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September 18, 2014

Social media giant doesn't back down from enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook has agreed to restore the deleted accounts of drag queens - but only for two weeks.

The social media giant had deleted the accounts as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to go by their legal names on their profiles.

A group of drag queens and openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rudy Campos met with Facebook on Wednesday (17 September) but it did not result in the policy being changed.

September 14, 2014

'This is something I've wanted to do since my freshman year. I want people to be themselves and not feel uncomfortable in their own body and mind'

A transgender student from Colorado has been picked as her school's homecoming queen.

Sixteen-year old Scarlett Lenh is a junior at Sand Creek High School. She received the majority of votes from her classmates and was given the honor during yesterday's, 12 September, school football game.

'It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn't stop smiling,' she said, according to the Associated Press, after finding out about the vote.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 9, 2014

The Sherlock actor talks about Alan Turing, gay ‘cures’ and why he believes the US should elect a gay president

September 6, 2014

'Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you'

Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children's book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.

In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.

There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.

The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.

September 4, 2014

Michael Urie: 'We weren’t finished with you, but thank you for it all'

Joan Rivers, queen of the showbiz comebacks, didn't have one final comeback in her.

The comedy legend died today - a week after she went into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure.

The announcement of her death by daughter Melissa Rivers has resulted in an instant outpouring of grief and tributes on social media from her fellow celebrities.

August 29, 2014

Flamboyant superstars stars team up for powerful version of Queen's Another One Bites the Dust

Wearing a gigantic afro wig, Lady Gaga surprised fans at a Sydney concert of Adam Lambert and Queen when she joined Lambert on the stage.

What followed was an energetic duet of Queen's number one hit from 1980 Another One Bites the Dust.

Lambert posted a backstage photo of the pair on Instagram with the caption: 'So much fun tonight.'

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 23, 2014

Patricia Yurena, Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, posted a picture of her and her partner on Instagram in an intimate pose

A Spanish beauty queen revealed her sexuality by posting an intimate picture of her and her girlfriend on photo-sharing app Instagram.

Patricia Yurena Rodríguez Alonso won Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, posted the picture on 19 August of her partner Vanesa Klein with the caption: ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

News quickly spread on social media and was soon inundated with messages of support.

‘Thank you for all your comments,’ she said.

August 23, 2014

I 'thought, "There’s no way this guy’s going to hell" because in my church, it was, "Anybody who’s gay is going to hell"'

Jessica Alba had her views on faith and sexuality shaped when she was a teen and fell for someone her church had taught her would go to hell.

The actress told The Daily Beast this week that she was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont when 'I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina.

August 22, 2014

GiFi guys will be giving out free shots at a party at Belinda Scandal’s Show Bar

A gay dating app has announced they will be giving out free shots a party tonight at Manchester Pride.

GiFi, the UK-only gay dating app for men, will be providing the complimentary shooters at Show Bar from 10.30pm on 22 August.

August 20, 2014

From one drag queen to another: 'The Jesus look isn't my cup of tea'

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is known for her reads, and now Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is in her rolodex of hate.

The season six star and insult comic was on Joan Rivers’ online show when she was asked about the Austrian drag queen.

‘You’ve all seen Conchita, very feminine, very pretty, and with a beard!’ Rivers said.

‘I found him slash her…repellent…and others go insane for her! What do you think of Conchita?’

August 19, 2014

Trans actress, part of famous acting family, would also love to sleep with Jon Hamm

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

The secret turned out to be quite a whopper.

'I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,' Arquette says in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto's manhood: 'And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

August 18, 2014

Actress, singer and talk show host has steadfastly refused to discuss her sexuality

Photos have surfaced of Queen Latifah kissing another woman on the lips as they held hands over the weekend.

In another photo, Latifah has her arm slug around the unidentified woman's neck.

August 15, 2014

Gay Star News readers get into the groove and have voted for the number one Queen of Pop track

It's Madonna's 56th birthday on Saturday (16 August), and what better time to rank 55 of her best songs?

From Madonna to MDNA, the Queen of Pop has given us some of the best music moments in the world.

GSN readers were also asked to vote for their favorite track.

See what song won your hearts below:

55. Give Me All Your Luvin'

August 13, 2014

Season six favorite opens up about the hardships about filming the reality show, Drag Race in the UK and taking risks

Not everyone was expecting insult queen Bianca Del Rio to warm our hearts in the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

But then she walked away with the crown, being named the winner of the drag race competition.

While she was in London, we grabbed a few minutes with her at The Meth Lab at The Black Cap to talk Drag Race in the UK, her experiences and taking major risks.

August 1, 2014

'He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits'

Currently on tour as the frontman for Queen, Adam Lambert is performing a lot of the same classic songs the band's late lead singer Freddie Mercury did in the 70s and 80s.

But unlike Mercury, he is doing so as an openly gay man.

'From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality,' Lambert tells Huffington Post.

August 1, 2014

'He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits'

Currently on tour as the frontman for Queen, Adam Lambert is performing a lot of the same classic songs the band's late lead singer Freddie Mercury did in the 70s and 80s.

But unlike Mercury, he is doing so as an openly gay man.

'From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality,' Lambert tells Huffington Post.

August 1, 2014

'He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits'

Currently on tour as the frontman for Queen, Adam Lambert is performing a lot of the same classic songs the band's late lead singer Freddie Mercury did in the 70s and 80s.

But unlike Mercury, he is doing so as an openly gay man.

'From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality,' Lambert tells Huffington Post.

July 30, 2014

Straight-talking judge talks to Gay Star News about the 'T' word debate, raising the bar for equality and Drag Race in the UK

Infighting in the LGBTI community makes us look ‘weak and pathetic’, according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

Speaking to Gay Star News shortly before season six airs on Netflix UK, the straight-talking judge has reflected on the controversy.

Earlier this year, some were outraged by the use of the term ‘shemale’ in the ‘Female or She-male’ mini challenge of episode four.

Logo removed the challenge from the episode in later airings and the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro heard in all episodes was also taken out.

July 30, 2014

Russia will revive the Cold War era Intervision song contest in October in protest at Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win

Following on to hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian coastal city of Sochi will host the 2014 edition of the Soviet era Intervision song contest in October which Russia is reviving in protest at Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision song contest.

The contest is open to members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Co-operation Organization and former Soviet Republics including the Baltic states.

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

July 18, 2014

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’

A drag queen is speaking out after being banned from a Scottish TV show, being told a man dressed as a woman was ‘inappropriate’ for kids.

Pride Glasgow was due to appear on The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow this week to promote the event, but when they suggested a drag queen appear, the show’s producers refused.

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’.