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August 19, 2014

Aussie comedian rants on The Last Leg about the 'God Hates Fag' church's plans to hold anti-gay signs at the late Mrs Doubtfire actor's funeral

Aussie comedian Adam Hills has set a challenge for the Westboro Baptist Church, which has announced plans to protest at Robin Williams’ funeral.

Going on a rant on the Channel 4 show The Last Leg, he had some harsh but incredible words for the ‘God Hates Fags’ church.

Watch the video below, or read the transcript here:

‘Firstly, regardless of your religious beliefs you don’t just disrupt a funeral. A person has died, his family are mourning, it’s not about you dickhead.

August 17, 2014

'Here's the thing: I look like a woman who doesn't sleep with men because I am a lesbian… And if you're a lesbian, you're not bummed about it.' Watch Cameron Esposito's hilarious response to a heckler who observed that she looks like a lesbian

'You look like a woman who doesn't sleep with men! He yelled that at me like as if I don't know... He yelled that at me like it was going to be a surprise, and an insult.'

Lesbian comedian Cameron Esposito shared a story of how a man sitting in the front row at one of her recent shows had decided to inform her of his observation about her appearance.

'I have a side mullet! I look like most of Portland's men!' she screams.

July 13, 2014

The music video and accompany documentary aims to raise awareness in the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge which is focused on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls

The Orange is the New Black star, who recently became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, can be seen in John Legend's new 'You and I (Nobody In the World)' clip.

April 26, 2014

Paul O’Grady, Heather Peace and Joey Barton also win awards at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’ dinner

Gay British Olympic diver Tom Daley has scooped his first major LGBTI award at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

The Out In The City and G3 Magazine Awards were presented at a star-studded dinner at London’s swanky Landmark Hotel tonight (25 April).

Other celebrity winners included comedian and TV presenter Paul O'Grady and actress and musician Heather Peace, who shared the Celebrity of the Year accolade.

The Broadcaster of the Year prize went to lesbian BBC News anchor Jane Hill and camp gay comic Graham Norton.

March 27, 2014

Inquest hears 18-year-old Ben Cowburn was suffering from PTSD after his relationship with the gay celebrity

A British teenager made at least 43 suicide attempts before he killed himself, an inquest has heard.

Ben Cowburn, 18, was found dead in December 2010 and an investigation has been attempting to find out the cause of his suicide.

The jury inquest in Truro heard how a gay male TV comedian, referred to as Mr X throughout proceedings, did ‘sexual things’ to the 18-year-old while he was studying fashion in London.

March 23, 2014

Inquest hears Ben Cowburn was showered with gifts by the gay celebrity before he committed suicide in 2010

A British teenager committed suicide after reportedly having an affair with a gay TV comedian, an inquest has said.

Ben Cowburn, 18 at the time of his death, committed suicide in December 2010 and an investigation has been attempting to find out the cause of his suicide.

Cowburn moved to London from his hometown of Truro, Cornwall to study at the Fashion Retail Academy when he met the comedian and they formed a relationship.

March 4, 2014

An open-air jeep takes you to the Palm Spring domiciles of your favorite gay icons, from the steps of Liberace’s estates to Cher’s former getaway palace

Unless you’re comedian Kathy Griffin, chances are slim Cher’s going to invite to into her house to raid her wig closet.

However, Palm Springs tour guides are giving travelers the ultimate tease with the Gay Icons Tour, a historical journey on an open-air Jeep where you are led to the desert homes of you favorite gay idols.

Old Hollywood glamour had a strong hand in shaping Palms Springs thanks to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and more Tinsel-Town divas who made their home in the desert city.

February 12, 2014

Avery Edison travelled to Toronto to visit her girlfriend, and after airport staff discovered a visa infraction, she was detained

A British trans woman has live-tweeted her ‘humiliating’ ordeal over being held in a Canadian men’s prison.

Avery Edison, a 25-year-old comedian, travelled to Toronto last Monday (10 February) to visit her girlfriend and was held over a visa infraction.

She was taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, a provincial detention facility for men.

According to her tweets, she thought a non-refundable return ticket and a copy of her London lease would have been enough to avoid the predicament but admits it was her fault.

January 16, 2014

British gay comedian attacked benefits documentary as ‘sacrificial lambs on the altar of light entertainment’

Gay British comic Paul O’Grady has come under fire after attacking UK documentary series Benefits Street.

The 58-year-old working class television host was a guest on BBC's The One Show (14 January) and was invited to discuss the Channel 4 series.

He confessed to the presenters he had not seen much of the show.

‘It’s not the kind of programme that I would want to watch. It would rile me,' he said.

Benefits Street aims to show the lives of Birmingham residents living on a street where the majority of people receive benefits from the state.

January 14, 2014

British comic was speaking at Cambridge University when he told Trinity College to shut up and made the homophobic slur

Russell Brand is being accused of homophobia after calling a group of students ‘Harry Potter poofs’.

The comedian was invited to speak at the leading high-brow Cambridge University when he made the comment.

After looking at the various college crests and asked which crest was his favourite, he used the homophobic slur when telling the students to be quiet.

‘Shut up you Harry Potter poofs!’ he shouted.

But it didn’t appear to offend the group of students.

