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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 18, 2015

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race

Ice-cream brand Magnum, owned by Unilever, has made a promotional film featuring – according to their own marketing material – ‘drag queens’.

The film, entitled Be True to Your Pleasure, received its premiere at a party on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Against a slow and atmospheric cover version of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ by the band Mechanical Bride, four gender-bender performers are seen eating the brand’s ice creams and looking seductively at the camera.

May 14, 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appears in the video launched in time for IDAHOT

United Nations' Ban Ki-Moon stars in a powerful video for LGBTI rights posted today (14 May).

Faces, a part of the UN Free and Equal campaign, features real LGBTI people from around the world in their homes and workplaces.

It challenges you to look beyond the label and see these people for what they truly are, just normal people going about their daily lives.

The video was launched in Times Square in New York City, where it will play throughout the day, and on YouTube.

May 5, 2015

The event will be 76-year-old Jacobi's first pride march ever; pair let slip they may visit the Stonewall Inn

Iconic actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have been revealed as the 'Vicious' grand marshals of this year's NYC Pride.

They will lead the parade at this year's event alongside New York-based artist J. Christopher Neal and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, according to the below announcement.

Sharing the news in a YouTube video, Jacobi reveals he has never been to a pride march before – prompting McKellen to refer to him as a 'Pride virgin'. 

May 5, 2015

'I loved that everyone cheered!'

Two baseball fans locked lips Saturday (2 May) in what fans are calling the first gay kiss on the Los Angeles Dodgers kiss cam.

In the middle of the fourth inning, the kiss cam scanned the crowd for 30 seconds before settling on two guys in Dodger jerseys.

The unidentified men, who seem to be a genuine couple, share a kiss, then give the stadium a thumbs-up.

The crowd of more than 43,000 people can then be heard erupting in cheers!

May 1, 2015

Iconic sportsman, committed family man, original Spice Boy and clothes-allergic friend of the gays – Becks, we salute you

It seems like only yesterday an awkward, red-shirted early-20-something started blazing a trail in British football.

Now, almost two decades, four kids and at least 50 hairstyles later, former England captain David Beckham today hits the big 4-0 (on 2 May).

To mark the occasion, David this morning joined Instagram, posting a sexy snap of himself in bed in Morocco where he's spending his special day – and at last glance he'd amassed over 1m followers in a matter of hours!

April 30, 2015

Web celebrity can't keep hands off the hunky All-American Boy

Steve Grand certainly knows that he's more than just another buff stud.

He's a musician who became a YouTube and Kickstarter sensation and now has a new album out.

Try telling that to web celeb Wavey Davey.

Grand shows up fully dressed and ready to talk about his debut album All-American Boy. But somehow over the course of two minutes and 33 seconds, he ends up with shirtless and with oil on his chest rubbed on by Davey.

'I'm trying to show people that I can be taken seriously as an artist,' Grands protests - not very convincingly.

April 28, 2015

This video has to be seen to be believed

We've always thought it rather obvious what gay guys get up to in the absence of their straight counterparts… but a tongue-in-cheek new YouTube video has made us think again.

April 22, 2015

But the British songwriter's label has immediately pulled it from YouTube

Ed Sheeran has called a rapper 'faggoty' in a new video.

The five minute film featured the singer in a 'freestyle rap battle' with fellow artist Devlin.

When the artist's record label was contacted, the video was immediately pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

The clip features the British singer clutching a pint of beer, and is thought to date back to the end of 2011.

'Yo, I freestyle to the faggoty man,' he raps. 'I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay.'

April 22, 2015

'This song covers the journey of any individual's struggle to understand his or her sexuality conditioned by society's norms'

India's Censor Board of Film Certification has approved an LGBTI music video for the first time — and without seeking any edits.

The video, posted online on 13 March, can now be aired on Indian TV, though it was given a parental guidance rating for children under the age of 12.

The song Head Held High is performed by Friends of Linger, 'a band of professional musicians with amateur singers, all friends freed by the equations of gender, sexuality and the emotions of music.'

April 15, 2015

Apple's voice-activated assistant refuses to discuss anything gay

Siri learned to speak Russian earlier this year but it seems Apple's voice-activated assistant learned more than just the language from the notoriously anti-gay country.

