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January 27, 2015

Out broadway star lands a recurring role in ABC's country music drama

Openly gay broadway star Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC's country music drama Nashville in a recurring role.

Massey, 33, will play Kevin Bicks, 'one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay.'

January 27, 2015

Emmy nominee McKinnon known for impersonations of Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber

Following in the footsteps of such female Saturday Night Live alums as Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon is heading to the movies.

McKinnon, the first openly lesbian cast member in the show's history, has landed a starring role in an all-female version of Ghostbusters.

The film will also star Melissa McCarthy, Wiig and Leslie Jones who is also a current SNL castmember, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

January 27, 2015

She was just 24

A trans woman was shot down in Texas yesterday (26 January).

Ty Underwood, a 24-year-old training to be a nurse, was found murdered in the city of Tyler, around 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

A woman had called 911 early on Monday morning saying a car had hit a telephone pole and that her children had heard gunshots.

While police have yet to determine a motive, it is believed she was targeted because she is transgender.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 26, 2015

Art teacher, football coach and mentor was shot and killed in Minnesota

A teacher, a coach, a mentor and ally to LGBTI teens was the victim of a fatal shooting on Saturday (24 January).

David Frigaard, a 46-year-old who taught art at Park High School in Minnesota, was killed in Mahtomedi close to a bar he owned.

The Washington County Sheriff's office has confirmed a suspect is in custody.

In the news release, they said authorities responded at 3.17am to a report of a gunshot in the area of Highway 244 and 75th Street. Frigaard was found dead in the area.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

January 23, 2015

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson one of five teams on CBS reality competition who have just met

There are two gay couples competing on the new season of The Amazing Race.

One has been together for seven years (Jonathan Knight and boyfriend Harley Rodriguez) while the other had never met.

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson are one of five teams on CBS reality competition who are essentially going on an epic blind date around the world. The other six teams are established couples.

January 23, 2015

Prominent LGBTI rights activist could face jail time

Singaporean LGBTI rights activist and blogger Alex Au has been found guilty for a post critical of the city's anti-gay law.

The High Court yesterday (22 January) ruled that the article published in October 2013 posed 'a real threat of undermining public confidence in the administration of justice in Singapore.'

'I therefore find the respondent guilty of scandalizing contempt in respect of that article,' Justice Belinda Ang wrote in her judgement.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 21, 2015

Recent murder of a transgender woman is blamed on state and police apathy

Transgender activists in the Indian city of Hyderabad have called for a panel similar to the Human Rights Commission, citing a rise in anti-trans violence in Telangana state.

The Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) collective made the demand on Monday (19 January) after the murder of one of their sisters.

Pavallika, 25, was found dead on a construction site in the early hours of Saturday (17 January) morning.

January 21, 2015

Says Knight: 'Going through this whole process with him has been really surreal'

During the height of his fame as a member of the band New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight was not open with the public about his being gay.

But he sure is now.

Knight is competing in the new season of the CBS reality competition The Amazing Race with his partner of seven years, Harley Rodriguez.

'Going through this whole process with him has been really surreal,' Knight, 46, says in a video introducing the new teams to viewers.

January 21, 2015

A man and a woman kissing would have apparently been acceptable

A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'.

Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips.

When he asked the bouncer if it was 'acceptable' if they were male and female, the doorman allegedly said 'yes'.

'It was horrific', Dummigan told the Leicester Mercury. 'He said it was making people feel uneasy. It was really upsetting for me.'

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 20, 2015

On the road with the star of E4's new gay drama Cucumber

With Cucumber, the new queer TV series from Russell T. Davies, hitting UK screens this Thursday, we caught up with one of the stars of the show, Miles Higson – who plays Beanie, the best friend of 15-year-old Adam, and who also played Hollyoaks' Seth Costello – to talk all things travel...

January 20, 2015

' ... When I feel it’s “You’re going to like my lifestyle,” no matter what it is, I’m going to have a problem'

Billy Crystal has expounded on his recent comments that some gay sex scenes on television go too far and doesn't seem to understand what the fuss is all about.

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

January 19, 2015

Feud continues in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Michelle Visage has branded fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate Perez Hilton 'an embarrasment' who has set the LGBTI community back 50 years.

On Friday (16 January) night, Hilton, 37, gyrated in the garden topless while making sexually suggestive noises in a deliberate attempt to rile up the Rupaul's Drag Race judge.

Visage shortly after visited the diary room, where the crowd favorite slammed his attention-seeking behviour while holding back tears.

'Perez sets our community back 50 years. He’s an embarrassment,' she said.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

January 19, 2015

See pictures from the magical day here

The UK's first official Pagan same-sex wedding took place yesterday (18 January).

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, tied the knot (literally) in the handfasting ceremony held in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh.

What once served as an interrogating room during the grisly witch hunts of the 16th century now served as the enchanting venue for the blessed couple, encompassing ancient Pagan traditions.

They cast a circle, invoked the elements, exchanged rings, drank mead out of a two handed cup called a quaich and jumped the broom.

January 18, 2015

Civil partners Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, of Nottingham, England, explain why they chose to become foster carers and why others should consider it

Have you ever considered fostering?

A British agency, Fostering Solutions, has just launched a campaign, Foster15, to highlight the fact that, on average, a child is taken into care in England every 15 minutes; a figure that it believes is set to rise if current trends continue.

Among the foster carers supporting the campaign is same-sex couple, Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, aged 38 and 43, of Nottingham.

January 17, 2015

The driver had allegedly tried to force his rider to perform oral sex in the car

He's the second Uber driver to be charged with sexual assault in Chicago in weeks.

Adnan Nafasat, a 46-year-old married father of three, has been charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and kidnapping after he tried to overpower his 21-year-old male passenger, according to ABC7.

The UberX (Uber's low-cost service) driver had picked up his passenger in Boystown on Chicago's North Side in the early morning on July 31, 2014.

January 16, 2015

Twitter reacts hilariously to Tom Utley's rant about Stephen Fry's engagement to a man 30 years his junior

A Daily Mail columnist has compared opposing Stephen Fry's engagement to another man with the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Tom Utley, a 61-year-old journalist, criticized other newspapers for not being as homophobic as he expected about the forthcoming nuptials of the gay QI host.

He said, as the father of a straight 27-year-old, he would be displeased if his son had announced he was going to marry the 'gargantuan, shambling form of our national treasure, 57-year-old Stephen Fry'.

January 16, 2015

Musician Ashley Hamilton succeeded in getting faster medical treatment for a friend before ruse was discovered

The son of actor George Hamilton was arrested this week after flashing a badge and pretending to be a police officer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Ashley Hamilton, 40, took an injured friend to the center's medical offices and succeeded in bypassing a crowded waiting room by concocting the ruse, according to TMZ.