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April 29, 2015

Michael Martin and Logan Westrope slow danced to Sam Smith's Stay With Me during charmed evening

They were just like any other couple at last weekend's Mussleman High School senior prom - except they weren't.

Michael Martin, a Mussleman senior, and his boyfriend Logan Westrope, were the only same-sex couple at the event held at The Heritage Hall in Inwood, West Virginia.

'We knew this would be a night to remember,' Westrope, who attends a different school, tells Outsports.

April 28, 2015

'We were both a little hesitant to hold hands, not knowing how the rest of the student body would react'

Look at these photos of two gay athletes who attended prom together and try not to smile.

Michael Martin went to his senior prom at The Mussleman High School in West Virginia with Logan Westrope, an athlete from a nearby school.

Martin, an all-state soccer player, came out last fall by slow-dancing with his then-boyfriend at homecoming.

He asked his new boyfriend of four months to prom in March in the parking lot of Chik-fil-A, where Logan works.

April 24, 2015

'He's my best friend, and a real man'

A photo of a straight high school student asking his gay best friend to prom has gone viral after it was posted on social media.

Anthony Martinez of Las Vegas lamented on Twitter that he was on the prom committee did not have a date to the the dance.

So his best friend Jacob Lescenski decided to do something about it.

At lunch break on Monday (21 April) while Martinez was selling prom tickets, he unfurled a giant banner that read: 'You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8, but you’re like my brother so be my d8!'

April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love's principal had said: 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is'

Claudetteia Love will be wearing a tuxedo to her high school prom after all.

The honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, had been told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux at the dance on 24 April.

But after The National Center for Lesbian Rights got involved, the teen's story went public and school officials have backed down.

April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love and her family are standing up to her school’s position that 'girls wear dresses and that’s just the way it is'

An openly gay student is protesting against her school’s dress code rules by boycotting her prom.

Claudetteia Love, an honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, planned to celebrate the end of her senior year with her classmates, but was told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux.

'The principal said that girls wear dresses and that is just the way it is,’ she said, speaking to GSN.

'I normally wear pants and shorts to school and it has never been a problem.’

December 27, 2014

So many parties, so little time – GSN takes a look at some of the sexiest events to pencil in your diary for 2015.

You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?

December 22, 2014

Tuc Watkins, who played gay on Desperate Housewives, believes Modern Family couple is 80s stereotype

Openly gay actor Tuc Watkins has gotten Jesse Tyler Ferguson's attention with his Facebook post ripping on Modern Family's Cam and Mitch.

Watkins wrote that while he finds the ABC show ‘clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle,’ he also has ‘a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.”'

He added: 'It doesn’t feel “modern” at all. Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?'

December 22, 2014

In open letter to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor expands in his views: 'I see your point. I hope you’ll consider mine'

Former Desperate Housewives cast member Tuc Watkins has apologized for using the term 'blackface' to describe the Cam and Mitchell characters on Modern Family.

Watkins had been critical of the fictional gay couple in a Facebook post stating: 'It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.’

December 3, 2014

The secret lives of He-Man and Captain Jack revealed in Austin, Texas

From Batman to Wonderwoman, Ripley to Captain Jack and He-Man to She-Ra – who hasn't had a bit of a crush on one or all of the above?

Indeed, the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, video games and comic books are filled with homoerotic hotties (give or take Super Mario) – and Haven Con, a new LGBTI convention in Austin, Texas, is to celebrate them all.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 27, 2014

Barrowman flies home to be with family - gets row to himself on near empty plane

John Barrowman decided to travel on Thanksgiving Day.

'1st Thanksgiving with family and friends in almost 10 years. I'm hungry:)' the Arrow and Torchwood star tweeted from the airport.

He later tweeted that his plane was empty and 'had a row to myself.'

Barrowman was among the stars tweeting their thanks via Twitter before settling in to seriously stuff their faces on Thanksgiving Day.

November 26, 2014

Sweaty, sexy gay holiday fun in San Francisco, Chicago and New York

Thanksgiving week is considered one of the US's biggest for clubbing – and this year, gay partiers are spoilt for choice with events every night this week in all the major cities. Here are seven holiday blowouts that have caught our eye…

November 24, 2014

One of the most fascinating historic LGBTI cultures in the world

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance – historical and familial.

October 24, 2014

Holy homosexuality!

After 75 years of caped crusading, you would have thought someone would have asked Batman about his close-knit relationship with Robin.

