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October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Citing data from the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, he there were 164 cases of LGBTI murders in the country between 1996 and June 2012.

October 15, 2014

'To just hear his voice, to see his smile ... For me, that would be an extraordinary thing'

While Anderson Cooper's famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90, the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Cooper was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

October 8, 2014

The latest work from the best-selling author features beautiful illustrations and a strong female hero

We love the new book from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, entitled The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The novel, which features illustrations by Chris Riddell, features a description and image of a princess being awoken from sleep by a kiss from a queen.

September 18, 2014

Ben Whishaw will be starring in London Spy, penned by acclaimed gay writer Thomas Rob Smith

Gay actor Ben Whishaw knows one or two things about spies, having starred in James Bond film Skyfall.

But instead of playing around with gadgets as Q, he will lead the cast of BBC Two's new drama series London Spy.

And instead of playing a ladykiller, he will be playing a gay character that gets caught up in the world of espionage.

The five-part thriller, which comes from acclaimed gay author Tom Rob Smith, begins filming next month in London.

Whishaw will play Danny, a romantic, who falls for the antisocial Alex after a chance encounter.

September 17, 2014

Grandmother demands libraries stock books that don’t exist to balance literature supporting LGBTI families

Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background. She has worked as ‘cultural analyst’ for The Illinois ‘Family’ Institute for six years, and before that was employed in the ‘writing center’ for a high school. The Institute is one of 23 hate groups in Illinois tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

September 9, 2014

Author Rupert Smith talks about the joy of becoming a dad later in life, and why he has no time for gay people who think he and his partner have been assimilated by mainstream society

British author Rupert Smith, 54, and his partner, Marcus Soanes, 49, live in London.

They’ve been together since 1992 and in a civil partnership since 2009 (‘we didn’t want to rush into anything!’). They adopted their son, a three-year-old boy, in the spring of 2013.

Smith talked to GSN about the process of becoming a dad, and why he thinks LGBTI people who bad-mouth other gay people for choosing parenthood need to ‘grow up’.

September 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says Section 377 is a relic of India's colonial past

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat has blasted his country's anti-gay law as 'sinful' in a blog post published on the Times of India website.

He wrote, 'We make 100 million Indians criminals and go about our daily lives as if their concerns are irrelevant to us. To me, this is nothing short of a collective sin.

September 8, 2014

After dating only women for 365 days, Brooke Hemphill suggests people should have more same-sex experiences in order to have an educated dialogue on sexuality

In 2010, Brooke Hemphill kissed a girl, and she liked it.

The Sydney-based dating columnist and sex author has released a book titled Lesbian For a Year, in which the 35-year-old shares her experiences during her year of ‘sexual exploration’ with women.

September 6, 2014

'Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you'

Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children's book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.

In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.

There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.

The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.

September 3, 2014

David Bahati, the author of the draconian anti-gay bill struck down by Uganda’s Constitutional Court in August, gave notice yesterday that he will reintroduce the bill during this sitting of parliament

Like a killer in a horror movie, Uganda’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Law that would have seen people jailed for life for ‘aggravated’ homosexuality and repeat offenses is back from the dead after its author, National Resistance Movement MP David Bahati, gave notification to his parliament’s deputy speaker of his intention to bring the bill back again.

August 25, 2014

A new bill in California aims to ensure future birth certificates reflect the fact that modern families don’t always have one mother and one father

Following lawmakers in California ruling earlier this summer that same-sex couples have the right to marry, steps are now being taken to simplify the way in which same-sex parents complete the birth certificates of their children.

At present, birth certificates in the US state have space for a ‘mother/parent’ name and a ‘father/parent’ name, forcing same-sex couples to add their names to these two fields regardless of their gender identity. A new bill will allow them the option of stating their relationship to the child: ‘father’, ‘mother’ or, simply, ‘parent’.

August 25, 2014

Chilean LGBTI rights group MOVILH has called on the Ministry of Education to remove books from schools that are recommended reading for students that depict gay people as disordered and predatory

Chile’s Movement for the Integration and Liberation of Homosexuals (MOVILH) has raised concerns that books are still being used in the country’s schools that imply gay people are predatory or disordered, in breach of the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

MOVILH alerted the media to a students thesaurus which listed ‘sodomite,’ ‘pederast’ and ‘invert’ as synonyms of the word ‘homosexual’ and to a series of books by Mexican author Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez which the group says ‘associate homosexuality with pedophilia and seduction of minors, among other dire assessments.’

August 21, 2014

Late actress said In Cold Blood author's story was 'a totally ridiculous suggestion'

Lauren Bacall was not amused.

Three years ago, she sat for an interview in her New York City apartment for a lengthy piece in the annual Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

The widow of Humphrey Bogart, and a film and Broadway legend in her own right, became irritated when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brought up a story spread by Truman Capote.

The In Cold Blood author was quoted as saying 'I gave Bogie a blow job one night' to settle a bet.

August 14, 2014

Parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests

Kenya’s dreaded bill, threatening to ‘stone gay people to death’, was reportedly found unconstitutional today (14 August).

According to unconfirmed reports, parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests.

The Uganda-style bill was introduced by the Republican Liberty Party who sought to ‘protect the family’ by banning any form of same-sex relations or promotion of homosexuality.

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.’