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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.

March 6, 2014

A song encouraging you to kiss girls or boys is changing country music and promoting a message of individuality and acceptance to its hesitant fans

‘Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys or kiss lots of girls if that’s what you’re into.’

Seems fair enough right? Well not if you are a country radio DJ in a conservative market deep in the Bible belt of the American South it’s not. It’s more a rallying cry to join the dark side and give your soul to the devil.

At least that’s been the reaction to those lyrics in the song Follow Your Arrow by new country music superstar Kacey Musgraves.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.

February 20, 2014

British celebs James Corden and Nick Grimshaw engaged in a sloppy smooch at the BRIT music awards 

British actor and presenter James Corden hosted the Brits music awards for the fifth and final time last night, and he celebrated by kissing gay Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

While the two of them are hardly universally adored, their kiss became one of the most talked about moments of a night that included performances from Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lorde.

February 20, 2014

The bisexual Mexican painter married a man against her mother’s wishes, had extramarital affairs with women and unapologetically donned a moustache and a unibrow

Shooting the crowd a mischievous smile, she raises the tequila shot to her slightly fuzzy lip.

She shouts a ‘Cheers!’ and throws back the tequila without so much as a blink.

Frida Kahlo, or rather her doppelganger, leans on her cane and continues regaling the schoolchildren and tourists with stories of her life in the Caza Azul, the Blue House.

When I think of the word fierce as describing someone, I think of a person with strength and conviction, someone unconcerned with conventional opinion and, typically, someone who can pull off a killer outfit.

February 18, 2014

Season 8 runner-up returns this week as mentor and says 'show is doing a really good job this year of revamping'

Adam Lambert may not have won the American Idol crown but the season 8 runner-up returns to the show this week a superstar.

The Grammy nominee, the first openly gay artist to ever have an album reach the number one spot on the Billboard sales charts, likes what is happening to the singing competition this season.

'I think the show is doing a really good job this year of kind of revamping a little bit and keeping up with the times,' Lambert says.

February 13, 2014

Clayton Pettet, 19, is being accused of 'cheapening sexual relationships' for his 'once-in-a-lifetime performance'

A gay teen planning to lose his virginity ‘in the name of art’ has chosen a central London venue for his ‘exhibit’.

Art student Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have sex for the first time at the Orange Dot gallery in Bloomsbury for a project called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

The Central Saint Martins art school student, who has been planning the project for three years, described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime performance’.

February 11, 2014

Married to a man, she adds:  ‘Nope I didn’t just come out – you just late to the party. But I have drinks for all y’all'

Monica Raymund, one of the stars of the NBC drama Chicago Fire, tweeted about a Norwegian artist’s protest against Russia’s anti-LGBT policies the other day.

But it is her follow-up tweet that is getting all the attention.

'So proud to be Bi and excited about this movement during Olympics,' she wrote.

When asked by a followers if this was her public coming out the actress replied: ‘Nope I didn’t just come out – you just late to the party. But I have drinks for all y’all.'

February 6, 2014

British singer reportedly spends $33,000 on several pieces including one reading: 'If I wasn't straight, I'd definitely be gay'

As one of the most famous men in the world, it’s no surprise One Direction’s Harry Styles is the subject of gay rumors.

But this time it isn’t because of his close relationship to gay Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw or to his bromance with his bandmates, it’s because of his taste in art.

The British singer splashed over £22,000 ($33,000, €24,400) on original pieces by artist Hayden Keys.

While the artworks are certainly not nudes, they are suggestive, somewhat funny, social commentary typed works.

January 24, 2014

Stumbles so badly on saying word ventriloquism, segment on eBay doll of CNN anchor takes hilarious turn

At least he didn't get the uncontrollable giggles this time.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper turned the spotlight on himself - well, a smaller version of himself - during one of his nightly Ridiculist segments this week.

An artist in Pennsylvania spent three months creating an Anderson Cooper ventriloquist doll and put it for sale on eBay for $360,000.

The hefty price tag is an homage to the name of the show Anderson Cooper 360.

