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December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 13, 2014

Planning your winter ski trip? Grab your mates and do it in style

With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

December 21, 2014

One victim, who had five teeth knocked out on gay pride weekend, had to undergo dental reconstruction over an 18-month period

Lambert Borgardt,who attacked two men in 2012 – one of whom made the news for receiving a six-figure dental reconstruction surgery for free by a local dentist after five of his teeth were knocked out, received 10 years probation sentence and must complete 200 hours of community service.

December 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores a recent ruling by a UK judge criticizing the six-month window in which you UK parents of surrogate children can apply for a parental order

Over the last decade surrogacy has become a mainstream family building method for gay parents in the UK.

With many of these prospective parents travelling abroad (particularly to the USA), as well as finding surrogates across the UK, the demand for surrogacy is increasing whilst the law is trailing behind trying to keep up.

December 21, 2014

Justin Welby admits he has been listening to gay clergy about how the Church has treated them, but won’t discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage

‘If you love them you listen carefully,’ said UK Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby about the gay community.

He was talking on the radio about gay clergy who feel they have been mistreated by the Church because of their stance on gay marriage.

However, when challenged about his previous opposition to gay marriage he refused to answer.

Welby was talking to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s show Desert Island Discs.

December 21, 2014

‘Do you think now that the reason why you’re not with a team because you’re not good enough or because you are gay?’

Gay footballer Michael Sam has had to answer a fair few tough questions since he became a sensation this year.

But later this month he will face the toughest questions of all from Oprah Winfrey.

On 27 December Sam will sit down with talk show queen Winfrey for an episode of Oprah Prime.

Sam rose to prominence after becoming the first openly gay to be drafted by a major National Football League (NFL) team, the St Louis Rams.

He instantly became a new LGBTI icon and won fans all around the globe.

December 20, 2014

'Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career...'

Singer, actress, and LGBTI ally Audra McDonald will soon appear on HBO in a portrayal of jazz great Billie Holiday.

The six-time Tony winner will reprise her role in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill  for the premium cable and satellite television network

December 20, 2014

Meanwhile, a Swiss film festival, which is represented in Egypt by the same journalist who filmed and broadcasted the raid, has come to her defense backing her claim that she was investigating sex trafficking

Several well-known organizations in the Middle East and North Africa have issued a joint statement to condemn the raid of a gay bathhouse in Cairo on Dec 7 in which 26 or 33 men, according to various media reports, have been arrested.

The men were arrested for the alleged 'group practice of deviance' in exchange for money inside the bathhouse.

December 20, 2014

Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards and more Drag Race alumni reveal life behind the make-up in new documentary

‘If I didn’t do drag people would say my sense of humour and approach is kind of like a nasty, hateful queen,’ says acid-tongued drag queen Bianca Del Rio.

‘And then you do drag and they say ‘‘Oh my God it’s fierce, it’s fabulous!’’

Del Rio is joined by other stars of the hit US TV show RuPual’s Drag Race in a new documentary exploring their lives behind the wigs, make-up and the sassy one-liners.

The documentary ‘This is Drag’ explores the queens and their relationships.

December 20, 2014

The project is set to appear sometime in 2015 and is co-produced by Latifah's company Flavor Unit

Be honest. Doesn't this Queen Latifah picture make you feel all tingly inside? Or, at the very least, jealous of the cigarette in her hand?

The photo is a tease from the upcoming HBO biopic Bessie. Latifah plays the lead in the drama about Bessie Smith,  nicknamed the Empress of the Blues.

Smith, who died in 1937 when she was 43, would have been fodder for today's fame machine. She had a husband, but also kept a female lover

Bisexual power at its best!

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revealation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 20, 2014

US Supreme Court denies the Florida Attorney General's request for the court to keep same-sex marriage ban

Florida is on its way to becoming the 36th state in the US to allow same-sex marriage after the US Supreme Court on Friday the US Supreme Court cleared the way for weddings in the state to start next month.

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2, the Miami Herald reported.

December 19, 2014

'I am a human. Not a gay'

Here at GSN, we don't understand anyone who doesn't clap for Brendan Jordan.

He's the lad from Las Vegas whose diva moves, during a news story, made him a bit of a star.

Or, at the very least, more famous than anyone at GSN because American Apparel hasn't put us in an ad like Brendan.

December 19, 2014

This Liverpool mayor candidate also quotes Bible scripture to attack the UK soccer club, and gets it wrong

Liverpool football club is cursed by God for 'promoting' homosexuality, a far-right politician has claimed.

Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate and current English Democrat, has claimed the soccer team is on a losing streak for supporting local Pride events.

'From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. Lev.18.23,' he posted on Facebook this week.

'In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse.'

December 19, 2014

He tweets: 'Being gay or straight isn't bad or good it just IS. U are who you are. Be true to yourself'

Ansel Elgort has cone out publicly - as straight.

The 20 year old, best known for Fault in Our Stars, is playing gay pianist Van Cliburn in an upcoming biopic and took to Twitter this week to separate fact from fiction.

'Just in case it isn't clear... I like girls. A lot,' he tweeted to his 2.4 million followers.

But he also made clear in a follow-up tweet that he doesn't think there's anything wrong with being gay.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

December 19, 2014

You didn't get this with Doug or Hey Arnold!, that's for sure

Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra has appeared to have just confirmed a lesbian love story, heavily wished for by fans.

Spoilers ahead, so please don't read on if you don't want to know what happens.

The spin-off to Avatar: The Last Airbender ended last night with the lead character Korra taking Asami's hand and walking off into the spirit world together.

The relationship, nicknamed 'Korrasami by fans, has been heavily hinted at over the years.

December 19, 2014

Police are looking to question her

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of the person they believe went on a 'pro-longed', homophobic rant on the London underground.

Detectives say the woman abused a 23-year-old man on a Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Northwood stations on the evening of 14 November.

The man was then followed off the train to the station exit.

December 19, 2014

Actress reunites with Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep in the musical Into the Woods

It's not lost on Emily Blunt that she has many gay fans.

'I know that’s my demographic. That’s been made clear to me by my fans,' the Into the Woods star tells The Advocate.

Blunt, whose other film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow, doesn't mind being recognized by her gay fans while she's out and about.

'I love it,' she says. 'I think it’s so cool, because one day I hope to be a gay icon.'

December 19, 2014

Trailblazing activists reach out to queer community in Southeastern Europe

It has been called the most anti-gay country in Europe – after last year's European Social Survey (ESS) indicated that over 53% of people there opposed homosexuality.

However, a gay rights group in Albania has broken boundaries by opening the first LGBTI shelter in the country.

The project, founded by queer gay rights groups Alenaca LGBT and ProLGBT, will help queer victims of violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

December 19, 2014

In the most tumultuous two months of his life, Greg Guelda split from his partner, adopted his daughter, and then found out he’d become HIV positive

In early 2007, Greg Guelda thought that he had everything; relative financial security, health, a loving partner and a child on the way.

A successful entrepreneur, Guelda, now aged 46, had long dreamed of being a father and had began the process of adopting a baby from Guatemala. He’d been with his same-sex partner for two and a half years.

December 19, 2014

Star takes center stage during season's final two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show

From Doogie to Barney to Hedwig to Chester?

Neil Patrick Harris has played many things in his long career on television, in movies and on stage but his role on American Horror Story: Freak Show seems to be his biggest departure yet.

When the FX series resumes 7 January for its final two episodes, Harris will appear as a man named Chester, the new owner of the circus.

He is attracted conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) but also is close to a ventriloquist dummy that he says 'relaxes' him.

Hmmm.