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January 26, 2015

90s boyband singer calls BBC Radio 1 a 'paedo-protecting poo bag station'. NSFW language

East 17's Brian Harvey has threatened to 'smash a lesbian's face in'.

The former British boyband star has left a foul-mouthed attack against BBC Radio 1, claiming it is a 'commercial poo bag station'.

Writing under a video of singer Rae Morris covering his band's 1994 Christmas number one single Stay Another Day.

'You will play anyone else as long as it's not me eh,' he said. 'Well done Rae Morris, but Radio 1 you suck fucking arse you bunch of wankers.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

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 14, 2015

His film Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is up for Worst Picture

Former Growing Pains actor and anti-gay activist Kirk Cameron is nominated for a Razzie 'award'.

The 80s sitcom star turned religious mouthpiece is up for three accolades: Worst Picture for Saving Christmas, Worst Actor for the same film, and Worst Screen Combo where he and his ego have been nominated together.

Cameron has previously described homosexuality as 'unnatural', 'detrimental', and 'ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'.

January 6, 2015

He's not a toy boy, that's for sure

You know Stephen Fry, the host of QI and the lover of all things witty and wonderful.

The 57-year-old said he is 'very happy' after announcing he will marry his 27-year-old boyfriend Elliott Spencer, registering to marry in Norfolk just before Christmas.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!' Fry tweeted.

'Thank you all SO much for your kind congratulations. Deeply touched xxx'.

January 2, 2015

‘Love your children’, says Deacon Ray Dever of St Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The death last Sunday morning of Leelah Alcorn in Ohio has again led many to question the impact of religious doctrine upon the lives of LGBTI people.

‘We don't support that, religiously,’ said Carla Alcorn – Leelah’s mother – when asked by CNN reporter about her daughter’s desire to transition.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

January 1, 2015

'She lived a long, lovely life'

Neil Patrick Harris paid tribute this week to his paternal grandmother, Martha Jeanne Harris, who died on Christmas night.

She was 92.

He shared the news on Instagram Tuesday (30 December): 'My grandma passed away on Thursday night, services are today. Martha Jeanne Harris was 92, lived a long, lovely life. We shared a birthday, 6/15. She’ll be missed.'

Harris is one of six grandchildren to survive her and his twins with husband David Burtka are two of her 13 great-grandchildren.

December 31, 2014

A cheap flight. A low-key celebration. A new year begins

Gay Star News's Gareth Johnson wraps up his festive Australian adventure (read part one here); a kiss goodbye to his hometown of Echuca, Melbourne and a New Year's hello to London.

December 31, 2014

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his wife Lilibet included an image of a US Navy sailor proposing to his boyfriend among images of military families in a Christmas video to defense personnel

A gay couple have been included in a Christmas video to defense personnel from the US Secretary of Defense for the very first time this year.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the video with his wife Lilibet to send to US military families, and a photographic montage along that theme in the video shows a US sailor proposing to his partner at a naval base.

‘This month as you gather with family and friends Lilibeth and I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays,’ Chuck Hagel says in the video.

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

December 29, 2014

Marshall Williams, a Canadian Idol finalist in 2008, plays Spencer

Kurt and Blaine won't be the only prominent gay male characters when Glee returns for its sixth and final season next month.

Marshall Williams will play Spencer, the quarterback at McKinley High School who is also a member of the glee club and who is also gay.

When casting for the role, the character was described this way: 'He's post-Glee gay — no one messes with him about his sexuality because he will kick their asses if they do.'

December 28, 2014

Black has no reason to complain about Santa Claus this year

Dustin Lance Black's Christmas 'gift' was perfect.

Tom Daley, the boyfriend of the Oscar winner, posted Facebook photos.

The Olympic medalist was dressed all red, and seemed to be 'tumbling' out of a chimney.

December 25, 2014

Sam Smith: 'I hope you’re already stuffed & drunk'

Ellen DeGeneres is among the gay and lesbian celebrities wishing their followers a Merry Christmas on Thursday (25 December).

But the popular talk show host delivered her greetings with a mini-lecture: 'Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day is filled with warmth and love. Now stop reading tweets in the pantry and go be with your family.'

Here are other holiday messages via Twitter:

Matt Bomer: Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday with the ones you love. XO

December 25, 2014

Sam Smith: 'I hope you’re already stuffed & drunk'

Ellen DeGeneres is among the gay and lesbian celebrities wishing their followers a Merry Christmas on Thursday (25 December).

But the popular talk show host delivered her greetings with a mini-lecture: 'Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day is filled with warmth and love. Now stop reading tweets in the pantry and go be with your family.'

Here are other holiday messages via Twitter:

Matt Bomer: Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday with the ones you love. XO

December 25, 2014

'To the individual who scrawled the word ‘’faggots’’ into our door: We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins...'

During 2014, we’ve seen a great deal of homophobic incidents shared on the internet.

And some of the most inspiring moments come from when victims of homophobia find the perfect way to respond to them.

In this case, we see a gay couple find the classiest, and perhaps the most festive way, to put a homophobe in their place.

The couple reached their door to find the word ‘faggots’ scrawled underneath their Christmas wreath.

They responded like this:

December 25, 2014

Adults can change their legal gender after a 6-month consideration period

Activists and politicians have given a big Christmas present to the transgender community in Taiwan.

In a month, the Taiwanese authorities will stop requiring trans people to undergo reassignment operation before changing their legal gender, scrapping a policy that they now consider 'inhumane'.

A special gender change commmitee will be set up to consider applications filed by trans individuals aged 18 or above, who will each be given a 6-month consideration period.

December 25, 2014

Looming new threat for Uganda’s LGBTIs

A new anti-gay bill will be top of the agenda in Uganda’s churches this Christmas as politicians return home to celebrate the holidays.

But it won’t just be a time for friends and families for members of the Ugandan parliament. They will also be starting an election campaign.

The party primaries to choose the next leader of Uganda are early next year and campaigning is already under way even though the final vote is not until 2016.

December 24, 2014

From art to architecture, Germany's oldest large town packs a cultural punch

At this time of year, the crowds come to Cologne mainly for the Chocolate Museum and for its Christmas markets – but there’s so much more to discover on the Rhine river.

A gentle city where lovers leave their love locks on a bridge and Cologne Cathedral (a World Heritage Site) makes you dream of ancient times, Cologne is also a city with some of the best museums in Germany. Meanwhile hipster and indie areas like the Belgian Quarter demonstrate how far Germany has evolved from lederhosen, sausage and beer stereotypes.

December 24, 2014

The singer keeps it simple and quiet, highlighting the melancholy of I'll Be Home For Christmas

Nick Jonas has given us a holiday gift. And he's not shirtless or making out with a dude.

The pop star posted on Facebook a version of the classic I'll Be Home for Christmas.

In the black-and-white video Nick walks through a New York City park, the Empire State Building in the background.

December 24, 2014

And why they have to hide

Years ago when my partner and I were deciding whether or not to have kids, we made two lists. The first was a ‘cons’ list. On that list were all the pragmatic reasons why it would be difficult. I was in my forties – too old? There were college savings, education concerns. We would have four mouths to feed.

Then we decided to make the ‘pros’ list. My partner started out: ‘The looks on our children’s faces on Christmas morning.’ I ripped up the ‘cons’ list.