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We prepare for Coming Out Day on Friday by asking Gay Star News readers who they came out to first – and what happened next

Think Disney is just about princes and princesses? Think again as GSN takes a look at the most ambiguous and explicit LGBT characters in the animation canon

Gay Star News takes a look at some of the best gay and lesbian poets from history and today

Is there racism at the heart of gay pornography? Are depictions of black and Asian men exploiting prejudices about them?

GSN speaks exclusively to two global leaders in understanding what makes us lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight – Simon Le Vay and Qazi Rahman – and discovers how their work may have much wider benefits

Amy Stanning and Sionice-Louise Ross share inspiring stories of being openly transgender at Barclays and the changes they’re making to help the bank’s trans customers

Gay Star News chats to the star of a new reality TV series Meet The Russians about why he ‘respects’ the man who signed federal anti-gay laws

Gay Star News speaks to Turkey's first openly gay mayoral candidate Can Çavuşoğlu to learn about the 43-year-old's motivations, campaign platforms and chances at winning the mayoral seat

Tells GSN: 'This is the first time I've ever been in every frame of a movie'

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'It's wild that they are all happening at the same time but I'm going with it'

Whether you are gay, bisexual or straight – if you need help starting your family you’ll find it at the Alternative Parenting Show thanks to its seminars

The amazing story of how LGBT staff at one bank are helping change their company, gay people’s lives and the corporate world

Mark Bingham chronicled his life with videotape from his teenage years until approximately a month before his death on  9/11

Opinions are transformable, says activist group as over 50% Taiwanese switch to support for gay unions within a decade 

'It could have been Divine's Drag Race instead of RuPaul's Drag Race'

Nick Gruber looks to the future in his interview with Gay Star News

'I think it's important that people know who I am and the background that I come from. That's the whole point of being out'

See pictures from protests around the world against Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws yesterday (3 September)

Thousands of LGBT students are getting ready to come out at university, and it can be daunting. Check out our advice to make the most of it

GSN speaks to Kiril, a 17-year-old using social networking to spread the message of what it is like to be gay in Russia

YouTube ASMR star Tony Bomboni’s relaxing videos have thousands of fans and a few vicious trolls. He tells GSN what happens when you meet the ‘haters’ in the real world

Gay Star News chats to the British singer-songwriter about everything from loving lesbian love on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, growing up and learning life lessons from Finding Nemo

Gay Star News headed down to the London premiere of One Direction: This Is Us to find out what they thought of competing with the girls, 'Larry Stylinson' and feeling alienated in the fanbase community

The policy mess, the anti-gay lord, the schools banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality and why the British government’s own education ministry is at the bottom of it all

Author Mark Brennan Rosenberg talks to Gay Star News about his book Eating My Feelings and the pitfalls of Grindr for gay men

While homophobia persists, members of the community are coming out of the closet, with the media now listening to their stories 

Naoko Tachibana says she wants to remove negative perceptions about crossdressers and make the world aware of their beauty

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