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March 4, 2015

City reaching out to LGBTI travellers with the help of Miss Richfield 1981

Atlantic City has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981.

The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.

Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

February 28, 2015

Alan Turing-style pardon will be for men who had consensual sex when homosexuality was still illegal will be pardoned

Thousands of men who had consensual gay sex when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK are closer to being officially pardoned today.

Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he is hoping the government will pass the necessary legislation before the May General Election.

If not, he announced it will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. The party may still hold the balance of power after May and enter another coalition government.

February 27, 2015

'What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?'

Madonna has fired back at people who make degrading remarks about her age. 

The 56-year-old has been subject to intense media scrutiny since since she fell during her BRIT Awards performance of her new single Living For Love on Wednesday. 

Within minutes, the internet was inundated with cruel jokes and memes that poked fun at the Queen of Pop's age, some of which suggested that her tumble was a sign that she should retire. 

February 22, 2015

Jamaican singer Queen Ifrica says reggae singers use homophobic lyrics to get cheers and applause from audiences

A Jamaican reggae singer has defended her use of anti-gay lyrics in her music, saying she uses them to get applause and cheers from the audience.

Ventrice Morgan, who goes by the stage name of Queen Ifrica, says such lyrics are only about getting a reaction from the crowd and not about inciting violence or hatred.

‘A lot of these artists who were using homophobic lyrics, were never about inciting violence,’ she says.

‘It was about getting a forward – an applause – from the crowd.'

February 21, 2015

The cold never bothered me anyway...

For London Fashion Week AW15, Fashion Scout has taken over the Freemason's Hall on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden.

It's an imposing building but its grand interior makes it the perfect venue for runway shows. Fashion always requires a stage. Fashion needs to be seen.

The conditions were cold for day two of London Fashion Week AW15 and the sleet was beginning to fall as were ushered inside for the Soojin Lee presentation.

February 20, 2015

Gag on their eleganza inside

The red carpet was rolled out for the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 last night (18 February) at the Mayan club in Los Angeles.

All the queens served their best Hollywood glamor realness the red carpet but which queen slayed the red carpet the hardest?

Season 7 starts on Logo TV on 2 March.

See photos from the premiere below:

February 18, 2015

Australian bookmaker says 'he/she' has 'a lot of balls to cut off his own balls'

An Australian bookmaker has said it apologizes if it caused offense by taking bets on Bruce Jenner's new name.

However, Sportsbet.com.au will not suspend betting despite backlash from the transgender community.

In a press release dated 18 February, and titled Bruscilla, Queen of the Kardashians, Sportsbet.com.au offered odds 'on what name he/she will choose.'

'Zoey is leading the charge at $7.50 ahead of the much more extravagant selection of Chastity at $9.00, while a grandma name (he is 65) such as Agnes is a $11 chance,' the statement said.

February 13, 2015

Death of a trans samba dancer reveals how deeply homophobia and transphobia are rooted in Brazil

Piu da Silva was a transgender samba queen at Rio’s prestigious Beija-Flor school.

Her tortured corpse was found on 24 January, a week after the first alarm had been raised by friends and family who were concerned because Piu did not attend practice. She never missed any practice session.

A shocking video emerged just a day later. It shows the trans woman being tortured in Morro da Mina, a favela near the samba school, while she pleads with her unseen aggressors.

February 12, 2015

Mayor believes drivers will respond better to the dancing pink-clad Queens of the Road than the current 'macho' traffic enforcers

A city in the Philippines has employed 20 gay traffic wardens in an effort to stop fighting between drivers and 'macho' traffic enforcers.

The Queens of the Road were piloted in congested areas of Rosario, Cavite province on Saturday (7 February).

The all-gay squad was the brainchild of Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr, who thinks drivers will respond well to their dance routines.

February 12, 2015

Sitges Carnival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Fetish Pride Rome and more

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – until 21 February
The jewel in the crown of this year's Gran Can Carnival – already in full swing – will undoubtedly be the Drag Queen Gala at the Parque de Santa Catalina – think RuPaul's Drag Race with Spanish stylings.
www.grancanaria.com

February 10, 2015

Queen bitch knows her fanbase

Madonna is to go on Grindr and chat with five fans to promote her new album Rebel Heart.

The hookup app is offering unapologetic bitches everywhere the chance to talk to the material girl herself.

While we can't assume what the lucky winner will chat about, we're assuming hanky panky is off the table.

