Utah: Gay rights vs. "religious freedom" in competing proposals

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- After being shelved during the last legislative session, the clash over a statewide anti-discrimination law will likely be aired during the upcoming session.

Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund said Republican senators meeting in closed-door caucus Wednesday discussed the anti-discrimination law that will be sponsored by Sen. Steve Urquhart, along with a few competing "religious liberty" proposals that are expected to be introduced.

Inquest: Lesbian teen killed self over "misplaced" fears her parents might disapprove

DIDSBURY, England -- The parents of a teenage girl from Didsbury have spoken of their anguish after she hanged herself over fears of telling them she might be gay.

In the months before her death, 14-year-old Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, had confided to pals that she thought she may be a lesbian, an inquest heard.

Her friends said she was scared of telling her parents and had struggled to reconcile her feelings with the family's strong Christian faith.

But Lizzie's dad said her fears were "misplaced" and that she would have received a "wealth of love and acceptance."

Petition drive urges Texas governor-elect to implement PREA

DALLAS, Texas -- Lambda Legal today launched a petition drive calling on the state of Texas and Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to implement and abide by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the federal law signed by former President George W. Bush to address the problem of prison rape across the country.

Gay veterans group allowed to march in St. Patrick's Parade in Boston

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday night voted 5-4 to approve an application to march by OUTVETS, a group honoring LGBT military veterans.

The vote by the Allied War Veterans Council, which won a landmark US Supreme Court ruling in the past that allowed organizers to ban marchers who proclaimed their sexual orientation, could be a significant development in the annual dispute over the inclusiveness of the parade.

"Ex-gay" group billboard claims "Nobody is born gay"

A controversial "ex-gay" group has put up a billboard, sprawled with the words "Nobody is born gay," along a major interstate highway.

The billboard appeared recently beside I-95 in Richmond, Virginia, according to NBC affiliate WWBT. The sign depicts two males, one dressed in a suit and the other in a white T-shirt, and says: "Identical twins: One gay. One not. We believe twin research studies show nobody is born gay."

Asian and gay: Family drove doctor to take his own life

(Editor's note: Sky News shines a spotlight on one of the last taboos for many members of Britain's Asian communities - homosexuality. The in-depth report has a number of videos that show the hardships of gay Asians in the UK.)

A young medic took his own life two days after his family told him to find a "cure" for his sexuality, his devastated fiance has told Sky News.

Matt Ogston said he moved from Birmingham to London to live openly with his partner of 13 years, Nazim Mahmood, who feared there would be "catastrophic" consequences if his family found out he was gay.

Ty Herndon walks the red carpet with longtime boyfriend

LOS ANGELES, California -- Only three weeks after coming out to PEOPLE, country singer Ty Herndon made his first public appearance with his partner of 5 years, Matt Collum, at the 2014 TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Herndon, 52, showed up hand-in-hand with Collum, a pharmaceutical rep from Missouri, to support The Trevor Project, an organization that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth struggling with suicidal ideation.

Why there was a gay "kiss-in" protest at a Burger King in Madrid

MADRID, Spain -- When word got out in Madrid that a gay couple were asked by a security guard to "tone it down" at a Burger King restaurant after a complaint made by a father eating there with his kids, the LGBT community decided to "have it their way."

Arcópli, an LGBT rights group in Madrid, organized a gay "kiss-in" at the Burger King on Plaza de los Cubos. More than 100 people packed the fast-food restaurant to kiss it out in protest. Huffington Post's Spanish edition reported that Burger King employees applauded the protesters.

TONIGHT: 11th annual Charity Wreath Auction benefiting The Center's youth programs

SAN DIEGO, California -- One of the San Diego LGBT community's favorite holiday traditions returns tonight for the 11th year - the Annual Wreath Auction at Martinis Above Fourth.

The festive event begins at 7:30 pm and benefits The San Diego LGBT Community Center's Youth Housing Project and the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund.

Individuals, organizations and businesses have donated several creative, festive and outrageous wreaths that will be modeled by the "wreath boys" and auctioned off. The event also includes a silent auction, opportunity drawing and a new "silent giving" station.

Apple CEO's name to grace Alabama anti-discrimination bill

A forthcoming anti-discrimination bill in Alabama will be named for Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd announced Wednesday that she plans to name her bill barring discrimination against LGBT teachers and state employees after Cook. The announcement, first reported by the Huntsville Times, came a month after Cook accepted an Alabama Academy of Honor Award with a speech criticizing the state for being slow to grant equal rights to everyone, including the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

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