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April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 22, 2014

Philip Poolman claims that he was branded a ‘predatory gay’ after complimenting a barman at his local pub

A British gay man has been banned from a pub in Farnham, Dorset because he complimented a male bartender.

Philip Poolman, 48, spoke about how he was taken aside by the manageress of The Museum Inn and accused of being a ‘predatory gay man’ for talking to the barman.

The barman reportedly quit his job after finishing his shift because he was so distressed, prompting Mr Poolman to be banned from the premises.

March 20, 2014

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has asked its Catholic school teachers to sign draconian work contracts that would see them fired for publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married heterosexual relationship

Catholic school teachers in the Ohio Archdiocese Cincinnati are being required to sign strict work contracts that could see them fired for any diversion from the Catholic Church’s moral code – including publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married opposite-sex relationship.

Under the 2014-2015 contract for teachers in the 94 schools supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati employees will be banned from ‘from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.’

March 20, 2014

A homophobic mother of ten who punched her gay son in the face after he came out to her has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and compensation by a Scottish court

A homophobic mother who verbally abused her oldest son and punched him in the face is being ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in compensation.

Scott Green, 21, had come out to his mother Emma Green and told her he had a boyfriend at a family gathering at her home in Kinross, Scotland.

Instead of sympathy, she responded with homophobic slurs calling him a 'poof', a 'gay bender' and telling him 'you take cock up the ass - you're nothing but a dirty queer.'

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 10, 2014

'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one'

Jonathan Groff knew he had landed a dream job as one of the leads on HBO's Looking and he sure didn't want it to end with the season finale that aired last night (9 March).

Since ratings did not go through the roof, there was some question over whether the San Francisco gay-themed dramedy would return for a second season.

Late last month, the renewal was announced.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

February 25, 2014

National Enquirer admits it was duped by man who claimed to be playwright David Bar Katz

Playwright David Bar Katz has settled his lawsuit against the National Enquirer tabloid which ran a false story quoting him as saying he and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers.

The story also falsely quoted Bar Katz as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment by Bar Katz on 2 February.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for Capote, was found with a needle in his arm and bags of cocaine were found in his apartment.

Bar Katz filed papers to dismiss the libel lawsuit today.

February 20, 2014

'If you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a high-profile ally to support his country's highly-controversial anti-gay propaganda law: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone, 83, told CNN today that he 'completely agrees' with the law that makes it illegal to show any kind of public support of homosexuality.

February 19, 2014

US actress Michelle Rodriguez has confirmed she is dating English model Cara Delevigne after the pair met through mutual friends

American action film actress Michelle Rodriguez is dating 21-year-old English supermodel Cara Delevigne and were spotted together at a Prince concert in London on Monday night.

Rodriguez, 35, came out as bisexual in November of last year and this is the first time she has been linked publicly to another woman since coming out.

February 11, 2014

Cover states that 'America is ready for Michael Sam' but also asks: 'Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?'

Michael Sam's sudden rise to fame continued today when Sports Illustrated released an image of its next cover.

It features the University of Missouri star, who came out publicly as a gay man on Sunday (9 February) and has put the conversation about gays in pro football on the front burnerr.

February 6, 2014

David Bar Katz says he was not interviewed by The National Enquirer which also quotes him as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died

Playwright David Bar Katz is suing the National Enquirer tabloid for $50 million for running a story quoting him as saying he and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers.

The story also quoted Bar Katz as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine last Saturday night. It was Bar Katz who found the actor's dead body in Hoffman's Manhattan apartment on Sunday (2 February).

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for Capote, was found with a needle in his arm and bags of cocaine were found in his apartment.

January 30, 2014

Wife of man accused of striking gay man with a crowbar in Oregon was found guilty of obstructing the course of justice

A woman is facing up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty in connection with her husband’s alleged attack on a gay couple walking their pink poodle.

Saraya Gardner, 23, was found guilty on one count of obstruction of justice in a Oregon federal court.

Her husband, 23-year-old George Mason Jr, is accused of striking a gay man with a crowbar and hurling homophobic slurs at him on 1 March last year.

David Beltier, the 26-year-old victim, was with his boyfriend Jeremy Mark walking their pink poodle ‘Beauty’ when he was hit.

January 29, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter and activist talks about last month's trip to Russia to screen Milk

When Dustin Lance Black went to Russia last month for a special screening of the film Milk, it was his boyfriend, Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was getting the headlines for coming out.

Black, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Milk, had said very little about the Russia trip since until today (28 January) when he took part in a live chat on Google+ about the Uprising of Love movement he is a part of.

January 28, 2014

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'

A British newspaper has printed a ‘bizarre’ advert attacking a columnist for her pro-gay views.

The Daily Telegraph published the open letter from UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini about Times writer Libby Purves, who discussed her views about Russia’s gay propaganda laws in a recent column.

‘What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral,’ Marchessini argues.

‘How can anybody, less alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?’

January 27, 2014

Coca-Cola declines chance to comment after being pulled from awards. Gay advocates say they should condemn Russian homophobia

Gay awards bosses have chucked Coca-Cola off their shortlist after it refused to use its sponsorship of Sochi to speak out on LGBTI rights in Russia.

The Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards had nominated Coca-Cola in its Brand of the Year category for what are dubbed ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

But the brand’s sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has sparked criticism.

January 27, 2014

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people living in his city of 350,000 people – but says they would be welcome so long as they respect Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov has claimed there are no gay people living in his city in the lead up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pakhomov made the claim despite the fact that there are two gay bars in his city of 350,000 people – but said that gay people would be welcome so long as they ‘respect Russian law’ and ‘don't impose their habits on others’ in an interview with the BBC.

January 22, 2014

Group also gives prize to documentary Bridegroom while other selections including 12 Years a Slave mirror other recent awards

The lesbian-themed French film Blue is the Warmest Color may have been shutout at the Oscars but it was named Foreign Language Film of the Year and LGBT Film of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Critics Association (GALECA).

GALECA unveiled the winners of its 2013 Dorian Awards on Tuesday (21 January). The group is comprised of over 80 professional entertainment journalists across the US and Europe, including Gay Star News, who write or report for media outlets easily accessible in America.

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.