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April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

March 8, 2014

US tennis star Matt Dooley comes out as gay and reveals he once tried to kill himself because of his sexuality

US student tennis star has come out as gay and spoken about his attempted suicide when he was closeted.

Matt Dooley, senior student and tennis player at Notre Dame University in Indiana who came out as a gay in an article for Outsports on 3 March, has spoken about the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback he has received since.

In the piece, Dooley wrote about how hard it was growing up knowing he was gay.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

February 10, 2014

US First Lady calls Sam 'an inspiration to all of us' in Twitter message and adds: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field'

US First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter today to publicly congratulate University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out publicly as a gay man.

'You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field,' Obama personally tweeted from her official @FLOTUS account.

January 24, 2014

British director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan’s film Celluloid is based on his experiences growing up gay in a small English town

One of the UK's most promising gay directors is back with his semi-autobiographical second film feature Celluloid.

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, the writer and director of the film, made his name with his debut play Dream On - a tender coming of age story that explores two male teens discovering their sexual identities.

EastEnders and Shameless' Jody Latham is starring in his next film, a gay psychological thriller following three characters - a mother and her gay son and lesbian daughter.

January 5, 2014

At a rally in Utah ex-Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack calls on local law enforcement officials to block gay marriage

A former sheriff is in Utah fighting against gay marriage.

Richard Mack, who once was sheriff for Graham County, Arizona, spoke at a rally held in Highland, Utah.

'The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,'  Mack said, as reported by Fox 13 News.

December 24, 2013

GSN looks at 11 individuals, from A-list celebrities to high school students,  who stepped out of the closet and into the spotlight in 2013

The increasing visibility of openly gay politicians, actors and public figures speaks volumes for the progress the LGBTI community and allies have made in the past few decades.

This year saw beloved celebrities, athletes and young students come forward and share with the world one of the most important and intimate aspects of their lives.

Whether they came out at school, on the Golden Globes stage or in a Youtube video - GSN applauds the message these 11 individuals shared when they came out of the closet.

December 20, 2013

Letters, videos and hilarious mishaps make up this year's must-see stories

Like never before, the world was touched by the stories of LGBTI people in 2013.

This year saw more LGBTI stories and moments going viral, issues of interest only to the community suddenly becoming mainstream.

It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to read heartwarming letters of a proud dad to his gay son. It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to watch kids reacting to the idea of marriage equality. And it certainly wasn't just LGBTI people who listened and loved to a proud straight grandma who wrote a song for her lesbian niece.

December 5, 2013

For his support of gay marriage and the LGBTI community, Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan has been invited as a guest of honor to the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) carol service  

The Archbishop of Wales is once again showing his support for the LGBTI movement by attending a gay Christian carol service.

Dr Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, will join a carol service organised by the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), as a guest of honour.

The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as women’s choir The Songbirds, will be performing at the service.

The Archbishop has said he is ‘delighted’ to support the event.

October 28, 2013

David W Ross, now an actor, is still being told to act more 'straight' in Hollywood

A former boy band star has revealed he was told by music bosses not to flick his hair as it looked gay.

David W Ross, who was a member of English group Bad Boys Inc formed in the 90s, has reflected on how the music industry forced him to stay in the closet.

October 11, 2013

In commemoration of Coming Out Day, GSN celebrates some of the stars and role models who have come out in 2013

It is one thing announcing your sexuality to your friends and family, but to then come out to the rest of the world, when working in a field where it is perhaps a little more difficult to be gay or lesbian, is something we can only appreciate and admire.

From Hollywood stars to international football players, various public figures rocked news headlines after coming out on their own websites, or sharing their stories with fans via Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Here are a few of many celebs who came out in 2013:

October 11, 2013

Being in denial, playing straight, making anti-gay jokes then getting drunk and spilling the beans isn’t the best way to come out

Coming Out Day is today (11 October). This is an important day not only for those who make the move and come out, but also for everyone else to be aware of the process. It is the process where an individual becomes more honest about who they are, even at the risk of public or private scorn and ridicule.

October 8, 2013

22-year-old Derek Schell has become the first ever Division II basketball player with the US National Collegiate Athletic Association to come out publicly while still playing

College basketballer Derek Schell has told of his experiences coming to terms with his sexuality and coming out to his team mates and family in an article for OutSports – becoming the first openly gay player on a Division II NCAA basketball team to go public about his sexual orientation.

