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October 15, 2014

Movie is Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood

Gale Harold may be straight in real life but for five season on Showtime's Queer as Folk, he convincingly played a sexually promiscuous advertising man named Brian Kinney.

Harold, 45, is set to play his first gay role since Queer as Folk left the air in 2005. He is one of the stars of Kiss Me, Kill Me, an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood.

While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, a man blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend has been murdered and he is the prime suspect.

September 27, 2014

The festival will run over two weekends in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30, and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7

While Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

August 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

June 12, 2014

It is now confirmed that the X Factor winner will no longer release any music under the Syco label

James Arthur, the winner of The X Factor in 2012, has been dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label.

It was first reported in April Syco had dropped the 26-year-old, but Arthur has denied any split before now.

‘Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me,’ he tweeted yesterday (11 June).

‘I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright! #LOVE.’

May 6, 2014

Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh will be starring in Russell T Davies new series about gay life in the 21st century

A British actress best known for playing a trans woman on Coronation Street will be starring in a new gay drama.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who left the long-running soap earlier this year, will star in Russell T Davies new series Cucumber.

The man who created Queer As Folk will be writing the new drama focusing on gay life in the 21st century.

It will focus on 46-year-old Henry, played by The Thick Of It star Vincent Franklin, and his boyfriend Lance, played by The Bill’s Cyril Nri.

After a disastrous date night, Henry’s life changes forever.

April 29, 2014

'I know that thousands of people have used and cared about this store'

The oldest LGBT bookstore in the US will permanently shut its doors next month.

The owner of Giovanni’s Room, located in the US northeastern city Philadelphia, made the announcement today (28 April).

March 25, 2014

LGBTI friendly information technology giant Google has announced it will be official partners with the 2014 Korea Queer Festival – which starts with a street parade on 7 June and runs until 15 June

Google will be one of the biggest corporate partners of the 2014 Korean Queer Festival in June as the event celebrates its 15 year.

Begun in 2000, the event, held in the South Korean capital of Seoul, has grown into one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Asia and organizers are expecting 20,000 to take part this year.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Love Conquers Hate,’ and following the 7 June opening parade will be a week-long calendar of exhibitions, performances, parties and an LGBTI film festival.

February 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 25, 2014

1970s commercial selling love and Coca-Cola gets remade into protest about the Winter Olympics

Queer Nation New York continues to push against companies sponsoring the upcoming Sochi Games.

The activist group took on a  Coca-Cola commercial from the 1970's and spliced the song, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, with clips of anti-gay violence in Russia.

January 3, 2014

'Kiss well and passionately and move like you mean it'

As Brian Kinney on the US version of Queer as Folk, Gale Harold had countless steamy sex scenes with various men that often didn't look like acting.

How did this heterosexual actor manage such authenticity in a gay role?

' ... Be yourself,' Harold says in a Huffington Post interview posted Thursday (2 January). 'Kiss well and passionately, and move like you mean it.'

December 3, 2013

Gay athlete under fire for taking job with NBC Sports for Olympics in Sochi

Johnny Weir referred to a group of LGBTI activists protesting him as 'idiots' at a speaking event at Barnard College on Monday (2 December) evening.

He apologized today in a newspaper column acknowledging the he has 'put my foot in my mouth.'

'My stance of being pro-athlete before being pro-gay has ruffled so many feathers and it becomes difficult to speak publicly because of this fight,' he wrote in a column today in the Falls Church News-Press.

November 20, 2013

X Factor favorites in text and Twitter war after James Arthur called another rapper a ‘fucking queer’

Pop star James Arthur has texted Lucy Spraggan to say ‘real people don’t care’ about his homophobic rap rant.

In the original rant last week he sparred with another rapper, Mickey Worthless, and called him a ‘fucking queer’ who ‘probably wants to stick [his] dick’ in him.

November 19, 2013

Former Doctor Who head writer said he was inspired to name his new dramas after the four stages of male erections

Award-winning gay writer Russell T Davies is returning to British television to create two new LGBTI dramas.

Almost 15 years after the ground-breaking Queer As Folk finished in 2000, the writer will return to Manchester to film two interliking series for Channel 4 and sister channel E4.

Cucumber, on terrestial TV, will explore the life of a 40-something gay man Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. It promises disastrous date nights, deaths, threesomes, police cars and the Glee Christmas album.

November 17, 2013

The X Factor star apologised on Twitter after upsetting his fans, including Little Britain star Matt Lucas

British X Factor winner James Arthur has apologized for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter earlier in the week.

