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April 17, 2014

Actor tells Gay Star News: 'I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love'

Guy Wilson has only been a part of the cast of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives since January but already he is a part of daytime television history.

His character of Will Horton was one of the grooms in what was the first same-sex wedding between two men in an emotional three-part episode that aired earlier this month.

'When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, with each day it became increasingly powerful for us,' Wilson told Gay Star News at the recent GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles where the show was named outstanding daytime drama.

April 17, 2014

Gay Star News speaks to the reigning X Factor UK champion about getting pregnant in gay bars, growing willies in your belly and the perils of short hair

The reason why people love Sam Bailey is because she’s normal.

The 36-year-old reigning X Factor UK champ may not be your average pop star, but she’s got a voice that can slay all the teenage pretenders to her crown.

Gay Star News had a chance to speak to the British singer at Supersonic, a fundraising event for Manchester Pride.

She reveals to us how everyone thought she was a lesbian years ago because she used to ‘dress in tracksuits all the time’.

April 10, 2014

'My younger siblings aren't married so (my mom) was so excited to buy a son-in-law card'

In the time since Jesse Tyler Ferguson got married to lawyer Justin Mikita last summer, the Modern Family star has been constantly surprised by the things that make him feel like a husband.

'It doesn't make a difference on the day to day but it's the little things like going into the doctor's office and getting to check "married" in the box and all those little things I never thought about,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview.

Ferguson and Mitka had been together for two years before tying the knot in New York City last July.

April 7, 2014

Inspired by Tumblr, we take a look at a phenomenon known as 'boyfriend twins'

Gay couples come in all shape and sizes.

Sometimes though, they can appear to even be clones of each other.

You could accuse them of being narcissists, or just having a similar look, but it definitely looks a little peculiar.

But can it always be the case that all of these couples are gay?

Surely they could just be vaguely affectionate brothers?

Make up your own mind.

Are these 12 couples boyfriends...or brothers?

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 28, 2014

As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding

On 29 March, the first gay couples in England and Wales will be able to marry legally.
 
As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding.

BEFORE

1 Who proposes?

‘Tradition’ states a man proposes to a woman, but when it’s a same-sex couple that tradition goes out the window.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

March 21, 2014

Jake Jenkins, nurse practitioner for LGBT services at 56 Dean Street, tells us why testing early for HIV can seriously improve our health

1 Knowing your status can save your life

Untreated HIV can lead to serious illness (AIDS). Advanced HIV still kills – 390 people died of it in 2012 in the UK and an incredible 15,529 in the US in 2010.

2 Early diagnosis can add years to your life

An early HIV diagnosis means fewer complications and a longer healthier life.

3 You can be healthier

March 17, 2014

Seeing AIDS Quilt unfurled in Washington DC 27 years ago made him realize the world did not know the stories of those who died

When Alec Mapa was presented with the Outfest Fusion Achievement Award in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the man known for making audiences laugh on shows like Ugly Betty and Half & Half couldn't help but get a little serious.

The actor and comic mentioned how Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry - who Mapa worked for on Housewives and the sitcom Some of My Best Friends - once said to him that on paper, his career was not supposed to exist 'and that it only existed through sheer force of will.'

March 14, 2014

He's Irish, he's gay and was one of the most intelligent men to have ever lived. Celebrate St Patrick's Day on 17 March by putting down the Guinness and picking up the poetry book

1. True friends stab you in the front.

2. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

3. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

4. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

5. The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

March 7, 2014

Introducing the Dylan and Jack gay podcast, the newest take on LGBTI London from the eyes of two young freelance journalists

The Dylan and Jack gay podcast is not just latest, but also the freshest, take on London’s gay scene.

While the cast of characters may not mean much to LGBTI people outside the British capital, their take on life resonates far further.

As they released their third episode yesterday (6 March), the pair of young freelance journalists spoke to Gay Star News about their audio venture.

March 7, 2014

From boxing to poker, these lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are making a name for themselves not only as out athletes but by dominating in their sport

To celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March) we are going to take a moment to appreciate the achievements of seven incredible LGBTI sportswomen.

From Hollywood to the Olympics, a public figure’s sexuality has made headlines and broken careers. Arguably the 21st century has seen some progress, but there is certainly a long way to go.

We look at seven athletes who in one fell swoop are blazing trails both for women in sport and LGBTI athletes.

March 4, 2014

While several countries are considering cutting donor aid, gay rights activists say this is not the best option. But what can you do?

When countries far away enact homophobic laws, the rest of the world can feel helpless.

