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May 21, 2015

'They have no clue that I’m gay!'

Sam Smith has said he loves that there may be homophobes who listen to his music and don't know he's gay.

The 23-year-old British singer appears on the cover of French gay magazine Têtu's 20th anniversary edition this month.

'I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!' he told the publication.

'I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,' he continued.

'I just created a foundation.'

May 20, 2015

'Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian groom for my son'

An Indian mother has placed what may be the country's first gay matrimonial ad on behalf of her LGBTI activist son Harish Iyer.

The ad, which was published in Tuesday's (19 May) edition of the Mid-Day newspaper, read:

'Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5'11") who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred).'

Thousands of ads are posted in the weekly matrimonial sections of Indian newspapers.

But the Times of India, the Hindustan Times and the dna website all rejected Iyer's ad.

May 7, 2015

Where to party in Sweden's capital

Planning your visit to Stockholm and wondering where to go out?

There are a number of LGBTI venues dotted across the city – there’s no specific ‘gay district’ and most venues are very mixed and welcoming of everyone. The city’s QX magazine is a good guide to what’s on and where to go, or ask your hotel concierge for advice.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 15, 2015

Bodybuilder has more than double the votes of other guys in online search

Aydian Dowling is in the lead to become Men's Health first transgender cover model.

The bodybuilder first came to our attention when his recreation of Adam Levine's iconic naked photo went viral in February.

Now Dowling, 27, is leading an Men's Health's online model search with more than double the number of votes as the man in second place. Voting closes on 21 June.

The Ultimate Guy Search is looking for a man 'who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.'

April 8, 2015

Only Taylor Swift gets more nods with 14

Sam Smith's four Grammy Awards may soon be getting some company.

The openly gay singing sensation has received a whopping 13 Billboard Music Awards nominations - second only to Taylor Swift who earned 14 nods.

‘Oh my lordy. THIRTEEN Nominations. Unreal. Thank you so much Billboard xxxx,’ Smith said on Twitter after the nominations were announced.

March 13, 2015

They may have met on Craigslist

A teenager in New York state has been charged with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing and setting on a fire a gay man he may have met on Craigslist.

Kyle Box, 18, was arrested on Monday (9 March) and is being held without bail.

The victim, 62-year-old Randy Bent, was found dead Sunday night at his home in Watertown.

The high school student, from nearby Carthage, told police he went back with the victim, then stabbed him with a knife 'multiple times.'

March 9, 2015

Activist defends 'vile' proposition: 'Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire'

Controversial sex columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage has told Ben Carson to put his money where his mouth is and 'suck my dick.'

The potential Republican presidential candidate said last week that prison sex proves homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

March 7, 2015

Time Magazine releases list that also includes President Obama,  Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Swift

The LGBTI community is represented on Time Magazine's newly-released  '30 Most Influential People on the Internet' list by transgender activist Janet Mock and YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

They are part of a list that includes such heavy-hitters as President Barack Obama, singers Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

February 16, 2015

Footballer credits his fiancé for giving him the self-confidence to come out

Michael Sam said he knew 'damn sure' he was gay after his first sexual experience and credited his fiancé with giving him the self-confidence to come out.

The first openly gay NFL footballer Friday (February) received an Upstander Award at the Time to THRIVE gay youth conference in Portland, organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

In his acceptance speech, Sam paid tribute to his fiancé Vito Cammisano.

'Vito has been with me for a long time and actually it is because of Vito that I am here tonight to talk to you guys,' he said.

February 14, 2015

The couple said their wedding vows and exchanged rings onboard a Vietjet flight on Valentine's Day, according to an advertorial on a local news website

Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine's Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.

February 3, 2015

Share your thoughts and opinions with the world and contribute to the Comment section of Gay Star News

We are always interested in what our readers are thinking and feeling. 

If you are passionate about a particular issue or subject, you can share your thoughts with the world by contributing to our Comment section.

You don't have to be a journalist to write a Comment piece for Gay Star News, we are happy to accept submissions on any subject. What we are looking for are well-written pieces that are interesting to read and will engage with our audience.

