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December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 9, 2014

Trans woman and her wife want to change attitudes in Russia

A Russian gay couple who married in the fiercest way possible has reflected on their wedding and the consequences it could have the country.

Alyona Furvosa and Irina Shumilova married, both in stunning white gowns, in front of family and friends at a St Petersburg registry office last month.

The trans woman and her cisgender bride were allowed to marry through a loophole, with the city technically viewing the union as a heterosexual marriage.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 8, 2014

Middle school student stabs the boy in the neck with a folding knife

A 12-year-old Chinese middle school student was stabbed to death by his classmate after he touched his 'lower body,' a euphemism for genitals.

The boy, surnamed Cheng, was found dead on 4 December in an alley in Dongshan city, Jingyan county, Sichuan province.

According to police, his classmate, surnamed Lu, also 12, and two older boys arranged to meet Cheng there, then stabbed him once in the neck with a folding knife and fled the scene.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 4, 2014

'I wanted to be acknowledged for my work. I didn’t want to be that gay person who does comedy'

Lily Tomlin wants to make this much clear: 'I never did not come out.'

But she did turn down a Time Magazine cover in 1975 to announce she was gay - a step Ellen DeGeneres would take with the same magazine 22 years later.

It wasn't known publicly until recent years is that Tomlin, 75, and her frequent professional collaborator Jane Wagner have been a solid couple for more than four decades.

The couple got married last New Year's Eve.

December 4, 2014

He now says that he is likely to change his judgment, which would leave the women married to one another again

A judge in Athens, Ohio, approved a couple’s divorce last week… only realizing afterwards that the couple were both women.

Currently, Ohio has a ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling becomes the state’s first same-sex divorce.

December 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 2, 2014

Florida bans same-sex marriage and does not recognize gay marriage certificates from other states

A gay married couple has sued Florida's motor vehicle agency for revoking their licenses for taking each others' names, in the latest challenge to the state's ban of gay marriage.

Daniel and Scott Wall-Desousa became one of the first gay couples in Florida to legally take each others’ surnames.

December 2, 2014

'I do think women are gorgeous. Crazy but gorgeous.'

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has revealed she was in a long-term relationship with a woman before meeting her husband in 2007.

'I did have a four-year relationship with a woman. But I’ve been very happily married for seven years to a penis. Ha ha! An amazing guy,' she told the Guardian.

'But I’ve definitely not been shy or been one to hold back. If I wanted to try something, I did. I had a girlfriend. So what?'

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

November 27, 2014

'I wouldn’t know if (Portia) was pregnant or not or if we’re getting divorced or getting remarried – I keep up with it that way’

Ellen DeGeneres knows she has a lot to be thankful for.

So on her daytime show this week, she mixed humor in with sincerity as she shared with her audience some of the things for which she gives thanks.

She started off by giving ‘thanks for elastic waistbands’ after a Thanksgiving Day pig out.

‘I am grateful for you – all of you,’ Ellen said. ‘Without you I would be up here talking to no one and that would be sad. I am thankful to have this show and this platform to reach millions of people every day – it’s not something I take for granted.’

November 27, 2014

Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees has posted a heartwarming video about coming out to her Muslim family, and how her dad showed her support when others rejected her

Sabrina Jalees confesses that before she came out, she was ‘kinda homophobic’. The reason? Her own fear in dealing with her sexuality.

Sabrina grew up in Toronto. She is the daughter of a Swiss mother, Ursula Frei, and Pakistani father, Sayed Jalees.

Having realized that she was attracted to women, she reached a stage when she says that she was ‘sick of lying’, which meant coming out to her family – a process she compares to ‘cliff diving’ in terms of scariness.

November 25, 2014

Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as married couple pulled apart when one is fired from Catholic for being gay

The gay-themed drama Love is Strange received four Independent Spirit Award nominations today including one for Best Feature.

The film tells the story of Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) who are finally able to get legally married in New York after nearly 40 years together.

But not long after their joyful wedding, George is fired from his job teaching music at a Catholic school. Someone at the school saw their wedding photos posted in Facebook.

November 22, 2014

Queer Eye alum tells GSN: 'He had a single rose for me like on The Bachelor and I basically fainted'

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Carson Kressley can thank actor Lee Majors for helping him to realize he was gay.

As a kid, Kressley swooned whenever the star of The Six Million Dollar Man, a series about an ex-astronaut with bionic implants.

'I remember being absolutely in love with Lee Majors when he was The Six Million Dollar Man,' Kressley tells Gay Star News. 'He was on the cover of Dynamite Magazine which I stole from my brother.

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 19, 2014

Once crazy about Tom Cruise, her latest man crush is Mariska Hargitay's 'tall, handsome, charming and delicious' husband

Being one of the world's most famous lesbians didn't stop Rosie O'Donnell from flirting with a married man this week.

O'Donnell was at the Worldwide Orphans gala in New York City on Tuesday (18 November) and found herself at a table with movie hunks Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield.

But it was another handsome man who caught her eye: Peter Hermann who was at the event with his actress-wife Mariska Hargitay.

November 14, 2014

The pair have forged strong bromance on NBC's The Voice

There's no denying that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Country music star Blake Shelton have a close relationship.

Their chemistry and mutual affection for each other is apparent to anyone who watches them each week as mentors on NBC's The Voice.

But does Shelton want to take things a step further?

Levine, last year's People Magazine sexiest man alive, seems to think so.

'He's sexually attracted to me. He wants to have sex with me for sure,' Levine said Thursday (13 November) on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show.