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September 18, 2014

Parcels marked with commemorative Tom of Finland stamps baring homoerotic images have reached their destinations in Russia with no apparent issues despite the country’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors

Finnish stamps featuring the artwork of gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have successfully passed into Russia and reached their destination, with the Russian postal service apparently having no problems with them.

September 11, 2014

It’s not about beauty, it’s about transformation. And on 18 October absolutely anything goes at London’s Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Why would you settle for being a man, or a woman, when there’s so much in between you could do?

The inimitable Andrew Logan, sculptural artist turned cultural icon, argues it shows a ‘lack of imagination’ to think within typical binary gender terms.

This year, he once again gives gender-benders and performance artists of all peruasions the chance to display their creativity through a beauty pageant that is anything but.

September 9, 2014

From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen loves horsing around with some of the most beloved faces in pop culture

What would Dolly Parton say about a sculpture made of her with a big mouth and even bigger hair? We reckon she’d love it, even if the sculpture is of her as a horse.

Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has reimagined some of the world’s most beloved pop culture fixtures, many of them LGBT icons, as My Little Pony miniature figurines.

September 9, 2014

A commemorative set of stamps honoring Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have been pre-ordered by people in 178 countries – busting all sales records for the country’s postal service

Stamps commemorating Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, who published his drawings under the name Tom of Finland, have been the biggest sellers in the history of Finland’s Posti postal service, with people pre-ordering the stamps in 178 countries.

The stamps went on sale on Monday, with the biggest overseas orders coming from Sweden, Britain, the United States and France.

August 14, 2014

Artist will use hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff to ask men to meet up with him in public spaces as part of a performance art piece

A gay man is to have sex with someone new everyday for a year as part of an art piece.

Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist born in Russia but based in Berlin, hopes the ‘performance’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the age of dating apps.

But while you may think his project, entitled ‘Save The Date’, is just an extreme way of getting some action, it was apparently inspired by the ‘gay condition’, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

August 12, 2014

The late gay designer Yves Saint Laurent loved the Marjorelle gardens so much he and his partner saved the grounds from being converted into a hotel, breathing new life into the spectacularly-designed grounds

The bright blue walls of the garden were a surprise in London’s dreary real estate market, a welcome sight after a slew of despondent and pathetic flats I was looking to rent.

‘I modeled the space after the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech,’ the landlord told me.

Obviously, I took the flat, but I also took to the Internet to learn more about this garden I had known nothing about, and was already in love with.

It might seem weird to have an obsession with a garden, but I’ve been there.

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

July 10, 2014

The National Gay and Lesbian sports hall of fame in the US has announced a new crop of inductees, and British diving champ Tom Daley is one of them

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in the US has announced British Olympic diver Tom Daley as one of their 2014 inductees.

Other athletes named on the list alongside Daley are retired NBA player John Amaechi, retired rugby player Gareth Thomas and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

The hall of fame aims to ‘recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

July 2, 2014

Can you guess which characters in the Netflix hit drama series have been replaced by which Disney princesses?

If you've seen Orange Is The New Black, you know there is no such thing as a 'happily ever after'.

Artist Maria Bayley, when thinking about a group of people who would never see themselves in jail, thought immediately about Disney princesses.

Throwing in a prince and a sea witch for good measure, she transformed the Netflix series cast into characters from Disney films.

The submission to a Photoshop contest on DesignCrowd won her $250 (€180).

June 13, 2014

Hallmark Cards has released a gay dads themed e-card just in time for Fathers Day this year as part of a new Spectrum collection of e-cards featuring same-sex couples

People who were raised by same-sex male couples will be able to use an e-card tailor made for them this Fathers Day as the Hallmark Cards company has released a new gay and lesbian collection of e-cards.

The Spectrum collection of animated e-cards was designed by transgender artist Kylie Wu and one of them, titled ‘I’ll Take Two,’ shows a girl shopping for Fathers Day gifts and buying two of each gift which she then gives to her gay dads.

The e-card finishes with the slogan ‘The greatest dad in the world – I’ve got two!’

June 11, 2014

Able seaman Rod McKenzie, 27, shares his story of life in the UK’s Royal Navy and his proudest moment at sea

HMS Illustrious was in the Mediterranean north of the Suez Canal in early November last year when a message came through from the British government.

Typhoon Haiyan had just whipped through the Philippines, the deadliest on record, killing over 6,000 people.

They turned the ship around and steamed towards the South China Sea.

On board was an openly gay former make-up artist – once the least likely person to find on a Royal Navy ship – now a highly-trained sailor.

June 10, 2014

Man? Woman? Does it matter? Open until 17 August, GenderBlender explores and breaks down traditional gender archetypes

Do you remember the person who made out with Lady Gaga in the prison yard scene of her Telephone music video?

Was he a man? Was she a woman? Does it matter?

The sexual tension was palpable, the scene was an in-your-face reminder that the world doesn’t fit into typical gender binaries, and the world is more colorful for it.

