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February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

'One day I just walked into the office and I quit ...  I had just reached a point where I was like, "I can't fucking do this anymore"'

On HBO's Girls this season, Andrew Rannells' character of Elijah does something very impulsive when he decides to follow Hannah (Lena Dunham) from New York City to Iowa.

So has Rannells, in real life, every done something similarly impulsive?

It turns out he did back in 2004 when he was an unknown and working for a company that made Pokemon and other anime cartoons.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 16, 2015

The out lesbian is survived by her partner of 33 years

Lesley Gore, the 1960s pop star who later came out publicly as a lesbian, died on Monday of lung cancer. Her biggest hits included It's My Party, You Don't Own Me and Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.

Gore died New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, according to the Associated Press.

'She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,' Lois Sasson, Gore’s partner of 33 years, told the AP.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 12, 2015

A colleague's offensive comments on gays prompted the actor to reveal his sexuality 

The American star of a hit Russian sitcom has risked his career by coming out as gay.

Odin Biron stars as Phil, an American doctor trying to negotiate his life in Russia, in one of the country's most popular TV programmes, a medical sitcon somewhat similar to Scrubs called Interns.

The actor, born and raised in Minnesota, has been the shows’s star for the past four years and felt the need to come out after his co-star, Ivan Okhlobystin, made offensive comments.  

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 9, 2015

Lead the growth of Gay Star News

We are seeking a senior sales executive to build our income and client base, based in New York.

Gay Star News already has a reputation for amazing customer service and for offering unique, integrated campaigns across digital media, social media and real-world activities, including events.

The right candidate for us will be creative, driven and with strong media sales experience. They’ll have opportunities for rapid promotion and professional development, including management opportunities – there’s no limit on how far you could go within Gay Star News.

February 7, 2015

'It’s safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total shit show.'

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of Orange Is The New Black, is engaged to her partner Chelsea Fairless.

The actress announced her forthcoming marriage with a doctored picture showing the couple with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.

'Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement,' DeLaria posted today on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

February 7, 2015

'It’s safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total shit show.'

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of Orange Is The New Black, is engaged to her partner Chelsea Fairless.

The actress announced her forthcoming marriage with a doctored picture showing the couple with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.

'Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement,' DeLaria posted today on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 6, 2015

Mom: 'He only knew that he was different from how everyone was treating him, and wanted us to listen to who he really was'

A trans boy and his mother from Brooklyn, New York have written incredible letters.

Francisca and her son Qbdoo, or Q for short, has shared what it is like to go through a transition.

'He started to get really frustrated about himself, his body, his clothes. He complained about not liking himself,' Francisca says.

'Little by little he stated more and more clearly how he knew he was a boy; first to me, then to his father, then to school and to the world.

February 6, 2015

Mom: 'He only knew that he was different from how everyone was treating him, and wanted us to listen to who he really was'

A trans boy and his mother from Brooklyn, New York have written incredible letters.

Francisca and her son Qbdoo, or Q for short, has shared what it is like to go through a transition.

'He started to get really frustrated about himself, his body, his clothes. He complained about not liking himself,' Francisca says.

'Little by little he stated more and more clearly how he knew he was a boy; first to me, then to his father, then to school and to the world.

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 28, 2015

Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and beyond: welcome to adrenaline junkies' paradise

Remember that kid in your class at school, who was always perpetually jetting off to, or returning from, Orlando? And the sweet, sweet envy you felt upon their return, hearing all about their sun-drenched, fun-infused escapades?

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 10, 2015

A gay couple from New York lead the new campaign for engagement rings called 'Will You?'

Tiffany and Co. has chosen to recognize all the same-sex couples who might also be waiting for an engagement ring in a little blue box.

The luxury jewellery brand has featured a real-life couple in their new engagement ring campaign.

The newly-released images show the couple, who are not models but an actual couple from New York, relaxing on the front stoop of their apartment.

The campaign is called Will You? and features couples in different stages of their relationship, but it is this image in particular which has caught our attention.

January 8, 2015

Watch as his face falls in realisation he could have dated a movie star

Australian actress Nicole Kidman left US host Jimmy Fallon red-faced when she revealed she thought he was gay after she tried - and failed - to seduce them on their 'first date'.

Recalling the date during Fallon's Tonight Show, she recollected how she wanted to meet Fallon when she was in New York and asked a mutual friend to introduce them.

'I don't know, what do I do?' Fallon said he asked his friend. 'I don't have dinner parties. I don't have people over to my house. I have video games and sneakers.'