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December 18, 2014

'They're so far in the closet I don't even know who they are'

It was 31 years ago that Martina Navratilova became the first tennis pro to come out of the closet publicly.

While a handful of other female players have come out since then, no male pro ever has.

Navratilova, who married longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova this week, wonders why more have not followed her lead.

'I'm surprised that more players have not come out - particularly male players,' she told BBC News after her wedding.

The nine-time Wimbledon singles champion couldn't even begin to reach out to any guys in the closet.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 17, 2014

Candy magazine cover features 14 transgender role models

Transgender role models Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera and Geena Rocerro grace the cover of the latest issue of 'transversal style magazine' Candy 

Named after Warhol's transgender muse Candy Darling, the biannual can already boast Tilda Swinton and James Franco as cover stars.

For Candy's fifth-anniversary edition, photographer Mariano Vivanco shot a foldout cover 'starring 14 women who are leading the contemporary trans revolution.'

Magazine founder Luis said the cover was inspired by Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue.

December 17, 2014

Meet Charlie Kiss, Green Party, who wants to see Westminster change

Charlie Kiss is believed to be the first trans man to ever run for a seat in UK parliament.

The Green party politician says he wants to help change Westminster forever, starting with helping Britain to be better represented in the House of Commons.

He says his past experience of going through his transition, being homeless, working a variety of different jobs and his activism sets him apart from the millionaire MPs.

December 16, 2014

Has rid himself of voice inside saying: 'You're a fag. You're a queen. You're undeserving of love'

When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied.

All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life.

It was a life that was dominated by something other than swimming: a fear of being outed.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 8, 2014

'I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag'

A New Zealand pastor is standing firm behind his call for a gay author to kill himself.

Jim Marjoram, a gay author and community activist, emailed Auckland churches about his new book It's Life Jim. The memoir tells his 'journey of battling being gay but desperately wanting to be straight and just have a happy family.'

December 8, 2014

'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it'

Connor Franta has 3.6 million followers on YouTube and today he has some big news for those fans: he is gay.

The 22 year old posted his most personal video to date as he shared the news and the lifelong journey of finally getting to the point of accepting himself.

'I put a vast majority of my life on the Internet and I want this to be one of those things too,' he said in a six minute and 27 second video (see below). 'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it.'

December 5, 2014

Survey finds 21% of respondents know someone who is LGBTI

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'

November 28, 2014

'Little Red Riding Hood' was outed after a video of him shouting at his partner was posted online

A viral video star has filed China's first gay workplace discrimination suit at a court in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Netizens named him 'Little Red Riding Hood' after a video of him shouting at his partner on the street was posted online and went viral.

In the video, the man tells police he was deceived and hit by a hook-up he met on a mobile app who 'won't even give RMB100 [$16]' taxi fare.

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.