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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.

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.