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April 28, 2015

'There's always been gay people in the black community'

Queen Latifah has said there's always been gay people in the black community, but stopped short putting herself in that category.

The 45-year-old actress, whose sexuality has long been subject to speculation, has never commented on her orientation.

'People's ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' she told Uptown magazine.

April 28, 2015

The precise nature of English heritage and custom captured by the 17th century walls of this stately home, 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport

Frequented by the late Queen Mother and former US President Bill Clinton, Hartwell House basks in the upmost grandeur and cultural splendor coveted by its brethren, holding on to the traditional values cherished by history and safeguarding them against the future.

Frankly, do we dare to consider it the present day rival to Downton Abbey?

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 21, 2015

Full video is released

Adam Lambert has revealed a clip of his comeback single 'Ghost Town'.

The gay singer, who has been touring with Queen, is set to release his first single in three years.

The song is produced by Max Martin, the man behind hits like Britney Spears' '...Baby One More Time', Ariana Grande's 'Problem' and Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'.

It is the first track to be lifted from his forthcoming new album The Original High, which will follow on 15 June.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.

April 5, 2015

Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance

As she pours pretend tea into plastic cups and saucers, 5-year-old Camille sums up how she feels about being transgender: 'I was always a girl. I will always be a girl forever.’

Born Sebastian, Camille is one of the children from San Francisco who starred in Louis Theroux’s most recent documentary, Transgender Kids, which aired in the UK on Sunday night - sparking a range reactions on social media.

April 3, 2015

The perfect place to begin your northern Norwegian adventure.

The snow lay thick on the mountains that surround the small city of Narvik as I emerged from the hotel, ready to take on the day.

My only previous experience of Norway had been a city break to Oslo a few years ago. This was a different trip altogether – heading to the north of the country to experience a Nordic winter.

April 2, 2015

Plus her top beard tip

Conchita Wurst is coming to the end of what will almost certainly be the busiest and most exciting year of her life.

This time last year, she was a relatively unknown Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. Winning the competition transformed her overnight into the best-known drag queen in the world.

Now Vienna, Austria is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision on 23 May and Conchita’s reign will come to an end.

But her incredible journey is far from over. We caught up with her to find out more.

April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

March 23, 2015

Critics are calling it 'brilliant'

Adam Lambert has revealed a clip of his comeback single 'Ghost Town'.

The gay singer, who has been touring with Queen, is set to release his first single in three years.

The song is produced by Max Martin, the man behind hits like Britney Spears' '...Baby One More Time', Ariana Grande's 'Problem' and Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'.

While the snippet is short, fans are already very excited by the new release.

'Ok, I'm dead ... Thanks to Adam lambert,' one said, with another saying 'Yayayayayaya.'

March 23, 2015

'Cabaret of diversity' protest held inside one of the right-wing leader's favorite pubs

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has branded a group of LGBTI activists 'scum' after they interrupted him during his Sunday visit at the pub.

Around 100 people, claiming to represent everything loathed by the right-wing, Eurosceptic party, descended on the Kent pub in fancy dress as an act of protest.

Calling themselves a 'cabaret of diversity', the group included LGBTI people, HIV activists, migrants, disabled people and breastfeeding mothers.

March 19, 2015

Spoilers ahead for who sashayed away in the third episode of the seventh season

RuPaul has sent a stern message to fans who have sent death threats and racist messages to the third queen to leave Drag Race.

Jasmine Masters, who sashayed away in 'Shakesqueer', is the target of numerous hateful messages online.

Masters, who's real name is Martell Robinson, has been called the 'N' word, told to 'fuck off and die', and 'I'm gonna hunt you down you ugly cunt'.

This is just one message that has been sent to him following his elimination from the drag queen competition show:

March 17, 2015

From I Dreamed A Dream to Don't Stop Believin', take a look back of some of the best songs

Glee is ending. Did you stick by it or do you feel like that sentence should have been written years ago?

Love it or loathe it, the show choir musical dramady was a phenomenon. A show that put LGBTI characters in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Even in its most uneven moments, there were still covers of songs that sounded almost better than the originals and were a big part of why people loved the show.

March 12, 2015

The co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it's not LA!)

I've lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.
 

March 12, 2015

Episodes of the drag queen show will premiere in June

A UK channel has acquired all seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, with a plan to premiere in June.

TruTV UK now owns the broadcast rights to show all seven seasons of the UK drag queen competition show, as well as companion series Untucked.

It will start with showing episodes from the fourth season.

'RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertaining, outrageous show packed full of larger-than-life characters with a balance of humour and warmth that our viewers love', said Jane Mote, Turner UK’s Channel Director of General Entertainment.

March 11, 2015

Lou Queernaval in France was a massive hit – with drag queens and leather daddies marching side by side

It's probably the oldest event of its kind in the world (dating back to 1294 to be exact). And just like a certain flesh-flashing pop star, Nice Carnival knows the key to survival is reinvention…as well as appealing to the gays.

In its debut year, Lou Queernaval – an LGBTI offshoot of the world-famous parent festival – proved a huge success last month, pulling in an estimated 15,000 spectators; gay, straight and everything in between, all eager to see the local queer community flex some creative muscle on a Friday night.

March 5, 2015

No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade... Gay Star News speaks with the first contestant to leave Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

We are off and racing as Season 7 of RuPaul's smash-hit drag queen reality show gets away. We caught up with the first contestant to leave the show – Tempest DuJour from Tucson, Arizona.

What did it feel like to watch the first episode of RPDR S.7?

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.