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May 13, 2015

A 13-year-old girl thought she was going to be reunited with her mother

People are outraged after a Cambodian TV show has played a homophobic joke on a 13-year-old girl.

Autumn Allen, a teen singer-songwriter, appeared on Cambodian TV show Penh Chet Ort (Like It Or Not) for a special Mother's Day episode on Sunday.

During her segment, the hosts tricked Allen by saying she'll be reuinted with her estranged mother.

Considering she hasn't seen her since she was six, when she left the US with her father to live in Cambodia, this would have been an incredible moment.

May 7, 2015

'This family believes that everyone has a right to marry the person they love regardless of their gender. This family believes that EVERY family matters. And this family would vote Yes.’

Following a Facebook by comedian Adam Hills, the family whose picture has been printed on Vote No-campaign posters in the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum has spoken up.

‘Here is what we think. This family believes that every child deserves to be loved and cherished,’ they said in a statement published by Amnesty International on their behalf.

‘This family believes that everyone has a right to marry the person they love regardless of their gender. This family believes that every family matters. And this family would vote Yes.’

May 6, 2015

The couple have been slammed by comedian Jason Manford for lending their picture to No Voters - but they can't do anything about it

A couple slammed by comedian Jason Manford said they were ‘appalled’ to find their picture on a poster opposing gay marriage.

Mothers & Fathers Matter, an Irish group favoring a No vote in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality, used a picture of the couple and their baby for their posters.

Comedian Jason Manford blasted the couple in a post on Facebook this this weekend, saying: ‘The person who designed this poster had a mother and a father and look how much of an ignorant prick they turned out to be! #voteyesireland #childrendeservelove’.

May 4, 2015

'I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.'

Paul O'Grady has claimed that he will leave the UK if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister again. 

The comedian, who has previously labelled Cameron a 'twat', told a crowd during a rally in support of Labour leader Ed Miliband that he would rather 'get a house on the Lido in Venice' than live under another Conservative Government. 

'I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice,' said O'Grady. 'I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say "you can have that mate"'.

May 2, 2015

The US comedian and writer shares his travel stories and details of his new documentary: A Tough Act To Follow.

Sampson McCormick is a writer and comedian who travels the world making people laugh but also spreading a message of love and equality.

Although he makes light of it in his show, McCormick is quick to point out that being a black, gay comedian is not easy.

To explore the challenge of 'bringing people together with laughter', McCormick has produced a documentary titled A Tough Act To Follow.

May 1, 2015

Ahead of the UK election, lesbian comic announces she is the founder of a new feminist party

Lesbian comic Sandi Toksvig has started a new political party in order to fight for equality.

The Danish-British comedian announced earlier this week she would be quitting the host role of BBC Radio 4's News Quiz after nine years.

'I have made jokes over and over again about politics and, do you know, this election I've had enough,' she said.

'And I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate.'

She announced on BBC Radio 4 that the new political group will be called the Women's Equality Party.

April 16, 2015

Writer/director Tom Shkolnik has created an observational study of finding your way along the unfamiliar path of adulthood

Written and directed by Tom Shkolnik, The Comedian serves up a slice of London life as we follow the misfortunes of struggling comedian Ed (played by Edward Hogg).

Ed is trying to pay the bills with a job he detests, while failing to get his big break in stand-up comedy, and unsuccessfully juggling the affections of his house-mate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and his boyfriend Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).

April 16, 2015

Writer/director Tom Shkolnik has created an observational study of finding your way along the unfamiliar path of adulthood

Written and directed by Tom Shkolnik, The Comedian serves up a slice of London life as we follow the misfortunes of struggling comedian Ed (played by Edward Hogg).

Ed is trying to pay the bills with a job he detests, while failing to get his big break in stand-up comedy, and unsuccessfully juggling the affections of his house-mate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and his boyfriend Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).

April 15, 2015

One of the hottest UK comics chats to Gay Star News ahead of her run at the Soho Theatre, London

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today.

She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014.

A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

GSN: Tell me about your shows at the Soho Theatre.

April 3, 2015

'We are at fault as a sport. It is that old syndrome where it is a man’s game and you can’t talk about that'

Frank Lampard has said that he would love for a professional footballer player to have the courage to come out as gay. 

The Manchester City player made the remark during an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man this week, when the comedian insisted that, statisically speaking, at least one of the 5000 or so professional football players in the UK must be gay.

'We have had a couple come out afterwards,' Lampard told Carr, explaining that it's up to the sport to create an environment where it's safe for players to come out.