February 2, 2015

Actor had been advised against the part of closeted TV reporter in movie In & Out because of tabloid stories that he was gay himself

Tom Selleck didn't let tabloid stories saying he was gay stop him from taking on the role of a gay man in the 1997 film In & Out.

But there were plenty of people who advised the Magnum PI and Blue Bloods star against it.

'I was playing a closeted gay television reporter and a tabloid had said I was gay just a few years earlier,' Selleck says in the current issue of TV Guide.

But after starring in the box office hit Three Men and a Baby and its sequel, Selleck was keen to do another good comedy and In & Out fit the bill.

January 29, 2015

Grammy nominee opens up about his sometimes painful past

As a kid, singing sensation Sam Smith says he dreamed of being on the cover of Rolling Stone.

His dream comes true when the magazine's next issue hits newsstands on Friday (31 January).

In the article, Smith opens up about some other things that happened as a kid: falling in love with a straight classmate in school and also being bullied for being gay.

January 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 22, 2015

The Normal Heart, Transparent, Looking and How to Get Away With Murder get nods in crowded TV categories

Oscar best picture nominee The Imitation Game will compete against Love is Strange, Pride, The Skeleton Twins and Tammy for Outstanding Film (wide release) at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards, now in their 26th year, recognize and honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

GLAAD announced 104 nominees Wednesday (21 January) in 21 English-language categories, and 40 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories.

January 9, 2015

City's fire chief was sacked for writing a book equating gay sex to bestiality

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson has compared the killing of 12 French journalists for publishing cartoons of Mohammed to the sacking of Atlanta's fire chief.

Kelvin Cochran was ousted Tuesday (6 January) for distributing a self-published book that equated gay sex with bestiality.

'In light of the events, we've got to talk about the terrorism situation,' Erickson said Wednesday (7 January) to open his eponymous radio show on Atlanta-based WBS station.

'The terrorists were offended by a publication,' he said.

January 8, 2015

'If he’s a Democrat, he’s gay.  If he’s a Republican, he’s in the closet'

Gay comic Mario Cantone is full of opinions this week.

One day he says Bruce Jenner is morphing into a 'lumberjack lesbian' and now he's calling out Republican Congressman Aaron Schock as gay because of his buff body.

December 16, 2014

Coincides with travel-themed issue from gay men's magazine

Attitude magazine has been confirmed as a special guest at the Gay Star Travel Expo in January 2015.

The trailblazing gay men's magazine will be bringing along special goodie bags for guests at the show, containing their new travel-themed issue as well as the second edition of its Love and Marriage special.

The magazine will also be providing fun and frolics for its readers with an Attitude-branded photobooth.

December 15, 2014

See the best photos of the event inside

Hundreds of people on Saturday (13 December) celebrated sexual and gender diversity in Ho Chi Minh City.

About 1,000 LGBTI individuals and their allies gathered at the Labor Culture Palace in Saigon district for the Embrace Diversity Festival.

The annual event is organized by the ICS Center with the support of the Canadian embassy and also honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community in the last year.

November 29, 2014

The parents of Sergio David Urrego Reyes collected his award, the teen killed himself at 16 after being the victim of bullying from the heads of the school

The parents of a gay teenager who took his own life received the honorary high school diploma their son will never see.

Sergio David Urrego Reyes took his own life in August this year, because he could not stand anymore homophobic bullying at school. But, it was not his fellow students who drove him to this fate, but the directors of the school.

November 14, 2014

Gayway posted explicit images to solicit clients for its erotic massage parlour

Taiwanese police have seized a website that billed itself as ‘Asia’s largest gay lifestyle information network’ for 'distributing obscene material.'

Taipei City Police Department said it shut down Gayway on Tuesday (9 November) after receiving reports that the website contained pornographic images.

The Criminal Investigation Division traced the site’s IP address to a studio on Zhongxiao West Road in Taipei, owned by a 40-year-man surnamed Wang who also operated a gay erotic massage parlour there.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

September 9, 2014

'I desperately wanted to because I loved her - but I couldn't go because I can't walk'

Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (7 September) in New York City was a star-studded affair but one star who was surprisingly not in attendance was Liza Minnelli.

The two showbiz icons, both huge favorites of the gay community, had been longtime friends and only a broken back could keep Minnelli from the service.