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September 12, 2014

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera have been together for more than 27 years

The state of Indiana will recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple - one of whom has advanced ovarian cancer.

US District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen approved an agreement this week (11 September) as the state appeals a ruling that struck down its marriage ban.

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera, a couple for more than 27 years with two children, were legally married in Illinois earlier this year. They filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to have the union recognized in the state in which they live.

September 11, 2014

TV evangelist, 84, also decries 'girl-on-girls' action in movies

TV evangelist Pat Robertson, who has made a series of anti-gay statements in recent years, continues to get calls for advice from parents of gay children.

Robertson, 84, heard from one of those parents on Thursday on his weekday show The 700 Club.

The woman asked how she should handle the fact that her 21-year-old daughter is in a lesbian relationship.

September 10, 2014

The woman was told recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary

A Taiwanese fertility clinic refused eggs from a lesbian donor because recipients fear homosexuality is hereditary.

The 22-year-old woman surnamed Chang told the Apple Daily that her donation was immediately refused when the Stork Ladies Clinic in the northern city of Hsinchu found out she was a lesbian.

Chang registered as a donor online a month ago and was invited to have a physical examination at the clinic. A nurse then gave her a questionnaire to fill in. One of the questions was, 'Have you had any homosexual contact in the last eight years?’

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 8, 2014

After dating only women for 365 days, Brooke Hemphill suggests people should have more same-sex experiences in order to have an educated dialogue on sexuality

In 2010, Brooke Hemphill kissed a girl, and she liked it.

The Sydney-based dating columnist and sex author has released a book titled Lesbian For a Year, in which the 35-year-old shares her experiences during her year of ‘sexual exploration’ with women.

September 8, 2014

The biggest gay ski week in the Southern Hemisphere closes with a bang, but the fun doesn't stop there in New Zealand

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

September 2, 2014

The two students could face up to three months in jail and six cane strokes after a sex toy was found in their room

A lesbian couple was arrested by religious officers yesterday during a raid of a budget hotel in Malaysia.

Nine officers from the Johor Islamic Religious Department raided their room in Johor Bahru at around 12.45am, the Sinar Harian newspaper reported.

One of the women answered the door while the other was naked in the bathroom. 

The women, both students aged 20 and 21, were not initially suspected of breaching 'close proximity' laws but officers became wary when the women remained silent as they searched the room.

August 31, 2014

A lesbian kissing scene has been cut from the first episode of popular British TV series Doctor Who’s Asian broadcasts last weekend

Thousands of Doctor Who fans in Asia missed out on the kiss between green-skinned lesbian lizard-woman Madame Vastra and her human wife in the first episode of the new eighth season of British science fiction series Doctor Who when it premiered in Asia last weekend.

August 29, 2014

TV watchdog believes complaints made over the British science fiction series does not 'warrant investigation'

Ofcom will be taking no further action over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

In last Saturday's episode (23 August), the first in the new run of the British science fiction series, two openly gay characters kissed for the first time.

The lip lock, between green-skinned lesbian lizard Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny, was explained as a necessary - and passionate - form of CPR.

But others were less convinced, with half a dozen angry viewers writing to the TV regulator Ofcom to denounce the kiss as 'inappropriate' before 9pm.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 25, 2014

Two lesbians in southern Cameroon have been freed after 9 months in prison awaiting trial

Two lesbians have been freed from jail in Cameroon after spending 9 months in prison awaiting trial and then potentially facing two years in prison.

‘Liliane’ and ‘Nicole’ were arrested in the agricultural center of Ebolowa, capital of Cameroon’s South Region, in November of 2013 on charges of sexual behavior involving another woman.

Liliane and Nicole potentially faced jail terms of up to five years, and were handed a sentence of two years in jail on 21 August.

August 24, 2014

Kerry Byrnes was set upon by two thugs while she was walking home alone at night, and the attack has left her scared to leave her home

A UK lesbian posted horrific photos online of injuries she received from anti-gay attackers who targeted her as she walked home.

Kerry Byrnes was left unconscious for over 15 minutes when the incident happened on 17 August in Oakland, Leicestershire, UK where she lives.

The 23-year-old, who works in a Tesco supermarket, claims the two men recognized her from her job and targeted her as she walked home in the early hours of the morning.

The men, believed to be in their 20s, hurled anti-gay slurs at her before attacking her from behind.

