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March 25, 2015

'I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't view it as a bad thing'

Singer Josh Groban knows there are people out there who think he is gay.

He's not losing sleep over it.

'Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one,' Groban tells PrideSource. 'I would have nothing to hide if that were the case.'

March 23, 2015

Last chance to catch 'Beard' at Somerset House

Pogonophiles, listen up!

Hit exhibit 'Beard' is entering its final week at London's Somerset House. Which means locals and visitors alike have just seven more days to enjoy this entirely free celebration of rugged handsomeness!

The collection of 80 stirring portraits are the work of photographer Mr Elbank, and depict gorgeous subjects of all ages and races, displaying an array of facial stylings. From the combed to the unkempt and the bushy to the dreaded. And no, the subjects aren't exclusively male...

March 23, 2015

Critics are calling it 'brilliant'

Adam Lambert has revealed a clip of his comeback single 'Ghost Town'.

The gay singer, who has been touring with Queen, is set to release his first single in three years.

The song is produced by Max Martin, the man behind hits like Britney Spears' '...Baby One More Time', Ariana Grande's 'Problem' and Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'.

While the snippet is short, fans are already very excited by the new release.

'Ok, I'm dead ... Thanks to Adam lambert,' one said, with another saying 'Yayayayayaya.'

March 23, 2015

Material Girl joins talk show host for Bathroom Concert Series

Madonna guested all last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Material Girl and funny lady had all kinds of fun together. They even sang together in the bathroom wearing white robes - with monograms.

Ellen brought back her Bathroom Concert Series in honor of her special guest with a reworked version of the Madonna classic Dress You Up.

The series had previously featured the host singing duets with the likes of Katy Perry and Pink.

March 20, 2015

Singer credits celebrity nutritionist for his dramatic weight loss

If you think Sam Smith is looking different these days, you're right.

The openly gay singer revealed that he had shed 14 pounds in two weeks.

And Smith puts his rapid weight loss down to nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and her book Eat. Nourish. Glow.

'Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life. Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food,' he wrote on Instagram.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

Beloved gay icon said to be making 'excellent progress'

The legendary Liza Minnelli has checked in to a rehab facility in Malibu to be treated for alcohol abuse.

The Oscar-Emmy-Tony winner, who turned 69 just last week, has had several stays in rehab facilities over the past three decades.

Her rep said in a statement: 'Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.'

March 18, 2015

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me'

Liam Payne has revealed he once kiss his One Direction band mate Zayn Malik.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the favourite couple in One Direction fan fiction but it was Payne, 21, who admitted to locking lips with Malik, 22.

‘I ended up kissing Zayn once! Zayn was like, “Come on then, come on,” putting his head close to me,’ he told We Love Pop magazine.

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me.’

Styles could not decide which member he would kiss in a life or death situation.

March 17, 2015

Disco pop trio join Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne on this year's bill

Hercules & Love Affair have been added to the line up for this year's Brighton Pride.

The American band, fronted by Andy Butler, are known for songs such as Liberty and My Offense.

They are the latest additions to a lineup that already includes Real Love singer and Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne, as well as Right Here, Right Now icon Fatboy Slim.

Fatboy Slim, also known by his real name of Norman Cook, previously performed at Brighton Pride in 2012.

March 16, 2015

'She had no relationship to what she was singing'

The Sound of Music's leading lady Julie Andrews may have been moved to tears by Lady Gaga's medley of songs from the film at this year's Oscars but Stephen Sondheim is crying foul over the performance.

March 16, 2015

Gay singer becomes first male to achieve number one at six different times with their debut album

Madonna has missed out on her 12th UK number one album thanks to Sam Smith.

His debut In The Lonely Hour claimed the top spot for the eighth non-consecutive week, leaving Madonna's Rebel Heart to debut at number two.

Smith's debut album was streamed more than 3,600 times this week, and finished with just over 12,000 chart sales ahead of the Living For Love singer.

It is thought his success with Comic Relief single Lay Me Down featuring John Legend boosted sales, as well as his Mother's Day friendly persona.

March 16, 2015

Cheyenne Jackson also has a role while Jessica Lange confirms she will not be returning for fifth season of FX anthology

Golden Globe Award winning actor Matt Bomer will star opposite Lady Gaga in the new season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story.