January 10, 2014

Another TV star coming out may be nothing new, but when she has had to overcome all the extra challenges Roberts has, it merits applause

While I will continue to argue the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it.

Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of African descent, in truth, black homophobia maims the entire community.

For example, to date more than a quarter of a million African Americans have died of AIDS – both straight and gay.

December 20, 2013

Comedian was to appear with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue

TV comedy legend Bob Newhart his plans to perform next year for a conservative Catholic organization which maintains that homosexuality is a disorder.

The news was announced on 84-year-old comedian's Twitter account: 'Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014.'

No further explanation was given.

Newhart was scheduled to appear at a summit for Letagus along with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue.

November 26, 2013

LGBT History Month in Birmingham will see schoolchildren join together to perform to politicians and celebrities

British school kids will be singing out to celebrate LGBTI history this month.

Over a hundred young people will perform a concert for politicians and celebrities to celebrate LGBT History Month 2014's theme of music.

The concert at the University of Birmingham will take place on 28 November at the Bramall Concert Hall, hosted by comedian Barbara Nice.

Both primary and secondary schools will perform in the celebration of diversity.

November 22, 2013

Joe Rogan, currently a commentator with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has called male opponents of marriage equality ‘weak-ass b#tches’ in slamming people who want to interfere in other people’s lives

US comedian Joe Rogan has slammed opponents of same-sex marriage as ‘stupid’ saying guys who oppose it are ‘weak-ass b#tches posing as men’ for being so uncomfortable and insecure about other people’s sex lives.

‘What, are you a tough guy because you care that two guys want to kiss each other?’ Rogan said on his podcast two days ago.

‘What ... is wrong with you? It’s just so stupid. It’s such a dumb thing to get behind.’

November 12, 2013

Companies you have never heard of are busy blacklisting LGBTI websites – and in doing so they may be breaking equality laws

Internet companies may be breaking the law by routinely blocking LGBTI websites, Gay Star News can reveal.

We have uncovered what appears to be a shocking level of ingrained cultural bias towards the gay, bi, trans and intersex community that infects almost every part of the internet.

And experts say it isolates vulnerable LGBTI people, stopping them accessing vital information.

October 22, 2013

Lesbian comic has returned to stand-up and plans to 'still say things that’ll piss people off'

Rosie O'Donnell is well aware that some people think of her as an overbearing loudmouth - or worse.

'It’s mostly right-wing Republican traditionalists who think that,' she tells the Sydney Morning Herald. 'To some people, I’m a scary monster and to other people I’m, you know, I speak truth to power.'

October 1, 2013

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity

A British comedian has apologized to the transgender gamer he ‘completely dehumanised’.

Fraser Millward admitted he was dismayed by the furore created by his comments in regards to a young female trans journalist at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London.

Laura Kate Dale, a contributor for gaming site Destructoid, was at the event covering Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console.

On Twitter, Dale then said she was pulled up on stage and was called male and ‘it’.

September 29, 2013

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity

A transgender video game journalist was left humiliated at a presentation for Microsoft's latest games console after the presenter made 'degrading' comments about her gender on stage.

Laura Kate Dale was at the event covering Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One system, which took place at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl's Court, London.

However, she was left 'completely dehumanised' after being invited on stage and receiving transphobic comments from Fraser Millward, a comedian hired for the event.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 18, 2013

Magda Szubanski said she was as 'excited as 13-year-old at a One Direction concert' to meet the Dalai Lama in Melbourne today

Gay Austrailan comedian and actor Magda Szubanski compered a live talk from the Dalai Lama in Melbourne today.

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism is in Australia for a four-city tour of Australia.

Szubanski tweeted this morning that she was as 'excited as a 13 year old at a One Direction concert' to meet the Dalai Lama again.

June 4, 2013

British comic says there is 'no woman that can't be cured' of being gay on controversial radio show

The BBC has apologized for airing a debate on a radio show where a comedian said he could ‘cure’ gay broadcaster Clare Balding.

Colin Murray and Bob Mills were hosting the live quiz show Fighting Talk on Radio 5 when they began making disparaging remarks about Balding’s sexual orientation.

June 3, 2013

Two radio hosts with the British Broadcasting Corporation are under fire for their offensive comments directed at TV presenter Clare Balding during an evening broadcast

Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding was the subject of disrespectful remarks from two BBC radio hosts this weekend.

Colin Murray and Bob Mills were hosting the live quiz show Fighting Talk on Radio 5 Saturday evening when they began making disparaging remarks about Balding’s sexual orientation.

Broadcast before the 9 pm watershed that marks the broadcast shift into more adult material, Colin Murray said in the live broadcast: ‘Give me 20 minutes with her and I’m pretty sure I could turn around Clare Balding’.

April 28, 2013

Comic Conan O'Brien makes a joke about a Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper date at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is often called an adult prom for nerds. Political journalists wear tuxedoes and evening gowns while drinking with high powered politicians, including the president of the United States.

April 22, 2013

Overnight gay rights hero, New Zealand's minister for customs Maurice Williamson, invited to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson, who spoke about a 'big gay rainbow' in parliament last week, has been invited to Los Angeles to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Prime Minister John Key gave permission for Williamson to travel to the US for the show after concerns that accepting the flights and payment for the show would be against ministerial rules.