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March 21, 2014

'We were there to celebrate mama'

It's been nearly three weeks since the Academy Awards took place but Liza Minnelli still isn't laughing at the drag queen joke made at her expense by host Ellen DeGeneres.

'To tell you the truth I was surprised and then a little hurt,' she said Thursday during an interview with drag legend Coco Peru.

'We were there to celebrate mama.'

Minnelli was in the audience with sister Lorna Luft and brother Joey Luft to take a bow before the start of a tribute to The Wizard of Oz which starred their mother Judy Garland.

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 14, 2014

Nigeria’s Justice Minister and Attorney General has made the astounding claim that the so-called Jail All The Gays Bill was passed in order to protect accused homosexuals from people taking matters into their own hands

Nigerian Justice Minister and Attorney General Mohammed Adoke has claimed his country passed a bill making same-sex marriage a crime and further criminalizing homosexuality in order to protect gay people in responding to a request by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay for the law to be suspended.

‘The government had to step in with punitive measures so as to prevent citizens from taking laws into their hands,’ Adoke said, according to This Day Live.

March 7, 2014

Introducing the Dylan and Jack gay podcast, the newest take on LGBTI London from the eyes of two young freelance journalists

The Dylan and Jack gay podcast is not just latest, but also the freshest, take on London’s gay scene.

While the cast of characters may not mean much to LGBTI people outside the British capital, their take on life resonates far further.

As they released their third episode yesterday (6 March), the pair of young freelance journalists spoke to Gay Star News about their audio venture.

March 7, 2014

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who has defended gay propaganda laws as protecting Russian morals, had his name Travoltified on Channel 4 news

The Russian Foreign Minister was described as ‘so gay lover of’ in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

And knowing the internet, the hilarious gaffe prompted a plethora of responses online.

‘I wager this was NOT an accident,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added: ‘So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental.’

‘Loving this!!! Sweet, sweet irony is just delicious,’ another user said.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

February 23, 2014

UK charity Terrence Higgins Trust has reported a 15% rise in people with HIV seeking financial help for living essentials such as food and clothing due to disposable income being hit by austerity measures

Increasing numbers of HIV patients are struggling to afford basic costs of living due to a lack of government support, says UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

According to a new report released today (23 February), there has been a 15% increase in the number of people with HIV seeking financial help from the charity over the past year.

The charity says the findings ‘should act as a warning sign at all levels of government that people with HIV are not receiving the level of support needed to meet the most basic of costs’.

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

February 16, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria, a member of the Communist Refoundation Party, is allegedly 'alone in a room with neon lights on the face'

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Various media outlets are reporting that Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first out transgendered elected official, has been arrested in Sochi.

According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Vladimir Luxuria was allegedly arrested after holding a rainbow colored banner that said 'Gay is OK' in Russian.

Luxuria took a photo, holding the banner, outside of Olympics' Medal Park. She put the picture on Twitter.

February 14, 2014

DOMA plaintiff was among those invited to State Dinner for President of France

President Barack Obama was flying in Air Force One last June when he placed a call to Edie Windsor to congratulate her on making history.

It was the day that because of Windsor's landmark lawsuit, the US Supreme Court gutted the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. She sued the US government for denying her tax benefits after the death of her spouse of 42 years, Thea Spyer.

This week, Windsor and Obama met face-to-face for the first time and the president invited the 83-year-old LGBTI icon into the Oval Office for a private chat.

February 13, 2014

Copenhagen will pay tribute to the first ever same-sex union, the first civil partnership, that took place in Copenhagen 25 years ago

Denmark is celebrating hosting the campest competition of the year by staging a series of massive Eurovision weddings.

Leading up to the grand final in May, the city of Copenhagen will be offering foreign gay and straight couples to marry.

‘Since 2010, we have had a lot of success marrying same-sex and opposite-sex pairs in the open air at selected locations in Copenhagen,’ Thomas Jakobsen, the director of Copenhagen’s Citizen Service, told DR.

February 7, 2014

Dutch prime minister and Russian president meet despite extreme tension between the two countries following assaults and humiliation

President Vladimir Putin has told the world the Olympics is not the place to discuss Russia’s treatment of gay people.

In a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Russian president demanded politics and sport should not mix.

