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May 22, 2015

But which is it? Grindr? Scruff? GROWLr? Manhunt?

Gay dating app Scruff is to add a new traveller alert for users entering countries where gay sex and homosexuality are illegal.

The step follows safety concerns after a man in Saudi Arabia claimed police had used the app to entrap and deport an friend.

Speaking to the New York Times, co-founder and chief executive of Scruff Eric Silverberg explained the move.

May 22, 2015

Dating app Hornet launches first gay Eurovision survey

Users of gay dating app Hornet have chosen Russia's Polina Gagarina as their favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (23 May) night.

France came in second, followed by Sweden and Italy.

Hornet seemed surprised by the results of its survey.

'One might predict an LGBT bias against certain countries, but gay Russians are voting for their home country without apology,' the company said.

Eurovision is exceptionally popular among gay men has even been called the 'gay Christmas,' but Hornet is the first to poll this audience. 

May 22, 2015

Censors say the song promotes same-sex marriage and therefore contravenes the city's anti-gay law

Singapore has banned the song We're All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.

The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.

In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.

May 22, 2015

Gay erotica accounts for the majority of book sales in the country

Vietnam has banned gay romance novels following media reports that they are 'poisoning' young people.

The ministry of culture sent a letter to publishers ordering them to stop printing 'clichéd, useless, obscene and offensive' romance novels, most of which are translations from Chinese.

It also told them to review all their published books and remove anything 'indecent.'

Earlier this year, the media condemned Chinese romance novels, singling out danmei – gay erotica – for special criticism.

May 21, 2015

American Family Association launches petition against 'boys in skirts' joining

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has reaffirmed its policy of welcoming transgender girls.

The policy, which was made public four years ago, only recently came to the attention of the anti-gay American Family Association (AFA), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group.

The AFA said the GSA had 'lost its moral compass' and started an online petition urging it to rescind the policy and restrict membership 'biological girls.'

May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 21, 2015

'Trannies, your families will never love you... Commit suicide now'

A troll has paid Twitter to promote a tweet urging transgender people to kill themselves.

The troll, impersonating Australian feminist Caitlin Roper, used Twitter’s paid-for native advertising service so the tweets would show up in the feeds of users who did not follow them.

'Trannies, your families will never love you. You are living a lie & you know it. End your miserable existence. Commit suicide now,' read one of the tweets.

May 20, 2015

'Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian groom for my son'

An Indian mother has placed what may be the country's first gay matrimonial ad on behalf of her LGBTI activist son Harish Iyer.

The ad, which was published in Tuesday's (19 May) edition of the Mid-Day newspaper, read:

'Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5'11") who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred).'

Thousands of ads are posted in the weekly matrimonial sections of Indian newspapers.

But the Times of India, the Hindustan Times and the dna website all rejected Iyer's ad.

May 20, 2015

LGBT and working in the legal professions in the US? Details have been announced for this year’s Lavender Law conference, including networking events, workshops and a careers fair

The 2015 Lavender Law Conference and Careers Fair will take place in Chicago, Illinois, between 5-8 August 2015.

Lavender Law is organized by LGBT Bar, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations.

May 20, 2015

'I would love that, that would be amazing, but no'

There is little known about the upcoming season of the FX series American Horror Story.

We know that the season has been subtitled Hotel and that the cast includes newcomers Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga along with Sarah Paulson who has so far appeared in every season of the anthology series.

The bisexual actress appeared as a two-headed circus attraction in the most recent season but is mostly mum about her newest character.

May 20, 2015

Will star with James Franco in Hulu Original series 11/22/63

ABC's Grey's Anatomy goes on and on but TR Knight left the medical series after the fifth season in 2009.

Since then, the Emmy-nominated actor has spent his time on stage (A Life in the Theater, It's Only a Play), appeared in some movies (42, A Year and Change) and done some TV guest spots (Law & Order SVU, The Good Wife).

Now Knight is returning to TV is the high-profile 11/22/63, a Hulu Original series that will star James Franco and is from from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and author Stephen King.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 19, 2015

Reverend Matthew Makela is a married father of five

An associate pastor in Michigan who has preached against gay marriage and compared homosexuality to alcoholism has been found to have a profile on the gay hook-up site Grindr.

Reverend Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned from his position after his Grindr profile was made public via screenshots obtained by Queerty. He confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots but declined to comment.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 18, 2015

A beautiful city that is embracing its past and creating its own future

In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.

May 18, 2015

Politicians oppose it as LGBTI activists are encouraging people to attend

Only 2.5% of Latvians support EuroPride happening in Riga.

The European LGBTI rights festival is taking place across 15-21 June in the centre of the capital, but fears are rising over safety and the possibility of violence.

Riga won the right to hold EuroPride after Barcelona, Milan and Manchester.

Riga's Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks has also insisted the event should not happen, even though there is nothing the City Council can do to stop it.

He described it as a 'pretentious demonstration of oneself, which does not promote understanding.'

May 18, 2015

‘It would’ve been very sad for me not to come back'

Great news for Portia de Rossi fans.

Not only will the actress be returning to ABC’s Scandal next season, but she has been promoted to series regular.

Her character, Elizabeth 'Lizzie Bear' North had been recurring although de Rossi says she has already felt like a regular.

‘I’ve been here for the entire season, so, honestly, I already feel like I’m part of the family,’ she tells TV Line.

May 16, 2015

'The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously. It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league'

The WNBA suspended  Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games.

The punishment is for the couple's domestic incident in late April.

Yesterday, 15 May, the league made the announcement on its website.

May 15, 2015

Running from the 3rd to 14 June, the 2015 Sydney Film Festival boasts much on offer for the LGBTI cinema-goer, with ten films in this year’s program exploring themes around sexual and gender diversity

Cinema-goers attending this year’s Sydney Film Festival will be treated to the long awaited director’s cut of ‘54’ which restores 40 minutes of the film that was cut to downplay Ryan Philippe’s character’s same-sex love interest.

Miramax Films felt the boy-boy-girl love triangle at the heart of the film was too much for audiences in 1998 – however director Mark Christopher has spend the last 17 years reassembling the film to his original vision and the Sydney Film Festival screening will be one of the few opportunities for people to see the updated version.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 15, 2015

Two youths were arrested for the same thing earlier this week

Four more men have been arrested in Taiwan for having oral sex on a train, days after two youths were arrested for the same thing.

The latest arrests come after a 29-second clip was posted online showing two of the men openly having oral sex in a train carriage during the day.

Taiwan Railway Administration reported the incident to police and said they may sue the men for yet unassessed amount.

Police were able to pinpoint the location of the train by an announcement that can be hear in the video and the scenery outside the windows.

May 15, 2015

Conservative blogger suggests he was on meth the night of the derailment

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios has said engineer Brandon Bostian’s sexual orientation was 'a factor' in Tuesday's train crash that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Rios, who is also governmental affairs director at the anti-gay American Family Association, made the outrageous claim Thursday (14 May) on her radio show.

'I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,' she said.