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May 22, 2015

Censors say the song promotes same-sex marriage and therefore contravenes the city's anti-gay law

Singapore has banned the song We're All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.

The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.

In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.

May 16, 2015

Robbie Rogers and Megan Rapinoe also signed the letter

Martina Navratilova has teamed up with several other top LGBTI and ally athletes to stop Kazakhstan hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The incoming law, which has overwhelmingly been approved in the Senate, is a copycat of the Russia 'gay propaganda' ban.

The athletes believe the Olympics should ensure the principles of non-discrimination are upheld and that Kazakhstan is banned from hosting the Games.

Other athletes who have signed for LGBTI equality in sports include diver Greg Louganis and soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Robbie Rogers.

May 15, 2015

Running from the 3rd to 14 June, the 2015 Sydney Film Festival boasts much on offer for the LGBTI cinema-goer, with ten films in this year’s program exploring themes around sexual and gender diversity

Cinema-goers attending this year’s Sydney Film Festival will be treated to the long awaited director’s cut of ‘54’ which restores 40 minutes of the film that was cut to downplay Ryan Philippe’s character’s same-sex love interest.

Miramax Films felt the boy-boy-girl love triangle at the heart of the film was too much for audiences in 1998 – however director Mark Christopher has spend the last 17 years reassembling the film to his original vision and the Sydney Film Festival screening will be one of the few opportunities for people to see the updated version.

May 15, 2015

EJ Johnson of TV's Rich Kids of Beverly Hills: 'I wanted to be the best me I can be'

EJ Johnson returned to the air on TV's Rich Kids of Beverly Hills this week looking like a shadow of his former self.

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson is more than 100 pounds lighter than he was during the Bravo reality show's first season.

Johnson, 22, achieved the weight loss after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

'I think that it was something that really helped me jumpstart the life I definitely wanted to lead,' Johnson tells talk show host Wendy Williams.

May 13, 2015

'They didn’t know gay people could have sex facing each other until they saw our show'

During his two seasons on HBO's Looking, Jonathan Groff's character of Patrick had plenty of sex.

And the person he had sex with the most as with his boss, Kevin, who finally became his boyfriend in season two.

Groff says what surprised some of his straight friends the most was not that Patrick and Kevin had a lot of sex but that they were able to have it face to face.

May 13, 2015

Emmy winner came out publicly the day in 2013 when the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act

The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart has married television writer Robert Sudduth.

Rikaart broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning by posting a photo of the beachside vows in Maui with the simple two-word caption: 'Holy matrimony.'

After a flood of well wishes, Rikaart took to Twitter again with this message: 'So much love today. Thanks for it all. Rob and I have enjoyed reading your kind wishes. Mahalo, as they say here on Maui.'

May 5, 2015

'Getting back with Captain Jack is like putting on an old pair of shoes or a very comfortable coat.'

John Barrowman is set to once again return to one of his best-known roles on British television when a new Torchwood audio drama is released later this year.  

The Scottish-born actor revealed in his radio show that he has already recorded the first audio drama, called The Conspiracy, which will focus on his time-travelling, omnisexual hero Captain Jack Harkness.

‘Getting back with Captain Jack is like putting on an old pair of shoes or a very comfortable coat,’ Barrowman told director Scott Handcock in the latest Big Finish podcast.

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.