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February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 11, 2015

'That's the first thing I do in the morning. I check out my Twitter, my HeyHey account, Facebook and Instagram'

Ricky Martin has nothing to hide anymore.

The openly gay superstar who once dodged questions about his sexuality is now very open with his fans which he proves each day on social media.

Part of his way of connecting is posting selfies that sometimes have him wearing very little clothes.

'I laugh so much at the reaction of the people; it's so funny. It really is amazing,' he tells PrideSource.

What led to his selfie habit?

February 11, 2015

Writer/director Ira Sachs talks exclusively with Gay Star News about his inspirations and influences that shaped this delicate story.

With his latest movie, Love Is Strange, about to open across the UK, we spoke by telephone with writer/director Ira Sachs to get beneath the skin of this delicate exploration of love, relationships, and family.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 9, 2015

Midnighter will star with his partner Apollo

DC Comics has announced it will be the first mainstream publisher to release an ongoing series of solo comics featuring a gay male superhero in its central universe.

Midnighter, written by Steve Orlando and art by ACO, currently has no release date but will feature the title character and his long-term partner Apollo. It is expected around June.

Following lesbian superhero Batwoman's monthly solo series, which started in 2011 and will be cancelled in March, critics are hailing this as a commitment to LGBTI representation.

February 6, 2015

The man behind Spiderman, Iron Man and the Hulk says it 'never occured' to him

Stan Lee has explained why never created a gay superhero.

The creator of many beloved Marvel comic book characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk, has said it never 'occurred' to him to make one of them gay.

'No, I really have not,' the 92-year-old said. 'I don't think it's necessary to have every type of person in the world in the stories.'

Lee said writing about gay characters is something he can't write about because he doesn't know much about it.

February 2, 2015

Green Bay Packers are pitching in for the sequel

You better aca-believe it, you can now get a sneak peek at Pitch Perfect 2.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are back to front the sequel to the smash hit that sent everyone horizonal running.

Taking place at an international a capella contest, there looks to be more songs, more laughs, and more of Fat Amy.

Revealed yesterday (1 February) during the Superbowl, there's an extra special cameo featuring the Green Bay Packers singing Destiny's Child's Booylicious.

January 27, 2015

Business Editor for Gay Star News

David Hudson has been a writer and journalist for the past 20 years – working primarily within the UK LGBT press. Based in London, he has edited the magazines Out in the City and Out at Work, and contributed to many other titles, including The Guardian, The Independent, London Lite, OK!, gays.com, puremovies.co.uk and Attitude. He has written extensively on LGBT issues, arts, entertainment, film, travel and business.

January 26, 2015

After losing Emmy and Golden Globe, Ruffalo is honored by fellow actors

Mark Ruffalo has finally won a major acting prize for his performance in the acclaimed AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo had lost the Emmy and Golden Globe but on Sunday (25 January) he was the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.

January 22, 2015

Japanese author's latest novel features a same-sex relationship

Japan's best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage.

The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami's Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers' questions.

One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest novel features a same-sex relationship.

'I have very many gay friends and acquaintances,' the author said.

Murakami said that he knew many gay married couples in the US.

January 12, 2015

Says in speech: 'To the generation that we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease, I just want to say we love you, we remember you'

Matt Bomer won his first Golden Globe Award on Sunday for his performance as a man dying of AIDS in the HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Bomer portrayed New York Times reporter Felix Turner in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

'Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives,' Bomer said.

January 7, 2015

‘Do the opposite of what I did and you'll be fine’

It's a select group of performers who have hosted the Academy Awards.

Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and ... Anne Hathaway and James Franco?

Yes, that unlikely due was chosen to host the 2011 Academy Awards and it did not go well.

The Academy was hoping to hook into a younger demographic with the youthful pairing.

January 7, 2015

There's no need for love potions with this couple

A magical gay couple have just got engaged at Hogwarts in Universal Orlando, Florida.

Nicholas, 25, and Ben, 22, are a young couple who have been together for five years as of this past December.

It was really important to Nicholas that he propose in a place that felt special for them.

'I had planned the proposal since April, so about eight months,' he told Gay Star News.

'We are both HUGE Harry Potter fans and this would be the first year that he came down to Florida with my family.'

