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April 27, 2015

'I don't want people to think I broke bread with that woman'

Graham Norton has slammed Katie Hopkins' decision to attend the LGBT Awards, telling Gay Star News: 'I'm truly embarrassed I was in a room with her.'
 
He added: 'She shouldn't be here, because tonight is about equality, inclusion, acceptance and allies. She does not fit into any of those categories.'
 
Norton, who won the LGBT broadcaster award, continued: 'If I'd known she was coming I wouldn't have been here. I don't want people to think I broke bread with that woman.'
 

April 26, 2015

The NBA player, previously married to Kim Kardashian, has announced he supports Jenner's transition to female

 NBA player Kris Humphries has apologised for a tweet he sent which appeared to criticise Bruce Jenner for coming out as a transwoman.

Following Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer where the former Olympian announced he would be transitioning to a woman, Humphries, who was previously married to Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian for 72 days, said: ‘Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou’.

April 26, 2015

Live stream from runner’s point of view for the first time

G-A-Y club boss Jeremy Joseph is running the London Marathon today and, for the first time, you can watch every step live.

He has a camera mounted on his chest, streaming the action directly to this player.

Joseph is determined to carry on with his marathon bid despite getting agonizing shin splints in both legs.

April 25, 2015

Eight episode program on E! will explore Jenner’s transition to female

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer was just the beginning.

The 1976 Olympic champion will return to television this summer in an eight episode documentary series on Jenner's new life as a woman.

The series, which does not yet have a title, will air on E!

'Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,' says Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, E!

April 25, 2015

The 17 million viewers result in highest-rated episode of 20/20 in 15 years

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday earned ABC's 20/20 its highest ratings in 15 years and also exploded on Twitter.

The two-hour program garnered just under 17 million viewers - one of the biggest audience on a Friday night for a non-sports special since 2003.

During the show, Jenner discussed beginning the process of publicly transitioning to female at the age of 65.

The Jenner interview was the highest-rated for a 20/20 episode since a 2000 interview with John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’
 
April 24, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 24, 2015

Police say attack is not a hate crime, 'just a fight amongst kids’

A gay school student was slashed on the face with a screwdriver while his principal watched.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and another gay student were called anti-gay slurs and assaulted in a pre-meditated attack at Carver High School on Monday (April).

'My face is messed up some,' he told WXIA TV.

'There was like 30 people out there that we was fighting because he's gay. And I'm gay.'

April 23, 2015

Male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses

A Japanese university has scrapped a 20-year-old event that mocks transgender women and gay men.

Gei Bar was an annual fundraising event at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, where male students dress up in women’s clothing, 'act gay' and sell kisses.

But the November event was canceled after the school received 10 complaints from LGBTI individuals and groups.

Cross-dressing men are a staple of Japanese entertainment but have been criticized as insensitive to LGBTI people.

April 23, 2015

Think you can't change an animal's sexuality? These scientists claim you can

Scientists have come up with a way to turn 'straight' rats 'gay' by using happy-making chemicals.

A group of researchers in Mexico have been working for four years to come up with the best way of making rats gay with their experiments.

Using mind-altering drugs, they stimulated the male rats' brains to make them feel good when they were put together.

They also covered the rats with almond oil which they had made them associate with sex.

April 23, 2015

Food, nature and the quiet life in the greenest of valleys

Staring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What's behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 22, 2015

Jeremy Joseph can’t currently run more than three miles but plans to do a full marathon in just five days

G-A-Y club owner and friend to the stars Jeremy Joseph will run the London Marathon Sunday despite an agonizing injury which may stop him finishing.

He is due to deliver a marathon first this year – a camera mounted on his body will stream all 26 miles from his perspective live online via Gay Star News.

But shin splints in both his legs means he has failed his last two training runs and is now in a race against time to recover before the event on 26 April.

Joseph said: ‘I got overconfident and I over trained.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 21, 2015

The furniture giant has been criticized by gay rights groups for supporting an evangelical, family-oriented illusion show starring a pastor who has been vocal in his condemnation of LGBT people

Following our news story on the weekend about IKEA Singapore promoting a family-oriented evangelistic magic show by an anti-gay pastor, the owners of the Singapore stores have issued a statement re-iterating their backing of the show.

IKEA Singapore is supporting and promoting the Vision magic show by Lawrence Khong.

April 21, 2015

New books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile show our past struggles and a path to future victory

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that ‘the gay agenda’ was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America on LGBT issues. Much of its outlook was basic common sense and PR.

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 21, 2015

Don't You Want Me Baby? Yes, we do!

The Human League have been confirmed for this year's Brighton Pride.

The Mirror Man singers now feature on a killer line-up that also boasts local DJ Fatboy Slim, former X Factor judge Tulisa and Real Love singer Jess Glynne.

Katy B, Hercules and the Love Affair and Ms. Dynamite are also confirmed.

The Human League will perform at Pridel in Preston Park on Saturday 1 August 2015.

The band – comprised of Phil Oakley, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley – have sold 20 million records worldwide.

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 20, 2015

You have to read this

It's the oldest gay story in the book.

Two guy best friends, both 'straight' to the other, have a drunken fumble and realise they have deeper feelings than they realised.

Well, maybe it's not the oldest story, but it's definitely a good one.

This happened to two guys in Georgia, and it all developed over Yik Yak.

The app, much like Whisper, allows people to share their secrets anonymously with strangers according to their location.

April 20, 2015

'Foreigners are fond of pets'

Photos of a Thai man holding hands with his foreign boyfriend have gone viral.

Noparuj Kaendi and Thorsten Mid were snapped on the Bangkok Sky Train during the Songkran festival, which brings thousands of gay men from around region to the city.

The photos were met with a torrent of abuse after they were uploaded on the Facebook page of Philippine news BV Patrol on Saturday (18 April) morning.

At the time of writing, the post had nearly 17,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares.

'Foreigners are fond of pets,' wrote one commenter.

April 20, 2015

Inspired by Hasselhoff, Oprah, and RuPaul, this is gay sport as you have probably never seen it before.

Everyone loves a musical parody video, and the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the world's largest LGBT water polo club) has pulled out all the stops as they promote their upcoming annual tournament.

'The whole thing took about a month to produce...' explained Shih-Ming Yao, director and star of the video. 'I'd like to say that there was a rigorous casting process, but to be honest we found a role for everyone that wanted to be in it.'

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.