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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 28, 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.