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November 26, 2014

Michael J. Willett tells GSN: 'I'm not a person who can have a secret or pretend to be someone else'

Michael J. Willett is riding high as one of the stars of the MTV series Faking It in which he plays a well-adjusted gay high school named Shane Harvey.

The series role came after Willett, 25, made a splash in the feature film G.B.F. - also playing a gay high school student.

While the young actor was not advised against taking the gay roles, there was a time earlier in his career when he was advised not to be openly gay himself.

November 25, 2014

Grand jury does not charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen

LGBTI rights groups have condemned the lack of indictment in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

A St Louis grand jury has not charged police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri three months ago.

The case sparked outrage in majority-black Ferguson and heightened longstanding tensions with the majority-white police force.

The National LGBTQ Task Force (NLTF) described the decision not to indict Wilson as 'shocking and painful for millions.'

November 25, 2014

'It's like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are'

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has been one of the highest-profile power players in the movie industry for more than two decades.

She's also an out and proud lesbian and has little respect for those who choose to remain in the closet.

'It’s a detriment to be closeted,' she tells The New York Times Magazine.

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 16, 2014

Hollywood star also discusses his gay brother ‘The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane’

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has written an open letter urging Irish people to vote for gay marriage equality.

Writing in today’s Sunday World (16 November) he talks about his gay brother and how Ireland needs marriage equality now.

The Irish-born actor, who starred in films such as Minority Report, Phone Booth and Alexander, writes about when he first knew his brother was gay.

November 14, 2014

Take Romas Zabarauskas’ test and see how you score

November 13, 2014

Study finds only 1 per cent are out to their fathers

Seven out of 10 young gay men in Korea hide their sexuality from their parents, a new study has found.

Seoul National University human ecology major Jo Nam-seok surveyed 103 gay men in their 20s and presented her findings on Tuesday (23 November).

Her study found that 68.9 percent of respondents had not come out to their parents for fear of disapproval, especially from their fathers.

Only 1 per cent said their father knew their sexual orientation, compared with 19.4 per cent of mothers.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 12, 2014

Sam Smith? Please, there's a new gay male diva in town

For the past few days, the internet has been obsessed with the viral video of a dapper guy declaring he is not gay in front of a dancing crowd (of mostly men).

'I’m not gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more,' he yells to the Church of God in Christ crowd.

'I said I like women, women women women women!'

YouTuber MusicManDre decided to take the video and give it a little bit more soul, puttinga backing track to it that any male diva would be proud of.

November 12, 2014

Actress says while many believe the closet is 'the right thing to do for your career, they don’t realize it’s eroding your soul'

Ellen Page's very public coming out on Valentine's Day has led to the X-Men: Days of Future Past star being named Entertainer of the Year by Out Magazine.

Page, an Oscar nominee for the film Juno, speaks about being closeted in Hollywood in an interview posted on Tuesday (11 November).

November 11, 2014

Takei says of Hunter: 'He was blond and gorgeous ... he was a dreamboat'

George Takei picked 1950s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter to present an award to him and his husband, Brad, over the weekend at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

The reason?

'When I was a teenager, Tab Hunter was my heartthrob,' Takei told the audience as the couple accepted the International Vanguard Award.

'He was blond and gorgeous - he was a dreamboat.'

Hunter, 83, had earlier told Gay Star News that he was making his first-ever appearance at a major LGBTI event.

November 8, 2014

Think that your sexuality has no bearing on your work? An LGBT business conference taking place in London today reminded those attending that honesty fosters stronger and more authentic business relationships

Although an increasing number of young LGBT people are confident enough to be out whilst at university or business school, it’s estimated that around 61% choose to go back into the closet when they enter the world of business.

In fact, a recent study by Deloitte concluded that 85% of LGBT employees chose not to be out to their work colleagues.

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.

November 6, 2014

A new book, This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, aims to answer the most common questions parents might have about their gay or trans children

The experience of coming out to one’s parents can differ enormously from individual to individual.

In an ideal world, they’ll be supportive and re-affirm their love for you. However, they may also be angry, upset or confused.

November 6, 2014

Heartbreak and grief drove this gay man into marriage with a woman which, in turn, led to him becoming a father. Then he came out to his wife … and she came out to him

Gay dad Azul Terronez became a parent when he was married to a woman.

He’d actually fallen in love with another man when he was a teenager, but, tragically, when Azul was just 19, the man he still refers to as ‘the love of his life’, killed himself.

‘It was easy to move on and let go because I didn’t want to be hurt again, and the woman I married was my best friend and she knew how much I hurt and she accepted me.’

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 5, 2014

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA]'

Charmed's Rose McGowan has claimed gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

The US actress and singer, who was taken in by drag queens as a 13-year-old, has said she has an 'indictment' with the gay community.

'[Gay misogyny] is a huge problem,' she said on a recent podcast with controversial writer Bret Easton Ellis.

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].'

November 5, 2014

The NFL’s treatment of Michael Sam is a warning to gay athletes that coming out can still harm your career – particularly in team sports

In my last GSN column I asked if the NFL was being homophobic in its treatment of Michael Sam?
 
This was directly after he had been cut from the St Louis Rams and was just about to be been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to be part of their practice squad.
 
At the time it was quite apparent that this was not a good position for Sam to find himself in, so for him now to have been cut from his second team in only a matter of weeks it leaves some serious questions to be answered?
 

November 5, 2014

Says being gay 'won't change who you are or limit what you can achieve'

Olympic rower Robbie Manson has come out publicly as a gay man two years after representing New Zealand in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Manson writes in a column for Outsports posted Tuesday (4 November) that he had come out to his teammates prior to those Olympics and now he's come out to the world.

November 3, 2014

'The most painful experience was hiding my true self from those I loved'

World Wrestling Entertainment star Darren Young had just arrived at LAX last year when he was approached by a TMZ cameraman who asked him about marriage equality.

Young, holding his luggage, calmly replied that he supported gay marriage and casually dropped a bombshell: he himself was gay.

In those few seconds, he became the first WWE star to come out publicly.

He has had absolutely no regrets over his spur-of-the-moment decision.

November 2, 2014

The gay sporting star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to talk about his life and new autobiography. Ross, who has a gay daughter, personally thanked Thomas for being so open about his sexuality

Gareth Thomas, the former rugby player who came out in 2009, has just published his autobiography, Proud.

On Saturday night he appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show on British's ITV channel, to talk about his career and his previous struggles with his sexuality.

Thomas enjoyed a phenomenal rugby career as a player, and was, until September 2011, the most capped Welsh rugby union player, with 100 appearances for his country.