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April 25, 2015

'I've been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life'

Olympic champion turned reality show star Bruce Jenner confirmed on Friday (24 April) plans to transition to female.

'For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,' Jenner told Diane Sawyer minutes into a highly-anticipated interview on ABC.

April 23, 2015

Pope Francis reportedly met with openly gay French diplomat Laurent Stefanini over the weekend to tell him that he could not accept his appointment to become an ambassador to the Vatican City

France’s openly gay pick to become its next ambassador to the Holy See has met with Pope Francis only to be told he is unacceptable for the job, according to new reports.

Laurent Stefanini met with Pope Francis for a 15 minute audience over the weekend, according to the Le Canard Enchâiné newspaper, and was told that France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 was part of the reason he could not accept him into the Vatican’s diplomatic community.

April 13, 2015

'As black as my skin, as Chinese as my blood, and as Australian and British are my nationalities, I’m also a proud gay woman'

The co-host of The Voice Australia has come out as gay.

Faustina 'Fuzzy' Agolley made the announcement in a blog post on Friday (April 13) – her 31st birthday – because it simply felt right.

'As black as my skin, as Chinese as my blood, and as Australian and British are my nationalities, I’m also a proud Gay Woman,' she wrote.

'Most importantly though, I’m a happy human being.'

April 9, 2015

Culture Club singer: 'If Marge Simpson met Dolly Parton and went dancing with Ziggy Stardust, it wouldn’t come close to what you’ll see'

Boy George is getting real - well, as real as reality television can be.

The Culture Club lead singer is teaming with producers of the reality franchises Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up with the Kardashians for a series of his own.

He is promising big things in the docu-series which will chronicle his move from London to Los Angeles.

'If Marge Simpson met Dolly Parton and went dancing with Ziggy Stardust, it wouldn’t come close to what you’ll see,' he said in a statement Thursday (9 April).

April 4, 2015

Embracing my agalmatophilia while admiring the statues of London.

One of the things that I like to do when traveling, when visiting cities around the world, is to check out the museums and galleries.

In particular, I always enjoy admiring their statues.

I like to think that I'm appreciating the craftsmanship, the technique, the smooth lines of the marble that evoke a different time, a different place, a different world. An alternative explanation is that I could be experiencing a mild case of agalmatophilia.

April 2, 2015

Plus her top beard tip

Conchita Wurst is coming to the end of what will almost certainly be the busiest and most exciting year of her life.

This time last year, she was a relatively unknown Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. Winning the competition transformed her overnight into the best-known drag queen in the world.

Now Vienna, Austria is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision on 23 May and Conchita’s reign will come to an end.

But her incredible journey is far from over. We caught up with her to find out more.

April 1, 2015

UK prime minister says Alan Turing is 'amazing' but that's not his choice

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most.

The Conservative leader said while World War Two code breaker Alan Turing was 'an amazing man,' he chose the BBC sports presenter because of 'her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.'

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 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 24, 2015

Doctors say he could have died if he had gone without food much longer

A 20-year-old Chinese man was imprisoned and nearly starved to death by his sugar daddy who did not want any hassle after he left the younger man.

The younger man, surnamed Liu, was locked in the apartment his lover rented for him in Chongqing for five days.

The term 'sugar daddy' started trending on Chinese social media after Chinanews.com broke the story.

Neighbors reported Liu to police after they saw him lying on the balcony, initially mistaking him for a thief.

Police arrived at the scene and rushed Liu to hospital.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 14, 2015

Lawmaker may have violated rules by not disclosing photographer and videographer Jonathon Link was on trip

It used to be that Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, was in the news far more his impressive physique than any legislation he championed.

But in recent weeks, the former Men's Health cover man has been embroiled in a string of controversy involving his spending on such things as private jets and interior decorating.

The latest headache involves an official trip to India last summer accompanied by a photographer and videographer named Jonathon Link (pictured below) whose travel expenses were covered by The Global Poverty Project.

