In this Nov. 9, 2015, photo, Cleo Pablo and her wife, Tara Roy-Pablo, stand outside their home in Phoenix. Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.
Not everyone is singing Adam Lambert's praises in Singapore.
In fact, at the time of the time of this article's posting, 18,837 people have signed a petition seeking to remove the gay singer as headliner of a New Year's Eve performance in the Asian nation.
The "Ghost Town" singer was scheduled to perform at Countdown 2016, the city-state's largest New Year's Eve celebration, which is held in Marina Bay.
But in a letter to the event's media organizer, MediaCorp, protesters say the "performer fraught with controversy" represents values that do not align with those of Singapore, where it is still illegal for men to have sex with other men.
Petitioners point to a history of "sexualized acts," including Lambert 2009 performance at the American Music Awards, in which he kissed another man, as well as "acts of indecency" featured in his recent music video, "Another Lonely Night," as reasons why Lambert should be banned from performing.
These "lewd acts" and "active promotion of a highly sexual lifestyle and LGBT rights... are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values," the petition asserts.
"Countdown 2016 is our annual iconic, public event for Singaporeans to come together to celebrate New Year’s Eve, as one," the letter states. "Allowing Adam Lambert to perform as the star of Countdown 2016 shows disregard for the values of a majority of family-centric Singaporeans who have consistently resisted the promotion of western liberal ideas about family values and societal models."
It is signed by "concerned citizens,""concerned parents," and "concerned individuals."
In response, fans of Adam Lambert have launched a counter-petition that has accrued over 23,000 signatures. It begins: "We the moral majority of Singapore utterly denounce and condemn the obvious sexual orientation discrimination demonstrated by the other petition on this site that is against Adam Lambert performing in Countdown 2016."
MediaCorp assured the public that Lambert will perform as scheduled, and "the televised concert would be suitable for family audiences and conform with broadcast regulations," according to Reuters.
Sia has released a new song.
The track, "One Million Bullets," is the latest from the bisexual singer's upcoming album, This Is Acting. She announced the song's release Friday on Twitter.
Similiar to Sia's most moving songs like "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart," "One Million Bullets" is a heartfelt ballad whose lyrics mix love and danger.
"Time after time, I drank from the poisoned wine. Yeah I picked the wrong kind, but baby you're alright," she sings in the opening verses.
Listen to "One Million Bullets" below.
The actors kissed onstage at the annual GQ awards in Brazil last week.
Miley Cyrus gave a call to arms for advocacy at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer was honored earlier this month for her work with The Happy Hippie Foundation, a group she founded to help the homeless and LGBT youth.
But Cyrus wasn't very happy with the state of selflessness in the world. In her speech, she bemoaned how caring for others "is just way too rare in the world that we live in today." She also quoted fellow Vanguard Award nominee Jane Fonda, "To be a revolutionary, you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power."
"We have been given this megaphone. And it is our responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect our fellow people, environment, and we cannot forget about the animals," Cyrus said.
Cyrus, 23, spoke passionately about how issues like the rise of HIV and homelessness among youth are linked, and underscored how dire the plight is within the LGBT community.
“There are more than 1.6 million runaway or homeless young people in the U.S. each year with 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ,” said the singer, who came out as pansexual earlier this year.
Cyrus founded The Happy Hippie Foundation in 2014, shortly after letting a homeless youth, Jesse, give an acceptance speech in her place at MTV's Video Music Awards. She often uses her social media influence to advocate for LGBT issues, most notably to decry Indiana's so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Earlier in the evening, she licked a grand piano at the behest of singer Linda Perry. It sold at auction for $50,000 to support the work of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which provides health and housing services for youth and seniors.
In addition to Cyrus and Fonda, Philadelphia and Freeheld screenwriter Ron Nyswaner was also honored, and he revealed one of his recent projects was 'de-gayed' by producers who were fearful its lesbian characters were too queer.
Cyrus concluded her own speech with a quotation from another female actress and role model, Audrey Hepburn:
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."
Watch her remarks below.
Five children from same-sex families are challenging marriage equality laws in Austria.
The pair helped the fashion designer add some festive sparkle to her flagship store.
A teacher has shared the story of the touching romance between two of his students.
A judge has made a landmark ruling for same-sex couples in Bermuda.
The policy was announced by the country's justice minister last week.
Bayna El-Amin claims he was set up to look like a 'homophobic hate criminal.'
Uterus transplants could allow men to carry babies and give birth, as soon as within the next decade, scientists have estimated. The question was posed after the Cleveland Clinic announced it would begin performing incredible uterus transplant surgery for women born without wombs, or whose own uterus does not function....
The actor says he managed to 'restrain himself' until he got home.
Advice to protesters who want to rename buildings on campuses: You don't need to erase history to deal with it. I spent my undergraduate years at Harvard University living in a building named after a man who tried to block black students from freshman dorms, to limit the number of Jews admitted, and who secretly persecuted and expelled gays, even driving several to suicide.