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September 26, 2014

The Lady Gaga darling takes GSN readers around the world in seven questions, and on one epic sky dive in the music video for her new single Glitter in the Sky

Kitty Brucknell may not have made it to the finals of X Factor, but the bubbly singer did end on a high note.

Lady Gaga came out on stage during Brucknell's elimination, gave her a huge hug and escorted her off the stage for some post-performance drinks.

Brucknell was always connected to Lady Gaga. Her audition number for X Factor was Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory, and many drew comparisons between the contestant's 'Diva Glam Pop' style to the Bad Romance singer's flamboyant persona.

August 26, 2014

Antony Cotton and Kym Marsh also seen on show's float at Manchester pride with GSN's Jean Paul Gaultier tote bags

The cast and crew of Coronation Street, the longest running soap on British TV, are showing their Manchester Pride in a lively new music video.

They can be seen busting moves all around the indoor and outdoor sets and even in the dressing rooms of the popular show about the lives of people who live on a street in Manchester.

The video has the message of 'Love is Love No Matter Who You Love and has been shared on Facebook with the tags ‪#‎ImAlive‬ ‪#‎ManchesterPride‬ ‪#‎CorriePride2014‬ ‪#‎feelthelove‬.

August 12, 2014

'I’m not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves.'

Paris Lees, one of UK’s most famous trans rights activists, walked out of a BBC Newsnight recording yesterday (11 August).

She was invited on to BBC Newsnight, Britain’s leading political review and debate news show, to discuss Kellie Maloney, the former boxing legend, and the impact of her coming out as a trans woman.

But then suddenly, she tweeted: ‘I’ve turned down BBC Newsnight down as I’m not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves.

April 25, 2014

Gay Irish host says he is 'too lazy' to take on the BBC show that inspired Dancing With The Stars and many other versions around the world

Gay Irish TV presenter Graham Norton is turning down the job of hosting Strictly Come Dancing, of the most highly watched shows in the UK.

When Sir Bruce Forsyth announced he was retiring from his role as presenter, Norton was thought to be a strong contender for the role.

But if he was asked, he said he would be ‘too lazy’ to do it.

Norton told The Sun: ’I wouldn’t jump at the chance [to host Strictly].

‘I really enjoy the show but, it’s a very tough gig.’

March 17, 2014

Wham singer slams EastEnders for its treatment of gay characters and reveals he has been off cannabis for at least a year-and-a-half

Gay singer George Michael has revealed how fame nearly sent him mad.

The British Wham singer also said he has stopped his drug-taking lifestyle and not used cannabis for ‘well over a year-and-a-half’.

The 50-year-old has said recent health scares and time spent in prison shocked him into changing his life.

Speaking to The Big Issue, Michael was asked about how he felt the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – wife to Prince William – was doing as he was a good friend of the late Princess Diana.

February 26, 2014

London’s newest LGBT chamber choir will celebrate the new gay marriage law coming into force with a concert at the Old Finsbury Town Hall

A brand new LGBT choir will be singing in praise for same-sex marriage on Friday (28 February).

The Fourth Choir will do a performance, called Love and Adoration - the Sacred and Profane, exploring 500 years of choral music on the theme of love.

Aiming to represent the LGBTI community, the choir is also hoping to have a profound impact on the London’s world-class classical music scene.

February 17, 2014

Nick Grimshaw will be joined by several other radio presenters who will together cycle 25,000 miles - the circumference of the world

A gay radio DJ will be cycling 1,000 miles for a BBC Sport Relief challenge.

Nick Grimshaw will be taking part in BBC Radio Around The World, where several presenters will attempt to run, swim and cycle 25,000 miles – the circumference of the world.

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ will be tackling a 12-hour cycle, completing 1,000 miles.

It will be roughly the equivalent of cycling from London, England to Madrid, Spain.

February 14, 2014

British 20-year-old actor reacts to playing a gay character, the drunken kiss and coming out to a Cockney dad

British actor and EastEnders star Sam Strike has spoken about the reaction to his character’s coming out storyline for the first time.

After his introduction late last year in the long-running UK soap, he was quickly made center stage as portrayed emotional scenes as he came out to his father Mick played by Danny Dyer.

January 8, 2014

Matt Damon and Dame Judi Dench have been nominated in the British film awards for their roles in LGBTI movies

Gay films Behind the Candelebra and Philomena are leading the BAFTA nominations announced today (8 January).

The film about the life of gay musician Liberace and his lover starring Matt Damon was nominated for five British film awards at a ceremony in London this morning.

As it struggled to receive financing in Hollywood because of the gay theme, it will not be eligible for an Academy Award (Oscars) as it was only shown on television in the US.

January 3, 2014

Amidst the Twitter storm that erupted when Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) and Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) kissed, Carter will come out his dad tonight on the show

Social media hate isn’t stopping EastEnders writers from moving forward with their gay storylines.

Johny Carter (Sam Strike) will come out to his father on tonight’s episode on BBC1 at 8pm.

Carter’s character was in the middle of a social media storm this week when his gay kiss with Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) aired to 7.4 million viewers.

January 2, 2014

Several people were outraged on social media, saying the British soap is a 'disgrace' and 'ruined' for showing a same-sex romance

The BBC is facing complaints over a gay kiss during an episode of EastEnders.

Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) and Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) kissed during the 30 December episode of the ongoing British soap drama.

