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December 19, 2014

He tweets: 'Being gay or straight isn't bad or good it just IS. U are who you are. Be true to yourself'

Ansel Elgort has cone out publicly - as straight.

The 20 year old, best known for Fault in Our Stars, is playing gay pianist Van Cliburn in an upcoming biopic and took to Twitter this week to separate fact from fiction.

'Just in case it isn't clear... I like girls. A lot,' he tweeted to his 2.4 million followers.

But he also made clear in a follow-up tweet that he doesn't think there's anything wrong with being gay.

December 17, 2014

'If Harry Potter taught us anything, it's that no one should live in a closet'

JK Rowling has revealed Harry Potter's world is a good place to be LGBTI.

The British author was asked a question by a Twitter fan who asked if there was a variety of people at Hogwarts, including gay students.

'Do you think there are a lot of LGBT students in modern age Hogwarts? I like to imagine they formed an LGBT club,' they said.

'It's safe to assume that Hogwarts had a variety of people and I like to think it's a safe place for LGBT students.'

December 17, 2014

'It was weird and interesting writing about that publicly after we spent so much time trying to be private about it'

Neil Patrick Harris admits that it felt a bit odd to be sharing in his autobiography the details of what he and hubby David Burtka went through to become dads.

'I talk a lot about the details of having kids because I find it scientifically just fascinating that they're our actual DNA and that you can figure out that process and like weird visuals of being in a sterile room masturbating into a cup with a bigger plan in mind,' Harris said during a video Twitter chat this week.

December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

Has rid himself of voice inside saying: 'You're a fag. You're a queen. You're undeserving of love'

When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied.

All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life.

It was a life that was dominated by something other than swimming: a fear of being outed.

December 15, 2014

'Acting is hard - you have to become another person and through that you become insecure as that person'

You have to be an awfully confident guy to put on giant platform shoes and sing and dance as a transgender punk rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

But even Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony Award as Hedwig, can still have insecurities about acting and they reared their ugly head when he filmed his recent guest spot on TV's American Horror Story: Freak Show.

'I like acting very much except it has its own insecurities,' Harris said Monday (15 December) during a Twitter chat with fans.

December 13, 2014

'I can't breathe'

The cast of the highly regarded drama Orange Is The New Black joined thousands others in New York City to take a stand against police brutality.

According to Mediaite Vicky Jeudy, who plays Janae Watson, posted photos of her fellow actors on Twitter.

December 11, 2014

'I've held these feelings in for wayyyy too long. Longer than the normal person should hold a secret'

On his Twitter account this week, high school junior Dawson Roscoe tweeted: 'It's almost been 5 months since i came out h o l y d a n g.'

Roscoe, who lives in Casper, Wyoming, is a track and field athlete had decided over the summer to no longer hie the fact that he is bisexual to his family and friends and in the middle of the night, texted them the following remarkable coming out letter.

Hey... it's dawson typing here with a random announcement haha.

December 10, 2014

Video is approaching 3 million views and generated more than 100,000 comments

Connor Franta has become an even bigger YouTube star since posting his coming out video on Monday (8 December).

The 22 year old reported via Twitter on Tuesday that in the first 24 hours, his video had 2.3 million views, 440,000 likes and generated 110,000 comments.

'I'm speechless,' he tweeted. 'This level of support is amazing. ( feel so loved ... thank you.'

December 7, 2014

One customer wanted to check he isn’t going to a gay bar for his Christmas party and the response he receives is brilliant

What is one guaranteed way to get your Christmas staff party cancelled? Send a homophobic email to the venue.

Alex Proud, London-based restaurant owner, knows the perfect way to respond to homophobic emails from customers.

On his Twitter account, Proud tweeted screenshots of an exchange with a customer who wanted to know if his restaurant in Camden was a gay bar.

‘We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud,’ read the email.

December 4, 2014

'Was good for demographics'

A senior member of Latvia's ruling party has been forced to resign after she praised the Nazis for exterminating LGBTI people.

Inga Priede made the comments on Monday (1 December) night during a Twitter exchange with her Unity colleagues about gay marriage, which she said left the country 'in shock.'

'Thank God! The Germans shot them in their time. Was good for demographics,' she tweeted.

The backlash was immediate and she stepped down from Unity's board the next day.

