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October 22, 2014

Four witnesses have already left the Philippines

A US marine charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman defied orders from Philippine authorities yesterday and skipped his first court hearing.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, has been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead, naked and with her head in a hotel toilet last week in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

October 21, 2014

The Boyzone singer's family and husband are battling over his estate

The family of late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately have said they will hire a private investigator for a fresh probe into his death.

They said they still had unanswered questions over his death while they battle with his husband over his £1.5 million ($2.42 million) estate.

Gately, 33, died of an undetected heart condition in October 2009 while on holiday in Majorca with his husband, Andrew Cowles. He was found slumped on a sofa after returning home from a gay club with a Bulgarian model they had just met.

October 21, 2014

'I’ve had a couple of girls say, "I’d love to go out with him, but it puts me off that his mum is a lesbian"'

An X Factor star has opened up about his childhood, saying he had to defend his gay mother from bullies.

British singer Jack Walton, the 18-year-old currently competing in this year's ITV singing competition show, has revealed he has even had to leave girlfriends as they felt uncomfortable with him being brought up by two women.

The guitar-playing crooner, from the mining town of Castleford in Yorkshire, said he got a lot of hate from his schoolmates when he found out his mother was gay at age 11.

October 20, 2014

'My bus, my rules'

A gay couple are speaking out after a driver kicked them off a London bus who ranted at them for kissing.

Jack James, 23, and his partner claim they were on a 89 bus near Blackheath, an area of south east London, when the driver ordered them off his bus for breaking his 'rules'.

Transport for London announced they were investigating the complaint today (20 October).

James said: 'We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.

October 17, 2014

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco says she would change her style but not her body

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco has spoken candidly to Oprah about her sexuality and gender identity, six years after her first appearance on the show shot her to fame.

In 2008, a long-haired Charice was given a standing ovation for her performance of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. Now 22, she has starred in Glee and has a bestselling album as well as a radically different look - short blonde hair, tattoos and a dress shirt.

October 17, 2014

'...When are we going to talk about the boy who did applause choreography in the background of a news report'

Remember the lad whose dance moves, and diva face, made a Las Vegas newscast more memorable?

Well, Mother Monster knows a fellow traveler when she sees one

According to NewNowNext, Lady Gaga tweeted words of praise to 15-year old Brendan Jordan.

October 16, 2014

See some of the best pictures from last night's protest at Sainsbury's Brighton

Hundreds of students and supporters of equal rights held a mass kiss-in at a UK supermarket after a lesbian couple were told to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

In response, they held a mass kiss-in in the very same branch of Sainsbury's where a chaste kiss was branded 'inappropriate' by a security guard.

Annabelle Paige, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sussex, said she gave her girlfriend a light kiss and then a security guard came over to say they could either stop showing signs of affection or be thrown out.

October 16, 2014

Police suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton became angry when he found out the victim was transgender

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton yesterday was charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude, 28, was found dead on Sunday with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. An autopsy report found she died due to strangulation and drowning.

Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim when they checked into the hotel after meeting in a nearby bar.

October 15, 2014

Can you see same-sex marriage from your house, Sarah Palin?

A remote Arctic town has hosted Alaska's first ever legal same-sex marriage.

In an outpost that cannot be reached by road, a loving lesbian couple have been allowed to wed three days before their ceremony could technically be held.

Kristine Hilderbrand, 30 and Sarah Ellis, 34, obtained their marriage license on Monday afternoon. As they were unable to have their friends and family fly out to them later that week, magistrate Mary Treiber waivered the three-day waiting period.

October 15, 2014

A 60-year-old married Indian man threw his 20-year-old male lover through a third story window Tuesday morning after a dispute broke out between the pair while they were apparently having sex

A 20-year-old gay man is dead after being thrown through a third story window during a lovers quarrel in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 15, 2014

Movie is Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood

Gale Harold may be straight in real life but for five season on Showtime's Queer as Folk, he convincingly played a sexually promiscuous advertising man named Brian Kinney.

