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April 8, 2014

Up and coming US gay rapper and viral internet star Fly Young Red has been signed up by one of hip hop’s biggest stars for his record label

Gay rapper Fly Young Red has been signed to the record label of one of hip hop’s biggest stars in a sign of growing acceptance of gays and lesbians participating in the genre.

Fly Young Red has signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) label after releasing his debut single Throw That Boy ‘P*ssy.’

The song exploded on the internet, going viral, with over 650,000 people watching the video clip for it on YouTube in the weeks since its 18 March release.

April 3, 2014

New ad for its Teddy Grahams snack line features two gay dads

Honey Maid has taken the extraordinary step of turning the anti-gay backlash against a recent commercial featuring two dads into a statement of love.

The company has released a YouTube video showing such hateful tweets as 'Disgusting!" and explains that it hired two artists to take the negative comments and turn them into something else.

The women printed the comments out onto pieces of paper that they rolled up into small tubes and arranged them together so that they spell the word 'Love.'

April 3, 2014

Olympic teen diver has said, after he still 'fancied girls' in his coming out YouTube video four months ago, he is now out and proud as a gay man

Tom Daley has officially come out as gay.

After the 19-year-old Olympic heartthrob said he still liked girls in his coming out video four months ago, he seems to have had a change of heart.

‘I am a gay man now,’ the diver said. ‘I came out on YouTube as I wanted to say what I wanted to say without anyone twisting it.

‘I told my family before I told the world. I was terrified.’

March 27, 2014

Gay rapper Le1f has put a verbal smack-down on Lord Jamar of the Brand Nubians – telling him that he knows more about oppression than he does as a gay black man

Self-styled ‘hip hop conservative’ and rapper Lord Jamar has attacked openly gay rapper Le1f for performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in a skirt.

Jamar posted a link to a YouTube video of the performance, writing that he was ‘[a]bout to have a field day,’ over how Le1f had been dressed on the show – but it did not go unnoticed by Le1f.

March 24, 2014

‘No gays everywhere’ shouted a religious leader as he marched supporters through the streets

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law.

Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality.

In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

March 21, 2014

Olympic bronze medalist says he came out because he wanted to be out with his boyfriend in public

British Olympic diver Tom Daley has said since he came out he has had a deluge of offers of gay sex, including people who offer it ‘there and then’.

The 19-year-old heartthrob, dating 39-year-old screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, said he came out because he was tired of people always ‘questioning’ his sexuality.

March 16, 2014

Following the viral success of the First Kiss video uploaded to YouTube this week, the Gay Women Channel has recorded its own version, with alleged homophobes hugging gay people

The First Kiss video uploaded onto YouTube on Monday (10 March) has spawned many imitators and parody attempts, the latest of which shows homophobes and gay people hugging it out on camera.

First Kiss was presented by WREN and currently has over 57 million views. The film shows 20 strangers, of different ages, races and sexual orientations, kissing on camera.

The Gay Women Channel yesterday (15 March) uploaded their own take on the idea, titled First Gay Hug (A Homophobic Experiment).

March 15, 2014

'Jesus would stone homos. Stoning is still the law'

James David Manning, a pastor from New York City, is calling for Christians to stone gays.

Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church has a new announcement:

'Jesus would stone homos. Stoning is still the law.'

According to the site Joe My God Manning said in a YouTube video that Christians who do not attack gays are 'advocating lawlessness. Stoning of the homos is now in order. Stoning is still the law.'

March 12, 2014

Openly gay YouTube sensation has raised more than $183,000 - and counting - for dream project

Steve Grand had hoped to raise $81,000 on Kickstarter in order to complete his debut album.

Instead, the YouTube sensation ended up making history.

Grand announced to his fans today that their outpouring of financial support has resulted in his upcoming album becoming one of the top 10 most funded projects in Kickstarter history.

As of today, $183,500 has been raised with 17 days of the campaign remaining.

February 26, 2014

Gay artist wants to make record without a label 'to keep making honest music'

Openly gay singer Steve Grand launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday (26 February) to fund his first full-length album.

Grand, whose gay-themed song All-American Boy went viral on YouTube last summer, says he wants to make the album without a record label 'to keep making honest music.'

February 25, 2014

Eric Himan quickly wrote Not Going Anywhere Tonight and made video in reaction to state's anti-gay discrimination law

Eric Himan was on his way to perform in Arizona last week when he found out the legislature had passed a bill that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religion.

He quickly wrote a song called Not Going Anywhere Tonight, made a video and posted it on YouTube.

'I couldn't take it,' he writes on the YouTube page. 'I had to write this song and put it out there. I urge everyone to take it seriously. Bills like this could easily find its way across our country.'

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

February 17, 2014

Juno actress has received support from celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kristin Bell

Ellen Page has said she is ‘profoundly grateful’ for the support after she came out as gay last week.

The Juno actress decided to come out publicly after she attended a conference to promote the welfare of youth in the LGBT community, saying she was tired of ‘lying by omission’.

