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May 16, 2015

Boyfriends were left confused after receiving the bill from the London café

A British couple are upset after going to a café and being handed a bill with the word 'gays' written at the top.

Kevin Reeves, 27, and his boyfriend Tyrone Herlihy, 26, visited the café in Walthamstow, north east London last Thursday where they typically meet for lunch.

'We went in, ordered with the usual waitress. There were only three other men in the café and they were all sat alone,' Reeves told RUComingOut.

May 15, 2015

Conservative blogger suggests he was on meth the night of the derailment

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios has said engineer Brandon Bostian’s sexual orientation was 'a factor' in Tuesday's train crash that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Rios, who is also governmental affairs director at the anti-gay American Family Association, made the outrageous claim Thursday (14 May) on her radio show.

'I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,' she said.

May 13, 2015

Co-convicted twin brother claims 'faggot' means 'happy'

A lesbian and her twin brother Friday (8 May) were convicted of aggravated assault while armed for a 2013 attack that left a gay man with facial bone fractures and a broken wrist.

Christina Lucas, 21, who did not testify at trial, told police that she was a lesbian and therefore could not be accused of an anti-gay hate crime.

Christina, her brother Christopher Lucas and a group of men approached the unnamed victim about 12.30 am on 19 October 2013 after he left a party in Washington DC with two female friends.

May 12, 2015

'My message to any LGBTQ kid out there who feels like I did - hopeless, ashamed, or cornered - I assure you, you are a gathering storm'

During Monday's broadcast of MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts, the program's host reflected on less than 48 hours earlier when he was honored by GLAAD at a glittery ceremony in New York City.

'It was a tremendous night for a kid like me. What an honor,' Roberts told viewers.

On Saturday, while accepting an award named for the late activist and media figure Vito Russo, Roberts grew emotional when he thought back to those days when he was a kid.

May 11, 2015

Rapper used the word 'faggot' 213 times on debut album

Tyler, The Creator has designed a gay pride T-shirt for his Golf Wang clothing label with a rainbow White Pride World Wide logo emblazoned across the front.

The Odd Future rapper, 24, used the the anti-gay slur 'faggot' 213 times on his 2011 debut album Goblin, a term he claims is 'just another word.'

May 8, 2015

Claims he acted in self defense

A college football player has been kicked off his team after he was arrested for punching a gay couple he saw kissing on the street.

Running back Steward Butler, 23, was charged with two counts of battery Wednesday (6 May) against Casey Williams, 20, and Zack Johnson, 21, in Huntingdon, West Virginia last month.

The Marshall University senior jumped out of the car he was riding in with his former teammates and punched both men in the face.

May 7, 2015

Video handed to the Daily Mail shows Farage tell a joke about a man's death at Michael Barrymore's house in 2001

A British party leader has been accused of being homophobic on the day the British public cast their vote in the General Election.

A video released by the Daily Mail shows Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP), giving a best man’s speech at his younger brother’s wedding in July 2001.

During the speech, Farage tells a joke in which he appears to refer to gay people as ‘fags’ while also referencing the death of a man at openly-gay Michael Barrymore’s house a few months before the wedding.

April 24, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 24, 2015

Actor plays father of a gay teen in new movie Blackbird

Isaiah Washington isn't gay, but he knows what it's like to be gay bashed.

The Grey's Anatomy alum told HuffPost Live this week that when he was working as a professional dancer in New York in the 1980s, he was attacked becvause he was perceived to be gay.

'I had on leggings,' Washington explained. 'Walking around in the Bronx, you're getting a beatdown.'

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 22, 2015

But the British songwriter's label has immediately pulled it from YouTube

Ed Sheeran has called a rapper 'faggoty' in a new video.

The five minute film featured the singer in a 'freestyle rap battle' with fellow artist Devlin.

When the artist's record label was contacted, the video was immediately pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

The clip features the British singer clutching a pint of beer, and is thought to date back to the end of 2011.

'Yo, I freestyle to the faggoty man,' he raps. 'I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay.'

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 20, 2015

'I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there'

Sam Smith has said he would rather be called a faggot than fat.

The British singer, 22, who recently lost 14lbs in 14 days, said he had been 'controlled' by food for most of his life.

'When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well,' he said during an interview with Australia TV show 60 Minutes on Sunday (19 April).

'I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat.'

April 17, 2015

Says he did the world a favor

A white supremacist who admits to killing his gay ex-employer at a North Carolina college has said he feels no remorse and that he had done 'the world a favor.'

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, shot Ron Lane, 44, Monday (13 April) after he was dismissed for too many absenses.

He was arrested the next day while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

April 14, 2015

'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!'

A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.

Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would 'punish' and then eat the 'faggots and dykes' who had 'sinned against God'.

In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.

Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: 'It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!

April 7, 2015

'If I don't ever lip sync to Taylor Swift again, will I get into heaven?'

Remember Riyadh? He was the gay guy that allowed his mom to read his Grindr messages.

A fun video, and it ended up going viral and being seen by thousands of people. One of those was Shirley Phelps-Roper, the Westboro Baptist Chruch's longterm spokesperson.

'This is what happens when fag enablers turn the country to the fags,' she commented. 'These people are going to hell.'

April 2, 2015

'I believe that the press can not be a vehicle of any kind of prejudice'

A Brazilian ESPN reporter shut down a football fan on live TV for using an anti-gay slur.

Gabriela Moreira stopped her report midway to tell off a Palmeiras supporter who she was interviewing in front of the Palestra Italia stadium.

Asked what he thought his team’s chances were against home side Sao Paolo, the young fan said they were going to 'beat those fags.'

Moreira looked visibly shocked by his answer, then gave this amazing response:

'Boy, I don’t know if you’ll win, but no to homophobia,' she said.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 11, 2015

Bishop Luis Bambaren told a reporter that while openly gay Congressman Carlos Bruce may call himself ‘gay,’ in Peru the proper word for him is ‘maricon’ – the Spanish language equivalent of calling him a ‘faggot’

One of the most powerful Catholics in the South American nation of Peru has publicly used a homophobic slur to refer to his country’s first openly gay congressman in decrying attempts to allow legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Bishop Luis Bambaren’s comments were reported by Lamula.pe, who quoted him as saying, ‘I am totally against [the draft Civil Union bill]’

March 10, 2015

Gay British singer has opened up about the homophobia he faced growing up

British singer Sam Smith has said he was called 'faggot' all the time at school.

Opening up about growing up gay, he has revealed he received a huge amount of homophobic abuse both verbal and physical.

‘The toughest time for me was my first year in secondary school when I hadn’t come out as gay. It was actually the denying of being gay that was getting me bullied,’ he told The Sun.

‘I remember walking to the station getting "faggot" shouted at me all the time,’ he added.

March 3, 2015

Actor Alec Mapa among his critics: 'He's glad he's not effeminate? Well the feeling is mutual lady, I'm glad I'm not you

Looking star Russell Tovey is suffering backlash for comments he made about why he is masculine enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The openly gay actor told The Guardian he's grateful his father didn't allow him to attend theater school because 'I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. ... where I felt like I had to toughen up.

February 26, 2015

'The answer for a fag to something that is boring is to take his pants off'

As if Neil Patrick Harris wasn't getting enough flack already, the Oscar host also got slammed this week by members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church for stripping down to his tighty whites.

The hate group protested outside the Oscars in Hollywood on Sunday then demonstrated outside the offices of The Hollywood Reporter the next day as part of a protest against the media.

A Hollywood Reporter editor met with the protesters and asked Shirley Phelps-Roper what she thought of Harris' underwear stunt which was a spoof of a Michael Keaton scene in Birdman.

February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.