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July 2, 2014

Singer was 'making a point' about Russia's homophobic laws by having a backing dancer parade around with a rainbow thong

Russians are attacking Demi Lovato after one of her dancers, wearing a Vladimir Putin mask, kissed another man.

During a performance of her Pride anthem, Really Don’t Care, two of her male backing dancers shared a kiss.

One of them was naked apart from a portrait of Putin attached to his underwear.

Thousands of her fans tweeted using the hashtag #DemiHurtsRussianLovatics, saying they were angry about the incident.

June 25, 2014

Pop star and actress says her relative was an early pioneer for LGBTI rights and equality

Pop star Demi Lovato has long been a supporter of the LGBTI community.

But now, she has revealed why, saying her grandfather was gay.

‘I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,’ she said last night.

‘He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him.

‘He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

May 13, 2014

'Matt was just so physically weak ... it was a very moving thing to witness'

Matt Bomer has steadfastly avoided saying exactly how much weight he lost to portay an AIDS victim in HBO's The Normal Heart but it was enough to leave director Ryan Murphy emotional when first seeing him.

During a four-month break in filming for the fit and trim Bomer to be able to lose more than 35 pounds, Murphy said the actor would send him photos of his progress.

'I would say,"Please get your blood checked! ... I was nervous,' Murphy admitted in an interview this week on HuffPost Live.

April 9, 2014

Girls star says she is so thankful she has a gay sister so 'someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions'

Creator and star of TV hit Girls Lena Dunham has said it was a ‘huge disappointment’ to her when she realised she was straight.

The actress and writer spoke out about her difficulties at the Point Honors Gala in New York, an event that helps LGBTI teens with questions about their sexuality and gender identity.

Her speech also addressed her younger sister Grace, who recently came out as gay.

April 4, 2014

Australian Victoria’s Secret model has told GQ that she would not rule out a relationship with another woman – though she prefers men in the bedroom

Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has spoken about her love of the female form in a new interview with GQ magazine – revealing that she would not rule out a relationship with another woman.

‘I appreciate both men and women,’ Kerr said in the interview, ‘I love the female body and truly appreciate the female form.’

‘I really enjoy sketching women, especially their backs.’

March 12, 2014

Zoie Palmer who plays a lesbian on the supernatural drama Lost Girl has come out as gay by thanking her partner at the Canadian Screen Awards

Canadian actress Zoie Palmer, who plays lesbian doctor Lauren Lewis on the supernatural drama Lost Girl, has come out as gay during an acceptance speech at the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday.

Palmer won the Fan Favorite category and thanked, among others, her ‘incredible partner Alex and beautiful son Luca.’

Palmer was referring to her long-term partner, film at television producer Alex Lalonde, and her son by a previous relationship Luca Lalonde.

March 1, 2014

Simple gesture makes NFL debate over Michael Sam seem a bit silly

The prospect of an openly gay player named Michael Sam joining the NFL has some players - retired and active - going on as if the Earth was going to stop rotating on its axis.

'What if he pats someone on the butt?' wondered one alarmed former player.

Meanwhile, openly gay NBA player Jason Collins has played two games for the Brooklyn Nets this week without incident and soccer's Robbie Rogers is about to begin another season with the Los Angeles Galaxy after coming out a year ago.

February 25, 2014

National Enquirer admits it was duped by man who claimed to be playwright David Bar Katz

Playwright David Bar Katz has settled his lawsuit against the National Enquirer tabloid which ran a false story quoting him as saying he and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers.

The story also falsely quoted Bar Katz as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment by Bar Katz on 2 February.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for Capote, was found with a needle in his arm and bags of cocaine were found in his apartment.

Bar Katz filed papers to dismiss the libel lawsuit today.

January 30, 2014

'I have much respect for homosexuals, but I like women'

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, the Manchester United footballer commonly known as Anderson, was not phased this week when an Italian journalist asked him during a press conference if he is gay.

The question came during a press conference announcing that the 25-year-old midfielder from Brazil is going to be on loan to Italian football club Fiorentina.

January 20, 2014

''Pick your balls up off the floor and get on with it; instead of taking advantage of every word said and twisting it for your own gain'

One Direction's Liam Payne is facing some media heat for a tweet that seemed to stand behind the Duck Dynasty reality show.

'Huge love to you,' Payne tweeted to Willie Robertson, according to Gawker. 'Huge respect for your business properties and the family values you still all behold. Big fan.'

December 16, 2013

Judge rules that if one partner has life-threatening illness, couples can marry before law goes into effect in June 2014

Same-sex marriage does not become legal in Illinois until next June but two couples were able to exchange vows today (16 December) due to life threatening illness and others will be allowed to follow.

A federal judge has ordered that marriage licenses be immediately granted to all same-sex couples in the state who can provide a doctor's declaration stating that one or both of them is seriously ill enough to possibly not survive until the summer.

November 27, 2013

Innocent Steps singer is forced to quit Twitter and Facebook after a barrage of abusers confused the two British entertainers

Innocent British gay singer Ian H Watkins, known as ‘H from Steps’, is facing online abuse after Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was found guilty of child sex offenses.

