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January 27, 2015

Family Editor for Gay Star News

David Hudson has been a writer and journalist for the past 20 years – working primarily within the UK LGBT press. Based in London, he has edited the magazines Out in the City and Out at Work, and contributed to many other titles, including The Guardian, The Independent, London Lite, OK!, gays.com, puremovies.co.uk and Attitude. He has written extensively on LGBT issues, arts, entertainment, film, travel and business.

January 17, 2015

And, once again, he is wearing very little

Fitness model Bryan Hawn - a veteran of several video parodies - takes on Sia's hit song Elastic Heart this time around.

Sia's video features Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler inside of a giant cage.

Hawn doesn't bother with a cage for his parody - and he also doesn't bother wearing anything but the skimpiest of speedos.

He shared the video with Gay Star News and wrote: 'I think your viewers will love it.'

January 5, 2015

'I was afraid I was going to die. I thought I was going to pass out on that floor and never wake up again.'

A 24-year-old trans woman said she thought 'she was going to die' after being stabbed in the chest in San Francisco on Saturday (3 January).

Samantha Hulsey, 24, was on a date with her 52-year-old partner Rae Raucci where they met their attacker.

Boarding a bus, they saw the man who they believed to be drunk or on drugs.

'He started saying a lot of hateful things and messing with us,' Hulsey said. 'He was threatening to hurt us.'

December 15, 2014

'I feel like I’m representing a whole community ... it is a lot of pressure'

At the young age of 28, Andy Mientus is already set to make some television history.

The actor, who was a regular during the second season of NBC's Smash until his character was killed off, will debut next month as Pied Piper on TV's The Flash.

The Pied Piper (aka Hartley Rathaway) will be the first openly gay supervillian to be featured in a comic book TV show or movie, according to Variety.

December 3, 2014

The secret lives of He-Man and Captain Jack revealed in Austin, Texas

From Batman to Wonderwoman, Ripley to Captain Jack and He-Man to She-Ra – who hasn't had a bit of a crush on one or all of the above?

Indeed, the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, video games and comic books are filled with homoerotic hotties (give or take Super Mario) – and Haven Con, a new LGBTI convention in Austin, Texas, is to celebrate them all.

December 3, 2014

After baiting fans for months over whether Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon is gay, the show’s creators have confirmed that he isn’t – though they have said fans should expect a major gay male character to appear on the show in future

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hosed down months of speculation that popular character Daryl Dixon would be revealed to be gay on the show – even though he helped stoke those rumors himself.

In mid-August Kirkman responded to the rumors by telling ComicBook.com, ‘‘All I can say is that it’s been discussed,’ when asked about the possibility that the character played by actor Norman Reedus would come out on the show in some way.

December 1, 2014

Iron Man star reveals what he's been up to online

Once you're a super star like Robert Downey Jr, you know better than most to avoid Googling yourself.

You never know what you might find: it could be bad reviews, it could be dodgy paparazzi shots, or Photoshopped images of you doing something you might never have done before.

That's what the Iron Man star discovered when he went online and found something hilarious and super hot.

'HA! This is what happens when you google yourself, kids...,' he said, next to a picture of this:

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

November 6, 2014

It's real love

We're an emotional wreck already here at GSN. It's officially the holiday season, as we've just seen the new John Lewis advert.

The now-traditional advert features Tom Odell covering John Lennon's Real Love.

It follows a young boy and his penguin Monty going to the park, playing football, watching TV, but his Antarctic friend wants more.

Seeing (straight) couples fall in love, Monty wants a partner of his very own.

November 1, 2014

If there were an award for the cutest Halloween group photo, this family of four just might take it

US TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris and his family seem to have a tradition of all looking completely adorable every Halloween.

And this year was no different.

The How I Met Your Mother star posed with his partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon as characters from the Batman comics.

Harris dons a green suit decorated with question marks as The Riddler, Burtka grins as The Joker and the twins double up as Batman and Batwoman.

The family tweeted their picture with the caption ‘Happy Halloween from Gotham City!’

October 24, 2014

Holy homosexuality!

After 75 years of caped crusading, you would have thought someone would have asked Batman about his close-knit relationship with Robin.

But finally, in a new comics series, he answers the question that has been on everyone's lips for three quarters of a century.

Multiversity: The Just #1, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver, was released on 22 October.

It features the offspring of the world's most famous DC Comics superheroes (Chris Kent, for example, the foster son of Clark Kent, Superman).

October 13, 2014

Bisexual actor Andy Mientus will play gay super villain the Pied Piper while Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller joins the show as Captain Cold

TV’s The Flash has cast Smash actor Andy Mientus as gay super villain the Pied Piper and openly gay Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller is also joining the cast as the villain Captain Cold.