A Russian-speaking Londoner has accused Siri of homophobia in a video to YouTube – in which the assistant outright refuses to discuss anything gay.

'Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands,' the female voice says when the word 'gay' is mentioned.

When asked about gay marriage, the Siri says, 'Alex, you are so rude!'

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 9, 2015

Chad Allen was regular on TV's Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to play many gay roles

When Chad Allen was in the middle of a six-year run playing Jane Seymour's son on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, he was cruelly outed when photos of him kissing a guy were sold to a tabloid in 1996.

But instead of going away, Allen spent nearly two more decades working on television, in movies and on the stage as an openly gay actor.

This week, Allen publicly said goodbye to that part of his life - on his terms.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 5, 2015

The boys were insulted, hit and even choked by other students because their father is gay

A gay father of two took to YouTube to raise awareness of the bullying his two sons endure every day at school.

Joshua Alameda Franklin from Puna, Hawaii, is seen engaging his sons in conversation about their experiences at school, where they frequently are the victims of bullies.

The children talk about being called ‘gay’, ‘retarded’ and ‘fag’; their father says he even witnessed one of his sons being insulted and a teacher, standing right next to them, doing nothing.

April 2, 2015

Police did not give reasons or show search warrants

A gay fitness center in Taipei has said it has been raided 26 times in the last six months, sparking cries of discrimination.

ANIKi World of Wonders in Da'an district was raided four times in the last two weeks alone.

The gym's chief executive, Chu Hsi-Kuang, said the police did not give a reason or show a search warrant for most recent raids. He said they treated him like a suspect and burst into the gym's changing room while patrons were still naked.

The police denied any wrongdoing.

March 30, 2015

Package is labeled ‘This is what we sodomites enjoy!'

A notoriously anti-gay pastor claims he was sent a bucket of poop by 'demon-possessed sodomites.'

James David Manning, of ATLAH Missionary Church in New York, took to YouTube to rant about a package he received in the post, labeled: ‘This is what we sodomites enjoy!'

'They put in a plastic container so it wouldn’t give off any odors as it was transferred through the mail,' he said.

'Shouldn’t that be a hate crime?'

In the past, Manning has claimed that Starbucks flavoured its lattes with the 'semen of sodomites.'

March 25, 2015

'We need to listen to them and support them the way they have supported us all these years'

Steve Grand's debut album, All-American Boy, is out this week but he's talking about more than music.

The singer who came to fame as a YouTube sensation is an openly gay man who is also mindful of the issues and challenges facing the trans community.

March 21, 2015

The BFI Flare festival in London opens a window to gay sexuality around the world.

In years gone by, one of the few ways in which you used to be able to see short films or non-mainstream films of any kind was to go to a film festival.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 7, 2015

Time Magazine releases list that also includes President Obama,  Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Swift

The LGBTI community is represented on Time Magazine's newly-released  '30 Most Influential People on the Internet' list by transgender activist Janet Mock and YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

They are part of a list that includes such heavy-hitters as President Barack Obama, singers Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

March 4, 2015

Silent T is winning awards, and one of its creators Harry Taylor speaks to Gay Star News about the heartbreaking video

What is it like to grow up as a transgender teen?

This short film, Silent T, is an incredibly inspirational, heartfelt film about the struggle and social injustice some trans people face.

It has recently won Best Drama at the world's largest student film festival, Campus Moviefest.

GSN spoke to Harry Taylor, one of the two Westminster University students, to find out more about the film and what it meant to him to create and star in it.

What inspired you to make the film?

February 27, 2015

Andrew Caldwell became an internet sensation after he declared in church ‘I don’t like mens no more’ but he has now admitted he still does

A Missouri gay man who became a viral hit on YouTube when he declared in church that ‘I’m not gay no more,’ has spoken about the negative attention he has received as a result but has also admitted he is still same-sex attracted.

Andrew Caldwell shot to internet fame in November after video of him declaring himself ‘delivered’ of his homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ was posted online.

'I’m not gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more. I said I like women, women women women women!' he said in the video.

February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.