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May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015

A special mention was given to ‘The Lobster’, an eccentric fable starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz about lovers who risk being turned into animals if they fail to find a partner

A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the 2015 Queer Palm award, an independently sponsored prize entered into the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Todd Haynes, 'Carol' is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel ('The Price of Salt') that tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.

Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.

May 22, 2015

Also jokes, deadpan, that he was drag queen in high school, 'experimented with ass play,' and was male prostitute

Taye Diggs will take over the title role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in July and he says he is more than ready.

'I feel very honored and flattered and excited and committed,' Diggs told TMZ. 'It’s a lot of work.'

Then he said: 'I have a flaming homosexual inside me and I’m raring to let that out.'

May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 16, 2015

The Attorney General's office kicked off an initiative schooling health care professionals on best practices in working with transgender patients

The Attorney General of New York has announced a new initiative to ensure equal access to medical care for transgender people across the state.

Eric Schneiderman said his Civil Rights Bureau is working with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Mt Sinai Health Systems and Lambda Legal to address the challenges trans patients face and to ensure healthcare providers know best practice to treat them.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 14, 2015

'Bostian was active in the Proposition 8 fight'

The engineer who was involved in Tuesday (12 May) night's Amtrak train crash has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian.

His lawyer, and officials at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he received treatment, confirmed the identity of the 32-year-old resident of Queens, New York.

Bostian likes several LGBTI pages on Facebook and was interviewed at a gay marriage protest in 2012.

May 14, 2015

'Bostian was active in the Proposition 8 fight'

The engineer who was involved in Tuesday (12 May) night's Amtrak train crash has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian.

His lawyer, and officials at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he received treatment, confirmed the identity of the 32-year-old resident of Queens, New York.

Bostian likes several LGBTI pages on Facebook and was interviewed at a gay marriage protest in 2012.

May 14, 2015

'She kind of s**t all over my mother’s legacy'

Joan Rivers' daughter is no longer remaining silent about the implosion Fashion Police suffered as it tried to stay on the air after the death of her mother.

Melissa Rivers, who continued to executive produce the show after Kathy Griffin took over for her mother, is critical of how Griffin quit the show abruptly after less than three months on the job.

'My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of shit all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving,' Rivers told Hoda Kotb Wednesday night in New York.

May 13, 2015

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs'

At 55, Allison Janney has never been married.

But the six-time Emmy winner doesn't rule out getting hitched one day - possibly to a gay man.

'I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,' she tells The Advocate in an interview posted Wednesday (13 May).

'I’d have a partner to share my life with, but I’d go have affairs. Maybe I’d get on Tinder?'

May 12, 2015

'Boycotting me for a discussion? When did we grown so small and intolerant?'

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed 'gay extremists' who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

May 12, 2015

Piper and Alex look like they get closer (and in the same bed) in new season 3 image

The series trailer for Orange Is The New Black season 3 is here and we are gagging.

Piper, Alex, Crazy Eyes, Red and the rest will be back with new episodes on 12 June and the new trailer is sure to get you even more psyched.

Catching up new viewers with what's happened so far, we get reintroduced to Taylor Schilling's Piper, the bisexual New York woman sent to jail for a drug running crime she committed a decade ago.

In prison, we meet her former lover Alex (played by Laura Prepon) and the rest of the eccentric cast of inmates.

May 11, 2015

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May 8, 2015

'It has become clear that Facebook’s apology was empty and their promise to make any real change to their policy was a lie.'

A group of drag queens and members of the LGBTI community have reignited the protest over Facebook’s ‘real name policy’ months after a public apology.

An online petition has been started by user Lil Miss Hot Mess, asking the organizers of San Francisco Pride and New York Pride to ban Facebook from participating in the events; as of today, roughly 1800 people have signed the petition.

On 1 June they are also planning to hold a protest outside Facebook’s headquarters.

May 7, 2015

Suspects who brutally attacked gay couple in front of diners remain at large

The 'Dallas BBQ' restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City has released a statement on Facebook saying it is 'deeply saddened' by a brutal attack on a gay couple by another diner.

May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

More than just news, we bring you the LGBTI world - 24/7!

Our team of reporters around the world are always on duty, bringing you the news stories that matter but also insights into the world around us and exploration of the things that matter.

Here's a quick summary of what you get from Gay Star News:

May 6, 2015

Says one victim: 'These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people'

Two men were hit over the head with a chair during a voilent attack on Tuesday (5 May) at Dallas BBQ located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

May 6, 2015

Says one victim: 'These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people'

Two men were hit over the head with a chair during a voilent attack on Tuesday (5 May) at Dallas BBQ located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

May 5, 2015

The event will be 76-year-old Jacobi's first pride march ever; pair let slip they may visit the Stonewall Inn

Iconic actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have been revealed as the 'Vicious' grand marshals of this year's NYC Pride.

They will lead the parade at this year's event alongside New York-based artist J. Christopher Neal and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, according to the below announcement.

Sharing the news in a YouTube video, Jacobi reveals he has never been to a pride march before – prompting McKellen to refer to him as a 'Pride virgin'. 

May 4, 2015

The prominent gay businessman hosted an event for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz last month (April)

Gay business man Ian Reisner has claimed that gay men are 'cheap' and 'entitled'. 

Reisner, one of New York's most prominent gay businessmen, caused controversy last month (April) when he and Mati Weiderpass hosted an evening event for a dozen guests and Republican Presidentual hopeful Ted Cruz at a Central Park South penthouse.