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May 19, 2015

You might think of Lanzarote as being an island of volcanic rubble and dust. But look and see how much there is to do

When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

May 18, 2015

Following his Top Male Artist award win at last night's Billboard Music Awards, we count down the best of the birthday boy – from Brits to Grammys to shirtless selfies

It's a good and bad week to be Sam Smith.

The openly gay Stay With Me singer won Top Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards last night – but was forced to accept it via video with cue cards, following throat surgery for a vocal hemorrhage.

But we hope the multimillion-selling star is in a somewhat celebratory mood despite his operation – especially as he turns 23 tomorrow [Tuesday 19 May]!

In recognition of his special day, here, we count down Mr. Smith's 23 best moments since hitting the big time. Happy birthday Sam!

May 13, 2015

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport

Gender variant artist Del LaGrace Volcano has been deleted off Facebook because they refused to believe their real name.

It’s part of an ongoing war between the social network and a wide variety of its users, including non-binary, transgender people, drag queens and others.

Volcano, who lives as both male and female, is internationally famous for producing images, films and performance focusing on the masculine and feminine.

May 5, 2015

The event will be 76-year-old Jacobi's first pride march ever; pair let slip they may visit the Stonewall Inn

Iconic actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have been revealed as the 'Vicious' grand marshals of this year's NYC Pride.

They will lead the parade at this year's event alongside New York-based artist J. Christopher Neal and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, according to the below announcement.

Sharing the news in a YouTube video, Jacobi reveals he has never been to a pride march before – prompting McKellen to refer to him as a 'Pride virgin'. 

April 24, 2015

The ultimate gay icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age

Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on the cover of a magazine...

It’s 25 years since Madonna gave us the ultimate line-up of style icons in her hit song Vogue.

To mark the anniversary, openly gay artist Jody Little’s new exhibition ‘Vague’ is a collection of portraits that celebrate the Hollywood legends from the song.
‘From Bette Davis to Marlene Dietrich the stars are the ultimate gay icons,’ he says.

So strike a pose.

April 22, 2015

'Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me'

Actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp, came out as bisexual back in 2010.

She's been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community since which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film The Danish Girl. In the film, Eddie Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

Heard plays the artist's wife.

April 22, 2015

But the British songwriter's label has immediately pulled it from YouTube

Ed Sheeran has called a rapper 'faggoty' in a new video.

The five minute film featured the singer in a 'freestyle rap battle' with fellow artist Devlin.

When the artist's record label was contacted, the video was immediately pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

The clip features the British singer clutching a pint of beer, and is thought to date back to the end of 2011.

'Yo, I freestyle to the faggoty man,' he raps. 'I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay.'

April 21, 2015

Marina and the Diamonds singer says she wants her affection to feel real

British pop star Marina Diamandis has said she feels like the love other female stars have for their gay fans does not feel real.

The lead artist of Marina and the Diamonds, the Primadonna singer says her LGBTI fans are very important to her but she has yet to do a lot publicly.

'When you're an artist, you giving a shit does not equate to going 'I love you guys!' five times a day on Twitter,' said Diamandis.

'If you want to do something, you do it in action.'

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 13, 2015

Joe Caslin said he wants to spark discussion on same-sex marriage in the weeks leading to Ireland's referendum in May

An Irish artist’s mural supporting same-sex marriage has gone viral after it first appeared last weekend.

 The four-story high mural showing two men in an intimate embrace appeared overnight on a building in George’s Street, Dublin on Saturday morning.

Joe Caslin, the artist behind the mural, told the Herald: ‘If people don't like it that's fine and if they do then great - it's just there to provoke a conversation and it seems to have done that.’

April 8, 2015

Only Taylor Swift gets more nods with 14

Sam Smith's four Grammy Awards may soon be getting some company.

The openly gay singing sensation has received a whopping 13 Billboard Music Awards nominations - second only to Taylor Swift who earned 14 nods.

‘Oh my lordy. THIRTEEN Nominations. Unreal. Thank you so much Billboard xxxx,’ Smith said on Twitter after the nominations were announced.

March 24, 2015

Rodner Figueroa was fired after saying image of Michelle Obama looked like cast member of Planet of the Apes

Rodner Figueroa wants his job back.

A high-powered lawyer hired by the fired Univision personality says his client has been unfairly painted as a racist for a comment about US First Lady Michelle Obama and is demanding that he be reinstated and receive a public apology.

March 13, 2015

Rodner Figueroa says his comment was misinterpreted and apologizes to First Lady: 'I am not racist in any way'

Rodner Figueroa may be out of a job but he wants it known that he is not a racist.

The openly gay Univision style host was fired from his job this week after he said: 'Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of Planet of the Apes.'

Figueroa made the comment during a segment on the program El Gordo y La Flaca about make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros’ viral transformations into various celebrities - including the US First Lady.

March 10, 2015

Openly gay country music star Steve Grand moved people around the world with All-American Boy, JD van Zyl asks about his vices and his debut album

Steve Grand was hailed by many as the first openly gay country music star to hit the big time when his video for All American Boy went viral.

Later this month his debut album is finally hitting the shelves. We discovered how his passions, love life and his early 20s have inspired his music.

All American Boy was your first big hit and now it’s the title of your debut album, where did the inspiration for it all come from?

March 9, 2015

Music legends collaborate for Comic Relief

Gay singer Sam Smith is the artist behind 2015's official Red Nose Day single, it was revealed today (9 March).

Taking on the mantle from such groups like the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and One Direction, he has joined forces with Oscar winner John Legend to record the charity track.

They perform a unique version of Smith's song, Lay Me Down, from his multi-platinum album In The Lonely Hour.

The track is available for download today on iTunes and the single is being sold exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

February 22, 2015

Jamaican singer Queen Ifrica says reggae singers use homophobic lyrics to get cheers and applause from audiences

A Jamaican reggae singer has defended her use of anti-gay lyrics in her music, saying she uses them to get applause and cheers from the audience.

Ventrice Morgan, who goes by the stage name of Queen Ifrica, says such lyrics are only about getting a reaction from the crowd and not about inciting violence or hatred.

‘A lot of these artists who were using homophobic lyrics, were never about inciting violence,’ she says.

‘It was about getting a forward – an applause – from the crowd.'

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.

Simplistically you could describe these works as gay erotica, and there is an undoubtedly sexual edge to Lazarov's work, but these are also unique and compelling stories that explore modern gay life.

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.