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March 11, 2013

On TV interview Tony Abbott says he is disappointed in himself for saying he was threatened by homosexuality four years ago, but he still doesn't support gay marriage

In a TV interview four years ago Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott said he felt 'threatened' by homosexuality. Last night on 60 Minutes Abbott told the the same journalist that he now is disappointed with himself for that comment.

Abbott, who is ahead in the polls to become the next prime minister at the election in September, said he made the comment because the 'cohesion of my family was threatened at that time'.

April 20, 2012

Beth Brooke, global vice-chair at Ernst & Young and one of the world’s most powerful women, has spoken about coming out as lesbian

One of the world’s most powerful businesswomen has spoken about the moment she came out as lesbian after 52 years in the closet.

As a former senior official in the Clinton administration and now global vice-char at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services companies, Beth Brooke is a woman with global clout.

But it took a request to take part in a video aimed at suicidal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids to give her the courage she needed to come out herself.

April 19, 2012

Book claims bisexual British pop phenomenon and star of The Voice talent show, Jessie J, was forced by record label to say she is bisexual not gay

A new book claims that Jessie J is actually 100% lesbian but was ordered by her record company to claim she is bisexual so as not to turn off male fans.

The 24-year-old has become a UK phenomenon with her song Price Tag and is now a judge on British singing talent show The Voice.

Now the author of a new book, Chloe Govan, has said Jessie J has not had a boyfriend since realizing she was a lesbian at 17.

March 18, 2012

Barry Humphries hangs up his glittered gloves and bids farewell to a few fond friends

Barry Humphries, the genius behind comedic masterpieces Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone, has decided to hang up his sequined gloves and make his next tour his last.

In talks to the Sunday Telegraph, the 78-year-old revealed that his new show, Eat Pray Laugh (a play on the 2010 film starring Julia Roberts, Eat Play Love) will be the last chance to see his iconic characters live on stage.

'Look, the fact of the matter is that I’m beginning to feel a bit senior,' the ageing Aussie legend explained.

March 7, 2012

Gay Star News interviews Mojo Wan, Shanghai’s most prolific illustrator

While he was at university, Mojo Wan skipped compulsory engineering lectures to stay in his shared dormitory illustrating on his Mac. After graduating last year, the 23-year-old is already a full-time freelance illustrator working for seven magazines in China, including some international brands.

March 1, 2012

GSN speaks to gay men in the United Arab Emirates to learn their stories as the first hints of dialogue on LGBT issues starts in the country

The removal of an anti-gay video, made in the United Arab Emirates, from YouTube has started the first stirrings of positive dialogue around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Emirates.

Gay Star News, with the help of Gay Middle East, spoke to two gay people in the UAE to get their stories.

February 26, 2012

The United Arab Emirates' newspaper, The National, has given unprecedented coverage after an anti-gay video was removed from YouTube

The National, a respected newspaper in the United Arab Emirates has reported on the removal of a gay 'cure' video made in the UAE from YouTube.

The response from the country's most widely respected English language broadsheet follows the story on Gay Star News about the video.

Local LGBT activists see this as an important first step in a social dialogue.

February 23, 2012

UAE homophobic gay cure video removed following a successful campaign

A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) working with Gay Middle East and Gay Star News.

February 10, 2012

Singer-songwriter says if she was gay she’d just say so

American Stronger singer Kelly Clarkson has told Now Magazine she is not a lesbian.

The singer, songwriter and occasional actress who made her name through TV talent contest American Idol has been subject to rumours about her sexuality but insists that if she was gay, she would just come out and say it.

She said: ‘I'm not gay. If I was, I'd say: “I love women!” That's why it drives me nuts. But I feel like even if I did say it, people would be like, ‘you're just trying to do that to win the gay audience’.’

December 7, 2011

Chandler Massey's soap character coming out in dramatic fashion on NBC's Days of Our Lives

Fans of the US daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives are watching 18-year-old Will Horton begin to fall apart at the seams.

Will is reeling after seeing his mother, now married to someone else, in the throes of passion with his former stepfather. He's also just been dumped by his girlfriend largely because he refuses to sleep with her.

Yes, Will is gay - but he's not near ready to deal with it.