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February 14, 2015

Was it censorship or vandalism? Activists in the Philippines allege that the Ad Standards Council had ordered the billboard to be defaced so as 'not to irk the wider public'

It has been hailed by many as 'the boldest LGBT ad in the country so far', the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines is home to the third-largest Catholic population in the world.

February 11, 2015

Read the most hilarious responses to Australia competing in the campest contest ever

Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country, which is not exactly in Europe, will enter an artist, perform and vote on the grand final in Vienna this year.

This is a 'historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage', said Michael Ebeid, managing director of SBS, which will broadcast the live-show in May.

February 11, 2015

'I keep spontaneously crying - I started crying in the shower this morning'

Sam Smith brought his four newly-won Grammys with him when he paid a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an episode that aired Tuesday (10 February).

On the show, taped on Monday, Smith shared that he was operating on very little sleep after getting home at 6:30 am after partying until the wee hours.

But before heading to a private party his record label threw, the British singer headed to an In & Out Burger in Los Angeles with his family to celebrate his wins for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.

February 9, 2015

Is up for a total of six awards

Sam Smith did not have to wait long to become a Grammy winner on Sunday (8 February).

In the first award presented during the live telecast, Smith won the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Smith won over fellow nominees Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clarke and Haim.

It is one of six categories Smith is nominated for including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Prior to the televised ceremony in Los Angeles, Smith chatted with Entertainment Tonight and described the event as 'a celebration of the last year and a half.'

February 9, 2015

Openly gay singer's wins include Record of the Year and Song of the Year

Sam Smith took home both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year prizes for his song Stay With Me at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (8 February).

The openly gay singer also won for Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour and was voted Best New Artist. Overall, he won in four of the six categories he was nominated in - more than any other artist this year.

February 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

February 3, 2015

Mayor says the lane shows the city's support for its LGBTI residents

Mandaue City in the Philippines has paid tribute to its LGBTI residents with a rainbow crossing – the first of its kind in Asia.

Mayor Jonas Cortes led the painting of the pedestrian lane on the morning of 23 January in the city's largest barangay, or ward.

'This is a way of showing support for gender-sensitivity programs,' he said.

January 30, 2015

Break-Up is the opening track from Palmer's crowd-funded EP 'Stranger Than Fiction'

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Matt Palmer released his 2014 EP 'Stranger Than Fiction' in 2014, following a crowd-funding campaign to finance the project.

Since the EP's release, the track 'Snow' has won Best R&B Song of the Year at the 2014 USA Songwriting Competition and an extended version of the EP was released in Japan, hitting top five on the iTunes R&B charts there.

Now Palmer brings us the music video for Break-Up, the opening track from the EP.

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.

January 28, 2015

Jonas Brother says he feared a backlash from his old fans

Nick Jonas has said he prioritized his gay fans despite fearing a backlash from old fans.

The Jonas Brother, who plays a closeted boxer in the DirecTV drama Kingdom, played down his gay icon status in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

'I don't know if I'd necessarily call myself a gay icon,' he said.

January 20, 2015

Director seeks police protection after a sit-in outside his home

An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai.

About 35 transgender activists yesterday (19 January) gathered outside Censor Board offices demanding an unconditional apology from director Shankar Shanmugham and the removal of the offending scenes.

Tamil blockbuster I has incurred the wrath of the LGBTI community since its release last week. Shankar sought police protection after the activists staged a sit-in outside his home for two successive days over the weekend.

January 16, 2015

Nominated for British Male Solo Artist and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour

The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2015 are out and Sam Smith leads the way with nominations in five categories.

Smith is a contender for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour.

The gay 2014 Critics Choice winner has gone from strength to strength since winning his first BRIT, with a string of hit singles including Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

December 18, 2014

Gay singer has had one hell of a year

Gay singer Sam Smith has had one happy year.

He has become the only artist to sell one million albums in both the US and the UK.

The debut record, In The Lonely Hour, was confirmed to have passed the mile stone by the US' Nielsen Music and the UK's Official Charts Company in the past 48 hours.

Speaking of his achievement, Sam told OfficialCharts.com: 'OFFICIALLY sold 1 MILLION copies of In The Lonely Hour!

'To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.'

December 17, 2014

R&B artist punched a fan in the face, and reportedly said he was not up for 'gay shit'

R&B artist Chris Brown will not face jail time after pleading guilty to an assault where he punched a fan and allegedly called him a 'faggot'.

A Washington DC superior court has ruled Brown, as well as his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, will not serve any time behind bars for the assault in October 2013.

On 16 December, judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Hollosy to 90 days in jail - suspending the sentence unless he violated his one-year probation.

December 16, 2014

But did Craig Revel Horwood give him a banana?

Gay Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about his relationship, saying he was first attracted to his partner for a slightly odd reason.

No, it wasn't because he could rumba all night, it was because of his performing monkey.

'There's three of us in this relationship,' the BBC1 reality show judge told OK magazine.

'There is Damon [Scott], Bubbles [Damon's performing monkey] and me. What I first saw what he did, that attracted me as he is an artist.

December 5, 2014

Harris and Jackson up for Broadway cast albums and Waters nominated for Best Spoken Word Album

Neil Patrick Harris has won a Tony and four Emmys.

Now he has a change to add a Grammy to his collection of the biggest awards in showbiz.

He is among the openly gay artists who scored Grammy nominations on Friday (5 December) besides British singer Sam Smith.

Smith earned five nominations including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

December 5, 2014

Openly gay singer will compete for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and more

Sam Smith's year just got even more amazing as the openly gay British singer has received five Grammy nominations.

Smith will compete for Record of the Year and Song of the Year with Stay With Me, for Best New Artist as well as Best Pop Vocal Album (In the Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance (Stay With Me).

Smith tweeted: '4 Grammy Nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet - fucking hell.'

November 27, 2014

Organizer is charged with publishing lewd content in a public space

LGBTI activists have slammed Cypriot police for seizing a transgender photographer's exhibition after receiving a single complaint.

The exhibition Correction by Greek activist Paola Revenioti was shown at Nicosia municipal market to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The photos were confiscated on Friday (21 November) following a single complaint about their content, which included nude men.

Organizers Accept-LGBT Cyprus said the photos were covered during the market's normal operating hours.

November 24, 2014

Out singer celebrates after the LA show with trip to In N Out Burger

Sam Smith had a big night at the American Music Awards winning the Favorite Male Artist prize and giving a gorgeous performance of I'm Not the Only One.

It was the first major award won by the openly gay British sensation who triumphed over Pharrell Williams and John Legend.

'What a surreal and beautiful evening,' Smith posted on Twitter after the show. 'Thank you to everyone for voting. Overwhelmed ... What an incredible night!!'

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.

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 20, 2014

Became youngest country artist to land a top 40 hit when he was just 12

Feeling it was time 'to be honest and be truthful,' country music singer Billy Gilman came out publicly Thursday (20 November) in a YouTube video to his fans.

'It's been a crazy day,' he says in the video. 'I can honestly say I'm scared to death.'

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 12, 2014

'AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s'

Zachary Quinto thinks too many people are forgetting the painful legacy of AIDS which was a death sentence for so many gay men in the 80s and 90s.

'I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,' the Star Trek actor tells Out Magazine which has named him Artist of the Year.

He is alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in adolescents and thinks others should be too.