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May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 18, 2015

Following his Top Male Artist award win at last night's Billboard Music Awards, we count down the best of the birthday boy – from Brits to Grammys to shirtless selfies

It's a good and bad week to be Sam Smith.

The openly gay Stay With Me singer won Top Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards last night – but was forced to accept it via video with cue cards, following throat surgery for a vocal hemorrhage.

But we hope the multimillion-selling star is in a somewhat celebratory mood despite his operation – especially as he turns 23 tomorrow [Tuesday 19 May]!

In recognition of his special day, here, we count down Mr. Smith's 23 best moments since hitting the big time. Happy birthday Sam!

May 17, 2015

Teacher told him he had 'AIDS like all of his friends'

A British trans man has reflected on when he was a teen and his mother backed him up in the best way possible when he was being bullied.

Leng Montgomery, now 31 from London, has gone back to when he identified as a lesbian when he was younger and how a teacher said horrific homophobic comments to him.

Even though Section 28, the law that banned the 'promotion of homosexuality', was in force at the time his mother stood up for him and supported him.

May 17, 2015

Conchita, Dana and all the LGBTI Eurovision heroes

As Austria welcomes everyone to Vienna to celebrate 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, we take a look back at some of the LGBT stars who have made Eurovision what it is today.

1 CONCHITA WURST

Undoubtedly the biggest success of recent times was the 2014 winner Conchita Wurst of Austria.

Against a backdrop of vicious verbal attacks from several East European countries, Conchita stormed to victory in Copenhagen receiving maximum points from 13 countries and even points from voters in Russia, Albania and Azerbaijan.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Donnya Piggott is just 24, but has already made a huge difference to the lives of LGBTI people in Barbados.

She is constantly under the threat that her mother is going to make her homeless again, but she still has the fight and strength to carry on and help others achieve equality. It is desperately needed, as Barbados still has a law banning gay sex and homosexuality is largely considered taboo.

For International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the theme is 'youth'.

May 7, 2015

SPONSORED: The University of Essex is conducting research with identical twins

Dozens of identical twins have now come forward to take part in a unique new study to help understand how childhood experiences shape our sexual orientation and wellbeing as adults.

Now the University of Essex scientists behind the project are looking for more identical twins – where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight – to take part in the research.

We often assume our upbringing is important in many ways, but the research being carried out at Essex is looking at how this relates to identical twins where one is straight and one is gay or bisexual.


May 1, 2015

Iconic sportsman, committed family man, original Spice Boy and clothes-allergic friend of the gays – Becks, we salute you

It seems like only yesterday an awkward, red-shirted early-20-something started blazing a trail in British football.

Now, almost two decades, four kids and at least 50 hairstyles later, former England captain David Beckham today hits the big 4-0 (on 2 May).

To mark the occasion, David this morning joined Instagram, posting a sexy snap of himself in bed in Morocco where he's spending his special day – and at last glance he'd amassed over 1m followers in a matter of hours!

May 1, 2015

From flattering to...not so flattering, everyone from Madonna to RuPaul gets the age-defining treatment

How old do you actually look? Microsoft, with its new website, thinks it can tell you.

Using 'state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms' to recognize human faces, the new site How Do I Look attempts to guess your age and gender from a photo alone.

These results range from flattering, if you care what age you look like, to decades away from what it says on your birth certificate.

April 30, 2015

SPONSORED: Dr Daniel Lanzer discusses the steps that guys can take to look their best

When cosmetic surgery gets mentioned in the media, the stories are almost always about women.

However, the reality is quite different, because more and more men are choosing a cosmetic surgery.

Everyone deserves to look and feel good, so we spoke with Dr Daniel Lanzer, a leading cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist, to find out which are the top cosmetic surgery procedures for men.

Vaser Liposuction

April 30, 2015

SPONSORED: If the suit maketh the man, we take a look at how to be the man you want to be.

Every modern man needs a decent suit in his wardrobe, whether it is business attire or a suit for special occasions.

But you need to pick a suit that not only complements your personal style, but also a suit that you feel fully comfortable in. 

Even though there are loads of designer suits out there, nothing beats a proper tailored suit.  Here's why.

More than made-to-measure

April 29, 2015

Some grow up, some leave religion and some just come out: Former homophobes reveal how their views evolved

You can educate, spread awareness and do as much as you can, but sometimes you can’t change a homophobe’s mind.

But sometimes you can, as the following people who posted on Reddit have shown.

Some have left religion, and some just realised how warped their views were. Some have just grown up. And some, well, they're gay now.

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 24, 2015

The ultimate gay icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age

Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on the cover of a magazine...

It’s 25 years since Madonna gave us the ultimate line-up of style icons in her hit song Vogue.

To mark the anniversary, openly gay artist Jody Little’s new exhibition ‘Vague’ is a collection of portraits that celebrate the Hollywood legends from the song.
‘From Bette Davis to Marlene Dietrich the stars are the ultimate gay icons,’ he says.

So strike a pose.

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 15, 2015

One of the hottest UK comics chats to Gay Star News ahead of her run at the Soho Theatre, London

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today.

She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014.

A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

GSN: Tell me about your shows at the Soho Theatre.

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

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 2, 2015

Plus her top beard tip

Conchita Wurst is coming to the end of what will almost certainly be the busiest and most exciting year of her life.

This time last year, she was a relatively unknown Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. Winning the competition transformed her overnight into the best-known drag queen in the world.

Now Vienna, Austria is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision on 23 May and Conchita’s reign will come to an end.

But her incredible journey is far from over. We caught up with her to find out more.