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March 4, 2015

Silent T is winning awards, and one of its creators Harry Taylor speaks to Gay Star News about the heartbreaking video

What is it like to grow up as a transgender teen?

This short film, Silent T, is an incredibly inspirational, heartfelt film about the struggle and social injustice some trans people face.

It has recently won Best Drama at the world's largest student film festival, Campus Moviefest.

GSN spoke to Harry Taylor, one of the two Westminster University students, to find out more about the film and what it meant to him to create and star in it.

What inspired you to make the film?

March 3, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

March 3, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 21, 2015

Physical and verbal homophobic attacks against gay men on the rise as Ireland prepares to vote on marriage equality in referendum in May

As public debates heat up ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum to be held on May 22, LGBT people are being warned to take safety precautions when meeting strangers they have only ‘met’ online.

The Irish Examiner reported this week that a series of reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victim have surfaced.

February 19, 2015

See more wedding photos below

Three men who married each other on Valentine’s Day have become internet sensations in Thailand after photos from their pre-wedding shoot went viral.

Netizens congratulated the men, only identified as Joke, Bell and Art, who were married in a traditional water-pouring ceremony at midnight on 15 February.

The photos show the trio in Thai and western wedding attire and the text on one reads: 'Pure love cannot be seen by your eyes. If you want to know what its worth you have to see it with your heart.'

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 12, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best female/female romances

It's nearly Valentine's Day (or that Saturday which happens to be 14 February if you'd prefer to think of it that way), so what better time to sit on the couch, grab some ice cream, and watch some lesbian love?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite lesbian kisses from TV and film, and they did not disappoint.

February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day? Pah! Jonathan Groff, Sam Smith and more are blazing the singleton's trail

It's always great to see same sex-couples in the public eye who aren't afraid to show their love for each other – but we're always equally impressed by the free and single LGBTIs out there, who aren't afraid to go it alone.

So if you're flying solo this Valentine's Day, fear not. Put the Ben & Jerry's down and be empowered, as we count down ten of the strongest, most independent and gorgeous gay bachelors on the planet...enjoy!

February 11, 2015

'We are not willing to let our child become a part of those statistics. Our child deserves the right to be happy like any other'

A proud mother has shared her nine-year-old's transgender journey on Facebook, calling for him to be accepted.

The video, uploaded by Renée Fabish, shows her adorable son Milla Taige Brown. A male name has not yet been chosen.

'The only thing that's changed is the pronoun,' Fabish says.

'A frightening percentage of our transgender community suffer mental health issues. All due to the lack of acceptance and constant bullying they are subjected to everyday. Around half self-harm or attempt suicide.

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

February 7, 2015

'It’s safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total shit show.'

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of Orange Is The New Black, is engaged to her partner Chelsea Fairless.

The actress announced her forthcoming marriage with a doctored picture showing the couple with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.

'Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement,' DeLaria posted today on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

February 6, 2015

Sluts or social pariahs searching for something more?

Why does every gay chat conversation on social media start with the topic of sex?

That’s the question someone put to me a few days ago.

After all, my friend reasoned, it doesn’t happen that way when a straight guy and girl start to chat.

They do not ask each other in their first conversation, let alone the first line of their conversation, ‘What do you like in bed? What is the size of your cock? How long can you go for? Top? Bottom? Versatile?’ or any one of the many other, sometimes much stranger, questions gay guys fire out or get quizzed on.

February 2, 2015

Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is reportedly transitioning to a woman

The creator of Golden Globe award-winnng TV series Transparent has apologized for an anti-trans joke about Bruce Jenner that drew fire from the transgender community.

Jill Soloway posted a Transparent poster on Facebook with Jenner and other Kardashian family members' faces superimposed on the characters. Jenner, who has reportedly started transitioning to a woman, took centerstage as transgender mother Maura.

January 30, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 30, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 29, 2015

Court deems the 'eccentric' kiss provacative

A gay couple who posted a picture of them kissing on Facebook is being told to not complain about death threats as they were asking for it.

A Lithuania court has dismissed a formal complaint after a series of online comments threatened two students who posted the same-sex kiss picture.

The District Court of Klaipėda City claims a person who posts a photo such as this 'has to anticipate that such an eccentric act would clearly discourage the common understanding and tolerance amongst people in our society who have different views and opinions.'

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 27, 2015

'I will not allow legislators to talk about "family values" when they have affairs'

An openly gay Alabama state representative has said she will expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage.

Patricia Todd made the declaration in response to comments from fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

January 26, 2015

Lee Hsien Loong explains why he always wears pink

Singapore's prime minister Saturday (24 January) dodges a personal invitation to the city's largest LGBTI rally during a online Q&A.

Lee Hsien Loong fielded questions from the public on his personal Facebook page from the social network's Singapore offices.

During the 45-minute session, the premier managed to answer just 27 of nearly 1,500 questions, which ranged in topic from cats to gay rights.

Of the few he managed to answer, Lee decided to respond a question from LGBTI activist Lim Jialiang about his penchant for pink.

January 24, 2015

Security staff tell Corrie writer: ‘We don’t want your custom here’; restaurant responds when contacted by GSN

Openly gay playwright Jonathan Harvey has taken to Facebook to slam the ‘quietly menacing’ security staff of Soho restaurant Balans.

In a post on the social networking site, the Coronation Street writer said: ‘Balans Soho last night. The most menacing bouncers. Quietly menacing. “We don't want your custom here." No wonder the place was empty.’

The man behind the much-loved Gimme Gimme Gimme continued: ‘Called the restaurant this morning to complain. Manager shouted I CAN'T HEAR YOU WE'RE REALLY BUSY!'

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.