While their musical styles could not be any more different, the two singers do share the same name.

The Lostprophets frontman, described as a ‘determined and committed’ pedophile pleaded guilty yesterday (26 November) to a series of ‘depraved’ child sex offences.

These included admitting to two charges of attempted rape of a baby.

November 6, 2013

A new book claims Republican Senator Rob Portman asked to be taken off the list of potential vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney because he was concerned how running would affect his gay son

Senator Rob Portman did not want to be Mitt Romney’s running mate for Vice President of the United States because he was concerned that his gay son would be forced into the political spotlight, a new book says.

Portman’s son Will had come out to him a year before and had caused him to rethink his position on same-sex marriage but according to the authors of Double Down: Game Change 2012 the Senator was not yet ready to go public with his support in 2012.

October 17, 2013

The first gay Frenchman and Moroccan to try and get married have been refused over a decades old agreement between the two countries

A French-Moroccan couple have been banned from marrying in France.

The couple, only identified as Dominique, 55, and Mohammed, a younger student visiting from Morocco, hoped to get married in Chambery on 11 October.

When France legalized gay marriage in May, agreements were signed with several countries banning any ex-patriots from several countries from marrying under the new law.

These were Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

October 9, 2013

Former jurors in the Larry King murder trial only have sympathy for the convicted killer, Brandon McInerney

In 2008 Larry King, a gay teenager from Oxnard, California was shot in his computer class. His killer, classmate Brandon McInerney, put two bullets in the back of Larry's head. The 15-year-old died two days later.

Valentine Road, a documentary by Marta Cunningham, chronicles the bloody crime, the trial and the lives of the teenagers.

The show premiered last night (7 October) on HBO and has earned positive reviews.

October 5, 2013

Fashion house Björn Borg gives a subtle, yet powerful, gay equality message with rainbow colored underwear

Björn Borg, a Swedish fashion company, is doing its part to stand up against 'anti-propaganda' laws in Russia.

In a spare, yet powerful, ad in Moscow Times there is a stack of underwear. Each one color of the rainbow. Above the skivvies is the following phrase:

'Björn Borg says da.'

October 4, 2013

Mary Burson and Carole Kaiser were accompanied by daughters and church pastor

Same-sex marriage is prohibited in North Carolina but that didn't stop a pair of determined 79 year olds this week from trying to get married anyway.

Mary Burson and Carole Kaiser walked into the Henderson County Register of Deeds office on Wednesday (2 October) prepared: they had their drivers licenses, social security cards and the $60 is costs to get a marriage license.

The couple, together 40 years and the parents of eight children, were accompanied by two of their daughters and their church pastor.

September 30, 2013

Georgia’s Department of Driver Services is refusing to change Danielle McCollum-Tucker’s drivers license to reflect her post-marriage name change due to the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

The US state of Georgia is refusing to allow an out-of-state married lesbian to change her name on her drivers license despite allowing her wife to do the same.

Employees at a Georgia Department of Driver Services office didn’t deny wife Shakira McCollum-Tucker’s application to hyphenate her name when she sought to replace an expiring license.

September 13, 2013

Also says Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger's death like losing a family member

It's been eight years since Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger both earned Oscar nominations as a pair on ranch hands who fall in love in Brokeback Mountain.

Gyllenhaal had to deal with rumors about his sexuality back then and still finds that there are plenty of people who still believe he's gay.

But the 32-year-old star doesn't seem to mind.

'It's a huge compliment,' he says in an upcoming episode of Inside the Actors Studio to air 19 September.

His co-star Ledger died in 2008 and it hit Gyllenhaal hard.

September 2, 2013

A subtitling mistake during the coverage of an Irish football match has gone viral on social networking sites

Gaelic football has gone gay as a subtitle error has gone viral on social networking.

Sharp-eyed Twitter user Richard Cantwell spotted the amusing error on the subtitling of Irish commentator Pat Spillane, transforming the redemption of his ‘faith in gaelic football’ to his ‘faith in gay football’.

August 29, 2013

'I've never seen that particular section at Zales'

Anderson Cooper could not resist ridiculing televangelist Pat Robertson for his wild claim that gay men in San Francisco try and purposely infect people with AIDS by cutting them with a special ring while shaking hands.

August 25, 2013

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will join Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis  on tonight's VMA stage

Basketball player Jason Collins will be on the Video Music Awards' stage tonight.

The first active NBA player to come out gay will introduce Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. According to the site NewNowNext, the hip-hop duo will perform Same Love.

August 23, 2013

The UK capital's biggest minicab firm is under fire after a driver allegedly called a gay couple 'dirty' for being intimate in his car

A London minicab driver was fired today after kicking out a gay couple for holding hands.

On 21 August, Twitter user Liam Kelly said he had left London bar G-A-Y Late in Soho and got into an Addison Lee car with his boyfriend.

After holding hands, the couple were allegedly ejected for being ‘dirty’.

‘Just been ejected from an @AddisonLeeCabs taxi for being gay. Thanks for the homophobic treatment,’ Kelly said.