Writing on Twitter today (17 February), she said: ‘Just wanted to take a moment to say how moved I am by all the support. I feel profoundly grateful right now. xxxx.’

Her speech at a Human Rights Campaign conference has been seen on YouTube over 3.5 million times.

February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

February 10, 2014

Casey Stoney, one of the greatest soccer stars in the UK, has spoken about her sexuality publicly for the first time

England’s women football captain Casey Stoney has revealed she is gay.

The Arsenal ladies defender is the latest sportsperson to come out following NFL hopeful Michael Sam, former international soccer star Thomas Hitzlsperger and Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Stoney, inspired by Daley, said she wanted to make it public to help other young people struggling with their sexuality.

‘I feel it's really important for me to speak out as a gay player because there are so many young people struggling with being gay,’ she told BBC Sport.

February 2, 2014

Humorous new advert for Norway’s national lottery sees gay couple coming out of the closet together - literally!

The latest advert from Norwegian national lottery company Norsk Tipping takes a creative approach to coming out of the closet.

The ad, posted on the company’s YouTube channel on 20 January, starts with a group of friends getting together for a barbecue.

After a while, the group looks up to see a helicopter fly over and place a wardrobe on the lawn.

As everyone gathers round to see what’s inside, two young men step out, one after the other, and hold hands.

January 26, 2014

1970s commercial selling love and Coca-Cola gets remade into protest about the Winter Olympics

Queer Nation New York continues to push against companies sponsoring the upcoming Sochi Games.

The activist group took on a  Coca-Cola commercial from the 1970's and spliced the song, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, with clips of anti-gay violence in Russia.

January 10, 2014

Keanu Williams says 'I'm happy and don't regret what has happened'

Keanu Williams decided to bake his way out of the closet.

The teen posted a unique coming out video that shows him baking a cake for his parents and instead of writing the words 'I am gay' on it, he decorated the cake with symbols to indicate 'I love penis.'

His parents immediately got the meaning.

'Thanks for telling me,' his mom said as she gave son a hug.

His dad followed with outstretched arms and said: 'It's fine.'

The mom added: 'Of course it's fine!'

December 30, 2013

DVD rental kiosk company decided to offer film despite policy against carrying documentaries

Redbox began offering the accclaimed gay-themed documentary Bridegroom in its DVD rental kiosks earlier this month.

Now the company is facing backlash from anti-gay forces who are urging people to boycott the popular kiosks.

Shane Bitney Crone, the subject of the movie and one of its producers, says angry consumers have sent numerous emails and letters conveying disappointment in the company for carrying the film.

December 24, 2013

GSN looks at 11 individuals, from A-list celebrities to high school students,  who stepped out of the closet and into the spotlight in 2013

The increasing visibility of openly gay politicians, actors and public figures speaks volumes for the progress the LGBTI community and allies have made in the past few decades.

This year saw beloved celebrities, athletes and young students come forward and share with the world one of the most important and intimate aspects of their lives.

Whether they came out at school, on the Golden Globes stage or in a Youtube video - GSN applauds the message these 11 individuals shared when they came out of the closet.

December 22, 2013

Australian actor Harry Cook spoke to GSN about how Tom Daley inspired him to come out on YouTube and about his upcoming movie Drown – in which he plays the only straight main character

Australian actor Harry Cook told GSN that he has had no regrets since coming out on YouTube - in an exclusive interview.

‘The reaction has been incredible, actually,’ Cook, 22, says.

‘It’s blown me away how wonderful everyone’s been. It’s been sweet. I’ve only had a couple of nasty comments but they’ve just been from Twitter trolls. Everyone’s just been so supportive.’

December 18, 2013

After semester of alleged abuse by students and adults, Destin Holmes was asked not to return to the school

All Destin Holmes wanted was to go to school and to dress 'tom boyish' which is the way she feels most comfortable.

But the Mississippi teen's school day was made a living nightmare by not only the students at Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, but also by her principal and some teachers.

'It was only one semester because they told me they didn't want me there anymore,' she says in a video. 'Knowing that they didn't want me there, it felt terrible.

December 12, 2013

Mom says: 'I don't feel differently at all about you'

His name is Ryan and when he finally worked up the courage to come out to his mom as a gay man, he decided capture it all on camera.

What he captured was more than 11 minutes of deep emotion from his own sobbing to his mother's gentle stroking of his neck and hair as she tried to calm down her trembling son.

'Did you think I'd be mad or something?' his mom asks. 'It's okay. It's okay. ... I don't feel differently at all about you.'

December 11, 2013

BBC presenter says she wishes YouTube was around when she was younger so she could come out like the teen Olympic diver

British gay broadcaster, sports pundit and national treasure Clare Balding has said Tom Daley will dive better now he has come out.

The BBC sports presenter praised the Olympic diver and bronze medalist for choosing to come out on YouTube, and longed for the day when an athlete’s sexuality is not news.

‘I think the day that it’s not news is the day that an awful lot of people will feel much more relaxed about just cracking on with their lives,’ she said on Daybreak.