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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 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 22, 2014

A 17-year-old left his parting note on Instragram, telling his followers: 'I’m sorry I’m not the daughter you wanted'

A transgender teenage boy has stepped in front of an oncoming train, killing himself months after he came out as male.

Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, left a suicide note on Instagram saying: ‘I’m a prisoner of my own body.’

After the note was posted, he was pronounced dead after the train strike near his home in Croydon, Pennsylvania.

Friends said Moscatel had been researching hormone treatments, frustrated he could not start them until he turned 18. His parents had allowed him to cut his hair short and had bought him a breast binder.

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

We explore the opulence of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, a Downton Abbey-style treat with a magical Spice Girls twist

What unites the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Victorian engineering and one of Britain’s greatest poets?

The answer is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Like stepping through a time warp into Downton Abbey, this hotel offers all the splendor of the golden ages of British rail travel and stately living but with en-suite bathrooms replacing the chamber pots.

This gothic revival pile first opened as the Midland Grand Hotel in 1873 as a showpiece for the Midland Railway Company, offering the height of luxury to its travelers.

July 25, 2014

Let this be the last year you don’t experience the glitter fabulosity that is Amsterdam’s most open festival

Three (and a half) words don’t do justice to this year’s Milkshake music and dance festival in Amsterdam.

The annual party bash that welcomes DJs from around the world (this year saw Boy George, Jonny Woo and Ulta Naté spin some tunes) is so much more than just a dance rave: It’s a celebration ‘For all those who love’.

July 10, 2014

The US singer reveals she covered a song by lesbian singers T.A.T.U at a Moscow concert, the day before Putin was to come on the same stage to make a speech

US singer Tori Amos has said she chose to cover a song by a famous lesbian duo, as anti-gay Russian leader Putin was scheduled to make a speech on the same stage.

Amos covered the song ‘Not Gonna Get Us’ by Russian lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u at a concert in Moscow last month, during her tour.

June 25, 2014

Fiance and Survivor castmate Colton Cumbie tweets: 'I wish it was me'

Caleb Bankston, a contestant last year on the CBS reality competition Survivor, was killed Tuesday in a train derailment in Alabama.

Blankston, 26, worked as a conductor on Brimingham’s Alabama Warrior Railway.

He appeared last year in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the show's 27th season. He finished the game in ninth place. His fiancé, Colton Cumbie, also competed but dropped out early on.

A grief-stricken Cumbie tweeted: 'I wish it was me.'

June 18, 2014

The British gay pop icon joins Q-Boy, Jonny Woo, Ultra Naté and more who will be turning it out at one of the summer's hottest festivals

There's no denying. Boy George is a trailblazer.

The musician who made a name for himself in the 1980s with an envelope-pushing appearance (the sickest eye make up since RuPaul) and global pop hits (Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?) is scoring yet again on the music scene.

This time, be ready Amsterdam!

On the heels of his latest album This Is What I Do, Boy George has been confirmed as a DJ for Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival, taking over the city on 20 July.

June 14, 2014

Any cute actor working today cannot hold a candle to Marlon Brando when he first hit the big screen

Zac Efron, Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss, Gael García Bernal, Usher, Aziz Ansari, Bruno Mars, and James McAvoy can make some (many) of us mad with desire.

However, not one of those Hollywood hunks can win a hot off with Marlon Brando.

Considered by some as the greatest movie actor of all time, the young Brando was nothing but a walking advertisement for sexuality.

June 7, 2014

Hollywood actor Tatum has commended his co-star Hill for his apology, saying Hill is in no way homophobic 

Hollywood actor Channing Tatum has defended his co-star Jonah Hill over his use of the homophobic slur ‘faggot.’

Tatum said Hill is not homophobic at all, and his use of the term is not really a reflection of who he is.

‘I think most of the time when people have to go on and sort of apologize for something it might not come off all that well because it's not actually like what they mean,’ he said.

May 28, 2014

British singer reveals his new album is about unrequited love, a man he loved but didn't love him back

British singer Sam Smith has officially come out, saying his debut album is about unrequited love for a man.

Last week, the 22-year-old appeared to address his sexuality in his latest video for ‘Leave Your Lover’.

In the video, it shows him romantically attracted to a man who is already going out with someone else.

Speaking to The Fader, he said: ‘In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year and he didn’t love me back.

May 21, 2014

If photos from last year's Milkshake are anything to go by, this summer we'll be having a gay ole' time

What do you call a party where gay and straight couples are walking around, holding hands, kissing and mingling with each other?

Other than amazing, this magical place is called Milkshake: A massive knees-up that takes over Amsterdam on 20 July.

That’s what we love about Milkshake: There’s something for everyone whether you’re gay or straight, bi or Thai (Last year’s event sold in 29 countries from Australia to New York, Mexico to Singapore).

