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The U.S. is denying marriage benefits to this gay widower, so he’s suing the government
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has a policy that says a spouse must be married to their partner for at least nine months before they’re eligible to receive a deceased partner’s survivor benefits.
That’s not a problem for most couples, but it is for Michael Ely, a 65-year-old gay Arizona resident. He was denied SSA survivor benefits when his husband of six months died of cancer in 2015.
Ely and his partner Jim Taylor met in 1971 and they stayed together for the next 43 years. But because marriage wasn’t legal in Arizona until October 2014, they couldn’t marry until just before Taylor died.
“We got married as soon as we could, quickly gathering our loved ones together in less than three weeks,” Ely said. “But we were only able to be married for six months before I lost him to cancer.”
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
Trans woman wins major legal victory after she was a ‘sex slave’ in prison
A transgender woman in prison in Illinois won a court victory after she said she was treated like a “sex slave” in a men’s facility.
Strawberry Hampton sued the Illinois Department of Corrections several times to get transferred to a women’s facility.
Over the past two years, Hampton has been housed in four different men’s prisons. She says that she was the victim of sexual assault, both by other inmates and by guards.
This… impolite ad explains why a ‘Masshole’ is voting for trans equality
A “Masshole” explains why he’s voting yes on Question 3 in Massachusetts today.
A law that added gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws was put on the ballot. Voting “Yes” on the referendum keeps the law on the books, making it the pro-transgender side.
Christian woman terrifies kids when she crashes children’s story time to yell anti-gay slurs
A woman in California interrupted Drag Queen Story Time with anti-gay hate.
An independent bookstore in Riverside, California, called Cellar Door was hosting a Halloween event for kids that had three drag queens reading books to children.
Tanzania Governor Launches Surveillance Squad to Identify Gay People on Social Media and Arrest Them
Pennsylvania’s Most Anti-Gay Lawmaker Daryl Metcalfe is Back Up to His Homophobic Deeds: WATCH
Trans man kicked out of London gay sauna for not having a penis
A London gay sauna kicked out a trans man for not having a penis.
26-year-old Jason Smith (not his real name) identifies as bisexual and says he’s a ‘very passable trans man’.
He decided to go to the Sailors Sauna in Limehouse in London’s East on Monday night (29 October) with a friend.
The transgender man was a little unsure about going to the sex-on-premises venue so he checked their website beforehand for any trans-specific policies.
Gay Star News
UK man jailed for homophobic bus attack on gay teenager
Almost half of all LGBT people in the US live in states with no workplace protections
A new report reveals how far the United States has to go before achieving workplace equality for LGBT people.
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Lambda Legal released the report today.
Are LGBT Workers Protected from Discrimination? assesses the current state of federal and state-level protections for LGBT employees.
A little over half (52%) of all LGBT adults in the US live in states with some employment protections. 48%, however, live in places with no protections in the workplace whatsoever.
Gay Star News
Anti-gay lawyers just showed up in the Supreme Court with a big ask for Brett Kavanaugh
A team of conservative lawyers filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday, effectively asking the Court to allow religious conservatives to discriminate against same-sex couples.
Trump Administration to create policy allowing federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTI people
For LGBTQ People Under Trump, the Levers of Power Are Blocked
As an LGBTQ person, it was hard to watch Donald Trump’s 2016 election without at least some worry—that one rainbow flag aside, he didn’t seem like much of an ally. Many LGBTQ activists, aware of the influence of right-wing evangelical hate groups (such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and Family Research Council) on Trump and his policies, viewed his elevation with acute mortal dread. They were right to worry: The Trump administration has been hostile to LGBTQ people, and transgender people in particular.
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has redoubled those fears. Most LGBTQ people instinctively know that a hard-right shift by the courts will be bad, but only dedicated court watchers understand exactly how bad. The current composition of SCOTUS is likely, in a matter of years, to destabilize or outright undo four decades of LGBTQ civil rights progress. Most of the cases that could be responsible for this are already wending their way through the federal court system, chaperoned by the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF.
