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December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 18, 2014

Praise these people

The golden rule of Christianity is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Even though Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people (seriously), and was far more interested in people being good to one another, a lot of people forget that.

Some religious people still continue to use the Bible as a way of propagating their hate, their unease, their ignorance.

But there are some who have realised that you can be both religious and support LGBTI rights.

December 18, 2014

Coolsculpting – or freezing away fat – got one dancer back on his feet

From an early age, all I wanted to do was perform. I began doing Youth Theatre for a couple of years and then one day I tried my luck at dance. I was completely won over and never looked back.

The challenges for my body and the feeling of music surging through me opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. I enjoyed everything about it and never took a moment to see it as exercise. It just felt right.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 10, 2014

Australia House hosts the launch of a new work examining the wartime career of Sir Robert Menzies

As you walk down the Strand in London, Australia House is a major landmark. Construction began in 1913 and it was officially opened in 1918 – an incredibly ambitious building project that cost around £1 million – a huge investment and logistical challenge during the international upheaval of World War I.

December 8, 2014

Come on season seven, let's get sickening!

Realness just got realer, as the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 have been revealed.

Polished, tucked and beaten for life, these divas are gunning for that crown.

Who will follow last year's champion Bianca Del Rio? Who will be who for this year's Snatch Game? And will all the girls have finally taken at least one sewing lesson?

From what we can tell from the trailer, it's going to be one shady and sickening season.

See what you make of the girls below:

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.

December 3, 2014

Are the gays recruiting?

Human sexuality is incredibly complex. Take away the emotional and religious hyperbole and you still find the scientific research and analysis is inconclusive.

What shapes our sexuality? Biology? Society? Or something else? Is our sexuality some sort of fixed concept or are we all somewhere on a fluid spectrum? No one has the definitive answers to these fundamental questions. Nobody knows what makes us who we are.

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

December 1, 2014

See what the gay blood donation situation is like in countries across the world

November 30, 2014

The truth can be even more surprising

The myths about HIV and AIDS grow each year – making the fight against the virus even harder.

So here is the annual GSN myth buster, with help from our friends at National AIDS Trust.

It’s dedicated to breaking down the prejudices and rumors and giving you some surprises, however much you think you know about the virus.

Myth: Lesbians can’t get HIV from each other.

November 28, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter talks to Gay Star News about life after pro football

Chris Kluwe has no doubt that his career in the NFL was cut short because he became an outspoken advocate for marriage equality.

The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings, 32, retired from the game in January after he was released by the Vikings after eight seasons then by the Oakland Raiders during the 2013 pre-season.

November 28, 2014

Magic anti-HIV pill or just an excuse for bareback sex?

PrEP is the new buzzword in HIV. It’s a pill to reduce your chance of getting the virus.

But the treatment is still in trials and public information is patchy at best.

So as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 1 December, here’s what every gay and bisexual man needs to know about PrEP.

What is PrEP?

It means ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and is a medical term for providing ‘treatment’ to prevent you getting something.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 26, 2014

Michael J. Willett tells GSN: 'I'm not a person who can have a secret or pretend to be someone else'

Michael J. Willett is riding high as one of the stars of the MTV series Faking It in which he plays a well-adjusted gay high school named Shane Harvey.

The series role came after Willett, 25, made a splash in the feature film G.B.F. - also playing a gay high school student.

While the young actor was not advised against taking the gay roles, there was a time earlier in his career when he was advised not to be openly gay himself.

November 24, 2014

No Rachel, you were not supposed to put beef in the trifle. It did not taste good.

Friends was one of the few shows in the 90s/early 00s that was unafraid to show its love for gay fans.

With a lot of LGBTI people choosing to tuck into their turkey with friends this year, take a moment to remember the show that made you realise that doing that was a great way to spend the holiday.

After all, for 10 years, Thanksgiving on television was Friends.

November 24, 2014

Singer tells GSN: 'I've been openly gay my whole career and I don't think there's any other way to be'

Eli Lieb, whose cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball went viral last year on YouTube, likes to sing about love.

But the openly gay artist wants his songs to be relateable to both straight and gay audiences.

'When you listen, it's equal,' he tells Gay Star News. 'When you see my videos, it's still equal and I try to make that the point - it's just love as opposed to a gay relationship.'

While the songs can apply to straight or same-sex love, the videos leave no doubt that Lieb is into men.

November 18, 2014

Beautiful both inside and out

No matter where you start from, you can be who you want to be.

These 11 guys are the epitome of this.

The men on this list jumped the hurdles, went through hard times and have come out as proud members of the trans community. No stealth.

You might not have heard of many of these guys on this list, but they're all notable in some way and have made strides in fighting for trans rights.

And they prove you don't have to conform to a certain body type to be sexy.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, gives the whole picture of what is going on in his country

The Anti-Homosexuality Act is dead. Out of the ashes comes the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill. If this is passed, it will be one of the most evil and draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

It seems lawmakers have learned their lessons when it came to drafting a bill, forcing us to jump a lot more hurdles.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 11, 2014

Closeted during his days starring in Damn Yankees and other films, Hunter came out publicly as gay in 2005

There was a time when Tab Hunter would not want to be seen at an event like the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

But there he was over the weekend, front and center, presenting an award to George Takei and enjoying a standing ovation from the audience.

The star of the classic movie musical Damn Yankees told Gay Star News he was attending his first high-profile LGBTI event even though he had come out publicly in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.