New Zealand: Apps killing off gay bars

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Gay apps are killing New Zealand gay bars. The longest-running venue Urge in Auckland is the ninth and latest gay venue that has closed down over the past two years because of the emergence of social media apps targeting homosexual users.

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Saving San Diego’s LGBT historic sites

SAN DIEGO, California -- Home to the Kumeyaay people for 12,000 years and discovered by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, San Diego is one of America’s most historic cities. And in modern times, the LGBTQ community has had an important place in the past of America's Finest City.

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RGOD2: 2,000 years after Mary gave birth to Jesus, women remain outside God’s dream of justice and equality

Billions of human beings will hear the Christmas story one more time this week. Central to the story is a young unwed mother who has difficulty finding accommodation because of the upheaval of forced human migration.

15 questions for Colby Melvin, uber popular underwear model

Colby Melvin is an underwear model, a designer, a gay rights activist, and a businessman. His social media reach is well over a half a million and his fan base could not be more loyal. Colby has recently starred in several viral video ads for Cheap Undies and rumors are going around he is moving to San Diego to start his own underwear line soon. He has so much going on, I had to ask him, "15 Questions."

Openly gay U.S. ambassador treads touchy path in Dominican Republic

On the day he was sworn in as United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James Brewster married his partner, Bob Satawake, in a hotel with a view of the White House grounds.

Mr. Brewster and Mr. Satawake arrived in Santo Domingo as the first openly gay couple ever to serve at an ambassadorial level in the Americas. But even before their plane touched down, conservative circles in the Dominican Republic were pointing to them as an example of how US foreign policy is out of touch with local norms.

Church that fired gay music director to close doors for good

ALEXANDRIA, Indiana -- The First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, which lost some members about a year ago after a dispute involving its gay choir director, will close its doors for good at the end of 2014.

David Mantor, pastor of the church, said the decision to close the church resulted from falling attendance, membership and financing problems. Mantor said statistics he's seen from United Methodist Church headquarters show a "downward spiral" of membership and donations across the whole UM church for the past 30 years.

Heart & Soul: What we deserve

After conducting workshops in several cities around the country, I have noticed a recurring theme in each of them: that of a feeling of deservedness.
This time of year, the question seems even more pertinent, as we may be waiting for Santa Claus to bring us our heart’s desires. (You may not have believed in Santa for years, decades, or ever, but stay with me on this.)

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Green Scene: 10 energy-efficient ways to keep warm indoors

The air outside has taken a decidedly cooler turn. As such, homeowners and renters alike, may find themselves more often reaching to adjust the thermostat to a higher temperature. The home, after all, should be a place of comfort.

Tennis great Martina Navratilova marries her long-term partner

Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York on Monday.

The Czech-born tennis legend and her Russian partner of eight years tied the knot three months after Martina popped the question during a surprise on-camera proposal at the US Open.

Lesbian dating app Scissr like Grindr but "classier," creator says

CHICAGO, Illinois -- A new geosocial dating app created in Chicago aims to create a "mind-blowing" experience for lesbians.

Fueled by her frustration with the lack of quality lesbian dating apps on the market, Gold Coast resident Allison Ullrich has created the mobile app Scissr, a dating app that caters exclusively to lesbian women. The free app is expected to be available for download this week or next.

Scissr is like the location-based gay hookup app Grindr, "only classier," Ullrich said.

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