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January 22, 2015

Ellen tweets later: 'I can’t stop thinking about this father. I wish all parents could be like this'

In just one week, the YouTube video of gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes coming out to their dad has been viewed more than 14 million times.

Their courage got the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who welcomed the twins onto her daytime talk show this week along with their dad who, although caught by surprise, managed to say all the right things.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

January 16, 2015

'I just knew what we captured could reach people and inspire people'

Aaron and Austin Rhodes had something of a YouTube following but nothing like they do now.

As of Friday afternoon, their coming out video had more than 7.1 million views in just three days.

It features them coming out to their dad on the phone and him telling them he loves them and always will.

January 15, 2015

Dad tells sons Aaron and Austin Rhodes: 'You know I love you both - that will never change'

Aaron and Austin Rhodes came out to their dad at the same time and have shared their emotional YouTube where they are already a popular presence.

The twins live in a different state from their dad so they called him in the phone to break the news.

It was not easy.

They had already told the rest of their family and had plans to go public on their The Rhodes Bros YouTube channel.

January 12, 2015

Openly gay comedian loses long battle with cancer

Openly gay actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

His cousin, Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his passing Saturday (10 January) in a YouTube video.

'I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,' he said.

'His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him.

'May he rest in peace.'

January 4, 2015

From getting ready for Wimbledon to a chicken hat, 2014 was good to Tom Daley

Is there anyone who doesn't want to spend time with Tom Daley?

The Olympic diver seems to have a great time, all the time.

Can you blame him? Great athlete. Cuter than cute. High powered boyfriend. Supportive family and friends.

What isn't there to like?

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 30, 2014

'We are impressed with their work and would be open to meeting with them'

Taco Bell says a commercial featuring a gay couple is a fake but that doesn't mean they don't like it.

The commercial recently surfaced on YouTube and features two guys having breakfast at Taco Bell.

They then wonder what else they can do before work and embark on a series of activities that includes a visit to an arcade, cuddling at a park, water skiing, looking for buried treasure and even getting married.

December 29, 2014

The story is told through the eyes of two young kids who want their moms to marry one another

A charming children’s book looking at the subject of same-sex marriage and its impact on families has been made into a short film – which can now be viewed on YouTube.

Cynthia Chin Lee’s story looks at the issue through the eyes of Alex and Nicky – the adopted children of a female couple, Kathy and Lee.

December 28, 2014

Is it a nut? A skipping rope? A rock? A group of LGBTI vloggers gather to see who can guess the sex toy from a close-up shot

Would you be able to guess your favourite sex toy from a close-up photo of it?

YouTube vlogger Arielle Scarcella set up a ‘guess the sexy toy’ game to see if her friends could guess right.

A group of LGBTI vloggers gathered together to see if they could discern sex toys from ordinary objects in this tongue-in-cheek video.

History enthusiasts will be interested to see one of the oldest known sex toys: an ancient dildo.

December 27, 2014

The ad, which features a gay couple getting married and the fast food chain's breakfast items, was mysteriously uploaded to YouTube last week

Praised for its high production values and with 'the accoutrements of any other Taco Bell commercial', the video uploaded on Youtube is still somewhat of a mystery although Taco Bell has reportedly confirmed that they aren't behind it.

The 30-second ad featured a gay couple eating at Taco Bell, cuddling in a park, marrying and 'Crunchwrap' breakfast tems has gone viral since it was uploaded on YouTube on Dec 17.

December 19, 2014

'I am a human. Not a gay'

Here at GSN, we don't understand anyone who doesn't clap for Brendan Jordan.

He's the lad from Las Vegas whose diva moves, during a news story, made him a bit of a star.

Or, at the very least, more famous than anyone at GSN because American Apparel hasn't put us in an ad like Brendan.

December 14, 2014

Female comics sit down to read messages men have sent each other on Grindr, GROWLr and Scruff. Have you ever been sent messages like these?

‘I think I saw you at the train station the other day. Purple shirt? Want head?’

That’s just one example of the bizarre, and sometimes hilarious, messages gay guys receive on dating apps.

Whether you use them to find love or just to hook up for the night, there’s no doubt there are definitely some gems in the messages guys exchange with each other on such apps.

December 12, 2014

Take Me To Church has been streamed more than 87 million times

A protest song against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws is Spotify's most streamed single in 2014.

Take Me To Church by Irish singer Hozier has had more than 87 million streams to date on the music platform.

Also nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys, the gay rights anthem has also logged more than 40 million views for the video version on YouTube.

The video shows a young gay couple fleeing an angry mob in Russia.

