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August 26, 2014

Bisexual Australian singer donated all of her earnings from their previous collaboration to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center

Sia has worked with Eminem on a new song even after she donated all of her earnings from their previous collaboration over his use of anti-gay slurs.

Guts Over Fear is the pair's second duet following Beautiful Pain, which appeared on the rapper's 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

This song will feature on the soundtrack to Denzel Washington's upcoming movie The Equalizer.

April 8, 2014

Up and coming US gay rapper and viral internet star Fly Young Red has been signed up by one of hip hop’s biggest stars for his record label

Gay rapper Fly Young Red has been signed to the record label of one of hip hop’s biggest stars in a sign of growing acceptance of gays and lesbians participating in the genre.

Fly Young Red has signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) label after releasing his debut single Throw That Boy ‘P*ssy.’

The song exploded on the internet, going viral, with over 650,000 people watching the video clip for it on YouTube in the weeks since its 18 March release.

April 3, 2014

Also says decision to marry same-sex couples at Grammys was not political but 'I knew it would make a statement'

Some found it curious that Queen Latifah, who has never spoken about how LGBTI equality impacts her personally, performed a mass wedding ceremony at the Grammys involving many same-sex couples.

The singer, actress and talk show host reflects on the occasion in the new issue of  JET magazine.

The mass wedding took place on stage as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their gay rights anthem Same Love with some help at the end from Madonna.

January 21, 2014

Walking on Air, released without a label, is a collaboration between Bass, Anise K, Bella Blue and Snoop Dog

In the past 12 years, Lance Bass has been many things.

He tried to become an astronaut, he became an openly gay man, he penned his autobiography, he appeared on Broadway, he's produced some indie movies, he was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, and he's now hosting a daily radio show.

One thing he has not done is release any new music.

That has now changed with the release of a new single called Walking on Air which is a collaboration between Bass, Anise K, Bella Blue and Snoop Dogg.

December 25, 2013

Adam Shankman's special tree, Cheyenne Jackson snowed in, and Alex Newell with his dad

Adam Shankman may be the director of such splashy movies as Hairspray and Rock of Ages but one of his favorite Christmas memories is a simple one involving just him and the man in his life.

'My fiance (Frank Meli) and I, in our apartment in New York, put together just an incredibly beautiful tree,' Shankman told Gay Star News earlier this month.

'It was just by ourselves,' said the So You Think You Can Dance judge. 'We had already done the family thing and this was us by ourselves and that was a very special time for me.'

November 8, 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Sia has donated the proceeds of a recent collaboration with rapper Eminem to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center over his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his latest album

Sia has donated the earnings of her collaboration ‘Beautiful Pain’ with US rapper Eminem over his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his recent The Marshall Mathers LP2 album to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

In the song ‘Rap God’ on the same album Eminem raps that he will ‘break a motherf**ker’s table over the back of a couple off faggots and crack it in half,’ and ‘you fags think it’s all a game till I walk a flock of flames off a plank.’

November 7, 2013

Amy is missing in the US so Jen Brister sits in with Lucio & Baylen.

Amy is missing in the US so Jen Brister sits in with Lucio & Baylen.

Eminem still says fag, Candy Bar closes, & maybe Irish gays can get married soon.

Baylen chats with Louise Orwin about her show Pretty Ugly, part of the Feminism Festival of Theatre.

Plus all the Gay Star News.

November 5, 2013

British hip-hop act reveal they cannot listen to similar acts to them as they are often too homophobic and misogynistic

As Eminem is winning praise for using ‘fags’ in his lyrics, a British hip-hop act has revealed their hate for the scene as it is too homophobic.

Rizzle Kicks, arguably the biggest hip-hop stars in the UK, have said they ‘can’t listen’ to similar acts to them.

Band member Jordon Stephens, 21, told the BBC the stuff he was hearing in the mainstream ‘does [his] head in]’ as ‘it’s overly misogynistic and it’s still homophobic.’

‘I can’t listen to hip-hop at the moment,’ he added. ‘I really struggle.’

November 4, 2013

'It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or a--hole'

Eminem may still use the word 'faggot' in lyrics but he doesn't want gays to take it personally.

The rapper is asked by Rolling Stone magazine in an upcoming issue about his continued use of an anti-gay slur that he equates with 'calling someone a bitch or a punk or a--hole.'

He has also used 'gay looking' as an insult.

September 19, 2013

In an AIDS Healthcare Foundation public service announcement, New York City radio DJ Mister Cee reminds that sexual health can only come with honesty

, I gave you all of me. Now I want you to
give all of yourself: Are you good? Are you healthy? Are you free?
I can tell you today, that today I’m free.” - See more at: http://www.aidshealth.org/archives/17102#sthash.7wekYjtZ.dpuf

It's been a busy seven days for DJ Mister Cee.

Last week. the popular New York City radio personality announced he was leaving his perch at Hot 97 due to another scandal involving a transgender sex worker.

This week he's back at his job, due to pleas from his program director. In addition, the DJ is telling people they no longer need to hide their sexuality, no matter the orientation. 

August 28, 2013

Talib Kweli says a gay rapper needs to stand up and do for gay people in hip hop what Eminem did for white rappers

Black Star rapper Talib Kweli has said that an openly gay rapper could go far in addressing homophobia in the African American community and break down boundaries around gay acceptance in hip hop music.

‘Homosexuality in hip-hop is an extension of homosexuality in the black community,’ Kweli told Mother Jones.

August 26, 2013

The 2013 VMA for Best Video with a Social Message went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their marriage equality anthem Same Love

Same Love by Makclemore and Ryan Lewis won an MTV Video Music Award last night.

The music video, released in 2012 following a Washington referendum to approve gay marriage, has garnered much media attention in recent months and now has over 80 million views on YouTube.

Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson joined in on the performance last night by the three Seattle-based artists Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclay’s Center.

August 12, 2013

'There's the part (of my life) that's mine to keep for myself'

Oprah Winfrey often talked about partner Stedman Graham and everyone knows Ellen DeGeneres is married to Portia DeRossi.

But when Queen Latifah's daytime talk show premieres next month, don't expect to learn much about the personal life of the host who has for years not commented on widespread rumors that she is a lesbian.

July 14, 2013

Seatlle based hip-hop artist Macklemore points to the positive influence of his 'hella gay' uncles and their partners

Macklemore, the performer known for the gay marriage anthem Same Love, praised his gay uncles, and partners, for their influence.

June 7, 2013

Chozen, featuring lead vocal talent from Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, is coming to FX's new channel FXX

April 19, 2013

Rapper and singer has defended his gay assistant from online bullying, saying they can 'unclench' now

Rapper T-Pain has called out ‘homophobic idiots’ on Twitter in a defense of his gay assistant.

The ‘Low’ rapper, born Faheem Najm, is believed to have written the tweets after his assistant was bullied online.

‘Attention homophobic idiots: if you're not attractive to straight women, you're probably not attractive to gay men. You can unclench now,’ T-Pain wrote.

April 4, 2013

Gay hip-hop artist QBoy interviews leading US lesbian rappers God-Des and She ahead of their European tour and asks them how they broke new ground in the music industry

As an openly gay hip-hop artist for over 10 years, I thought Frank Ocean was old news. Gay, lesbian, bi and trans rappers have been openly rocking the mic for nearly two decades now. Starting in 1997 with the formation of hip-hop collective the Rainbow Flava crew, the long and brave history of homo-hop has brought to us to new artists like Le1f and Zebra Katz.

March 30, 2013

The iconic West-Coast rapper gave another interview where he speaks openly about his support for same-sex marriage


Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg has again spoken out in support of gay marriage.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the artist now known as Snoop Lion discussed his new documentary, a new upcoming album and his take on the Supreme Court hearings on California’s Prop. 8 legislation that bans gay marriage.

One of the founders of West-Coast hip-hop, Snoop said in his interview: ‘People can do what they want and as they please’.

February 19, 2013

Ocean will join Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Emeli Sandé and Calvin Harris at London’s leading contemporary music festival

Gay R&B star Frank Ocean is to be a special guest performer at London’s top-ranking music festival, Wireless, this summer.

He will join the line-up on the first day of the festival, 12 July, headlined by Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg.

Ocean’s performance comes despite reports he planned to step away from the limelight to write ‘in remote locations for the next two years’, starting in Shanghai.

December 26, 2012

HMV’s Poll of Polls crowns US rapper’s Channel Orange as album of the year

Frank Ocean’s coming out record Channel Orange has been voted the best album of 2012 by Britain’s music critics.

The US R&B star, who came out as gay in the summer, topped a list of 50 artists named by UK music retailer HMV in their 12th annual ‘Poll of Polls’.

The 25-year-old from New Orleans has had a stellar year.

December 6, 2012

Odd Future rapper is nominated for five Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year

Gay artist Frank Ocean is tied for the most Grammy nominations in the 55th annual list, it was announced late Wednesday (5 December).

The ‘Channel Orange’ rapper includes some of the most eagerly awaited categories: Album of the Year for his debut, Record of the Year for ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’ and Best New Artist.

He is also nominated for Urban Contemporary Album and Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘No Charge In The Wild’ which he performed with renowned rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West.

September 23, 2012

Record producer Quincy Jones talks about Frank, Michael, and how he and Tupac Shakur were not lovers

Music impresario Quincy Jones has worked with all the legends in the business, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. With that type of success, and longevity, a gay rumor will eventually be attached.

Jones was recently interviewed by the New York Times and swatted away rumors he was involved in the murder of Tupac Shakur or wanted to sleep with him. At the time of his death, the late musician was engaged to Jones' daughter

September 18, 2012

US rapper Lil Wayne controversially references R&B singer Frank Ocean's sexuallity in new rap song

US rapper Lil Wayne has controversially referenced R&B singer Frank Ocean's sexuality in a new rap song.

Featuring on a remixed version of Future’s new single ‘Turn On The Lights’, Wayne raps: ‘Tell her I skate/ I ain’t got no worries/ No Frank Ocean, I’m straight.’

The lyric is a clear reference to the R&B singer, who revealed earlier this year his first love was a man.

It is not the first time Wayne has been accused of using homophobic lyrics in his songs. In his song Georgia Bush, he says: 'Got money out the ass/no homo but I'm rich.'

August 28, 2012

'People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are'

Rapper Snoop Dogg, who is going by the stage name of Snoop Lion these days, thinks the music world is ready for an openly gay rapper.

It would be a major step for a music genre where anti-gay epithets and sentiments had been largely accepted.