October 8, 2013

A 29-year-old was kidnapped from his boyfriend’s side, bundled into a car, put through religious rites to ‘cure’ him and found five days later in his family home

Four kidnappers took a young Serbian man from the home he shared with his gay partner, apparently on orders from his family.

MM, aged 29, was bound, put in a car, driven across the border into Montenegro and put through religious rites to ‘cure’ him of being gay.

He was held for a total of five days.

AA, aged 22, alleges a man came to the house where he lives with his boyfriend at 8am on 30 September – a Monday morning. His partner, MM, had already left for work.

September 30, 2013

Over half of LGBT respondents to a survey have said they have heard anti-gay comments on set, while one in 10 say they have been turned down for a role for being gay

Hollywood actors have said they are suffering continued discrimination just for being LGBT.

While the majority of actors, Mel Gibson aside, appear to be more welcoming of LGBT people, it is the industry professionals that appear to have the problem.

Conducted by the Screen Actors’ Guild, which represents some 160,000 film and TV actors, the survey analysed the views of around 5900 respondents. 15% identified as LGBT.

September 24, 2013

Gay Star News speaks to Turkey's first openly gay mayoral candidate Can Çavuşoğlu to learn about the 43-year-old's motivations, campaign platforms and chances at winning the mayoral seat

Last week Gay Star News reported 43-year-old Can Çavuşoğlu announced he was running for mayor of Bulancak, Turkey.

The Istanbul native could become the country's first openly gay mayor in office.

Though homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, the LGBT community has no legal protections against discrimination in the Muslim-majority country.

September 23, 2013

'It's up to them to decide if they want to come out or not'

Lance Bass came out publicly with a big splash on the cover of People Magazine and the headline 'I'm Gay' in the summer of 2006.

The N Sync singer had been given a big push out of the closet by blogger Perez Hilton who posted photos of Bass and then boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl wearing each others' clothes.

Bass, during an appearance Monday (23 September) on Bethenny Frankel's daytime talk show, says he would never put another gay person in that position.

He was asked on the show: 'Would you ever lie to help a closeted celebrity stay closeted?'

September 20, 2013

The Out Of Bounds university guide, launching today, will help LGBT students find their way around gay life away from home

For a new student, finding your way around the gay scene at university can be a daunting task.

Thankfully, a new online guide launching today (20 September) aims to change that.

The Out Of Bounds Guide, produced by lesbian dating app Dattch, aims to become the go-to online resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to find out more about their local LGBT scene at universities across the United Kingdom.

September 13, 2013

Chair of Russian Association of Lawyers for Human Rights has said she is effectively in a same-sex marriage

A top Russian lawyer has come out as trans to protest the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Masha Best, the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, is speaking out in Russian media to oppose the federal ban.

‘The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong,’ she told the Moscow Times.

September 12, 2013

'I was filled with fear, anger and a stubborn resistance that had built up'

Wentworth Miller is opening up about his journey from closeted TV star to openly gay man speaking out for equality.

Miller, who shared with an audience at an Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle that he tried to commit suicide as a teen, also spoke about how his experiences growing up and his sudden fame kept him firmly closeted until last month.

August 6, 2013

An 11-year-old boy gives some tips to the ‘ex-gay’ rally organizers so their next event attracts more than 10 people – what they need is cake and more bouncing

This is a tale of two parties. Like the Dickens book, one personified the best of times, and one… well, one was a disaster without historic precedent. No, it was not the French Revolution, it was the big ‘Ex-gay Lobby Day’, which was being held 3,000 miles away from the other big event of the week, my son Jason’s ‘I Am 11’ birthday party.

July 12, 2013

GSN reports for duty at the UK’s Ministry of Defence and admires the leadership being shown on workplace diversity

It was a Friday afternoon in London. A proper summer’s day when it’s warm and sunny, with blue sky and everything.

London looks kind of spectacular in the summer – I walked through Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, taking photos like a tourist, overwhelmed by the imposing buildings and monuments that line the streets in this part of the city.

The main headquarters of the UK’s Ministry of Defence is in Horse Guards Avenue. It’s an impressive building with predictably tight security.

June 28, 2013

GSN meets the team from North Coast Softball who are preparing for the Gay Softball World Series

Gay softball is a big deal and clubs across North America are in preparations for the Gay Softball World Series in which over 150 LGBT teams compete each year.

We caught up with Jason Buffa – commissioner of Cleveland’s North Coast Softball, to find out how the club is shaping up this year.

When was the North Coast Softball established?