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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 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

Mother and girlfriend are mourning the loss of their loved one

A woman was killed in Swaziland with an axe just for being gay.

Kaylo Glover, a young lesbian from the southern town of Nhlangano, was in a bar with friends on 15 March.

A man, furious to be in the presence of lesbians, left the bar and fetched an axe from his car.

He then plunged the axe into her back. As her friends rushed her to hospital, they heard men shout 'let's finish off these dogs'.

On the way there, Glover bled to death.

She was just 26.

March 23, 2015

Star of Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy will not let homophobic opinions 'affect my fashion choices'

Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and Ricky Martin are all boycotting Dolce and Gabbana after the designers said they only believe in the 'traditional family' and children born of IVF and gay parents are 'synthetic'.

But Zoe Saldana, who made her name in films like Star Trek, Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy, will not be joining that list.

'That would be the stupidest thing, if it affected my fashion choice,' Saldana told E! News.

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 21, 2015

Out@NBC Universal was the first LGBT organization permitted to march in the parade's 254-year history

Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

March 19, 2015

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything'

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have backtracked after calling IVF babies 'synthetic children.'

Their comments led to a social media spat with Elton John who is calling for a boycott of their brand.

Gabbana said he did support IVF and that his business partner and former lover had chosen 'the wrong words.'

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything,' he told CNN on Wednesday (18 March).

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 19, 2015

'There is nothing synthetic about a soul So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?'

Madonna has a message for designers Dolce and Gabbana: 'Think before you speak.'

The Material Girl, who has been extremely high profile in recent weeks promoting her new album Rebel Heart, took to Instagram to deliver a message to the gay designers who have infuriated many.

They stated last week that 'the only family is the traditional one' and labeled as 'synthetic' children born through in vitro fertilization.

March 18, 2015

Says designers should stick to designing clothes

The editorial director of Dolce and Gabbana's magazine has resigned over controversial comments the designers made about gay parenting.

Earlier this week, the fashion duo said they opposed gay adoption, 'synthetic children' and non-traditional families. Their remarks angered celebrities such as Elton John, who is leading a boycott of the brand.

And now Giuliano Federico has left Swide.com after seven years at the magazine.

March 18, 2015

Can you feel the awkwardness tonight?

Elton John has admitted to carrying a Dolce and Gabbana after leading a boycott of the gay fashion duo's brand.

The Italian designers had made offensive comments about children of same-sex and IVF couples, branding them 'synthetic'.

When John accused Dolce and Gabbana of having 'archaic' views, he started a campaign to stop people buying their products.

So it was bad timing when the I'm Still Standing singer was caught entering a LA recording stuio with one of the Italian designers' shopping bags in his hands.

March 18, 2015

There is always a reason to travel.

 

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March 17, 2015

Designer said it was his 'dream' to have a kid by artificial insemination in 2006

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana both expressed desire to have kids years before their recent attack on 'sythetic children.' 

Earlier this week, the former lovers said they opposed gay adoption, IVF and non-traditional families. which triggered a celebrity boycott of their brand led by Elton John. 

But their remarks seem hypocritical in light of comments made back in 2006.

Shortly after the duo broke up, Gabbana said it was his 'dream' to have a baby through artificial insemination.

March 17, 2015

LGBTI activist says the cause is deforestation, not homosexuality

A prominent Muslim cleric has blamed the prolonged drought in Uganda on moral decay, such as homosexuality.

Speaking Monday (16 March) at Kibuli Mosque in the Kadhi district of Kampala, Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa told the faithful they must repent for their sins if the country was to see rain.

'Rain belongs to God,' he said. 'So as believers, we pray that God releases rain. But we have also to repent our sins.' 

March 16, 2015

Gays groups take part for the first time

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Boston just got a fabulous makeover.

For the first time LGBTI groups were officially able to join in the parade, after a ban against the participating was overturned.

Two gay groups officially joined in the march for the first time in the event's 114-year history – Boston Pride and OutVets, an organisation comprised of gay veterans and their supporters.

March 16, 2015

Ricky Martin, Courtney Love, Victoria Beckham and John Barrowman all support

Several celebrities have backed Sir Elton John in his boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after the gay designers said they only believed in 'traditional' families.

Stars including Martina Navratilova, Courtney Love and Ricky Martin are supporting the songwriter, who has two children with his husband David Furnish born through a surrogate.

‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic",’ John said.

March 16, 2015

Is this the worst way of trying to calm down a backlash ever?

Gay designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have launched their own campaigns in response to Elton John's boycott of their brand.

The singer-songwriter was outraged after the fashion duo attacked same-sex couples with children, saying they only believed in the 'traditional' family.

'How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic",' John, who has two children with his husband David Furnish born through a surrogate, said.

March 16, 2015

'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'

An Irish LGBTI group won Overall Winner of Best Float at Sydney's Saint Patrick's Day parade over the weekend.

It was the first time a gay group has officially participated in the event.



The Irish Dancing Queens float was partly recycled following an outing at the recent Mardi Gras parade.

It was emblazoned with the message 'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'.

The group was also said to be keen to emphasize the message of same-sex marriage.



March 16, 2015

'Political correctness gone mad', Irish senator Healy Eames claims

If you live in Ireland and think it's another year before you have to buy your mother chocolate and flowers, think again.

It turns out, according to an Irish senator, the possible legalization of gay marriage will mean Mother's Day will be no more in the future.

On Twitter, independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames said: 'Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad.'

March 16, 2015

Rabbi Denise L Eger was appointed president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis during the Reform Judaism annual convention in Philadelphia on Monday – becoming only the third woman to hold that post and the first openly gay person

The socially progressive North American Reform Judaism religious denomination has appointed the first openly gay or lesbian person to serve as the president of its Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Founded in 1889 the central conference is the highest religious body for Reform Judaism rabbis and the Jewish denomination made Rabbi Denise L Eger its president during its annual conference in Philadelphia on Monday.

March 14, 2015

The gay Italian fashion designers hit out at same-sex families saying ‘there are things that should not be changed’

Legendary gay fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana have angered LGBT groups by saying they do not support same-sex families.

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, founders of luxury fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana, attacked modern families by saying ‘the only family is the traditional one.’

March 13, 2015

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked'

Partrons of a gay club in New Orleans are fighting for their right to drink and smoke naked.

Clientele of The Country Club launched a petition calling for the reinstatement its clothing-optional policy, which was scrapped after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted there last summer.

But patron Dillon Henderson said the reasons why the policy went away were 'irrelevant' to him.

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked,' he told WGNO TV station.

March 12, 2015

London's Big Fish Little Fish hosted a special Halloween event last year to welcome gay parents and their younger offspring

Rave organiser Big Fish Little Fish is the proud recipient of a Best Family Event award from Arts Council England, after holding a Halloween-themed family disco in London last year.

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.