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March 11, 2015

Written by John Browne, The Glass Closet explains why coming out is good for business - for both employees and their employers

The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how businesses can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.’
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group

‘A courageous and salutary reminder that despite huge progress, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of tolerant and inclusive society of which business – as this book powerfully argues – must be a driving force.’
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
 

April 27, 2015

Actor confrims to Gay Star News he's leaving Days of Our Lives but door open for his return

Freddie Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, won his first Daytime Emmy Award on Sunday.

'This award is for the LGBT community for showing strength and courage and being an inspiration to all of us,' Smith said while accepting his award at a ceremony held on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

April 27, 2015

'We’ve invited selected Japanese guests and media to our same-sex wedding so that Japan can see the UK’s policy of diversity and inclusion'

Two gay employees of the British Embassy in Tokyo got married Friday (24 April) in the hopes of teaching Japan about UK-style 'diversity and inclusion.'

Diplomat Tim Johnson, 51, and staffer Ryan Parkins, 40, became the fifth same-sex couple to tie the knot at the embassy since June 2014, when gay Brits were first allowed to register their marriages at diplomatic post in 24 countries.

But it was the first time the embassy hosted a wedding for its own staff.

'Each country must develop its LGBT policies at their own pace,' the pair said in a statement.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 26, 2015

Police found a dead man inside a bedroom while the suspect was sitting on the doorstep of their house

A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Escondido police on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner inside their home in California's North County region early Saturday morning.

ABC 10 News reported the neighbors as saying that Ehren Dragt and the victim, whose name was not released, are a gay couple who have lived in the house for three to six years.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.

April 26, 2015

The actor, who plays Ste Hay in the soap, married Carl Hyland in a lavish ceremony in the Peak District

 Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson has married his longterm boyfriend.

The actor, known for playing Ste Hay in the Chester-based soap opera, married Carl Hyland yesterday (Saturday 25 April) in a ceremony at the Buxton Dome in the Peak District.

The couple were joined by Hollyoaks stars including Jennifer Metcalfe, Gemma Merna and Jasmine Franks, who acted as bridesmaids.

April 26, 2015

The NBA player, previously married to Kim Kardashian, has announced he supports Jenner's transition to female

 NBA player Kris Humphries has apologised for a tweet he sent which appeared to criticise Bruce Jenner for coming out as a transwoman.

Following Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer where the former Olympian announced he would be transitioning to a woman, Humphries, who was previously married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days, said: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’.

April 26, 2015

Saying sorry is not enough, chair of the NI Assembly's health committee says 'questions still remain for Jim Wells to answer'
 

Saying sorry is not enough, Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has been called before the Northern Ireland Assembly's health committee to explain his comments that gay couples are more likely to 'abuse' children.

Wells has apologized on Friday after he linked gay relationships and the abuse of children at a South Down hustings meeting on Thursday night.

He said, 'You don't bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected...'

His comments were immediately met by uproar from the audience.

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 26, 2015

Live stream from runner’s point of view for the first time

G-A-Y club boss Jeremy Joseph is running the London Marathon today and, for the first time, you can watch every step live.

He has a camera mounted on his chest, streaming the action directly to this player.

Joseph is determined to carry on with his marathon bid despite getting agonizing shin splints in both legs.

April 25, 2015

The bill, to be voted by the lower house, aims to protect the rights of transgender persons and end discrimination against them through a national commission and special courts

The Rajya Sabha, upper house of India’s Parliament, voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a bill to protect the rights of transgender people.

According to media reports, the private member's bill by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva who represents Tamil Nadu was the first member-sponsored bill to be passed since 1970.

On Friday, MPs are said to have cut across party lines to support the proposed legislation that aims to safeguard the welfare of transgender people who are known in India as the 'third gender'.

April 25, 2015

Teams of four were to race to six bars, proceeds to benefit the Beijing LGBT Center, a non-profit, community-based organization

The Gaymazing Poker Race, that was to be held this afternoon, has been cancelled at the last minute after the Beijing LGBT Center was visited by the authorities on Thursday night, reported The Beijinger.

The race involves teams of four racing around to six different hutong (lane) bars from Great Leap Brewing, a microbrewery, to get a full hand of poker dealt to them between 1.30 and 5pm today.

April 25, 2015

'I've been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life'

Olympic champion turned reality show star Bruce Jenner confirmed on Friday (24 April) plans to transition to female.

'For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,' Jenner told Diane Sawyer minutes into a highly-anticipated interview on ABC.

April 25, 2015

Eight episode program on E! will explore Jenner’s transition to female

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer was just the beginning.

The 1976 Olympic champion will return to television this summer in an eight episode documentary series on Jenner's new life as a woman.

The series, which does not yet have a title, will air on E!

'Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,' says Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, E!

April 25, 2015

Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Boy George, Mario Lopez, Debra Messing, Andy Cohen and Steve Grand also give shout outs

Bruce Jenner, who publicly came out as transgender Friday night in a television interview, received an outpouring of support from his fellow celebrities as he shared his story with the world.

Among those who took to Twitter was transgender actress Laverne Cox who wrote: 'Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one's truth. Congrats darling.'

April 25, 2015

The 17 million viewers result in highest-rated episode of 20/20 in 15 years

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday earned ABC's 20/20 its highest ratings in 15 years and also exploded on Twitter.

The two-hour program garnered just under 17 million viewers - one of the biggest audience on a Friday night for a non-sports special since 2003.

During the show, Jenner discussed beginning the process of publicly transitioning to female at the age of 65.

The Jenner interview was the highest-rated for a 20/20 episode since a 2000 interview with John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.

April 25, 2015

Kylee and Kendall Jenner and Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian tweet words of love and support

All of Bruce Jenner's 10 children and stepkids spoke out in support of their dad on Friday after Jenner confirmed that he identifies as female.

'Couldn't be a more proud daughter,' tweeted Kourtney Kardashian. 'With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce's side and support him.'

Khloe Kardashian watched the two-hour ABC News interview with her family and tweeted: 'Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.'

April 25, 2015

The NBA player, who was briefly married to Jenner's stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, sent the tweet after Jenner came out as a transwoman

 NBA player Kris Humphries has publicly distanced himself from former father-in-law Bruce Jenner after the former Olympian came out as a transwoman.

Humphries, who was married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days in 2011, sent a tweet soon after Jenner came out saying: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’

The comment drew widespread anger and criticism over Twitter, with many calling him an ‘idiot’ and stating he was dumped by Kardashian, rather than getting out on his own accord.

April 25, 2015

'I think what they’re doing with our characters is really unique'

Matt Bomer was at the CinemaCon event for theater owners to talk up the male stripper flick Magic Mike XXL but couldn't avoid being asked about American Horror Story: Hotel.

The hunky actor will star opposite Lady Gaga in the fifth season of the FX anthology series to premiere in October.

'I know that I’ll be working with Stefani [Germanotta], Lady Gaga, pretty extensively, so I’m excited about that,' Bomer told MTV News.

April 25, 2015

'I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

When Bey came out as trans to her dads, she hoped they would accept her for who she really is.

But the 22-year-old was shocked to discover that, despite both parents struggling to come out as gay when they were younger, they refused to accept her coming out as trans.

Now, she’s sharing her story in the hope her parents will see she’s serious about her transition.

'I'm hurt,’ she explained, speaking to GSN.

'I feel as though they should understand. I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’