March 12, 2015

BodyAware offers some more adventurous options for let their underwear do the talking.

Established in 1988 in the small English village of Trowbridge, BodyAware has found a niche in the highly competitive men's underwear market.

We caught up with founders Kristina and David Bonfield to find out why men's underwear is coming over all sexy.

How did you make the move into starting an underwear business?

March 11, 2015

Mother of Orashia Edwards, the bisexual Jamaican asylum seeker in the UK, is terrified her son will be stoned to death

A mother has said the UK government is driving her bisexual son to the brink of a mental breakdown as they prepare to send him back to Jamaica.

Vienna Brown, the mother of 33-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears as she prepares to hear the final judgment of her son's asylum case on 15 April.

She is not optimistic. In previous judgments, courts have ruled Edwards is 'dishonest' about his sexuality.

March 11, 2015

Midnighter to ‘find himself’ using gay hookup app

DC Comics are going one step further this year when openly gay superhero, Midnighter, gets Grindr.

The superhero finds himself single after splitting with his husband of 13 years, Apollo.

Following the split, he does the deed and downloads Grindr in an effort to ‘find himself' in the first issue of his new solo series. 

He meets a guy and is shocked to find out that he's not deterred by the fact that he’s really Midnighter, in fact it’s quite a turn on:

March 9, 2015

A Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group, Nick Goad spoke to GSN Business about his work, the value of good mentors, and how a supportive partner has helped make him happy in his career

Nick Goad is a Partner and Managing Director in the Washington, DC office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he has been a management consultant for over eleven years.

Boston Consulting Group has approximately 9,700 staff in 81 offices across 45 countries.

As an active member of the global leadership team for BCG’s LGBT Network, Nick heads the People Development Initiative; the initiative received The Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Award for Workplace Equality Innovation.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 26, 2015

Breakout hip hop drama earns its best ratings to date for episode

The character of Jamal Lyon came out in dramatic fashion on the Fox hip hop drama Empire - a moment that earned the breakout hit its highest ratings yet with 13.90 million viewers.

Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett, went on stage to perform after a conversation with his homophobe father Luscious (Terrence Howard) who literally threw his son in the garbage when he discovered him as a young boy dressed in his mother's clothes.

January 30, 2015

Running as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, theatrical production Gaybies draws on real interviews with the children of LGBTI parents

At a time when some territories in Australia continue to deny gay couples the right to adopt and foster children, a new play coming to Sydney next week is set to shine an illuminating light on the issue of LGBTI parenthood.

Gaybies will be coming to the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

January 24, 2015

Security staff tell Corrie writer: ‘We don’t want your custom here’; restaurant responds when contacted by GSN

Openly gay playwright Jonathan Harvey has taken to Facebook to slam the ‘quietly menacing’ security staff of Soho restaurant Balans.

In a post on the social networking site, the Coronation Street writer said: ‘Balans Soho last night. The most menacing bouncers. Quietly menacing. “We don't want your custom here." No wonder the place was empty.’

The man behind the much-loved Gimme Gimme Gimme continued: ‘Called the restaurant this morning to complain. Manager shouted I CAN'T HEAR YOU WE'RE REALLY BUSY!'

January 23, 2015

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people'

Grammy nominee Miley Cyrus paid a surprise visit to homeless youth this week at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people,' the singer told Good Morning America which accompanied her on the visit.

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean met with Cyrus and was impressed with the young star.

January 20, 2015

The Australian Capital Territory Government has announced that Labor Legislative Assembly member Yvette Berry will be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio – joining the state of Victoria as Australian jurisdictions to have a government Minister for Equality

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor lawmaker Yvette Berry has become only the second person in the history of Australian politics to be given a ministerial portfolio that covers LGBTI Equality.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr made the announcement earlier today as part of an expected cabinet reshuffle, handing Berry ministerial responsibility for the areas of Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Community Services, Multicultural Affairs, Women, and Social Inclusion and Equality.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.