What do you think this man would do upon discovering he has a gay child? People all over the world were asked what they’d do if their kid was gay. Here are the startling answers.
Hint: We're still a very long way off from achieving our goal.

Emmanuel Mass Luciano
Get to know Emmanuel Mass Luciano, the new Mr. Gay World

Luciano was named Mr. Gay World after the original winner, Klaus Burkart of Germany, stepped down after seven months, citing "personal changes."

Alex Mountain
Help destroy an insidious HIV myth by kissing this model on Tuesday. Seriously.

A pop-up kissing booth will be erected on Tuesday starring handsome model Alex Mountain -- and it's all to dispel a tenacious HIV myth.

Pope Francis, left, flanked by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, second left, stand with senior Army Officers to review the honor guard at Nairobi State House, Kenya, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis left Wednesday for his first-ever visit to the continent, a whirlwind pilgrimage to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence .
Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

Uncomfortable issues may arise: The church's opposition to using condoms to fight AIDS, and its support of local legislation criminalizing homosexuality.

Martin Shkreli
As rival’s version sells well, CEO Martin Shkreli reneges on drug price cut

After weeks of criticism, Turing Pharmaceuticals ultimately decided not to cut the price of their HIV medication, which sells for $750-per-pill.

The late John Hurley.
The man who kept gay groups out of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has died

According to his daughter, 85-year-old John Hurley "just slipped away."

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand accepts Medal of Freedom from Obama — and totally disses Donald Trump

Streisand imagines a televised debate between Clinton and Trump would be “one of the greatest moments in television history.”

Sample: "Only into neg guys. Sorry. :("
HIV-positive men share the rude dating app messages they’ve received

Sample: "I wouldn't want anything to do with an ugly pile of HIV like you."


Dear One Million Moms, eat your blackened hearts out.
New ad for Famous Footstar stars gay dads at the dinner table

The latest ode to the gay family comes in the form of an ad from this major shoe retailer. Good deal.

Yusaf Mack
Ex-boxer Yusaf Mack wants a relationship with a trans person

"My interest is trannys," Mack said, demonstrating his dire need for a publicist. "I’m attracted to trannys. I don’t like no muscle like me."

In this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo, former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen, right, is interviewed by Matt Lauer, on NBC's "Today" in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California - despite its many liberal policies - remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and long overdue for revision.
HIV is now highly treatable — so why is it still criminalized in most states?

"These laws serve only to breed fear, distrust and misunderstanding," says Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat.

Kathryn Knott
Philly hate crime case: Antigay tweets can be admitted as evidence against Kathryn Knott

Knott and two others were accused of savagely beating up a gay couple while screaming antigay slurs in Center City, PA in September 2014.

This undated photograph shows May Peleg, an Israeli transgender woman. Israel's Supreme Court has cleared the way for the cremation of Peleg, who committed suicide, rejecting an appeal by her religiously observant family for a traditional Jewish burial. May Peleg killed herself this month and asked in her will to be cremated. Peleg's family is ultra-Orthodox, a deeply conservative community, and Jewish law forbids cremation.
Israel court allows transgender woman’s cremation

The body of an Israeli transgender woman who committed suicide will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes.

Vietnam's National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the law, which will take effect in 2017.
Vietnam’s transgender say new law paves way for surgeries

A new law will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.


Inadvertently coming out to your conservative father via Snapchat could go a lot worse than this.
This teen accidentally came out to his conservative father. His dad’s response is perfect.

What happens when one young man unwittingly comes out to his dad on Snapchat?

Robert Gifford looks on as his wife Cynthia speaks to reporters on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The Giffords, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm north of Albany refused to host the 2013 wedding of Melisa and Jennie McCarthy, citing their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The state's Division of Human Rights ruled that the business violated New York's anti-discrimination law and fined them $13,000. They are appealing the ruling.
Venue owners appeal fine for denying lesbian couple wedding

Owners of a wedding venue -- fined $13,000 for violating the New York's anti-discrimination law -- feel they should be allowed to follow their faith.

A senior at Richland High in Nashville, Tennessee was censored for wearing a shirt that read "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It."
ACLU-TN lawsuit supports students’ right to free speech

A senior at Richland High in Nashville, Tennessee was censored for wearing a T-shirt that read "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It."

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen allegedly paid millions to hide a gay sex tape

Sheen's lawyers are telling a different story.

