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April 15, 2015

Gay performers show off their talents in A cappella‬ cover of Usher's I Don't Mind

Singer Tom Goss is known for his beautiful songs about same-sex love and other catchy pop tunes.

Max Emerson is known for his beautiful body and his recent series of Max's Underpants comedy videos.

These two attractive openly gay talents have teamed up for an upbeat new video released Wednesday (15 April) that is A cappella‬ cover of I Don't Mind - the new‬ single by Usher.

April 14, 2015

Teen actor becomes unlikely spokesperson for gender variance

Jaden Smith became an unlikely spokesperson for gender variance last week after he defended his choice to wear skirts dresses on social media.

While the actor and rapper received some anti-gay remarks, the response to his gender-neutral fashion sense was overwhelmingly positive with thousands of liking and sharing his posts.

The 16-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on 8 April uploaded a photo of of him trying on a black-and-white striped dress on Instagram.

'Went to TopShop to Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean "Clothes,"' he wrote.

March 26, 2015

In Mr Holmes, the famous detective takes on his final case

Move over Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr and Jonny Lee Miller, Sir Ian McKellen is about to star in a new Sherlock Holmes film.

The gay actor is about to star in Mr Holmes, an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind that follows the detective now 93 trying to finish one last case.

Having exchanged his deerstalker, pipe and flat in Baker Street for a straw hat, bees and seaside home, he goes on a trip to Japan to try to solve the murder that has tortured him for years.

March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness says she violated its 'no-judgement policy'

A Planet Fitness in Michigan has canceled the membership of a woman who complained to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, said she was 'stunned and shocked' and complained to the front desk and corporate offices on Saturday 28 February.

'They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be,' she told WNEM.

March 9, 2015

Martyn Loukes, chair of Transport for London’s (TfL) LGBT Network, OUTbound, talks about the Capital's new rainbow bus and working with Stagecoach, London

London is a truly diverse city and I’m proud to be working for an employer who is committed to championing equality and eliminating discrimination.

Through OUTbound, our staff network group, we have been working tirelessly over the past decade to ensure that LGBT staff and wider LGBT community are treated fairly when they are travelling on the transport network.

March 5, 2015

But the out writer-director wore a suit when explaining why to crush Seth Meyers

Lee Daniels, currently riding high on the stupendous success of his TV series Empire, likes to work in his pajamas - even when working with Oprah Winfrey.

'I've always directed in my pajamas,' Daniels said on Late Night With Seth Meyers this week. 'I was overweight, I lost like 60 pounds, so (weight) was the primary reason.

'But it was just free, I was able to do my thing. I still direct in my pajamas even after losing the weight - I just get them tailored in. Because it liberates me. I sleep, eat, breathe work.'

March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

February 5, 2015

Mr Holmes sees the world’s greatest detective attempting to unravel his only unsolved mystery 

A new trailer for Ian McKellen’s latest on-screen adventure Mr Holmes was released yesterday (4 February). 

Released just in time for its first screenings at the Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival, producers have teased fans with a 90 second excerpt.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate), the film is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it sees Sherlock revisiting his last case, left unsolved, which made him quit the profession and retreat to the south of England.

February 5, 2015

An English town of just over 7,000 has claimed it will be the first to keep a rainbow crossing permanently in Europe

Totnes in South Devon could soon be home to Europe’s first permanently painted rainbow crossing.

A pedestrian crossing, painted in rainbow colors to celebrate the LGTBI community, could be installed as early as this summer.

The town council gave their backing to plans presented by Proud2Be, a LGTBI group, to permanently paint a usable pedestrian crossing like the rainbow flag.

The group is claiming it will be the first to have a permanent crossing of its kind in Europe, joining Vancouver and West Hollywood.

December 27, 2014

'I think one of the sexiest things in a person is their acceptance of all people, so I’m thrilled to play him'

When it comes to playing a gay character, Nick Jonas is all in.

The about to end year has been all about the pop singer turned actor. From hanging out in gay clubs, releasing a solo album, and appearing in a TV drama the youngest Jonas seems to have put aside the purity ring.

December 11, 2014

Sales fall in the last 11 quarters of Mike Jeffries' controversial leadership

The controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries has retired after 11 consecutive quarters of falling sales.

