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September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

July 1, 2014

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

June 23, 2014

In the US last year, 21% of bisexual men reported STD treatment compared to 12% for gay men and 2.3% of straight men

Bisexual men are disproportionately affected by HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

According to study author William Jeffries, bisexual men are facing unique sexual health challenges.

Factors that may affect the sexual health include sex without condoms, forced sexual encounters, an increased number of sexual partners and attitudes toward pregnancy.

March 26, 2014

Kristian Nairn: 'You have to have small eyebrows. You have to look pretty. And that’s never been me'

Kristian Nairn, one of the stars of HBO's Games of Thrones, publicly came out as gay earlier this month.

Now the actor who plays Hodor on the series is based on George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels wants you to know what kind of gay man he is not.

November 6, 2013

Gay Star News readers were asked what the most common or ridiculous questions lesbians get asked, and the results are a must-see

Last night I went out near Soho in London with some gay friends, and sat down in a straight club.

A young guy came up to us and sat down next to me, and out of all the questions in the world started asking us about our sexuality.

‘You’re gay?’ asked the man as I nodded, said yes, while stuffing a chocolate egg into my mouth (I am wild on a night out).

He replied, looking alarmed: 'But you’re eating chocolate!? You cannot be gay.’

October 20, 2013

Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure features a stereotypical gay Superman who minces on stage topless

A new show at Universal Studios Hollywood has come under fire for its homophobic portrayal of gay people.

Bill And Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, part of Universal Studio's annual Halloween Horror Nights, features the protagonists from the popular 1989 comedy having an adventure in Oz. The pair meet Superman, who is turned gay by 'fairy dust' sprinkled from a witch.

Upon turning gay, Superman quickly becomes a stereotypical caricature of gay men - taking off his top, speaking with an effeminate lisp, and mincing around on stage.

November 6, 2012

Gay designers enjoy dressing women as they're creating the female version of themselves

It's true that modern fashion was, technically, started by women. In the early 20th century, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel shocked Parisian high society with her forward thinking designs and alteration of the traditional silhouette favoured by the bourgeois.

Many women followed suit, such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet, completely changing the face of fashion.

It took gay men a while to identify with this new industry, even longer for society to accept the fact that, men too, could be creative and understand women's clothing.

August 9, 2012

Study finds that media coverage of scientific reports on animal same-sex behavior paints gays and lesbians in negative light

A study claims that media coverage of research on same-sex animal behavior promotes negative stereotypes of gays and lesbians.

Dr Andrew Barron from Australia's Macquarie University and Dr Mark Brown from Royal Holloway University of London found that scientific reports on gay behavior in animals were exploited by the media for 'titillation and humor' or  suggest that homosexuality can be cured.