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February 19, 2015

Oregon's Kate Brown replaces John Kitzhaber who resigned in disgrace

Kate Brown made history when she was sworn in as governor of Oregon on Wednesday (18 February).

She became the first openly bisexual governor of any state in US history.

Brown's ascension to the state's top job came after the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber who announced last Friday (13 February) that he would be stepping down this week.

February 19, 2015

Rugby player says revealing his sexuality was 'the scariest moment in my life'

Gareth Thomas has said coming out was 'probably the scariest moment in my life.'

The Welsh rugby player told his ex-wife, Gemma, and coach he was gay in 2006.

'We just sat down, we had a couple of cans and basically I told him why Gemma had left me and what I was going through,' he told Channel 4 News.

'I told him my attempted suicide and basically how my life was falling apart.'

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 17, 2015

'He acted the part of the big brother. I hate fighting. But he would do that for me'

Colin Farrell used to beat up bullies who attacked his gay brother, his sibling has revealed.

Eamon, the brother of the Hollywood star, said Colin acted as his gay brother's 'protector' in the face of homophobia.

'He acted the part of the big brother. I hate fighting. But he would do that for me,' Eamon told the Irish Independent.

'One young fella out on the road shouted "You faggott Farrell". Colin went out and kicked the shite out of him. Honestly.'

February 16, 2015

The out lesbian is survived by her partner of 33 years

Lesley Gore, the 1960s pop star who later came out publicly as a lesbian, died on Monday of lung cancer. Her biggest hits included It's My Party, You Don't Own Me and Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.

Gore died New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, according to the Associated Press.

'She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,' Lois Sasson, Gore’s partner of 33 years, told the AP.

February 13, 2015

Death of a trans samba dancer reveals how deeply homophobia and transphobia are rooted in Brazil

Piu da Silva was a transgender samba queen at Rio’s prestigious Beija-Flor school.

Her tortured corpse was found on 24 January, a week after the first alarm had been raised by friends and family who were concerned because Piu did not attend practice. She never missed any practice session.

A shocking video emerged just a day later. It shows the trans woman being tortured in Morro da Mina, a favela near the samba school, while she pleads with her unseen aggressors.

February 13, 2015

'We're living separately and we're figuring out how that feels and trying to deal with all the emotions that come with that'

Rosie O'Donnell had very little to say about her personal life during her last day on The View this week but she opened up on The Dr. Oz Show Friday (13 February).

O'Donnell, who survived a near-fatal heart attack in 2012, has been dealing with the stress of working on a high-pressure daily show and a crumbling marriage.

'I'm doing everything that I can to take care myself, and I think Michelle is doing the same thing,' O'Donnell said of wife Michelle Rounds who she married in 2012.

The couple, who have a child together, split in November.

February 11, 2015

'Art can change the world ... if you see a little bit of your journey in Jamal's, that's beautiful'

The drama Empire marks the first time on network television that a gay character has been this central to a show about the historically homophobic hip-hop industry.

The significance of this is not lost on actor Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal, an openly gay musician vying with his two straight brothers to be their music mogul father's heir apparent. The father has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years.

February 8, 2015

Beloved gay icon takes award in Best Spoken Word Album category over John Waters, Jimmy Carter and James Franco, among others

Joan Rivers is a Grammy winner.

The late comedienne, who died last September, took home the recording industry's highest honor for the audio version of her 12th and final best selling book Diary of a Mad Diva.

Rivers had previously been nominated for a Grammy, a Tony and was the winner of a Daytime Emmy Award.

February 8, 2015

'Niki spent the last year of her life on earth very publicly fighting for her family and doing everything she could to make sure that her wife and daughters were protected'

Niki Quasney, the US lesbian who sued Indiana to recognize her marriage, died from ovarian cancer on 5 February.

The 38-year-old was surrounded by her wife, Amy Sandler, her mother, and 5 siblings.

In 2014 April, the couple asked a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because of Quasney's terminal illness.

February 7, 2015

Kim Kardashian's stepfather was miles from his Malibu, California home

Bruce Jenner was part of a fatal car crash.

According to People he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, near his Malibu, California home, when the 7 February (Saturday) accident happened.

The 65-year-old  sustained no injuries, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one fatality.

February 7, 2015

Rep states: 'This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first'

Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View next week.

Her departure comes less that six months after rejoining the ABC daytime talk show which she moderated during the 2006-07 season.

This development comes at the same time as an announcement that O'Donnell has split from wife Michelle Rounds.

The mother of five children wants off the morning grind to focus on her family.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 6, 2015

Mom: 'He only knew that he was different from how everyone was treating him, and wanted us to listen to who he really was'

A trans boy and his mother from Brooklyn, New York have written incredible letters.

Francisca and her son Qbdoo, or Q for short, has shared what it is like to go through a transition.

'He started to get really frustrated about himself, his body, his clothes. He complained about not liking himself,' Francisca says.

'Little by little he stated more and more clearly how he knew he was a boy; first to me, then to his father, then to school and to the world.

February 5, 2015

Mr Holmes sees the world’s greatest detective attempting to unravel his only unsolved mystery 

A new trailer for Ian McKellen’s latest on-screen adventure Mr Holmes was released yesterday (4 February). 

Released just in time for its first screenings at the Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival, producers have teased fans with a 90 second excerpt.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate), the film is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it sees Sherlock revisiting his last case, left unsolved, which made him quit the profession and retreat to the south of England.

February 4, 2015

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man's father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

February 1, 2015

Some 5,000 people marched in the Indian city's eighth and one of the largest pride parades

'He's gay and I'm happy,' said Pradip Divgikar who marched with his son Sushant at the 5000-strong march in Mumbai on Saturday.

'I want all parents of LGBTQ children to be like him,' the son, who represented India at the Mr Gay World competition last year, said of his father in India's DNA newspaper.

According to DNA, parents of LGBTI children formed a substantial chunk of the marchers.

February 1, 2015

His participation as a premier is a first in the event's 20-year history

It's the first time a state premier has taken part or led a gay pride march in the Australian state of Victoria.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine, led the march as it celebrated its 20th anniversary today with 141 groups participating and 4,000 people marching down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda today.

The parade is part of Melbourne's annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival which attracts up to 50,000 people a year.

January 31, 2015

Source close to family tells People: 'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing'

Bruce Jenner is transitioning to female, according to People Magazine.

'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing,' says a source close to Jenner's family which includes the Kardashian reality show clan. 'He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.'

January 29, 2015

No matter what age, you can be free

Actor Joel Grey has responded to the support after coming out as gay at the age of 82.

The father of actress Jennifer Grey, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, has said he now feels comfortable being known in public as a gay man.

'I don't like labels,' Grey told People magazine. 'But if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man.'

On Twitter, Grey thanked the many people who sent him messages of support.

'Grateful for all the love and support coming my way,' he said. 'What a gift.'

January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 29, 2015

Olympic Gold Medalist and Kardashian stepdad widely expected to reveal he is transgender

Bruce Jenner, no stranger to reality television, is about to embark on a TV project far different from his years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

A series documenting Jenner's 'journey' is in development at E! Entertainment, according to Variety.

Although the network or Jenner has not confirmed the theme, it is widely believed the show will follow the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist transitioning from male to female.

January 28, 2015

His daughter is Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey who says: 'I feel very happy for my dad'

Joel Grey, who won the Academy Award for his performance in Cabaret 42 years ago, has come out publicly as a gay man.

'I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man,' Grey tells People Magazine.

'All the people close to me have known for years who I am,' he adds. '[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.'

Grey, 82, has the staunch support of his daughter, actress Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.