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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.

November 1, 2014

If there were an award for the cutest Halloween group photo, this family of four just might take it

US TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris and his family seem to have a tradition of all looking completely adorable every Halloween.

And this year was no different.

The How I Met Your Mother star posed with his partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon as characters from the Batman comics.

Harris dons a green suit decorated with question marks as The Riddler, Burtka grins as The Joker and the twins double up as Batman and Batwoman.

The family tweeted their picture with the caption ‘Happy Halloween from Gotham City!’

October 27, 2014

An Australian newspaper has finally apologized for its sensationalist coverage of a transgender woman’s murder after public outrage and several complaints to the Press Council.

News Corp's Courier Mail labeled Mayang Prasetyo as a 'she-male' on its front page next to a picture of the victim in a bikini.

October 24, 2014

Holy homosexuality!

After 75 years of caped crusading, you would have thought someone would have asked Batman about his close-knit relationship with Robin.

But finally, in a new comics series, he answers the question that has been on everyone's lips for three quarters of a century.

Multiversity: The Just #1, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver, was released on 22 October.

It features the offspring of the world's most famous DC Comics superheroes (Chris Kent, for example, the foster son of Clark Kent, Superman).

October 13, 2014

Bisexual actor Andy Mientus will play gay super villain the Pied Piper while Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller joins the show as Captain Cold

TV’s The Flash has cast Smash actor Andy Mientus as gay super villain the Pied Piper and openly gay Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller is also joining the cast as the villain Captain Cold.

The Pied Piper was one of the first openly gay characters in super hero comic books and was a long time foe of The Flash before eventually turning good and fighting behind his side.

The Pied Piper lost his hearing in the same particle accelerator explosion that gave The Flash his powers and his deafness allows him to use sonic weapons without feeling their effects.

October 8, 2014

The latest work from the best-selling author features beautiful illustrations and a strong female hero

We love the new book from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, entitled The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The novel, which features illustrations by Chris Riddell, features a description and image of a princess being awoken from sleep by a kiss from a queen.

October 2, 2014

It's National Poetry Day in the UK, so for the second year in a row we pay tribute to the best LGBTI poets from history and today

Using only the written word, a poet can make you laugh, cry, think, or wonder with just a turn of phrase.

There are many gay, lesbian and bisexual poets who have this ability, and rank as some of the best literary voices in history.

So to celebrate National Poetry Day in the UK, Gay Star News decided to take a look at some of the most inspiring gay and bisexual poets from history and today.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

In the year that marks the centenary of World War 1, you have to begin with Wilfred Owen.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 25, 2014

Fiance David Burtka does pouring (and the laughing) as twins try to stay out of way

Neil Patrick Harris is all wet.

And he can thank David Burtka who did the honors and dumped a bucket of ice water (with ice cubes still visible) on top of his Tony Award-winning fiance's head.

Their adorable kids Harper and Gideon make cameos as they laugh and scramble to get out of the way before daddy gets doused.

It all takes place on the front stoop of their New York City home.

Among those who challenged Harris to do the ALS challenge that is sweeping the US was Ben Affleck.

August 13, 2014

Robin Williams influenced modern fatherhood more than any other person in today’s culture

The shock of the news of Robin Williams death will be forever carved in my memory. I heard it from one of my least favorite sources, Fox News. I was taking care of my elderly parents who insisted on having the conservative channel on, and the breaking bulletin interrupted their regular programming. Robin Williams was dead.

I had been filtering out the misinformation from the channel for the previous hour, but this report, sadly, was true.

August 11, 2014

Josh Hutcherson wants to help teens from low-incomes or from rural areas who may not be able to connect with other LGBTI youth online

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has revealed a new campaign to help gay teens living in rural areas.

The actor is working with Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and humanI-T to provide LGBTI youth with tools to help find their community. The initiative will be called Power On.

From now through to 16 October, Spirit Day, the charities will be encouraging teens to donate their old and unused laptops, tablets and smartphones to be refurbished and distributed to LGBTI resource centers across the US.

August 11, 2014

Oscar-winning actor had been battling a severe depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday (11 August) at his home in Marin County, California.

The 63-year-old actor had apparently committed suicide.

An Oscar winner for Good Will Hunting who became a star on TV's Mork & Mindy in the late 1970s, Williams had been battling severe depression.

August 7, 2014

'Fly, you fool!'

Legendary gay actor Ian McKellen has recreated a Lord Of The Rings scene with a passing seagull.

The Gandalf actor posted a picture on Instagram of him walking on the street.

Spotting a seagull, he had a friend take the picture.

He then captioned it, saying: ‘Fly, you fool!’

This was in tribute to Gandalf’s fall after taking on the Balrog in the Fellowship of the Ring.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

August 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy star has said he has been welcomed into the Marvel family with open arms

Guardians of the Galaxy might be the biggest film on the planet right now, but prepare now to get even more excited.

Star Chris Pratt, who went from tubby and adorable to an adorable hunk, has been doing several interviews to promote the new film.

Sitting down with Buzzfeed’s Whitney Jefferson the other day, he was asked about whether he had seen any of the X-rated fan fiction written about the Marvel universe.

‘Do you anything about the fan fiction on the Marvel stuff that is online?’ she asked.

August 4, 2014

'My friend, you would not tell with such high zest/To children ardent for some desperate glory/The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est/Pro patria mori'

This week marks the centenary of the beginning of World War 1.

And we could think of no better tribute than a poem by British soldier Wilfred Owen.

Arguably the most significant poet of the war, he is believed to have been gay. Many of his poems were inspired by the homoeroticism of the Romantic period, such as Maundy Thursday - a powerful description of male-male desire. Love letters were also discovered from between him and his mentor and soldier Siegfried Sassoon.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 28, 2014

Husbands Bryan and Jay Leffew live in Santa Rosa, California. In March 2006, they adopted Daniel, then aged 5, and Selena, aged 14 months. Bryan runs the GayFamilyValues blog and Facebook page. Here, he reflects on the pride he felt when his son, who has a rare genetic disorder, recently graduated from junior high

For some, graduating Junior High may not seem like a big deal. Heck, even the school themselves don't call the act ‘graduation’ anymore. They call it ‘promotion’: a weird term at best.

But there I sat: one proud dad in the rows of identical, red folding chairs, set up on the lawn in the warm spring sun, looking at a ring of chairs set up for the graduates and realized... this is happening.Next year my son will be in high school. It was unbelievable.

July 23, 2014

New show will star Glee actor Grant Gustin as the superfast superhero in the spin-off of Arrow

New CW superhero show The Flash will feature two gay characters in its first season.

The spin-off of Arrow, which will star former Glee star Grant Gustin as the superfast superhero, is expected to have plenty to keep LGBT audiences interested.

Greg Berlanti, the gay writer who is producing The Flash along with Andrew Krisberg, revealed DC Comics character David Singh will be a part of the series.

In the comics, Singh is the supervisor of The Flash’s alter ego Barry Allen in the Central City crime lab.