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March 4, 2015

'We all know she's difficult'

Gay cape designer Giorgio Armani has essentially blamed Madonna for her fall at the Brit Awards.

The superstar singer was yanked off some stairs and fell when a dancer unsuccessfully tried to pull off her Armani-designed cape during a performance for her latest single Living For Love.

Despite the fall, she carried on and finished the rest of the performance without any other tumbles.

Later, Madonna said that part of her matador-inspired costume was intended to fall off elegantly at her shoulders, but it had been fastened too tight.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

November 24, 2014

No Rachel, you were not supposed to put beef in the trifle. It did not taste good.

Friends was one of the few shows in the 90s/early 00s that was unafraid to show its love for gay fans.

With a lot of LGBTI people choosing to tuck into their turkey with friends this year, take a moment to remember the show that made you realise that doing that was a great way to spend the holiday.

After all, for 10 years, Thanksgiving on television was Friends.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

August 6, 2014

There will be no openly LGBTI professional dancers on the BBC dancing show following Robin Windsor's departure

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will be forced to drop out of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing over a back injury.

The 34-year-old, currently dating X Factor star Marcus Collins, will be replaced with Dancing With The Stars’ Trent Whiddon in the British dancing show.

‘I'm devastated to have to pull out of Strictly this year due to a pre-existing back injury,' Windsor said.

‘It's been a really difficult decision, but I plan to focus 100% on my recovery and hope to be back in the ballroom as soon as possible, doing what I love best.

August 5, 2014

Gay film director Chris Mason Johnson talks to GSN about why a film about AIDS which isn’t depressing was difficult to market

There are many films documenting the effect of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, but almost none of them have done so like new film Test.

A group of young dancers deal with the competitive, erotic world of dance and the then unknown dangers of AIDS simultaneously.

Director Chris Mason Johnson sat down with Gay Star News to discuss his dance background which inspired the film, and why it was so hard to make.

Johnson revealed to GSN his film about AIDS is actually a very uplifting one, something audiences have learned not to expect.

July 26, 2014

One of the stars of film Getting Go, Matthew Camp plays a go-go dancer and tells us why sex scenes are a breeze for him

Getting Go is a film we can all relate to.

Obsessing over your crush is something we have all done, but film Getting Go takes it one step further when college student Doc decides to make a film about the object of his desires, go-go dancer nicknamed Go.

Soon enough, the subject of the film begins to shift, and the focus lies on the two men and their relationship with each other.

Gay Star News was lucky enough to talk to the handsome star of the film, Matthew Camp, who plays the go-go dancer in the New York- based film.

July 25, 2014

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

July 24, 2014

Torchwood actor kissed a male dancer in front of 42 Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality

Gay actor John Barrowman is being told to 'die' after kissing a male dancer at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

He performed a song called Welcome to Scotland, celebrating everything that makes the country great including Nessie, Gretna Green and equal marriage.

However, some criticized the Scottish-American host – saying he deserved to ‘die’, ‘should commit suicide’ and the kiss was ‘embarrassing for everyone involved’.

‘[John Barrowman is] a horrific human being,’ one said on Twitter. Another said he ‘needs to die for this.’

June 29, 2014

The Australian singer performed her hit song ‘Chandelier’ alongside the choir, who sang while wearing Sia-style blonde wigs 

Australian pop star Sia performed her hit song ‘Chandelier’ with a little help from New York City’s Gay Men’s Choir and a shirtless male dancer.

Sia was performing at US TV network Logo’s special called Trailblazers, which honoured the pioneers of the LGBTI community in a star-filled ceremony shown on TV.

The song, lauded as one of the best performances of the night, saw the choir wear blonde bob wigs to imitate her famous hairstyle.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

April 22, 2014

Bachelor Boy singer said speculation over his sexuality has 'hurt' his family, especially when he was younger

British singer and lifelong bachelor Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time.

The 73-year-old, who was once hailed as the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, has long been the subject of speculation about whether or not he’s gay.

‘It did [hurt] when I was young,’ the singer said on Australian TV show A Current Affair.

‘It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends.

October 20, 2013

Michael Morrill says his dream is to establish an NGO for Asia’s marginalized LGBT community

A 35-year-old American school teacher, who had seemed the odd man out among professional dancers and models, was chosen Mr Gay Hong Kong 2013 by a panel of judges as well as voters with his pledge to found a non-profit organization for Asia’s marginalized LGBT community.

Morrill, who has been living in Asia for over a decade, was described by the organizers of the five-year-old event as being on a “powerful mission to shed light on the realities of people living with HIV”.

October 16, 2013

Former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov has blasted his former homeland Russia over its persecution of LGBT people

Mikhail Baryshnikov, former principal dancer with Russia’s Kirov Ballet, has blasted his former homeland over its treatment of LGBT people in a statement released by the No More Fear Foundation.

‘My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable,’ the 65-year-old dancer and actor wrote.

