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May 22, 2015

Censors say the song promotes same-sex marriage and therefore contravenes the city's anti-gay law

Singapore has banned the song We're All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.

The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.

In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.

May 21, 2015

'They have no clue that I’m gay!'

Sam Smith has said he loves that there may be homophobes who listen to his music and don't know he's gay.

The 23-year-old British singer appears on the cover of French gay magazine Têtu's 20th anniversary edition this month.

'I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!' he told the publication.

'I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,' he continued.

'I just created a foundation.'

May 21, 2015

Presidential hopeful says gay marriage supporters are 'obsessed with sex'

Ted Cruz has said the left should shut up about LGBTI rights because ISIS is killing gay people.

The Republican  Tuesday (19 May) afternoon fielded multiple questions on gay rights.

'Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?' he said in response.

May 20, 2015

Enough is enough after fifth gay sex shop opens on five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, New York

Gay parents in New York City are campaigning against the opening of multiple sex shops in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Known for its large gay population and its liberal values, Chelsea now has five sex shops within a five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, prompting 125 residents to sign a letter of opposition.

May 20, 2015

NYPD is seeking Bayna El-Amin in beating caught on video by customer which then went viral

A suspect has been identified in the brutal attack of a gay couple earlier this month at the 'Dallas BBQ' restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The attack, captured on video, shows Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams being hit over their heads with a chair on 5 May by a man New York City police have identified as Bayna El-Amin.

May 19, 2015

Reverend Matthew Makela is a married father of five

An associate pastor in Michigan who has preached against gay marriage and compared homosexuality to alcoholism has been found to have a profile on the gay hook-up site Grindr.

Reverend Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned from his position after his Grindr profile was made public via screenshots obtained by Queerty. He confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots but declined to comment.

May 19, 2015

'A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything'

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for gay marriage.

She has called on all families across Ireland to vote yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday (22 May), saying the future for gay children is at stake.

Speaking of her hopes and fears for her gay son Justin, she said she hoped to live in a country that truly believes in equality.

She was speaking at an event in Dublin hosted by BeLonG To, a national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

May 19, 2015

'We wanted it to be like a pride parade gone rogue'

Gaymers, rejoice! The world's first LGBTI fighting game has come out more than a year after it was first announced.

The beat 'em up is like Street Fighter but with cast of RuPaul's Drag Race and is now available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 18, 2015

Following his Top Male Artist award win at last night's Billboard Music Awards, we count down the best of the birthday boy – from Brits to Grammys to shirtless selfies

It's a good and bad week to be Sam Smith.

The openly gay Stay With Me singer won Top Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards last night – but was forced to accept it via video with cue cards, following throat surgery for a vocal hemorrhage.

But we hope the multimillion-selling star is in a somewhat celebratory mood despite his operation – especially as he turns 23 tomorrow [Tuesday 19 May]!

In recognition of his special day, here, we count down Mr. Smith's 23 best moments since hitting the big time. Happy birthday Sam!

May 18, 2015

Author says children should be allowed to read it while parents say definitely not

A picture book where gay penguins get in bondage gear with whips, handcuffs and leather is causing a bit of a flap in New Zealand.

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love found its way into a Kaiapoi preschool, exposing the three and four-year-olds to a slightly more adult form of relationship.

Written by London-based author and artist Massimo Fenati, it is intended for mature audiences.

May 17, 2015

Brett Lee says that he has no doubt that there are professional level cricketers who are gay but he fears they feel they still need to hide their sexuality

Australian cricket legend Brett Lee has used the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) to express his concern that no top level cricketer in Australia has felt comfortable to come out as gay yet.

May 16, 2015

Nororiously private about her own sexuality, Latifah laments intolerance

Queen Latifah has made clear that she will not dicuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie premiering Saturday (16 May) has her talking about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

'People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

May 15, 2015

Conservative blogger suggests he was on meth the night of the derailment

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios has said engineer Brandon Bostian’s sexual orientation was 'a factor' in Tuesday's train crash that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Rios, who is also governmental affairs director at the anti-gay American Family Association, made the outrageous claim Thursday (14 May) on her radio show.

'I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,' she said.

