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August 22, 2014

V. Stivanio says in court papers she never had sex with the billionaire who was ousted from NBA for racist comments

Donald Sterling, the one-time owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was ousted from the league for being a racist bigot.

Now his ex-girlfriend is also claiming that he is also gay.

V. Stiviano alleges in court papers filed this week that she was the billionaire's beard and that the two never had sex.

She states that Sterling is 'homosexual and enjoys sexual and or sexual congress with males.'

August 20, 2014

Mariela Castro, a member of Cuba’s National Assembly and daughter of President Raul Castro, cast a ‘no’ vote in protest over a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from discrimination

Outspoken Cuban LGBTI rights advocate Mariela Castro has cast a historic ‘no’ vote in Cuba’s National Assembly which experts believe is the first time a dissenting vote has been recorded in the chamber since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Mariela, who is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and the niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, cast the vote in December of last year in protest at a new labor code that protects sexual minorities but not transgender people or people with HIV from workplace discrimination.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

Former soap stars take lead roles in a new play exploring sperm donation and gay parenting

Breeders, by playwright Ben Ockrent, will premiere for a month-long run at London’s St James Theatre from 3 September 2014.

August 18, 2014

A 24-year-old man is facing charges for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Ventersdorp

A gay woman is dead after being raped and strangled in South Africa.

Gift Makau, 18, was found dead in Ventersdorp, a town in the north west province on Friday (15 August).

She had been raped and strangled with wire and a shoelace. A running hose had been forced into her mouth.

‘[Gift] had never been abused or heckled in the community,’ her cousin, Lucky Gaorongqe, told South Africa Times.

‘Her mother is not coping at all, but we're trying - and people have been supportive.’

August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

August 16, 2014

A panel of three judges in Arizona overturned a previous ruling, which claimed Beatie was in a 'same-sex union'

A trans man seeking a divorce from his wife in Arizona has been allowed to continue divorce proceedings after a panel of judges overturned a previous ruling claiming the marriage wasn't recognised.

 

August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 15, 2014

Carver will play Franco's ex-lover in Michael  and 'couldn't be more thrilled'

Charlie Carver is taking on another gay role only this time he doesn't turn into a werewolf.

The actor has been cast in the film Michael which stars James Franco as a man who went from being a gay activist and founder of a gay magazine to becoming a Christian pastor and an 'ex-gay.'

'Couldn't be more thrilled,' Carver tweeted on Thursday (14 August).

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 14, 2014

The CNN anchor confirms the incident but not a report that it left him in tears

It's well known that the late Lauren Bacall did not suffer fools.

Or, it seems, teenagers who express a political opinion different from her own - even of that teenager happened to be future CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The year was 1982 and Cooper's mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.

August 13, 2014

Court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter

Ever wonder why some politicians seem to blame LGBT people for everything from natural disasters to Game of Thrones?

Well, court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter.

August 13, 2014

Widow of Humphrey Bogart won two Tonys and an honorary Academy Award

There are not many people – any people perhaps – who could claim to be an A-List star for the past 70 years.

Lauren Bacall, who died of a stroke on Tuesday (12 August), certainly could.

She was 89 at the time of her death and had continued to work in films until her final years.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

August 5, 2014

The 8-year-old niece of a gay couple who are the subject of a new reality show has threatened to write to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott every day this week if he does not legalize same-sex marriage

An 8-year-old Australian girl has started a letter writing campaign to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in support of her gay uncles being allowed to get married, and says she will write to him every day this week.

‘To Tony Abbott, my name is Abbey and I am 8 years old,’ she writes.

‘My unkls are gaye and we had to go to New Zeland to have ther wedding. It is going to be on TV it’s called Living with the Enemy they wont to get marred in Astralea but that’s eligle. I will write to you once a day for a week. P.S. I wold like the law changed. [sic throughout]’

August 5, 2014

Judge in Palm Beach County case rules state cannot stop man from inheriting late husband's estate

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage suffered its second legal setback in two days on Tuesday (5 August) and fourth in the past three weeks.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional in a case involving a gay man seeking to inherit his late husband's estate.

The ruling applies only to the case involving plaintiff W. Jason Simpson who married his late spouse in another state. Simpson now cannot be blocked from claiming the estate.

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

August 1, 2014

When her son came out in the 1980s, Rita Fischer was shocked but assured him of her love

Rita Fischer, now 90, has come a long ways since the 1980s when she had no clue that her son Jay was gay.

'I would not be so dumb now. I have what they call gaydar,' Fischer said in a conversation with her son that aired on National Public Radio's Tell Me More this week (30 July).

Jay Fischer, now 65, thought his mom already knew.

July 28, 2014

Husbands Bryan and Jay Leffew live in Santa Rosa, California. In March 2006, they adopted Daniel, then aged 5, and Selena, aged 14 months. Bryan runs the GayFamilyValues blog and Facebook page. Here, he reflects on the pride he felt when his son, who has a rare genetic disorder, recently graduated from junior high

For some, graduating Junior High may not seem like a big deal. Heck, even the school themselves don't call the act ‘graduation’ anymore. They call it ‘promotion’: a weird term at best.

But there I sat: one proud dad in the rows of identical, red folding chairs, set up on the lawn in the warm spring sun, looking at a ring of chairs set up for the graduates and realized... this is happening.Next year my son will be in high school. It was unbelievable.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

July 25, 2014

A suicidal Orashia Edwards was suddenly detained earlier today, with no warning given to him or his family

A mother says the UK government is giving her bisexual son a ‘death sentence just for being who he is’.

Vienna Brown, mom to 32-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears about her son’s fate now he has been refused asylum in Britain.

He is to be sent back to Jamaica – where he has been vilified in the national press making him a target for anti-gay thugs.

Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

July 25, 2014

Posts bogus story alleging Dave Franco and Efron are now a couple

Between making movies, appearing on Broadway and writing and directing, it would seem that the prolific James Franco would not have much time to spare.

But the Oscar-nominated star found the time to pull a prank on his brother, actor Dave Franco, and Zac Efron with whom Dave co-starred in the recent box office smash Neighbors.

Franco posted a bogus tabloid story, written by 'Dave Francock,' on social media which claims Efron and Dave Franco are dating and uses photos of them on the set of their film and at a basketball game as evidence.

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.