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October 24, 2014

Dangdang is the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce company has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral.

The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing on Tuesday uploaded the advert to his Weibo account - the Chinese version of Twitter - anyway, making Dangdang the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love.’

The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook baned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 23, 2014

Gibson describes self as 'one of the prominent, black, significant, African American, straight men in this town called Hollywood'

Tyrese Gibson, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious franchise, is plenty furious with comedian Spanky Hayes.

Hayes recently gave an interview with TMZ in which he claimed he lost the lead role in the 2001 film Baby Boy to Gibson because of gay sexual favors, according to The Mirror.

Hayes alleged that director John Singleton said to them them: 'I fucking love both of you guys, but which one of you guys are gonna suck my cock?'

October 21, 2014

The Ukranian boyband performs shirtless and in stilettos

An anti-gay youth group has stopped boyband Kazaky performing in Kyrgyzstan in order to defend 'traditional values.'

About 300 members of Kalys blocked the entrance to Guns'n'Roses nightclub in Bishkek, where the Ukrainian four-piece Kazaky were due to perform.

None of the current members are gay but they perform shirtless and in stilettos.

The club's management said they had no choice but to cancel the concert.

'We incurred heavy losses over the cancelation,' organizer Danil Mishin told the Kloop news portal.

October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 17, 2014

Mia Freedman said neither gay people nor pedophiles can change who they are attracted to

Australian journalist Mia Freedman has 'unreservedly apologized' for comparing gay people to pedophiles on national TV.

The founder of women’s website Mamamia made the comment yesterday night during a debate about the Northern Territory’s plan to set up a public sex offender register on Channel 10's Project TV.

'We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated,' she said.

October 17, 2014

While gay couples do have 'gifts', he claims homosexuality is still 'not the orientation God wants'

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he knows some 'marvellous' gays.

Speaking to journalists yesterday (16 October), he was asked for an example of the 'gifts and qualities' gay people can offer the church as cited in a Vatican document this week.

He said he knew an Austrian gay couple who were 'marvellous human beings', as, shockingly, they supported each other when they were sick.

'The basic principle is that we first look at the person and not at their sexual inclination,' Schönborn said.

October 16, 2014

Miler publicly proclaimed himself as 'queer' in 2012 and is first LGBTI star to play major superhero

Out actor Ezra Miller made some Hollywood history on Wednesday (15 October) by becoming the first LGBTI star to be cast as a main superhero in a major studio film.

Miller, best known for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has been cast as The Flash in Warner Bros movies based on DC Comics.

He will star in a 2018 movie built around the character but is expected to first inhabit the role in 2017's Justice League Part One, according to Buzzfeed.

October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

'Men In Shorts' will follow the life of an openly gay soccer player

Robbie Rogers may be one of the most famous openly gay men in sports, but he is also now inspiring what will be making us laugh next year.

ABC has confirmed 'Men In Shorts', a single-camera comedy inspired by the soccer player, will air in 2015.

The show will follow a young professional soccer player who takes 'one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight'.

On Twitter, Rogers said he was 'really excited to be part of this'.

October 14, 2014

'We all know actors who are [gay] who don't want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it'

Although more and more make actors are coming out publicly as gay, none so far have been stars whose names go above the title of a major movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a gay man in his latest film, thinks he knows why.

'I think if you’re going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say "I’m gay," sadly, is still a huge obstacle,' he tells Out magazine.

October 13, 2014

A lead character in MTV India show Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan kisses another man

A lead character in hit MTV India show Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan came out as gay in a recent episode.

The show centers around five friends, one of whom is the womanizing Cabir. He is always surrounded by beautiful women but the twist is that he is gay and too afraid to tell anyone.

Cabir tried to come out in a few previous episodes but could not pluck up the courage. In the latest episode he kisses a man and comes out to his best friend.

October 12, 2014

Activist warns: gay bashers will be able to buy .gay domains and 'any legitimate use of the name by individuals, businesses, and organizations associated with the LGBTQ community will likely be drowned in a sea of sex'

Despite being endorsed by over 200 LGBTI organizations worldwide, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which grants top level domain names globally, has rejected an application by Dotgay LLC, the only LGBTI community application, to administer the .gay domain name.

Dotgay LLC had applied under ICANN's 'community priority evaluation' process set up by the authority to protect certain domain names that served the interests of a particular community.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

October 11, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account

Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October).

Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page.

The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compared gay rights advances to cancer.

October 11, 2014

US Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments came in an interview during the Pope’s Synod of the Family in Rome, in which he also commented on the ‘aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda’

A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships.

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to discuss family issues, including same-sex marriage.

October 11, 2014

We are seeking a talented and efficient PA and office manager to assist our directors and improve office efficiency in London

The directors of Gay Star News are seeking an office manager/ PA in London to further improve the efficient management of the company.

We can promise a fun, creative workplace where our team is valued as our most important asset.

GSN is a small but rapidly growing company. As we move into our fourth year and continue our expansion, this job is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference to their career and our brands.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 10, 2014

Reflecting on ABC’s latest comedy show, Rev. Irene Monroe thinks there’s a fine line to tread between reflecting reality and causing offence…

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish, aired last week, left its LGBTQ viewership ‘black and blue.’

‘It looks a little gay,’ Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre – short for Andre – while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the ‘birds and the bees.’

October 10, 2014

Green Party co-leader said Craig Colin thought 'a gay man's place is in the closet'

The leader of the New Zealand Conservative Party, Colin Craig, has dropped a defamation suit over comments a Green Party co-leader made about his stance on gay men and women.

Russel Norman told 15,000 LGBT people in Ferbruary at the Big Gay Out fair in Auckland that Craig thought 'a woman's place is in the kitchen and'a gay man's place is the closet.'

Craig is a vocal opponent of gay adoption and same-sex marriage which he called 'a failure of democracy.'

Craig filed a suit against Norman in March seeking a retraction.

October 10, 2014

'I was cuddling with a gay guy, giving him a massage . . . you know, let’s be real—guys give other guys massages'

The most recent season of Big Brother on CBS ended last month but the high-profile bromance between gay contestant Frankie Grande and straight contestant Zach Rance continues.

Rance said this week that the two had a reunion at a Starbucks last weekend and that there are no hard feelings over Grande's role in getting him voted out of the house.

He knows many people find it hard to believe that after a summer of cuddling together, giving massages and proclaiming their love for each other that this can possible be just a gay-straight bromance.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

October 9, 2014

Looks like a hot wave is coming through followed shortly by a brief shower

Looks like things are getting hot and steamy in Texas.

News station TWC had spent the day tweeting out the usual thing of weather reports, news stories and traffic updates.

But one traffic update was a little bit more hot and heavy than the usual diversion notice.

Late Wednesday (8 October), the channel's Twitter feed accidentally sent out a collage of gay porn images.

The caption curiously said: 'TRAFFIC: Your 5.12pm update. Too many!'