The clothing brand Monday (9 December) announced his departure, 'effective immediately,' without a successor in place. He also stepped down from the board of directors.

Openly gay Jeffries, 70, helmed the company for more than 20 years.

In the 90s, he successfully turned the drab sportswear retailer into an sexualized teen brand with nightclub-like stores and topless male sales assistants.

December 8, 2014

‘A beacon of our love for those who do not have freedom’

An enormous LGBTI rainbow flag is hoisted 60 meters up in the air to fly from South Africa’s tallest flagpole.

It’s appropriate the honor is paid in the municipality named after the father of the rainbow nation who argued put gay into the constitution – Nelson Mandela.

The 96 square meter or 1,033 square foot rainbow flag was raised for Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth at the end of November.

December 5, 2014

Former boating and leisure businesswoman on how she started her killer fashion brand

When it came to launching Wizard Jeans, Sally Allen-Gerard's wealth of expertise and experience has helped her make some very wise business decisions. 'Funnily enough, there are actually a lot of transferable skills in moving across many diverse industries – certainly more than one would think,' says Sally.

'Every business has the same common denominators: hard work, determination and common sense – oh, and in my case, a financial and banking background didn’t go astray either!'

December 2, 2014

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share your holiday pics

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel reader Arturo Mora sent us his postcards from his holidays in Australia.

He told us: 'My husband Xavier and I visited beautiful Australia last week – where we found great people and handsome guys in abundance! Plus we found deserts, rainforests, coral barrier reefs, exotic fauna and plenty of great beaches.'

November 6, 2014

Singer-actor says one requirement is 'a willingness to do anything'

Nick Jonas has given his gay fans something else to love him for: crotch grabbing lessons.

The singer/actor, who recently channeled Mark Wahlberg's famous Calvin Klein underwear photo shoot in a photo shoot of his own, shares with Now Magazine how he did it.

He recommends turning to the side since 'profile is better' and says: 'It's very simple. You need three things: A hand, a crotch and a willingness to do anything.'

September 22, 2014

Their transgender classmate was fined for breaking the school's dress code

A group of boys at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II high school in Rio de Janeiro wore skirts to class after a transgender student was fined for breaking the school's dress code.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Munez, born Mario Munez, recently came out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school but was fined for not wearing trousers.

School authorities said their code of ethics did not allow 'male' students to wear female uniforms.

She complied but her classmates did not.

September 18, 2014

Parcels marked with commemorative Tom of Finland stamps baring homoerotic images have reached their destinations in Russia with no apparent issues despite the country’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors

Finnish stamps featuring the artwork of gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have successfully passed into Russia and reached their destination, with the Russian postal service apparently having no problems with them.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.

August 14, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell says Rannells is 'so ebullient and he's so sweet' while Harris performed role as 'mean goth girl'

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday (17 August) with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show's book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as 'so ebullient and he's so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

August 1, 2014

Baby sunglasses, swimming poncho towels, picnic playmats and ride-on luggage – Wauwaa has you and your tot covered this summer

Looking for the best essentials for your baby or toddler? Or maybe want some amazing baby gift ideas? You need to discover Wauwaa.

They’ve scoured the world for outstanding products – many of them not available in the shops.

Here are the highlights of their awesome summer range for baby, toddler and kids (and you can get 30% off by entering ‘GSN’ at checkout):

June 23, 2014

#raisethepride by tweeting a positive message to Toronto World Pride

Tweeters can help the Pride flag at Toronto World Pride fly high this year, using the hash-tag #raisethepride.

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has launched a virtual Pride Flag that will go up or down the pole depending on positive or negative tweets. So go tweet something nice!

June 13, 2014

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support

The British Embassy in Israel is flying the gay pride flag to celebrate gay pride today (13 June).

On their official Facebook page, The British Embassy in Israel shared a photo of a rainbow flag flying proudly outside their Tel Aviv headquarters.

‘We are proud that the rainbow flag is flying from the British Embassy, in celebration of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. #tlv #Gaypride #TelAviv,’ read their post.

In addition, they also changed their cover photo to a picture of the British flag in rainbow colours.

April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'