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August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 15, 2014

Every man of a certain age can understand the struggles of hair loss. When one guy started losing it in his 20s, he embarked on a treatment that changed his life

A young guy who bought 150 hats, and even wore one while having sex, is speaking out about a treatment that changed his life.

Marcin Dobiasz, 35, originally from Poland, began losing his hair eight years ago.

An actor and DJ, he lost all of his confidence when he went from a sexual lothario to being compared to Patrick Stewart.

‘About two years ago, before the treatment, I stopped dating completely and I wouldn’t take a cap off my head,’ he told GSN.

August 15, 2014

Gay Star News readers get into the groove and have voted for the number one Queen of Pop track

It's Madonna's 56th birthday on Saturday (16 August), and what better time to rank 55 of her best songs?

From Madonna to MDNA, the Queen of Pop has given us some of the best music moments in the world.

GSN readers were also asked to vote for their favorite track.

See what song won your hearts below:

55. Give Me All Your Luvin'

August 15, 2014

Romance began at the office for Shona and Sharon, but when they wed they made sure it didn’t leave them in debt. Read their top tips for a magical wedding at a price you can afford

Our relationship started back in 2007 when Shona caught my eye in the office. We didn’t say a word to anyone back then about the blossoming romance. Shona hadn’t come out to her parents and we didn’t think it was anyone else’s business!

It was only when we emigrated to Sydney we decided we didn’t want to live as ‘friends’ anymore and were a lot more open about our relationship. We had a great three years out there and when we returned to Britain we decided that we didn’t want to go back to hiding our relationship.

August 13, 2014

Season six favorite opens up about the hardships about filming the reality show, Drag Race in the UK and taking risks

Not everyone was expecting insult queen Bianca Del Rio to warm our hearts in the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

But then she walked away with the crown, being named the winner of the drag race competition.

While she was in London, we grabbed a few minutes with her at The Meth Lab at The Black Cap to talk Drag Race in the UK, her experiences and taking major risks.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

August 7, 2014

The National Diversity Awards returns to honor some of the most incredible names in the UK

The National Diversity Awards has revealed the nominees for the 2014 ceremony.

It celebrates the incredible work that people have done in the UK to fight for equal opportunities.

Sue Sanders, a teacher and advocate for over 40 years, is nominated for one of the lifetime achievement awards.

The nominees for LGBT Role Model are:

August 5, 2014

Gay film director Chris Mason Johnson talks to GSN about why a film about AIDS which isn’t depressing was difficult to market

There are many films documenting the effect of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, but almost none of them have done so like new film Test.

A group of young dancers deal with the competitive, erotic world of dance and the then unknown dangers of AIDS simultaneously.

Director Chris Mason Johnson sat down with Gay Star News to discuss his dance background which inspired the film, and why it was so hard to make.

Johnson revealed to GSN his film about AIDS is actually a very uplifting one, something audiences have learned not to expect.

August 4, 2014

Meet the young entrepreneur who's putting Australia's tropical Far North Queensland at the top of LGBTI tourist destinations

I met Jay Horne over coffee, sitting outside at the Rising Sun cafe in Palm Cove, Australia.

Palm Cove is a very relaxed, laid-back tropical holiday destination, but Horne was immediately full of energy and focus - talking excitedly about his business ventures and his plans for the future.

Originally from Kingaroy, the world’s peanut capital, Horne moved to Cairns, Australia to be with his partner Aaron.

July 30, 2014

Straight-talking judge talks to Gay Star News about the 'T' word debate, raising the bar for equality and Drag Race in the UK

Infighting in the LGBTI community makes us look ‘weak and pathetic’, according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

Speaking to Gay Star News shortly before season six airs on Netflix UK, the straight-talking judge has reflected on the controversy.

Earlier this year, some were outraged by the use of the term ‘shemale’ in the ‘Female or She-male’ mini challenge of episode four.

Logo removed the challenge from the episode in later airings and the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro heard in all episodes was also taken out.

July 26, 2014

One of the stars of film Getting Go, Matthew Camp plays a go-go dancer and tells us why sex scenes are a breeze for him

Getting Go is a film we can all relate to.

Obsessing over your crush is something we have all done, but film Getting Go takes it one step further when college student Doc decides to make a film about the object of his desires, go-go dancer nicknamed Go.

Soon enough, the subject of the film begins to shift, and the focus lies on the two men and their relationship with each other.

Gay Star News was lucky enough to talk to the handsome star of the film, Matthew Camp, who plays the go-go dancer in the New York- based film.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

July 10, 2014

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July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

July 3, 2014

Ever seen something incredible someone LGBTI or an ally has done on social media? This is basically a collection of that

Ridiculously funny, oddly inspiring, and simply heartwarming is a way to describe many of the following posts on Tumblr.

With some of the best responses to homophobia and every aspect of LGBTI life, it is guaranteed to make you laugh.

So take a look at someone reacting to a homophobic sister with a lot of llamas, what if gay people had superpowers, and an incredibly LGBTI-looking element.

Other posts include a friend coming out to their 89-year-old grandmother and what you should do when you see a car with homophobic stickers on its bumper.

July 2, 2014

Out actor plays gay sidekick of 90210 alums on new ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can't believe he's working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as 'Scooby Doo meets AbFab.'

Garth and Spelling, of course, starred on the original 90210 from 1990-2000 and have reunited on a new show which premiered last week and airs its second episode tonight (2 July).

July 1, 2014

Ross Edgley's extreme experiment shows why men and women should chuck out the weighing scales

Whether you’re male or female, the bathroom scales will probably dictate much of your training and nutrition when trying to get in shape.

But research shows they should probably be ignored. This is because the scales don’t measure beauty, talent, strength, fitness; in fact they don’t even do a very good job of measuring fat either.

So before you embark on a fitness regime, read the following research from the Journal of the American Medical Association as well the findings from my own personal extreme weight loss experiment so you know the truth.

June 30, 2014

Canada hosted this year's World Pride, and it really did show love makes the world go round

When it comes to equality, Canada doesn’t mess around.

And they proved it once again by putting one of the biggest and best World Prides in years.

Hosted in Toronto, the city attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to the main festivities at the weekend.

Downtown was transformed with rainbow colors, and if that wasn’t enough, a double rainbow shined down from the sky in the early evening.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Pride:

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

June 13, 2014

Stereotype shattering photos celebrate the gay men you wouldn’t normally see in the glossy pages of a gay magazine

Muscles, flawless smiles and hair in all the right places: depictions of men in gay magazines are often always the same.

Speedo-sporting stars such as Tom Daley are often favourites we see on the pages of gay magazines all over the world and more often than not, heterosexual celebrities and models are offered as eye-candy for gay audiences to drool over.

If you feel as if you don't identify with these images then you'll be glad to hear London-based zine Meat is challenging this norm.

June 13, 2014

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