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May 19, 2015

'We wanted it to be like a pride parade gone rogue'

Gaymers, rejoice! The world's first LGBTI fighting game has come out more than a year after it was first announced.

The beat 'em up is like Street Fighter but with cast of RuPaul's Drag Race and is now available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play.

May 18, 2015

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race

Ice-cream brand Magnum, owned by Unilever, has made a promotional film featuring – according to their own marketing material – ‘drag queens’.

The film, entitled Be True to Your Pleasure, received its premiere at a party on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Against a slow and atmospheric cover version of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ by the band Mechanical Bride, four gender-bender performers are seen eating the brand’s ice creams and looking seductively at the camera.

May 18, 2015

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race

Ice-cream brand Magnum, owned by Unilever, has made a promotional film featuring – according to their own marketing material – ‘drag queens’.

The film, entitled Be True to Your Pleasure, received its premiere at a party on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Against a slow and atmospheric cover version of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ by the band Mechanical Bride, four gender-bender performers are seen eating the brand’s ice creams and looking seductively at the camera.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 17, 2015

The ideal destination for cocktails and cabaret

In the heart of the gay village in Brussels you will find La Boule Rouge on Rue des Pierres.

This is a large bar that hosts regular cabaret shows that attract a loyal following.

We were there on a Thurday night, we drank cherry beer, and sang and danced with LaDiva Live – a drag queen who sings live (and sings well).

A great night out.

May 16, 2015

Nororiously private about her own sexuality, Latifah laments intolerance

Queen Latifah has made clear that she will not dicuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie premiering Saturday (16 May) has her talking about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

'People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Donnya Piggott is just 24, but has already made a huge difference to the lives of LGBTI people in Barbados.

She is constantly under the threat that her mother is going to make her homeless again, but she still has the fight and strength to carry on and help others achieve equality. It is desperately needed, as Barbados still has a law banning gay sex and homosexuality is largely considered taboo.

For International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the theme is 'youth'.

May 13, 2015

Famously tight-lipped about her own sexuality, actress plays bisexual singer Bessie Smith in new biopic

Queen Latifah may not want to discuss her sexuality in a preview of her new film Bessie, she can be seen in bed with a woman.

The Oscar nominated actress plays bisexual 1920s crooner Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie which premieres on Saturday (16 May).

In one seen, Latifah is seen in bed with actress Tika Sumpter who plays one of Smith's female lovers (see video below).

May 13, 2015

A 13-year-old girl thought she was going to be reunited with her mother

People are outraged after a Cambodian TV show has played a homophobic joke on a 13-year-old girl.

Autumn Allen, a teen singer-songwriter, appeared on Cambodian TV show Penh Chet Ort (Like It Or Not) for a special Mother's Day episode on Sunday.

During her segment, the hosts tricked Allen by saying she'll be reuinted with her estranged mother.

Considering she hasn't seen her since she was six, when she left the US with her father to live in Cambodia, this would have been an incredible moment.

May 11, 2015

The Embarrassing Bodies star on his life in travel – from horseback riding in Costa Rica to a gay cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 plus his traumatic experience inside an African jail at age 19...

Where's the most random destination you've visited?
I've spent a lot of time in east Africa – it's incredible. You cross over the border from Kenya into Uganda and they're completely different countries; even the soil's a different color.

How did you feel as a gay traveler in those countries – did you feel safe?

May 8, 2015

'It has become clear that Facebook’s apology was empty and their promise to make any real change to their policy was a lie.'

A group of drag queens and members of the LGBTI community have reignited the protest over Facebook’s ‘real name policy’ months after a public apology.

An online petition has been started by user Lil Miss Hot Mess, asking the organizers of San Francisco Pride and New York Pride to ban Facebook from participating in the events; as of today, roughly 1800 people have signed the petition.

On 1 June they are also planning to hold a protest outside Facebook’s headquarters.

May 4, 2015

In new clip, Kardashian family matriarch reacts to ex-husband's transition

Kris Jenner did not have a comment for Diane Sawyer to share during the recent highly-rated TV interview in which her ex-husband, Bruce Jenner, shared with the world that he is a transgender woman.

But Mrs. Jenner, queen of the Kardashian family showbiz empire, is not remaining silent.

She will share her thoughts, along with the rest of her family, on a special two-part episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians to air on 17 and 18 of May.

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.