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March 21, 2014

Ben Cohen, Lorraine Kelly, Sue Perkins and Ian McKellen all need your support as voting reaches its last few days

Tom Daley looks set to win his first gay award at Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’ this April.

The bisexual diver is currently way ahead of the rest of the field in the race to be named Sports Personality of the Year at the event.

And morning TV host Lorraine Kelly is tipped to be crowned nation’s favorite straight ally.

But there is still everything to play for and it’s now the last chance to choose your heroes.

February 5, 2014

O’Grady says he believes Putin is gay as he joins a global day of action against Russia anti-gay hate

Popular gay TV star Paul O’Grady has said he is boycotting Coca-Cola but supporting lesbian BBC Olympics anchor Clare Balding over Sochi.

O’Grady, who made his name as drag queen Lily Savage and is now a TV host, was fronting a protest in London as part of a day of action today (5 February) before the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Around 300 showed up for the protest in London, outside the Prime Minister’s Downing Street home, in the last hour – despite rain and a strike crippling the Tube network.

November 15, 2013

Pundit Arkady Mamontov has warned Russia must protect 'traditional love' or face the consequences

A Russian TV host has caused outrage after he has blamed falling meteorites on LGBTI people.

Arkady Mamontov, a pundit on state channel Rossiya 1, has warned Russia must respect ‘traditional love’ or face the consequences.

He named the Chelyabinsk meteorite, which fell in south-west Russia on 15 February and injured 1,491 people including 311 children, in his warning.

Mamontov was asked on politics show Special Correspondent to discuss new documentary film ‘Litsedei’, translated in English as ‘Hypocrites’.

September 18, 2013

'Sean Avery is straight ... I'd be happy if Sean and I were bangin'

It turns out the Twitter and Instagram photos of TV host Andy Cohen and NHL star Sean Avery were not hints of an impending engagement announcement.

They were just two pals hanging out.

Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, was confronted about the growing speculation by TMZ cameras in New York City and decided the clear things up.

'Dude, Sean Avery is straight. Do you understand that?' Cohen said. 'So a gay guy and a straight guy should be able to be friends without you asking me if we're engaged, right? Very, very straight.'

August 15, 2013

Andy Cohen: '[I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia'

For the past two years, Andy Cohen has co-hosted the Miss Universe pageant with fellow US television personality Giuliana Rancic.

But Cohen has a very specific reason for turning down an offer to co-host for a third time: this year’s event will be in Moscow, Russia, where a draconian anti-gay propaganda law went into effect earlier this year.

The openly gay Bravo executive and host of Watch What Happens Live told Rancic on her E! News program that Russia’s 'discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.'

July 2, 2013

Lone Ranger star jokes: 'I do have a thing for talk show hosts'

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel got more than he bargained for when he told guest Johnny Depp: 'You have this very handsome, let's just be honest and say beautiful face.'

Depp, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie The Lone Ranger, showed his gratitude by standing up and planting a kiss of Kimmel's cheek.

The actor sat back down but then decided that wasn't enough. He stood back up and went in for another smooch - this time square on Kimmel's lips.

Kimmel fanned himself with his hand and told his audience: 'I've lost my train of thought.'

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

May 2, 2013

Host of WEtv's My Fair Wedding accused to addiction to prostitutes - he denies it

David Tutera, the host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, is embroiled in a nasty split from his longtime partner with whom he is currently expecting twins.

The couple, together as domestic partners for a decade, split in January and are due to become parents in July. Both have filed legal papers seeking full custody of the babies.

Tutera filed documents seeking to end his domestic partnership with Ryan Jurica this week. Two days earlier, Jurica filed papers of his own in Connecticut seeking to do the same.

November 18, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is kicked out of the British reality dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold is the latest celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The ‘Daybreak’ TV host and his dance partner Erin Boag left the British dancing competition after finishing in the bottom two alongside Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and newcomer professional Karen Hauer.

Both couples performed their routines for a second time in the dance-off in the Wembley Arena special.

Arnold performed his salsa to Wham!’s Club Tropicana, and Byrne jived to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.

October 29, 2012

UK Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw whacks Olympic gymnast Louis Smith in face because he 'fancies him'

As if a grilling from acerbic judge Craig Revel Horwood wasn't a kick in the teeth enough, Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith was booted in the face by gay British Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

The Olympic gymnast was taken by surprise when the former TV host tried to impress him with his athletic skills during a visit to the BBC studios, reported STV.

