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May 1, 2015

More than half of Republicans and 7 out of 10 Americans would have no problem attending the same-sex nuptials of a gay friend or relative, new data by Reuters/Ipsos has found

A new study on the views of American voters towards same-sex marriage has found an overwhelming majority of them would have no problem attending the marriage of a gay or lesbian friend and that even a majority of Republicans now fit into that category.

Polling released by Reuters/Ipsos on Wednesday finds that 56% of Republicans would attend a same-sex wedding if invited.

April 28, 2015

Linda Thompson: 'I’m so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn’t know'

When she married Bruce Jenner in 1981, Linda Thompson did not know that her Olympic champion husband secretly identified as a woman.

But by 1986 and the birth of two sons, the couple was divorced and Jenner's gender dysphoria was the reason.

'If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. Pure and simple,' Thompson writes in Huffington Post.

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 26, 2015

The NBA player, previously married to Kim Kardashian, has announced he supports Jenner's transition to female

 NBA player Kris Humphries has apologised for a tweet he sent which appeared to criticise Bruce Jenner for coming out as a transwoman.

Following Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer where the former Olympian announced he would be transitioning to a woman, Humphries, who was previously married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days, said: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’.

April 25, 2015

Kylee and Kendall Jenner and Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian tweet words of love and support

All of Bruce Jenner's 10 children and stepkids spoke out in support of their dad on Friday after Jenner confirmed that he identifies as female.

'Couldn't be a more proud daughter,' tweeted Kourtney Kardashian. 'With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce's side and support him.'

Khloe Kardashian watched the two-hour ABC News interview with her family and tweeted: 'Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.'

April 25, 2015

The NBA player, who was briefly married to Jenner's stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, sent the tweet after Jenner came out as a transwoman

 NBA player Kris Humphries has publicly distanced himself from former father-in-law Bruce Jenner after the former Olympian came out as a transwoman.

Humphries, who was married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days in 2011, sent a tweet soon after Jenner came out saying: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’

The comment drew widespread anger and criticism over Twitter, with many calling him an ‘idiot’ and stating he was dumped by Kardashian, rather than getting out on his own accord.

April 25, 2015

'Bruce has bigger fish to fry than turning into Belinda'

Don't expect Bruce Jenner and Wendy Williams to share a meal anytime soon.

April 24, 2015

Police say attack is not a hate crime, 'just a fight amongst kids’

A gay school student was slashed on the face with a screwdriver while his principal watched.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and another gay student were called anti-gay slurs and assaulted in a pre-meditated attack at Carver High School on Monday (April).

'My face is messed up some,' he told WXIA TV.

'There was like 30 people out there that we was fighting because he's gay. And I'm gay.'

April 24, 2015

President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is accusing Marvel Comics of trying to brainwash young people

Franklin Graham, the son and successor of legendary US evangelist Billy Graham, has claimed there is a conscious agenda by Marvel Comics to brainwash young people into accepting a homosexual ‘lifestyle’ after a character in the popular comic book series X-Men was revealed to be gay.

Earlier this week the leading comic book entertainment company revealed that Iceman, AKA Bobby Drake, would be revealed to be gay in issue #40 of All New X-Men.

April 23, 2015

Late actor portrays gay man coming to terms with his sexuality late in life

One of Robin Williams' last roles was that of a gay man finally coming to terms with his sexuality in the film Boulevard.

That independent movie, which had so far only been seen on the film festival circuit, will be released into theaters in North America in July by Starz Digital.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 20, 2015

'Foreigners are fond of pets'

Photos of a Thai man holding hands with his foreign boyfriend have gone viral.

Noparuj Kaendi and Thorsten Mid were snapped on the Bangkok Sky Train during the Songkran festival, which brings thousands of gay men from around region to the city.

The photos were met with a torrent of abuse after they were uploaded on the Facebook page of Philippine news BV Patrol on Saturday (18 April) morning.

At the time of writing, the post had nearly 17,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares.

'Foreigners are fond of pets,' wrote one commenter.

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 18, 2015

The actress and mucisian shared the good news after partner Ellie gave birth

Heather Peace’s wife has given birth to their first daughter.

The actress and musician, known for her role as Detective Sergeant Sam Murray in lesbian drama Lip Service and Deputy Headteacher in school-based drama Waterloo Road, announced the birth to her fans over Twitter.

In the tweet, she says: ‘Ellie gave birth to our daughter today at 1.46pm.

‘She’s perfect and we feel so thankful and blessed. Much love H xxx’.

Peace also shared a personal photograph, showing her holding her newborn daughter.

April 17, 2015

Gay couple was victorious in more ways than one

A gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory.

A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013.

After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not 'gay friendly'.

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 16, 2015

He was the suspect of a shooting before it is believed he turned the gun on himself

​A gay porn star, who was just 18, has committed suicide after becoming a suspect in a workplace shooting.

Christopher Luke McAteer, a Corbin Fisher model who performed under the name Clay in at least three scenes, died on Sunday night (13 April) in Kentucky.

Owensboro Police confirmed the death, saying he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It began after 8pm at Ninki's Japenese Restaurant on Saturday where McAteer had just been fired for making threats.

April 14, 2015

'If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands'

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia's Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to anyone under 18.

April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 14, 2015

The wife of a young Indian actor says he was recruited by a group of at least eight Government Railway Police officers to pose as a gay man in railway bathrooms so that they could demand money from gay men who feared being outed

India’s Government Railway Police (GRP) Commissioner has ordered an internal inquiry after it was alleged that a group of police officers in Maharashtra state were running a corrupt operation where they shook down gay men for cash with threats of outing them.

According to the allegation railway police officers recruited Ajinkya Shinde, a Marathi speaking aspiring actor, and got him to pose as a gay man in order to entrap gay men using railway station bathrooms.

April 14, 2015

Jada found happiness in her new family

It’s a country where the law is set against LGBTI people – but people do find happiness, as a new video reminds us.

Transgender former performer Jada lives in Singapore with her son Raiyan and is in love with her new partner, Addi.

But it wasn’t always this way.

‘I had a previous boyfriend. He became a jerk when he became popular, he got famous. He started being very abusive, mentally and emotionally. So we broke off. But that doesn’t stop me from believing in love,’ Jada shares.

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 13, 2015

The amazing work of Russia’s Orphan Bear Rescue Centre

A one-and-a-half hour drive from Moscow across a vast frozen tundra takes you to one of Russia’s most needed animal care facilities.

The Orphan Bear Rescue Centre (OBRC), run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is truly an incredible place.

The bear cubs it houses are all orphaned refugees from the cold Russian winters, often the survivors of hunters who have killed their mothers.

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.