The fifth season will be titled American Horror Story: Hotel.

While Gaga's participation had already been confirmed, Bomer's involvement was announced on Sunday night at the end of an American Horror Story panel at PaleyFest in Hollywood.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 12, 2015

London's Big Fish Little Fish hosted a special Halloween event last year to welcome gay parents and their younger offspring

Rave organiser Big Fish Little Fish is the proud recipient of a Best Family Event award from Arts Council England, after holding a Halloween-themed family disco in London last year.

March 11, 2015

He tells GSN: 'I get to finally sing about every bit of my life - I don't have to pretend'

It's been less than four months since Ty Herndon publicly declared to the world that he is gay - the highest-profile country music star to ever do so.

He has not had a single regret since and encountered more acceptance than he ever thought possible.

'Dude, I have been so thrilled,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview. 'I started touring in two days after I came out - I played the Grand Ole Opry two days after I came out. The crowds have been great. The public's ready - they're great. I've got a lot of faith in them.'

March 10, 2015

The Divine Miss M uses her famous pipes to croon about flat shoes and falling asleep with make-up on

Kim Kardashian a songwriter?

Who knew?

The most famous of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians cast is prolific on Twitter and some of her tweets - all pretty silly - were turned into brief, melodramatic ballads by Bette Midler when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.

Among the material the Grammy winner had to work with were tweets about the gold and white dress, the tragedy of falling asleep with your make-up on, and the fact that high heel loving Kimberly Noel Kardashian Thomas Humphries West actually spent an entire day wearing flats.

March 10, 2015

'I was only doing what is needed in this world'

A busker has become the outsinging hero of the Sydney Mardi Gras after he drowned out an anti-gay preacher with a performance of Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

Axel Winter, 24, was about to start busking at Pitt Street Mall on Saturday (7 March) when he noticed a man atop a stepladder with a Bible in his hand.

'He was saying hateful things towards gay people themselves. He said at one point "today is the day that god hates you most,"' he told Gay Star News.

March 5, 2015

First former communist country to do so

Slovenia has announced the legalisation of same-sex marriage, ahead of the country's growing 'Pink Week' travel concept in May.

Slovenian parliament voted in favor of gay marriage on Tuesday 3 March, making it the first former Yugoslavian/Balkan country to do so.

This is timely for Pink Week, a four-day LGBTI travel experience which welcomes travellers from around the world, and takes place for the second time this 28-31 May.

March 3, 2015

Heartbeat Song says the fact that people still hate gay people 'blows' her mind

Kelly Clarkson has said she doesn't care if her daughter is gay as long as she's happy.

The 'Heartbeat Song' singer said she never worries about any of her children, including new baby River Rose, will grow up gay.

'Oh, I don't care,' she told PrideSource. 'I mean, here's what I hope for her: I just hope she finds love. It took me a while, man and there was a lot of heartache throughout those years.'

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.

March 2, 2015

See Material Girl having some fun on a bed with a sock puppet

Madonna is everywhere these days - including on a bed feeding cookies to a sock puppet as she talks world tour dates.

The pop icon shared a silly video on Monday that has her looking glam as she picks over a box of cookies.

She's soon joined by SockBitch who wants to talk Rebel Heart world tour and asks what cities Madonna will be doing shows in.

The Material Girl asks the sock what cities he'd lke her to go to?

SockBitch replies: 'London City! New York City! Alaska City!'

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

'What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?'

Madonna has fired back at people who make degrading remarks about her age. 

The 56-year-old has been subject to intense media scrutiny since since she fell during her BRIT Awards performance of her new single Living For Love on Wednesday. 

Within minutes, the internet was inundated with cruel jokes and memes that poked fun at the Queen of Pop's age, some of which suggested that her tumble was a sign that she should retire. 

February 27, 2015

Lesbian actress continues her TV comeback in the ABC comedy

Raven-Symoné has landed a guest-starring role on ABC comedy Black-ish.

The openly gay actress and singer will play Rhonda, Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) lesbian sister, who is just as uncomfortable talking about her sexuality as he is.

'The two have a playful rivalry in which they jockey for position in their mother’s (recurring guest star Jenifer Lewis) rankings that are released every December,' EW reports.