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June 5, 2014

America’s best-loved poet and civil rights activist has had her funeral threatened because of her support for LGBTI people

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas was planning to protest the ‘home-going’ service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

June 1, 2014

US trans activist and author Janet Mock has written an open letter of support to a trans teenager being held in prison without charges

US transgender author and activist Janet Mock has written an open letter to a transgender teenage girl being held in an adult prison without charges.

The girl, given the name Jane Doe by the media because her real name cannot be disclosed as she is a minor, is reportedly being held in a Connecticut adult facility without any charges being pressed against her.

Doe wrote a letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy pleading for her release.

May 29, 2014

Hunky officer gives sly smile when told he's become something of a web celeb

Armistead Maupin, the celebrated author of the Tales of the City books, is the envy of many this week after encountering the San Francisco police officer known only as 'The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

'Well, I finally got to see him in person,' Maupin writes on a Facebook post accompanied by a photo he snapped of the cutest cop since Kent McCord on TV's Adam 12.

May 28, 2014

'I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, "Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?"'

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

One of America's leading voices on the civil rights movement, she was confirmed dead this morning (28 May).

Famous for works such as her memoir, 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings', she has performed in front of presidents, kings and queens, and the world.

She had recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor, where she would have been given the 'Beacon of Life' Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on 30 May in Houston.

May 26, 2014

The revelation came along with 'basically a declaration of love attached to it'

The Normal Heart's Mark Ruffalo remembers his best friend in high school being so agitated and upset for weeks because he had something difficult to tell him.

Ruffalo wondered if he had killed somebody.

He hadn't. It turns out he was gay.

May 14, 2014

She tells GSN: 'It didn't matter if my marriages failed because I have my fans, I felt loved - a different kind of love. Lasting love'

Debbie Reynolds has always felt a special connection with gays.

The enduring star of such films as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain and How the West Was Won recently spoke with Gay Star News about that bond which grew even more through her recurring role of Bobbi Adler on Will & Grace.

'I have always since 1948 hired dancers and creative people who were gay,' says the 82-year-old icon. 'They are like my children.'

March 11, 2014

'Don't even try it', the New Zealand says, shutting him down. 'It's not working it'

Take note all, pop sensation Lorde takes no prisoners.

She may only be 17, but the ‘Royals’ singer was able to take down an idiotic shock jock who implied her and friend Taylor Swift were in a lesbian relationship.

DJ Kyle Sandilands recently interviewed Lorde on Australia’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

The KIIS 1065 DJ asked Lorde if she would be taking Swift on her Australia tour with her.

‘Are you bringing your new bestie, Taylor Swift?’ Sandilands asked.

March 4, 2014

March Madness. We are at the launch for the London LGBT Film Festival BFI Flare, chatting to the organisers about the name change and what to look out for at the festival. 

March Madness. We are at the launch for the London LGBT Film Festival BFI Flare, chatting to the organisers about the name change and what to look out for at the festival.

Rosie Wilby talks to Armistead Maupin about his latest Tales Of The City book, and we find out from Gay Star News the LGBTI musical artists we should all be listening to.

Plus Jen is moving house and Lucio is becoming a train driver.

February 22, 2014

A summit in London called for more support to make young LGBTI people’s lives better today, and not have to wait years for them to improve

‘I don’t want to wait until it gets better, I want it to get better now!’ said Sue Sanders, an impassioned member of a panel debate about whether life really does get better for LGBTI people.

Sanders, LGBTI education specialist who helped to create the UK’s LGBT History Month, was speaking at discussion called ‘Does It Really Get Better?’ held at Kings College London on 21 February, and was among various panellists discussing an idea surrounding the ‘It Gets Better’ project started by US columnist and author Dan Savage in 2010.

February 18, 2014

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.

January 16, 2014

'You will admit there was some heat between us'

Who would have thought that Stephen Colbert's dream woman is a 70 year old world famous lesbian?

Well, it's a quite dazzling 70 year old by the name of Billie Jean King so maybe it does make sense.

The tennis legend has been making the media rounds in advance of her duties as an official US delegate to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and paid a visit this week to The Colbert Report.

Colbert asked King: 'Isn't your mere existence propaganda for homosexuality because you make it look so good?'

Replied King: 'Well, I hope so!'

December 24, 2013

Says Americans would rather be talking about sex than race

LGBTI columnist and activist Dan Savage funds it telling that much of the fallout from Duck Dynasty patriarch's Phil Robertson recent comments has been focused on his anti-gay comments and not on what he had to say about blacks.

'I actually thought what he said about African-Americans in the South under Jim Crow was so much more offensive,' Savage tells CNN's Anderson Cooper.

October 23, 2013

Nirvana frontman who committed suicide in 1994 had wondered if 'that might be the solution to my problem'

There was a time that the late rocker Kurt Cobain wondered if he was gay.

The Nirvana frontman, who committed suicide in 1994, hung out with girls in high school and says people thought he was gay.

