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May 24, 2015

 'Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can't give any real structure to'

Writer Germaine Greer is troubled that David Furnish, Elton John's husband, is listed as 'mother' on the birth certificates of their two sons.

May 24, 2015

As president, Bush supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

In 2013, former US President George W Bush asked to officiate the wedding of a lesbian couple.

According to the Washington Blade, the revelation appears in a Boston Globe article about Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

The Bush family have a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jeb Bush is a patron of  HB Provisions, a general store owned by Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

May 23, 2015

 Shoreline Church had tried to relegate ceremony to a side chapel

Rich Jones and Adrian Mertz will be dedicating their son at Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas, after all.

The couple, who were married last year, were initially told that the ceremony would have to be held in a side chapel instead of the main sanctuary because of their homosexuality.

But the church quickly changed course after a local TV station contacted them about the snub.

'We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused the Mertz family regarding the dedication of their child to God,' the church said in a statement.

May 22, 2015

Book is expected to be the blockbuster celebrity memoir of 2017

Barbra Streisand, an A-List superstar for more than 50 years, is working on a memoir to be published in 2017 by Viking.

'Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,' Viking president Brian Tart said in a statement.

'There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.'

May 21, 2015

‘He played piano, and all his friends were gay’

Before Warren Beatty married Annette Bening in 1992, the movie icon had a reputation as a legendary ladies’ man.

The Oscar winning director's past loves include Julie Christie, Natalie Wood, Diane Keaton, Madonna, Joan Collins, Michelle Phillips and Leslie Caron, among others.

But Jane Fonda, who rose to movie stardom in the early 1960s at the same time as Beatty, was apparently immune to his considerable charms.

'I thought Warren was gay,’ the two-time Oscar winner tells W Magazine.

Why did she think so?

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 19, 2015

He tells her: 'I just know that I love you and I want to spend my life with you'

The character of Maya on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful was recently revealed to viewers to be a transgender woman.

On Monday's episode of the show, her boyfriend found out too.

The setting was a mountain cabin where Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) had taken Maya (Karla Mosley) to propose marriage.

Although Rick had been in the dark, several people had already found out about Maya after her sister confided the news to the wrong person.

May 19, 2015

London Chanel, 21, is eighth trans woman of color to be killed in US this year

A 21-year-old black transgender woman was stabbed to death early Monday (18 May) in Philadelphia.

London Chanel was stabbed twice in the back and once in the neck in an abandoned house at around 12.40am.

She is the eighth trans woman of color to be killed this year in the US.

May 16, 2015

'The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously. It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league'

The WNBA suspended  Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games.

The punishment is for the couple's domestic incident in late April.

Yesterday, 15 May, the league made the announcement on its website.

May 14, 2015

Kentish council claims it is a tribute to a local historian

A British gay couple is taking action to rename a road named Bangays Way.

Erected last month in the village of Borough Green in Kent, the married couple who have lived in the village for seven years find it offensive and homophobic.

The cul de sac in the new residential development was named in memory of local villager Frank Bangay who died in 1999.

The couple, who did not want to be named, say the problem is adding the letter 's' to the name.

May 14, 2015

'She kind of s**t all over my mother’s legacy'

Joan Rivers' daughter is no longer remaining silent about the implosion Fashion Police suffered as it tried to stay on the air after the death of her mother.

Melissa Rivers, who continued to executive produce the show after Kathy Griffin took over for her mother, is critical of how Griffin quit the show abruptly after less than three months on the job.

'My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of shit all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving,' Rivers told Hoda Kotb Wednesday night in New York.

May 14, 2015

Shepard's mother is 'thrilled that Laramie’s doing it, at the same time sort of saddened that the state of Wyoming can’t see fit to do that as well'

It's been 17 years since Matthew Shepard died at the age of 21 after being tortured in an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming.

The murder of the University of Wyoming student has long cast a shadow over the town where on Wednesday (14 May) its City Council passed a local anti-LGBTI discrimination ordinance.

'What a day for Wyoming, and what a day for the city that became synonymous with Matthew Shepard’s murder to now step up and do this right thing,' says Jeran Artery, head of the group Wyoming Equality.

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 13, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Arthur Miller's classic American play

Widely acknowledged as one of the best American plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has been revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the centenary celebrations of Miller's birth.

Written in 1949 and set in Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman is an extraordinary exploration of the 'American dream', a period piece that captures the rapidly changing nature of family and society in the post-war period.

May 11, 2015

Mother's Day isn't over until Bey has spoken

Here in the US, Mother's Day (9 May) is about to end.

If you forgot your mom today, you're in trouble. Lots of it. However, take solace that Beyonce is thinking about you.

She's not going to call your mother, but she is sending all the ladies out there some love.

On Facebook, she posted a cropped photo. One the left is the Queen B, when she was young. Next to her is Queen B-1, Beyonce's mother.

On the right, the  singer is all grown up. Next to her is daughter Blue Ivy.

May 11, 2015

School told her to 'toughen up'

A 12-year-old girl bullied for being bisexual has committed suicide.

Alyssa Morgan from Des Moines, Iowa hung herself in her family's garage on 3 April.

'I am the one who found my daughter and the image haunts me every day,' her mother Nicole Morgan told KCCI-TV.

In the three weeks leading up to her death, Alyssa had been out of school due to bullying, which exacerbated after she came out as bisexual.

May 10, 2015

'Being transgender is a hard thing, but you can be who you want to be. I’m proud of who I am because I’m transgender.'

A seven-year-old girl is teaching the internet an inspiring lesson in tolerance and what it means to be transgender.

In a video diary called Avery Chat, Avery Jackson – or AJ – says: ‘Being transgender is a hard thing, but you can be who you want to be. I’m proud of who I am because I’m transgender.’

She describes herself as ‘your average, everyday transgender girl’ who likes climbing trees, pretending to be a ninja or someone from a game and playing with her brother.

May 10, 2015

Late last month, both were arrested for a a fight they had in their Arizona home

Professional basketball players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were married late last week.

According to People, the WNBA stars exchanged vows on Friday, 8 May, on a Phoenix mountaintop.

The two athletes were engaged last August.

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 8, 2015

Wisconsin teen was constantly tormented for being 'feminine'

A bullied 15-year-old transgender girl committed suicide last week days after coming out.

Cameron Langrell from Racine, Wisconsin told her parents a few years ago that she felt trapped in the wrong body.

She recently announced she was transgender and dating a boy on Facebook, and changed the gender on her profile to female.

Days later on 30 April, her mother, Jamie Olender, found her dead in the basement of their home.

May 8, 2015

'I can just tell you right now, there was no Andy D going in my B'

Andy Cohen has told the world, once again, that the most famous person he's ever hooked up with is Lance Bass.

The Watch What Happens Live host had also previously revealed on his show that sexually, he is a top.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

'It was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS ...  I internalized that fear for a long time’

Famed interior designer and television personality Nate Berkus is now one of the most famous gay men in America.

But there was a time when he was a kid with a big secret and terrified of dying of AIDS.

'I remember kind of equating the AIDS crisis to not wanting to come out because ... it was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS,' Berkus says in this week's installment of the It Got Better series.

May 5, 2015

'We’re being held captive against our will and tortured by my father who wants me to break up with Avi, get married and have children'

The gay son of the world cricket boss has accused his father of holding him captive and forcing him to marry a woman to continue the family line.

Narayanaswami Srinivasan is the newly elected chairman of International Cricket Council and the managing director of multi-billion-dollar company India Cements.

Ashwin Srinivasan said he and his partner, Avi Mukherjee, had been imprisoned in Chennai near his father's residence since May last year.