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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.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

June 20, 2014

Jim Parsons also wins for The Big Bang Theory

HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited movie version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, was a big winner at the Critics' Choice TV Awards on Thursday (19 June).

The film about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City won the award for Best Movie over An Adventure in Space and Time, Burton and Taylor, Killing Kennedy, Sherlock: His Last Vow, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Matt Bomer, who played a New York Times reporter dying of the disease, took the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie.

June 17, 2014

Photo of dead, partially skinned animal had caption: 'Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit'

A rabbit ate British author Jeanette Winterson's parsley - so she ate the rabbit.

So what's the big deal?

The photos.

The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit decided to document the process - from skinning and cooking the rabbit to her cat eating rabbit innards - and post it on Twitter for her nearly 33,000 followers to see.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

June 7, 2014

'These self-proclaimed experts inflicted grave damage upon our clients...'

An ex-gay therapy group from the US state New Jersey might have to write a check to redo the damage caused to former clients.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. pronounced on 6 June that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) is potentially liable for three times the costs plaintiffs needed to reverse the effects of conversion therapy.

June 5, 2014

America’s best-loved poet and civil rights activist has had her funeral threatened because of her support for LGBTI people

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas was planning to protest the ‘home-going’ service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.