LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Employment Change

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.

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 17, 2015

'Constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve'

Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, announced today that he is resigning from the US House of Representatives.

Schock has been embroiled in a string of controversies involving his spending on such things as private jets, mileage reimbursements and interior decorating. He also reportedly did not properly disclose that he was accompanied to India on an official trip by a male photographer and videographer.

February 27, 2015

'I couldn't defend the party or convincingly campaign for it any more'

The leader of UKIP LGBT group has quit and left the party 'due to the leadership's failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.'

Tom Booker, who manages a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, led the group for three years.

'Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now,' he tweeted on 24 February.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

January 29, 2015

'Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no'

Australian feminist pioneer Germaine Greer stunned members of Cambridge University's student union on Monday (26 January) evening with a vitriolic anti-trans rant.

The renowned academic said she did not think there was such a thing as transphobia and sex reassignment surgery was 'unethical.'

'Women are 51% of the world’s population and [now I’ve been told] I’ve got to worry about transphobia,' she said.

'I didn’t know there was such a thing. Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no.'

January 19, 2015

Feud continues in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Michelle Visage has branded fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate Perez Hilton 'an embarrasment' who has set the LGBTI community back 50 years.

On Friday (16 January) night, Hilton, 37, gyrated in the garden topless while making sexually suggestive noises in a deliberate attempt to rile up the RuPaul's Drag Race judge.

Visage shortly after visited the diary room, where the crowd favorite slammed his attention-seeking behviour while holding back tears.

'Perez sets our community back 50 years. He’s an embarrassment,' she said.

January 12, 2015

Openly gay comedian loses long battle with cancer

Openly gay actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

His cousin, Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his passing Saturday (10 January) in a YouTube video.

'I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,' he said.

'His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him.

'May he rest in peace.'

January 9, 2015

Rapper's post triggers torrent of homophobic abuse

Snoop Dogg has been threatened with a lawsuit after mocking a gay man online who received a torrent of homophobic abuse from his fans.

The US rapper Sunday (4 January) posted a photo of carer Cortez Booze on Instagram with the caption, 'Whose auntcle is this?'

The post has received more than 40,000 like and dozens of comments branding the carer a 'faggot,' 'shemale,' 'confused,' 'ugly' and a 'punk.'

December 31, 2014

Evelyn Ruark  has only once been briefly seenon sister Michelle Duggar's TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting

The Duggar family, the focus of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, have proven themselves to be no friends of the LGBTI community.

This could be why viewers of the show are probably not aware that the sister of family matriarch Michelle Duggar is a lesbian.

Evelyn Ruark was only briefly seen in an early season of the show which debuted in 2008. She is also seen the family's website in a photo of Michelle Duggar and her siblings taken in spring 2011.

December 13, 2014

Movies with LGBTI themes are recognized at the US awards celebrating TV and movie successes

LGBTI-themed movies have been recognized with Golden Globes nominations.

Pride, a movie based on the alliance between gay rights activists and Welsh miners in the 1980s, has been nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category.

Pride was also named 2014’s best British film by the British Independent Film Awards earlier this month, and actors Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton took home the best supporting actor and actress prizes.

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

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 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

December 4, 2014

'Was good for demographics'

A senior member of Latvia's ruling party has been forced to resign after she praised the Nazis for exterminating LGBTI people.

Inga Priede made the comments on Monday (1 December) night during a Twitter exchange with her Unity colleagues about gay marriage, which she said left the country 'in shock.'

'Thank God! The Germans shot them in their time. Was good for demographics,' she tweeted.

The backlash was immediate and she stepped down from Unity's board the next day.

November 26, 2014

Michael J. Willett tells GSN: 'I'm not a person who can have a secret or pretend to be someone else'

Michael J. Willett is riding high as one of the stars of the MTV series Faking It in which he plays a well-adjusted gay high school named Shane Harvey.

The series role came after Willett, 25, made a splash in the feature film G.B.F. - also playing a gay high school student.

While the young actor was not advised against taking the gay roles, there was a time earlier in his career when he was advised not to be openly gay himself.

November 8, 2014

The prominent gay actor, activist and prolific tweeter says his 7.8 million followers won't be hearing from him for a month as it is 'unsafe' for him to be on Twitter

British comedian-actor-presenter Stephen Fry has sent a farewell tweet to his 7.8million followers saying he won’t be tweeting until December as he's filming in an undisclosed location and has been 'advised it is safest not to tweet.'

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 29, 2014

Action by Melissa Rivers could be first step in wrongful death lawsuit

t’s not known if Melissa Rivers will be filing a wrongful death lawsuit in shocking death last month of her mother, Joan Rivers.

But she seems to be laying the groundwork for the possibility.

Rivers has hired a law firm to look into the legendary comedian's death which occurred after what was to be a routine throat procedure on 4 September.

Although Rivers was 81, she appeared to be in good health even performing a stand-up routine in New York City the night before the procedure.

October 29, 2014

She says his pink lip gloss was the first clue to his sexuality

A man has been arrested for gay sex in the Indian city of Bangalore after his wife caught him with another man on hidden camera.

The man, identified as John F, 32, a test engineer at financial services department of Ipsos, was charged under section 377 of the penal code, which punishes gay sex with up to life in jail.

He had entered an arranged marriage to dentist Dr Lisa, not her real name, 31, in November last year but refused to consummate their marriage and slept in a separate room.

October 3, 2014

April Ashley MBE, one of the UK’s first openly transgender people, wins Lifetime Achievement honor

Evan Davis, the openly gay presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, has been named Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

Davis picked up his award at the ceremony in the Natural History Museum, London, tonight (2 October). He shared the honor with Paralympian turned broadcaster Ade Adepitan.

There was special recognition for April Ashley, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

September 6, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.

September 3, 2014

The CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby code has stated for the record that his code wants to see all Australian couples to be able to get legally married in response to a letter from a mother with a gay son

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL) has put his organization’s support for same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry on the record after he received a letter on the issue from the mother of a gay son.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan wrote back to Geelong woman Sharyn Faulkner on 14 August to clarify where his organization stood on the issue.

‘Dear Sharyn, I write in response to your letter regarding marriage equality,’ McLachlan wrote.

July 28, 2014

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored as sportsperson of the year by Germany’s 11Freunde football magazine for his courage in coming out as a gay man

Recently retired professional German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored by football magazine 11Freunde as its sportsperson of the year after he made the decision to come out publicly as gay in January this year.

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Hitzlsperger’s courage at an awards ceremony held by the magazine on Saturday.

‘Thomas is a trail blazer,’ Niersbach said, presenting the award, ‘He made a very deliberate decision in going public.’