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December 19, 2014

'Nine ladies dancing'

The cast of the drama Orange Is The New Black have given the world the best Christmas present in the world.

No. It's not a decrease in police brutality cases (an issue  close to the hearts of the OITNB thespians).

However, it is the next best thing. A remaking of the holiday chestnut The Twelve Days of Christmas.

December 18, 2014

The new smoke-free alternative to cigarettes

Are there times when you can’t or don’t want to smoke traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes?

You may spend long periods of time in non-smoking environments, such as the office, long-haul flights, concerts, gigs or restaurants.

An innovative and revolutionary smoking alternative has launched in the UK to give you a smokeless satisfaction without all the bad stuff (i.e. tobacco, tar, smell). With more than 5,000 customers in less than three months we see how Nicoccino is catching on!

December 18, 2014

Adorable

So not only has Neil Patrick Harris, partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon taken over Halloween, they're now on a mission to make us feel festive.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' star recorded his four-year-olds having a sing-song around the Christmas tree, and it is adorable.

Harris posted the video on Instagram, saying: 'Yay! David is back home, and the family all together! Time to trim us a tree! #trim #carols #JingleFeels.'

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 16, 2014

'You don't have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do'

A nine-year-old has written an incredible, heartfelt, A+ letter to her gay teacher.

You can read the full screencap below, or read the transcription here:

Dear Mr R,

Even though you're gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You're a great teacher and these are just some of the words that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

December 14, 2014

Female comics sit down to read messages men have sent each other on Grindr, GROWLr and Scruff. Have you ever been sent messages like these?

‘I think I saw you at the train station the other day. Purple shirt? Want head?’

That’s just one example of the bizarre, and sometimes hilarious, messages gay guys receive on dating apps.

Whether you use them to find love or just to hook up for the night, there’s no doubt there are definitely some gems in the messages guys exchange with each other on such apps.

December 12, 2014

It is adorable and amazing

It's hard to capture a perfect kiss. Most of the time on camera the actors look uncomfortable, or there's no chemistry, or it just feels unnatural.

For New York Times Magazine, 18 of the year's biggest stars coupled up to participate in nine short films about trying to capture that single kiss.

While a masked Benedict Cumberbatch kisses a big-haired Reese Witherspoon and Timothy Spall wins an arm wrestling match by pecking David Oyelowo on the lips, we have a favorite.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 10, 2014

Teams with Colby Peters to parody just how close two 'heterosexual' pals can but still not be gay

There's nothing gay about caressing your hot buddy as you show him how to shoot pool, right?

Or having pillow fights wearing just your speedo or feeding each other ice cream or doing shirtless sit-ups and pull-ups together, right?

It's just a bromance.

Nothing really gay about it - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Fitness model Bryan Hawn - a veteran of video parodies - enlists Colby Peters to participate in a series of physical activities that call for them to be scantily clad and basically all over each other.

December 10, 2014

Conchita Wurst, Pentatonix and Tyler Oakley all star

YouTube has revealed its biggest and best trending videos of 2014, and it turns out it was a very gay year.

From kids reacting to gay marriage to Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision, stars have come together to create the ultimate viral video.

Vlogger Tyler Oakley goes Anaconda, a capella group Pentatonix (with its two gay members) sing Let It Go, and a lot of people get wet in the ice bucket challenge.

The 'first kiss' videos are also referenced with two men being the 'strangers' about to make out.

December 9, 2014

Blossom Hill, Moët and more

Christmas is around the corner – which means Dry January is barely three weeks away! Fill your boots in the meantime with our whip round of the festive season's most fabulous beverages.

Bottoms up!

December 9, 2014

Prepare to be wowed

A lot of us know how hard it is to say those three words, 'I am gay', for the first time.

One brave man did it, managing to come to terms with his sexuality, live on the radio.

Giving the name Dominic, he spoke to presenter Cristo Foufas on LBC radio.

'Sometimes I have trouble thinking I do deserve love. I feel guilty within myself,' he told the presenter.

'It seems like you’re totally alone in a world where everyone else is different and you are the freak, you’re the weirdo, and you’re disgusting in a way.'

December 9, 2014

Transport for London, the authority in charge of London’s public transport and roads, will be rolling out its rainbow crossing again to mark the day that civil partnerships can be changed to marriage

England and Wales passed legislation late last year allowing same-sex marriage; in addition to previous legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships.

Civil unions began in 2005, since which time over 120,000 people have entered into them. Same-sex marriages have been possible since March, but until now, those who were previously in civil partnerships have not been able to change their relationship status.

That all changes from tomorrow (10 December), when a simple appointment with a registrar will allow those in civil unions to become legally married.

