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Op-Ed: Holiday happenings in Toronto

Toronto - The holiday season is a time to reflect upon another year soon to be behind us, spend time with family and friends, and also a great time of year to bundle up and enjoy all that the city of Toronto has to offer.

Apple CEO comes out in a Bloomberg Businessweek editorial

On the morning of October 30, Bloomberg Businessweek published an Opening Remarks piece titled, "Tim Cook Speaks Up." The essay is written by Tim Cook, and provides readers with a stunning and extremely honest look at the life of Apple's CEO.

Op-Ed: A confederacy of homophobes

Washington - With federal courts knocking down same-sex marriage bans in Arizona and Alaska, the practice is now legal in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Appeals of the ban are pending in all 12 states still prohibiting it.

Arizona same-sex marriage legal, couples can marry immediately

Phoenix - The Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the law that prohibits same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples in Arizona can legally marry effective immediately.

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

Rome - Despite Pope Francis saying homosexuals have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community" and a push by LGBT rights groups for a more accepting Catholic Church, the Vatican has backed away from its "Welcoming Homosexual Persons" stance.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Supreme Court denies cert in same-sex marriage cases

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in same-sex marriage cases, refusing a final ruling on the issue, but allowing same-sex couples to get married in 5 more states with more to join soon. Same-sex marriage will now be legal in the majority of states.

Facebook and LGBT community meet over 'real names policy'

Facebook met with city officials and activists in San Francisco following the criticism it has received over its name policy.

German LGBT activist severely beaten in Belgrade

Belgrade - A German man who participated at a conference on LGBT rights was in intensive care Saturday after he was severely beaten by unknown attackers in Belgrade, a doctor said.

Homosexuality still listed as 'chronic problem' alleges lawsuit

Los Angeles - Matthew Moore is suing his doctor and his medical network after they allegedly ignored his complaint about notations in his medical records indicating that he was suffering from homosexual behavior.

'GayStation' sold to raise money for charity

A Swedish retailer has sold a custom designed PlayStation 4 that has been dubbed "GayStation" with all the proceeds being donated to an LGBT charity.

Colorado same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Denver - Three Colorado counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Thousands celebrate diversity in London LGBT Pride parade Special

London - Thousands of people gathered today in London's Baker Street to kick-off the 2014 LGBT London Pride celebrations, despite the less than ideal weather. Rain or shine, the show must go on.

‘Queen of Eurovision’ to open Stockholm Pride 2014

Conchita Wurst, the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, is to open the 16th annual Stockholm Pride festival in Sweden next month.

Conchita Wurst to perform at The George as part of Dublin Pride

Austrian drag queen and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst is in Dublin this evening, performing as part of the city’s ongoing month-long gay pride celebrations.

Conchita Wurst to headline London Gay Pride 2014

Conchita Wurst, the Austrian drag queen who came to international prominence after winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has been announced as the headline act for the 2014 London Gay Pride.

Texas Gov. Perry visits SF, compares homosexuality to alcoholism Special

San Francisco - Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited San Francisco on Wednesday and stunned an audience in the famously tolerant city by comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Texas Republicans officially endorse 'gay cure' therapy

Fort Worth - The Republican Party of Texas has voted to approve an official platform endorsing discredited and dangerous 'reparative therapy' meant to 'cure' gays and lesbians of their homosexuality.

Photo essay: Kitchener hosts humble, but fabulous Pride Festival Special

Kitchener - Kitchener's annual tri-Pride Festival and live music show welcomed hundreds to the city's downtown core on Saturday, proving that small cities can measure up to Toronto after all.

Church changes anti-gay views after pastor's son comes out

La Mirada - A Baptist church in Southern California has rejected its parent church's official anti-gay policy after the pastor's son came out as gay.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the staunchly Mormon state late last year and early this year before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting such unions.

Dozens wed after judge strikes down Oregon same-sex marriage ban

Portland - Dozens of Oregon same-sex couples rushed to marry on Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Idaho judge reverses same-sex marriage ban

Boise - A judge in Boise, Idaho has overturned an ban on gay marriage which has been in effect since 2006. Couples may be able to get married this Friday.

Same-sex relationships still a no-go for new game, Nintendo says

Los Angeles - Despite a fan-made petition to get the company on board for same-sex relationships in a new game, Nintendo says it is not here to provide social commentary.

GOP lawmaker: Gay sex is 'one-way alley for the garbage truck'

Sioux Falls - A Republican state lawmaker and Christian leader from South Dakota has written a letter warning of what he calls the dangers of gay sex, titled "A One-Way Alley for the Garbage Truck."

Mass. lesbian 'throuple' expecting first child

An extra-legally wedded trio of Massachusetts lesbians is set to become what they believe is the world's first same-sex parental "throuple."

Op-Ed: Appearance by a lesbian humourist cancelled

Spartanburg - On Monday, the University of South Carolina Upstate announced that they were cancelling an appearance by lesbian humorist, Leigh Hendrix.

Expert witness at same-sex marriage trial: 'gays going to hell'

Detroit - An expert witness hired by the state of Michigan to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban testified Thursday in a court case challenging the ban that unrepentant gay people are going to "hell."

Ugandan president to sign bill punishing gays with life in prison

Kampala - Uganda's president has announced he will sign a controversial anti-gay bill that will punish people convicted of certain consensual adult sex acts with life imprisonment.

Gay men dragged from homes, brutally beaten, by Nigerian mob

Abuja - An angry anti-gay mob rampaged through Nigeria's capital, dragging men suspected of being homosexuals from their homes and brutally beating them with wooden clubs and iron bars.
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