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August 30, 2014

A transgender refugee who tried and failed to gain asylum in several countries, has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’ where her gender identity is accepted

A transgender woman has spoken about her happiness at finally being allowed to live in a country where her female identity is accepted.

Eliana Rubashkyn, 26, from Bogota, Colombia, was granted asylum in New Zealand, where her certificate of identification has her gender stated as ‘female’.

She has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’.

Rubashkyn has spoken about the ordeals suffered as a refugee seeking entry into countries such as France, Norway and Finland. She was consistently rejected because of regulations on gender reassignment surgery.

August 14, 2014

The CNN anchor confirms the incident but not a report that it left him in tears

It's well known that the late Lauren Bacall did not suffer fools.

Or, it seems, teenagers who express a political opinion different from her own - even of that teenager happened to be future CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The year was 1982 and Cooper's mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.

August 13, 2014

Israel’s Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar has announced that gay and lesbian Jews will be allowed to bring their spouses with them when they immigrate to Israel – even if their spouse is not Jewish

Jews in same-sex marriages will be allowed to bring their partners with them when they immigrate to Israel as the government extends it’s ‘right of return’ policy whereby all Jews are welcome to move to Israel to cover gays and lesbians.

‘The gates of Israel will be open to every Jew and his family without any discrimination against his lifestyle,’ Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday, according to Arutz Sheva.

July 25, 2014

'You still have the anatomical bone structure of a man'

The same week that Andreja Pejic came out publicly as a transgender model, Project Runway's Tim Gunn is admitting that he has mixed feelings about a trans woman in the runway.

July 19, 2014

In need of some star-gazing and wallaby-watching, Gareth Johnson leaves the world behind for a slower pace of life in Australia's idyllic beach town Port Douglas

In The Lego Movie, when the main character Emmet orders an over-priced coffee to start the day, it’s 'Awesome!' because everything is awesome in the world of Lego.

However as I collected my over-priced coffee at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, things around the world felt far from awesome...

July 18, 2014

Openly gay actor will gueat star as Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold

Since his series Prison Break went off the air in 2009, Wentworth Miller has rarely been seen on television screens except for in reruns.

The the now openly gay actor is returning to the TV spotlight with a guest role on The CW's newest superhero series The Flash.

Miller, 42, will first appear in the fourth episode of the show which premieres this fall, it was announced on Friday (18 July).

His role is that of Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) who considered an enemy of The Flash and is the leader of a group called The Rogues.

July 16, 2014

The stylish maternity and kids clothing company reveals its current best-selling products for pregnant mothers and younger kids

Looking for some stylish pregnancy wear or cool products for younger kids? Launched in 1993, JoJo Maman Bébé has evolved into becoming one of the UK’s foremost, niche, multi-channel in the pregnancy and baby market.

It offers adorable but practical baby and children’s clothing and a comprehensive collection of nursery products to cover the period from pregnancy to pre-school.

July 11, 2014

'I don't want to know what's connected and I hope for his sake it is'

Joan Rivers has proved once again that no topic is off-limits when it comes to promoting her latest book.

The comic, 81, appeared on HuffPost Life this week and after making jokes about Rosa Parks and Anne Frank, she made jokes about Chaz Bono, the transgender son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono.

June 10, 2014

'I realize now that it was hard for him. He had a lot of classic conflicts about all of that'

In a new documentary about his late father, actor Robert De Niro tearfully shares his regrets over not getting to know his father better as an artist and as a man.

'He died on his 71st birthday of prostate cancer. The reason I kept his (art) studio is for my kids, for them to know what their grandfather did. ... I realize now how up it is for children to appreciate the things that their parents did if they want to share them with you. Because I regret certain things with my parents that I didn't follow through on.'

June 2, 2014

British born Sydney Rabbitohs players Sam and Tom Burgess have become the latest sporting stars to back the Out on the Fields study into homophobia in the team sports arena

British born Australian National Rugby League stars Sam and Tom Burgess have announced their support for the Out on the Fields world study into homophobia in team sports and are encouraging you to get involved by taking the survey.

Fellow Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis had already backed the campaign but now Sam and Tom have produced their own video urging gay fans to take part.

‘I don’t see why there should be any discrimination about color, sexuality, your heritage or where you’re from,’ Yorkshire born Sam says in the video.

May 21, 2014

Accuses singing legend of 'pandering to the fags/dykes with much discretionary spending money'

The rabidly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church said in a bizarre press release today that it plans to protest 'that bundle of confusion going by the name of Cher' at the singer's Kansas City concert on 31 May.

The group accuses Cher of compounding her 'sins' by 'pandering to the fags/dykes (read: those with discretionary spending money).'

It also launches deeply personal attacks on people in the life of the Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winning entertainer including her mother, her ex-husbands and her children - especially her transgender son Chaz Bono.

May 21, 2014

Hollywood star is one of the very few celebs who does not agree with the boycott owned by the Sultan of Brunei who brought in a law punishing gay sex with death by stoning

Russell Crowe has opposed a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the man who introduced a law punishing gay people with death by stoning.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as others in the Dorchester Collection, has been the target of a boycott pioneered by celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Fry.

Other high-profile names include Richard Branson, Sharon Osbourne and Kim Kardashian.

The Gladiator star said he did not agree with a boycott as it hurts the staff he considers his ‘friends’.

May 13, 2014

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter meltdown over the Michael Sam kiss

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter is accusing gays of intolerance when it comes to reacting to anti-gay views.

Gingrich, 70, appeared on CNN's Crossfire this week to discuss some of the negative reaction to the nationally-televised kiss between Michael Sam and his boyfriend after Sam was drafted by the NFL.

Ex-NFL player Derrick Ward had a Twitter meltdown over the kiss and suffered tremendous backlash because of it.

April 30, 2014

The US actress revealed to openly gay TV host Andy Cohen that she has taken a dip ‘in the lady pond’

Charlie’s Angel Cameron Diaz continues to fuel rumors about her sexuality.

She most recently said on Watch What Happens Live that she’s 'been' with a woman.

Appearing on the show to promote her upcoming film The Other Woman, openly gay host Andy Cohen asked Diaz if she’s ever ‘swam in the lady pond'.

In response, the 41-year old actress said: ‘Yes, I have been with a lady, yeah.’

Cohen then asked the There’s Something About Mary star: ‘More than once?'

April 16, 2014

Actress can appreciate the beauty of another woman but that doesn't mean she wants to get involved with one

Yes, Cameron Diaz thinks some women are hot. But no, that doesn't mean she wants to sleep with them.

The actress was asked by PrideSource in an interview published today if she could see herself involved with another woman: 'That's not at all what I said. That's not what I was saying. That's what people are (saying). What I'm saying is that I can appreciate the beauty of another woman.'

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.