Harold, 45, is set to play his first gay role since Queer as Folk left the air in 2005. He is one of the stars of Kiss Me, Kill Me, an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood.

While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, a man blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend has been murdered and he is the prime suspect.

October 14, 2014

'If Turkey could understand we too are people, then I do believe one day our marriage will be legal'

A Turkish gay couple have lost their jobs, evicted from their home and are facing death threats from their family for choosing to get 'married'.

Ekin Keser, 21, and Emrullah Tüzün, 27, say they are afraid for their lives after choosing to commit to each other in a symbolic wedding.

The couple wed on a ferry in Istanbul in September. While it had no legal significance, they hoped publicizing it would challenge views.

October 14, 2014

Students are daring a branch of Sainsbury's to call their kisses 'inappropriate'

Angry shoppers are taking a stand after a UK supermarket told a lesbian couple to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

In response, they will be holding a mass kiss-in in the very same branch of Sainsbury's where a chaste kiss was branded 'inappropriate' by a security guard.

October 13, 2014

The Tasmanian state conference of Australia’s Liberal Party has voted yet again to keep opposition to same-sex marriage in its official platform despite voices in the party calling for a more inclusive approach

The membership of the Tasmanian Liberal Party State Council voted on Saturday to keep opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry as part of its official platform, in a move that has been labelled retrograde by supporters of equality for LGBTI people.

The motion voted on at the state party’s annual conference was in support of keeping the current definition of marriage in the federal Marriage Act and was passed ‘on the voices’ without a count of hands.

October 13, 2014

Sainsbury's has apologized after a security guard told a gay couple to stop being affectionate following a customer complaint

Angry shoppers are taking a stand after a UK supermarket told a lesbian couple to stop kissing on Coming Out Day.

Sainsbury's apologized to the young couple after a security guard told them to stop being affectionate following a customer complaint.

The Brighton branch store denies the couple were asked to leave.

Annabelle Paige, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sussex, said she gave her girlfriend a light kiss and then a security guard came over to say they could either stop showing signs of affection or be thrown out.

October 13, 2014

The woman was found with her head in a hotel toilet

A US marine has been detained in the murder of a Philippine transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, 26, was found dead on Saturday night with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city.

Media reports say she checked into the hotel at 11pm with a 'male, white foreigner' and her body was discovered by a cleaner at 11.45pm.

Police said there were signs of strangulation.

October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

October 11, 2014

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher

British TV chat show host Graham Norton has spoken candidly about his love of alcohol in his soon-to-be-published memoir, The Lives and Loves of a He Devil.

The book, which is published on 23 October, explores Norton’s notion that it is the things we love that make us who we are; and one of the things Norton clearly enjoys his liquor.

October 11, 2014

'From what we’ve been told by witnesses, it appears … that it may be a robbery gone bad'

Authorities in Los Angeles are offering a $50,000 (39,000) for information about the 2 October murder of a transgender woman.

Earlier this month, 47-year-old Aniya Parker was shot in the head trying to escape from three men near Kenmore and Melrose Avenues.

According to KTLA 5, a local news station, security video from local businesses shows the victim and suspects in a dispute.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 9, 2014

Police are not treating the murder as a hate crime

A 38-year-old Californian man has been arrested in the murder of a transgender and immigrant activist.

Randy Lee Parkerson was detained on Tuesday while driving in the city of Anaheim on suspicion of murder in the death of 28-year-old Zoraida Reyes.

He was arrested near to the parking lot of a Dairy Queen where her body was found in June.

Lieutenant Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the LA Times, ‘There is nothing to suggest that Zoraida was specifically targeted.

‘The motive is still unclear.’

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 7, 2014

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country

A Brazilian transgender woman was murdered last week by three shots to the face.

Gull dos Santos, 35, was killed on Wednesday while walking down on a high street in Rio Largo municipality, Alagoas province.

According to police, two men approached the victim on a motorcycle, fired several shots and fled before they could be identified. dos Santos died on the spot.

Although dos Santos was killed on a busy thoroughfare, witnesses did not pass any useful information to police except that more than one man participated in the crime.