March 16, 2015

'There was quite a strong taste of kebab that was a bit off putting'

Orlando Bloom locked lips with David Walliams for the annual Comic Relief telethon on Saturday (13 March) night.

The Little Britain actor set a new record for the most kisses in 30 seconds – with 55 men and women planting pecks on his cheeks.

But it was a surprise appearance from the Hollywood hearthrob before the record attempt had even begun that was on everyone's lips.

Before the record attempt, Bloom warmed up the openly bisexual comedian smooch on the lips that lasted four seconds.

March 13, 2015

'I thought Top Gear was a clothing range for dominant homosexuals'

Openly gay comedian Julian Clary has backed a petition to make him the new lead presenter of Top Gear.

The job at the BBC's hit motoring show may be available after long-standing host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended after a fracas with a producer.

March 9, 2015

Australia’s SBS public broadcaster put together a highlights show of the best of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and you can watch it here

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ended with a bang on the weekend but for those who couldn’t make it, SBS TV have put together a highlights show of the best of the parade.

Hosted by journalist Patrick Abboud, comedian Tom Ballard and veteran Australian film and television actress Magda Szubanski, the show provides a 2 hour commentated rundown of the best of the parade as well as the stories behind many of the entries.

March 6, 2015

Rufus Wainwright will play a cabaret set along with Calpernia Addams and Kate Miller-Heidke at the party that follows the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and there are still tickets left

With only a day until the parade and party, the organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced even more big performers for the Mardi Gras Party.

Baroque pop singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright will join transgender Calpernia Addams and Kate Miller-Heidke for a cabaret guest showcase that will also see performances from Australian drag sensation Courtney Act, comedian Mark Trevorrow, Cindy Pastel and Joyce Maynge.

February 23, 2015

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen. 

January 27, 2015

'But they're just being babies. They're selfish'

Everyone know babies cry on planes.

Are they wet? Hungry? Colicky?

Apparently none of the above, according to comic Louis CK.

He says these crying babies are simply 'inconsolably upset' over the fact that gay people can get married - at least in 36 states and counting.'

But CK does not support the views of these baby bigots: 'I don't agree with them. I think if people are in love, they should accept that. But they're just being babies. They're selfish.'

January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 20, 2015

Director seeks police protection after a sit-in outside his home

An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai.

About 35 transgender activists yesterday (19 January) gathered outside Censor Board offices demanding an unconditional apology from director Shankar Shanmugham and the removal of the offending scenes.

Tamil blockbuster I has incurred the wrath of the LGBTI community since its release last week. Shankar sought police protection after the activists staged a sit-in outside his home for two successive days over the weekend.

January 18, 2015

'I can't  because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100 percent, because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part'

US comic Kevin Hart doubts he will ever play a gay character on film.

According to TMZ, the performer was a guest on the radio program Breakfast Club on New York City's Power 105.1.

He was asked if there was any role he's ever turned down (in the past year the comedian has appeared in a number of films). Hart admitted to turning down a role in 2008's Tropic Thunder because the character was too extreme in his sexuality.

January 8, 2015

Comedian also crashed his partner's £150,000 Bentley

Stephen Fry's new fiancé Elliott Spencer yesterday (5 January) was banned from driving for speeding at 101mph in a £130,000 Aston Martin.

A day after news of their engagement broke, the 27-year-old comedian appeared in a South Wales court to receive his sentence – a seven-day driving ban and a £205 fine.

Fry, 57, supported his husband-to-be at the 30-minute hearing. 

January 6, 2015

'I’m very very happy but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!'

Stephen Fry has said he is 'very very happy' after news broke of his plans to marry his younger boyfriend.

The QI presenter, 57, and comedian Elliott Spencer, 27, formally gave notice at Fry's local registry in Dereham, Norfolk, according to documents dated 23 December.

The couple were first photographed together in November and they are believed to struck up a relationship over the summer.

'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.

January 5, 2015

Talk show host says men are harder to date due to their 'alpha' traits

British talk show host Graham Norton has lamented his inability to hold down long-term relationships and said finding love would be easier if he was not gay.

The comedian said men all had 'alpha' traits and in the end his ex-boyfriends loathed their public role as his partner.

'I have a theory. I think there’s something about having a male partner that makes it more difficult,' he told the Sunday Mirror.

December 25, 2014

And guest speaker compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS

The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC was a joyful one to watch.

Comedian guest Sam Seder brought up the topic of gay marriage by saying how difficult it must have been for an Iowa lesbian couple to have to wait for 72 years before they got married over the summer.

Hayes and his guests then expressed one after another how the US has already reached a tipping point and built a supportive consensus.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.