 

Arthur, who won the singing reality show last year, caused outrage after he attacked rapper Mike Worthless on the social network, calling him 'a fucking queer.'

 

October 28, 2013

Former NFL player later apologizes but is banned from Washington DC radio station for anti-gay slur against Dallas Cowboys icon

Dexter Manley used an anti-gay slur to describe fellow retired NFL player Troy Aikman in a Washington DC radio show Monday (28 October).

The former Washington Redskins player was guesting on WTOP radio and discussing his former team's loss over the weekend to the Dallas Cowboys for which Aikman was quarterback during his playing days.

One of the hosts jokingly asked if Aikman had jinxed the Redskins since he was commentating on the came for FOX Sports.

'I think Troy Aikman is a queer,' Manley responded.

October 19, 2013

The men from Queer Eye will share some dirt about who hooked up during the show's run

The five gay men who offered fashion tips to their straight peers will dish all the gossip about the show.

It's been 10 years since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy first aired. Tomorrow (20 October), the original quintet will sit down to talk with Bravo's Andy Cohen.

The show airs at 9pm (local time).

October 18, 2013

Trans artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti shares photos of her former lovers and clients from 19 October to 3 November at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar

Paola Revenioti has been discussing transgender rights, a topic still highly taboo in Greece and other parts of the world, since the early 1980s.

The Greek artist, filmmaker and sex worker is making her UK premiere tonight (18 October) at 8pm in East London’s George and Dragon bar, where the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery will be showcasing photographs from her time as a sex worker in Greece in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

October 11, 2013

The Mariinsky Orchestra and its conductor, Valery Gergiev, hear from Queer Nation before a Carnegie Hall performance

September 19, 2013

The first QueerFest since Russia banned 'homosexual propaganda' will see over 1500 visitors attend the 10 day event to take a stand against gay hate

Risking fines and arrests, the fifth annual international QueerFest launched in St Petersburg today.

Attracting nearly 2000 visitors every year, Russia's 'queer pride and culture festival' comprises seminars, discussions, photo exhibits and concerts to make a statement against homophobia.

It will be the first festival to take place under the country's law banning 'homosexual propaganda' where individuals and organizations can face fines and jail time for promoting LGBT rights.

September 9, 2013

Queer As Folk star Charlie Hunnam is confident he’ll have no problem with the explicit script for the big-screen adaption of the steamy worldwide bestseller

British actor Charlie Hunnam has said gay sex scenes are helping him out as he stars as Fifty Shades of Grey’s lead male.

The 33-year-old has looked back at his first acting job, a gay series called Queer As Folk, and said it probably couldn’t get harder than that.

‘My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer As Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter.

‘So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.’

August 30, 2013

Comic Clary highlights LGBT people’s plight around the world in song for Amnesty International

Britain’s most saucy camp comic Julian Clary has penned a song highlighting places around the world where it’s ‘not cool yet to be queer’.

Clary, who once famously joked about ‘fisting Norman Lamont’, Britain’s Chancellor at the time, is a regular on TV, radio and the stand-up circuit and won last year’s Celebrity Big Brother.

He performed the song as he hosted Amnesty International’s Secret Comedy Podcast at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

June 29, 2013

Sixth Beijing Film Festival is heralded as a great success, with 28 films from five countries show and 25 scholarship places awarded to queer people from less developed parts of China, and no intervention from the authorities

Beijing Queer Film Festival went off smoothly in the centre of the Chinese capital for the first time in the the event's 12 year history last week.

The first festival in 2001 was shut down by government officials, the second edition was forced to move from Peking University to the 798 art district and the authorities forced organizers to cancel the fifth festival in 2011.

May 24, 2013

Fan Popo discusses the obstacles to LGBT filmmaking and activism in China at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India

Chinese filmmaker Fan Popo said his government is 'homophobic' during an appearance at Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India this week.

'The Chinese government is homophobic, and they do not let queer films be screened in theaters,' said Fan, Hindustan Times reports.

'We have to screen films in small cafes, and even then police often stop screenings. LGBT groups are all underground.'

April 15, 2013

A spoof article about claimed parents wre putting their daughter up for adoption because of her sexuality – but parental rejection is no joke for real LGBT teens

Jokes are supposed to be funny. They always start with a set up and then build to a crescendo where the plot twists and the listener bursts out laughing. Last week a ‘joke’ went viral, but no one was left laughing.