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August 14, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell says Rannells is 'so ebullient and he's so sweet' while Harris performed role as 'mean goth girl'

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday (17 August) with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show's book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as 'so ebullient and he's so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

August 12, 2014

George RR Martin said he would not want to include a gay character for the 'sake of it'

There’s a lot of sex in George RR Martin’s novels. There’s violent sex, loving sex, even incestuous sex.

But while the TV adaptation Game of Thrones may have had a couple of scenes for lovers of same-sex loving, the author is reluctant to start inserting them in the books.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Interntational Book Festival last night, he said he would not want to include gay characters or sex for the ‘sake of it’.

Martin, who has two more in the series of A Song Of Ice And Fire to publsh, said he would put it in if it lent itself to the plot.

August 8, 2014

Republican lawmaker had said 'to be gay is like injecting heroin'

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield, the man responsible for the homophobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill last year, has been dumped by voters after a decade in the legislature.

Campfield lost badly in his bid for reelection to Knox County Commissioner Richard Biggs who received more than twice the number of votes as the Republican incumbent.

Campfield received just 5,824 votes (28 percent of the overall vote) while Briggs received 13,977 (67 percent).

August 1, 2014

‘Make no mistake the gymnastics and simple technicalities will never rule this country'

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

June 25, 2014

With more and more LGBT people starting families, there’s been something of an explosion in books aimed at children that depict gay parents and alternative families. Gay Star News brings you 11 of the best…

Once upon a time it was very difficult to find books to explain same-sex love and different types of families to children.

But now this storytelling is coming out of the closet. Try these great children's reads.

June 23, 2014

In the US last year, 21% of bisexual men reported STD treatment compared to 12% for gay men and 2.3% of straight men

Bisexual men are disproportionately affected by HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

According to study author William Jeffries, bisexual men are facing unique sexual health challenges.

Factors that may affect the sexual health include sex without condoms, forced sexual encounters, an increased number of sexual partners and attitudes toward pregnancy.

June 18, 2014

Photo of dead, partially skinned animal had caption: 'Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit'

A rabbit ate British author Jeanette Winterson's parsley - so she ate the rabbit.

So what's the big deal?

The photos.

The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit decided to document the process - from skinning and cooking the rabbit to her cat eating rabbit innards - and post it on Twitter for her nearly 33,000 followers to see.

June 13, 2014

The largest Protestant church in the United States has passed a transphobic motion condemning people who undergo procedures to become the gender they feel is correct for them as it elects an anti-gay author its new president

The US Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution condemning transgender people who seek to transition to the gender they feel is correct for them, saying they are going against God’s design for human kind.

The same meeting that passed the resolution also elected a new president for the Southern Baptists – homophobic ‘The Gay Agenda’ author Ronnie Floyd – signalling that the church is sliding backwards when it comes to LGBTI issues.

Floyd’s 2004 book claims to ‘expose the agenda that the homosexual lobby is trying to impose on society.’

June 10, 2014

Rob Watson has written an open letter to HLN host Nancy Grace about her defending a woman who described gay men as pedophiles

A few months ago, I appreciated Nancy Grace’s perspective.  News media were reporting that a woman named Jessica Dutro had killed her little boy because she thought he might be gay.  As a gay dad, I hurt for the little boy, but found that in much of the reporting, he had been ignored.  The reporting was around the mother and it was her picture that was plastered in public view.

June 9, 2014

Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy says LGBTI people seeking to be protected from discrimination in the provision of goods and services by religious people is a form of terrorism

Christian author and Alliance Defending Freedom ambassador Joanne Moudy has equated lawsuits against Christian business owners who refuse to do business with gay couples as a form of terrorism in a column for conservative website TownHall.com.

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

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 26, 2014

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa

The president of South Africa has elected a gay woman as a cabinet minister, thought to be first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa.

Lynne Brown assumed office on 25 May, and will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

58-year-old Brown, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, was the former Premier of the Western Cape Province.

May 24, 2014

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved. Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual'

US writer Gore Vidal was gay, but stubbornly refused to be defined by sexuality. There was no shame about his love life, but the author of The Best Man did not want to be pinned down with imprecise labels.

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved,' he said in a 1995 Advocate magazine interview. 'Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual.'

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

May 8, 2014

Watch a new video that defines new classifications in the gay animal kingdom, like Canadian goose, chicken hawk, mime and monocle

You might think you know your gay animals, but there’s a lot more to know.

While you might know how to spot your chickens from your bears, a gay cartoonist has decided to widen the field.

The author of Adventures In Gay, who goes by Hat, has created highly scientific classifications to decipher the typical gay male.

New classifications include giraffe, a gay man with a really long neck, a goose,a gay man who’s a asshole, and a monocle, a gay man who sits on your face.

May 7, 2014

Darrell Trigg believes God wants him to rule the US, and to drive LGBTI Americans back underground

Darrell Trigg, author of Developing a More Effective Prayer Life: A Practical Approach, has declared his intentions to run for President of the United States of America.

He will run as an independent, but in the future will create the Christian Political Party. If you haven’t heard of him or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President.

May 5, 2014

Star Trek actor and social media star George Takei has praised the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in accepting its 2014 Vito Russo award

Star Trek actor and social media personality George Takei has been honored at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards, taking home the Vito Russo Award given to an LGBT media professional for their contribution to promoting equality.

Vito Russo was an American LGBTI activist who is best remembered as the author of the book The Celluloid Closet, exploring sexuality in the American cinema, who died of AIDS in 1990 and the award is given each year in memorial to him.

May 3, 2014

GSN celebrates May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, by asking if we can expect to finally see an openly gay character in the new JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars movies

If you’re looking for LGBTI content in the Star Wars univers created by George Lukas you’re going to find pretty slim pickings.

Considering the first film, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in 1977 when homosexuality was still illegal in most parts of the United States and was largely intended for children there’s no surprises there were any gay themes in that film – or its 1980 and 1983 sequels.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 7, 2014

Far-right Christian author Linda Harvey has blamed gay teens for running away from ‘heart-broken’ homophobic parents who want to control their lives – saying they only have themselves to blame for their homelessness

Mission America anti-gay author has made the extraordinary claim that homeless young LGBTI people only have themselves to blame for their homelessness – blaming them for running away from homophobic parents.

‘”Kids are kicked out of their homes just for being who they are,” is how the saying goes,’ Harvey said in a radio clip uncovered by RightWingWatch.org.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

March 31, 2014

‘What would you do if you found out your child was gay?’ A Jamaica Observer article yields a mix of homophobic and positive responses

Parents in Jamaica responded to an article asking what they would do if they discovered their son or daughter was gay.

An online article published by the Jamaica Observer today (31 March) included a series of responses that reflected how many people in the Caribbean island continue to perceive homosexuality in a negative light.