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October 23, 2014

Go tête-à-tête with a great white shark or overcome your fear of heights zip-lining across the canopy of a forest… just a few thrills in the Rainbow Nation

What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?

If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.

For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.

October 23, 2014

Clunie: 'We are very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family'

X-Men director Bryan Singer is going to be a father.

The mother of the child is actress Michelle Clunie, his ex-girlfriend.

Clunie, who played Melanie for five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk is seven-and-a-half months pregnant and wrote on Facebook Wednesday (22 October): 'We dated. We broke up. He came out to me. We still loved each other and so made a pact we would start a family together some day. We are now 7 1/2 months pregnant and very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family.

October 23, 2014

Judge says the law does not affect the straight man who filed the suit

A Nigerian court has dimissed a challenge to the country's anti-gay law because the man who filed the suit is straight and it does not affect him.

Joseph Teriah Ebah sued the government in Abuja High Court for passing the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law last year, which he said violated the fundamental human rights of LGBTI Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

October 22, 2014

Some of these are quite hot, the others are ridiculous

As Mean Girls once said, Halloween is the one day a year when you can dress up like a total slut and no one can say anything else about it.

So if the last time you ate a piece of toast was out of excitement before the last season of Drag Race started, you might be inspired by some of the looks below.

And if you have zero interest going out this 31 October in a thong and bodypaint, have no fear, as this is a perfect excuse to have a look at some hot, (barely) dressed up men.

October 22, 2014

Ray Cole: 'I was terrified ... real, real terror'

Ray Cole is back home in Great Britain but the nightmares from being in jail in Morocco continue.

The 69-year-old retired magazine publisher was arrested last month along with boyfriend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, for being gay.

Cole was sentence to four months in prison but was released after 19 days after his family launched a high-profile campaign about his jailing and warned other tourists.

Nass, who is from Morocco, was finally released on 10 October.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 22, 2014

Anti-gay TV evangelist says it's time pastors fight against this 'monstrous thing' of being forced not to discriminate

Televangelist Pat Roberton once again went off on LGBTI activists on Wednesday (22 October) calling them terrorists, radicals and extremists.

The host of TV's The 700 Club is incensed over subpoenas sent to some religious leaders in Houston who have sued the city in an effort to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance.

Excerpts of some of Robertson's diatribe:

October 21, 2014

Gay blogger goes on video rant against Oscar winner for calling him out on posting her nude photos

A foul-mouthed Perez Hilton lashed out against Jennifer Lawrence in a video rant Monday (20 October) after she blasted him for posting a hacked nude photo of her on his site.

In a new article in Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner says of the controversial gay blogger in the article: 'He took it down because people got pissed, and that's the only reason why. And then I had to watch his apology. And what he basically said was "I just didn't think about it" … ‘I just didn't think about it’ is not an excuse. That is the exact issue itself.'

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 20, 2014

'Scandal' creator takes no prisoners when it comes to homophobia

Shonda Rhimes may know a thing or two about how to get away with murder, but she takes no prisoners when it comes to homophobia.

Arguably the most powerful showrunner in Hollywood, the Scandal creator gave the most perfect answer to a How To Get Away With Murder viewer who complained about the gay sex scenes.

'@shondarhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot,' the Twitter user said.

October 18, 2014

Thinking of becoming a parent? Interested in co-parenting? If you don’t already know someone else that also wants to start a family then an introduction website may be able to help. We talk to Seyi Joseph, the creator of FeelingBroody.com

When gay men consider starting a family, surrogacy and adoption are often presented as the only routes to explore. For lesbians, sperm donations and treatment can be obtained at licensed clinics.

However, these aren’t the only options. It’s not uncommon for a gay man to come to an arrangement with a woman to create a child – either through IVF or self-insemination techniques.

October 17, 2014

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco says she would change her style but not her body

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco has spoken candidly to Oprah about her sexuality and gender identity, six years after her first appearance on the show shot her to fame.

In 2008, a long-haired Charice was given a standing ovation for her performance of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. Now 22, she has starred in Glee and has a bestselling album as well as a radically different look - short blonde hair, tattoos and a dress shirt.

October 17, 2014

'Guys who are aroused by my situation are very aroused'

A South Florida man says he was always embarrassed by the size of his penis so he did something to 'fit his personality'.

He had it removed.

The man, who uses the name Gelding, describes himself as a 'submissive bear' and says he has great sex.

It all began when he was in high school, a bully on the football team teased him for having a 'baby face'.

October 17, 2014

Annual Spirit Day campaign had Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Billie Jean King and others in purple attire

To mark Spirit Day on Thursday (16 October), a number of celebrities wore purple and millions of other people decided to 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.

Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox took things a step further when she took part in lighting New York City's famed Empire State Building purple for the night.

October 16, 2014

The beloved gay icon was undergoing medical procedure to deal with changes to her voice

Joan Rivers died from a lack of oxygen to her brain during a medical procedure last month to deal with changes to her voice as well as problems with acid reflex.

A report released today by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner revealed that the 81-year-old entertainer sedated with Propofol during the procedure and determined what happened to be a 'therapeutic complication.'

October 16, 2014

'Partly I’m reticent because I’ve always thought and said it’s the big target'

After playing a transgender woman who is a punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it wouldn't seem there are many things that scare Neil Patrick Harris.

But the prospect of hosting the Academy Awards sure did.

October 16, 2014

Say #Pants2HIV in a new campaign raising money for a gay men's health charity

Celebs and civilians alike have taken the 'pose in your undies for HIV prevention' challenge, and you could be the next.

The GMFA, the UK-based gay men's health charity, is asking for help with its HIV prevention work as it receives no government funding. 

But if you decide to pose in your pants for a picture, then you can help them continue their work.

People like Coronation Street's Charlie Condou have been among the celebrities to have taken the challenge, called Pants2HIV.

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 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

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

Former Arkansas governor accuses party leadership of abdicating on the issue

In a week that saw marriage equality enjoy unprecedented gains in the US, former Arkansas Governor Mark Huckabee is accusing the Republican Party's leadership of throwing in the towel on the issue.

Huckabee, an unsuccessful candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, is so livid that he is threatening to become an Independent.

'I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,' Huckabee said on American Family Radio's Today's Issues show.

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

October 8, 2014

Married couple of 57 years is leading the fight for the Vatican to open its arms to the LGBTI community

Straight Catholics are fighting for gay people to be welcomed into the church.

Ron and Mavis Pirola, a couple who have been married for 57 years, is hoping Pope Francis will agree that loving all members of the family is more important than centuries-old doctrine.

They believe that welcoming gay couples into the church would serve as a 'model of evangelization'.

'Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too,' the Pirolas during a statement inside Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

October 6, 2014

TV's Dexter set to take over role of transgender punk rock singer in Broadway production

Promotional photos released Monday (6 October) show that Michael C. Hall is ready for his close-up on Broadway in the title role in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The show about a transgender punk rock singer has continued to be a hit even after the departure in August of Tony winning star Neil Patrick Harris.

Andrew Rannells has stepped into the role for the past two months at the Belasco Theatre.

Hall takes over for Rannells on 16 October and will be in the role through early January 2015.