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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 1, 2014

CNN anchor relaxed and candid in wide-ranging interview

Anderson Cooper gave a candid, wide-ranging interview to radio host Howard Stern this week during which the CNN anchor revealed more personal details about his life than ever before.

Cooper talked about his days as a child model - a profession he entered at the age of 10 because he was worried about an impending financial collapse.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, he modeled for such brands as Macy's and Calvin Klein.

But that early career ended abruptly when he got propositioned by a male photographer who offered him $2,500 for sex.

March 18, 2014

'There weren't a lot of other reasons to be there'

Openly gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid a visit to Seth Meyers' new NBC late night talk show on Monday and shared with viewers why he once thought the host was gay.

It seems Cooper, a well-known gym rat, once saw the former Saturday Night Live writer and news anchor at a gym in Manhattan and jumped to conclusions.

'It was pretty much the gayest gym on the planet,' Cooper said, 'And I assumed you were gay, ’cause… there weren’t a lot of other reasons to be there.'

February 25, 2014

An Australian Senate estimates hearing has been told that LGBTI asylum seekers’ refugee applications are being processed under Papua New Guinea law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail

Asylum seekers who have been told they can never resettle in Australia and are being held in camps in neighboring Papua New Guinea are having their asylum claims processed under local law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail.

During the hearing Labor Senator Lisa Singh asked Immigration and Border Control Secretary Martin Bowles whether he was aware of LGBTI asylum seekers being held in Papua New Guinea by Australian authorities who feared for their safety due to local laws that criminalize gay sex.

February 17, 2014

Former and possibly future First Daughter credited with helping father Bill Clinton evolve on gay marriage

The only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton calls the rights of LGBT people  'the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

Former and possibly future First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday (16 February) and adapted a line from her famous mother when making a point about LGBT equality.

'My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,' she said. 'That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

February 12, 2014

Country-pop star is being slammed for being a 'gay-maker', despite all of her famous partners telling the world they are straight

Country-pop star Taylor Swift is being accused of turning her boyfriends gay.

Rob Hoffman, a US celebrity photographer reportedly friends with boyband Jonas Brothers, has slammed the singer for her choices in men.

Swift is known for her break-up anthems, such as ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. Many have said her splits from famous men inspired the songs.

December 12, 2013

Gay asylum seekers being held on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island on behalf of Australia have been told they will be reported to police for having sex  - according to an Amnesty International investigation

Amnesty Australia has handed down a damning report on the conditions in refugee detention centers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island where asylum seekers are being held on behalf of Australia.

The report details widespread mental distress among asylum seekers, poor sanitation and access to clean water, and gay refugees have been sent to Papua New Guinea despite telling authorities they are gay.

November 18, 2013

'This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public'

A day after their daughters had a public war of words over gay marriage, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife issued a statement trying to calm the situation.

The couple said they are 'pained' over the spat between Liz Cheney and and her lesbian sister Mary Cheney. Liz Cheney is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014 and opposes same-sex marriage.

November 13, 2013

For the second time in a week, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulate a US state for making gay marriage legal

Immediately after the Hawaii State Senate passed a revised same-sex marriage bill, President Barack Obama issued a statement applauding his home state.

'With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law,' Obama said in a statement.

November 2, 2013

State Senate has given approval but House vote a tougher sell

President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage has been public since last year when he confirmed it in a television interview.

Now, through a White House spokesperson, Obama is speaking out in favor of marriage equality in his home state of Hawaii.

President Barack Obama is advocating for marriage equality in Hawaii.

October 25, 2013

A record number of Russian LGBTs are seeking asylum in the United States with over 800 applications from Russian citizens during the last 12 months

Russia’s growing climate of intolerance for LGBT people appears to be responsible for a spike in applications for asylum in the United States by Russians.

837 Russians sought asylum in the US during the last 12 months compared to 722 the year before – the most since 2002.

LGBT group Immigration Equality say they have received 99 inquiries from Russian LGBT asylum seekers when they only received 63 inquiries from Russians during the previous 12 months – suggesting LGBT Russians make up a large proportion of the Russians to seek asylum in the US in 2013.

October 11, 2013

Gay rights activists and asylum experts say the conditions refugees live in are 'appalling' and could easily be 'illegal'

Gay refugees are being forced to hand over videos of themselves having sex in order to be granted asylum in the UK, MPs have said.

The Home Affairs Committee (HAC) has discovered in extreme cases of claimants who have handed over photographic and video evidence to prove their sexuality.

With some waiting up to 16 years for a decision, the housing with which they are provided was described as ‘appalling’.

October 1, 2013

Joe Jonas: 'We have a lot of gay friends and gay fans. It’s a boy band stereotype'

To promote their first new album together in four years, Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas have done an interview with Out Magazine for the first time.