Do we call for cuts to aid even though gay people in the country disagree with it?

Do we protest where the people that matter will never see it?

Do we sign an online petition lawmakers will never read?

Because of the internet, because of social media, the world has become smaller. And this means you do not have to be in Uganda to help make a difference.

February 27, 2014

Nicole Bonamino, 22, is the first Italian sportsperson playing at the top level to come out. She tells GSN: 'I want a family and children'

The first person playing top-level sport in Italy to come out as gay has rapidly become a hero to the country's LGBTI community.

Nicole Bonamino, a 22-year-old girl from a small town close to Alessandria, in Northern Italy, is little known outside her home country. But her revelation she is lesbian sent a shockwave through the Italian sports scene last month (February).

Bonamino's speciality is in-line roller hockey, playing as a gatekeeper. She competes for two local teams and the national Italian team.

February 27, 2014

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was so controversial few saw it before it became law. Now we know what LGBTI Ugandans really have to face

It’s only three days old but the full horror of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is already shrouded in myth.

Most know it’s draconian, few realize just how bad it is. The confusion has been fuelled by government lies, media misreporting and the fact the text of the act has only just become available.

It was originally dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but the death penalty was replaced by life imprisonment before it became law.

So here we explain the letter of the law and what it means for LGBTI people in Uganda.

February 24, 2014

Cher said no, and the world listened. From ballet demonstrations to national commercials, from tweets to open letters, here are the 14 ways the world came together for the Russian LGBTI community

Did you pour your Stoli vodka down a drain, or stop eating McDonald’s during the Winter Olympics?

In recent months Russia has been at the center of a civil rights firestorm, between president Putin signing anti-gay laws to politicians threatening LGBTI Olympic athletes and spectators.

Even though the Sochi Winter Olympics wrapped up this weekend, the reactions to Russia's anti-gay laws are still being seen, heard and felt around the world.

February 19, 2014

We meet two of the UK’s most senior ‘straight allies’ in business and learn what motivates them about LGBTI issues

How does a business leader go from ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends’ to being a champion of LGBTI equality?

‘Straight allies’ is a new buzzword in top companies and we spoke to two women who are every bit as passionate about this issue as gay activists themselves.

They have been key to making Barclays one of the most LGBTI-friendly firms in the world and instrumental to groundbreaking gay inclusion in a TV commercial.

February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

February 12, 2014

From Frank Ocean to Freddie Mercury, RuPaul to Josephine Baker, we celebrate our favorite gay, lesbian, bisexual and pansexual chart-toppers

It's the end of Britain's LGBT History Month which has been celebrating musicians and music this year.

So we've compiled this list of some of our favorites. Who would make your list of best LGBTI musicians? Tweet us @GayStarNews. Enjoy the dance breaks!

Frank Ocean

US singer and rapper Frank Ocean published an open letter online in 2012, revealing a teenage love affair with another boy. He gained even more fans, both straight and gay, for coming out in the notoriously homophobic world of hip hop.

January 31, 2014

Bisexual film star Alan Cumming’s Any Day Now sees him take on the role of dad to a disadvantaged kid. But the story about a gay family in the 70s raises issues still relevant today

‘We all have to care and love others,’ says beloved bisexual Hollywood actor Alan Cumming as he enthuses about his film Any Day Now.

It follows Cumming’s character Rudy as he and his boyfriend take disadvantaged and disabled teenager Marco (Isaac Leyva) under their wing in late 70s Los Angeles and form a family.

But 1978 is not ready for the idea of same-sex parents or alternative living arrangements and Rudy, his lover Paul (Garret Dillahunt) and Marco are isolated and insulted.

January 31, 2014

Only .0028% of all the athletes competing at the Sochi Winter Games are openly LGBTI

President Putin has unwittingly propelled the LGBTI community into the spotlight with his anti-gay laws.

With the Winter Olympics launching today (7 February), the handful of openly gay athletes competing in Sochi will not only be concerned about their sporting performance, but also for their personal safety.

Despite assurances from Russian politicians, LGBTI athletes and supporters still face danger despite Principle Six of the Olympic charter meant to eradicate discrimination from the Olympic Games:

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 27, 2014

The out actor opens up to Gay Star News about gay and straight roles

After more than two decades working in movies and television, Guillermo Díaz tells Gay Star News it is 'unexpected' and 'amazing' to have finally landed on a big hit television series: ABC's Scandal.

'I've been acting for over 20 years and I'm ready for all of the intensity that comes with working on a hit show,' he says. 'It's a little jarring sometimes but I feel like ready - especially for the work.'