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Can you guess which characters in the Netflix hit drama series have been replaced by which Disney princesses?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

April 15, 2014

Iconic gay erotic artist Tom of Finland has been recognized by his homeland in a series of commemorative postal stamps baring his art

Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, is to be recognized in his homeland with a series of commemorative stamps by Finland’s postal service.

The stamps will be released in September this year as the first of a series of commemorative stamps recognizing prominent Finnish artists.

Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 erotic drawings before his death in 1991, mostly published in early gay muscle magazines beginning in 1956.

April 11, 2014

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art being held in Dakar from May to July this year will showcase a number of African artists exploring LGBTI themes despite the host country criminalizing homosexuality

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art will bring an LGBTI themed art exhibition to the Senegalese capital Dakar from May when it hosts the exhibition ‘Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness.’

The exhibition is being held at Dakar’s Raw Material Company center and will feature works by artists Kader Attia, Andrew Esiebo, Zanele Muholi, Amanda Kerdahi M and Jim Chuchu.

Muholi, a South African photographer, will show her series of portraits of black African lesbians and transgender women which she has been collecting since 2007.

April 8, 2014

Up and coming US gay rapper and viral internet star Fly Young Red has been signed up by one of hip hop’s biggest stars for his record label

Gay rapper Fly Young Red has been signed to the record label of one of hip hop’s biggest stars in a sign of growing acceptance of gays and lesbians participating in the genre.

Fly Young Red has signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) label after releasing his debut single Throw That Boy ‘P*ssy.’

The song exploded on the internet, going viral, with over 650,000 people watching the video clip for it on YouTube in the weeks since its 18 March release.

April 7, 2014

Notorious US anti-gay pastor Scott Lively has claimed the gay community dropped the pink triangle in favor of the rainbow pride flag because of his book the Pink Swastika which claims the Nazi Party was a homosexual organization

Notorious Holocaust revisionist and anti-gay Christian pastor Scott Lively is planning to release a new edition of his book The Pink Swastika in which he claims that the Nazi Party was at its core a homosexual organization and that the number of gay men it persecuted has been vastly overestimated.

The book was first published in 1995 and Lively now says he is working on a 5th edition of it in which he claims to show more evidence that the Nazis were gay despite mainstream historians rejecting its premise.

March 21, 2014

A HIV awareness billboard that was erected in Tokyo’s Ni-chome gay district has been repeatedly banned by local officials because it contained an image of a gay man’s underpants

Local authorities in the Japanese capital repeatedly banned a HIV awareness billboard that featured cartoon gay men because one of the men’s underpants could be seen.

The billboard was erected in Toyko’s Ni-chome gay district in Shinjuku by ViiV Healthcare and designed by manga artist Poko Murata.

The billboard depicts a group of men lying down in a circle head-to-head resting against one another – and one of them, a body builder, is wearing just underpants. The rest of the characters on the billboard are fully clothed.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 14, 2014

He's Irish, he's gay and was one of the most intelligent men to have ever lived. Celebrate St Patrick's Day on 17 March by putting down the Guinness and picking up the poetry book

1. True friends stab you in the front.

2. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

3. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

4. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

5. The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

March 10, 2014

An artist shares his grandfather's story of how he was in love with a boy he played music with at church, and that was the 'love of his life'

A 90-year-old grandfather came out to his gay grandson five months before he died.

Grant Rehnberg, an artist from Seattle, Washington, has spoken about what his grandfather told him.

He writes: ‘James Burton Rehnberg.

‘Baptist pastor, World War II veteran (218th Counter Intelligence Corps), preceded in death by Grandma Doris, his wife of sixty-five years.

‘Five months ago, Grandpa Jim told me he is gay.