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May 4, 2015

Activist is one of the most leading LGBTI voices in the country

A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for 'inappropriate behavior' in the media.

Kath Khangpiboon, 28, a social work lecturer at Thammasat University, was notified of her dismissal in early March after about 10 months of teaching.

School authorities told the transgender activist that she had 'behaved inappropriately and used inappropriate language in the media, which affected her image as a university lecturer.'

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

March 15, 2015

A tough, edgy film about a tough and edgy part of London

Invariably, British gangster movies are set in London's east end. Throughout the centuries, the east end of London has been a tough, gritty area of the city. The borough of Hackney is right in the heart of the east end action.

Hackney's Finest is a story about the heroin scene in Hackney in the late 1990s. Written by Thorin Seex and directed by Chris Bouchard, this is a movie that has all the hallmarks of some of Britian's best gangster movie - drugs, corruption, violence, and a dark sense of humor.

February 4, 2015

Social Media and Marketing for Gay Star News

Dan Beeson is the marketing executive and social media manager at Gay Star News.

Having completed his degree in Journalism, majoring in broadcast, travel writing and photojournalism, Dan joined the team in April 2014 to re-imagine the online face of Gay Star News.

Using his passion for photography and travel writing Dan also contributes to Gay Star Travel – reporting from Iceland, Denmark, Italy and other destinations.

November 13, 2014

Police do not know if it was murder or suicide

The body of a gay man who went missing on Halloween has finally been found recovered from the San Francisco Bay.

Grieving family members of 26-year-old Dan Ha have confirmed the Coast Guard recovered the body on Tuesday after recieving a call regarding something floating near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials believe the person had been dead for approximately a week.

While the face was indistinguishable, the family said the clothes, wallet and phone matched Ha's personal belongings.

October 1, 2014

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa has claimed that ‘gay gangsters’ have infiltrated his ruling party, taking key roles as part of a plot by the CIA

A Zimbabwean ruling party MP has made astounding claims about rivals within the Zanu PF party, saying they are part of a gay network sponsored by the CIA to destabilize the party.

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa used a press conference yesterday to make the claims, identifying Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Zanu PF spin doctor Psychology Maziwisa as the ‘gay gangsters’ building networks in the party.

August 24, 2014

'It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game'

Two of the National Football League's most talked about rookies met in a game last night (23 August).

Michael Sam, the out St. Louis Rams defensive end, sacked Cleveland Brown's quarterback Johnny Manziel twice, helping the Rams win 33-14.

Sam celebrated the first sack by copying Manziel's 'money' sign.

July 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

May 15, 2014

Broadway legend says of two-time Olympic figure skater: 'Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce'

Johnny Weir's highly-public on-again off-again divorce from husband Victor Voronov has apparently gotten on Harvey Fierstein last nerve.

When the multiple Tony winner, currently on Broadway in Casa Valentina, was asked by Huffington Post about issues he is speaking out these days he replied: 'Anything but Johnny Weir. Leave me alone with that faggot. Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce.'

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

January 24, 2014

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera, outed by Wikileaks, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa is out to get him and that the government is using a man accused of stealing from his house to frame him for breaking the country’s sodomy law

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera says the ruling party is out to get him for splitting from the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and says they are using false accusations of sodomy by a thief who robbed his home to try to destroy him.

The man accused of burglarizing Samaraweera’s home was arrested last week but was soon out on bail and President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, a former ambassador and political appointee of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been hired to defend him.

December 22, 2013

Quentin Lee's public service announcement features a "fake" marriage between a lesbian woman and gay man, he hopes it will go viral on mobile devices

Hong-Kong-Canadian film director Quentin Lee has made a short film highlighting the practice of 'fake' marriages, where a gay man and lesbian woman marry, in China.

November 8, 2013

Jennifer Boylan to share duties at LGBTI media advocacy organization with Steve Warren

GLAAD, a group that didn't include transgender people in its original acronym, today appointed a transgender woman as co-chair of its board of directors.

The media advocacy organization no longer uses the original name of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and instead is simply known as GLAAD.

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is now co-chair of the national board of directors along with a gay man, Steve Warren.

October 27, 2013

From dancing in bars, Chamcham Gajbhiya has become a voice of the community, fighting elections and notarizing her 3-yr live-in relationship

Chamcham is the tinkle made by the traditional anklets women wear in India.

But there is very little traditional about Chamcham Gajbhiye, who decided to call herself that.

Gajbhiye, a trans woman living in Nagpur, one of the largest cities in central India, is a familiar face in the winter capital, after having contested a municipal election last winter.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 22, 2013

After learning more about the struggles Jackie Robinson faced, Brittney Griner decided to keep his numer 42

Basketball player Brittney Griner,who came out as a lesbian this past April, proudly wears 42 on her jersey, the same number a US sports trailblazer wore.

Since high school the WNBA rookie has used the same number Jackie Robinson wore in his 10 year career on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 April.

May 1, 2013

Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage attorneys talk to business leaders at the Out in the Street conference

Want to see the tangible results of the modern gay rights battle? Count the number of companies who signed the amicus brief in the US Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act. Retailers like Amazon and Starbucks put their brand names behind marriage equality. High powered firms like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs did the same. Approximately 300 companies said in part:

April 29, 2013

Basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to continue playing professionally in a major US team sport

Basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major US team sport.

The seven foot tall 34-year-old, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, has come out in an article for Sports Illustrated.

He said: ‘I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different."

‘If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.

February 22, 2013

Gay business guru and Out on the Street founder Todd Sears explains the power of LGBT workplace allies

Allies are a critical piece of the puzzle in the fight for LGBT workplace equality.

It is a testament to the evolution of allyship in the workplace that the casual uttering of anti-gay views completely unacceptable in today’s corporate culture. It is almost impossible to imagine a gay slur being said in the majority of US, Canadian or European companies today.

January 10, 2013

A nationalist pro government paper from Turkey spreads hate speech against students and LGBT people

Yeni Akit, a pro government paper known for its nationalist and homophobic views branded gays and students as being ‘dirty’ ‘deviants’.

The paper published the article after students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) protested against a visit by the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

As Erdoğan attended METU for a launch of a Turkish satellite called Göktürk-2, hundreds of students protested against his conservative and militarist policies.

January 6, 2013

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is called the person of the year by The Advocate

The LGBT news magazine The Advocate picked Senator Tammy Baldwin as its person of the year. Considering she was sworn in last week as 'the first openly gay US. senator' very few will argue with her selection.

December 28, 2012

Former state senator has worked closely with Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Former State Senator Andrew J. McDonald became the first openly gay man to be nominated to the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday (27 December).

McDonald, 46, was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy with whom he has worked closely with for two decades including the past two years as Malloy's chief legal counsel.

December 22, 2012

Will conservative Christian universities have to accept there are LGBT students in their classrooms?

More and more LGBT students at conservative Christian colleges and universities are trying to find ways to reconcile their sexual and religious identities.

October 17, 2012

John Whaite, 23, won over judges in TV baking contest final with 'Heaven and Hell' cake

A 23-year-old gay lawyer has been crowned the winner of TV cooking contest the Great British Bake Off.

John Whaite fought off stiff competition from bakers Brendan Lynch and James Morton in last night's final on BBC Two, with his 'Heaven and Hell' chiffon cake.

The creation which finally sealed the deal for judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry was a dark chocolate and orange base cake with lemon and coconut meringue cakelets on the top as heaven.