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July 22, 2014

'I am writing you this letter so you have something tangible, something to hold onto, if you should ever need it, to always remind you that we love you.'

A letter written by a loving mom to her 13-year-old gay son has gone viral.

When Connor came out to his parents, his mother wrote him a letter to hold onto, reminding him he will always have their support.

The letter was published on A Note To My Kid, a website is a project of PFLAG National, allowing the parents, families and friends of the LGBTQ community to share their support online.
 

It reads in full:

Dear Connor,

July 22, 2014

Read how a guy did a favor for an asexual friend whose family just wanted to have love in his life, and how the lie spiralled out of control

It started just like a romantic comedy. One straight guy pretends to be gay for a dinner party to help a friend out.

But very soon, the lie began to spiral out of control.

Reddit user darkruby45 posted this story on section called Today I Fucked Up. As it is the internet, feel free to take it with a pinch of sceptical salt.

July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 19, 2014

'He asked for the biggest, baddest adventure and it was an honor to oblige'

It seems Zac Efron likes to be shirtless. Not that anyone here plans on protesting that.

The actor's most recent no shirt required stint is a clip from the upcoming show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

In the reality show, the adventurer and host takes the famous through some difficult outdoor adventures. Efron, who will appear on the program's 28 July premiere, went rappelling in the Catskill Mountains.

July 18, 2014

Atari has announced it will release video game Pridefest in which players will design and run an LGBTI pride parade, designing floats and unlocking resources to make the event bigger and more successful as they play

Gamers will be able to simulate organizing an LGBTI pride parade via a newly announced game by Atari.

Pridefest will be the first ever LGBTI themed game by the company and Atari hope it will be a hit with 'gaymers.'

‘We are excited to be developing Atari's first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause,’ Atari Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallbetter said in announcing the game.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 17, 2014

Cooper: 'Believe me, there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm just saying I think that would surprise people'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Bravo personality Andy Cohen and talk show host Kelly Ripa are real-life pals who got very personal with each other on Tuesday's (15 July) episode of Cohen's show Watch What Happens Live.

First off, Cooper and Ripa played a game to see who could fluster the first by asking questions.

Ripa quickly won when she asked: 'Are you circumcised?'

Cooper quickly conceded the game saying: 'You're flustering me! I'm flustered.'

July 15, 2014

Broadway star Andy Mientus technically beats fiance, Michael Arden of TV's Anger Management, to the question by mere minutes

Michael Arden, currently a regular on TV’s Anger Management, went to great lengths to plan a marriage proposal to actor Andy Mientus who was one of the stars of NBC's Smash.

What he didn't know was that Mientus had an elaborate plan of his own.

Mientus is appearing on Broadway in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables and when he had a break, the currently bi-coastal couple made plans to meet up in England for a holiday.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

July 12, 2014

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl'

Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama was a customer in an Austin, Texas restaurant called Franklin Barbecue.

Comic, and lover of sequin dresses, Daniel Rugg Webb happened to be working behind the counter that day.

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl,' the gay man told the Austin Chronicle.

July 10, 2014

Fred G. Thompson, who lived as a woman using the name Frances, was legally married to Frank Carrick in 1912 and a judge upheld their marriage license, convinced she was a woman despite her being born male

It turns out that LGBTI couples who marry following the striking down of Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in June will not be the first to have legally married in the state.

In 1912 gender illusionist, singer and prostitute Frances Thompson, born biologically male as Fred G. Thompson, convinced a justice of the peace to allow her to marry Indiana native Frank Williams in the city of Crown Point.

Frances married Frank, dressed as a woman, and took his surname Williams.

July 10, 2014

Millions have shared in Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote’s relationship online

Not every couple wants to share all the private moments and intimate details of their relationship with millions of people on social media.

But some do.

And it’s lucky that Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote are two of them.

Because they have to be among the most adorable couples not just in the virtual world but in the whole world.

July 10, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana’s hottest made models try out their best pick up lines, with a little help from some helium

Dolce and Gabbana’s sexiest male models want to hit on you.

And with those sculpted bodies and handsome faces, who could say no? But, just wait until you hear them speak.

In this video from Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, male models from their Spring/Summer 2015 show sucked helium from balloons and practised their favorite pick up lines.

Even the most cringe worthy lines seem rather smooth coming from these men.

July 9, 2014

How World Cup humiliation became a problem for a porn website after Brazil’s 7-1 defeat by Germany

Soccer fans have turned to a porn website popular with gay and bi men to further humiliate Brazil for their World Cup defeat.

The team was beaten 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final last night.

And fans responded by flooding Pornhub with clips of the game and captions including ‘Young Brazilians get fucked by the entire German soccer team’.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

July 6, 2014

Businessman Gianluca Vacchi posts a video of him and Zac Efron jumping in the water

Zac Efron. Shirtless. Water. Backflip.

Granted those words are not that important in the LGBTI news cycle, but they are critical enough to get love here at GSN.

According to the site Just Jared actor Zac Efron is enjoying a holiday with bisexual thespian Michelle Rodriguez and businessman Gianluca Vacchi.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

July 4, 2014

Police officer Chris Kohrs has become local celebrity in gay neighborhood

More has been learned about the police officer in in San Francisco  previously known only as The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

His name is Chris Kohrs and a Facebook page has been dedicated to his hunkiness.

July 4, 2014

Olympic diver wears pink shoes to watch matches from royal box

Olympic diver Tom Daley had an invitation to watch some matches at Wimbledon and wanted to look good for the occasion.

'I'm going to be in the royal box which is pretty cool if you ask me,' he says in a video he posted on YouTube.

But what to wear?

Daley is seen scampering about his bedroom stripping down to his skivvies and quickly putting on trousers, a shirt and a tie and a sportcoat before having a decision to make.

'Pink and white shoes?' he wonders.

He decides on the pink shoes to go with the little bit of pink in his tie.

July 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

July 2, 2014

Can you guess which characters in the Netflix hit drama series have been replaced by which Disney princesses?

If you've seen Orange Is The New Black, you know there is no such thing as a 'happily ever after'.

Artist Maria Bayley, when thinking about a group of people who would never see themselves in jail, thought immediately about Disney princesses.

Throwing in a prince and a sea witch for good measure, she transformed the Netflix series cast into characters from Disney films.

The submission to a Photoshop contest on DesignCrowd won her $250 (€180).

July 2, 2014

'What you're telling me, sir, is you went on this website in order to find someone who had the same sexual predisposition you did?'

Imagine appearing before a no-nonsense 71-year-old judge and talking about Grindr.

That's what happened this week on an episode of the syndicated US courtroom series Judge Judy.

Judge Judy Sheindlin was asked to settle a dispute between a 47-year-old man who was suing a 23-year-old 'friend' for unpaid loans.

The younger man, Aaron Murphy, claimed the money was a gift and that the man wanted it back after he spurned his advances.

July 1, 2014

Comic legend unites a happy couple in matrimony at a book signing in New York City

Joan Rivers may be a comic that gets into more trouble than most, but she knows love when she sees it.

She was at a Barnes & Noble in New York City to sign copies of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, when two fans asked her if it was true she was an ordained minister.

Joe Aiello and Jed Ryan then asked her if she’d marry them right then and there.

The 81-year-old icon brought the couple of three years up on stage and performed the ceremony, as fans cheered from the crowd.