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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.

January 16, 2015

Nominated for British Male Solo Artist and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour

The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2015 are out and Sam Smith leads the way with nominations in five categories.

Smith is a contender for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour.

The gay 2014 Critics Choice winner has gone from strength to strength since winning his first BRIT, with a string of hit singles including Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

December 23, 2014

Lifetime are soon to air a movie about the troubled singer, who was rumored to have had enjoyed relationships with women as well as men

Actress Yolanda Ross has been speaking about her role in a forthcoming film about the life of Whitney Houston.

The movie is being produced for the Lifetime channel, and has been directed by Angela Bassett (of What’s Love Got To Do With It fame).

Yaya DaCosta has taken the role of Houston, while Ross plays the part of Robyn Crawford: Whitney’s personal assistant for a number of years.

October 17, 2014

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco says she would change her style but not her body

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco has spoken candidly to Oprah about her sexuality and gender identity, six years after her first appearance on the show shot her to fame.

In 2008, a long-haired Charice was given a standing ovation for her performance of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. Now 22, she has starred in Glee and has a bestselling album as well as a radically different look - short blonde hair, tattoos and a dress shirt.

September 25, 2014

Barbra Streisand makes music industry history with sales of latest album

Barbra Streisand is number one again.

The legendary singer's latest album, Partners, has debuted at the top of the Billboard sales chart. This makes Streisand the first artist in history to have a number one album in six consecutive decades.

Streisand's first number one album, People, came out 50 years ago next month. Her other chart toppers include The Way We Were, A Star is Born, The Broadway Album, and Love is the Answer, among others.

September 4, 2014

The 42-year-old gay pop star, already father to twin boys, hopes to add a girl to his family next year

Openly gay superstar Ricky Martin has announced plans to add a baby girl to his family.

The Livin’ La Vida Loca heartthrob hopes to give his twin sons Matteo and Valentino a little sister in 2015, growing his family in the same year he plans to release a new album and go on tour.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

June 26, 2014

The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release

After coming out as gay, Sam Smith has broken sales records in the US.

The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release.

This means he has sold more of his debut album in one week by any UK male artist, ever.

Unfortunately for Smith, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence outsold him meaning he did not reach the No. 1 spot of the Billboard album chart.

In the Lonely Hour reached No 1 in the UK on its release last month, selling 102,000 copies in its opening week in Britain.

June 10, 2014

Talk show host repeats line of questioning about body parts that led to headaches for Katie Couric

It seemed like a teachable moment earlier this year when Laverne Cox told talk show host Katie Couric that there is a whole lot else to talk to trans people about than their body parts.

Apparently Wendy Williams missed that moment.

During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show this week, Cox was asked by the host if she had breast implants.

May 26, 2014

Justin Bieber was one of a number of celebrities that helped raise $35 million at the amfAR gala ball in Cannes on Thursday

Justin Bieber has donated $545,000 towards HIV research, matching another donor’s donation at the amfAR gala charity ball in Cannes on Thursday.

Organizers were floored by the offer and double-checked with Bieber to make sure he was serious about the donation, which he confirmed he was.

However Bieber couldn’t wait to take part in a lavish banquet that was part of the event and reportedly ordered a meal off the hotel’s kids menu before the banquet was served.

March 23, 2014

The Saturday night show at the legendary London club celebrates the pop princess’ latest album Kiss Me Once

Kylie Minogue gyrated with a troop of sexy dancers for a sell-out crowd at G-A-Y in London’s Heaven club.

The ‘Princess of Pop’ is considered queen of G-A-Y and her state visit was marked by a month-long celebration at its bar in Soho.

Her performance, promoting her latest album Kiss Me Once and new hit Sexercise, was the 11th of her career at the club night.

She wore a figure-hugging red dress for the show last night – conservative British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail dubbed a ‘dominatrix’ outfit.

February 19, 2014

Gay icon sang new single Into The Blue especially for a very lucky mega-fan

Gay icon Kylie Minogue has made gay dreams come true, surprising one lucky fan with a performance at his local London gym.

Adam Milner was working out at The Factory Gym and Dance Centre without realizing his fellow gym bunnies were actually backing dancers.

With a burst of a glitter cannon, the petite pop singer showed up to sing her new single Into The Blue especially for him.

'I've been a fan of Kylie for as long as I can remember,’ Milner said

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

November 18, 2013

A woman has created another sure-fire viral hit as she records Jordin Sparks' Battlefield alongside a video of her pre-transition

A trans woman has recorded a duet with her pre-transition self.

Kayhar, who has previously documented her two-year transition, has now released a new video.