A chat with a high-profile LGBT publication is not the kind of thing people worried about persistent rumors that one or more of them is gay would do.

September 9, 2013

Before he starred on Prison Break and came out as a proud gay man, the US actor struggled with his homosexuality

US actor Wentworth Miller has revealed how he tried to kill himself over his sexuality when he was 15.

Most famous for his role in television series ‘Prison Break’, Miller attended a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle, USA on 8 September when he was invited to speak to the audience.

The guests sat in silence as he recounted his experiences coming to terms with his sexuality as a young teenager.

He said: ‘Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way.

August 23, 2013

'Its very reflective of his amazing character'

Openly gay actor Matt Bomer applauded Wentworth Miller for coming out publicly this week and making a strong statement against Russia's anti-gay laws while doing so.

'Wow, I think its really bold and incredibly classy how he came out and did it,' Bomer told E! News.

August 21, 2013

Actor-screenwriter starred in US television series Prison Break

Wentworth Miller, the actor best known for starring in the US television series Prison Break, has come out publicly as a gay man.

Miller, also a successful screenwriter, was invited to be a guest of honor at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.

He turned down the invitation and cited Russia's anti-gay laws as the reason.

'As a gay man, I must decline,' he wrote after thanking the festival for the invitation.

Miller said he has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and also claims a degree of Russian ancestry.

August 7, 2013

Consulate even posts man's photo on its Facebook page and website

Francois Conradie had no idea he was going to be part of history when he paid a visit to the US Consulate General in Amsterdam last Friday (2 August) for his L2 visa interview.

He was surprised by Consul General Randy Berry, who personally presented Conradie with the printed visa placed in his passport.

August 1, 2013

Truth Wins Out: 'Adding her to NBC’s coverage won’t fly in the face of the Olympic spirit, but rather enhance it'

A petition has been launched demanding that NBC add lesbian journalist Rachel Maddow to its broadcast team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as 'human rights correspondent.'

Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism, wants Maddow on hand to deliver 'hard-hitting pieces exposing the reality of what LGBT people, political dissidents and other minorities face every day under the Putin regime.'

July 10, 2013

After seeing troops coming back from the front line with body parts missing, a performer is on a UK tour to raise money for Help For Heroes

A drag queen is a on a mission to raise money for Help for Heroes, a British charity supporting army veterans.

Wilma Fingadoo, who has been entertaining audiences for eight years, decided to do something after the murder of the soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

When the murder shocked Britain in May, the performer decided to pledge to do a free show at a venue, entertain, and ask people to raise money for the troops. It then snow-balled and has become a full charity tour.

July 8, 2013

Cher's son and transgender advocate impressed in the role of Thomas J Whitmore, the US president in musical version of the alien invasion classic Independence Day

Hail to the chief, as Cher’s trans son Chaz Bono has impressed in a rather more authoritative role.

The 44-year-old advocate and actor played the President of the United States in Thirty Minute Musicals: Independence Day, describing it as a ‘dream role’.

The character was Thomas J. Whitmore, a parody of the president played by Bill Pullman in the 1996 film alien invasion classic.

Speaking to People Magazine, Bono said he realized his real gender during an acting experience.

July 2, 2013

Gay icon also says DOMA 'should never have been a law'

Cher, suddenly everywhere again from last weekend's New York City Pride concert to NBC's The Voice, says she and transgender son Chaz Bono are finally in a good place these days.

'It was really difficult because it's hard for like 40-something years to have this little girl,' Cher told The Today Show this week. 'I screw up my pronouns so often. But Chaz cuts me some slack - I'm old.'

June 25, 2013

A huge crowd turned out for the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and wet weather to put pressure on lawmakers to pass a civil unions bill and called for marriage equality

70,000 people turned up to march in the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and occasional showers in the Chilean capital.

The Santiago Times reported a colorful mix of activists, performance artists, musicians and drag queens in the parade which set off from the Plaza Italia through Alameda past the presidential palace to the Paseo Bulnes promenade where participants gathered for an evening of music and speeches.

June 19, 2013

His life from decorated journalist to out and proud gay man is told

Anderson Cooper may have lost the title of talk show host this year but he has gained a new one: comic book hero.

The CNN newsman, whose Anderson Live show was canceled after two seasons, is the subject of the latest issue of Political Power published by Bluewater Productions and released today (19 June).

June 14, 2013

Saved by the Bell alum comes face-to-face with talk show host who crushed in him as a kid

Ross Mathews sat in for Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler this week and found himself face-to-face with Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Gosselaar, who made teen girls and gay boys swoon during his years as Zack Morris on the sitcom Saved by the Bell, now stars on the legal dramedy Franklin & Bash with Breckin Meyer who appeared with him on Chelsea.

Matthews had a crush on him then - and now.