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April 18, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 18, 2014

Popular TV personality B Scott lost the $2.5 million lawsuit against TV network that forced him to remove his make-up and heels, but plans to appeal the case.

Popular transgender TV host, style expert and blogger B Scott has reportedly lost his discrimination lawsuit against the US Black Entertainment Television (BET) network.

Gay Star News reported in August 2013 that Scott attempted to sue the network for $2.5 million for discrimination based on gender and sexual identity when he was forced to change his feminine appearance for a more masculine one for a television appearance.

April 17, 2014

A group of international fashion icons and celebrities are protesting the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia by donning Pussy Riot style balaclavas in a new campaign in support of Amnesty International

Celebrities including Lily Allen, Kate Moss, Colton Haynes and Courtney Love have joined forces with a group of models and fashion designers in a new campaign in solidarity with Amnesty International and its campaign to protect LGBTI people in Russia.

The Proud To Protest project was the brainchild of English fashion designer Gareth Pugh and SHOWstudio photographer Nick Knight.

The first of the two videos was launched on 14 February to mark the start of London Fashion Week and the Sochi Winter Olympics and a second was released on 21 March.

April 17, 2014

If your idea of heaven is hundreds of gay and bisexual men meeting in the Welsh countryside for a weekend of adventurous activities, sign up for the biggest gay camping event around

450 men will descend upon a Welsh town this end May bank holiday for Big Spring Camp.

Organized by OutdoorLads, the most social group for gay and bi men who like to get out more, Big Spring Camp brings men from all over the UK and beyond for a weekend of action in the great outdoors.

This year’s Big Spring Camp will be held in Llanrwst, pronounced Thlanroost for non-Welsh speakers, from 23 to 26 May.

All are welcome, even novice OutdoorLads who don’t already own the necessary camping equipment.

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

April 16, 2014

Reality TV star makes one British man vomit into the nearest toilet

Most gay men shudder at the idea of being with a woman, but one British guy is terrified at even seeing one of them on television.

Mike Amess says he has a phobia of Kim Kardashian.

The 24-year-old from Exeter says he comes out in a cold sweat whenever he sees or hears any member of the famous family, keeping away from the Kardashians as best as he can.

Sometimes, if he sees the reality star, he even vomits.

April 15, 2014

Former Olympian and Victor Voronov have been in bitter fight over belongings

Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov have apparently called off what was shaping up to be a very ugly divorce.

Or have they?

The couple, married in December 2011, were reported to have reconciled and drawn up a lengthy list 'post-nup' agreement that includes such things as STD tests every six months and a no sexting rule, according to TMZ.

April 15, 2014

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono opens up on RuPaul's Drag Race in appearance with his maternal grandmother

Transgender activist and actor Chaz Bono dropped by RuPaul's Drag Race to help contestants learn to conduct a celebrity interview and in the process, opened up a bit about himself.

'You know, there was a number of years where I knew I was transgender but was afraid to do anything about it,' Bono told one of the contestants.

But once Bono, 45, did decide to transition, he shared his story by writing a book called Becoming Chaz and being the focus of a documentary of the same name.

April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 15, 2014

Anti-gay spokesman believes the 'left' is using religion to further causes, such as climate change and homosexuality

A US pundit is angry over the new film Noah did not blame the flood on gay people.

Don Feder, a spokesman for the World Congress of Families, spoke out against the new movie starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

The pundit claims the ‘left’ is trying to use cinema in order to advance its pet causes – in this case climate change.

April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

April 10, 2014

Roland Emmerich, a gay filmmaker best known for movies like Independence Day, considers the film to be a passion project

War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will be starring in Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old English actor will play a homeless gay teen who gets caught up in the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, Deadline reports.

It will be written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

April 10, 2014

The prison guard turned songstress will headline this year’s red carpet, celebrity-studded fundraiser for LGBTI and HIV charities in Manchester

If you’ve not heard 2013’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey sing live, now is your chance.

On 11 April, under the wings of the world’s fastest plane the Concorde Jet, Bailey will be wowing a VIP crowd at Manchester Pride’s Supersonic fundraiser.

The red-carpet gathering will include a sparkling drinks reception, a VIP tour of the Concorde airline, celebrity guests and a four-course dinner with complimentary wine, all to help raise funds for local LGBTI and HIV charities.

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 8, 2014

'They have been throughout my career. And I really appreciate that because they really are loyal to the artists that they love'

Olivia Newton-John kicks off her Summer Nights show at the Flamingo Las Vegas today.

It's one of those concert residency engagements that such fellow pop legends as Cher, Celine Dion, Elton John, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler have done in the past at other venues.

The Aussie singer whose hits include Physical, Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow and I Honestly Love You expects to see plenty of her gay fans in the audience throughout her Vegas run.

April 8, 2014

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): 'In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.'

April 8, 2014

Jacuzzis on balconies overlooking ancient volcanoes and dinner tables on the shores of crystal blue waters, these hotels on the Greek island of Santorini must be seen to be believed

The views of Santorini's caldera are so perfect, you’ll feel like you’re walking around in Photoshop.

The island, ‘Thira’ in Greek, was home to an ancient culture, lost when the island was blown apart by a colossal volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. This makes Santorini one of the top candidates for the mystical Atlantis.

The main towns of Santorini cling to the edge of the cliff-face, overlooking the caldera far below.

April 8, 2014

The clothing designer and movie director tied the knot with Buckley after 27 years together

Tom Ford didn't send out any big announcements to let the world know that he had gotten married.

He just casually mentioned during an appearance at an Apple Store in London that he and his longtime partner, Richard Buckley, are now wed.

'We are now married, which is nice,' Ford said according to The Telegraph.

'I know that was just made legal in the UK, which is great, but we were married in the States.'

April 7, 2014

Stephen Fry's documentary Out There, that saw him look at the world in LGBTI rights, was not nominated for the British television awards

Gay Irish comic and presenter Graham Norton leads the BAFTA nominations, it was revealed today (7 April).

The funny man who will also be hosting the ceremony on 18 May, his seventh time presenting the British television awards.

Norton is nominated for Entertainment Performance, while BBC1 chat show is in the running for Comedy Entertainment Programme this year. Last year, Norton took home the first award.

Gay illusionist Derren Brown is nominated for his show Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery.

April 7, 2014

Says kiss with Evan Handler on TV's Californication 'would make A Place in the Sun’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift proud'

Rob Lowe has kissed many attractive leading ladies during his more than three decade career in movies and television.

Now he's started kissing men.

The same-sex smooching was a part of his role in the Showtime comedy Californication and he writes about the experience in his newly-released memoir Love Life.

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

April 4, 2014

Ruling in case involving birth certificates of children will recognize same-sex marriages from other states

A federal judge in Ohio has announced that he plans to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black made a statement giving notice that he will issue his ruling on 14 April - the advance notice is to give the state time to be ready with an appeal.

The ruling comes in a case that has four married same-sex couples seeking an order that would require the State to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their children.

April 4, 2014

'Let's let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it'

With the enormous success of the Netflix series House of Cards, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has never been a bigger star.

But he remains one of the most private when it comes to his life off-screen.

In a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, it is reported that Spacey so fiercely guards his private life that 'his affable demeanor shuts off the moment he is asked about it.'