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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.

February 15, 2015

In a special Valentine’s Day video, two UK vloggers reached out to supporters of LGBT equality all over the world to share their messages

YouTube was flooded with Valentine’s Day videos. However, one gay couple decided to take a different spin on videos exploring love.

UK-based vloggers Vinny and Luke of the YouTube account V-Squared, encouraged allies from all over the world to share messages of support.

‘Happy Valentine's Day!’ said the couple. ‘Not everyone can be so open with their love, here's some words of support from people across the world!’

February 13, 2015

Inspired by Nicki Minaj and a fan of Dolly Parton, this is one twerker who is looking for travel companions.

February 11, 2015

Irish law allows religious schools to 'positively discriminate' to protect their ethos and values 

An Irish teacher had to conceal her identity in a wedding competition as she was so afraid she would be fired.

The couple of eight years entered into a contest, hosted by Irish independent radio station Newstalk, for a prize that could be used for the 'Ultimate Wedding' or the 'Ultimate Proposal'.

In order to win, couples had to upload a lip-sync video.

The teacher, going by the screen name Pixel, was the only one to upload a video with the entrant's face blurred and full name unknown.

February 9, 2015

Despite urging by her co-hosts, she didn't want to discuss leaving The View on Monday's show

Viewers who had learned over the weekend that Rosie 'Donnell was leaving The View were surprised when she did not discuss her departure on Monday's show.

She said in a YouTube video posted after the show that she doesn't plan to discuss it on Tuesday either and that her final day as full-time co-host will be on Thursday.

O'Donnell said her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace had wanted her to discuss her leaving but it was her choice not to.

February 7, 2015

'We reserve the right to discontinue enrollment of a current student participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning homosexual activity'

A Texas school has responded to a teen who said on YouTube he was forced to move schools for being gay.

Austin Wallis, a 17-year-old US YouTuber and former student at private Christian school Lutheran High North in Houston, posted a video recently showed him in tears after he recounted a story of how he was called into his principal's office two weeks ago.

February 4, 2015

'Our queerness, that thing that sets us apart, that can cause us to feel unwanted, unloved, rejected and alone in the world, is a gift'

They lived through bar raids, blatant discrimination and isolation and are still around to tell about it.

A group of gay and lesbian seniors from The LGBT Community Center of the Desert locate in Southern California have teamed with YouTube personality Davey Wavey on a video to share memories and advice.

Recalling a far less accepting time in their lives, more than one of the seniors cried.

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

February 3, 2015

A 17-year-old was forced to change schools

A gay teen was told by his principal to shut up about his sexuality or he could face expulsion.

Austin Wallis, an American student who posts vidoes on YouTube, recently showed him reduced to tears after he recounted the story of how he was forced to change schools.

‘I hope that my story will make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe I can change things so this will never happen again’, he said.

February 2, 2015

James David Manning says the singer regrets 'cutting off' his breasts

A New York City hate preacher has made the bizarre claim that Justin Bieber is in fact transgender and now regrets 'cutting off' his breasts.

James David Manning of the ATLAH Missionary Church in Harlem is the same pastor who previously said that Starbucks flavors its lattes with the 'semen of Sodomites.'

'These young girls, if we don’t stand, can be led to cut off their breasts once they get into puberty. They can be led to have operations like Justin Bieber,' he said on his YouTube show The Manning Report.

February 1, 2015

Hallmark tell the story of Eugenia and Corinna in their newest ad campaign and the result is super cute

‘You make my heart fifty times bigger and I’m so lucky to have you.’

Hearing somebody talk like this about their partner will make anyone smile, but on this occasion, it will make you smile even more as it comes from Hallmark’s new ad campaign featuring a real-life lesbian couple.

For the first time, the US greetings card company has used a lesbian couple in advertising.

In a YouTube video released by the company we meet Eugenia and Corinna, who have been together for two years.

January 29, 2015

Out singer raised $325,000 on Kickstarter to make album his way

Plenty of people have been smitten by Steve Grand since that day in July 2013 when his self-made video All-American Boy went viral on YouTube.

The openly gay singer gained such a rabid following that he was able to raise $325,000 via Kickstarter to make his debut album - his way.

Grand announced this week that the album will finally be released on 24 March.

Although his debut hit is about a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, the singer says his music is for everybody - gay or straight.