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November 20, 2014

After reaching stardom, singer went on personal and professional slide

After years of struggle, country music singer Ty Herndon has come out publicly as a gay man at the age of 51.

Herndon made the revelation to People Magazine this week: 'My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation.'

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 5, 2014

Brazilian is the first transgender woman to front a global beauty brand

Lea T has been announced as the new muse of US hair care brand Redken, making her the the first transgender model to land a major contract in the conservative beauty industry.

'Lea T is a true pioneer for beauty,' said Leslie Marino, general manager of Redken US.

'She shares Redken's vision of global beauty, and has a unique sense of self and a beauty that is undeniably her own.'

The Brazilian was first discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and became the face of the fashion house in 2010.

November 4, 2014

There are reports that rumors have been spread among Chinese speaking voters in Burnaby, British Columbia, claiming there are plans to have local school children injected with a serum that will make them gay

Reports out of Burnaby, British Columbia are suggesting that a rumor has been deliberately spread claiming school children will be injected with a ‘serum’ to turn them gay as voters prepare to decide who will be the next mayor and who will sit on the local school board.

According to BurnabyNow.com and Yahoo News Canada, the rumor has been spread among migrant voters, particularly Chinese speakers.

November 2, 2014

Anti-gay activists Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott were on trial for mischief in Regina, Saskatchewan on Thursday after an incident at the University of Regina in April this year

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and thought to be one of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States, and a local man were on trial for mischief in a Regina court this week.

LaBarbera and a local Saskatchewan man, Bill Whatcott, were displaying placards with anti-gay and pro-life messages and tried to set up an information desk on the grounds of the University of Regina after they were told by the university not to.

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 29, 2014

Newly out trans woman and former boxing promoter says is also confused about her sexuality at the age of 61

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney has said she now regrets her homophobic comments, saying at the time she thought it was a 'joke'.

The 61-year-old, who once ran as a UKIP candidate for London Mayor, has said coming out as a trans woman has made her more wiser and more tolerant of other people in the LGBTI community.

When she was campaigning in 2004, she said she would not go to Camden as there were 'too many gays'. She said, pre-transition, that she had a problem with them 'flaunting their sexuality'.

October 13, 2014

The Tasmanian state conference of Australia’s Liberal Party has voted yet again to keep opposition to same-sex marriage in its official platform despite voices in the party calling for a more inclusive approach

The membership of the Tasmanian Liberal Party State Council voted on Saturday to keep opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry as part of its official platform, in a move that has been labelled retrograde by supporters of equality for LGBTI people.

The motion voted on at the state party’s annual conference was in support of keeping the current definition of marriage in the federal Marriage Act and was passed ‘on the voices’ without a count of hands.

September 25, 2014

A bill to recognize the hundreds of Australian gay couples who wed abroad was introduced in March

The Australian Senate has recommended parliament does not pass a bill to recognize gay couples who married in places where same-sex unions are legal.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released a report on the bill today.

Some submitters expressed concern that the bill was 'a surreptitious attempt to introduce marriage equality.'

The Law Council of Australia was concerned that the bill would create a discriminatory situation where only couples with the financial resources to travel overseas would have access to gay marriage.

September 23, 2014

'I can only hope that you are as lucky as I am someday because, if you are, I know there is no way you would ever send another human being a note of hate like you sent me'

Drag legend Coco Peru decided to take the high road on Monday (22 September) when responding to an anonymous young male who sent a note to the performer stating: 'You’re a disgrace to the male race.'

Peru, whose real name is Clinton Luepp, is best known for her roles in the independent films Trick and Girls Will Be Girls and for her popular one-woman shows performed across the US.

'I get these kind of emails from time to time,' Peru wrote on her Facebook page. 'Today was one of those days I decided to respond. I really hope he reads it.

September 17, 2014

Gay Star News chats with stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light and creator Jill Soloway

A star-sudded crowd got an early look this week at the first two episodes of the new series Transparent, a dramedy about an LA man with three grown children who is transitioning to female.

Series lead Jeffrey Tambor told Gay Star News on the red carpet of a premiere screening at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA that he has had a lot help from the LGBT community in learning and in preparing for his role.

