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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.

December 29, 2014

The Eurovision winner and drag performer says he would like to try and better understand the Russian leader

Conchita Wurst – the bearded drag queen who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year – has said that he wants to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Wurst is the creation of 26-year-old, Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth. In an interview with the German-language Kurier, Neuwirth, who is gay, said that he felt sure that he could find common ground with Putin if the two spent time together.

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 13, 2014

Planning your winter ski trip? Grab your mates and do it in style

With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

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.