December 3, 2014

The talk show host and her actor wife looked radiant, relaxed and happy in a make-up free selfie to mark their anniversary

Portia de Rossi has confirmed that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres celebrated their tenth anniversary on Monday (1 December) – and to mark the occasion, she tweeted a couple of gorgeous photos of the two of them over the weekend.

Clearly the women, who met in December 2004 and married in August 2008, enjoyed some quality time together ahead of their anniversary. This included taking a stroll on the beach – where they snapped a make-up free selfie of themselves.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

November 29, 2014

The @UKIPEastLondon has posted vile tweets calling gay people ‘poofters and Nancy boys. Dykes, trannies and general scum’

‘God doesn’t agree with homosexuality and neither should you,’ is an example of a tweet sent by a vile Twitter account associated with the UK Independence Party.

Rightwing political party UKIP have attempted to distance themselves from a Twitter feed, @UKIPEastLondon, which has been spewing homophobic and racist tweets.

Under a picture of Jesus was the caption: ‘He didn't die for Queers, nonces and left-wing culturally Marxist perverts. Wake up Britain and grasp the truth!’

The comments were met with shocked comments and anger from Twitter users.

November 29, 2014

The @UKIPEastLondon has posted vile tweets calling gay people ‘poofters and Nancy boys. Dykes, trannies and general scum’

‘God doesn’t agree with homosexuality and neither should you,’ is an example of a tweet sent by a vile Twitter account associated with the UK Independence Party.

Rightwing political party UKIP have attempted to distance themselves from a Twitter feed, @UKIPEastLondon, which has been spewing homophobic and racist tweets.

Under a picture of Jesus was the caption: ‘He didn't die for Queers, nonces and left-wing culturally Marxist perverts. Wake up Britain and grasp the truth!’

The comments were met with shocked comments and anger from Twitter users.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 28, 2014

Read the reactions and voting numbers

The Finnish Parliament has just narrowly passed a bill to legalize gay marriage by 105 votes to 92.

Finland is the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage, although gay couples have been able to enter registered partnerships since 2002.

Ahead of the vote, thousands of protestors both for and against the proposed gender-neutral marriage law gathered outside the Parliament building in Helsinki to make their feelings known. Demonstrators in favor of the bill greatly outnumbered those against it. A carnival atmosphere prevailed.

November 27, 2014

Barrowman flies home to be with family - gets row to himself on near empty plane

John Barrowman decided to travel on Thanksgiving Day.

'1st Thanksgiving with family and friends in almost 10 years. I'm hungry:)' the Arrow and Torchwood star tweeted from the airport.

He later tweeted that his plane was empty and 'had a row to myself.'

Barrowman was among the stars tweeting their thanks via Twitter before settling in to seriously stuff their faces on Thanksgiving Day.

November 24, 2014

Out singer celebrates after the LA show with trip to In N Out Burger

Sam Smith had a big night at the American Music Awards winning the Favorite Male Artist prize and giving a gorgeous performance of I'm Not the Only One.

It was the first major award won by the openly gay British sensation who triumphed over Pharrell Williams and John Legend.

'What a surreal and beautiful evening,' Smith posted on Twitter after the show. 'Thank you to everyone for voting. Overwhelmed ... What an incredible night!!'

November 23, 2014

Anti-gay pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church posted a video to Twitter that had been reedited and set to animation to make him appear to come out with no explanation

Anti-gay New York preacher Pastor James David Manning, who made headlines with his claim that Starbucks puts semen in their coffee to attract gay men, has now appeared to out himself after a fashion.

On 19 November Manning posted an animated video to Twitter by Herd Mentality Podcast’s Adam Reakes which Reakes had selectively edited the audio of to make it seem that Manning was calling himself a ‘homosexual sodomite.’

November 23, 2014

Anti-gay pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church posted a video to Twitter that had been reedited and set to animation to make him appear to come out with no explanation

Anti-gay New York preacher Pastor James David Manning, who made headlines with his claim that Starbucks puts semen in their coffee to attract gay men, has now appeared to out himself after a fashion.

On 19 November Manning posted an animated video to Twitter by Herd Mentality Podcast’s Adam Reakes which Reakes had selectively edited the audio of to make it seem that Manning was calling himself a ‘homosexual sodomite.’

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter: