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May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 18, 2015

'But in 2015, the point should be: Who cares?'

Cate Blanchett has denied having a lesbian past and said she has never had sex with a woman.

Last week, the Australian actress was quoted as saying she had had 'many' relationships with women in an interview with Variety magazine. 

Blanchett plays a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl in her new film Carol, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (16 May) night.

At a news conference the next day, Blanchett was quick to refute any lesbian rumors.

May 16, 2015

Nororiously private about her own sexuality, Latifah laments intolerance

Queen Latifah has made clear that she will not dicuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie premiering Saturday (16 May) has her talking about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

'People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

May 14, 2015

While men like teens and MILFs, women like to watch two members of the same sex

Women around the world love to watch gay sex, even more than men.

Pornhub, the world's largest pornography site, has revealed data about what kind of adult content its 44 million visitors a day are watching.

They say its female users are the most interested in lesbian porn, with gay male sex a close second.

Claiming their female viewership averages out at around 21%, Pornhub has found that women are 900% more likely to search for 'eating pussy' than men.

May 13, 2015

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs'

At 55, Allison Janney has never been married.

But the six-time Emmy winner doesn't rule out getting hitched one day - possibly to a gay man.

'I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,' she tells The Advocate in an interview posted Wednesday (13 May).

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs. Maybe I’d get on Tinder?'

May 13, 2015

'I read a lot of girl-on-girl books'

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has revealed she has had 'many' lesbian relationships in the past.

The two-time Oscar winner, who has been married theater director Andrew Upton for 15 years, plays a bisexual woman in her upcoming film Carol.

During an interview with Variety magazine, Blanchett, 45, was asked whether it was her 'first turn as a lesbian.'

'On film – or in real life?' she asked coyly.

May 13, 2015

Co-convicted twin brother claims 'faggot' means 'happy'

A lesbian and her twin brother Friday (8 May) were convicted of aggravated assault while armed for a 2013 attack that left a gay man with facial bone fractures and a broken wrist.

Christina Lucas, 21, who did not testify at trial, told police that she was a lesbian and therefore could not be accused of an anti-gay hate crime.

Christina, her brother Christopher Lucas and a group of men approached the unnamed victim about 12.30 am on 19 October 2013 after he left a party in Washington DC with two female friends.

May 4, 2015

Says being gay is 'not a big deal'

Actress Swastika Mukherjee has said she is certain that Indian audiences will be able to accept her lesbian role in new Bengali romantic comedy Family Album.

Mukherjee plays Maitreyee, an advertising agent under pressure to marry from her middle-class family. But Maitreyee has no interest in dating until she meets bohemian photographer Atrika, played by Paoli Dam.

'My character has a special person in her life. Every human being can have a special person in her life. In my case she is a woman. That is not a big deal,' she told the Press Trust of India.

May 4, 2015

'It violates our religious and cultural beliefs'

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday (3 May) the government will not legalize gay sex, which is punishable by up to 12 years in jail in the African country.

'We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and believes,' he said during a church service in Nairobi.

We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.' 

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 28, 2015

'There's always been gay people in the black community'

Queen Latifah has said there's always been gay people in the black community, but stopped short putting herself in that category.

The 45-year-old actress, whose sexuality has long been subject to speculation, has never commented on her orientation.

'People's ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' she told Uptown magazine.

April 28, 2015

'I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles. The whole point of being an actor is to transform'

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon thinks people need to 'lighten up' if they aren't cool with straights playing gay roles and vice versa.

'I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles,' the actress tells PrideSource in an interview posted Tuesday (28 April).

'The whole point of being an actor is to transform. If people don't understand that we need to be malleable in our sexuality, then I think they need to lighten up.'

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 15, 2015

UK fashion brand Matalan are celebrating families in all genders, colors and sizes with a new ad campaign

A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign showcasing the modern family in Britain.

The campaign, created by fashion brand Matalan, celebrates the shift from the 'traditional' family of a husband, wife, and 2.4 children, to the wonderfully diverse combinations in modern arrangements today - often including step-parents, in-laws, partners, and pets.

April 9, 2015

You won't be able to get this out of your head

This is Kylie Minogue like you have never seen before.

Transformed into Marlene Dietrich, she looks severe, stern and incredibly sexy.

It was for Sorbet magazine for their spring issue. The publication features the angelic gay icon turned into something that we cannot get out of our heads.

Dietrich, herself, was bisexual or lesbian.

The German-American Silver Screen actress of the 1930s, who is credited with making long pants acceptable for women to wear, was outed in 1955.

April 6, 2015

'It's important to bring your music to the people that love you'

Don't expect Boy George to refuse to perform in Indiana because of that state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

'I always feel like it's important to bring your music to the people that love you,' he tells Larry King in an interview to air this week.

''So if you're depriving little gay boys and girls of Indiana of your music then that's probably not a good thing to do.'

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 4, 2015

Former View co-host: If finances were tough, 'we might have a potluck, we have bring your own chili'

Rosie O'Donnell, whose observations regularly made news during her recent stint on The View, was back in the spotlight this week weighing in on the news.

In a town hall-style conversation with gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile this week, O'Donnell pointed out the irony of an Indiana pizzeria becoming the epicenter of that state's 'religious freedom' law debate.

'Gays were going to cater their wedding with pizza? Not even lesbians would do that,' O'Donnell said.

April 2, 2015

A new study from Australia had identified big differences in the average earning power of gay men and lesbians when compared to their straight counterparts

A new study from Australia has concluded that lesbians earn – on average – 33% more than heterosexual women – but that gay men face negative discrimination from employers when it comes to their pay.

Although, at first, such statistics may be surprising, the study mirrors similar research published in December that concluded that lesbians earn 20% more than their heterosexual counterparts

April 1, 2015

Pussies galore!

A new lesbian dating app has released a new version, and it turns out to be just pictures of cats. 

For April Fools' Day HER joked they were rebranding as HER CAT, an app for lesbians and cats.

On the social and dating app, which you can download on the iPhone App store, every user's photo is of their cat.

For those who are without a whiskered friend, don't worry, as your photo will be replaced with someone else's cat (this is potentially false feline advertising, so just let them know.)

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 30, 2015

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend

India’s Central Board of Film Certification has banned a lesbian film which it claims would ‘ignite unnatural passions’ in viewers.

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend and contains nudity and lesbian sex scenes, which irked the board.

A parallel storyline revolves a terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim.

March 30, 2015

Prepare to be moved by this child’s insightful poem: ‘Love has no labels, No matter who you are. Love has no race or gender, Love has no limits.’

Millions of people from around the world watched the Love Has No Labels video that went online earlier this month, sharing its uplifting story of diversity and inclusion on social media.

But a UK primary school pupil was so moved by the campaign, featuring kissing skeleton couples of all ages, races, sexualities and genders, that he went one step further - and wrote a powerful poem to explain his emotions.

March 24, 2015

Canadian activist Bill Whatcott says he’s been forced to flee to the Philippines after handing out half a million pamphlets over a decade that state that homosexual activists are trying to recruit children through the school system

A Canadian Christian who was fired from his job as a nurse over his anti-abortion activism and was sued after he claimed that homosexual activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system has left the country – saying there is no longer room for people like him in Canada.

‘My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future,’ Bill Whatcott announced earlier this month.

‘Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.’