December 8, 2014

‘A beacon of our love for those who do not have freedom’

An enormous LGBTI rainbow flag is hoisted 60 meters up in the air to fly from South Africa’s tallest flagpole.

It’s appropriate the honor is paid in the municipality named after the father of the rainbow nation who argued put gay into the constitution – Nelson Mandela.

The 96 square meter or 1,033 square foot rainbow flag was raised for Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth at the end of November.

December 8, 2014

'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it'

Connor Franta has 3.6 million followers on YouTube and today he has some big news for those fans: he is gay.

The 22 year old posted his most personal video to date as he shared the news and the lifelong journey of finally getting to the point of accepting himself.

'I put a vast majority of my life on the Internet and I want this to be one of those things too,' he said in a six minute and 27 second video (see below). 'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it.'

December 7, 2014

One customer wanted to check he isn’t going to a gay bar for his Christmas party and the response he receives is brilliant

What is one guaranteed way to get your Christmas staff party cancelled? Send a homophobic email to the venue.

Alex Proud, London-based restaurant owner, knows the perfect way to respond to homophobic emails from customers.

On his Twitter account, Proud tweeted screenshots of an exchange with a customer who wanted to know if his restaurant in Camden was a gay bar.

‘We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud,’ read the email.

December 6, 2014

Some of the attitudes about the LGBTI community expressed in this documentary might shock you, or perhaps more worryingly, they may seem all too familiar

In 1967, US TV network CBS aired an episode of their CBS Reports program entitled ‘The Homosexuals.’

The program aimed to decipher and discover more about homosexual lifestyles, what people knew about them and how people felt towards them.

The documentary opens with the results of a survey into what the average American thought about gay people.

‘Homosexuality is an enigma,’ says presenter Mike Wallace.

‘We discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion or prostitution.’

December 5, 2014

But at least he's still showing off his pretty face in new modeling shots

Remember San Francisco's Hot Cop of Castro? The adorable officer Chris Kohrs who drove the gay internet wild?

Well, it turns out, he has revealed that his superiors have told him he is officially too hot to patrol the gayborhood.

'They prefer to keep me out of the Castro area just because it gets kind of crazy sometimes when I go down there,' he has revealed in a new video.

December 5, 2014

Former boating and leisure businesswoman on how she started her killer fashion brand

When it came to launching Wizard Jeans, Sally Allen-Gerard's wealth of expertise and experience has helped her make some very wise business decisions. 'Funnily enough, there are actually a lot of transferable skills in moving across many diverse industries – certainly more than one would think,' says Sally.

'Every business has the same common denominators: hard work, determination and common sense – oh, and in my case, a financial and banking background didn’t go astray either!'

December 4, 2014

We speak to brand owner and designer Hoss Salimian about his dapper brand

Known for his zesty colour palette and eccentric prints (from flowers to fish to cars), Iran-born businessman and designer Hoss Salimian launched his affordable luxury brand Claudio Lugli in the early 90s.

December 3, 2014

The talk show host and her actor wife looked radiant, relaxed and happy in a make-up free selfie to mark their anniversary

Portia de Rossi has confirmed that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres celebrated their tenth anniversary on Monday (1 December) – and to mark the occasion, she tweeted a couple of gorgeous photos of the two of them over the weekend.

Clearly the women, who met in December 2004 and married in August 2008, enjoyed some quality time together ahead of their anniversary. This included taking a stroll on the beach – where they snapped a make-up free selfie of themselves.

December 3, 2014

Tom Daley doing high leg kicks in a swimming pool? What’s not to love?

Britain’s Tom Daley, the Olympic medal-winning diver jumped back into the pool recently to mark the fact that FINA will be allowing men to take part in the Synchronized Swimming World Championships for the first time in 2015.

Daley, aged 20, joined members of Aquabatix, for his first attempt at synchronized swimming – and the results have just been released on youtube.

December 2, 2014

Well you don't want to be inaccurate

Back in 1995, a birth was announced much like any other in an Australian newspaper.

Except it was inaccurate.

The family of a 19-year-old male decided to ask the Courier Mail to print a retraction, saying they had made a mistake.

The result is incredibly sweet, and is perhaps one of the most unique ways to react to a kid's coming out.

It reads:

December 1, 2014

Iron Man star reveals what he's been up to online

Once you're a super star like Robert Downey Jr, you know better than most to avoid Googling yourself.

You never know what you might find: it could be bad reviews, it could be dodgy paparazzi shots, or Photoshopped images of you doing something you might never have done before.

That's what the Iron Man star discovered when he went online and found something hilarious and super hot.

'HA! This is what happens when you google yourself, kids...,' he said, next to a picture of this: