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May 24, 2015

But has Måns Zelmerlöw, the contestant from Sweden who won with a performance Heroes, had a change of heart since his controversial remarks?

Måns Zelmerlöw is the winner of this year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer from Sweden took top prize with his performance of Heroes.

Last year the 28-year-old found himself in hot water after saying LGBTI couples should not be parents.

May 24, 2015

A special mention was given to ‘The Lobster’, an eccentric fable starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz about lovers who risk being turned into animals if they fail to find a partner

A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the 2015 Queer Palm award, an independently sponsored prize entered into the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Todd Haynes, 'Carol' is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel ('The Price of Salt') that tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.

Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.

May 24, 2015

Actor Mark Gatiss calls Ireland a 'beacon of light in darkening days'

Celebrities have expressed their joy over the landslide victory for marriage equality in the Irish referendum.

Whether they celebrated in person, like actor Andrew Scott, or in the form of tweets, famous supporters of equality have voiced their opinion on yesterday’s decisive result.

Irish actors Andrew Scott, best known for his role as Moriarty in the BBC adaption of Sherlock, and John Butler, known for The Stag and TV roles, celebrated the result together and looked very ecstatic.

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 22, 2015

Book is expected to be the blockbuster celebrity memoir of 2017

Barbra Streisand, an A-List superstar for more than 50 years, is working on a memoir to be published in 2017 by Viking.

'Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,' Viking president Brian Tart said in a statement.

'There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.'

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 22, 2015

Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland strikes down last year's ruling allowing both men to be registered as fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has struck down a 2014 ruling allowing both partners in a gay relationship to be registered as the parents of their child.

Last year an administrative court in the canton of St Gallen ruled both men could be entered into the register as the boy’s parents.

Now the Swiss Federal Supreme Court returned a three to two verdict denying the men, who relied on a Californian surrogate to conceive and carry their child, to both be recognized as the child’s legal parents.

May 21, 2015

Huge crowds expected to see Jess Glynne headline this weekend

The organizers of Birmingham Pride have revealed record-breaking ticket sales ahead of the festival this weekend, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

The LGBTI event launches on Saturday 23 May with a city center march, starting at Victoria Square at 12 noon. Last year, 50,000 people attended.

Performers at the festival include Hold My Hand singer Jess Glynne as well as former X Factor bands Union J, Stereo Kicks and Only the Young, over the Saturday and Sunday.

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 20, 2015

Viewers have been calling for the British presenter to be fired

Loose Women's Coleen Nolan has not apologised after inferring that supporting gay rights is like supporting ISIS.

The British ITV presenter discussed the court case in Northern Ireland that saw a Christian bakery being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a pro-gay rights cake.

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

The a capella comedy sequel is being attacked for being racist, homophobic and sexist. But is it?

Halfway during Pitch Perfect 2, the all-girl a capella group are cramped into a tiny tent at night in order to bond and 'find their sound'.

As the camera pans across the girls lying next to each other, we get a single line from each of them. Anna Kendrick's 'too cool for this' Beca goes 'This is the worst!' Rebel Wilson's Fat Amy makes a fat joke. The sex obsessed character says something about sex. The quiet Asian girl says something surreal. A new Guatemalan character says this is a luxury compared to when she was in Guatemala.

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 18, 2015

Comic Sarah Silverman also performs raunchy stand-up routine at benefit

The crowd at The Hollywood Palladium could not be contained any longer on Saturday night.

After remaining seated during a set by Sia, they left their seats and crowded around the stage once No Doubt took the stage at the An Evening With Women benefit which raised more than $700,000 for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The band fronted by Gwen Stefani performed Underneath It All, Simple Kind of Love, Magic’s In the Makeup, Don’t Speak and finally I’m just a Girl.

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

Ex-husband of Idina Menzel follows Daren Criss, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael C Hall, Andrew Rannells and Neil Patrick Harris in role

Darren Criss has just settled into the title role of Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and already his successor has been found.

Producers announced Monday that Taye Diggs will takeover as the transgender punk rocker on 22 July, three days after Criss' final performance.

In addition to Criss, others to play the role during the current Broadway run in the past year have been Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell who originated the role Off-Broadway and played it on film.

May 18, 2015

Cara Delevingne, who has dated Michelle Rodriguez, appears as 'Mother Chucker' in the action-packed film

Cara Delevingne stars in Taylor Swift's new action-packed video Bad Blood.

The fashion model, who has dated Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez, appears alongside numerous other female celebrities.

Also included are lesbian icons Mariska Hargitay, known for her role on Law and Order: SVU, and Hayley Williams, of Paramore.

Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss, Cindy Crawford as well as Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld also appear in the music video.

May 17, 2015

Marchers call on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples

Organizers say an estimated 50,000 people in Santiago, the capital of the South American country nation of Chile, marched on Saturday ahead of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday.

Marching through downtown Santiago, Marcha Por La Igualdad (March for Equality) participants called on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Donnya Piggott is just 24, but has already made a huge difference to the lives of LGBTI people in Barbados.

She is constantly under the threat that her mother is going to make her homeless again, but she still has the fight and strength to carry on and help others achieve equality. It is desperately needed, as Barbados still has a law banning gay sex and homosexuality is largely considered taboo.

For International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the theme is 'youth'.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 15, 2015

Australian LGBTI workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity has announced the winners of its annual business awards and many industry leading companies and institutions are among the winners

PwC has been named Australia’s 2015 Employer of the Year for LGBTI workers – becoming only the first company to win the award twice since the founding of workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity in 2012.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organizations which were honored today at a luncheon in Sydney organized by Australia’s only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

May 14, 2015

Kentish council claims it is a tribute to a local historian

A British gay couple is taking action to rename a road named Bangays Way.

Erected last month in the village of Borough Green in Kent, the married couple who have lived in the village for seven years find it offensive and homophobic.

The cul de sac in the new residential development was named in memory of local villager Frank Bangay who died in 1999.

The couple, who did not want to be named, say the problem is adding the letter 's' to the name.