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December 17, 2014

See in the New Year in style from Philadelphia and New York to Washington DC

Yet to lock down your NYE? Fear not – check out our handy party guide for the biggest and best bashes in the US this December 31…

1. DRAGULA NEW YEAR'S EVE W/ MILK – LA
Taking over leather bar Faultline, this anything-goes drag show will feature muscle daddy dancers, beauty pageants and lavish PAs from the likes of Milk (from RuPaul's Drag Race).
From $20
4216 Melrose Avenue

December 9, 2014

'You could feel the shift and you could feel the change physically in that moment in New York and it was amazing. It was really surreal'

Sam Smith calls his guest spot on Saturday Night Live 'one of the scariest nights of my life.'

It also ignited his career in the US.

'I tried to beg my managers and my team to not do SNL because I thought it was way too early. But I was so, so wrong,' Smith writes in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly.

December 8, 2014

The openly gay front man of The Feeling shares his traveller tales – from old American diners to wet weekends in Ireland...

Where were you going the last time you got on a plane?
My last flight was quite a while ago! It's unlike me to spend so long on the ground but I've been working on album five with the band. I took a flight to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival.

What were your family holidays like as a child?
In a caravan travelling around a wet Ireland, with lots of music and lots of appalling weather – never a sun tan to be seen! It was perfect. We didn't have a lot of money, but we enjoyed our childhood a lot.

December 7, 2014

Throughout much of his childhood, Matthew McVarish was repeatedly sexually abused by an uncle. He's now on a mission to walk through 32 European capital cities to help end the silence that persists around child sexual abuse

When Matthew McVarish was first taken to see the film Forrest Gump, at the age of 11, little did he know that – years later – it would prove to be the inspiration for his current endeavor.

The Scotsman is nearing the end of his ‘Road to Change’: an 20-month mission to walk 10,000 miles across Europe, visiting the capital cities of 29 countries in an effort to raise awareness around child sex abuse and to break down the stigma victims feel in talking about their experiences.

December 7, 2014

The Russian government owned Rossia 1 television network screened a ‘documentary’ in November about the supposed moral degradation of America and Europe caused by LGBTI equality

Russian state owned media has aired a 90 minute ‘documentary’ in which it is claimed that it is normal in America for parents to decorate their children's bedrooms with sexually explicit images and for young kids to be asked to choose which gender they want to be.

The episode of Special Correspondent screened on the Rossia 1 television network in November and warned of what it called ‘gender fascism’ in the West - which it claimed was seeing children taken away from parents who still had traditional values.

December 5, 2014

Openly gay singer will compete for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and more

Sam Smith's year just got even more amazing as the openly gay British singer has received five Grammy nominations.

Smith will compete for Record of the Year and Song of the Year with Stay With Me, for Best New Artist as well as Best Pop Vocal Album (In the Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance (Stay With Me).

Smith tweeted: '4 Grammy Nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet - fucking hell.'

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 20, 2014

Donations to the main group campaigning against same-sex marriage in America appear to be drying up as courts continue to rule in favor of the rights of same-sex couples across the United States

The most prominent group in America campaigning against the legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be in financial trouble, with its 2013 tax filing documents showing the organization is more than $2.5 million in debt.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) only managed to raise $5.1 million in 2013 with over half of that coming from just two big donors.

That figure was more than half what the organization received in 2012.

November 12, 2014

'AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s'

Zachary Quinto thinks too many people are forgetting the painful legacy of AIDS which was a death sentence for so many gay men in the 80s and 90s.

'I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,' the Star Trek actor tells Out Magazine which has named him Artist of the Year.

He is alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in adolescents and thinks others should be too.

November 10, 2014

The Rocky Mountain Knights wants to be a fraternal society that all Americans can take part in so that they can join forces in resisting the ‘New World Order’ and ‘one-world-government’ though other Klansmen disagree with the move

One of Montana’s most well-known white supremacists says he has turned over a new leaf and wants to champion a new Ku Klux Klan movement which embraces non-white Americans and LGBTI people.

John Abarr says his Rocky Mountain Knights will be an inclusive Ku Klux Klan that will welcome all Americans in opposing what he calls the ‘new world order’ and one world government – which he says the US Government is pushing for.

November 7, 2014

Partners becomes singer's 52nd gold record -  more than any other female artist in history

At the age of 72, Barbra Streisand is proving to be as big a draw as she ever was.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Friday (7 November) that Streisand's latest album, Partners, has been certified gold meaning it has sold more than 500,000 copies.