‘I know you always give much attention to humanitarian issues and adherence to human rights,’ Putin said, according to Reuters.

‘We are always open to discussion.’

January 29, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter and activist talks about last month's trip to Russia to screen Milk

When Dustin Lance Black went to Russia last month for a special screening of the film Milk, it was his boyfriend, Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was getting the headlines for coming out.

Black, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Milk, had said very little about the Russia trip since until today (28 January) when he took part in a live chat on Google+ about the Uprising of Love movement he is a part of.

January 29, 2014

Employee, who claims he was made redundant because of his sexuality, was called a 'cocksucker' by his boss at a UK waste management firm

A gay British worker has spoken out after his boss asked ‘Do you have AIDS?’ when he was ill.

Jack Howell, 36, said he was ‘mortified’ after boss Peter Chambers made the comment when he had come out of a toilet looking pale and sweating.

At a tribunal hearing yesterday (28 January), Chambers admitted it was ‘inappropriate’ but said it was part of ‘office banter’.

He also admitted to calling Howell a ‘cocksucker’ in a phone call to his wife.

January 24, 2014

British director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan’s film Celluloid is based on his experiences growing up gay in a small English town

One of the UK's most promising gay directors is back with his semi-autobiographical second film feature Celluloid.

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, the writer and director of the film, made his name with his debut play Dream On - a tender coming of age story that explores two male teens discovering their sexual identities.

EastEnders and Shameless' Jody Latham is starring in his next film, a gay psychological thriller following three characters - a mother and her gay son and lesbian daughter.

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 9, 2014

Wide receiver Victor Cruz has given a bullied gay teen a tour of the New York Giants locker room as part of the USA Network’s Characters Unite anti-prejudice initiative

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has given 19-year-old gay teen Joey Kemmerling a tour of his team’s locker room – the first time Kemmerling has been back in a locker room since being bullied over his sexuality in middle school after he came out aged 13.

Meeting Cruz, Kemmering told him about how he had told 5 people that he was gay when he first came out but by the time he got to school the next day the whole school had found out.

‘I didn’t realize that until I went into the locker room and everybody stared at me,’ Kemmerling said.

January 8, 2014

A protest against a homophobic bill in Uganda took place in London's Trafalgar Square urging President Yoweri Museveni to stop the anti-gay bill from becoming law

Londoners have called on the Uganda president to not sign the anti-gay bill passed by parliament.

Demonstrators led by veteran gay rights activist Peter Tatchell protested today (8 January), saying it is not too late for President Yoweri Museveni to not sign the bill.

More than 60 protestors gathered outside the Ugandan embassy in Trafalgar Square holding signs carrying slogans such as ‘Repeal Section 145’, ‘Gay rights are human rights’ and chanting ‘Museveni don’t sign the anti-gay rights bill.’

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

January 5, 2014

Black and Daley enjoy a night out clubbing and meet X Factor finalist Luke Friend

Olympic diver Tom Daley and actor Dustin Lance Black have made their relationship public for the first time.

The two had regularly hinted they were dating, swapping pictures on Instagram of presents they sent each other.

But now they have celebrated the start of Daley’s new series of celebrity TV diving contest Splash with a romantic night out, followed by clubbing at legendary London venue G-A-Y, where Daley met X Factor finalist Luke Friend.

They started last night (4 January) with a romantic meal.

January 2, 2014

The singer confirms split from Carlos González Abella but has nothing else to say about it for now

Ricky Martin and Carlos González Abella have broken up.

The singer's publicist has confirmed the split to El Nuevo Día.

Martin, usually quite active on social media, has not commented on the break-up. His most recent tweet simply said: 'Eat well, train hard, live passionately, sleep well, Repeat!'

Martin and Abella, a financial analyst, had been together approximately three years.

January 1, 2014

Episcopal bishop the Rev Otis Charles, who became the first Christian bishop to come out as gay to fight for LGBTI rights in 1993, passed away 26 December

The Rev Otis Charles, a prominent advocate for LGBTI rights from the US Episcopal Church has died following a brief illness.

Charles passed away 26 December in the company of family members at San Francisco’s Coming Home Hospice aged 87.

Charles became the first ever bishop to come out publicly as gay in 1993 soon after his retirement and became a vocal proponent for LGBTI equality from within the Episcopal Church.