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March 25, 2015

fiveFilms4freedom LGBT film festival finds audience in over 125 countries.

The BFI Flare film festival is popular enough that even if you live in London you have to be lucky to get a ticket to watch the LGBT themed films being shown.

If you are LGBT and live in countries such as India, Poland, or the Ukraine, your opportunities of being able to watch movies that reflect your sexuality and your experiences will be even more remote.

March 20, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 20, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 19, 2015

For a change of pace on party island

In just 12 short weeks, we'll be half way into June and summer will be in full swing; and for the Europeans among us at least, it can only be a matter of time before the keyboard jingle of a certain Vengaboys song starts ringing true...

March 18, 2015

Says designers should stick to designing clothes

The editorial director of Dolce and Gabbana's magazine has resigned over controversial comments the designers made about gay parenting.

Earlier this week, the fashion duo said they opposed gay adoption, 'synthetic children' and non-traditional families. Their remarks angered celebrities such as Elton John, who is leading a boycott of the brand.

And now Giuliano Federico has left Swide.com after seven years at the magazine.

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 16, 2015

James Gordon joins Gay Star News as commercial director for UK corporate relationships

With over a decade of experience in media sales, the appointment of James Gordon as commercial director for Gay Star News significantly bolsters the capabilities of the rapidly growing media company.

'My background has primarily been in advertising for radio so I'm excited to be making the move into digital publishing' said James. 'Gay Star News is a young business, but the growth has been really impressive, so I'm excited to be joining such a high performing team and being able to contribute to the continued growth and development.'

March 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

March 12, 2015

Filmmaker says he is not interested in dating women

Acclaimed Indian director Karan Johar has said he is not interested in dating women, which some have taken as confirmation of his homosexuality.

The multiple award-winner has never been in a public relationship and has been long-rumored to be gay.

Johar, 42, appeared on the cover of this month's Harper's Bazaar India with his long-time collaborator and best friend, actress Kareena Kapoor.

In an interview with the magazine, the director said Kapoor would marry Kapoor – if he was interested in women.

March 12, 2015

Episodes of the drag queen show will premiere in June

A UK channel has acquired all seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, with a plan to premiere in June.

TruTV UK now owns the broadcast rights to show all seven seasons of the UK drag queen competition show, as well as companion series Untucked.

It will start with showing episodes from the fourth season.

'RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertaining, outrageous show packed full of larger-than-life characters with a balance of humour and warmth that our viewers love', said Jane Mote, Turner UK’s Channel Director of General Entertainment.

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

March 9, 2015

'Everyone was afraid of it because of what the movie is and what the movie shows'

Mo’Nique has not been seen on the big screen since her Oscar winning performance in Precious back in 2009.

But she in finally back in the film Blackbird as the deeply religious mother of a teenage boy struggling with being gay.

Mo’Nique says director Patrik-Ian Polk had trouble casting the role of the son which eventually went to an unknown: Julian Walker.

March 6, 2015

Leading LGBTI activist is urging the government to change
 

Zimbabwe cannot control HIV and AIDS if it continues to discriminate against LGBTI people, a leading activist has said. 

Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) Chesterfield Samba has urged the government to revise the anti-gay laws that stop necessary discussion into urgent health issues.

‘We are saying that there must be a revision of laws that inhibit CSOs [Chief Security Officers] and the government from engaging on issues of key populations’ he said in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

March 5, 2015

Censorship board says it is 'not appropriate' for a child to utter the word

Indian censors have muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday (27 February), sparking cries of homophobia.

The word was supposed to be said in a court scene where a young boy asks, ‘Mummy, is older sister turning into a lesbian?'

But the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ruled that it was 'not appropriate' for a child say lesbian and muted the word, as well as deleting four Hindi words.

The latest controversy comes weeks after the CBFC released a list of 28 banned swear words, which has been since put on hold.

March 5, 2015

Human rights group says the trial seems unfair

A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial.

An elected local official in his 50s and a student in his 20s were arrested in al Hoceima province on 13 December.

Only five days after their arrest, a court convicted the men of sexual deviancy and public indecency based on confessions they made to police then repudiated in court. No witnesses were called to testify.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 25, 2015

Director Bertil Nilsson presents the sexy short True Bromance

Director Bertil Nilsson has directed True Bromance, a new short film that takes place in the streets of London.

It stars three very acrobatic male performers who through choreography and acrobatics explore the male bonding experience.

Nilsson is a photographer and filmmaker in London and made the video in collaboration with Barely Methodical Troupe.

February 23, 2015

See full list of winners from Hollywood's biggest night

Lady Gaga's soaring tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music earned a standing ovation and a heartfelt hug from Julie Andrews during Sunday night's Academy Awards.

Gaga hit all the right notes in the film's title song as well as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things and Climb Every Mountain.

Gaga's stupendous musical performance (see video below) was one of the more surprising moments during a night when most of the expected winners took home Oscar gold.

February 23, 2015

'The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene'

The director of The Imitation Game has defended the lack of gay sex scenes in the film about British codebreaker Alan Turing.

Morten Tyldum said seeing Turing with another man would 'not really' have enriched the character ahead of Sunday's (February 22) Academy Awards.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.