Hopeful users who want to speak to the Queen of Pop have to do four things.

One, recreate the Rebel Heart album cover as their Grindr profile picture and use the hashtag #LivingForLove as their headline. Do not strangle yourself with cables.

February 9, 2015

Monarch has never spoken publicly about the issue

The Queen of England thinks gay marriage is 'wonderful'

Well, at least according to newlywed Stephen Fry.

The QI host Saturday (7 February) told The Jonathan Ross Show that Queen Elizabeth II had expressed approval when signing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in July 2013.

'It was only last summer that Her Majesty The Queen gave the Royal Assent,' he said.

February 9, 2015

Monarch has never spoken publicly about the issue

The Queen of England thinks gay marriage is 'wonderful'

Well, at least according to newlywed Stephen Fry.

The QI host Saturday (7 February) told The Jonathan Ross Show that Queen Elizabeth II had expressed approval when signing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in July 2013.

'It was only last summer that Her Majesty The Queen gave the Royal Assent,' he said.

February 2, 2015

On the road with the RuPaul's Drag Race alumni, from Texas to Puerto Rico

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, entertainer Alexis Mateo's big break came in 2011 as a cast member of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race. One of the final three competitors in that season, Alexis also returned to Drag Race for the All Stars season in 2012.

Now living in Florida, Alexis is constantly on the road performing across the United States and around the world. We recently caught up with the hard-working drag queen to hear her traveller's tales...

January 30, 2015

But will this Material Girl hang up the pink leotard?

'My name is Adam, and I am addicted to being Madonna.'

Meet Adam Guerra, a Californian drag queen who is obsessed with expressing himself as the Material Girl and subject of the latest TLC documentary 'My Strange Addiction'.

If you think you know him, you might know him as Venus D'Lite from season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Eliminated first, he didn't even get to do Madonna in Snatch Game.

'I really challenge myself to look like her. I have had over 18 surgeries, I've spent $75,000 to look like Madonna,' he says, saying half of his face is fake.

January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 19, 2015

'It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter100 percent'

Adam Lambert has been mighty busy in recent years with his solo touring and his performing as frontman with Queen.

But Lambert, who was a guest judge on American Idol last week, has not released a studio album since Trespassing in May 2012.

That is about to change.

Lambert has announced a new multiple-album deal with Warner Bros. with the first album (his third overall) due out in early summer. He had split with RCA after two albums due to creative differences.

January 15, 2015

A 24-year-old woman fighting for gay rights in a place where it is illegal to be gay will receive the award

Queen Elizabeth II is to give an award to a young gay woman for her activism work.

Donnya Piggott, a 24-year-old from Barbados, was chosen among hundreds as one of the 60 inspiring people inducted into inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Programme.

The founder of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD)  will fly to London in June where she will be given a medal by the monarch of the Commonwealth.

January 10, 2015

During a TED Talk in Dublin, Irish drag queen tells the audience why she is jealous of the way straight people can hold hands so freely in public

‘I am 45 years old and I have never once held hands with a lover in public,’ announces Panti Bliss.

Irish drag queen Panti was speaking at a TED event in Dublin, Ireland. Her speech was entitled ‘All the little things’, and explores ‘the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people.’

Panti looks at the subject of holding hands in public to discuss the way LGBTI people can feel about themselves and how society treats them.

January 7, 2015

Over 900 people have called for the honor to be removed

The politician awarded a MBE despite his homophobic views has said he welcomes the 'scrutiny' from celebrities such as Ellen Page.

Maurice Mills, a Northern Irish councillor, has said it is a 'silly' idea that his honor be removed and then repeated his claim that God punishes the world for homosexuality.

Mills has blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy' and also blamed Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBTI pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 6, 2015

Swears in tweet because anti-gay Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills included in annual list of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page is not amused that Queen Elizabeth II has included an anti-gay politician in the New Year's Honours list.

The monarch has bestowed upon Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Among the homophobic opinions shared by Mills are blaming the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy.'

He also blamed 2005's Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBT pride festival held in New Orleans.

December 31, 2014

Besides Carol Ann Duffy, the Queen has also honored several LGBT campaigners, and stars from the world of TV and film, including the former Dynasty actor, Joan Collins

Britain’s first female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list. Duffy, aged 59, is a Scottish poet and playwright, and is openly gay.

She became Poet Laureate – an honorary position bestowed by the British monarch – in May 2009, since when she has penned poems to coincide with events of national significance.