It was the start to a new storyline to the show as Carter struggles to tell his father Mick, played by Danny Dyer, about his sexuality.

When the two kissed for the first time, it caused a huge outrage on social media.

November 19, 2013

Former Doctor Who head writer said he was inspired to name his new dramas after the four stages of male erections

Award-winning gay writer Russell T Davies is returning to British television to create two new LGBTI dramas.

Almost 15 years after the ground-breaking Queer As Folk finished in 2000, the writer will return to Manchester to film two interliking series for Channel 4 and sister channel E4.

Cucumber, on terrestial TV, will explore the life of a 40-something gay man Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. It promises disastrous date nights, deaths, threesomes, police cars and the Glee Christmas album.

May 20, 2013

Muslim leaders in Britain have claimed introducing gay marriage would undermine traditional families and take away parents’ and teachers’ rights

Gay Star News yesterday (19 May) reported Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British right-wing newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

March 6, 2013

British soap star said after he had a 'taste' of playing a gay character, he couldn't wait to play one again

Straight soap star Gary Lucy will be back as a regular long-running BBC drama EastEnders as gay character Danny Pennant.

The charming city banker caused a stir last year when he got involved in a love triangle with popular couple Syed and Christian.

February 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus explains his belief that his religion should welcome the love gay and lesbian couples share with each other and allow them to have nikahs, traditional marriage contracts

Marriage is not about me, me, me but a bond between two people who are in love and want to show the world their commitment to each other.

This is a something the opponents of gay marriage – religious or otherwise – do not seem to grasp. It’s why gay marriage is important and necessary, so we can be equal to our heterosexual friends and companions.

January 21, 2013

Channel 5 let X Factor's gay Essex singer leave the Celebrity Big Brother house every Sunday to prepare for the tour

Rylan Clark secretly leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house to go to X Factor rehearsals, former contestant Gillian Taylforth has claimed.

The shocking expose was made during an interview with the ex-EastEnders actress on Channel 5 talk show The Wright Stuff (21 January).

She said: 'Rylan went out to do X Factor rehearsals for the tour he's doing, for X factor, and when he came back, obviously he wasn't allowed to talk to anybody, but when he came back he'd just ask somebody the time very quickly, like the driver.

December 21, 2012

The establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France has been condemned by authorities in Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s top politicians has warned Muslims to be wary about the spread of homosexuality following the establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim said homosexuality was a major transgression in Islam and what was being practiced in Europe should not be emulated in Malaysia.

November 18, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is kicked out of the British reality dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold is the latest celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The ‘Daybreak’ TV host and his dance partner Erin Boag left the British dancing competition after finishing in the bottom two alongside Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and newcomer professional Karen Hauer.

Both couples performed their routines for a second time in the dance-off in the Wembley Arena special.

Arnold performed his salsa to Wham!’s Club Tropicana, and Byrne jived to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.

November 4, 2012

After forgetting his foxtrot, the showbiz reporter avoided being eliminated in the British reality competition show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold has survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off for the second time tonight (4 November).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag won a dance-off against actor Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff in the British reality show results.

Arnold forgot his foxtrot when he performed it the first time on Saturday.

‘When you say dance again, it’ll really be the first time,’ he said before dancing in the results show. ‘It’s very tough going out there again. ‘

October 14, 2012

Gay band Scissor Sisters perform 'Let's Have A Kiki' on the British reality results show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold will live to waltz another day as he survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off tonight (14 October).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag faced television legend and 74-year-old Johnny Ball and newcomer Iveta Lukosiute in the British reality show results.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman saved Arnold and Boag based on the fact there was more content in the couple's cha cha cha.

October 10, 2012

British comedian David Walliams claims X Factor creator Simon Cowell will never shake off speculation over his sexuality

British comedian David Walliams claims X Factor creator Simon Cowell will never shake off rumors that he is gay.

The star worked with the 53-year-old music mogul as a judge on TV show Britain's Got Talent and the pair have since become friends.

'I work with Simon Cowell and a lot of people say he’s gay,' Walliams said, reported The Daily Star.

'It will follow him until the day he dies, but what’s the point of worrying about it?'

September 5, 2012

Michael Sinan, a 34 year-old handsome man, who won the title of Mr Gay Denmark, defines himself as modern Muslim and sees no contradiction between his sexuality and faith

Michael Sinan who recently won the Mr Gay Denmark competition sees no contradiction between being gay and Muslim.

He’s not only a 34 year-old handsome man, but boasts a master degree in Turkish studies and has mission to help gay who are Muslims be more reconciled with their faith.

August 17, 2012

Catholic group report claims several popular children's TV characters 'promote homosexuality'

Ukraine is considering calls for SpongeBob and other 'gay' children's TV characters to be banned.

The Eastern European country's National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality is considering a report published on Catholic website 'Family Under the Protection of the Holy Virgin' that claims that the popular children’s TV show promotoes homosexuality and is damaging to children.

July 26, 2012

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, better known as Absolutely Fabulous’ Eddie and Patsy. have become Olympic torch bearers

Their Olympic special version of Absolutely Fabulous was loved by some and panned by the critics.

But now Eddie and Patsy, the TV comedy duo who launched a thousand gay catty comments – and then some – have had their ‘moment to shine’, carrying the Olympic torch through central London.

With Olympic hype building ahead of the opening ceremony tomorrow (27 July), thousands of journalists are poised to report on every moment of the games.