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April 21, 2015

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network's ratings grow in the time period.

April 13, 2015

Extra host posts pic on Instagram and confesses: 'Couldn't help it'

Mario Lopez was grand marshal of the Miami Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and got a little grabby.

The Saved By the Bell star who now hosts the entertainment host Extra posted a fun pic of himself on Instagram of him grabbing a friend's butt and giving it a solid squeeze.

The caption reads: Caught in the act! Couldn’t help it… @rodneyrinks ‘s butt looked so juicy today I had to get in there. He liked it :) #MiamiPride

April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 7, 2015

Police are calling for anyone who might have spoken to a 33-year-old trans woman visiting the UK from Miami, Florida

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 33-year-old trans woman was killed in London.

The body of Vanessa Santillan, originally from Miami, Florida, was found in a flat in Fulham, an area of south-west London, on 28 March.

Officers were called to a flat in Romily Court at around 9.30pm where Santillan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as injuries to the head and neck.

April 2, 2015

Joke mocks absurdity of bathroom bans

The National Center for Transgender Equality officially won April's Fools Day with a joke mocking the absurdity of bathroom bans.

The NTCE Wednesday (1 April) released a press release announcing that it would open a state-of- the-art laboratory in the basement of its Washington DC headquarters to create transgender people who do not need to pee.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 5, 2015

No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade... Gay Star News speaks with the first contestant to leave Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

We are off and racing as Season 7 of RuPaul's smash-hit drag queen reality show gets away. We caught up with the first contestant to leave the show – Tempest DuJour from Tucson, Arizona.

What did it feel like to watch the first episode of RPDR S.7?

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 5, 2015

Memorable, romantic, and disastrous - we swap travel stories with the man whose stage-name was inspired by a Swedish tennis player.

Born in London, Kristen Bjorn seems to have lived and worked in many of our favourite countries around the world.

It was in the late 1970s in San Francisco where Bjorn began his career as a model, actor, photographer, and film-maker, with locations such as Brazil and Australia shaping his work.

We recently caught up with Bjorn and asked him to share some travel stories.

January 8, 2015

Staff are warned to 'exercise discretion' when using social media

The Archdiocese of Miami has threatened to fire employees who openly show support for gay marriage, on the same day the first same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Florida.

The Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, Tuesday (6 January) sent a letter to staff warning them that they could be sacked for unCatholic behavior – even outside of work and on social media.

January 7, 2015

Some ceremonies took place just after midnight

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Florida on Tuesday (6 January), the first full day that gay marriage was legal across the state.

By day's end, just over 100 licenses had been issued in Miami-Dade County which began performing ceremonies on Monday (5 January) - a day earlier than any other county.

January 7, 2015

Some ceremonies took place just after midnight

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Florida on Tuesday (6 January), the first full day that gay marriage was legal across the state.

By day's end, just over 100 licenses had been issued in Miami-Dade County which began performing ceremonies on Monday (5 January) - a day earlier than any other county.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 5, 2015

How will you be celebrating LGBTI Pride in 2015?

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

November 18, 2014

On the road with the gay dad and former Coronation Street star

He played Marcus Dent in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street – but the gorgeous Charlie Condou, 40, is equally known by many aspiring gay fathers as a parenting role model. With his Canadian boyfriend Dr Cameron Laux, 49, Charlie is a father to two children – Georgia, six, and Hal, four (Charlie and Cameron's close friend Catherine Kanter is the children's mother).

October 22, 2014

The original members of the hit-making British pop band will be performing together again for the BBC’s annual charity fundraiser

Pop group S Club 7 have announced that they are to perform together again for the first time in over a decade.

The group – featuring the original line-up of Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens – will be performing a medley of past hits for this year’s annual BBC fundraiser, Children in Need.

October 7, 2014

The men were forced to have sex with customers and each other for up to 20 hours a day

Three Hungarian men face trafficking charges after they lured three young gay men to work as ‘sex slaves’ for up to 20 hours a day in New York and Miami since 2012.

Gabor Acs, 31, Viktor Berki, 28, and Andras Janos Vass, 24, were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution on Friday.

They recruited two of the men on the Gay Romeo dating site and the third was a male prostitute they found on Facebook.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.