Grimshaw said: 'Louis Smith was on, who I love, and I was showing him my stomach, and he was like, "Errr..." and I was like, "I'll do a handstand for you". And I kicked him in the face.

October 19, 2012

PSY’s infectious Korean pop video, spoofing horse-riding and the fashionable Gangnam district of Seoul inspires US military tribute acts

Gangnam Style is already one of the most popular music videos on YouTube with over 497 million positive reactions from YouTube viewers since it was unleased on 15 July.

For those who have somehow missed it, it’s an infectious, satirical Korean pop song by rapper PSY (Park Jae-sang) – an ode to invisible horse riding.

October 14, 2012

Gay band Scissor Sisters perform 'Let's Have A Kiki' on the British reality results show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold will live to waltz another day as he survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off tonight (14 October).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag faced television legend and 74-year-old Johnny Ball and newcomer Iveta Lukosiute in the British reality show results.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman saved Arnold and Boag based on the fact there was more content in the couple's cha cha cha.

October 11, 2012

Gay Star News takes a look at 14 men and women who have inspired thousands to be honest about their sexuality

There is real power when a celebrity is honest about their sexuality or gender identity, as it lets thousands of young gay people know they are not alone.

So to celebrate Coming Out Day (11 October), GSN has gathered together the stories of 14 celebrities who shocked the world when they were revealed who they really are.

Ellen DeGeneres

When Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997 on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later on her sitcom, she didn’t work for three whole years.

September 25, 2012

Formal recognition but no rights for Milan’s gay couples as Italian city opens partnership register

Milan has joined the Italian cities offering formal recognition for same-sex couples with a ‘civil union’ registry.

But it is still well short of gay and lesbian marriage equality and does not offer legal rights or responsibilities.

Local councils across Italy are starting to set up a Registro delle Unioni Civili, where people can register as couples.

September 11, 2012

Ray Chan Chi-chuen pledges to fight for gay rights in the city’s Legislative Council

A newly-elected lawmaker has become the first politician to come out in Hong Kong, instantly setting off a fierce debate.

Ray Chan Chi-chuen, from the leftist People Power, told Oriental Daily in an interview that he is gay, a day after he won a seat in the Legislative Council on Sunday (9 Sept).

‘A politician should be judged on his political ideals,’ said Chan, a former radio and TV host. ‘Not whether he likes men or women.’

September 4, 2012

Indian transsexuals will no longer have to rely on parental support in registering to vote, making it easier for them to participate in the political process

India has made it easier for transsexuals to register to vote in recognition that in many cases their parents may not be prepared to sign documents for them because of transphobic attitudes.

India’s Electoral Commission will now allow a person’s associate or spiritual teacher to vouch for transsexual people in official documents.

March 27, 2012

41 same-sex couples tied the knot last night in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia

41 same-sex couples tied the knot last night in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia

A total of 41 gay couples tied the knot last night (26 March) in the witness of a live audience in what was billed as the first 'Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding' in Australia.

The studio decorated as a wedding chapel billowed white fabric and flowers everywhere. And with a live performance of Prince Charming in place of the bridal waltz, comedians walked the aisle as makeshift flowergirls as TV host Adam Hills conducted the ceremony.

March 14, 2012

Rose Venkatesan say she wants ‘a sexual revolution’ as she launches the Sexual Liberation Party of India

Rose Venkatesan, the first transgender television host in India, announced yesterday she is launching a political party called the Sexual Liberation Party of India.

‘India is a sexually repressed country,’ Venkatesan told IBN Live. ‘Sexual freedom is necessary for everybody. There is a lot of hypocrisy. I want a sexual revolution to happen. There are many laws I want changed.’

January 12, 2012

Out stars win Peoples Choice Awards, kiss spouses before speeches

Wednesday night's telecast of the People's Choice Awards featured two same-sex kisses on CBS, a television network with a weak record when it comes to LGBT characters on its scripted shows.

The first smooch ocurred when Ellen DeGeneres was named winner of the Favorite Daytime TV Host category and kissed wife Portia de Rossi before taking the stage.

She beat out the hosts of The Today Show, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Anderson Cooper and Rachael Ray to win her the 11th Peoples Choice Award of her career and sixth in the talk show category.