The Pied Piper was one of the first openly gay characters in super hero comic books and was a long time foe of The Flash before eventually turning good and fighting behind his side.

The Pied Piper lost his hearing in the same particle accelerator explosion that gave The Flash his powers and his deafness allows him to use sonic weapons without feeling their effects.

October 1, 2014

Hulk star refuses to keep supporting a Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on LGBTI rights

Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has announced he has withdrawn support for Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on gay marriage.

On his Tumblr account, the Avengers star said he could not in good conscience support someone with such views on LGBTI rights - even if they do have a good approach to environmental isues.

Ruffalo had previously posted a video backing Silva, who is running on the Brazilian Socialist Party ticket.

September 26, 2014

One of the first openly gay characters in superhero comic books, the Pied Piper, is set to appear in the upcoming television adaptation of DC Comics’ The Flash

The Flash is set to face off against a gay super villain when he returns to television for the first time in 13 years.

According to TVLine.com’s Matt’s Inside Line blog, the Pied Piper will be among the villains in 2014’s The Flash and will appear mid-season – though the part appears not to have been cast as yet.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 22, 2014

Director had denied all allegations in suit which has been withdrawn by accuser

With a well-publicized sex lawsuit now behind him, Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct the next X-Men film.

September 17, 2014

Preacher tells gay couple they're going to hell for holding hands. But then the students start to sing to drown his idiocy out

When an anti-gay preacher decided to visit a Virginia university yesterday (16 September), he was expecting a perfect opportunity to spout his nonsense for everyone to hear.

But it turns out, not many people could hear his sermon.

Instead, the James Madison University students gathered around the preacher, singing a song of love and tolerance. With one guy on guitar, the group begins to sing 'How He Loves', a Christian song by John Mark McMillon. And with it, you can't hear the preacher at all.

August 29, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe reflects on how the LGBTI community saved a remote part of Massachusetts, allowing it to become the carnival hub it is today

The best week to be in Provincetown, Massachusetts is the week of Carnival. The parade is its signature extravaganza.

While many would contest that any week in P’town during the summer months is a carnival, the official date is always week 33—this year it was from August 16th - August 22nd.

The 2014 Carnival theme was 'Comic Book Capers', and what the theme evoked for revelers and tourists alike varied widely and wildly.

August 14, 2014

Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman won’t rule out a gay subplot in a future season of AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse series, and character Daryl Dixon, played by actor Norman Reedus, could be the one to get it

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has answered fan speculation about the sexuality of show character Daryl Dixon in an interview with ComicBook.com, saying fans shouldn’t rule out a same-sex love interest for Daryl.

Kirkman co-created the comic book series that AMC’s hit show is based on in 2003, and there have been several gay or lesbian characters in the comics.

August 11, 2014

Oscar-winning actor had been battling a severe depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday (11 August) at his home in Marin County, California.

The 63-year-old actor had apparently committed suicide.

An Oscar winner for Good Will Hunting who became a star on TV's Mork & Mindy in the late 1970s, Williams had been battling severe depression.

August 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy star has said he has been welcomed into the Marvel family with open arms

Guardians of the Galaxy might be the biggest film on the planet right now, but prepare now to get even more excited.

Star Chris Pratt, who went from tubby and adorable to an adorable hunk, has been doing several interviews to promote the new film.

Sitting down with Buzzfeed’s Whitney Jefferson the other day, he was asked about whether he had seen any of the X-rated fan fiction written about the Marvel universe.

‘Do you anything about the fan fiction on the Marvel stuff that is online?’ she asked.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 18, 2014

It has been revealed that Singapore has banned a 2012 issue of Archie comics which depicts the marriage of the popular series’ first gay character Kevin Keller

Just days after Singapore authorities banned two children’s books with LGBTI themes, it has been revealed that they also banned a January, 2012 issue of Archie comics which featured a same-sex wedding.

Singapore based graphic novelist Sonny Liew discovered the ban after he contacted bookstore chain Kinokuniya about the comic, ‘Archie: The Married Life Book Three,’ and learned that it had been banned by Singapore’s Media Development Authority.

July 18, 2014

Openly gay actor will gueat star as Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold

Since his series Prison Break went off the air in 2009, Wentworth Miller has rarely been seen on television screens except for in reruns.

The the now openly gay actor is returning to the TV spotlight with a guest role on The CW's newest superhero series The Flash.

Miller, 42, will first appear in the fourth episode of the show which premieres this fall, it was announced on Friday (18 July).

His role is that of Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) who considered an enemy of The Flash and is the leader of a group called The Rogues.