‘This is important, this is a part of a lifetime,’ he said. ‘This is why you went into acting.’

September 15, 2014

Gay rights activists are outraged by Pennsylvania's blasphemy laws, with some saying: 'This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States'

A teenager is facing jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue.

The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian, unnamed by the press, was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive.

The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.

September 5, 2014

'We cannot just stand idly by as Christian values and morals are trampled. We will do whatever we can to preserve family values in this country'

A US lobbyist who seems obsessed with Michael Sam promises to protest the first game of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jack Burkman, who heads a group called American Decency, will lead 'thousands' of conservative Christians in a rally against the National Football League team this Sunday (7 September).

August 27, 2014

Australia’s Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission over allegations that its leaders systematically exclude LGBTI people from leadership positions

Australia’s biggest union will be investigated over allegations of systematic discrimination against its gay and lesbian members attaining leadership positions after allegations were made at a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

A witness at the Royal Commission recently accused the leadership of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA) of refusing to allow openly gay or lesbian people to become union shop stewards and openly gay Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has agreed to open an investigation into the union.

August 11, 2014

Actor posts Instagram photo of he and his lastest co-star - they play ex-boyfriends in the film Michael

Just days after Gawker insinuated that James Franco and actor Scott Haze are romantically involved, Franco joked on Instagram that he has moved on - with Zachary Quinto.

Franco posted a photo of he and Quinto on Instagram over the weekend with the caption: 'My new lover, SPOCK! zacharyquinto.'

The two are starring in the movie Michael and in it, they are both playing gay - well, ex-gay in Franco's case.

August 10, 2014

Former Lennox Lewis manager is now living life as Kellie Maloney after years of hiding her true self

The legendary boxing manager previously known as Frank Maloney has revealed that she is now living life as a woman.

Maloney became famous in the boxing world for helping to guide Lennox Lewis to world heavyweight success. After boxing in her youth, she become a trainer in the late 1970s and moved into management in the 1980s. Her working relationship with Lewis ran between 1989 and 2001.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

July 15, 2014

Gay 'Star Trek' actor will play the former boyfriend of Michael Glatze - the man who went from gay mag editor to 'ex-gay' pastor

Gay actor Zachary Quinto is set to star as the former boyfriend of James Franco’s character in a new film examining ‘gay cures’.

Franco will play Michael Glatze – the man who went from gay, proud and founder of a gay twink magazine to become a pastor and the poster boy for the ‘ex-gay’ movement.

Emma Roberts, from American Horror Story, has also reportedly signed on to play Glatze’s girlfriend.

The script for ‘Michael’ is based on ‘My Ex-Gay Friend’, a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.

July 13, 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who announced he is gay on TV interview, is enjoying a wealth of support after his long-awaited coming out 

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has come out of the closet and admitted he is gay, and is now enjoying support from fans, fellow athletes and gay celebrities.

Thorpe, who had consistently denied he is gay, came out in an interview on Australian TV with British broadcaster Micahel Parkisnon (13 July).

‘To everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely thank you!’ tweeted the five times Olympic gold medallist.

July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

July 11, 2014

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue.

Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties.

July 10, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana’s hottest made models try out their best pick up lines, with a little help from some helium

Dolce and Gabbana’s sexiest male models want to hit on you.

And with those sculpted bodies and handsome faces, who could say no? But, just wait until you hear them speak.

In this video from Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, male models from their Spring/Summer 2015 show sucked helium from balloons and practised their favorite pick up lines.

Even the most cringe worthy lines seem rather smooth coming from these men.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne brought her partner on stage to make her victory speech as she made history twice over by being female and openly gay

Liberal politician Kathleen Wynne has been elected Premier of Ontario, making history twice as she becomes the province’s first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.  

The results were announced on 12 June and saw Wynne, who represents the liberal party, be officially elected as Ontario’s premier.

61-year-old Wynne, who is openly lesbian, brought her partner on stage with her to make her victory speech.

To cheers, applause and a soundtrack of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Wynne made her victory speech in a red suit dress.