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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’.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 6, 2014

An estimated 1 million people turned out for Madrid Pride on Saturday evening under the slogan 'We march for those who can not' to remember LGBTIs who are persecuted and oppressed worldwide

Hundreds of thousands lined Paseo del Prado in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Saturday evening for the gay pride parade that comprised more than 50 organizations and 30 floats.

The parade is a culmination of festivities held over five days since the kickoff on Wednesday night which included an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen who won the Eurovision song contest in May.

June 30, 2014

Prepare to gird your loins against resident drag queen Mataina, and move your body to the bossa nova and chill-out sounds of DJ James Munich at one of Europe’s most happening LGBT festivals

If it only takes two to tango, Mataina and DJ James Munich are the only two people you will ever need to put you in the groove. 

Gay Star News caught up with the self-described godmother of Pink Lake, Austria’s summer Alpine LGBT festival at Lake Woerthersee, and resident DJ James Munich, for a behind-the-scenes look into what Pink Lake is all about.

June 25, 2014

Newly-enthroned monarchs preside over official reception that included, for the first time, LGBTI leaders

Saying their work 'deserves to be better known and acknowledged,' Spain's new king and queen made history on Tuesday (24 June) when they hosted LGBTI leaders at an official palace reception.

In all, King Felipe and Queen Letizia invited 350 organizations and charities involved with social causes to royal El Pardo palace. Among them were Boti Garcia, president of Spain's State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, and José María Núñez-Blanco, president of the Triangle Foundation.

June 16, 2014

'This is probably one of the proudest days of my life'

John Barrowman was recognized with a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) over the weekend and the honor has left the Torchwood and Arrow star 'chuffed.'

'It’s been the hardest thing for me to keep this a secret, but I’m glad it’s out now, because this is probably one of the proudest days of my life,' Barrowman said in a video posted online.

The openly-gay Barrowman, 47, was listed on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to entertainment as well as his contribution to charity.

June 15, 2014

The US drag trio, famous for their tongue in cheek parodies of famous pop songs, confirm their break up via frosty exchanges on social media

US drag trio DWV have confirmed they have split up, through a series of frosty Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr posts, the three drag queens are going their separate ways.

The group made up of drag queens Willam Belli, Detox Icunt and Vicky Vox, formed in 2012.

After becoming arguably the most recognizable drag pop group for two years, they have split up. However, many suspect the split may be slightly acrimonious because of some of their comments on social media.

June 14, 2014

Reverend Colin Coward honoured for his work campaigning for LGBTI equality in the Church of England

A gay UK priest has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his commitment to LGBTI equality in the Church of England.

The Rev Colin Coward is the founder and director of Changing Attitude England, which campaigns for equality for LGBTI people in the Church of England and the Anglican community in the UK.

Coward tweeted his delight at the accolade today (14 June).

‘thanks everyone for kind words - very cheering to wake up this morning to all your tweets ;-)’ he said.

June 9, 2014

Lex Watson, who co-founded the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founded the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and was first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, has been given the Australian equivalent of a knighthood just weeks after his passing

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, has been honored with the Australian equivalent of a knighthood for his decades of activism on behalf of LGBTI people.

Watson was made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the release of today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

June 5, 2014

Several angry viewers complained to the TV watchdog that a drag queen performing on primetime was 'inappropriate'

Several complaints were made to the TV watchdog Ofcom over a gay act on Britain’s Got Talent.

In last Saturday’s semi-final, drag queen La Voix and the London Gay Big Band lit up the stage with a powerhouse performance of Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

The act was on first, performing a little after the show began at 7pm.

Angry viewers decided to write to Ofcom as they felt a drag queen was ‘inappropriate’ to have on before 9pm, the watershed in the UK.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

May 31, 2014

La Voix and the London Gay Big Band talk about their journey on Britain’s Got Talent, from their first audition to the performance they are preparing for tonight

Simon Cowell is famously renowned for saying 'I don't like drag acts', so it was always a risk to audition for Britain's Got Talent as an openly LGBT act with a drag queen front woman.

And it was a risk that paid off.

Against all the odds, our act La Voix and the London Gay Big Band will perform on the BGT 2014 Live Semi Finals on Saturday tonight (31 May), broadcast to the entire nation and streamed on YouTube to the world.

May 29, 2014

'It was the gay community that loved me first. It feels good to come full circle and get back into that'

Oscar and Grammy award winning performer Jennifer Hudson has decided to really embrace her gay fan base during Gay Pride Month.

The Dreamgirls star will headline at the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood on 7 June and at Chicago Pride Fest on 21 June.

So what do her gay fans mean to her?

'Oh, my God! I would have to say everything,' Hudson tells GoPride.com.

May 27, 2014

Danbury High student Nasir Fleming was cheered by his fellow students when he took out the title as Prom Queen at his school dance on Friday night – becoming the first ever male at the school to take the title

Things went wild in a good way when openly gay Danbury, Connecticut teen Nasir Fleming was named Prom Queen on Friday night – becoming the first male Prom Queen in the school’s history.

Nasir, who had also been nominated for Prom King, was cheered and applauded by his fellow students from Danbury High School as he accepted the tiara at the school’s dance at the Matrix Center on Friday night.

Nasir said he wanted to be Prom Queen to support transgender equality even though he is not transgender himself.

May 27, 2014

Band member Brian May:  'It's quite emotional. It's the big, big ballads and the big, big sort of epic sound'

It turns out we hadn't heard the last of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen who died in 1991.

Band member Brian May has revealed in an interview with BBC Radio Wales that some previously unreleased and never-before-heard vocals by Mercury have been restored and will be part of an album to be out later this year.

'We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,' May said. 'So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year.'

May 27, 2014

Band member Brian May:  'It's quite emotional. It's the big, big ballads and the big, big sort of epic sound'

It turns out we hadn't heard the last of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen who died in 1991.

Band member Brian May has revealed in an interview with BBC Radio Wales that some previously unreleased and never-before-heard vocals by Mercury have been restored and will be part of an album to be out later this year.

'We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,' May said. 'So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year.'

May 27, 2014

Band member Brian May:  'It's quite emotional. It's the big, big ballads and the big, big sort of epic sound'

It turns out we hadn't heard the last of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen who died in 1991.

Band member Brian May has revealed in an interview with BBC Radio Wales that some previously unreleased and never-before-heard vocals by Mercury have been restored and will be part of an album to be out later this year.

'We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,' May said. 'So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year.'

May 27, 2014

‘We are not Mordor. We are not a place of evil’, a top Russian doctor says about false claims

Some Russians might think tattoos are a sign of being gay, or one drag queen will lead to the end of Europe, but there is one story that has gone too far.

A top doctor has slammed a false report claiming researchers in Russia have invented a ‘vaccine’ for homosexuality.