‘Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the] 21st century.’

October 15, 2013

'I never really considered myself a star - to have that label is kind of eye-opening'

Until he began competing last month on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, Brant Daugherty was sort of famous only to the people who watched Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars or Days of Our Lives.

That has changed.

'It's a new world, it's been crazy,' the 28-year-old actor told Gay Star News after surviving another round of the celebrity dance competition on Monday (14 October).

'People follow you with cameras - it's the most fun I've ever had.'

October 10, 2013

Titica has become a major Angolan star despite being ‘stoned’ and ‘beaten’ – her appointment shows how she has changed hearts and minds in the country

Titica, a 25-year-old transgender music star and dancer in Angola, has been made a goodwill ambassador by UNAIDS.

Titica has broken down prejudices to become a major star through her use of rap-techno music called Kuduro in the African country, which is Catholic dominated and still theoretically punishes homosexuality with hard labor.

According to Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), a non- governmental organization, her appointment is likely to be more controversial than any previous goodwill ambassador due to her gender identity.

September 26, 2013

As the new April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady exhibition opens at the Museum of Liverpool, Stephen Whittle looks at the life of a transgender person who changed Britain

A new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool demonstrates, through the story of one life, how much our society has really changed in the last 60 years.

In 1950, when 15 year old George Jamieson ran away from the poverty of a Liverpool Council House estate to sea, the city, like the rest of the UK, was a place in which boys grew up to be real men, and girls grew up to be housewives.

George, who at school was an endlessly bullied sissy boy, had enough guts to sign up for the Merchant Navy where he spent two years seeking the way to become a real man.

September 24, 2013

Gay Star News chats to the star of a new reality TV series Meet The Russians about why he ‘respects’ the man who signed federal anti-gay laws

‘I love Putin – he’s done a lot of good things for Russia.’

These are not the words of a homophobic lawmaker who wishes to take children away from gay parents. Surprisingly, these words came out of the mouth of a gay man.

Dmitry Oskin, a dancer and fashion photographer, is one of the ‘stars’ of a new reality drama series Meet The Russians coming to British television.

Following a group of rich, wannabe famous Russians living in London, the series aims to dig deep into the shallow waters of the lives of the ex-pats and their antics.

September 17, 2013

But retired rugby star is paired with  Kristina Rihanoff who, he admits, 'will be easier to pick up'

Retired rugby star Ben Cohen may not be gay but he still wanted a male dance partner on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing ballroom competition.

'I like to break down stereotypes,' Cohen, an staunch LGBT ally and activist, told reporters this week.

But instead of being paired with a male dancer, Cohen is dancing with Kristina Rihanoff. The show has yet to have any same-sex pairings.

September 12, 2013

Fearing children might see genitals through wet underwear, Texas police will enforce a no-'indecent exposure' policy at Dallas pride this weekend

Wearing cotton underwear at Dallas gay pride parade this weekend may result in fines, police have said.

Dallas police announced again this week they will enforce the state and pride rules banning 'indecent exposure'.

According to the pride parade rules: 'In accordance with the city of Dallas public nudity ordinance,
parade participants must not expose genitalia, buttocks, or female breasts.'

August 30, 2013

The annual contest in Buenos Aires has welcomed same-sex couples, making history and changing Argentina's reputation as a 'macho' country

Same-sex couples have danced for the first time in the World Championship of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The country in which gay marriage has been legalized, one of the most ‘macho’ in the world, has let gay couples participate in its renowned contest.

Three male couples and one female couple danced, for 10 days, together with straight ‘tangueros’.

Tango dancer Juan Pablo Ramirez – who was in couple with Daniel Arroyo – said to Argentinian broadcasting: ‘It takes two to tango. But they don’t necessarily have to be different sexes.’

July 9, 2013

A 22-year-old gay man from Denmark has accused a Canadian school of failing to appreciate his 'art', appearing in gay sex videos

An aspiring ballet star was kicked out of school after they discovered they had found another way he could plié, by doing gay porn.

Jeppe Hansen, 22, from Denmark, had danced on stages around the world before joining the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in September last year.

He decided to start doing porn earlier this year under the name Jett Black with the twink company Cocky Boys.

Beating out several others for a scholarship, when school officials discovered the videos, they told Hansen they no longer had a space for him.

June 10, 2013

Andrew Lancel had no comment after verdict, wants to spend time with family

A jury on Monday (10 June) took just 29 minutes to clear actor Andrew Lancel of Coronation Street fame on all counts in a child sex abuse case.

Lancel, 42, had been accused of sexually assaulting a boy aged 14 and 15 in the mid-1990s. Lancel said during the trial that his accuser, now a ballet dancer, was a close friend of 20 years.

After the verdict was read, the actor - whose real name is Andrew Watkinson - bit his lip and looked to the ceiling of Liverpool Crown Court. His wife, Louise, burst into tears.