Kevin Swanson
Kevin Swanson: The gay community is ‘the catalyst by which nations are destroyed’

Swanson is certain the LGBTQ community will destroy the world because "they don’t believe that God exists, and they don’t believe God is judge."

Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.
Judy Garland’s “Wizard of Oz” dress sells for $1.56M

The famous blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz was sold at auction yesterday, but the buyer was not identified.

In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Darrick Fauvel, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license that also bears a photo of her wearing the colander. Miller said she ìabsolutely loves the history and the storyî of pastafarians, who are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles initially forbade Miller to wear the colander in the identification photo. She said the agency reversed the decision and apologized.
‘Pastafarian’ gets to wear strainer on head in license photo

Lindsay Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do.

Attorney General Roy Cooper
McCrory asks Cooper to oppose transgender bathroom lawsuit

Attorney General Roy Cooper has rejected a call by Governor Pat McCrory to side with a Virginia school district against a discrimination lawsuit.

Judge Tim Fox
Judge: 3 gay couples can amend kids’ birth certificates

The three couples who filed suit can go to the Arkansas Department of Health to change the documents immediately.

Connor MacCalister, 31, of Saco, is led the into courtroom at the York County Courthouse, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Alfred, Maine. MacCalister, accused of fatally stabbing a stranger in a Maine supermarket, pleaded guilty to murder and requested a life sentence on Thursday, disregarding her lawyer's recommendation that she use an insanity defense.
Woman who killed random shopper in supermarket gets life

Connor MacCalister told police she was angry with life and had gone to the store to kill "several random people."

Bette Midler
Bette Midler sharply critiques Caitlyn Jenner’s Republican views

"Regardless of gender identity," Midler tweeted, "I guess she identifies most as 'uninformed."

Immediately following the dedication was a candlelight march through the Grove LGBT gayborhood led by Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC).
St. Louis observes Transgender Day of Remembrance; Caitlyn Jenner attends

The evening saw the dedication of the first-in-the-nation Transgender Memorial Garden in the Grove neighborhood and a subsequent candlelight march.

"STOP AIDS," the flier reads. "Support Gay Bashing."
KKK to Floridians: End AIDS by ‘bashing gays”

The KKK has been distributing fliers throug the area that claim "homosexual men and their sexual acts are disgusting and inhuman."

Geoffrey Hubbard
Dallas neighborhood on “lock-down” after 12 antigay hate crimes

Last Thursday, Geoffrey Hubbard (pictured) became at least the twelfth victim in three months of an antigay hate crime.

Dr. John Wolf
Manhattan dentist arrested for meth use, child porn, and poking holes in condoms to spread HIV

The FBI say they had been watching Dr. John Wolf for two months before arresting him at 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Ellie (left) and Ron
What a transphobic teacher needs to learn from an amazing 5-year-old transgender girl

In Texas, the latest punch in the “religious freedom” strategy has been thrown. Previously, the anti-gay movement enlisted cake bakers, florists and a hapless county clerk. The latest to step up to the victim mouthpiece is a teacher named Madeline Kirksey.

A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
Ugandan gays hope Pope will speak out on their behalf

LGBT rights activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward gays, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda.

Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
Lawsuit challenging Jindal’s anti-LGBT religious objections order going to trial

A lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is headed to trial.

Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
Some Indiana cities worry proposed bill will bar enforcement of local LGBT protections

The bill would carve out broad exemptions for religious institutions and some small businesses that object to working with LGBT people.

Oklahoma high court reinstates same-sex couple’s parenting lawsuit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court said it is in the child's best interest to grant the non-biological parent a hearing to explore custody and visitation rights.

West Virginia school board strengthens LGBT employment protections

Among the changes was adding "ancestry and sexual orientation" to the equal opportunity section of the school system's cultural diversity and human relations policy.

Rebecca O'Hara holds a phone showing a photo of her 25-year-old transgender son Ashton O'Hara, in Detroit. Ashton O'Hara, whose body was found in a field with stab wounds, was killed in July 2015.
Homicides of transgender individuals in U.S. reach alarming high

For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.

U.S. Supreme Court
Lesbian mother appeals Alabama adoption decision to U.S. Supreme Court

The Alabama Supreme Court in September struck down the woman's visitation rights and ruled the adoption invalid.

North Carolina school suspends all clubs after parents complain about LGBT club

One grandmother complained that show would have to explain the meaning of "gay" and "lesbian" to her elementary school grandchild.

