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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

When it’s eyes down for the next game, let’s get chatting while playing for a chance to win!

On Jackpotjoy you can play alongside a friend at home, or any member, anywhere in the UK.

Even better, you can make new friends too while enjoying any of the 100 games available on the site!

Getting to know your fellow roomies in the chat rooms is one of the main reasons why so many people love using the lingo in the in the many chat rooms available on Jackpotjoy. It’s fast and friendly and easy to pick up.

June 12, 2014

Half of this is actual content, and the other half is an excuse to post pictures of hot footballers. Just so we’re clear

There are plenty of reasons why you might not like football.

You might dislike the homophobic, misogynistic culture, you might hate how there will be no openly gay players in the World Cup, or you might be American.

In a poll on Gay Star News, 64% of you said you will not be watching a single game.

If you do love the game, that’s great. This article is probably not for you, as you know all of this already.

June 11, 2014

Able seaman Rod McKenzie, 27, shares his story of life in the UK’s Royal Navy and his proudest moment at sea

HMS Illustrious was in the Mediterranean north of the Suez Canal in early November last year when a message came through from the British government.

Typhoon Haiyan had just whipped through the Philippines, the deadliest on record, killing over 6,000 people.

They turned the ship around and steamed towards the South China Sea.

On board was an openly gay former make-up artist – once the least likely person to find on a Royal Navy ship – now a highly-trained sailor.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.

May 30, 2014

Anger Management cast member tells GSN: 'I've like never been in the closet. I like open shelving'

On the TV sitcom Anger Management, Michael Arden plays a guy who is gay and happens to be passive-aggressive.

The character, named Patrick, is also the patient of an anger management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

'I get to play a gay character which I love and get to be a guy who is bit of an asshole, a self-centered asshole,' Arden tells Gay Star News.

'I get to exercise that part of my make-up at work then my boyfriend doesn't have to deal with it at home.

May 27, 2014

Holy smokes! Batman, one of the campest and homoerotic characters from superhero history, is 75 years old

Holy homosexuality! Batman is 75 years old.

And with the anniversary, what better way than to point out the reasons why many consider the character to be the gayest straight superhero in existence?

The ‘gay’ interpretation goes all the way back to 1954, when a psychiatrist claimed that the comic books were ‘homosexual fantasies’.

The 1995 feature film Batman Forever, and especially its 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, both helmed by openly gay director Joel Schumacher, attracted attention for the homoerotic innuendos.

May 21, 2014

Happy 20th birthday to everyone's favorite British Olympic diver!

Happy birthday Tom Daley!

The gay British Olympic diver is no longer a teenager. He is 20 years old today.

In a world when other 20-year-old celebs, like Justin Bieber, get DUIs and spit in fans' faces, it's nice to know there is a real role model out there for young LGBTI teens.

And it's not like Daley is incredibly ugly either.

Here's a few other reasons why we love Daley:

May 14, 2014

Says she'll consider another season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as long as it doesn't continue to be a total 'bitchfest'

You'll have to excuse Lisa Vanderpump if she's a few minutes late sitting down for an interview with Gay Star News at her latest West Hollywood establishment Pump.

An opening night party is just 24 hours away, inspectors have just left the premises at the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards and her husband, Ken, has just banged his head.

Assured that Ken is all right, the woman familiar to television viewers from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules takes a seat on Monday (12 May) afternoon and talks about this dizzying time.

May 14, 2014

She tells GSN: 'It didn't matter if my marriages failed because I have my fans, I felt loved - a different kind of love. Lasting love'

Debbie Reynolds has always felt a special connection with gays.

The enduring star of such films as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain and How the West Was Won recently spoke with Gay Star News about that bond which grew even more through her recurring role of Bobbi Adler on Will & Grace.

'I have always since 1948 hired dancers and creative people who were gay,' says the 82-year-old icon. 'They are like my children.'

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 9, 2014

Make Your Mind Up to win the best ever Eurovision Song Contest prize tonight at G-A-Y with Jay Aston, thanks to Visit Denmark and Gay Star News

While most Eurovision contestants are quickly forgotten, some stay lodged in the public’s mind.

For most British fans, Bucks Fizz is at the top of that list. While Jay Aston lost the legal right to perform under that name, she was one of the foursome who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981.

People who weren’t even alive then still know their bright outfits with the rip-off skirts and can sing the lyrics to their winning song, Making Your Mind Up.

May 8, 2014

From a bearded bond girl to Polish soft porn - it can only be Eurovision!

Followng Tuesday's Eurovision first semi-final where the Russia act was booed, tonight sees the next 15 countries take to the stage for a chance to be in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Gay Star News was at the rehearsal for tonight's show which promises many more unforgettable moments.