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August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 26, 2014

'Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity'

Isn't there some rule about never making a bet you can't pay?

On Twitter a gentleman, known as Fisher King, relearned the axiom. On 23 August he tweeted this 'bet' to the world:

August 26, 2014

Designer and film director was nominated by Victoria Beckham who ended up impressed with the effort

Tom Ford accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Victoria Beckham who was quite impressed with the clothing designer and acclaimed film director's effort.

After video of Ford's dousing was posted in Instagram, Beckham took to Twitter to proclaim it 'The chicest Ice Bucket Challenge I've ever seen!'

Ford appears to be at his Texas ranch and is wearing denim.

His husband, Richard Buckley, does the honors by dumping the ice water from a leather bucket.

August 24, 2014

'And if people aren't politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that's just not normal, that's just not natural, that's not what human beings were designed for...'

US pundit Bryan Fischer thinks God, and humans, have an innate aversion to gay sexuality.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association went on a linguistic historical lesson on the word 'abomination.'

Fischer reassured his 21 August listeners homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes.

'When God sees it, it causes him to recoil,' Fischer explained.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 19, 2014

Former Big Brother contestant describes the former boxing promoter, who has just come out as a trans woman, as a 'tranny'

When former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who has recently come out as a trans woman, went into the UK Celebrity Big Brother house – there was bound to be controversy.

But not even Channel 5 could have prepared itself for the onslaught of transphobia and conspiracies surrounding her involvement in the reality show.

With some on Twitter and Facebook referring to Maloney as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’, others chose to use the transphobic slur ‘tranny’ to describe the former UKIP politician.

August 18, 2014

Tony winner takes to Twitter to shoot down National Enquirer story

Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter over the weekend to make one thing clear: he is a happy family man.

'I couldn’t be more in love with my family,' he tweeted. 'Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.'

August 14, 2014

‘I came out as a gay teacher in a whole-school assembly in 2010. Today, four years later, I just received this email. Wow.’

In 2010, teacher David Weston made an incredible decision.

He decided to come out to the entirety of Watford Grammar School, in Hertfordshire, England.

And now, four years later, a former student has got in touch with him to thank him.

Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘I came out as a gay teacher in a whole-school assembly in 2010. Today, four years later, I just received this email. Wow.’

It reads:

Hi David,

August 13, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of the late actor, saying he was a 'fag enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral for being a ‘fag enabler’.

The ‘God Hates Fags’ church has said it will hold signs at the memorial for the late actor, claiming he ‘decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy lifestyles, flagrant debauchery and hedonism.

WBC announced its plans on Twitter, using the hashtags #MustPicketFuneral and #PicketFuneral.

The 63-year-old actor died at his home in Northern California on Monday (11 August), and is believed to have committed suicide.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

August 5, 2014

Broadway star is wearing nothing but nail polish and traces of make-up

Neil Patrick Harris is in the final weeks of his triumphant run in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and seems in the mood to savor every moment.

Harris, who won a Tony Award in June for his performance in the musical, recently posted pre-show and post-show selfies of himself on Twitter.

The first selfie has him in full make-up as the transgender rock singer Hedwig but without the glittery character's big, blond wig.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

August 1, 2014

Last-minute replacements, silver medalists Daley and partner James Denny had only practiced together three times

The world's two most famous openly gay divers had a very good night Friday (1 August) at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and his partner Domonic Bedggood took the gold medal in 10m platform pairs.

They survived a late challenge by Britain's Tom Daley and partner James Denny who took a surprise silver.

Mitcham shared his joy on Twitter: 'OMG FINALLY!!! Lol after 6 Comm Games silvers, I finally have a gold one!!'

Daley and Denny had gone into the final round in last place.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

July 24, 2014

Torchwood actor kissed a male dancer in front of 42 Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality

Gay actor John Barrowman is being told to 'die' after kissing a male dancer at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

He performed a song called Welcome to Scotland, celebrating everything that makes the country great including Nessie, Gretna Green and equal marriage.

However, some criticized the Scottish-American host – saying he deserved to ‘die’, ‘should commit suicide’ and the kiss was ‘embarrassing for everyone involved’.

‘[John Barrowman is] a horrific human being,’ one said on Twitter. Another said he ‘needs to die for this.’

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

A 24-year-old could have faced the death penalty for merely posting on the social networking site

A Saudi Arabian gay man is to be jailed and lashed 450 times for trying to meet other gay men on Twitter.

The 24-year-old was arrested after he posted several messages on his social media account.

A member of the religious police, after being told about the tweets, posed as another gay man on Twitter.

Luring him into the sting, the authorities seized him and took his mobile phone.

July 23, 2014

A 24-year-old could have faced the death penalty for merely posting on the social networking site

A Saudi Arabian gay man is to be jailed and lashed 450 times for trying to meet other gay men on Twitter.

The 24-year-old was arrested after he posted several messages on his social media account.

A member of the religious police, after being told about the tweets, posed as another gay man on Twitter.

Luring him into the sting, the authorities seized him and took his mobile phone.

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas is a former Washington Post reporter who has lived in the US since he was 12

Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in the US, was detained by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday (15 July) in an incident that qickly made headlines.

A photo of Vargas in handcuffs was posted on Twitter sparking outrage among supporters. He was later released.

Vargas, who is Filipino and gay, is an outspoken activist for immigration reform in the US. He had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles when he was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.