This marks the 52nd gold record for Streisand whose first album was released 50 years ago last month.

No other female artist has achieved as many gold records as Streisand.

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 5, 2014

Think there are no positive portrayals of transgender people in movies? You have to see this new feature film

In a world where trans representation in film is non-existent or disastrously insulting, it is impossible to greet Boy Meets Girl with anything less than wild excitement.

This sweet, sassy, funny movie stars real-life trans girl Michelle Hendley as Rikki, growing up transgender in rural Kentucky.

Yes, it has some of the tropes of LGBTI filmmaking. But bisexual Rikki’s flirtations with other women and journey to her future ambitions wins hearts and deserves to win a global audience.

October 29, 2014

Shepherd appears on Good Morning America and makes fun of O'Donnell's various ailments - predicts she will be on the show just one year

Sherri Shepherd, a former co-host of ABC's The View, relentlessly made fun of current co-host Rosie O'Donnell during a television interview this week.

Shepherd appeared in Good Morning America to promote her role in the Broadway musical Cinderella and said she still watches the show she co-hosted for seven years before departing in the summer.

Shepherd kicked off her Rosie ribbing by lifting up her leg which O'Donnell did during her first show this season. O'Donnell returned to the show after quitting in 2007 after one stormy year.

October 26, 2014

‘What was my crime? I loved. I was loved’ replies the gay man who was told his homosexual lifestyle was not welcome at the Presbyterian Church of America

A gay man from the US was shocked to find a letter from his Church telling him they had found out he is gay.

‘Regretfully it has come to our attention that you have been engaging in a homosexual lifestyle,’ reads the letter.

What follows in the letter only gets worse. A private conversation had been leaked to the Church leaders, meaning the man in question had been effectively outed.

The letter informed the Church goer he must attend a meeting to defend himself.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 23, 2014

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has told talk radio that he believes that gay soldiers will not be ready to defend against sudden attacks because they will need to get massages first before going into battle like the Ancient Greeks

Outspoken anti-gay Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has used an appearance on the Point of View radio talk show to make a bizarre attack on gays and lesbians serving in the US military – claiming that they will not be battle ready in the event of a sudden attack.

Gohmert made the comments a day after the third anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that barred openly gay and lesbian personnel from serving, saying he still believes allowing them to serve ‘is not a good idea.’

October 9, 2014

Quezon City mayor says he is checking if he can officiate same-sex unions

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has said he hopes to see gay marriage legalized in the Philippines and is checking if he can officiate them.

The popular former actor made the comments on Tuesday during his State of the City Address.

The Inquirer quoted him as saying, 'I was watching the news and there was another court in America which [legalized] same-sex marriage or what they call "equality marriage."

'I look forward to the day the Philippines or Quezon City will have an equality marriage ordinance.'

October 8, 2014

A new study from the Pew Research Center has found that a majority of African Americans say businesses should not be allowed to deny services to same-sex couples who are getting married despite most still opposing gay marriage

Even though only around 4 in 10 African Americans support same-sex marriage, new research has found that a majority of them still feel that it is wrong for businesses to be legally able to refuse to provide goods and services to gay couples who are getting married.

The Pew Research Center found that 61% of the African Americans they surveyed agreed that it was wrong for for-profit businesses to deny same-sex couples goods and services based on the owner or employee’s religious beliefs.

October 7, 2014

'Be proud of this industry and every single male model, gay, straight, heels, corsets. Who gives a f**k?'

Tyra Banks was not amused when she found out that one of the contestants on this season of America's Top Model took issue with a fellow male competitor for wearing high heels.

Will Jardell, who is openly gay, wore the heels in his appearance before judges. It was then revealed that a contestant named Denzel had earlier remarked that he did not want to have to go home and have to tell friends that he lost to a man in high heels.

Banks called him out on the homophobia of such a statement.

October 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

September 22, 2014

The United States Census Bureau has found that there are now over half a million married gay and lesbian Americans, ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow them to marry

Over half a million Americans have married a partner of the same-sex, new Census data released this month reveals.

The United States Census Bureau estimated in 2012 that there were only 182,000 same-sex married couples in America.

However revised estimates from the bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey upped that figure substantially to nearly 252,000.

That figure does not include same-sex couples who married but then later divorced.

In comparison there are 56 million American households that are headed by opposite-sex married couples.

September 17, 2014

The red rocks of Colorado, home to a gay ski week, historic hotels, a classic car museum and extreme outdoor activities, show our travel writer a different side of America

I found the heart of America in western Colorado.

After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado's people.