December 30, 2014

Annie Proulx says that since her story Brokeback Mountain was turned into a film she has been inundated by mail from obsessed fans who want the story to have a happy ending – to the point that she now regrets writing it at all

The author of the short story Brokeback Mountain has told The Paris Review that she now regrets writing it because of the way fans have responded to it since it was made into a film by director Ang Lee.

December 24, 2014

The ManAboutWorld founder on cruising at the Christopher Street Pier and shopping at Barneys with his boyfriend...

I've lived here since…
...January 1, 2003. I moved from LA for a job and with my man. I’ve since switched both but I’ve had a fantastic life in NYC.

I've stayed because…
…I love this city and its energy matches mine! Besides LA, I've also lived in Paris and Boston and, while I love every place I’ve lived, this is the right city for me.

December 24, 2014

And why they have to hide

Years ago when my partner and I were deciding whether or not to have kids, we made two lists. The first was a ‘cons’ list. On that list were all the pragmatic reasons why it would be difficult. I was in my forties – too old? There were college savings, education concerns. We would have four mouths to feed.

Then we decided to make the ‘pros’ list. My partner started out: ‘The looks on our children’s faces on Christmas morning.’ I ripped up the ‘cons’ list.

December 19, 2014

'Nine ladies dancing'

The cast of the drama Orange Is The New Black have given the world the best Christmas present in the world.

No. It's not a decrease in police brutality cases (an issue  close to the hearts of the OITNB thespians).

However, it is the next best thing. A remaking of the holiday chestnut The Twelve Days of Christmas.

December 15, 2014

New Batgirl has led to an apology from DC Comics

In the new comic book issue Batgirl #37, the superhero battles an evil doppleganger.

While appearing to be a female at first, the villain Dagger Type is revealed to be a drag queen obsessed with fame, fortune and rhinestones.

The issue has divided opinion in the LGBTI community, with some saying there is nothing wrong with a 'gay' villain but with others saying the treatment of a crossdressing maniac was 'tone deaf 'and homophobic. Screencaps are below.

December 15, 2014

'I feel like I’m representing a whole community ... it is a lot of pressure'

At the young age of 28, Andy Mientus is already set to make some television history.

The actor, who was a regular during the second season of NBC's Smash until his character was killed off, will debut next month as Pied Piper on TV's The Flash.

The Pied Piper (aka Hartley Rathaway) will be the first openly gay supervillian to be featured in a comic book TV show or movie, according to Variety.

December 2, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

November 29, 2014

Gay vampire and gay werewolf shared kiss in recent episode of Vampire Diaries spinoff

The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals has made its mark with a same-sex storyline between a vampire and a werewolf.

It began with gay vampire Josh (Steven Krueger) flirting online with gay werewolf Aiden (Colin Woodell) - something that is quite forbidden in a world where vampires and werewolves are not compatible.

In the show's most recent episode, Josh and Aiden shared their first kiss (see video below).

November 26, 2014

I swear I saw it fall out of my bag and I just didn’t pick it up.

So. It’s happened. You’re days away from that big vacation. You’ve waited all year for this, but something has stirred you from your sleep.

Where is it? It’s not been seen since you put it in that ‘safe place’ that you now can’t remember the location of. Is it at work? WHERE is my passport?!

In the minutes following this tragic realisation irrational thoughts on life begin to take hold followed by illogical plans to get out of this impossible situation and safely to the beach – here are 10 of those:

November 20, 2014

The pitch is back

Prepare to be pitch-slapped as Pitch Perfect 2 has revealed its first trailer.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks are back to front the sequel to the smash hit that sent everyone horizonal running.

Taking place at an a capella summer camp, there looks to be more songs, more laughs, and more of Fat Amy.

Banks, who is starring in The Hunger Games : Mockingjay (Part 1), will be also stepping behind the camera, as Pitch Perfect 2 will be her first full length feature directorial debut.

November 5, 2014

As his debut album nears completion, singer shares new song Time and cover of Elton John classic Bennie and the Jets

It's been 16 months since Steve Grand burst onto the scene with All American Boy, his ballad of unrequited gay love.

The song went viral YouTube and will be featured on the singer's debut album which was funded by more than $300,000 raised on Kickstarter.

The album was originally scheduled to be out by late summer or early fall but has been pushed back to January to avoid the crowded holiday season.