But finally, in a new comics series, he answers the question that has been on everyone's lips for three quarters of a century.

Multiversity: The Just #1, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver, was released on 22 October.

It features the offspring of the world's most famous DC Comics superheroes (Chris Kent, for example, the foster son of Clark Kent, Superman).

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 23, 2014

New show will star Glee actor Grant Gustin as the superfast superhero in the spin-off of Arrow

New CW superhero show The Flash will feature two gay characters in its first season.

The spin-off of Arrow, which will star former Glee star Grant Gustin as the superfast superhero, is expected to have plenty to keep LGBT audiences interested.

Greg Berlanti, the gay writer who is producing The Flash along with Andrew Krisberg, revealed DC Comics character David Singh will be a part of the series.

In the comics, Singh is the supervisor of The Flash’s alter ego Barry Allen in the Central City crime lab.

May 27, 2014

Danbury High student Nasir Fleming was cheered by his fellow students when he took out the title as Prom Queen at his school dance on Friday night – becoming the first ever male at the school to take the title

Things went wild in a good way when openly gay Danbury, Connecticut teen Nasir Fleming was named Prom Queen on Friday night – becoming the first male Prom Queen in the school’s history.

Nasir, who had also been nominated for Prom King, was cheered and applauded by his fellow students from Danbury High School as he accepted the tiara at the school’s dance at the Matrix Center on Friday night.

Nasir said he wanted to be Prom Queen to support transgender equality even though he is not transgender himself.

May 27, 2014

Holy smokes! Batman, one of the campest and homoerotic characters from superhero history, is 75 years old

Holy homosexuality! Batman is 75 years old.

And with the anniversary, what better way than to point out the reasons why many consider the character to be the gayest straight superhero in existence?

The ‘gay’ interpretation goes all the way back to 1954, when a psychiatrist claimed that the comic books were ‘homosexual fantasies’.

The 1995 feature film Batman Forever, and especially its 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, both helmed by openly gay director Joel Schumacher, attracted attention for the homoerotic innuendos.

March 17, 2014

GSN was at the first ever Lesbian Prom held in Scala, Kings Cross, and with Charli XCX performing, it did not disappoint

Life for a lesbian in London can be hard, but it just got a lot better with the first ever Lesbian Prom.

Held at Scala in Kings Cross for the first time, gay girls were promised four rooms of madness with Charli XCX headlining, Red n Pink and DJ’s Izzy Trixx and Sandra D performing in the main room.

The lineup doesn’t stop there. MissFit managed to get lead singer of electronic band CHVRCHES Lauren Maybury to perform in the ‘attic’ room along with many other DJs and even a few drag kings!

December 1, 2013

Macy's defends the Kinky Boots' performance at its annual Thanksgiving parade

The performers from the award winning play Kinky Boots cheekily responded to the critics of their presence in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

November 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged all Americans, ‘no matter who we love,’ in his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation

US President Barack Obama has capped off a year of victories for the LGBTI rights movement by acknowledging Americans ‘no matter who we are or who we love’ in the opening paragraph of his 2013 Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation.

‘Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings - the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,’ Obama wrote in a proclamation posted on the White House website.

November 30, 2013

But writer Harvey Fierstein praises it as a 'message of tolerance and acceptance to America's parade'

The musical Kinky Boots may have won the Tony Award for best musical this year but its presence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was just too much for some people.

The show, written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straight-laced owner who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to save the business with custom fetish-type footwear.

A number from the show was featured on NBC's telecast of the parade and a disapproving YouTube user by the name of SuperLatvian posted video of it.

July 4, 2013

Canadian performer claims she was not being racist when she was fired for playing a 'big fat black' American psychic character

A Canadian drag queen is furious for being fired from Toronto Pride after being accused of performing in ‘blackface’.

Daytona Bitch claims he was fired in an email from the marketing company that booked her for her 24 June performance.

According to 26 June email from Diamond Integrated Marketing, the performance was against the organization’s ‘longstanding commitment to diversity’.

The performer said the character, a black American psychic called Miss Cleo, was not offensive or even an example of blackface.

June 5, 2013

Bradley Taylor and Dylan Meehan inspired by the support and attention

Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan, a gay couple who gained instant internet fame after being voted ‘Cutest Couple’ in their high school yearbook, went to their prom this week as celebrities.

The tuxedo-clad pair from Carmel, New York, smiled for cameras as they posed for pre-prom photos on Monday (4 June) and reflected on all that has transpired since yearbook photo went viral last Friday.