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November 20, 2014

While given a male name at birth, she found out she was actually intersex and identified as a woman

US swimmer Michael Phelps' self-proclaimed girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler has revealed she was assigned male at birth.

In a post on her Facebook, the 41-year-old has come out as intersex. She was given a male name because of the apparent nature of her genitalia at birth, but it was actually a little different.

November 19, 2014

But did they complain about there being no 'unlike' button?

A South African church has fired a gay minister for appearing in a Facebook photo with gay people.

Philip Olivier, of the Afrikaans Protestant Church, posted the picture online showing he had attended a social function by LGBTI insurance and medical aid company Triarc.

The church charged the minister with socialising and mixing with gay people. It cited 1 Timothy 6:11 in the Bible, 'flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness'.

November 18, 2014

'When I think of Russia I think of the secret gay house parties I have been to kissing boys drunk on vodka and caviar'

Transgender rapper Mykki Blanco has penned a love letter to Russia after she was forced to change venue due to a police raid.

Police closed the Solyanka club in Moscow on Friday (14 November), hours before she was scheduled to perform there.

Fans speculated that Blanco had fallen foul of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law but she said the timing was coincidental.

Blanco is the transgender stage persona of Michael Quattlebaum Jr but he identifies as a gay man.

November 17, 2014

Anthony Callea and actor Tim Campbell have been together seven years

Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend last week in New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

Callea announced their marriage today (17 November) on social media and his Facebook post had 34,000 likes within six hours.

'Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week!' he wrote. 

'Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!'

November 14, 2014

Take Romas Zabarauskas’ test and see how you score

November 13, 2014

'To say I'm devastated barely touches how I feel'

A 'devastated' Boy George announced on Facebook today that 'serious issues' with his throat have forced Culture Club to cancel both its US and UK tours.

The singer says he's been having trouble with his voice for a few months now but had attributed it to tiredness and pressed on with his commitments.

When he finally saw a top throat doctor in Los Angeles, it was discovered that he has a polyp on one of his vocal chords which has hemorrhaged. Another vocal chord is 'unusually enlarged' and won't close properly when he sings.

November 13, 2014

Is popular LGBTI-themed book The Princes and the Treasure set to make its cinematic debut?

Is Disney really making an animated feature film about two gay princes that fall in love?

Sorry, but no.

The false story is circulating this week, raising the hopes of many that everyone's favorite children's filmmakers will show gay characters on screen.

The 'report', which has so far been shared 60,000 times on Facebook, claimed it would be adapted from Jeffrey A. Miles' children's book The Princes and the Treasure.

November 12, 2014

Religious authorities say only 15 to 20 participants rejected their advice

Malaysian religious authorities have said 1,000 'gender confused' individuals have joined government 'rehabilitation' programs since they were started in 2010.

The director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), Othman Mustapha, said on Monday that only 15 to 20 people had rejected the advice given at the voluntary camps, which 'are based on self-empowerment, spirituality and rehabilitation.'

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 3, 2014

Rob Kearney came second in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man competition and he just came out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook, and the reaction couldn’t be better

One of the world’s top strength athletes has come out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook.

Weightlifter and fitness coach Rob Kearney came second in last year’s World’s Strongest Man competition.

However prior to 21 October he had not publicly acknowledged that he is gay or that he is in a relationship.

That day he posted to Facebook using the hashtag #MCM – short for Man Crush Monday, posting ‘My ‪#‎mcm‬ goes to this guy, my boyfriend, Joey Aleixo!’

November 2, 2014

David Little, the UKIP candidate for Dover, Kent, says the image is satirical, but the local MP says that the illustration has drawn complaints

A candidate standing to be a British MP for UKIP has drawn criticism after posting a cartoon image on his Facebook page that refers to London as being full of ‘cosmopolitan poofters’ and Africa as ‘Bongo Bongo Lands’.

David Little is standing in next year’s General Election in Dover, Kent for UKIP (UK Independence Party).

He posted an image on his Facebook page of a ‘UKIP Map of the world’. The original image was drawn by cartoonist Martha Richler (aka Marf) for the website politicalbetting.com

October 31, 2014

Unknown man threw a smoke grenade into the audience

The oldest cinema in the Ukranian capital went up in flames on Wednesday night during the screening of a LGBTI film after a smoke grenade was thrown into the audience.

The fire broke out at 21:41 and raged for five hours until it was put out by 22 fire department units, according to the State Emergency Service.

None of the 100 people at the screening were hurt, but the Zhovten cinema, built in 1931, was badly damaged.

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

October 28, 2014

To celebrate Animal Month, in partnership with IFAW, we are giving away 25 soft cuddly toys for the cutest selfies of you and your beloved pets!

Gay Star News, in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has spent the month celebrating all things animal from sharing our appreciation of your beloved pets to raising awareness of animal welfare among the global LGBTI community.

To celebrate the end of Animal Month we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 25 soft cuddly toys - and all you have to do is send in a cute selfie of you and your beloved pet!

To Enter:

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 23, 2014

Clunie: 'We are very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family'

X-Men director Bryan Singer is going to be a father.

The mother of the child is actress Michelle Clunie, his ex-girlfriend.

Clunie, who played Melanie for five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk is seven-and-a-half months pregnant and wrote on Facebook Wednesday (22 October): 'We dated. We broke up. He came out to me. We still loved each other and so made a pact we would start a family together some day. We are now 7 1/2 months pregnant and very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has come under fire for hosting the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 21, 2014

His paper called for the 60 listed people to be fired

The editor-in-chief of Armenian newspaper the Iravnuk stood trial this week for publishing a blacklist of 60 LGBTI people and calling for them to be fired.

Hovhannes Galajyan wrote an online article in May that branded the listed individuals 'enemies of the nation' and said they 'serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying.'

The article also included links to the their Facebook accounts.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 20, 2014

'Same-sex "marriage" is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family'

Don't expect Anthony Culler to attend a gay wedding anytime soon.

On 14 October, the Republican candidate for South Carolina's 6th Congressional District railed against marriage equality on Facebook.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 15, 2014

London’s family-friendly disco, Big Fish Little Fish, is hosting a special Halloween bash this weekend, with support from Out With The Family, and cult DJ duo, the Readers Wifes

Big Fish Little Fish is one of London’s most unique club events.

Describing itself as a ‘creative and exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids’, it aims to offer all the fun of a mini-festival in the space of one afternoon. Hence the team’s tagline: ‘2-4 Hour Party People’!

All its events are aimed at both parents and their young kids to enjoy (or grandparents/uncles/aunts/carers).