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May 3, 2015

Olly Pike and his trusty balloon, Pop, share a heart-warming love story featuring Prince Henry and his servant Tom in their latest animation

Once upon a time there weren’t very many same-sex marriages in fairytales.

But the latest video from UK-based performer Olly Pike and his sidekick, Pop, is changing all that, with the help of a cartoon prince and his family.

'Prince Henry', an eight-minute animation for young children, tells the tale of a king and queen who think it’s time for their son, Henry, to settle down and get married.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

Scouts for Equality has raised the money through crowdfunding

The Boy Scouts of America stands to gain more than $53,000 if the organization drops its ban on gay adult leaders and staff members.

Scouts for Equality used the crowdfunding site Challeng.org to raise the money.

Former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, whose two moms are gay, is heading up the effort as executive director of Scouts for Equality.

April 30, 2015

Emmy winner tells GSN:  'I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best'

Greg Rikaart has a wish for his character on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

'I want him to come out,' the actor told Gay Star News on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, has played the role of Kevin for 11 years and won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal in 2005.

April 29, 2015

Issac Luke called rival fan a 'poofter'

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Issac Luke has been fined $10,000 for using an anti-gay slur on social media.

Issac Luke, 27, reached out to a young Sydney supporter on Instagram who was hospitalized after a match earlier this month.

Then in response to taunting comments from rival fans, he wrote: 'get off my page you lil poofters. This is about a kid your fans knocked out.'

April 25, 2015

Eight episode program on E! will explore Jenner’s transition to female

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer was just the beginning.

The 1976 Olympic champion will return to television this summer in an eight episode documentary series on Jenner's new life as a woman.

The series, which does not yet have a title, will air on E!

'Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,' says Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, E!

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’
 
April 23, 2015

But who is his replacement?

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will not be returning to this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The fan favorite, who was ruled out of the last series after undergoing back surgery, confirmed he will not appear on the upcoming BBC One series.

'Sadly I will not be returning to @bbcstrictly this year,' he tweeted. 'I have had a fantastic five years and wish everyone the best of luck!'

The BBC confirmed the professional dance line-up for the 13th series, but made no mention of Windsor's departure.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 15, 2015

Guam may have just become the first of the US’ five overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after the island’s Attorney General issued a directive to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians

The United States Pacific territory of Guam may be about to become the first of its overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson issued a directive to the island’s Department of Public Health and Social Services instructing it to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

However the department is pushing back so far, saying it will not be accepting any applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples ‘until further notice.’

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 10, 2015

President Francois Hollande considers Laurent Stefanini 'one of the best diplomats'

Pope Francis has reportedly refused to accept the nomination of the new French ambassador because he is gay.

Laurent Stefanini, a close aide of President François Hollande, was nominated in early January but the Vatican has yet to accept his credentials.

As envoys are normally accepted within six weeks, and as the Vatican does not explicitly refuse credentials, a prolonged silence is being taken as a rejection.

April 8, 2015

Singer, 71, had never publicly acknowledged being gay

Barry Manilow is a married man.

The 71-year-old singer, who had never publicly acknowledged being gay, wed his manager Garry Kief at a surprise ceremony at his Palm Springs home.

The couple had invited between 20-30 guests to a 'lunch' which turned out to be a surprise wedding, People.com reports.

April 8, 2015

Carol Morley's intense period film takes us deep into the psychology of teenage girls

The beautifully overwhelming Autumnal landscapes unambiguously establish that The Falling is a story about change, about loss, about renewal.

Set in a girls school in 1969, we meet charismatic Abbie (Florence Pugh) and the intense Lydia (Maisie Williams). They are best friends and share a deep intimacy despite their differences. As the school is rocked by an unexpected death, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out, strengthening some relationships and destroying others.

April 8, 2015

Jeremy Bernard is the first man to ever hold the post

Jeremy Bernard made history in early 2011 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama as White House social secretary.

He was not only the first man to hold the post, he also happened to be openly gay.

A little over four years later, Bernard is quitting the job thst has him responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House.

April 4, 2015

Embracing my agalmatophilia while admiring the statues of London.

One of the things that I like to do when traveling, when visiting cities around the world, is to check out the museums and galleries.

In particular, I always enjoy admiring their statues.

I like to think that I'm appreciating the craftsmanship, the technique, the smooth lines of the marble that evoke a different time, a different place, a different world. An alternative explanation is that I could be experiencing a mild case of agalmatophilia.

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'. 

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 1, 2015

Argument mirrors Virginia's defense of interracial marriage bans 50 years ago

Gov Steve Beshear is arguing that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions.

A brief filed with the US Supreme Court last week states that 'men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex' and therefore the ban is not discriminatory and should be upheld.

March 31, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert, Meredith Baxter and Clinton Kelly get nods

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced Tuesday are peppered with nominations for LGBTI personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert and Meredith Baxter.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 23, 2015

'Two years ago I met my Dustin and my life changed forever!'

When 18-year-old Olympic diver Tom Daley hooked up with 38-year-old filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, people were sceptical.

But they've made it to two years, proving many wrong.

Sharing a message on his social media accounts, Daley posted the first selfie they ever took together.

'2 years ago I met my [frog emoji] and my life changed forever!' he said. 'Thank you for making these past 2 years so special.'

March 19, 2015

Immigration rules in both countries bar 'undesirable' persons from entering

A prominent gay rights activist Wednesday (18 March) challenged laws barring LGBTI people from entering Belize and Trinidad and Tabago at the region's top court.

Maurice Tomlinson argued that obscure immigration rules barring entry to LGBTI people violated his freedom of movement rights, enshrined in a key Caribbean Community treaty.

The Jamaican testified before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice via video link so as not to break the country's immigration laws.