'I even thought that I was gay,' he says in an interviewed that has surfaced as part of the PBS series Blank on Blank. (See video below)

August 12, 2013

Australia's LGBT community have gathered to chalk the streets with rainbow colors to protest Russia's rising homophobia

Somewhere over the chalk-drawn rainbow, way up high, there’s a sense of gay pride doodling its way across Australia and the world.

DIY Rainbow, an Australian protest movement, have chalked up another achievement by drawing a rainbow flag outside Sydney's Russian embassy.

In the quiet suburb of Woollahra, gay rights activists spoke out by creating the new road-art feature outside the building in protest of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

April 5, 2013

‘I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes’

It is 19 years to the day that Kurt Cobain, best known as the singer of Nirvana, committed suicide.

Since his death, he influenced several music artists not only by his music, but his passion for gay rights.

Cobain, who shot himself when he was 27 and would have been 46 today, told people to not buy his music if they were homophobic.

In one of his journals, he said: ‘I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.’

March 22, 2013

Half of target raised in two days, but crowd-funding project seeks $100,000 in total to help legendary gender theorist, who has 'saved thousands of lives' from suicide

Well-wishers have raised over $50,000 (US dollars, €38,600) in two days to fund cancer treatment for veteran trans rights activist and academic Kate Bornstein.

Bornstein's friend Laura Vogel started a page on Go Fund Me crowd-funding site on Wednesday. After one day over $40,000 was raised.

'We are all blown away by how fast this sum has grown, and by how many people have stepped up to stand by Kate's side as she goes through this difficult process of healing,' said Vogel.

In answer to why she started this campaign for Bornstein, Vogel said:

February 6, 2013

John Scalzi has raised up to $50,000 for LGBT and civil rights charities in his 'Counteract a Bigot Drive'

An American author has responded to internet trolls by pledging $5 to gay and civil rights charities every time he receives abuse.

Award-winning science fiction writer John Scalzi has raised over $50,000 (£32,000, €37,000) by today (6 February).

Trolls attacked the author for a pro-choice satirical blogpost from last year in which Scalzi adopted the persona of a rapist. One troll, which Scalzi affectionately calls 'the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit', took particular issue.

December 10, 2012

Dan Savage has a sip of champagne as he talks about marriage developments

Columnist Dan Savage raised a glass of champagne to those newly married Washington couples (Savage lives in Seattle).

Yesterday (9 December), the noted writer was a guest on the MSNBC news show Up w/ Chris Hayes. The show's host and Savage had a glass of bubbly to celebrate the recent developments in the marriage equality battle.

October 16, 2012

Modern Family star joins Jane Lynch, Zachary Quinto, George Takei, and other LGBT celebs in campaign video

Wiping tears from his eyes, an emotional Jesse Tyler Ferguson speaks emotionally about what it meant to him to have President Barack Obama publicly support gay marriage earlier this year.

'If I was a 15-year-old kid in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I watched the evening news with my parents and the sitting president of the United States said, 'I support gay marriage,' that would have changed a lot,' Ferguson says in a new Obama campaign video featuring famous LGBT Americans.

February 28, 2012

Gay film director Terence Davies set to adapt Richard McCann's award-winning novel for big screen

Celebrated gay novel Mother of Sorrows will be adapted for the big screen by acclaimed director Terence Davies.

The British gay film-maker, whose last feature Deep Blue Sea divided critics, has already secured funding the movie, which will be based on Richard McCann's award-winning classic from 2005.

Mother of Sorrows features a handful of interconnected stories, all recounting the tough and tragic life of two gay brothers, growing up in the 1950s.

February 16, 2012

Tales of the City author tired of family 'voting for homophobes'

Armistead Maupin, author of the popular Tales of the City novels, is no longer keeping quiet about some of the political differences in his own family.

Maupin is 'outraged' at the anti-gay rhetoric that is coming out of the mouths of the current crop of candidates for president of the U.S. who he saus 'are using homophobia to rally their base.'

January 27, 2012

Author says 'The Days of Anna Madrigal' to be published in 2013

Author Armistead Maupin has told his 5,000 Facebook friends that they probably won't be seeing him pop up on the social media site very much for awhile.

He's embarked on writing the ninth book in his popular Tales of the City series.

Maupin wrote on Facebook Friday (27 January): 'Okay, here's the deal, friends. I have to stop indulging myself on Facebook and start writing the next "Tales" book. That means you'll be hearing a lot less from me for a while. This one is called THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL.'

December 30, 2011

In the first of a two part article on San Francisco we look at Armistead Maupin’s gay book series inspired by his favourite city spot

For those not in the know Tales of the City is the acclaimed eight-book series from gay American author Armistead Maupin. The books follow Ohio born Mary Ann Singleton and her adventures in San Francisco after moving in with the eclectic (and eccentric) occupants of 28 Barbary Lane. These include moody bisexual, Mona, gay-and-sometimes-proud, Michael, and marijuana smoking landlady, Anna Madrigal.