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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.

November 7, 2014

Partners becomes singer's 52nd gold record -  more than any other female artist in history

At the age of 72, Barbra Streisand is proving to be as big a draw as she ever was.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Friday (7 November) that Streisand's latest album, Partners, has been certified gold meaning it has sold more than 500,000 copies.

This marks the 52nd gold record for Streisand whose first album was released 50 years ago last month.

No other female artist has achieved as many gold records as Streisand.

October 30, 2014

Mayor John D'Amico: 'Right from the beginning, the people of West Hollywood wept for the dying, cared for the sick, and protested for more action'

The West Hollywood City Council has hired an artist to design a monument to honor HIV/AIDS activists, caregivers and community leaders and those lost to the disease.

The highly-visible monument will be built in West Hollywood Park which recently underwent an $86 Million renovation.

Although HIV is longer has to be a death sentence with the proper treatment, there is a battle to educate the younger generation about the dangers of unprotected sex.

October 26, 2014

‘A large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people’ says the US rapper and performance artist about who his music is for

Queer rapper Mykki Blanco has said as an LGBTI rapper and musician, he doesn’t look for the approval of straight artists.

In an interview with New York-based magazine Paper, he spoke about his new music, straight rappers and being arrested for being gay in Portugal.

‘A large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people,’ the California raised rapper and performance artist said.

October 20, 2014

St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov wants all mail bearing erotic Tom of Finland stamps to be returned to sender and for Finns to not use the stamps when mailing Russia

An outspoken anti-gay Russian lawmaker is outraged that the Russian postal service has been allowing mail bearing Finnish stamps commemorating gay erotic artist Tom of Finland to be delivered and has declared them ‘gay propaganda’ in breach of Russia’s censorship laws.

October 3, 2014

Some angry gay men feel like their privacy has been violated and are seeking legal action

Angry Grindr users in Berlin are seeking legal action over an 'art' project taking place in the centre of a busy square.

For the next two weeks, Dutch gay artist Dries Verhoeven is sitting in a glass-walled container and is airing his Grindr conversations - live and unedited - on screens and online.

His intention is to recruit a steady flow of men into his box for various non-sexual activities such as playing chess, having breakfast or shaving each other's beards.

The project is called Wanna Play?

September 25, 2014

Barbra Streisand makes music industry history with sales of latest album

Barbra Streisand is number one again.

The legendary singer's latest album, Partners, has debuted at the top of the Billboard sales chart. This makes Streisand the first artist in history to have a number one album in six consecutive decades.

Streisand's first number one album, People, came out 50 years ago next month. Her other chart toppers include The Way We Were, A Star is Born, The Broadway Album, and Love is the Answer, among others.

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.