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January 27, 2015

UKIP satire helps us relive our childhood

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub – they will all be there for sure. And Mrs Cobbit the florist is bound to do a roaring trade.

Yes – LGBTI Pride is coming to the most unlikely place in fiction, the ever-so-proper English town of Trumpton.

Trumpton, a stop-motion animation, was first shown on the BBC in the 1960s but repeats meant it entertained and delighted generations of British children.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 22, 2015

First time a French court convicts over anti-gay abuse on the social network

Three Parisians were fined this week for inciting violence against LGBTI people on Twitter, the first time a French court has convicted for anti-gay abuse on the social network.

One was fined €300 ($348) while the other two were forced to pay €500 ($579) for using the hashtag 'let’s burn the gays on...' (#brûlonslesgayssurdu).

January 22, 2015

First time a French court convicts over anti-gay abuse on the social network

Three Parisians were fined this week for inciting violence against LGBTI people on Twitter, the first time a French court has convicted for anti-gay abuse on the social network.

One was fined €300 ($348) while the other two were forced to pay €500 ($579) for using the hashtag 'let’s burn the gays on...' (#brûlonslesgayssurdu).

January 19, 2015

Former Olympic wrestler tweets: 'I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it'

Retired wrestler and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz is sorry he blew his stack on social media over the movie Foxcatcher which is based on his real-life story.

'I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it,' Schultz has posted on Twitter.

Channing Tatum portrays Schultz in the film which also stars Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

January 17, 2015

'Gosh. [Elliott] and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one'

Let's raise our collective glasses to Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer for getting married.

The actor posted on Twitter a picture of him and the new husband sitting in front of a register.

'Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing,' Fry wrote under a picture of the happy couple.

Fellow actor Hugh Laurie tweeted good will to both.

January 14, 2015

The Atlanta couple and their family came to international attention last year after a photo they posted on Instagram and Twitter went viral

One of our favorite images of gay parenting from 2014 was a Twitter photo posted by Kordale and Kaleb Lewis last January.

The image [shown in full below] depicted the Atlanta couple in the bathroom with their two oldest children (they have three kids now aged 8, 7 and 6 years).

It was early morning and the men were going through the daily ritual of doing their daughters’ hair before sending them to school.

January 13, 2015

E! network identifies pair as 'Liza Miinnelli and guest'

Andrew Rannells and Lena Dunham, who play BFFs on HBO's Girls, got a surprise at the Golden Globe Awards when they stopped on the red carpet to chat with E! host Ryan Seacrest.

The entertainment channel identified the pair in its graphic as 'Liza Minnelli and guest.'

Rannells posted a screen grab of the flub on Twitter on Tuesday and wrote: This is really special. I assume I am “guest” but… you never know.'

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

January 11, 2015

Charlton Rainbows, an LGBTI supporters group of Charlton Athletic, tweeted their shock at some members being attacked after meeting a hoax group

An LGBTI football supporters group was invited to meet a group similar to theirs, only to find it was a hoax and their members were attacked.

Charlton Rainbows describe themselves as ‘a Charlton Athletic supporters group made up of Bi, Gay, Lesbian and Trans Gender fans who are standing up to homophobia’, who are based in South East London.

Earlier today (11 January), the group tweeted about the attack which happened the day before.

January 11, 2015

We tackle the hard questions and bring you the highlights of day 3 of London Collections: Men

The sun was shining for the start of day three of London Collections: Men. Fuelled up on coffee, I was channelling my inner Miranda Priestly and ready to be impressed by what AW15 had waiting for the fashion world.

January 6, 2015

Ahead of the referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage, pamphlets have been circulated demanding kids be protected from ‘unholy’ noises. The internet has responded in its own inimitable fashion

With a referendum due in Ireland in May on the issue of same-sex marriage, campaigning between opposing factions is intensifying.

Although early opinion polls estimated that 70% of the country supported equal marriage, in the last fortnight, several Government politicians have said that the vote could me much closer than previously anticipated, and that LGBT campaigners cannot afford to be complacent.

January 6, 2015

He's not a toy boy, that's for sure

You know Stephen Fry, the host of QI and the lover of all things witty and wonderful.

The 57-year-old said he is 'very happy' after announcing he will marry his 27-year-old boyfriend Elliott Spencer, registering to marry in Norfolk just before Christmas.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!' Fry tweeted.

'Thank you all SO much for your kind congratulations. Deeply touched xxx'.

January 6, 2015

Once a couple, they plan to raise Dashiell Julius William Clunie~Singer together

X-Men director Bryan Singer and Queer as Folk actress Michelle Clunie became parents on Monday (5 January) of a baby son.

Clunie made the announcement via Twitter by posting their first family portrait along with this message: 'Bryan Singer and I would like to welcome our beautiful son Dashiell Julius William Clunie~Singer into the world :)'

Last month, Clunie made clear that she was not serving as a surrogate for the bisexual Singer and they would be raising their child together.

January 3, 2015

Cartoons, drawings and moving tributes to trans teen Leelah Alcorn spring up all over social media in the wake of her death

Leelah Alcorn’s death has not only ignited a political debate about transgender youth and how they are treated, but has also touched the hearts of people all over the world.

Since her untimely death, social media has erupted with touching tributes to the 17-year-old.

People have expressed their sadness at her death through drawings, cartoons and notes celebrating her life.

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

January 1, 2015

Trans author got book published, got engaged, was hired by Marie Claire and launched show So POPular

It's hard to blame trans author and activist Janet Mock for being utterly pleased with her 2014.

She took to Twitter on New Year's Eve while drinking Prosecco wine and eating ribs with fiancee Aaron Tredwell to reflect on all that's happened in the past 12 months.

She warned: 'Feeling emo-reflective which is what one feels this time of year especially when Prosecco is pouring....so prepare for a flurry of tweets!'

Among the highlights:

December 31, 2014

The gay couple involved are the first to be married by a British Embassy in the Caribbean

The British Embassy in San Domingo in the Dominican Republic posted a photo on its Twitter account yesterday of a same-sex wedding carried out at the embassy.

British Embassies are allowed to carry out same-sex marriages if one of those getting married is a British citizen.

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 30, 2014

The British TV illusionist was prompted to respond following a stream of messages about his sexuality

We were already fans of illusionist and magician Derren Brown, but we love him even more following his sassy comeback to a Twitter troll who has only just realized that Brown is gay.

Although Brown admits struggling with his sexuality when younger, he came out to the press in 2007. Since that time, he has frequently spoken about his sexuality in interviews.

However, it would appear that some of his fans were still unaware – including one Twitter user: @HossamAlyyy – who posted a series of homophobic tweets last night.

December 30, 2014

The British TV illusionist was prompted to respond following a stream of messages about his sexuality

We were already fans of illusionist and magician Derren Brown, but we love him even more following his sassy comeback to a Twitter troll who has only just realized that Brown is gay.

Although Brown admits struggling with his sexuality when younger, he came out to the press in 2007. Since that time, he has frequently spoken about his sexuality in interviews.

However, it would appear that some of his fans were still unaware – including one Twitter user: @HossamAlyyy – who posted a series of homophobic tweets last night.

December 26, 2014

If you’re not a fan of ‘food porn’, you might want to look away now…

When Michael Zee made breakfast for his boyfriend, Mark van Beek, in April of last year, he didn’t think that it would lead to them having over 113,000 followers on Instagram.

Michael, 29, works in London’s V&A museum in the Learning Department. Mark, 39, is a Design Director with clothing company. The two have been together almost three years; Mark moved in to Michael’s home in Hackney, east London, full time in April 2013.