sex. In response to the recent introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships, the House of Bishops have issued updated pastoral guidance which claims that all Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should remain sexually abstinent. “For Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity,” the guidance says. “In its approach to civil partnerships the Church seeks...
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Adam Lambert launches foundation in support of LGBTQ human rights

Adam Lambert has announced the launch of his Feel Something Foundation. The out singer-songwriter has spent his career advocating for equality, and now he’s putting that passion into action as his new non-profit organisation that will help charities directly linked to the LGBTQ community. In a post on Instagram, Adam said the foundations’ mission is “to support LGBTQ+ organisations that are moving the needle for communities of all ages and backgrounds”. View this post on Instagram FEEL SOMETHING FOUNDATION! Mission: to support LGBTQ+ organisations that are moving the needle for...
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