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October 22, 2014

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Orange Is The New Black is going to be the go-to costume for girls this Halloween.

Long gone is the time when the only options for women were witch or sexy kitten, thankfully. Among the plethora of options out there now, there is an outfit out there that is relatively easy, looks good and is comfortable.

And not only that, you get to dress up as one of the most recognizable LGBTI characters on television today.

We've had a look through social media, and some girls have done an incredible job to look like Piper, Alex, Red etc

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has defended its decision to host the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event conference will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 22, 2014

Ray Cole: 'I was terrified ... real, real terror'

Ray Cole is back home in Great Britain but the nightmares from being in jail in Morocco continue.

The 69-year-old retired magazine publisher was arrested last month along with boyfriend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, for being gay.

Cole was sentence to four months in prison but was released after 19 days after his family launched a high-profile campaign about his jailing and warned other tourists.

Nass, who is from Morocco, was finally released on 10 October.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

October 22, 2014

The new music video from jazz-pop act MRF features frontman, Mike Flanagan, in an 'art-imitating-life', tender love story with a fellow gay bear

As far as we’re concerned, we don’t see enough gay couples featured in music videos. We certainly don’t see enough musclebear couples, which is why #GSNLoves this new music clip from Boston-based jazz act, MRF.

MRF is songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Flanagan.

October 22, 2014

Students and pupils are invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake to coincide with the upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK this November

Educate and Celebrate, the UK-based organization that helps schools to become LGBT-friendly, is launching a special competition to coincide with Britain’s 2014 Anti-Bullying Week (17-21 Nov).

In conjunction with Gay Star News, it is asking pupils and students to take part in its ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off. To do this, they will have to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes.

The aim of the contest is to raise awareness around diversity issues during National Anti-Bullying Week.

October 22, 2014

The umbrella is also an icon of the city's democracy movement

Hong Kong pride has taken the humble umbrella as this year's symbol in solidarity with the city's democratic movement.

Organizers said the sharing of the symbol was 'a beautiful coincidence' as they had ordered 500 rainbow umbrellas in early August, more than a month before Occupy Central began.

'We support civil society, and we hope it can support us in return, too,' pride spokeswoman Wei Siu-lik said.

'Mutual support is very important to Hongkongers now. We hope the rainbow umbrella will remind people to support us.'

October 22, 2014

Butch Otter, up for reelection, wants entire 9th Circuit Court to re-hear case

Same-sex marriages have begun in Idaho but the state's governor is still hoping that will be a temporary thing.

Butch Otter, who is up for reelection, announced Tuesday (21 October) that he plans to ask the full 11-member 9th Circuit Court to re-hear the case which successfully challenged the state's gay marriage ban.

It was a three-judge panel from the Circuit Court who overturned the ban.

Otter maintains that errors when it struck down the ban on 7 October.

October 22, 2014

A comprehensive report by Human Rights Watch details how Jamaica’s LGBT community faces widespread discrimination and violence

A new report by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica.

The Human Rights Watch report – Not Safe at Home – follows five weeks of study on the Caribbean island country from April to June last year.

October 22, 2014

The couple joined the ‘Poker Face’ singer on stage at last night’s Manchester’s performance of her ArtRave: Art Pop Ball. She told the audience that those uncomfortable with the proposal were on 'the wrong side of history'

Lady Gaga performed in Manchester, England, last night, and the evening was a particularly memorable one for two members of the audience

Midway during the show, Gaga invited boyfriends Jay and Sean to join her on stage. She described Jay as ‘family’: ‘an incredible man and incredible friend’.

She then lets the boys take the spotlight, and to Sean’s apparent surprise, Jay gets on his knees and proposes.

They couple then kissed, the crowd went wild and Gaga jumped with joy.

October 22, 2014

'Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean'

Now that Idaho's marriage ban has been struck down, Madelynn 'Lee' Taylor will be able to be buried with her spouse.

October 22, 2014

Anti-gay TV evangelist says it's time pastors fight against this 'monstrous thing' of being forced not to discriminate

Televangelist Pat Roberton once again went off on LGBTI activists on Wednesday (22 October) calling them terrorists, radicals and extremists.

The host of TV's The 700 Club is incensed over subpoenas sent to some religious leaders in Houston who have sued the city in an effort to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance.

Excerpts of some of Robertson's diatribe:

October 22, 2014

'People notice my eye looks different, I had my eyelid done because it was drooping'

Rosie O'Donnell told the audience of ABC's The View of Wednesday (22 October) that she had plastic surgery to take care of a droopy eyelid.

She made the disclosure during a discussion about Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger who appeared at a red carpet event this week looking very different than she has in the past.

The has led to widespread speculation about what Zellweger may or may not have had done to her face.

October 22, 2014

The original members of the hit-making British pop band will be performing together again for the BBC’s annual charity fundraiser

Pop group S Club 7 have announced that they are to perform together again for the first time in over a decade.

The group – featuring the original line-up of Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens – will be performing a medley of past hits for this year’s annual BBC fundraiser, Children in Need.

October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

October 22, 2014

Representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka have admitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee that LGBTI people are protected under its constitution – though they maintain their country’s anti-sodomy law is not discriminatory

The Sri Lankan Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted for the first time this month that its constitution protects people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Representatives of the government made the admission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee after being questioned on the issue.

October 22, 2014

Four witnesses have already left the Philippines

A US marine charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman defied orders from Philippine authorities yesterday and skipped his first court hearing.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, has been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead, naked and with her head in a hotel toilet last week in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 21, 2014

'He did say the reason he did it was I was the sexiest man he'd ever seen'

Actor Alan Cumming says he doesn't hold a grudge against Shia LaBeouf for grabbing his bum and other obnoxious behavior while attending a performance last June on Cabaret.

LaBeouf arrived at the Broadway show drunk and Cumming said he and other cast members were immediately aware there was a problem with the famous audience member.

'He was just wasted and he was wasted from the second he walked in,' Cumming told Conan O'Brien on Monday (20 October). 'Everyone was freaking out because someone seemed to be a crazy person shouting and stuff.'

October 21, 2014

'When my brother was told that God didn't love him I was like, "OK, that's not cool."'

Ariana Grande has revealed she renounced Catholicism in order to support her gay brother.

Her sibling, Frankie Grande, who recently appeared on Big Brother, was told by the Church that 'God didn't love him'.

The 21-year-old singer then decided to turn to Kabbalah.

'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph magazine.

'They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.'