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February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 24, 2015

Users will also be able to choose from one of six different skin tones

Apple are launching a new range of emojis that will include racially diverse images and LGBTI families for the first time. 

The new emojis, part of the iPhone's iOS 8.3 update, appeared online yesterday (23 February) after Apple gave developers a taster of the forthcoming operating system ahead of its public release later in the year. 

The new update includes emojis with six different skin tones, as well as a selection of family-based emojis which include children posing with exclusively male or female parents. 

February 23, 2015

'It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.'

Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars (February 22), took to the stage to thank her Boyhood co-stars and her family before launching into an impassioned speech about the equal pay battle currently raging in the US.

Comments the actress made shortly after the ceremony have been criticized, despite her acceptance speech garnering a standing ovation from stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

February 18, 2015

Former Alabama state rep has a record of fighting against LGBTI rights

Apple has fired an Alabama lobbyist with a record of fighting against LGBTI rights while a state representative.

Jay Love appeared on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 as a representative of Apple, whose openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, also hails from the yellowhammer state.

This prompted questions about how the seemingly contradictory relationship would work?

The answer is it doesn't.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet confirmed yesterday that Love had been fired.

February 17, 2015

Three in ten oppose the plan by a Tokyo ward to recognize same-sex couples

More than half of Japan supports a Tokyo ward's plan to issue partnership certificates to gay couples, according to a new survey by a major Japanese newspaper.

Three in ten (27%) opposed the idea.

The Asahi Shimbun poll also found that gay marriage supporters narrowly outnumbered opponents: 41% of respondents said gay marriage should be legalized compared to 37% who disagreed.

February 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

February 5, 2015

Blued gives 10 couples the best Valentines Day's gift ever

Blued is giving 10 gay couples the best gift Valentines Day gift ever.

The Chinese dating app is flying the lovers to the US for a group wedding and seven-day honeymoon.

The We Do! competition is sponsored by e-commerce company Taobao and supported by the Beijing LGBT Center, PFLAG and several Chinese celebrities and academics. These include The Voice of China contestant Momo Wu and sexologist Fang Gang.

February 5, 2015

We caught up with Rohan Heath from Urban Cookie Collective to share some travel stories.

Even if you weren't born in the 90s you will still be familiar with the track 'The Key The Secret' from UK Eurodance specialists Urban Cookie Collective.

Released in 1993, 'The Key The Secret' has been a staple dance-floor filler around the world for decades, and the Urban Cookie Collective continue to tour and perform around the world.

We recently caught up with Rohan Heath, the man behind the music of Urban Cookie Collective, and unlocked his travel stories.

January 28, 2015

US radio host says he feels bad but at least he got some press

British crooner Sam Smith has taken to social media to respond to Howard Stern's comment that he was 'fat,' 'ugly' and 'effeminate.'

The US radio host Saturday (24 January) called the openly gay singer 'an ugly motherfucker.'

'He’s fat. And I love it. You know what, he looks gay to me. Not that anybody looks gay but he does seem effeminate,' he said.

January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

January 16, 2015

Family tree depicts two fathers with four children

A Malaysian publisher has apologized for a school textbook that featured a family tree depicting with two fathers with four children under the heading Harmonious Family.

The diagram made the rounds on social media after a photo was the on Facebook, with commenters wondering how it passed censors or if it is a misprint.

Publishers Penerbitan Bagus confirmed Wednesday (12 January) that the gay couple in the year 4 history book, Temanku DSKP Sejarah Tahun 4, was unintentional.

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

January 12, 2015

'In order to cleanse society'

A leading Kyrgyz politician has called for the public execution of LGBTI people 'in order to cleanse society.'

MP Narynbek Maldobaev made the comments in a 26-minute film about the central Asian country by Vocativ.

One resident of the capital Bishek said local people did not want 'Western ideas about gays and lesbians' and the lawmaker went as far as to say they should all be exterminated.

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 7, 2015

Sorry Directioners, but it looks like a fake

Sorry Directioners, it looks like Styles didn't actually ask his bandmate Niall Horan if he could sit on his face.

The hoax, which has appeared to fool many fans as well as a lot of the world's media, has been going viral on social media for the last couple of days.

At first look, when Horan posted a cheeky selfie with his tongue out it seemed pretty innocent.

But then, a screenshot shows what appears to be Styles seemingly asking 'Can I sit on your face?' followed by a 'Please?'

January 4, 2015

Haters blocking trans helplines and urging Nazi-style mass murder

Facebook appear to have today taken down a ‘community’ set up for the express purpose of mocking Leelah Alcorn and urging trans people to kill themselves.

However, this did not happen until after Gay Star News made senior managers aware of its existence, as over the last 24 hours, Facebook moderators have persistently claimed the page was entirely acceptable to Facebook’s community standards.

December 26, 2014

If you’re not a fan of ‘food porn’, you might want to look away now…

When Michael Zee made breakfast for his boyfriend, Mark van Beek, in April of last year, he didn’t think that it would lead to them having over 113,000 followers on Instagram.

Michael, 29, works in London’s V&A museum in the Learning Department. Mark, 39, is a Design Director with clothing company. The two have been together almost three years; Mark moved in to Michael’s home in Hackney, east London, full time in April 2013.

December 23, 2014

Film's hero, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, 'stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay'

The cast and filmmakers of The Imitation Game will be honored next month by The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTI civil rights organization in the US.

The film tells the story of the late British cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing who was chemically castrated by his government for being gay and later committed suicide.

This despite the fact that Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film) was a hero who developed a method of cracking previously-unbreakable Nazi codes and shortened WWII.

December 22, 2014

From love letters in the sky to cheeky digs at Putin - this was 2014

It was a year of up's and down's, just like every year - but moments like these ones (which topped our best read story polls - thanks everyone!) showed us hope, gave us a laugh, brought unity and strength and made us come together throughout the year.

Highlights include the great Clare Balding throwing shade at Putin to a mother coming out to her son, while he is coming out to her!

With great stories like these we're looking forward to a flourishing 2015 - so, what's next?

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 18, 2014

Reality TV star says his family loves gay people

Duck Dynasty narrator Willie Robertson is trying to figure out if being gay was a choice after his father caused a media firestorm with his anti-gay views.

The reality TV star said Monday (December 15) on Larry King Live that he did not agree with his Phil Robertson's comments equating gay sex to bestiality.

'Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn’t agree with — and I’ve even said so.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 14, 2014

Female comics sit down to read messages men have sent each other on Grindr, GROWLr and Scruff. Have you ever been sent messages like these?

‘I think I saw you at the train station the other day. Purple shirt? Want head?’

That’s just one example of the bizarre, and sometimes hilarious, messages gay guys receive on dating apps.

Whether you use them to find love or just to hook up for the night, there’s no doubt there are definitely some gems in the messages guys exchange with each other on such apps.

December 11, 2014

'I bow my head and apologize for the anxiety I have caused'

The mayor of Seoul will meet the LGBTI protesters who occupied city hall for five consecutive days over his scrapping of a human rights charter.

A coalition of 20 groups started the sit-in on Saturday demanding an apology and face-to-face meeting with Mayor Park Won-soon.

Park agreed to the meeting yesterday on Human Rights Day, the date the charter was supposed to be enacted.