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November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 17, 2014

To coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK, a celebrity-endorsed baking competition will be running from now until Friday night (21 November)

As previously reported, the first Great Rainbow Bake-Off Competition launches today (17 November), to coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK (17-21 November 2014).

November 14, 2014

Take Romas Zabarauskas’ test and see how you score

November 14, 2014

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'

Authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in a late October anti-gay attack.

According to a press release, on 28 October deputies were called to Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, California (located approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles).

November 13, 2014

Police do not know if it was murder or suicide

The body of a gay man who went missing on Halloween has finally been found recovered from the San Francisco Bay.

Grieving family members of 26-year-old Dan Ha have confirmed the Coast Guard recovered the body on Tuesday after recieving a call regarding something floating near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials believe the person had been dead for approximately a week.

While the face was indistinguishable, the family said the clothes, wallet and phone matched Ha's personal belongings.

November 13, 2014

Benjy the bull hopes to see out his days in an English animal sanctuary

A same-sex attracted bull is being given a lifeline to save him from the slaughterhouse.

Animal lovers are hoping petitions and a crowdfunding campaign will be enough to make sure he lives the rest of his life in a sanctuary.

Benjy the bull was bought by a Mayo county farmer to breed with his cows but the farmer soon discovered that the Charlolais breed stud was not interested in the heifers.

The farmer initially thought that Benjy might just be shy about ‘doing the business in public.’

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 12, 2014

Police want to speak to a man in his early 20s in connection with a serious assault

London police have sent out a call to help find a man in connection with a vicious assault on a 51-year-old man.

Police in Camden, an area of central London popular with the LGBTI community, have now issued CCTV images for the assault which happened on 31 October.

A concerned Camden gay rights group will be extending their community outreach and is warning all LGBTI people in the area to remain vigilant.

November 11, 2014

What happened after Pastor John Pavlovitz told the world what he promised to do if his kids were gay

Love doesn’t always look like love.

When I published this blog a few weeks ago promising to love my kids if they were gay, I was fully prepared for waves of both support and hostility.

November 11, 2014

Hijras mark one year since the country recognized them as a third gender

More than 1,000 transgender women staged Bangladesh's first ever pride parade yesterday to mark one year since the government recognized them as a third gender.

The colorful hijras, as transgender women are known in the conservative Muslim country, brought the busy roads of Dhaka to a standstill with their singing and dancing.

They unfurled a huge Bangladeshi flag and carried banners, one of which read, ‘The days of stigma, discrimination and fear are over.’

‘I never dreamt that I would see this day in my life,’ Sonali, 25, told AFP.

November 9, 2014

Uganda pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for the viral video in which he claims gays ‘eat the poo-poo’

An online petition wants an honorary degree given to a homophobic pastor revoked.

The petition is calling for support and wants the honorary degree given to Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa from Cairn University revoked because of his anti-gay views.

Cairn University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, awarded the honorary doctorate to Ssempa in 2006 for his work with people with AIDS.

November 8, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

November 7, 2014

A 33-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital

A Ohio trans woman is to be discharged today after surviving a near death experience earlier this week.

On Monday, 33-year-old Candice Milligan was attacked in broad daylight in downtown Toledo by at least three men.

The men reportedly called her anti-gay trans slurs, punched her, kicked her and stole her cell phone. The assailants then fled the scene.

She was hospitalized in critical condition at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center.

Doctors performed at least two surgeries to save her life, including one to drain blood from her brain.

November 6, 2014

Malcolm and Joe are preparing to say their vows while making history

Meet Malcom Brown and Joe Schofield, they are the couple that will make history by becoming Scotland's first married gay couple.

The couple, both 42 from Britain's smallest historic county Clackmannanshire, met online and fell in love after sharing a mutual adoration of punk and alternative music.

Together nine years, they will say their 'I Dos', seconds after midnight on 31 December.

Brown is a former DJ and engineering student and Schofield has campaigned for gay rights since he was 16.

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 6, 2014

The star of new reality series also says being gay 'could be' a choice

Retired NFL star Deion Sanders says he reached out to Michael Sam after the openly gay player was cut by the St. Louis Rams and from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

Sanders wanted to show support even if he doesn't necessarily approve of homosexuality and thinks it 'could be' a choice.

'I'm not saying I condone it but I don't condem it,' he said on Larry King Now.

'I don’t love what he do but I love him as a man and I just wanted him to understand the burden and the weight that he's carrying.'

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

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 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

November 3, 2014

Will the universe’s most famous Time Lord transition to female? And if the next Doctor is a woman, what does that mean for the trans community?

With the timeless Time Lord now in his 12th – or is it 13th? – regeneration the transgenderated Doctor has yet to arrive. Yet a new twist to the BBC series, heavily hinted at, and confirmed on Saturday, has at last placed gender transition center stage.

For the Doctor’s oldest and most persistent single adversary, the Master, has returned – only this time, she has regenerated as the Mistress (or ‘Missy’ for short).

November 2, 2014

Are your children equipped to deal with the potential challenges of being raised by same-sex parents? We asked author Matt Hudson for his six top tips to better empower our kids

Kids raised by same-sex parents may encounter unique challenges as they grow up: from simply being asked crass questions by curious outsiders about their family set-up to experiences of stigma and discrimination.

November 2, 2014

'It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again'

Two friends were the victims of anti-gay violence because they were singing a song from Wicked.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this weekend Jean Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton were passengers on the Metrolink from Bury to Manchester.

They were singing songs from Wicked, when an unnamed passenger heckled them with anti-gay epithets.

October 31, 2014

Group of transgender women held off an armed mob then cleaned up after

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised a group of transgender women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.

The media has reported that the 15 women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of the capital.

Modi tweeted, 'Good effort by Laila Shah & her friends towards Clean India.

'Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!'