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March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 17, 2015

'I’m ... gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight'

James Franco doesn't dodge any questions when sitting down for an interview with himself.

Not even the question: 'Are you fucking gay or what?'

Franco's many gay-themed projects such as Interior. Leather Bar., Howl, Milk and the upcoming I Am Michael have repeatedly led to speculation about his sexuality.

March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 16, 2015

Comment sparks protests outside his church

A Michigan pastor has sparked protests after he compared LGBTI people to ax murderers.

Clint Echols, pastor of First Baptist Church in Zeeland, framed homosexuality as 'lifestyle choice' that could be made at any moment in life.

'They say "oh wait a second, I’m gay, I’m bisexual, I want to change my gender." And that’s being true to themselves and being true to their internal compass,' he said during a 1 March sermon.

March 11, 2015

'Please master can I kneel at your feet'

A Connecticut teacher has been suspended for reading an explicit poem about gay sex in class.

According to students at Windsor High School, David Olio read a 1968 poem by Allen Ginsberg which describes a sexual encounter between two men.

'It’s so graphic we can’t even repeat what much of it says,' a WTNH report said.

The first few lines of Please Master reads:

March 11, 2015

Midnighter to ‘find himself’ using gay hookup app

DC Comics are going one step further this year when openly gay superhero, Midnighter, gets Grindr.

The superhero finds himself single after splitting with his husband of 13 years, Apollo.

Following the split, he does the deed and downloads Grindr in an effort to ‘find himself' in the first issue of his new solo series. 

He meets a guy and is shocked to find out that he's not deterred by the fact that he’s really Midnighter, in fact it’s quite a turn on:

March 9, 2015

'Not nearly as many people will ever get sick from Ebola as we lost to AIDS'

It's not been lost on Larry Kramer that the reaction to Ebola was far different then when the AIDS epidemic began killing gay men more than 30 years earlier.

The outspoken author and activist, whose The Normal Heart was made into an HBO film last year, is certain he knows why.

'Well, because it wasn’t happening to us; it was happening to them,' he tells The Advocate in a cover story posted Monday (9 March).

March 3, 2015

'4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action'

Someone has written a gay erotic novella about the now infamous color-changing dress.

Chuck Tingle self-published the 'hard-hitting news tingler' on 27 February which has so far only received five-star reviews.

Pounded By The Gay Color Changing Dress 'is 4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and color changing dress love,' the book description on Amazon reads.

February 22, 2015

The director behind the excellent 2009 film A Single Man says a new project is in the works and will start shooting later this year

Tom Ford, whose 2009 debut feature film ‘A Single Man’ earned an Oscar nomination for actor Colin Firth, says he hopes to shoot his second movie later this year.

Without revealing the title or the plot, the gay American fashion icon told Women's Wear Daily his new film project will be a thriller and in two parts – one that remains faithful to the source material, and another that deviates from it.

February 12, 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 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

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...

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...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.

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