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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.

May 16, 2013

Student, who identifies as a gay male, was told he could not campaign for the prom queen crown as it would be 'discriminating women'

A gay male student is being banned from running from prom queen at his Austin, Texas school.

Coy Villasenor was told by Lehman High School administrators they could not allow him to campaign for the crown, saying it discriminate against women.

On voting day, school officials put him in the king category after he had already stated his intentions to run with other female students.

April 24, 2013

A Pennsylvania school principal allegedly put a trans student on the prom queen ballot after denied the chance to run for king

A transgender student, denied the chance to run for prom king, was allegedly placed on the queen ballot by his principal.

Isaak Wolfe, 18, a senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania, says his school principal Mark Shue put his birth name on the ballot for prom queen.

‘If I would have known they would’ve done that, I probably would have opted out,’ Wolfe told the York Daily Record. ‘What bothers me the most if they never told me.

Wolfe says he was ‘humiliated’ because he had handed out prom king fliers campaigning for the title.

April 5, 2013

After a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union reminded the school a trans female teen has a right to express herself, the Texas school changed their mind

February 26, 2013

A high school senior was told he is not allowed to wear a dress, high heels and wig to his prom

A Texas teen is fighting against officials who say he is not allowed to wear a dress, heels, and a wig to the prom.

Tony Zamazal, a senior at Spring High School, told local news KHOU he feels more comfortable in women’s clothes and has recently been dressing in them as often as he can.

‘[The principal] told me it just wasn’t in the dress code. Women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos,’ Zamazal said. ‘It’s not okay to just tell people they can’t be the way that they are. It’s not just a choice of the way you look, it’s more of who you are.’

February 16, 2013

Speaking in favor of an anti-gay prom in Indiana, a special education teacher adds fuel to the fire with homophobic comments
 

A group of parents, students and teachers in Indiana is trying to ban gays and lesbians from the annual prom.

The campaign for a 'traditional prom' at Sullivan High School escalated this week when one of the group's members made several homophobic comments.

Diana Medley, a special education teacher and member of the group, told WTWO-TV: 'We don't agree with it (homosexuality) and it's offensive to us.

'Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them,' Medley continued.

February 15, 2013

Missouri teen is not allowed to bring his date as the county handbook states 'boys can only invite girls'

A gay Missouri teen is being banned from bringing his male date to his high school prom, it was revealed today (15 February).

Stacy Dawson, from Scott County, asked his school’s administrators if he could bring his same-sex date to his senior prom.

‘I was really shocked, and it was really depressing,’ he told KFVS.

November 7, 2012

Britain's Channel 4 apologizes for censoring a Sunday lunchtime repeat of the popular US cartoon

A British TV channel has apologized after cutting the word 'gay' out of an episode of The Simpsons.

Channel 4 censored the word from a repeat of the US show on Sunday (4 November) at 12.55pm because it was deemed unsuitable for viewers at that time of the day, despite it being used in its proper context.

The 1994 episode features Homer and Ned Flanders at an American football match.

Although the donut-loving patriarch usually hates his God-fearing neighbor, the pair bond after Flanders buys him food and introduces him to a star player.

September 5, 2012

A new exhibition in the northern Italian city starts next Friday and will run until the 23 September. The gay comics exhibit will also feature LGBT characters and stories in mainstream comics

From Gus & Waldo to the X-Man Northstar, Milan is going to celebrate ‘gay’ comics with a brand new exhibiton starting next Friday (7 September) until 23 September at the Museo del Fumetto, the comics museum.

Organized by university association Gaystatale and the leading LGBT Italian association Arcigay, the exhibition will be launched with a lecture by Massimo Fenati, author of Gus & Waldo, a comic about two gay penguins popular in Britain and Italy.

April 15, 2012

Equality California support straight allies engagement

A gay rights group in California has shown full support for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding announcement - despite the couple's oath to never tie the knot until everyone had the right to marry.