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December 21, 2014

‘Do you think now that the reason why you’re not with a team because you’re not good enough or because you are gay?’

Gay footballer Michael Sam has had to answer a fair few tough questions since he became a sensation this year.

But later this month he will face the toughest questions of all from Oprah Winfrey.

On 27 December Sam will sit down with talk show queen Winfrey for an episode of Oprah Prime.

Sam rose to prominence after becoming the first openly gay to be drafted by a major National Football League (NFL) team, the St Louis Rams.

He instantly became a new LGBTI icon and won fans all around the globe.

December 20, 2014

Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards and more Drag Race alumni reveal life behind the make-up in new documentary

‘If I didn’t do drag people would say my sense of humour and approach is kind of like a nasty, hateful queen,’ says acid-tongued drag queen Bianca Del Rio.

‘And then you do drag and they say ‘‘Oh my God it’s fierce, it’s fabulous!’’

Del Rio is joined by other stars of the hit US TV show RuPual’s Drag Race in a new documentary exploring their lives behind the wigs, make-up and the sassy one-liners.

The documentary ‘This is Drag’ explores the queens and their relationships.

December 20, 2014

Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards and more Drag Race alumni reveal life behind the make-up in new documentary

‘If I didn’t do drag people would say my sense of humour and approach is kind of like a nasty, hateful queen,’ says acid-tongued drag queen Bianca Del Rio.

‘And then you do drag and they say ‘‘Oh my God it’s fierce, it’s fabulous!’’

Del Rio is joined by other stars of the hit US TV show RuPual’s Drag Race in a new documentary exploring their lives behind the wigs, make-up and the sassy one-liners.

The documentary ‘This is Drag’ explores the queens and their relationships.

December 20, 2014

The project is set to appear sometime in 2015 and is co-produced by Latifah's company Flavor Unit

Be honest. Doesn't this Queen Latifah picture make you feel all tingly inside? Or, at the very least, jealous of the cigarette in her hand?

The photo is a tease from the upcoming HBO biopic Bessie. Latifah plays the lead in the drama about Bessie Smith,  nicknamed the Empress of the Blues.

Smith, who died in 1937 when she was 43, would have been fodder for today's fame machine. She had a husband, but also kept a female lover

Bisexual power at its best!

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 16, 2014

Kiss took an hour to shoot

The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same.

The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years.

However, when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner could not sign the consent form because she was not a legal spouse or family member.

When medical staff asked, 'What is your relationship with the patient?' she could only answer, 'A good friend.'

December 15, 2014

New Batgirl has led to an apology from DC Comics

In the new comic book issue Batgirl #37, the superhero battles an evil doppleganger.

While appearing to be a female at first, the villain Dagger Type is revealed to be a drag queen obsessed with fame, fortune and rhinestones.

The issue has divided opinion in the LGBTI community, with some saying there is nothing wrong with a 'gay' villain but with others saying the treatment of a crossdressing maniac was 'tone deaf 'and homophobic. Screencaps are below.

December 11, 2014

Lesbian Queen of Shops to choose Britain’s LGBTI business stars

Mary Portas – known in Britain as the Queen of Shops – is joining the judging panel to choose the top 50 most influential LGBTI people in business.

Openly lesbian, Portas is best-known for her work on the Channel 4 show Secret Shopper.

She joins the Out at Work Top 50 judging panel, led by diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley, Labour peer Michael Cashman and Lord Guy Black of the Daily Telegraph Group.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 22, 2014

'Man it feel like rollin' dice, man it feel like rollin' dice'

The world belongs to you when you can drop a music video on Friday night, and people are talking about it Saturday morning.

Yesterday, 21 November, Beyonce released the video for her song 7/11. According to US Weekly, the tune was leaked earlier in the week.

The Queen Bey being...well a queen decided to give us some images to go with the catchy melody.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.

November 14, 2014

'If your panties fall down all around your feet, step out of them and keep on singing'

For more than four decades now, drag queens have been dressing up like Bette Midler.

So it comes as no surprise that the Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner has some tips on how to be the most divine.

'A good pair of shoes - a really good pair of shoes - because you'll really hurt yourself. You'll hurt your joints,' Midler tells PrideSource.

In addition to the proper shoes, Midler recommends 'a serious undergarment.'

November 14, 2014

Bangkok-based agency has 18 girls in its trans division

A Thai modeling agency has launched the first transgender model division in the world.

The Bangkok-based Apple Modeling Agency annouced the division on Tuesday (11 November) and has 18 transgender girls on its books.

Apple is one of the leading and largest modeling agencies in the southeast Asian country.

Draq queen Pangina Heals interviewed ten of the models for Coconuts TV on a photo shoot for Lips magazine.

'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.

November 12, 2014

Aunty Ben, a show about a little girl and her drag queen uncle, is coming to London for a one-off performance at the Chelsea Theatre

Created by production company Super Paua, Aunty Ben is described as a LGBT-positive show for children aged 7+.

‘Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own.’

November 11, 2014

Pacific nation bans gay sex and marriage

The 'queen of the Cook Islands' has said it is 'unfair' to criminalize gay people because of who they love.

The paramount chief of the Takitumu tribe, Marie Pa Ariki, made the comments last week in New Zealand at Hui Takataapui, an annual gathering of indigenous people from the Pacific nations.

'[Gay] people are knowledgeable and contribute to society and to home life,' she told GayNZ.com.

'They are human like everyone else... we are all whanau.'

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 5, 2014

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA]'

Charmed's Rose McGowan has claimed gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

The US actress and singer, who was taken in by drag queens as a 13-year-old, has said she has an 'indictment' with the gay community.

'[Gay misogyny] is a huge problem,' she said on a recent podcast with controversial writer Bret Easton Ellis.

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].'

November 4, 2014

Ban Ki-moon says she turned Eurovision into 'an electrifying moment of human rights education'

Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won high praise from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday for her 'powerful message' of tolerance.

Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, won the Eurovision song contest for Austria in May, which Ban said she turned into 'an electrifying moment of human rights education.'

'She confounds people’s preconceived ideas of gender and sexuality – and she appeals to them to accept her as she is,' he said.