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March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 16, 2015

'Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience'

Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old trans teenager, is slowly turning into a media sensation.

TLC has ordered an 11-series show called All That Jazz. The docu-series will chronicle her daily life, including high-school, family, and experience as a LGBTI advocate.

Included in the series will be her parents Greg and Jeanette, siblings Ari, Griffen, Sander, and her maternal grandparents Jack and Jacky.

March 10, 2015

The annual LGBTI gala dinner – which will be paying tribute to the ground breaking Amazon show – marks the culmination of the annual Out & Equal Executive Forum

The final preparations are being made for this year’s Out & Equal Executive Forum – due to take place in San Francisco from 24-26 March.

Organized by LGBT business advocate organization Out & Equal, the forum will draw together 50 out LGBTI executives for what its website describes as ‘an intensive experience designed to build leadership skills, strengthen business connections and discuss how to achieve LGBT equality and advancement in the workplace.’

March 9, 2015

'Not nearly as many people will ever get sick from Ebola as we lost to AIDS'

It's not been lost on Larry Kramer that the reaction to Ebola was far different then when the AIDS epidemic began killing gay men more than 30 years earlier.

The outspoken author and activist, whose The Normal Heart was made into an HBO film last year, is certain he knows why.

'Well, because it wasn’t happening to us; it was happening to them,' he tells The Advocate in a cover story posted Monday (9 March).

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 2, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley writes of his hopes and ambitions in teaming up The Glass Closet and Gay Star Business

Welcome to Gay Star Business and welcome to the new platform for glasscloset.org.

When I wrote The Glass Closet I hoped it would become more than a book. I expected it to become a movement to advocate and support LGBTI workplace equality around the globe.

March 1, 2015

'Love is defined by two people in an intimate and personal way, and superimposing an institution on that isn't necessarily, for me, the most exciting idea.'

Actor Zachary Quinto, one of Hollywood's most high-profile gay celebrities and outspoken gay rights advocate, says he's not a fan of marriage, whether it’s gay or straight, which he sees as 'superimposing an institution' on a personal relationship between two people.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 21, 2015

Baton Rouge police chief issues issues memo to all officers telling them to stop enforcing the invalidated and unconstitutional law that prompted the arrests of the two men

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has 'finally' issued a 'department-wide memo to remind officers not to arrest people using that statute,' reported The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper.

The memo came after the chief also apologized after two Louisiana men were arrested on Friday using an unconstitutional and unenforceable anti-sodomy law after they were seen having sex in a car in a park.

February 6, 2015

New post will be filled by an openly gay Foreign Service officer

US Secretary of State John Kerry will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for LGBTI rights overseas.

The move pre-empts a bill introduced last week in boths houses of the Senate that would make promoting LGBTI rights a priority of US foreign policy.

January 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 20, 2015

Her character of coach Beiste is transitioning to male on the show

Dot-Marie Jones, whose Glee character came out as a transgender man last week, says she is often mistaken for a man in real life.

Jones attributes this to being 'not the most feminine wallflower' and can only recall a handful of days where 'somebody hasn't called me sir.'

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

January 14, 2015

British supermodel joins the cast of Fox's new hip hop drama Empire

Naomi Campbell has said she owes her life to gay men, without whom she would not exist.

The British supermodel made the comments during an interview with GLAAD published Monday (12 January) about her role on Fox's new hip hop drama Empire and her support for the LGBTI community.

'If it wasn't for gay men, I wouldn't exist,' she said.

'Hair, makeup, designer, photographer, stylist, manicure, hairdresser... I owe my life to gay men.

'It's just what I've grown up with. It's my family.

January 9, 2015

Of Crudup he says: 'He’s quite a sweetheart - and pretty easy to look at'

On the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Jason Biggs plays the husband of a woman who definitely swings both ways when it comes to being involved intimately with men and women.

While Biggs, best on known as the star of the American Pie comedies, says he 'has never had those desires' towards other men, he has certainly had his crushes.

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revelation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 19, 2014

Actress reunites with Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep in the musical Into the Woods

It's not lost on Emily Blunt that she has many gay fans.

'I know that’s my demographic. That’s been made clear to me by my fans,' the Into the Woods star tells The Advocate.

Blunt, whose other film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow, doesn't mind being recognized by her gay fans while she's out and about.

'I love it,' she says. 'I think it’s so cool, because one day I hope to be a gay icon.'

December 19, 2014

She used to be a homophobe. Now she’s a hero

My first interaction with Kathy Baldock, the founder and director of Canyon Walker Connections, was in 2012.

November 21, 2014

'The extreme characters you used to see in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them'

Bette Midler, who got her start performing at a bathhouse in New York City, said this week that she misses the outrageousness of those days.

'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 11, 2014

Hijras cannot inherit property in the conservative Muslim country

Bangladeshi lawmakers have called for more rights for transgender women, whom the government recognized as a third gender a year ago today.

Proposals for inheritance rights and schools for hijras were made at a seminar in Dhaka on Sunday, which was part of Hijra Pride - the first LGBTI pride event in the conservative Muslim country.