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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.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

July 14, 2014

Christian Minard is one semester from completing her sports management degree at Southwestern Christian University

Christian Minard has been expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for marrying her girlfriend.

Minard, 22, is just one semester away from completing her sports management degree and her marriage to Kadyn Parks in March is in violation of the school's admission requirement agreement that prohibits 'homosexual behavior.'

July 13, 2014

The music video and accompany documentary aims to raise awareness in the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge which is focused on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls

The Orange is the New Black star, who recently became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, can be seen in John Legend's new 'You and I (Nobody In the World)' clip.

July 11, 2014

Newly uncovered recordings from the presidency of Republican Richard Nixon have revealed he believed people were born gay and lesbian though he thought they could bring down civilizations if they were allowed to promote their ‘lifestyles’

White House audio recordings recently uncovered by writers at Vanity Fair magazine have revealed that US President Richard Nixon considered himself to be the most tolerant person towards gays and lesbians in his administration and that he thought gay people were born that way.

July 7, 2014

Kenya criminalizes homosexual sex and bans adoption by gays and lesbians. But one leading LGBTI activist is a proud dad of three

Many gay and lesbian Kenyans – some single, others married to someone of the opposite sex – have asked me how they can become parents.

This is made even more complicated by the fact there is societal hate for homosexuality as well as the notion homosexuals cannot make fit parents. And our legal system bans homosexuals from adopting children.

July 6, 2014

In a new poll, statistics showed the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women

The average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women, a new poll has revealed.

Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the LGBTI community.

The information was gathered by independent polling agency YouGov in a survey aiming to find a reasonable number for how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK. 

July 4, 2014

Author claims the reason why many LGB people believe homosexuality and bisexuality is not a choice is because they have 'internalised doctrine'

British lesbian writer and campaigner Julie Bindel has defended her assertion that being gay is a choice.

The 52-year-old journalist believes she made a ‘conscious and happy choice to be a lesbian’ more than 30 years ago because she had ‘better taste than other young women’.

She claims in an Independent interview when she ‘fell in’ with the feminist crowd, she became more open to lesbian experiences.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

June 26, 2014

Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has backed plans for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Chile, saying God loves gays and lesbians and is proud of who they are

Chilean Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has announced his support for same-sex marriage in his homeland following his return from four years of missionary work in Burundi and the Congo.

Father Berrios made the comments in an interview with Emol.com following his return to Chile in which he expressed support for plans by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions during her second term in the country’s top job.