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November 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

June 3, 2014

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest'

Doris Day still grows emotional when talking about the late Rock Hudson, her co-star in three romantic comedies including the 1959 smash Pillow Talk.

'The world lost a talented actor and a fine human being when he passed away,' Day says in a new video for Turner Classic Movies which is paying tribute to Hudson this month.

The actress, now 90, gets choked up a bit and adds: 'I lost one of my dearest friends and I still miss him so much.'

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest.'

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

September 23, 2013

'It's up to them to decide if they want to come out or not'

Lance Bass came out publicly with a big splash on the cover of People Magazine and the headline 'I'm Gay' in the summer of 2006.

The N Sync singer had been given a big push out of the closet by blogger Perez Hilton who posted photos of Bass and then boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl wearing each others' clothes.

Bass, during an appearance Monday (23 September) on Bethenny Frankel's daytime talk show, says he would never put another gay person in that position.

He was asked on the show: 'Would you ever lie to help a closeted celebrity stay closeted?'

May 23, 2013

Scott Thorson says Liberace told him: 'I can’t admit a thing'

Liberace, who died in 1987 from complications from AIDS, never publicly admitted to being gay during his lifetime.

His former lover Scott Thorson - whose memoir the film Behind the Candelabra is based - is sharing details of some of the lengths the late entertainer went through to remain closeted.

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

October 31, 2012

A campaign by the Royal Dutch Football Association asks gay sportsmen to come out and the video is going viral

Why not step out of the closet? The team is on your side, a video sponsored by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) urges.

And the YouTube clip featuring a player trapped inside a real life closet was commissioned by Dutch broadcaster BNN, and is now going viral.

Soccer is not a gay-friendly environment, this is true. But in the Netherlands the main football association is trying to make footballers come out of the closet.

October 4, 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them and mark International Coming Out Day

A pink closet will be travelling around the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester to help people come out.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them on International Coming Out Day on 11 October and show their support for the mentally and emotionally challenging task that so many people face.

The annual event's aim is to raise awareness of the network of support that is available to the general public when they come out, making it that little bit easier.

September 13, 2012

A top Bundesliga player has spoken anonymously about being in the closet, saying there is still 'little hope' for gay athletes to be open about their sexuality

A top German footballer has secretly come out as gay but refuses to go public because of fears for his safety.

Speaking anonymously to magazine Fluter, the Bundesliga player said: 'I would no longer be safe if my sexuality was to be made public.

'I don’t know whether I will be able to take the constant tension between the model heterosexual player and the possible discovery until the end of my career.'

August 23, 2012

Can the culture of outing a closeted LGBT person ever be justified?

American journalist Anderson Cooper became the latest high-profile personality to be forcefully dragged out of the closet last month, despite years of contentment of dodging the question.

His sexuality had been one of the worst kept secrets in show business, having featured as one of the cover stars of Out magazine’s ‘glass closet’.

August 12, 2012

Megan Rapinoe, Judith Arndt, and Carl Hester are among the openly gay Olympians to impress in London 2012

Nearly half, 43%, of openly gay athletes have won a medal at the London Olympic Games.

In comparison to the United States, only 18% of 530 American athletes have graced the podium so far.

Out of the 23 openly gay athletes, comprising of 20 women and three men, 10 of them have won a medal solo or in a group.

If they were Team LGBT, they would have won four gold medals, one silver, and two bronze between them.

This means they would be number 19 in the official rankings, beating countries like Spain, Brazil, and Canada.

July 31, 2012

South African Olympic archer Hultzer has confirmed she is lesbian but won’t be hitting the target with a medal

South African Olympic archer Karen Hultzer has come out openly as lesbian during the games.

There had been speculation about Hultzer’s sexuality before London 2012 with her partner Tracey Kim Saunders telling Mambaonline that Hultzer is happy to be identified as a gay athlete.

But now 46-year-old Hultzer, born in Cape Town, has commented for the first time on her sexuality.

July 5, 2012

Gay Star News takes a look at the CNN anchor's campest moments before he announced he was gay

We love Anderson Cooper for many things. He’s an excellent journalist, a talented CNN anchor and now an out and proud gay man.

He’s also not a great keeper of secrets, because apparently some people might have guessed about Cooper’s sexuality long before he came out of the closet

June 30, 2012

Samira Ghorbani Danesh, a 24-year old Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, told by German court: your asylum application is rejected, go back to Iran and hide your sexuality

Samira Ghorbani Daneish, a 24 year old Iranian lesbian who fled Iran in 2009 faces deportation back to Iran after a German court ruling.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) rejected her asylum application, and her appeal was turned down by the Bayreuth Administrative Court on the grounds that Daneish had not ‘credibly established that she was in danger in Iran’.

June 18, 2012

New book by Raymond Alikpala says 'being gay is a special grace from God'

Lawyer and former priest-in-training Raymond Alikpala has written a book about growing up Catholic and in the closet in the Philippines.

Of God and Men subtitled A Life in the Closet was published earlier this year by Irish non-fiction publishers Maverick House.

June 11, 2012

GALCK’s call for gay victims of blackmail in Kenya to come forward lead to the identification of a serial criminal

Gay blackmail victims who have reported the crimes to Identity Kenya have identified a man who has extorted money from several victims since 2009.

The victims posted a nude photograph of the same man who’d used it to attract victims on social media sites. The victims would meet the man for sex in Kahawa Wendani estate or in Dandora's Joy Villa estate in Nairobi.

May 26, 2012

Advocates say the federal government's recognition of the specific needs of the group is a historic step that has gone largely unnoticed

Advocates say the federal government's recognition of the specific needs of the group is a historic step that has gone largely unnoticed

Gay rights advocates are cheering a government decision to recognize the needs of old gay people in Australia, where three aged-care facilities are being built specifically for gays and lesbians.

May 20, 2012

Research indicates that employees aged 55+ less likely to be open about their sexuality

One of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes is: ‘...the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.’

May 17, 2012

LGBT people in the Emirates marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change

Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.