May 20, 2014

The longtime gay icon is still going strong as she closes in on 70

As she turns 68 today, Cher isn't slowing down - she's still revving up.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning legend who has had at least one number one single in each of the last six decades is currently touring the US with her Dressed to Kill Tour.

Last week she announced additional dates and fans are hoping this current show will stretch on and on as her previous 'farewell tour' did before finally ending after three years in 2005.

As a tribute to this icon with legions of gay fans, GSN has come up with 68 reasons why we love Cher.

May 9, 2014

Jokes CNN anchor: 'This is pretty much the platinum bomb heard round the world'

So why should Anderson Cooper care at all that Adam Levine has dyed his hair platinum blond?

Well, it seems The Voice mentor's new style has invited comparisons to the CNN anchor and they are not all flattering ones.

During his occasional segment The Ridiculist this week, Cooper pointed out that someone wrote to Levine on Twitter: 'Your hair makes you look like a much more attractive Anderson Cooper.'

Levine says he doesn't know why he changed his hair but said on The Voice this week that 'it just felt right.'

May 8, 2014

Take the 'Free Love and Tolerance' policy from two of Amsterdam’s biggest clubs, add a dash of liberalism, then blend with art, culture and creativity. That’s the recipe for Milkshake, Amsterdam’s ultimate dance festival

On Sunday, July 20th, the third edition of the Milkshake festival takes place in the Westerpark in Amsterdam.

The party themed ‘For All Who Love’ is an ode to diversity, to the belief that gay, straight and everything in between is intertwined.

Milkshake festival shows that entertainment, music style, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality.

Life is just a party, thanks to the great diversity of skin colors, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms.

April 24, 2014

‘I have heard such great things about the crowd there so just cannot wait to perform'

Don’t Cha wish you could go to a gay pride where a Pussycat Doll is performing?

Well, you’re in luck. Brighton Pride announced one of the members of the global superstar girl band will be singing this summer on the main stage.

Kimberly Wyatt, also known as one of the judges on Sky 1’s Got To Dance, says she is ‘delighted’.

‘I have heard such great things about the crowd there so just cannot wait to perform,’ she said.

In 2010, Wyatt was finished swaying behind Nicole Scherzinger, so she struck out on her own.

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 8, 2014

'Price Tag' singer claims being bisexual was a 'phase' and said public pressure was the reason for saying she still found men and women attractive

British pop star Jessie J has said since coming out as bisexual three years ago, she realises now that was a ‘phase’.

The 26-year-old singer spoke out on Twitter about how she felt pressure to be someone she’s not.

She said: ‘Remember the thing that you tried/did back in the day. The phase you had? That is so not YOU anymore?! And you look back and think wow how I’ve changed.

April 4, 2014

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring' so Lauper sought out a copy of Blueboy which she thought was womens magazine

To mark the 30th anniversary of her classic 1984 album She's So Unusual, pop icon Cyndi Lauper is revealing the surprise inspiration behind her hit song She Bop.

As she prepared to write a song about masturbation, she went down to a newsstand to grab a racy magazine for inspiration.

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring,' Lauper recalled. 'And there was, like, Blueboy, which at that time - in my ignorance - I thought it was a women's magazine. It was not.'

March 19, 2014

Wham! singer says unlike the popular phrase these days, after he came out life did not 'get better'

George Michael has dated a man for 13 years, was caught cruising, and looked like this in the 80s.

But that has still not convinced some of his family members who still think he might one day ‘find the right girl’.

The ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker came out as gay back in 1998 and has lived openly ever since.

But the 50-year-old says some relatives simply refuse to believe it.

Speaking to the BBC, Michael said: ‘For some strange reason, my gay life didn't get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really.

February 19, 2014

Video shows members of performance art group being attacked in public plaza

Video of members of the performance art group Pussy Riot being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militia emerged Wednesday and is quickly causing outrage.

The pro-gay, anti-Putin group was trying to perform in Sochi, Russia, under a sign advertising the Winter Olympics.

As they pulled out a guitar and microphone,  at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

The women chanted in Russian: 'Putin will teach you to love the Motherland,' the name of the song for which they had arrived in Sochi to make a new protest video.

February 19, 2014

Singer says: 'OK, come on, let's move faster. Let's get there faster. Let's get it done. This should have already been behind us'

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has had a strong connection to the gay community from her early days with lesser-known bands.

So it's no surprise that the gay-friendly singer wants to see Country music become more accepting of openly gay artists.

February 10, 2014

Gay anthem YMCA was played at a Sochi Winter Games speed skating event after a spectator requested it

The Village People’s disco hit YMCA was played during a speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia on Saturday in a surprise move.

The song, long considered an anthem by gay men all over the world, was requested by a spectator during a break in the competition when the event's presenters put out a call for requests.

The crowd reportedly danced and bopped to the song which is one of 4,600 approved songs that have been chosen by the Sochi Winter Olympics organizing committee as acceptable to be played at events during the games.