LGBTQ progress in US schools is slowing for the first time in years, report says
GOP lawmakers’ scores plummet on LGBTQ congressional scorecard
Amazon says it is investigating anti-gay church that takes part in its customer donor program
Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, boasts about its program, Amazon Smile, that allows shoppers to donate 0.5% of their purchases to the charity of their choice. That’s great, except that right now among their list of charities is a Glasgow church belonging to Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, an anti-gay outfit that promotes “ex-gay” therapy.
You might’ve heard of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. Last year, they made the news because of their Liverpool church’s three-day program to “cure” people of homosexuality. The program involves “relentless” prayer sessions lasting three hours each and absolute fasting with no water or food for 72 hours, a torturous and dangerous regimen.
The heads of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries claims it doesn’t condone ex-gay therapy, a practice condemned by almost every major psychological association in existence as ineffective and harmful. Even still, the church has publicly said that it believes homosexuality is “biologically wrong,” a “deceit of Satan,” a form of “sexual bondage” and that people only claim to be gay to get “gay ‘celebrity’ status.”
No one will go to jail in vicious gang-beating of a gay man even though his attackers were arrested
An appeals court just overturned the conviction of a man who was accused of taking part in the gang-beating of a gay, black man.
In 2013, Taj Patterson was walking in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when he was attacked by a dozen men who were part of an Orthodox neighborhood watch group.
The men accused Patterson of vandalizing cars, even though they had not filed a police report and police found the claim of vandalism to be unfounded.
The men beat Patterson while saying, “Stay down, faggot, stay the fuck down.” He was left blind in one eye after the brutal attack.
Texas pastors file federal lawsuit seeking license to discriminate against LGBTQ people
A group of pastors in Texas have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn civil rights law that protects minorities. The loving Christians want a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Christian NCAA member Azusa Pacific bans all same-sex relationships
Azusa Pacific University, an NCAA Division II school with ties to the Christian church, has reinstated a previously suspended ban on same-sex relationships, sending LGBTQ students, student-athletes, members of the administration and advocates scrambling.
The school’s Board of Trustees late last week sent a notice returning the school’s policy to say “Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship.”
Some Christians have long held that the Bible bans sex between people of the same gender. This policy goes even further, banning all romantic same-sex relationships, even those that don’t include sex. The school’s policy already bans sex outside of wedlock, this policy simply specifically targets gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer people.
God has yet to weigh in on the decision.
Obama Gave Us Gay Marriage, Trump The Honeymoon From Hell
Business owner says gay people “need to be called out.” Let’s see how he likes it.
Fox & Friends got upset about an LGBTQ Nation essay. Here are the messages their fans sent.
Trump’s Latest Attack On Same-Sex Couples Is Exactly What His Base Wants
Manager of NYC’s ‘Monster’ Gay Bar Resigns in Wake of Racist Text Uproar
Yesterday we reported that Honey Davenport, a drag queen who performs at the Monster gay bar, an iconic nightclub in NYC’s Greenwich Village, walked out on Saturday night after revealing that she had seen a text exchange in which the bar manager Italo Lopez had told DJ/producer Mitch Ferrino to revise flyers he had produced for the club’s party “Manster” because it looked like they were promoting “black night” and that would be bad for business.
Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Says Bouncer at Eagle Gay Bar Assaulted Him, Left Him on Pavement
Watch this would-be gay basher get his butt kicked when he messes with the wrong guy
Vile homophobic trolls target GBBO's gay-at-home-dad' Dan Beasley-Harling
Gay minister shocked when church fires him for liking a photo of a same-sex wedding
Keith Kozak thought he was asked to meet a human resources employee to accept a promotion. Instead, he says he was fired for liking a photo from a same-sex wedding on Facebook.
“When they called me in, I was thinking it had something to do with that,” Kozak said. “They sat me down and they said we had seen some things on Facebook and Twitter and that would like to talk to you about that.”