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August 21, 2014

' I love her, I love her sort of diva-ness – it comes out'

Transgender actress Alexis Arquette got a lot of attention this week for claiming that before 'presenting' herself as female, she once had sex with Jared Leto.

August 8, 2014

The famous pair, friends for 41 years, have raised more than $12 million for AIDS charities

Elton John and Billie Jean King met in 1973 and the peak of their rock star and tennis playing fame.

She sang back-up at several of his concerts and he wrote the 1975 hit Philadelphia Freedom about her.

To say they have kept in touch would be an understatement.

The famous pair announced this week that they are once again teaming up for a World TeamTennis Smash Hits event to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It will take place on 7 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

August 5, 2014

'I was assigned male at birth but I always felt like I was a girl'

First she took on Katie Couric and now Gayle King.

Actress Laverne Cox, nominated for an Emmy for her role on Orange is the New Black, once again found herself in the position of educating a TV host about how to interview transgender people.

Cox recently appeared on CBS This Morning where co-host Gayle King - also known as Oprah Winfrey's BFF - was stopped cold when she began the conversation this way: 'Let's let people know about you, Laverne, because you were born a boy but ... '

July 24, 2014

'I don't think it's a past-tense kind of thing. It doesn't prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn't really work like that'

Anna Paquin, currently starring in the seventh and final season of HBO's True Blood, says her marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer doesn't mean she's no longer bisexual.

Paquin was discussing her marriage this week on Larry King Now and was asked by the host: 'Are you a non-practicing bisexual?'

Paquin replied: 'Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.'

King: 'So you were bisexual?'

July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

July 11, 2014

'...When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is prepared to begin a boycott if Burger King sells its 'gay burger' nationwide.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for a week.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issue analysis for the anti-gay American Family Association denounced the product.

June 25, 2014

Newly-enthroned monarchs preside over official reception that included, for the first time, LGBTI leaders

Saying their work 'deserves to be better known and acknowledged,' Spain's new king and queen made history on Tuesday (24 June) when they hosted LGBTI leaders at an official palace reception.

In all, King Felipe and Queen Letizia invited 350 organizations and charities involved with social causes to royal El Pardo palace. Among them were Boti Garcia, president of Spain's State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, and José María Núñez-Blanco, president of the Triangle Foundation.

June 10, 2014

Says gays have to 'demand' respect in locker rooms: 'I think you have to just demand equality in general'

Retired NBA player Rick Fox considers Jason Collins and Michael Fox, the first openly gay players in the NBA and NFL, respectively, to be 'brave men.'

Fox, 44, is a television commentator and actor who played on three NBA championship teams and was once married to actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

'... The acceptance of (gay players) will grow with time,' Fox said this week on Larry King Now.

June 8, 2014

'The Robertson family’s passion for the Word is infectious and the impact of their ministry is amazing'

The patriarch of a reality show will soon have his own Bible.

June 3, 2014

The martyrs were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity

Today is an important celebration in Uganda – the day Christians remember the Uganda Martyrs. And people from around the world are flocking to the shrine in Namugongo.

The town in southern Uganda is where thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death on 3 June 1886 for their refusal to renounce Christianity.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News brings Denmark to London for a night of games, music and Vikings until two lucky winners get scooped off to see the Eurovision Song Contest finale live

Front-row seats to the Eurovision Song Contest finale are as easy as coming to Heaven nightclub in London this Friday.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y to offer a lucky pair a VIP weekend in Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winners will fly straight out after their night out.

Before sending you jet setting off to a weekend of pampering, parties and paparazzi, Gay Star News brings the best of Denmark to Charing Cross Heaven nightclub to get everyone in the winning mood.

May 7, 2014

Darrell Trigg believes God wants him to rule the US, and to drive LGBTI Americans back underground

Darrell Trigg, author of Developing a More Effective Prayer Life: A Practical Approach, has declared his intentions to run for President of the United States of America.

He will run as an independent, but in the future will create the Christian Political Party. If you haven’t heard of him or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President.

April 29, 2014

Stephen Fry is nominated for Best Actor for his work as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Rosie O'Donnell is getting a special award for her humanitarian work

Several nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards were announced today (19 April).

Among those tipped for awards at the biggest night on Broadway, gay British actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry is nominated for his role as Malvolio in the revival of Twelfth Night.

Frozen star Idina Menzel is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her work in If/Then.

April 18, 2014

Jon Jones called an Instagram user a ‘fag boy’ and said ‘homosexuality is a sin’, before a representative claimed a hacker had stolen his phone

A US heavyweight champion fighter, who insulted a man on Instagram with comments like ‘fag shit’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, has blamed a hacker who stole his phone for the outburst.

Jon Jones, the youngest Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the history of the sport, is in hot water after his tirade on the social media site earlier this week (15 April).

Swedish man Danii Javid was the recipient of the homophobic slurs.

April 10, 2014

Says gay dad of William and Kate: 'We chatted about our experiences as first-time parents ... They are both very lovely and loving parents.'

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William and Kate, took their son on a playdate in New Zealand on Wednesday (9 April) that included the daughter of a gay couple.

Jared Mullen and Ryan Tunstall brought their daughter, Isabella, to play with Prince George.

April 8, 2014

Son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will meet with nine other families during their visit to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George will have a playdate with a gay couple’s daughter.

Royal visitors Prince William and wife Kate are in New Zealand with their eight-month old son.

Tomorrow (9 April), they will meet with 10 families with babies who were all born around the same time as the future king.

Among the group chosen to meet the royals are gay dads Jared and Ryan Mullen and their daughter Isabella.

March 28, 2014

Veteran broadcaster also a staunch ally for LGBTI equality: 'What the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war'

At 80, US talk show host Larry King sides with the younger generation of Americans who generally support equality for LGBTI people.

'Gay is a civil rights issue,' King tells The Rubin Report. 'And what the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war.'

King is confident that the US will one day be led by a chief executive with a same-sex partner in The White House.

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

March 4, 2014

'Basically, it's OK to hate now and you can get away with it'

Reflecting in her whirlwind trip to the Olympics in Sochi last month, sports icon Billie Jean King left inspired by the athletes but worried about the gay people who live in Russia.

King, 70, spent three days in Russia and attended the closing ceremonies as part of the official US delegation to the games.

While there, she met with a Russian teen who is gay and is getting bullied in an atmosphere where an anti-gay propaganda law has led to an increase in violence.

February 28, 2014

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him

Pope Francis will be flying to Uganda in order to praise Uganda martyrs who rejected gay sex from the country's former king.

The head of the Catholic Church will visit Uganda in October, which has recently enacted one of the worst anti-gay laws in the world.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has confirmed the Pope has accepted the invitation to attend the celebrations to mark 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.

The Vatican is yet to confirm the visit.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.

February 23, 2014

'In the [bid] process it would be helpful. I would like to see it but I also understand it's not that easy'

On the last day of the Sochi Winter Games, tennis legend Billie Jean King hopes the International Olympic Committee changes its charter to specifically declare anti-gay discrimination is prohibited.

'Hopefully [IOC president] Mr [Thomas] Bach and the IOC will think about the next time they give a bid out - I hope that they'll look at discrimination as a big part of it,' she said to the BBC.

'But no country is perfect. America certainly isn't,' King continued. 

February 23, 2014

700-year-old laws to be amended as Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month

As England and Wales prepare for the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act to come into effect on 29 March, civil servants have identified a list of statutes and regulations dating as far back as 1285 to be amended.

February 20, 2014

Men dressing as women and ‘gay marriages’ which were prized by the tribes are all part of Africa’s rich LGBTI past

Homosexuality has never been alien to Africa. It was here long before the white men went there and even before colonialism took place.

Research by renowned historians, gays organizations and a report just released by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) prove it is not true homosexuality was imported from the western countries because it already existed there long before the scramble and partition of Africa.