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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.

March 30, 2015

Think asexuals are completely different from gay people? Think again as we bust some myths

You might think of sexuality as a spectrum, a straight to gay gauge with every color of the rainbow in between. Or you might think of it in boxes, labeled upon delivery at birth.

But there are those who don’t fit on any scale or section of sexuality, asexuals. Asexuals don't feel any sexual attraction, and there's a bunch of misconceptions about them.

One is that asexuals are very different than LGBTI people. While one is not sexual and the other is, if you consider what is said to them, it feels very much the same.

March 27, 2015

Two years on, Craig and Glen tell Gay Star News how their hearing/deaf relationship works

It's often said that communication is the key to a relationship.

But what if your partner is deaf?

That is the case for Craig Maslin.

The 22-year-old 'gay geek' joined the dating app Growlr shortly after coming out of his first relationship. After a week of chatting to 'pic-swapping whores,' he started talking to 23-year-old student Glen Fellows.

'His Growlr name was "deaf guy,"' Craig told Gay Star News. 'At the time I thought, "Is he joking? Is he really deaf?"'

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 17, 2015

From I Dreamed A Dream to Don't Stop Believin', take a look back of some of the best songs

Glee is ending. Did you stick by it or do you feel like that sentence should have been written years ago?

Love it or loathe it, the show choir musical dramady was a phenomenon. A show that put LGBTI characters in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Even in its most uneven moments, there were still covers of songs that sounded almost better than the originals and were a big part of why people loved the show.

March 13, 2015

The BFI's Flare Film Festival in London will open with new film starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto

The BFI’s Flare Festival is the annual LGBT Film Festival held in London. As an LGBT film festival it’s a big deal, plus it’s a vibrant social event – you are pretty much guaranteed to run into everyone that you know in London as you dash between screenings in the Southbank complex beneath Waterloo Bridge.

Opening the festival this year will be I Am Michael, a movie directed by Justin Kelly and starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

This is an interesting movie.

March 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

March 12, 2015

The London theatre that champions contemporary dance continues to support emerging artists.

There is always a sense of excitement when you approach a production at Sadler's Wells - the theatre in London that is renowned for showcasing the best in contemporary dance from around the world.

March 11, 2015

He tells GSN: 'I get to finally sing about every bit of my life - I don't have to pretend'

It's been less than four months since Ty Herndon publicly declared to the world that he is gay - the highest-profile country music star to ever do so.

He has not had a single regret since and encountered more acceptance than he ever thought possible.

'Dude, I have been so thrilled,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview. 'I started touring in two days after I came out - I played the Grand Ole Opry two days after I came out. The crowds have been great. The public's ready - they're great. I've got a lot of faith in them.'

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

March 10, 2015

Openly gay country music star Steve Grand moved people around the world with All-American Boy, JD van Zyl asks about his vices and his debut album

Steve Grand was hailed by many as the first openly gay country music star to hit the big time when his video for All American Boy went viral.

Later this month his debut album is finally hitting the shelves. We discovered how his passions, love life and his early 20s have inspired his music.

All American Boy was your first big hit and now it’s the title of your debut album, where did the inspiration for it all come from?

March 9, 2015

'I tell people that I am married but still single'

After years of waiting in vain, Andrew Chan decided to stop looking for 'the one' and start planning his wedding.

The LGBTI community worker promised himself he would get married on his 40th birthday, even if he had not found Mr Right and in spite of Singapore’s anti-gay laws.

‘A wedding is a special and beautiful occasion that marks the romantic union of two people. Many people, especially singles like me dream to experience that,’ he told Gay Star News.