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January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.

January 25, 2015

The actor, along with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and designer Paul Smith, has put his name to an open letter saying that Soho is being changed beyond recognition because of London’s rising real estate prices

Stephen Fry is among those who have signed an open letter to the British Government imploring them to save Soho – the historic district in the heart of London’s West End.

Soho has undergone increasing changes in recent years, chiefly fuelled by the escalating cost of London property prices.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 21, 2015

Santana has gotten engaged to Brittany but Kurt and Blaine remain apart in show's final season

The big reveal on last week's episode of Glee was Coach Shannon Beiste's dramatic coming out as a trans man.

It overshadowed the episode's other big moment: Santana (Naya Rivera) proposing marriage to Brittany (Heather Morris) after the two performed a mash-up for the new glee club at McKinley High School.

January 20, 2015

'My advice for homosexual people is live with honesty and dedication'

What is the secret to being gay and happy?

That was one of the questions put to openly gay US ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius last week by readers of the VietNamNet Bridge website.

'Many readers said that they greatly admire you as you are an ambassador who has disclosed your sexual orientation and has been supported by the world community,' the interviewer said.

She then asked Osius to share some wisdom with the LGBTI community in Vietnam.

January 19, 2015

New South Wales politician loses battle with cancer

Paul O'Grady, Australia's first openly gay state MP, died yesterday (18 January) in Sydney after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Labor politician was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996. He became the first parliamentarian in the state to publicly come out in 1990.

O'Grady went on to champion LGBTI issues in parliament and invited all MPs to march with him at Sydney Mardi Gras in 1992.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

January 18, 2015

Finally married! After being turned away three times and having their ceremony last Saturday cancelled due to a complaint that they 'suffer from madness'

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias have become the first same-sex couple get married in the Mexican city of Mexicali, near the border with California, on Saturday after local officials ended an 18-month fight that led to a Mexican Supreme Court order to permit the wedding.

The lawyer for the couple had filed a complaint on Friday against Mexicali officials after authorities again blocked the marriage despite the high court ruling.

Only the capital Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila permit same-sex unions.

January 17, 2015

'Gosh. [Elliott] and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one'

Let's raise our collective glasses to Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer for getting married.

The actor posted on Twitter a picture of him and the new husband sitting in front of a register.

'Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing,' Fry wrote under a picture of the happy couple.

Fellow actor Hugh Laurie tweeted good will to both.

January 16, 2015

Says it is 'only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world'

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena Friday when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

'It’s about time,' DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 added: 'The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

January 16, 2015

Musician Ashley Hamilton succeeded in getting faster medical treatment for a friend before ruse was discovered

The son of actor George Hamilton was arrested this week after flashing a badge and pretending to be a police officer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Ashley Hamilton, 40, took an injured friend to the center's medical offices and succeeded in bypassing a crowded waiting room by concocting the ruse, according to TMZ.

January 15, 2015

TMZ quotes Kris Jenner as saying: 'It’s just mean to do, whether or not it’s true'

Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star Bruce Jenner was photoshopped to look like a woman on the cover of the current issue of In Touch magazine.

Even his ex-wife, Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner, thinks the magazine went too far.

January 15, 2015

'It really gives you validation and gives you kind of a wall that you can lean on if something happens'

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova had already been together for more than six years by the time they got married last month.

It has already made all the difference.

'I want to write an article about it, how much it changes your life,' the tennis legend tells The New York Times.

January 15, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Alan Turing, is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Imitation Game is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the gay World War 2 genius and codebreaker Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley, who played his wife Joan Clarke, are up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Morten Tyldum is also up for Best Director.

The film has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Film Editing and Production Design.

January 15, 2015

Former NFL quarterback says 1996 claim is 'ridiculous' and being gay 'is not my lifestyle'

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is reiterating that he is not gay and wishes he has made that more clear decades ago.

Aikman, 48, has been dogged by gay rumors since a mid-1990s book about the Cowboys by former Dallas Morning News columnist Skip Bayless in which the author claimed Aikman was gay.

January 12, 2015

Openly gay comedian loses long battle with cancer

Openly gay actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

His cousin, Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his passing Saturday (10 January) in a YouTube video.

'I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,' he said.

'His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him.

'May he rest in peace.'

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 12, 2015

Pair's third attempt to wed is thwarted by an anti-gay activist

A gay couple have been barred from tying the knot in the Mexican state of Baja California for a third time following a complaint the men are insane.

Hairstylists Victor Manuel Aguirre, 43, and Fernando Urias, 37 have been trying to get married since the Supreme Court ruled they could in June 2013.

January 9, 2015

Proposal was made in Rome

Michael Sam is engaged to his long-term boyfriend Vito Cammisano – the man he famously kissed when he became the first openly gay footballer to be drafted into the NFL.

The proposal was made in Rome, a source confirmed to Page Six, but it is unclear who popped the question.

Sam, 25, and swimmer Cammisano have been traveling in Europe since December 30, ringing in the new year in Spain and seeing the sights in Italy.

In an Oprah special aired last month, Cammisano said their relationship was just like anyone else's.

January 9, 2015

Broadway legend accuses retired figure skater of 'horrible behavior'

Don't expect Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to be hanging out any time soon - or ever.

The force behind such musicals as Kinky Boots and Torch Song Trilogy had some harsh words when discussing Weir in an interview this week regarding his behavior during a very public break-up with Victor Voronov.

Referring to Weir as 'that asshole,' Fierstein tells PrideSource that last year he was 'called out for being so angry at that stupid ass-wipe figure skater.'