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April 1, 2015

'This is why I mention I'm gay in my enquiries. Dodged a bullet'

A gay house-hunter has said he was rejected from a London property because he is gay.

Olly Barter, 29, were outraged when he received a text explaining the 'reason' why he would not be able to take the room in Tooting he found on Spareroom.co.uk.

The message read:

'It looks like one flatmate would prefer a straight individual. It is terrible, but it is something this person would not negotiate...

'Really sorry, good luck with your search.'

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 30, 2015

Think asexuals are completely different from gay people? Think again as we bust some myths

You might think of sexuality as a spectrum, a straight to gay gauge with every color of the rainbow in between. Or you might think of it in boxes, labeled upon delivery at birth.

But there are those who don’t fit on any scale or section of sexuality, asexuals. Asexuals don't feel any sexual attraction, and there's a bunch of misconceptions about them.

One is that asexuals are very different than LGBTI people. While one is not sexual and the other is, if you consider what is said to them, it feels very much the same.

March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 28, 2015

The two met while incarcerated in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire

Two gay men, both serving life sentences for murder, have become England's first same-sex couple to marry while in prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin (pictured) exchanged vows in the visiting center of Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire.

According to The Independent, the newlyweds fell in love during the time they spent in prison.

March 28, 2015

'I want people to know that you aren't alone. If I can just help one person get through, then I will be happy.'

Mike Pucillo, a 3-time All-American and 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion Wrestler, has come out as gay.

In an article by Jason Bryant at The Open Mat, the 26-year-old said he struggled with his sexuality for years and spent his high school years hoping he wasn't gay.

March 27, 2015

Two years on, Craig and Glen tell Gay Star News how their hearing/deaf relationship works

It's often said that communication is the key to a relationship.

But what if your partner is deaf?

That is the case for Craig Maslin.

The 22-year-old 'gay geek' joined the dating app Growlr shortly after coming out of his first relationship. After a week of chatting to 'pic-swapping whores,' he started talking to 23-year-old student Glen Fellows.

'His Growlr name was "deaf guy,"' Craig told Gay Star News. 'At the time I thought, "Is he joking? Is he really deaf?"'

March 26, 2015

Claims policy 'enables sexual harassment and endangers women and kids'

A Michigan woman is suing a gym over its trans-friendly locker room policy.

Yvette Cormier, 48, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages after Planet Fitness canceled her membership for complaining to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

The gym's non-discrimination policy states that 'members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.'

March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

'I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't view it as a bad thing'

Singer Josh Groban knows there are people out there who think he is gay.

He's not losing sleep over it.

'Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one,' Groban tells PrideSource. 'I would have nothing to hide if that were the case.'

March 25, 2015

'We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!'

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: 'Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 25, 2015

Greig Friday worked with young gay kids to help them overcome homophobia

Tributes have been paid to a gay man who lost his life in the Germanwings plane crash.

Australian Greig Friday, 29, who was living in Germany was spending a few weeks with his 68-year-old mother Carol who visited him for a vacation.

Both were on the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent. 150 people were killed.

March 24, 2015

Performer blackmailed wealthy man out of $500,000 and an Audi

Gay porn star Jarec Wentworth was arrested earlier this month by undercover FBI agents for extorting a wealthy man out of more than $500,000.

Wentworth, real name Teofil Brank, threatened to expose details of the unnamed victim’s embarrassing 'sexual liaisons' on social media if he did not meet his demands.

Brank, 26, is a performer for Sean Cody and Men.com and played a detective in a recent role.

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 23, 2015

The 67-year-old priest entered into the 'marriage' with a Pakistani immigrant

A Catholic priest is allowed to preach again after dissolving his civil partnership.

Father Donald Minchew, 67, was suspended after it was found he entered into a union with a man in 2008.

The religious leader was preaching St Mary's Catholic Church in Croydon, south London, before it was found he had entered into a 'gay marriage' of sorts.

In a letter to parishioners last week, prelate Monsignor Keith Newton said Minchew was allowed to return to work 'after much prayer and discussion'.

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 21, 2015

Out@NBC Universal was the first LGBT organization permitted to march in the parade's 254-year history

Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.