May 15, 2015

Gaelic footballer Ger Brennan is 'sick' of being branded homophobic

Irish sports star Ger Brennan will be voting against gay marriage, but has said that does not make him homophobic.

The Gaelic footballer has said, even though he says he loves his gay friends and family, he does not want equal marriage.

Writing in the Irish Independent, he said: 'I am voting "No" because I don't want our Constitution to deny that it is a good thing for a child to have a mother and a father.'

May 14, 2015

Survey finds 13 million are banned from their family home

Four million gay men were victim of serious physical violence in 2014, according to a new survey.

PlanetRomeo released these shocking figures ahead of the launch of its Gay Happiness Index on the International Day Against Homophobia (17 March).

The gay dating network, in cooperation with the University of Mainz in Germany, questioned 115,000 gay men from 127 countries for the survey.

'When applying the survey results to the entire world population, the estimated outcome is shocking,' the company said in a statement.

May 13, 2015

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs'

At 55, Allison Janney has never been married.

But the six-time Emmy winner doesn't rule out getting hitched one day - possibly to a gay man.

'I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,' she tells The Advocate in an interview posted Wednesday (13 May).

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs. Maybe I’d get on Tinder?'

May 13, 2015

Caroline Dinenage may have voted against it, but she says she'll help to progress LGBTI rights in her new role

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed a Minister for Equalities that has voted against same-sex marriage.

Caroline Dinenage, the Conservative MP for Gosport in South Hampshire, was promoted to minister at the Ministry of Justice as well as a Minister for Equalities at the Department for Education.

During the same-sex marriage debate back in 2013, she was one of the 175 politicians that voted to keep gay couples unequal in the eyes of the law.

May 13, 2015

'And no white person can do anything about it'

The Gambia's notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to slit the throats of gay men in the small West African nation and said there was nothing the West could do to stop him.

The dictator, who seized power in a bloody coup in 1994, made the inflammatory comments last week during a stop on a nationwide agricultural tour.

VICE News obtained a translation of Jammeh's speech, which was about fostering a healthy atmosphere for the country's youth.

May 13, 2015

'They didn’t know gay people could have sex facing each other until they saw our show'

During his two seasons on HBO's Looking, Jonathan Groff's character of Patrick had plenty of sex.

And the person he had sex with the most as with his boss, Kevin, who finally became his boyfriend in season two.

Groff says what surprised some of his straight friends the most was not that Patrick and Kevin had a lot of sex but that they were able to have it face to face.

May 13, 2015

Co-convicted twin brother claims 'faggot' means 'happy'

A lesbian and her twin brother Friday (8 May) were convicted of aggravated assault while armed for a 2013 attack that left a gay man with facial bone fractures and a broken wrist.

Christina Lucas, 21, who did not testify at trial, told police that she was a lesbian and therefore could not be accused of an anti-gay hate crime.

Christina, her brother Christopher Lucas and a group of men approached the unnamed victim about 12.30 am on 19 October 2013 after he left a party in Washington DC with two female friends.

May 13, 2015

Survey shows 6% increase in LGB Christians from two years ago

More gay Americans are identifying as Christian despite a sharp decline in overall numbers, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday (12 May).

The survey found that 70.6% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 78.4% in 2013. However, the proportion of LGB respondents who identify as Christian rose 6% during the same period to 48%.

The findings could reflect a culture shift, said Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.

May 12, 2015

In a desperate attempt to prove he was telling the truth, Orashia Edwards said he was forced to take explicit pictures of him and his boyfriend

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker has said he is so desperate to stay in the UK, he felt like he was forced to show a photo of himself having sex with a man.

Orashia Edwards, 34, could be deported at any moment after losing his case with the UK government.

While he was once married to a woman in Jamaica, he is in a relationship with a man based in Leeds. He fears he will be murdered if he is sent back.

May 12, 2015

Grace and Frankie star remembers the tremendous controversy when he starred in 1972 TV movie That Certain Summer

There was not a ripple of controversy when Martin Sheen took the role of a gay man in the Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie which premiered last week.

But in 1972, it was considered a huge career risk when Sheen agreed to star opposite Hal Holbrook as a gay couple in the television movie That Certain Summer.

'Then it was a big controversy,' Sheen said Tuesday (12 May) on The Meredith Vieira Show.