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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 13, 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.

January 6, 2015

The two met at a party a year and a half ago.

Host Anna Richardson has spoken about her love for Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins, saying the 'planets aligned'.

The Supersize vs Superskinny presenter opened up to Lorraine about when she met her partner a year and a half ago.

The couple have been open about their relationship for around six months, appearing at charity events and telling all in a feature for The Times.

She said: ‘I just thought, this person - it's not even about a woman - this person is absolutely extraordinary.

January 6, 2015

He's not a toy boy, that's for sure

You know Stephen Fry, the host of QI and the lover of all things witty and wonderful.

The 57-year-old said he is 'very happy' after announcing he will marry his 27-year-old boyfriend Elliott Spencer, registering to marry in Norfolk just before Christmas.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!' Fry tweeted.

'Thank you all SO much for your kind congratulations. Deeply touched xxx'.

December 30, 2014

The plans, which never reached fruition, came about following meetings with anti-obscenity campaigner, Mary Whitehouse

It has been revealed that former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, briefly considered banning sex toys in the UK in the mid-1980s.

The revelation comes following the annual release of documents from the UK’s National Archive. They say that the change was considered after moral crusaders lobbied the Prime Minister, including Mary Whitehouse, whom Thatcher met on two occasions.

In September 1986, the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, wrote to Prime Minister Thatcher saying that there was a ‘strong case’ for banning sex toys under obscenity laws.

December 23, 2014

'I'm attracted to my wife, for sure. And I'm definitely attracted to men too'

A new TLC special explores unconventional marriages between Mormons who are happily married to women but are also attracted to men.

The four men all live in Salt Lake City, are all life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and all have 'same-sex attraction' – but none of them identify as gay.

Pret has been married to Megan for almost nine years and they have two daughters together.

'I'm attracted to my wife, for sure. And I'm definitely attracted to men too,' Pret said in the preview for the show.

December 3, 2014

The talk show host and her actor wife looked radiant, relaxed and happy in a make-up free selfie to mark their anniversary

Portia de Rossi has confirmed that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres celebrated their tenth anniversary on Monday (1 December) – and to mark the occasion, she tweeted a couple of gorgeous photos of the two of them over the weekend.

Clearly the women, who met in December 2004 and married in August 2008, enjoyed some quality time together ahead of their anniversary. This included taking a stroll on the beach – where they snapped a make-up free selfie of themselves.

November 27, 2014

The principal of a catholic school in Ottawa, Canada, has stepped in to halt a school project from two 11-year-old pupils on the topic of gay rights.

Grade 6 students Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton, who attend St. George’s Catholic School in Ottawa, were asked to complete a project on social justice and allowed to choose their own specific theme.

They chose gay rights, because, as Quinn told the Ottawa Citizen, ‘A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing.

‘They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.’

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 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.