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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.’

March 24, 2015

Mother and girlfriend are mourning the loss of their loved one

A woman was killed in Swaziland with an axe just for being gay.

Kaylo Glover, a young lesbian from the southern town of Nhlangano, was in a bar with friends on 15 March.

A man, furious to be in the presence of lesbians, left the bar and fetched an axe from his car.

He then plunged the axe into her back. As her friends rushed her to hospital, they heard men shout 'let's finish off these dogs'.

On the way there, Glover bled to death.

She was just 26.

March 20, 2015

Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely to get skin cancer as their heterosexual counterparts and the experts are laying the blame on sun beds

A new study of gay and bisexual men in the United States has found that they get skin cancer at twice the rate of heterosexual men but lesbians and bisexual women do not have the same problem.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at data from government health surveys conducted in California between 2001 and 2009 which found elevated rates of skin cancers among gay and bisexual men but not gay and bisexual women.

March 19, 2015

Originally from Argentina, the actor/model now calls West Hollywood his home

Actor and model Pablo Hernandez is best known as one of the faces of the Andrew Christian underwear campaigns.

Born in Argentina and with a family heritage that traces back to Spain and Lebanon, Hernandez is now a firm fixture of West Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Hernandez loves the camera, and clearly enjoys sharing his travels and adventures through the Vines that he posts to his social media channels.

We recently caught up with this frequent flyer to share some travel stories.

March 12, 2015

Brazil Ecojourneys to launch girls-only sports week: details here

Brazil Ecojourneys, a lesbian-owned tour operator, will put on South America's first 'Lesbian Surf Camp' later this year.

The girls-only sporting event will take place in and around Florianopolis across five days between 9-16 May.

March 8, 2015

The incident comes a day after a group of 'suspected' lesbians in the same community were stoned and pelted with human faeces by an angry mob

A group of homophobic residents in a slum in Ghana’s capital of Accra have put up posters of 'suspected' lesbians living in the community

The Starr newspaper reported that the homophobic residents have 'vowed to hunt down and (are) bay(ing) for the blood of all lesbians' after flooding the shanty town of Teshie with posters of what is reported to be a 'private selfie of a tattooed girl kissing her partner in the privacy of their bedroom.'

March 6, 2015

National Award-winner says he 'will go to any extent' to get his film about a gay professor past censors

An acclaimed Indian actor, who is playing a university professor who was suspended for being gay in an upcoming film, has said he 'accepts homosexuals the way they are.'

The first photo of Manoj Bajpayee as the professor was released earlier this week amid speculation over whether the film will pass censors.

Aligarh, directed by Hansal Mehta, is based on the true story of a 64-year-old professor who was suspended after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

March 5, 2015

Parent writes in text that she does not want her child influenced by tutor's 'lifestyle'

A mother fired the tutor of her four-year-old child after finding out the young woman is a lesbian.

The tutor then shared screen grabs of a series of texts she exchanged with the mom on Twitter.

The exchanged began with the mom asking the tutor: 'Are you a lesbian?'

After she answered yes the mother texted: 'Well I don't want you to teach anymore as it's against what I believe.'

The tutor replied that she had no intention of mentioning she is a lesbian to a four-year-old child and that being a lesbian has no impact on her ability to teach.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 26, 2015

Two men pushed the students to the ground then kneed and kicked them

A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.

Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started 'firing homophobic slurs' at the couple.

February 26, 2015

Forbidden words also include 'obese,' 'palm oil' and 'Muslim'

Nutella on Tuesday (24 February) launched an online marketing campaign in France inviting consumers to customize a jar of the chocolate spread with a personalized message.

'Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!' the campaign website reads.

That is, as long as the person you love is not a 'lesbian.'

Internet users quickly discovered that they were not allowed to certain words in their messages, including the word 'lesbienne.'

February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.