August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media:

August 19, 2014

Women in long-term sexual relationships with other women reportedly have orgasms with more variety than straight or bisexual women

Lesbians have better sex than anyone, according to new research.

Women in lesbian relationships are more likely to reach orgasm during sex than straight or even bisexual women.

While men still experience more orgasms in bed, women of all sexualities have more variety and were generally more satisfied.

The study has found men reach orgasm an average 85% of the time when they have sex with a familiar partner, compared to 63% on average for straight women.

That figure rose to 75% for lesbians but dropped to 58% for bisexual women.

August 17, 2014

Among her competition for the prize was co-stars Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne

Uzo Aduba's portrayal of lesbian prisoner Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on Orange is the New Black not only made an impression with viewers, it also vowed Emmy voters.

On Saturday (16 August), Aduza was announced as the winner of Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Emmy.

Among her competitors were OITNB co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Laverne Cox. Other nominees in the category were Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy for their work hosting Saturday Night Live and Joan Cusack for her work on Shameless.

August 17, 2014

'Here's the thing: I look like a woman who doesn't sleep with men because I am a lesbian… And if you're a lesbian, you're not bummed about it.' Watch Cameron Esposito's hilarious response to a heckler who observed that she looks like a lesbian

'You look like a woman who doesn't sleep with men! He yelled that at me like as if I don't know... He yelled that at me like it was going to be a surprise, and an insult.'

Lesbian comedian Cameron Esposito shared a story of how a man sitting in the front row at one of her recent shows had decided to inform her of his observation about her appearance.

'I have a side mullet! I look like most of Portland's men!' she screams.

August 15, 2014

Gay Christian rock star says she wants to come out to help young people in the church who could be affected by extremist homophobic pastors

US pastor Scott Lively, who believes gay people can be ‘cured’, came to blows with lesbian Christian rock star Vicky Beeching yesterday (14 August).

He told her she had ‘given into a lie’ into believing there is any such thing as a ‘gay person’.

Beeching, a British theologian and musician who made her name in the US Bible Belt and came out this week, said she wants to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.

But Lively has called on Beeching to not succumb to the ‘temptations of the flesh’ and repent her ‘sins’.

August 8, 2014

The young stars play sisters fighting to survive in Into the Forest

With more and more Hollywood stars coming out publicly, it is inevitable that some of them would end up working together on a project.

That has happened with Oscar-nominee Ellen Page, who came out as a lesbian on Valentine's Day, and bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood.

The two stars are playing sisters in the new film Into the Forest which is based in the novel by Jean Hedland.

Their characters live in a remote ancient forest and they fight for survival as they discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse.

August 5, 2014

Are employers discriminating against those who say they belong to gay groups on their resumes?

If you are open about your sexuality or gender identity from the start, you could be denied a job that is rightfully yours.

According to a new study, people who are proud of supporting LGBT causes and state this on their resume are less likely to get a job.

Researchers sent out four fake job applications, two for each sex, to six different job sites in Cyprus.

The vacancies covered a range of work environments – offices, industry, cafes, restaurants and shops – and a total of 9,062 applications were sent out.

August 5, 2014

Comic portrays the ex-lover of Annaleigh Ashford's character who has become a series regular

Best known as a stand-up comic and for her comedy roles in movies and on television, Sarah Silverman will appear in two episodes of the Showtime drama Masters of Sex which has just begun its second season.

Silverman will first be seen in episode five as Helen, the secret ex-lover of a former prostitute named Betty (Annaleigh Ashford) who is now married to a man.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

July 24, 2014

Magazine applauded for offering an article to women a little bit different than 'Carrie Bradshaw wannabes'

Cosmopolitan is offering sex advice to lesbians.

For the popular magazine, which has long targeted straight women who want to ‘look sexy’ and get tips to make men go ‘wild’, this is a first.

And considering they sometimes offer advice for straight and bi women that could put some men in the hospital, the tips don’t look toobad.

There are a few amusing ones, such as ‘The Espresso’.

July 23, 2014

Emily Rios: 'This is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family'

It was already public knowledge that the character Emily Rios plays on the FX drama The Bridge is a lesbian.

But it was not until this week that the 25-year-old actress has acknowledged that she is also a lesbian off screen.

Rios plays a young reporter in the series that follows two police detectives - one Mexican, one American - who have joined together to investigate a serial killer menacing both the US and Mexico along the Texas-Chihuahua border.