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February 25, 2015

'This is symptomatic of what happens in the broader Evangelical community'

A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.

Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.

The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.

Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.

February 20, 2015

This video will give you all the feels

This video of straight Aussie dads reading from an adorable new book and talking about their gay sons will give you all the feels.

I Am a Poof is a new adult-children's book and one dads in the video is the father of the author, Samuel Leighton-Dore.

'One of the fathers is my own, and the others are those of friends,' he told Gay Star News.

'It was really touching to watch them all open up and discuss something so personal.'

February 19, 2015

Investigation being conducted into authorship of document

Spanish authorities have opened an investigation to discover the author of an internal memo circulated to Madrid's metro staff identifying gay people as a 'problem group in need of extra vigilance'.

The document advised employees on particular groups to check for valid tickets at stations along on the line. Between two stops, Sol and Las Rosas, the memo instructs workers to keep an eye on 'musicians, beggars and gays'.

The revelation drew criticism from Teodoro Peñuelas, of UGT, the trade union representing metro staff.

February 17, 2015

Scott Lively is currently on trial for crimes against humanity

Abiding Truth Ministries pastor and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively, is upset that the media label him ‘anti-gay’ because of his years of actively campaigning against the rights of LGBTI people.

Lively is currently being sued in the US Federal Court by Ugandan LGBTI activists over his role in convincing Ugandans to pass strict laws further criminalizing gays and lesbians and he has praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin over his regime’s laws against so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 3, 2015

Author of the country's gay 'propaganda' law hides behind his tablet

Photos of two lesbian activists kissing in front of the author of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law have gone viral in the country after they were posted on social media Sunday (1 February).

One of the women, only identified as Kseniya, explained that they were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

'Who’s that in the background??? MILONOV! And we don’t give a fuck! We’re flying to our favorite club, Infinity,' she wrote on Instagram, referring to the lesbian club she heads.

February 2, 2015

The author of 'What Happened to Marilyn' shares some tips on where to find the best margarita and more

Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city. We caught up with the writer extraordinaire recently for some inside tips on what makes Pittsburgh a great place to live.

What kept you in Pittsburgh after you graduated?
I stayed because it's a beautiful city that has a lot to offer – in terms of job opportunities, great dining options, fun nightlife, culture, entertainment venues. And it is relatively LGBT friendly.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

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.'