So far, no takers.

'I'm psyched that there's a doll of me,' Cooper said at the start of the segment.

Then the trouble begins.

January 22, 2014

One of the world’s most gay-friendly countries also happens to have some of the most creative musical talent of this (and last) century

There’s something to be said for a country with a population of 320,000 that churns out so much creative talent.

In Iceland, one in 10 people will publish a book in their lifetime. There’s a local saying that goes: ‘Ad ganga med bok I maganum.’

‘Everyone has a book in their stomach.’

If everyone in Iceland has a book in their stomach, it’s also easy to believe everyone is an artist at heart.

From fashion to architecture, graphics to design, the country is teeming with creative talent that’s been on the global radar for some time.

January 20, 2014

US actor Robert De Niro has screened a documentary on his painter father Robert De Niro Sr who left his mother in 1945 when he realized he was gay

Robert De Niro has screened a 40 minute documentary on his gay artist father at the Sundance Film Festival, telling a Q and A panel that he wanted his younger kids to know who their grandfather had been.

‘I did this for him,’ De Niro told festival-goers at the Yarrow Theater after the screening on Sunday.

‘I wanted my younger kids who were born after he died to know what their grandfather did. I even kept his painting studio intact so they could see it.’

January 7, 2014

Los Angeles, San Francisco and West Yorkshire are the three cities to visit and enjoy Hockney’s artwork for the last time this year until new exhibits are announced

The work of David Hockney, friend to Andy Warhol and considered the most famous British painter, continues to roll with the times of iPhones and iPads.

The 76-year-old artist has evolved the techniques he uses to to create timeless pieces, applying developing technologies available to contemporary artists.

Born in Bradford, England, Hockney also holds residences in Los Angeles, adding to his ability to capture a variety of landscapes and lifestyles particular to each city and translatable across the world of art.

January 6, 2014

With Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Princess Beatrice slated to become the first ‘celebronauts’ in space, who will be the first openly LGBTI person to take a commercial space flight?

To date, we know of only one person from the LGBTI community who's been in space.

We didn't learn the first woman in space Sally Ride was a lesbian until decades after her death.

An estimated 500 people have already traveled into outer space, so statistically speaking at least a few of them must have been closeted.

December 17, 2013

'I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man'

Alan Cumming may be married to artist Grant Shaffer, but that doesn't mean he has stopped identifying himself as bisexual.

'I have a healthy sexual appetite and a healthy imagination,' Cumming tells Instinct. 'I still define myself as a bisexual even though I have chosen to be with Grant.'

December 7, 2013

The pro-gay anthem, co-written by Mary Lambert, has been nominated for 'Song of the Year'

US hip-hop artists Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis have received a Grammy nomination for their pro-gay anthem, 'Same Love'.


The duo, who have also been nominated for album of the year and best new artist, opened 'The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!' on Friday night with their hit song, 'Thrift Shop'.


December 6, 2013

British King of Pop will risk jail and deportation if he possibly goes too far in his message to the LGBT community in Russia

Elton John has vowed to speak out on gay propaganda laws in Russia tonight (6 December).

The British singer will be playing two dates in Russia, in Moscow tonight and the Volga city of Kazan on Saturday.

He said while he will avoid being strongly critical of Putin, he has prepared something ‘meaningful’ to the LGBT community.

The 66-year-old star is the biggest pop star, and only major gay artist, to play in Russia since the ban on gay propaganda was enforced in June.

December 3, 2013

Artist Balbir Krishnan’s Bed of Roses exhibition of paintings has been ejected from the Hyderabad Mariott after conservatives complained about its homosexual themes

Uttar Pradesh based artist Balbir Krishnan got a nasty shock for his birthday on Sunday when he woke up to learn that his exhibition of paintings had been closed down following what he thought was a successful opening night.

Balbir’s Bed of Roses exhibition was launched Saturday night at Muse Art Gallery in the Hyderabad Mariott hotel but hotel management and the gallery’s owners shut down the exhibition the next day, saying they had received complaints about the exhibition’s homoerotic tone.