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January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 22, 2015

Japanese author's latest novel features a same-sex relationship

Japan's best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage.

The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami's Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers' questions.

One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest novel features a same-sex relationship.

'I have very many gay friends and acquaintances,' the author said.

Murakami said that he knew many gay married couples in the US.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.

January 15, 2015

Former NFL quarterback says 1996 claim is 'ridiculous' and being gay 'is not my lifestyle'

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is reiterating that he is not gay and wishes he has made that more clear decades ago.

Aikman, 48, has been dogged by gay rumors since a mid-1990s book about the Cowboys by former Dallas Morning News columnist Skip Bayless in which the author claimed Aikman was gay.

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

January 9, 2015

Larry Tomczak is urging American families to raise their children on a television diet of shows that were made before gay people had rights to avoid them seeing anything that might approach a positive depiction of LGBTI people on the TV

US Christian author Larry Tomczak is warning American parents to be ‘aware of the avalanche of gay programming that is assaulting your home,’ urging them to retreat into only allowing their children to watch entertainment programming from before the era when gay people were depicted positively on TV.

Tomczak is afraid that the number of LGBTI characters on American television at the moment has a hidden agenda, calling it a gay ‘tsunami’ aimed at ‘promoting’ homosexuality to the American public.

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

December 30, 2014

Annie Proulx says that since her story Brokeback Mountain was turned into a film she has been inundated by mail from obsessed fans who want the story to have a happy ending – to the point that she now regrets writing it at all

The author of the short story Brokeback Mountain has told The Paris Review that she now regrets writing it because of the way fans have responded to it since it was made into a film by director Ang Lee.

December 24, 2014

Transgender author launches a new weekly culture show

Transgender author Janet Mock got engaged to her boyfriend of five years this weekend, days after launching her own culture show on MSNBC.

'I said YES,' she tweeted on Sunday (21 December).

Mock met New York photographer Aaron Tredwell in 2009 at a bar in Manhattan where she caught him looking at her while she twirled on the dancefloor.

'He's a fantasy come true, and I want him to want me,' she wrote on XOJane about their first encounter.

December 17, 2014

'If Harry Potter taught us anything, it's that no one should live in a closet'

JK Rowling has revealed Harry Potter's world is a good place to be LGBTI.

The British author was asked a question by a Twitter fan who asked if there was a variety of people at Hogwarts, including gay students.

'Do you think there are a lot of LGBT students in modern age Hogwarts? I like to imagine they formed an LGBT club,' they said.

'It's safe to assume that Hogwarts had a variety of people and I like to think it's a safe place for LGBT students.'

December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 8, 2014

'I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag'

A New Zealand pastor is standing firm behind his call for a gay author to kill himself.

Jim Marjoram, a gay author and community activist, emailed Auckland churches about his new book It's Life Jim. The memoir tells his 'journey of battling being gay but desperately wanting to be straight and just have a happy family.'

December 2, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

December 1, 2014

A beautifully illustrated children’s book, that will help to explain to the donor-conceived kids their biological origins, has successfully raised its production costs via Kickstarter

Zak’s Safari is a new book from California-based author Christy Tyner.

It follows the story of Zak, and introduces us to his two moms: the women met, fell in love, and then decided to start a family with the help of a sperm donation.

‘When our children were around three, my wife and I knew it was time to start talking to them about their donor,’ says Tyner, a U.S. Navy veteran turned author, on the book’s Kickstarter page.

November 13, 2014

Openly gay Gypsy Boy author shares his experiences on the road

He's the handsome, enigmatic author of the best-selling and often heartbreaking memoirs Gypsy Boy and Gypsy Boy on the Run.

Here, born traveller Mikey Walsh – voted number 70 on the recent Independent On Sunday Rainbow List – shares his experiences on the road: from Christmas at London's Borough Market to the 'patchwork quilt' view of a dream-like, mountain-top Italian village he's forgotten the name of...

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

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.

Laude, 26, was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city last week.

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.'