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May 20, 2015

Possibly the best coming out video ever

YouTube star Joey Graceffa has come out as gay to his nearly 5 million subscribers in a magical new music video.

Graceffa celebrated his 24th birthday Sunday (18 May) with the release of Don't Wait, which features goblins, a witch and a prince charming – with whom Graceffa shares an epic happily-ever-after kiss.

'I really just hope that it will be able to help some of you guys out there going through similar struggles I went through and do some good in the world,' he said in a postscript to the video.

May 13, 2015

Tribute to the trans Wikileaks soldier will tour Europe

A statue made in tribute to Chelsea Manning has been erected in Berlin.

Alongside Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the trans Wikileaks soldier were revealed last week in the Alexanderplatz public square in the heart of the German capital city.

Created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the life-size bronze statues are part of an art project entitled Anything To Say.

The three figures stand on chairs, while a fourth stays empty. This is intended to represent the viewer of the piece.

May 13, 2015

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport

Gender variant artist Del LaGrace Volcano has been deleted off Facebook because they refused to believe their real name.

It’s part of an ongoing war between the social network and a wide variety of its users, including non-binary, transgender people, drag queens and others.

Volcano, who lives as both male and female, is internationally famous for producing images, films and performance focusing on the masculine and feminine.

May 2, 2015

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death

A gay porn perfomer has taken his own life, it has been reported today.

Florida-based performer Rylan Knox died ‘after hanging himself in his boyfriend’s apartment’ at around 7.30pm on 29 April, according to Edge Boston.

NSFW-website Str8UpGayPorn called Knox a ‘relative newcomer’ who had performed in scenes for GayCastings and Hot House, amongst others.

They described him as ‘extremely well-liked among fans, directors and co-stars.’

April 27, 2015

Todrick Hall has done it again

Todrick Hall has made over Disney in a way that only he can.

Teaming up with Shoshana Bean, he has created the ultimate mashup of classic Disney reinvented to sound like 90s R&B.

Aladdin's A Whole New World gets transformed with a little help from Montell Jordan's This Is How We Do It, and The Little Mermaid's Poor Unfortunate Souls gets mixed with Ginuwine's Pony.

You might remember Hall from other Disney mashups including Cinderoncé and the Spell Block Tango, but the former American Idol finalist has topped himself once again.

April 27, 2015

#HerNameWasRachel

A young trans woman has killed herself after being attacked online.

Rachel Bryk, 23, jumped off the George Washington Bridge, the bridge between New York and New Jersey, on Thursday night (23 April)

An eyewitness is believed to have seen the young woman leave her purse on the bridge and jump off into the Hudson River.

Bryk's body has still not been recovered. A funeral will be planned when her body is found.

Her shocked mother Lisa Bryk, from New Jersey, found out on Friday morning.

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 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 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 7, 2015

Over 100 tech leaders have signed a joint statement demanding non-discriminations civil rights protections for LGBT people

More than 100 tech leaders in the US have signed a statement calling for nationwide LGBT non-discrimination protections, reports Human Rights Campaign

The statement, printed below, comes in response to the wave of ‘religious freedom’ laws being considered in several states, and the recent passing of such laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

April 4, 2015

Transgender Wikileaks whistleblower must dictate her tweets by phone from military prison

Under the handle @xychelsea, imprisoned Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning made her debut on Twitter on Friday (3 April).

In one of her 15 tweets, Manning explained to 22,000-plus followers how she tweets without access to the Internet.

'Tweeting from prison reqs a lot of effort and using a voice phone to dictate,' she wrote.

March 23, 2015

Picture was widely shared on social media, with many applauding the furniture giant

IKEA has confirmed the picture of a rainbow pillow case PUTIN is a fake.

Over the weekend, the photo was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook as the epitome of the Swedish home improvement company's beliefs in equality for LGBTI people.

The rainbow pillow cases were reportedly found in a Stockholm branch, possibly a thinly veiled message after IKEA was forced to close its online magazine over Russia's gay propaganda laws.

March 23, 2015

The culprit claims his phone was stolen before the message was sent

The rugby world is not letting Nigel Owens face any bigoted abuse.

According to Wales Online, the referee received a homophobic tweet after England's 55-35 win over France.

'Your a gay **** awful performance against france tonight, how did england top Wales,' was sent from Edryd James's Twitter.

Owens tweeted back.

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

March 18, 2015

Says designers should stick to designing clothes

The editorial director of Dolce and Gabbana's magazine has resigned over controversial comments the designers made about gay parenting.

Earlier this week, the fashion duo said they opposed gay adoption, 'synthetic children' and non-traditional families. Their remarks angered celebrities such as Elton John, who is leading a boycott of the brand.

And now Giuliano Federico has left Swide.com after seven years at the magazine.

March 18, 2015

Aimed at ‘the complete lesbian community’, women’s app Dattch has rebranded itself Her – and secured funding from the founders of Bebo and Reddit

The women’s dating app Dattch, launched by London entrepreneur Robyn Exton, has announced that it has rebranded itself under a new name, Her, and secured $1million in seed funding.

It’s believed that the branding change came about after both users and potential investors expressed confusion over the meaning of the previous name.

Exton, who formerly worked for a brand strategy agency in London, taught herself coding in her spare time before launching Dattch in September 2013.

March 13, 2015

Actress's gay nephew is a former student

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has slammed a former teacher of her gay nephew who published an homophobic rant on Facebook.

Patricia Jannuzzi, a teacher Immaculata High School in New Jersey, said the 'gay agenda' wanted to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction.'

'We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!' she wrote.

The theology teacher made the comments in reponse to Dan Savage's invitation to Ben Carson to 'suck my dick,' to prove that being gay is a choice.

March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

March 6, 2015

Alex Au apologizes but says he will appeal

A Singaporean blogger Wednesday (4 March) was fined S$8,000 ($5,843) over a post critical of the city's anti-gay law.

Alex Au, 62, was found guilty of 'scandalizing contempt' in January for insinuating that the dates for two constitutional challenges to Singapore’s gay sex ban were rigged so that the then attorney-general could hear the cases.

March 6, 2015

Gay Star News brings you the research, the debates, and the opinions on why sexuality matters.

Human sexuality is much discussed and debated but we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of why we are gay and what that means for us in the wider world.

Here is a round-up of some of our most recent reports on this fascinating and important subject.

Business & Workplace

March 6, 2015

Appeals court orders the military to stop misgendering the jailed Wikileaks soldier

The US army is being ordered to stop misgendering Chelsea Manning.

An army appeals court was asked by Manning and her attorney to cease the military's habit of referring to the jailed Wikileaks solider as a man.

Winning their case, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered that 'future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, e.g., Private First Class Manning or appellant, or employ a feminine pronoun.'

March 4, 2015

Kevin Hoover, 20, had posted urgent message: 'They said they are going to kill my family'

The co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio is at the center of a bizarre kidnapping hoax that threw quite a scare into his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Kevin Hoover, 20, wrote to his nearly 5,000 Facebook friends early Tuesday that he had been abducted: 'Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family...I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.'

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'