Before she transitioned, Kayhar recorded a version of Jordin Sparks’ Battlefield in 2008.

And now, in 2013, she has returned to the video and recorded a duet that she says has never been done before.

‘Progress for the trans community has been painfully slow,’ Kayhar said, in a statement to The Huffington Post.

November 8, 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Sia has donated the proceeds of a recent collaboration with rapper Eminem to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center over his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his latest album

Sia has donated the earnings of her collaboration ‘Beautiful Pain’ with US rapper Eminem over his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his recent The Marshall Mathers LP2 album to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

In the song ‘Rap God’ on the same album Eminem raps that he will ‘break a motherf**ker’s table over the back of a couple off faggots and crack it in half,’ and ‘you fags think it’s all a game till I walk a flock of flames off a plank.’

October 16, 2013

Gay people and women are savagely degraded in the lyrics of Rap God, the second single from US rapper Eminem’s upcoming album

US rapper Eminem has no problem calling people ‘gay-looking boy’ and ‘faggot’ in his quickly-rapped new song Rap God.

While other hip-hop artists like 50 Cent are apologizing for using homophobic language in their previous hits, Eminem and his fans seem to show no compunction over the former Grammy winner using homophobic language.

September 19, 2013

In an AIDS Healthcare Foundation public service announcement, New York City radio DJ Mister Cee reminds that sexual health can only come with honesty

, I gave you all of me. Now I want you to
give all of yourself: Are you good? Are you healthy? Are you free?
I can tell you today, that today I’m free.” - See more at: http://www.aidshealth.org/archives/17102#sthash.7wekYjtZ.dpuf

It's been a busy seven days for DJ Mister Cee.

Last week. the popular New York City radio personality announced he was leaving his perch at Hot 97 due to another scandal involving a transgender sex worker.

This week he's back at his job, due to pleas from his program director. In addition, the DJ is telling people they no longer need to hide their sexuality, no matter the orientation. 

July 19, 2013

Gay Star News meets the Iowa musician breaking the mould by creating authentic tunes for gay romance

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time fantasizing my pop music heroes were possibly singing about boys instead of the attractive women that dominated their music videos.

While it still seems not everyone in the music industry is able to be publicly open about their sexuality, it’s really encouraging to see a number of talented musicians releasing honest and authentic music that’s also, thankfully, really good.

My current gay music crush is singer Eli Lieb who I caught up with recently.

July 15, 2013

Gay singer would rather focus on original music on next album

Adam Lambert has dumped his record label because they wanted him to next do an album of  80s cover songs.

RCA Records has released Lambert's first two albums For Your Entertainment and Trespssing but they will not be releasing his third album which the singer wants to be comprised of original material.

June 11, 2013

Lesbian singer says: 'She’s like my everything'

A week after she came out to the world as a lesbian, singer Charice Pempengco is sharing that her girlfriend is Alyssa Quijano of the band AKA Jam.

'She's like my everything,' she told journalists this week.

The singer, widely known as Charice, is a Filipina superstar who became known outside her native country after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show and landing a role on TV's Glee.

June 10, 2013

Former Glee star Charice Pempengco's mother's comments indicate she doesn't understand and is not fully supportive of her daughter's sexuality

The mother of Filipina popstar and former Glee star Charice Pempengco, who came out as a lesbian last week, said that she used to be a lesbian too.

Raquel Pempengco said at at press conference in her home in Marikina City on Friday (7 June) that she used to have female lovers but her mother, Tess Relucio, pressurized her to marry a man and start a family.

Raquel and Ricky Pempengco ended-up separating and the couple's children, Charice and her brother Carl, were raised in their grandmother's house.

June 3, 2013

Filipino singer and former Glee star Charice Pempengco has come out as a lesbian and has thanked her fans for staying with her

Charice Pempengco, who played Sunshine Corazon during the 2010-2011 seasons of Glee, has thanked her fans for staying with her after she came out as a lesbian.

The X Factor Philippines judge told a Philippines television show, ‘Yes, I’m a lesbian,' on June 2.

‘Now I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and certain that I’m not stepping on anybody’s toe.’

May 13, 2013

Finland’s entry to this year’s European singing contest has created a storm with its catchy beat and open support for same-sex marriage

Krista Siegfrids may appear to be all sugar, sweetness, sunshine, but she is causing shockwaves.

Finland is used to sending ballad after ballad to the annual popfest extravaganza that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

They have broken the mold two times. The first, when they sent a band called Lordi wearing monster costumes and playing heavy rock, and now, when they have sent a pop princess fighting for equal marriage.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.