Often times transgender and intersex get looped into the ‘gay and lesbian’ moniker, pushing some misunderstood gender minorities further into a world of obscurity.

June 10, 2014

'I realize now that it was hard for him. He had a lot of classic conflicts about all of that'

In a new documentary about his late father, actor Robert De Niro tearfully shares his regrets over not getting to know his father better as an artist and as a man.

'He died on his 71st birthday of prostate cancer. The reason I kept his (art) studio is for my kids, for them to know what their grandfather did. ... I realize now how up it is for children to appreciate the things that their parents did if they want to share them with you. Because I regret certain things with my parents that I didn't follow through on.'

June 9, 2014

The legendary gay pop artist’s steamiest works are under the hammer and there is just one day left to bid on them

Over 100 of Andy Warhol’s steamiest photographs, prints and drawings are under the hammer at Christie’s – and there is just one more day to get your bid in.

The world-famous auctioneer is conducting an online sale of the legendary pop artist’s works, studying the male form and male nudes.

The sale marks LGBTI Pride Month in June – but ends tomorrow (10 June).

Warhol was openly gay but said when interviewed in 1980, just a few years before his death, that he was still a virgin.

June 9, 2014

The prison warden turned X Factor star joins a line-up of yesteryear and today’s hottest stars performing at Brighton and Hove Pride 2014

Last year’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey has been announced as one of the headline acts for Brighton Pride’s closing party.

She will perform in one of Britain’s biggest LGBTI hubs located on the south coast, joining a line-up of confirmed pop stars and a newly revamped Pride progam.

This year's Brighton Pride highlights include:

June 6, 2014

The Senegalese Government has forced the closure of all LGBTI themed exhibitions at the Dak’Art 2014 biennale after a gallery was attacked by Islamists

The Senegalese Government has forced the closure of an LGBTI themed exhibition that was being held as part of the Dak’Art 2014 Biennale of Contemporary African Art after the gallery that was housing it was attacked by Muslim extremists.

‘Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness’ opened at Dakar’s Raw Material Company on 11 May but after only one day the building was attacked and vandalized.

May 28, 2014

Godfather acting legend has made a new documentary about his artist father and his legacy

Robert De Niro has said he wished he had learned more about his father’s sexuality when he was alive.

The Oscar winner has opened up about his late father, Robert De Niro Sr - a New York City artist, in a new documentary.

He said he wanted to shed light on his father’s legacy and reflect on how much times have changed for gay people.

‘It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him,’ the 70-year-old actor told Out magazine.

May 15, 2014

British lesbian artist says while it is great political points are made, she says she could never see herself representing the UK

English lesbian singer and actress Heather Peace has said UK artists shouldn’t bother entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 38-year-old artist, who found fame on Waterloo Road and Lip Service, has revealed she would never dare enter into as the UK representative to the camp competition.

Peace is about to release her second album, The Thin Line.

‘You might as well not bother if you’re British,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘You’re going in knowing there’s absolutely no chance, what’s the point?’

May 6, 2014

South African performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty over a public performance in Paris in which he danced with a rooster that he had tied to his penis by a leash

South African born performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty by a Paris court over a September 2013 public performance in which he danced in platform shoes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with a rooster tied to his penis by a leash.

The 51-year-old Artist danced for around 10 minutes before being arrested by police but maintains the performance was not intended in any way to be sexual.

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.

May 5, 2014

Contemporary sculpture in Michigan condemned by local pastor as an abomination, despite the figures being sexless

A US pastor has slammed a contemporary sculpture unveiled last month, claiming it depicts a gay sex orgy even though the figures are sexless.

Local pastor Rick Strawcutter in particular was outraged at the new sculpture erected in Michigan, called Human Blue Condition by artist Mark Chatterley.

It was unveiled on 21 April and placed next to the city commission chambers in the town of Adrian, Michigan.

The sculpture was removed shortly after, after several residents complained about what they perceived to be a sexual nature of the figures.

May 1, 2014

Film based on novel about Danish painter who was one of the first persons to undergo sex-change surgery

Eddie Redmayne has landed the lead role in the film version of the novel The Danish Girl, the story of an acclaimed transgender painter.

The film, inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, is about the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Such surgery was still experimental when Wegener had the first of five operations beginning in 1930 - something that caused a sensation in newspapers of Denmark and Germany.

April 19, 2014

When the Olympic diver came out last year, he received vile homophobic abuse on social media, which has now been used to create his portrait

‘Dirty fag’ and ‘he’s going to hell’ were just some of the insults thrown at Tom Daley when he came out in December 2013.

Now a UK artist has taken all the vile anti-gay slurs aimed at the British Olympic diver and turned them into art.

UK based artist Conor Collins created the portrait of Daley by using all the horrible homophobic names he was called on social media when he revealed his sexuality.

Collins revealed the finished portrait on his Twitter account this week (17 April).