São Bento Palace in Lisbon is the seat of Portuguese Legislature.
Portugal allows same-sex adoption, artificial insemination

Left-of-center parties used their outright parliamentary majority to ensure the bills passed Friday.

Kim Davis
ACLU says Kim Davis should have to reissue marriage licenses

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told U.S. District Judge David Bunning the altered marriage licenses do not comply with state law. But he promised to recognize them as valid.

Business coalition in Kentucky backs LGBT rights bill

Nearly 200 businesses have signed up for the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition to support legislation aimed at protecting LGBT Kentuckians from discrimination in the workplace, housing and public places.

Zac Stevens
Gay adult film star Zac Stevens is dead at 25

The cause of death is still unknown, as friends and family await the results from a medical examiner.

How do we tackle "The Bathroom Thing?"
To avoid another defeat like HERO, it’s time to deal with the “Bathroom Thing”

The reaction to a setback shouldn't be blaming the other side -- nor to demonize them as “bigots" or “hicks.” Instead, we need to work to turn out the vote.

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U.K. footballer discusses being trafficked for sex, and men trying to rape him

"Because I was young and I was small," he says, "I was just screaming, shouting, crying..."

"As a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas..."
This mother refused to let a gay man teach her children. His response is incredible.

"I have recently learned of your lifestyle," she writes, "and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas..."

Salah Abdeslam
Paris terror fugitive was spotted in Brussels’ gay bars before the attacks

Fugitive terrorist Salah Abdeslam was either scoping out potential targets to attack, or trying to steal identification documents.

Eagle Gate College
Utah man sues over alleged same-sex marriage discrimination

A Utah man says the college where he worked discriminated against him because he was in a same-sex marriage

Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz on her two gay brothers

"To see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful," she says.

The suspense is terrible
Gay men versus lesbians: Who’s better at assembling IKEA furniture?

The folks at BuzzFeed decided to put the lesbians-are-good-at-building-stuff myth to the test -- by pitting two lesbians against two gay men. Guess who won.

"All is all." Is Benedict Cumberbatch's character in Zoolander 2 transphobic?
Trailer for Zoolander 2 is deemed transphobic

In the trailer, an androgynous character played by Benedict Cumberbatch is asked whether he has "a hot dog or a bun."

A woman holds a flower during a rally outside the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris died along with his cousin when police stormed a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, a day after the chaotic, bloody raid.
After attacks, many Parisians embrace food, wine and friends

"I have so many glittery memories ," said Stephane Le Breton, a Bataclan regular, "laughing with friends, dancing with drag queens..."

U.S. Embassy in Moscow
US Embassy mocks Russian paper over fake ‘outing’ letter

The Kremlin-friendly Izvestia paper accused Washington of conspiring to brand some Russian officials as gays.

Gonorrhea cases totaled 350,062, up 5 percent from 2013, and the most contagious forms of syphilis jumped 15 percent to 20,000.
CDC: STD cases at an all-time high in the US, particularly among men

"America's worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention," said the CDC's Dr. Jonathan Mermin.

David James Brown
Gay man’s accused killer is caught and arrested in Indiana

"It’s our ultimate hope to attend his execution in Huntsville at the earliest possible time," said the victim's father.

Friday is Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Ohio lawmakers push proposed ban on LGBTQ conversion therapy

Jody Davis, a transgender woman who underwent the therapy as a youth, said the process "reinforced my self-hatred."

Josh Duggar
Adult film star sues antigay activist Josh Duggar for allegedly beating her during sex

"I’ve had rough sex before," says porn star Danica Dillon, "but this was terrifying."

Instead of working with us, the Salvation Army is clearly more interested in using PR spin to deflect attention and make LGBTQ people doubt whether or not the group's history is  even worthy of an apology.
The apology to LGBTQ people that the Salvation Army won’t release

It's clear from internal Salvation Army documents that the org opted for a "policy of containment" instead of working with the LGBTQ community to heal old wounds.

Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan apologizes for Caitlyn Jenner comments

According to McGowan, "Disliking something a trans person has said is no different than disliking something a man has said."

Judge Joseph Boeckmann
Arkansas judge allegedly exchanged sex, spankings with men in exchange for lighter sentences

An ethics complaint alleges he gave preferential treatment to a number of defendants who completed "work" at his residence.

Delegate Marcus Simon (VA-53
Delegate proposes bill to remove same-sex marriage ban from Virginia state code

Marcus Simon has proposed a bill that aims to remove the language banning same-sex marriage and unions from the state’s code of laws.