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November 24, 2014

'Every day, I hear some idiot calling me fag or threatening to kill me'

Lance Bass came out publicly as a gay man back in 2006.

But some people just can't deal with it.

'Every day, I hear some idiot calling me fag or threatening to kill me, and that's what you have to live with when there's still such a negative look at the LGBT community,' Bass tells ABC News.

'It's just sad what people are brainwashed into thinking.'

November 24, 2014

Baja California officials then find 'inconsistencies' in the paperwork

The first gay wedding in the Mexican state of Baja California had to be postponed again after a registry official refused to perform the ceremony and then announced a bomb threat.

After a 19-month legal battle, hairstylists Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, were supposed to be the first gay couple to marry in the northwestern state on Friday (21 November).

The couple arrived at Mexicali city hall both dressed in white suits and defied the dozen praying Catholic protesters.

November 24, 2014

Don't talk dirty to me

A London university has banned a rapper and youth speaker who has called homosexuality a 'disease'.

Imran ibn Mansur, 24, was today banned from appearing at the University of East London.

The Islamic Society invited the young preacher to speak at an event planned for this week. But when the university was made aware, they said they could not have a person who believes being gay is 'obscene, filthy and shameless'.

November 24, 2014

Singer tells GSN: 'I've been openly gay my whole career and I don't think there's any other way to be'

Eli Lieb, whose cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball went viral last year on YouTube, likes to sing about love.

But the openly gay artist wants his songs to be relateable to both straight and gay audiences.

'When you listen, it's equal,' he tells Gay Star News. 'When you see my videos, it's still equal and I try to make that the point - it's just love as opposed to a gay relationship.'

While the songs can apply to straight or same-sex love, the videos leave no doubt that Lieb is into men.

November 23, 2014

The Los Angeles couple and their kids will feature on the annual show that raises awareness around fostering and adoption

CBS show Home for the Holidays is an annual TV institution that aims to highlight the fact that there are some 400,000 kids in foster care in the US who could benefit from finding adoptive families.

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 show – which will air on 19 December – will again look at several families that include adopted children. For the first time in the show’s history, a same-sex couple will head one of those families.

The couple in question are partners Rich Valenza, aged 55 and Jared Gee, 39, along with their kids, Zack and Emmary.

November 22, 2014

Friends of Jennifer Gable were angry to see her in a suit and with short hair at her funeral

Friends of a transgender woman who died suddenly were shocked when she was presented at her funeral in an open casket as a man.

Jennifer Gable, a 32-year-old trans woman from Idaho, US died suddenly of an aneurism on October 9 while working as a customer service co-ordinator for Wells Fargo bank.

At the funeral in Twin Falls, Idaho her friends were shocked to see her in an open casket with short hair and dressed in a suit.

Friend Stacy Dee Hudson took to Facebook to voice her opinion.

‘I am disgusted,’ she wrote.

November 21, 2014

'The extreme characters you used to see in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them'

Bette Midler, who got her start performing at a bathhouse in New York City, said this week that she misses the outrageousness of those days.

'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 20, 2014

Report finds the government is 'complicit' in the rise of anti-gay violence

LGBTI Iraqis are at 'imminent risk of death' amid a breakdown in rule of law and the rise of sectarian militias, according to a new report.

The report released yesterday (19 November) said Iraqi security forces gave 'tacit blessing' to religious militias to target perceived 'sodomites' with impunity.

The report was conducted by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, MADRE and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq over two years.

November 20, 2014

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie'

Former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has said he is 'ashamed' he did not come out earlier after years of denying his sexuality.

The 32-year-old Olympian was named Man of Influence at last night's GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Sydney.

'I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it,' he told the magazine.

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.'

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 19, 2014

One was just eight years old, murdered by her father after she told him she was trans

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

November 19, 2014

And the waiter was forced to leave after the manager refused to step in and do anything

A teenager is speaking out after he was called a homophobic slur on a restaurant receipt.

Blake Butler, 19, was a waiter at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Houston, Texas up until last week.

He was serving his tables and chatting to colleagues when a work friend showed him a note he got at the top of the receipt from two customers.

It read: 'Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal'.

November 18, 2014

On the road with the gay dad and former Coronation Street star

He played Marcus Dent in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street – but the gorgeous Charlie Condou, 40, is equally known by many aspiring gay fathers as a parenting role model. With his Canadian boyfriend Dr Cameron Laux, 49, Charlie is a father to two children – Georgia, six, and Hal, four (Charlie and Cameron's close friend Catherine Kanter is the children's mother).

November 18, 2014

Watch a stunning rendition of Defying Gravity here

Commuters and other passersby have joined with a LGBT choir to sing against violence in Manchester after two young men were attacked for singing on a tram.

The Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus held the 'Safe to Sing' event on the city's trams in response to the 'vicious attack'.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 18, 2014

New cards list 'father's name' or 'mother's name' twice

Israel's Interior Ministry yesterday (17 November) started issuing new identity cards to the children of gay parents that recognize they have two fathers or mothers.

Previously, all ID cards listed 'mother's name' and 'father’s name,' even though the middle eastern country has recognized gay parents since 2006. On the new cards, 'father’s name' or 'mother’s name' appear twice.

The change comes after three families with gay parents petitioned the Population, Immigration and Border Authority.

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

November 18, 2014

Multi-talented performer is reported to be among finalists

There's no denying that Neil Patrick Harris is having a banner year.

He got married, won a Tony, was named Oscars host, had a memoir published, was in two movies and completed a nine year run on How I Met Your Mother.

Will he be adding the People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive title to his heady list of 2014 accomplishments?

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 17, 2014

Anthony Callea and actor Tim Campbell have been together seven years

Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend last week in New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

Callea announced their marriage today (17 November) on social media and his Facebook post had 34,000 likes within six hours.

'Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week!' he wrote. 

'Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!'

November 17, 2014

Nearly 40 per cent of all students took part

A Japanese high school held a 'Sexchange day' last week in order to a teach students how to see beyond their gender.

Nearly 300 students at Fuji Hokuryo High School in Yamanashi Prefecture on Tuesday (11 November) exchanged uniforms with classmates of the opposite sex and attended classes as usual.

Participation was optional nearly 40 per cent of all students or 299 students - 117 boys and 182 girls - took part in the exchange, which was proposed by the students themselves after learning that some people are rejected for their gender identity.

November 16, 2014

Hollywood star also discusses his gay brother ‘The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane’

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has written an open letter urging Irish people to vote for gay marriage equality.

Writing in today’s Sunday World (16 November) he talks about his gay brother and how Ireland needs marriage equality now.

The Irish-born actor, who starred in films such as Minority Report, Phone Booth and Alexander, writes about when he first knew his brother was gay.

November 16, 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection to the case

Stephen Patrick White, 46, has died on Saturday afternoon in a hospital from injuries after he was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room last weekend.

According to media reports, White, an army veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in the incident last weekend when he went to the hotel with a man he met at a gay bar.

A 26-year-old man has as been charged in the crime.

November 14, 2014

'If your panties fall down all around your feet, step out of them and keep on singing'

For more than four decades now, drag queens have been dressing up like Bette Midler.

So it comes as no surprise that the Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner has some tips on how to be the most divine.

'A good pair of shoes - a really good pair of shoes - because you'll really hurt yourself. You'll hurt your joints,' Midler tells PrideSource.

In addition to the proper shoes, Midler recommends 'a serious undergarment.'