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January 21, 2015

The Normal Heart, Transparent, Looking and How to Get Away With Murder get nods in crowded TV categories

Oscar best picture nominee The Imitation Game will compete against Love is Strange, Pride, The Skeleton Twins and Tammy for Outstanding Film (wide release) at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards, now in their 26th year, recognize and honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

GLAAD announced 104 nominees Wednesday (21 January) in 21 English-language categories, and 40 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

January 19, 2015

See pictures from the magical day here

The UK's first official Pagan same-sex wedding took place yesterday (18 January).

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, tied the knot (literally) in the handfasting ceremony held in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh.

What once served as an interrogating room during the grisly witch hunts of the 16th century now served as the enchanting venue for the blessed couple, encompassing ancient Pagan traditions.

They cast a circle, invoked the elements, exchanged rings, drank mead out of a two handed cup called a quaich and jumped the broom.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

New Hope Ministries pastor Ray Chavez stopped the funeral of Vanessa Collier 15 minutes in after he realized a memorial video would feature an image of her kissing her wife

A pastor in the US state of Colorado stopped a lesbian’s funeral mid-service on Saturday after he realized a video that was to be played during the funeral would depict her same-sex relationship with her wife – shocking those who had gathered to mourn her death.

Vanessa Collier, 33, died earlier this year while she was cleaning a firearm - though police have not ruled out whether her death might have been a suicide.

January 12, 2015

London Collections: Men comes to an end and we bring you the highlights of the final day.

We’re feeling our oats, Coco Chanel style, as London Collections: Men, comes to an end.

This is an event that is, without doubt, a bit of a fashion marathon - there are a lot of presentations to attend, events to be at, and people to see (and hopefully be seen by).

January 10, 2015

London Collections: Men continues and we bring you the highlights of day two.

It was cold, wet, and grey with a blustery wind as the city’s followers of fashion faced into day two of London Collections: Men.

January 10, 2015

A gay couple from New York lead the new campaign for engagement rings called 'Will You?'

Tiffany and Co. has chosen to recognize all the same-sex couples who might also be waiting for an engagement ring in a little blue box.

The luxury jewellery brand has featured a real-life couple in their new engagement ring campaign.

The newly-released images show the couple, who are not models but an actual couple from New York, relaxing on the front stoop of their apartment.

The campaign is called Will You? and features couples in different stages of their relationship, but it is this image in particular which has caught our attention.

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

January 9, 2015

Men’s fashion hits the catwalk in London

In the dark depths of a London winter, it is easy to get excited by AW15 at London Collections: Men as the UK’s menswear designers reveal their vision of what we will all be wearing in the seasons ahead.

The challenge with any major fashion event is that, despite your best intentions, it is impossible to see everything. But armed with a pair of sensible shoes and a willingness to dash madly between venues, I am doing my best to squeeze as much as possible into each day.

January 9, 2015

Larry Tomczak is urging American families to raise their children on a television diet of shows that were made before gay people had rights to avoid them seeing anything that might approach a positive depiction of LGBTI people on the TV

US Christian author Larry Tomczak is warning American parents to be ‘aware of the avalanche of gay programming that is assaulting your home,’ urging them to retreat into only allowing their children to watch entertainment programming from before the era when gay people were depicted positively on TV.

Tomczak is afraid that the number of LGBTI characters on American television at the moment has a hidden agenda, calling it a gay ‘tsunami’ aimed at ‘promoting’ homosexuality to the American public.

January 6, 2015

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'

January 1, 2015

Later tweets: 'Anyone know how to get red dye out of hair?'

Anderson Cooper never knows quite what to expect when he co-hosts CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from New York's Times Square with Kathy Griffin.

This year - their eighth together - was no exception. Among the more memorable moments came towards the end when Griffin brought some hair dye out.

'Just lean your head down a little bit, close your eyes, and we're gonna have a little bit of fun, shall we?' she said to her white=haired pal. 'Just trust me.'

December 31, 2014

For too long LGBTIs have had their identities hidden and their loved ones excluded from their funerals

It is heartbreaking enough that Leelah Alcorn appears to have taken her life on Sunday (28 December) because she felt rejected by the family and community in which she grew up.

And it is sad, yet not entirely surprising, that in announcing her death, her family compounded that rejection. They identified her by a name and a gender that she clearly discarded.

December 31, 2014

Two couples celebrated the change in Scottish law by getting married just after the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Scotland this morning.

The first couples to marry today were Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown, both 42, who married in a Humanist ceremony at 00.01 (31 December) at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.

Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, 54 and 59 respectively, married at the same time in a civil ceremony at a private venue, also in Glasgow. The Douglas-Scotts, who have been together 18 years, had previously entered a civil partnership with one another in 2006 and have five grown-up children.

December 31, 2014

A cheap flight. A low-key celebration. A new year begins

Gay Star News's Gareth Johnson wraps up his festive Australian adventure (read part one here); a kiss goodbye to his hometown of Echuca, Melbourne and a New Year's hello to London.

December 29, 2014

The story is told through the eyes of two young kids who want their moms to marry one another

A charming children’s book looking at the subject of same-sex marriage and its impact on families has been made into a short film – which can now be viewed on YouTube.

Cynthia Chin Lee’s story looks at the issue through the eyes of Alex and Nicky – the adopted children of a female couple, Kathy and Lee.

December 27, 2014

So many parties, so little time – GSN takes a look at some of the sexiest events to pencil in your diary for 2015.

You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?

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 25, 2014

The siblings get a Roman number three on the inside of their wrists

Sam Smith proclaimed himself as 'tatted up' on Christmas Eve.

The six-time Grammy nominee and his two sisters got matching tattoos on shared the results on social media.

The trio each got a Roman number three on the inside of their wrists.

'Happy Christmas Eve,' Smith wrote on a photo of the three posing together. 'Me and my sisters are getting tattoos today together. So excited. X.'

December 24, 2014

'I’m very lucky to have a girlfriend who understands'

As Nate Kulina on the TV drama Kingdom, Nick Jonas has sex scenes with both men and women.

While his boxer character getting plenty of action onscreen, what does this mean for his off-screen relationship with actress Olivia Culpo?

'Luckily, she knows what it’s like to work on projects where you’re putting yourself out there to the public,' Jonas tells Kode Magazine.

December 24, 2014

And why they have to hide

Years ago when my partner and I were deciding whether or not to have kids, we made two lists. The first was a ‘cons’ list. On that list were all the pragmatic reasons why it would be difficult. I was in my forties – too old? There were college savings, education concerns. We would have four mouths to feed.

Then we decided to make the ‘pros’ list. My partner started out: ‘The looks on our children’s faces on Christmas morning.’ I ripped up the ‘cons’ list.

December 24, 2014

GSN is Dreaming of AW15 as we look forward to mens fashion week

By its very nature the world of fashion is constantly evolving, changing, gazing into the future and imagining what the world might look like in the months and years ahead.

While the Northern Hemisphere is currently in the grip of the winter of 2014, London’s fashion designers are putting the finishing touches to their collections that will aim to show the world what men will be wearing in Autumn/Winter 2015.