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March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 26, 2015

Straight people posting on a gay confessions page may have been in the wrong but LGBTI reactions were heterophobic

Straight men are turning to social media to engage with LGBTI people but our reactions are ruining this incredible opportunity.

I realized this as I looked through an Indian gay ‘confessions page’. The administrators and most members are closet gays, just as I am.

Many of the confessions were fascinating but the most striking ones were – surprisingly – posted by straight men.

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 26, 2015

Once openly gay Josey Greenwell has rebranded himself as country singer Nate Green

A once out-and-proud gay country musician named Josey Greenwell did a sexy DNA spread and appeared on the cover of the 2012 Spartacus Gay Guide.

Then he faded from sight in 2013 and more than a year later, re-emerged with a new name, Nate Green - a country singer being marketed for straight audiences.

Steve Grand, the openly gay singer whose debut album All-American Boy was released this week, thinks the metamorphosis of Josey Greenwell to Nate Green is a sad one.

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 24, 2015

Watch the emotional video here

Ricky Martin has revealed his new music video in which he celebrates same-sex marriage.

The Latin star's new single of his latest Spanish language album A Quien Quiera Eschucha (To Whomever Wants to Listen) will be 'Disparo El Corazón' ('Shot to the Heart')

The video features Martin looking at reflections of same-sex couples on their wedding and other couples during happy moments as he sings about his own relationship that went sour.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 19, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered to call for a boycott against the brand

Dolce and Gabbana have learned an important lesson on what happens when you take on the LGBTI community -- you lose.

About a hundred London gay rights activists protested today (19 March) outside the flagship store on Old Bond Street, calling for a proper apology over the fashion duo's offensive comments about children of gay parents.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father, and that children of IVF are 'synthetic'.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 18, 2015

First openly gay congressman in US history shares his thoughts on his fallen former colleague

When former US Congressman Barney Frank got word that his former colleague, Aaron Schock, was resigning from office, this was his first question: 'He was outed or what?'

Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the House of Representatives, assumed Schock's quitting had to do with his not disclosing he had taken a male videographer-photographer with him on a trip to India over the summer.

March 16, 2015

Supporting #BoycottDolceGabbana

I have never bought D&G. That is a shame, because now Dolce and Gabbana’s rancid attack on gay and lesbian families has sparked a boycott, I would dearly love to take part.

Their tirade on LGBTI parents read: ‘The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.'

March 16, 2015

Gay Star Business talks to Samuel Rensing, an MBA student at London Business School and a co-leader of the institute’s Out in Business club

The London Business School (LBS) is widely acclaimed as one of the top educational institutions in the world. Earlier this month, for the second year in a row, it ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2015.

The School has around 800 students enrolled in its acclaimed MBA program, with a further 400 students in various Masters programs.

March 14, 2015

'But at the same time I do understand why it is something to talk about', says the Empire star

Earlier this week Jussie Smollett, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox show Empire, came out as gay on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

However 31-year-old actor stressed that 'there's never been a closet that [he has] been in' in a backstage interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

March 13, 2015

British campaigning group Stonewall has turned its attention towards improving attitudes within the construction industry

Following the success of its ‘rainbow laces’ campaign to raise awareness of homophobic attitudes in football, UK LGBT advocacy group Stonewall has widened the campaign to target the property and construction industry.

March 13, 2015

Eamonn Coghlan is now rallying support for the gay marriage referendum

Irish senator Eamonn Coghlan found out nine years ago that his then-18-year-old son Michael was gay after a ticket stub for a gay club fell out of his pocket.

'I cried for weeks,' he said. 'The hopes and dreams I had for my son were shattered. I felt guilty, almost as if I was to blame for him being gay.'

The former world champion runner was speaking Thursday (12 March) at a public information meeting organized by the Fine Gael LGBT group. It was the first time he mentioned he had a gay son.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

Open letter to the US florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex marriage ceremony and the doctor who turned away a child with lesbian moms

Companies spend a fortune telling us they care about us as customers, they are ‘our good neighbors’ and even our friends.

The truth is, however nice the staff at these firms are, customers are not important loved ones in their lives. We are, at best, friendly, tip-paying, lucrative transactions. We represent income, and even their warmest heart-moving gesture is a business decision.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 9, 2015

'There is no closet'

Empire star Jussie Smollett has come out as gay.

The 31-year-old actor, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal on the hit Fox show, spoke out about his personal life in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

While filming his interview for the talk show, he asked DeGeneres if they could film something back stage.

'It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,' Smollett said.

March 9, 2015

Lads get kit off to save LGBTI domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow, and we've got exclusive pics
 

King’s College London’s Men’s rugby team have released a naked calendar in an effort to help Broken Rainbow UK, a leading LGBTI and domestic violence charity.

The lads get their kits off and bear the cold in and around the famous campus on The Strand. Endorsed by King’s College London, all proceeds raised from the calendar go to Broken Rainbow UK.

A spokesperson from Broken Rainbow UK said: 'Domestic violence and abuse within LGBT communities is often overlooked and made hidden even within the LGBT community itself.

March 8, 2015

The high fashion model and muse speaks about her career, being able to live her dream and the tragedy of Leelah Alcorn

Andreja Pejic has been hailed as the ‘first transgender supermodel’ who broke down boundaries, but the road to becoming a muse for designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier wasn’t easy or short.

‘It took me 10 years to get here,’ she tells Australia’s Sunday Telegraph Style magazine today (8 March)

‘And there was never a moment when I didn’t want this.’