December 10, 2014

Conchita Wurst, Pentatonix and Tyler Oakley all star

YouTube has revealed its biggest and best trending videos of 2014, and it turns out it was a very gay year.

From kids reacting to gay marriage to Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision, stars have come together to create the ultimate viral video.

Vlogger Tyler Oakley goes Anaconda, a capella group Pentatonix (with its two gay members) sing Let It Go, and a lot of people get wet in the ice bucket challenge.

The 'first kiss' videos are also referenced with two men being the 'strangers' about to make out.

December 10, 2014

Conchita Wurst, Pentatonix and Tyler Oakley all star

YouTube has revealed its biggest and best trending videos of 2014, and it turns out it was a very gay year.

From kids reacting to gay marriage to Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision, stars have come together to create the ultimate viral video.

Vlogger Tyler Oakley goes Anaconda, a capella group Pentatonix (with its two gay members) sing Let It Go, and a lot of people get wet in the ice bucket challenge.

The 'first kiss' videos are also referenced with two men being the 'strangers' about to make out.

December 10, 2014

Video is approaching 3 million views and generated more than 100,000 comments

Connor Franta has become an even bigger YouTube star since posting his coming out video on Monday (8 December).

The 22 year old reported via Twitter on Tuesday that in the first 24 hours, his video had 2.3 million views, 440,000 likes and generated 110,000 comments.

'I'm speechless,' he tweeted. 'This level of support is amazing. ( feel so loved ... thank you.'

December 8, 2014

'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it'

Connor Franta has 3.6 million followers on YouTube and today he has some big news for those fans: he is gay.

The 22 year old posted his most personal video to date as he shared the news and the lifelong journey of finally getting to the point of accepting himself.

'I put a vast majority of my life on the Internet and I want this to be one of those things too,' he said in a six minute and 27 second video (see below). 'This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it.'

December 5, 2014

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to send coal for Christmas to Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson after he said ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’ and donations are pouring in in their thousands

The same group who bought and painted a house in the rainbow pride colors across the road from the Westboro Baptist Church has a new target in their crosshairs.

Nonprofit humanitarian organization Planting Peace has launched a crowdfunding campaign through the website CrowdRise.com to send coal for Christmas to Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson after he said executing all gay people could eliminate AIDS before Christmas.

December 4, 2014

Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says HIV is God’s judgement on LGBTI people and that ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’

A Baptist pastor at an Arizona church has gone on a bizarre rant after being incensed that his local bank had decided to put up decorations to mark World AIDS Day this year - saying the solution to the HIV epidemic is to kill all gay people.

In a video of one of his sermons posted to YouTube, Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says he believes that governments are wasting billions of dollars trying to cure HIV when he ‘actually discovered the cure for AIDS.’

December 1, 2014

Royal revelation motivated by # FeelNoShame campaign

Prince Harry may seem relaxed and in good humor during his many public appearance but on Monday (1 December) he admitted he is often quaking inside.

The prince, currently fourth in line to the British throne, made the revelation in honor of World AIDS Day and the #FeelNoShame campaign which asks people to reveal their own secrets to try and reduce stigma around HIV/AIDS.

'Believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience,' Harry says in a YouTube video.

November 30, 2014

I'm just tired of straight girls flocking to me. I'm tired of flipping girl after girl after girl'

Does your lesbian best friend always fall hard for her straight female buddies? Tell her to take a peek at a video called 'Addicted to Straight Girls Anonymous'

The comedy skit is by the YouTube group The Unsolicited Project. The scene has all support group foibles, from cupcake 'issues' (must be vegan) to the one participant too far gone for help.

In this episode it's Adrianna, who has a bad case of straight woman fever.

November 28, 2014

Vitaly Cherkasov was accosted by a group of men after leaving a courthouse where he had been defending activist Kirill Kalugin

The Moscow Times reports that a human rights lawyer has been attacked whilst leaving a St. Petersburg court.

The lawyer, Vitaly Cherkasov, was employed to defend an LGBT activist and says that one of his assailants is the aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

November 24, 2014

Singer tells GSN: 'I've been openly gay my whole career and I don't think there's any other way to be'

Eli Lieb, whose cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball went viral last year on YouTube, likes to sing about love.

But the openly gay artist wants his songs to be relateable to both straight and gay audiences.

'When you listen, it's equal,' he tells Gay Star News. 'When you see my videos, it's still equal and I try to make that the point - it's just love as opposed to a gay relationship.'

While the songs can apply to straight or same-sex love, the videos leave no doubt that Lieb is into men.