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December 18, 2014

New legislation draft is of big concern to trans voters

The UK government has fixed the 'glitch' that forced trans people to provide a previous name in order to register to vote.

Following a report by Gay Star News, the Cabinet Office has responded swiftly, ensuring only those who changed names in the past 12 months must provide their 'dead name'.

While disclosure of previous names is not currently a legal requirement, legislation has been drafted to make it so.

December 17, 2014

Meet Charlie Kiss, Green Party, who wants to see Westminster change

Charlie Kiss is believed to be the first trans man to ever run for a seat in UK parliament.

The Green party politician says he wants to help change Westminster forever, starting with helping Britain to be better represented in the House of Commons.

He says his past experience of going through his transition, being homeless, working a variety of different jobs and his activism sets him apart from the millionaire MPs.

December 15, 2014

The UK government have been accused of being 'blind' to the needs of the trans community

Trans people are furious at the UK government's new electoral registration system, forcing them to provide a previous name in order to be eligible to vote.

The new online voter registration system means that trans individuals cannot register to vote unless they provide false information or they out themselves publicly with no guarantee their data will be protected under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Rolled out in October of this year, the new system was implemented over concerns individuals not entitled to vote might register with the intention of doing so.

December 10, 2014

Followers by director Tim Marshall will be screened in front of A-list critics and avid movie-goers

A gay short film will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Followers is produced by the Iris Prize, the Cardiff-based LGBTI film award.

Written, directed and edited by Tim Marshall, it will be screened from 22 January to 1 February.

It is a dark comedy drama about faith and loneliness with a cast including Valmai Jones and Mark Oliver.

December 9, 2014

She has a matter of days before she could go back to the country where her family and teachers sent her to witch doctors to 'cure' her

A Ugandan woman has a matter of days to prove she is a lesbian and was tortured over her sexuality.

Judith Twikirize, 23, was told she would be forced to return home to Uganda, flying home yesterday evening (8 December), after the UK government ruled she was lying over her sexuality.

Due to the case being fast-tracked, after she had claimed asylum on 29 September, the young woman could not compile the necessary evidence in time.

December 5, 2014

Suicidal 23-year-old woman faces deportation to Uganda

At the age of 10, a tomboy-ish Ugandan girl was escorted by her grandmother to a witch doctor to 'cure' her of being a lesbian.

With razors, they sliced deep on her joints to force the 'demons' in her blood out. She would then be forced to sleep in a 'house of spirits'. This went on once a week, twice a week, sometimes daily for a year.

This is what happeneed to Judith Twikirize, now 23 and living in the UK. She faces deportation back to Uganda on Monday (8 December).

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.

December 4, 2014

Stunning retreat in Pembrokeshire, West Wales offers exclusive prize for GSN readers

Bluestone National Park Resort has teamed up with Gay Star News to offer readers a luxury 4-night midweek getaway at their gorgeous 500-acre grounds in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The holiday village is populated with cosy, picturesque wooden lodges, all with stellar views of the surrounding countryside.

They also come fully-equipped with all the mod cons and many are eco-friendly, boasting sustainable materials and solar panels.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

November 28, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter talks to Gay Star News about life after pro football

Chris Kluwe has no doubt that his career in the NFL was cut short because he became an outspoken advocate for marriage equality.

The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings, 32, retired from the game in January after he was released by the Vikings after eight seasons then by the Oakland Raiders during the 2013 pre-season.

November 28, 2014

ABC Family show centers on lesbian couple and their large brood

For five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Peter Paige played the role of Emmett Honeycutt who was part of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh.

Since then, Paige has gone on to create the ABC Family series The Fosters about the lives of an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.

While Queer as Folk was quite sexually explicit, Paige tells Gay Star News The Fosters is even more 'subversive' in its own way.

November 27, 2014

'In Europe, we're crawling; in America they're running' – GETA boss claims businesses aren't catering for queer travellers

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith took part in a panel discussion on gay travel last night, hosted by Grayling and the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) – and urged companies to directly market to queer tourists.

Attended by representatives of several high-profile travel organisations, talking points included how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI travellers and the benefits of working with them.

November 26, 2014

Michael J. Willett tells GSN: 'I'm not a person who can have a secret or pretend to be someone else'

Michael J. Willett is riding high as one of the stars of the MTV series Faking It in which he plays a well-adjusted gay high school named Shane Harvey.

The series role came after Willett, 25, made a splash in the feature film G.B.F. - also playing a gay high school student.

While the young actor was not advised against taking the gay roles, there was a time earlier in his career when he was advised not to be openly gay himself.

November 26, 2014

Dennis Hensley and Tom Goss experience  consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama

Black Friday, the big post-Thanksgiving shopping day in US, is the setting for high gay drama in a fun new short film by Tom Goss and Dennis Hensley.

Goss tells Gay Star News that he and Hensley came up with the idea while chatting over coffee and pie about the ridiculousness of relationships and Black Friday consumerism.

The short tells the story of Chad (Hensley) and Claudio (Goss) who meet while waiting in line for Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Lust, love and heartbreak quickly - very quickly - ensue.

November 24, 2014

Singer tells GSN: 'I've been openly gay my whole career and I don't think there's any other way to be'

Eli Lieb, whose cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball went viral last year on YouTube, likes to sing about love.

But the openly gay artist wants his songs to be relateable to both straight and gay audiences.

'When you listen, it's equal,' he tells Gay Star News. 'When you see my videos, it's still equal and I try to make that the point - it's just love as opposed to a gay relationship.'

While the songs can apply to straight or same-sex love, the videos leave no doubt that Lieb is into men.

November 22, 2014

Queer Eye alum tells GSN: 'He had a single rose for me like on The Bachelor and I basically fainted'

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Carson Kressley can thank actor Lee Majors for helping him to realize he was gay.

As a kid, Kressley swooned whenever the star of The Six Million Dollar Man, a series about an ex-astronaut with bionic implants.

'I remember being absolutely in love with Lee Majors when he was The Six Million Dollar Man,' Kressley tells Gay Star News. 'He was on the cover of Dynamite Magazine which I stole from my brother.

November 21, 2014

Is this a sign of cha cha change?

Strictly Come Dancing will feature same-sex couples dancing together for the first time this weekend.

The BBC dancing competition show will feature the professional dancers doing a 'Cops and Robbers' routine, likely to appear on Sunday night's results show (23 November).

Gay pro Robin Windsor, who was forced to pull out of this year's competition due to a back injury, will return to dance alongside the other pros.

In It Takes Two, the companion BBC2 show, he revealed he would be dancing with someone a little different.

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 14, 2014

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November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 11, 2014

TV icon tells GSN: 'After all, their father was gay'

On the classic TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, the show's six siblings dealt with such things as getting caught with cigarettes, breaking their mom's favorite vase, and getting hit in the nose with a football.

Sometimes Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy even dealt with matters of the heart.

But none of them gave an indication that they might be gay during the show's original run from 1969-74 or its subsequent incarnations as The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, the sitcom The Brady Brides and the drama The Bradys.

November 11, 2014

Takei says of Hunter: 'He was blond and gorgeous ... he was a dreamboat'

George Takei picked 1950s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter to present an award to him and his husband, Brad, over the weekend at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

The reason?

'When I was a teenager, Tab Hunter was my heartthrob,' Takei told the audience as the couple accepted the International Vanguard Award.

'He was blond and gorgeous - he was a dreamboat.'

Hunter, 83, had earlier told Gay Star News that he was making his first-ever appearance at a major LGBTI event.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.