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December 19, 2014

She used to be a homophobe. Now she’s a hero

My first interaction with Kathy Baldock, the founder and director of Canyon Walker Connections, was in 2012.

December 18, 2014

Actress Michelle Clunie and Singer were once a couple and plan to raise the child together

Actress Michelle Clunie, best known for her role of Melanie on Showtime's Queer as Folk, is pregnant with director Bryan Singer's baby.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (18 December), Clunie makes clear that she and the X-Men director (pictured with Mick Fleetwood at a recent Fleetwood Mac concert) plan to co-parent the baby.

Clunie is not serving as a surrogate and hopes her Facebook message will put an end to the inaccurate descriptions of the situation.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 15, 2014

'I'll do whatever I can to help people. And I've had enough'

After spending 17 years as a National Football League employee, Rob Brakel is tired of being in the closet. He's come out to the league and his team, the Arizona Cardinals.

In a Outports profile, the video director explains why he decided to be out.

'I don't care anymore,' Brakel said in the 11 December Outsports article.

December 12, 2014

'There is something about people, for one reason or the other, who are marginalized by their circumstance that is compelling to me'

Before he played his most famous role of a serial killer on TV's Dexter, Michael C. Hall spent several years playing a gay funeral director on the series Six Feet Under.

The actor, currently starring on Broadway as a transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, admits that he has been drawn to queer characters.

December 2, 2014

22-year-old says it’s a call to action for LGBTIs in Eastern Europe

An actor has stripped off to fight homophobia and save an LGBTI Lithuanian movie project.

He hopes You Can’t Escape Lithuania, a queer road movie, will challenge prejudice in the country which has a Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation.

December 1, 2014

They think he can't be a 'real' Santa

Shopping mall Santas are gathering their lumps of coal and readying to wrap them up and send them to the director of a new documentary for featuring a gay Santa.

The new film, I Am Santa Claus, shows what four professional Santas do for the rest of the year when they're not allowing kids to sit on their lamps and gifting them with candy canes.

We meet Jim Stevenson, a 73-year-old gay man who struggled with his sexuality for years. Now happily out and living with a partner in Dallas, he gets paid to say 'ho, ho, ho' during the holiday period.

November 29, 2014

'We literally turned him into a beast… Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie...'

Jack Twist is getting in the boxing ring.

Jake Gyllenhaal, one of the stars in the love story Brokeback Mountain, is transforming himself for his next project.

November 28, 2014

'Little Red Riding Hood' was outed after a video of him shouting at his partner was posted online

A viral video star has filed China's first gay workplace discrimination suit at a court in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Netizens named him 'Little Red Riding Hood' after a video of him shouting at his partner on the street was posted online and went viral.

In the video, the man tells police he was deceived and hit by a hook-up he met on a mobile app who 'won't even give RMB100 [$16]' taxi fare.

November 27, 2014

'John Gielgud was obsessed with trousers, loved corduroy and leather. And so he wrote a film set in a menswear shop'

Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud wrote a gay porn script that could go into production next year.

The English thespian penned the screenplay for Peter de Rome, who made gay porn in New York in the 60s when homosexuality was illegal, and was the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn.

November 27, 2014

The finalists in the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off Competition have been chosen

The competition was launched by Educate & Celebrate, a UK-based organisation that helps to make schools LGBT-friendly.

The contest was open during the UK’s anti-bullying week (17-21 November), and was run with support from Gay Star News.

Organisers asked schools and pupils to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes during the course of this week. The initiative received messages of support from comedienne Jo Brand, presenter of The Great British Bake-off: An Extra Slice, and famous chef and writer, Allegra McEvedy.

November 27, 2014

Movie is about a university professor who was suspended for being gay

Top Indian director Hansal Mehta is producing and directing a film based on the true story of a gay professor which he hopes will bring the debate on sexual orientation into the mainstream.

Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, 64, was suspended from Aligarh Muslim University weeks before his retirement after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

A court later revoked the suspension but he died the same year – police suspected suicide.

November 21, 2014

Legal affairs director says public opinion is too polarized

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has said now is not the right time to legalize gay marriage.

Lin Hsiu-lien, director of the department of legal affairs, made the comment at a media reception on Wednesday (19 November).

She said public opinion and social acceptance of gay marriage should first be observed, then laws could be gradually formulated that take into account public sentiment and the demands of gay couples.

November 14, 2014

Bangkok-based agency has 18 girls in its trans division

A Thai modeling agency has launched the first transgender model division in the world.

The Bangkok-based Apple Modeling Agency annouced the division on Tuesday (11 November) and has 18 transgender girls on its books.

Apple is one of the leading and largest modeling agencies in the southeast Asian country.

Draq queen Pangina Heals interviewed ten of the models for Coconuts TV on a photo shoot for Lips magazine.

'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.

November 13, 2014

Julie Eldredge has been cut off from the two children after break-up

A woman who lost access to the two children she had been raising with her ex-partner after a bitter split will get her day in court.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (12 November) that Julie Eldredge is entitled to a hearing on her claim for parental rights and what is in the best interest of the children.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 13, 2014

'We are thrilled she will be joining the White House team and look forward to working with her on important issues in our ongoing fight for full equality'

This week the White House named a new LGBT liaison in its Office of Public Engagement.

Aditi Hardikar's official title is director of public engagement. She will serve as the White House's point person for the LGBT and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 5, 2014

Think there are no positive portrayals of transgender people in movies? You have to see this new feature film

In a world where trans representation in film is non-existent or disastrously insulting, it is impossible to greet Boy Meets Girl with anything less than wild excitement.

This sweet, sassy, funny movie stars real-life trans girl Michelle Hendley as Rikki, growing up transgender in rural Kentucky.

Yes, it has some of the tropes of LGBTI filmmaking. But bisexual Rikki’s flirtations with other women and journey to her future ambitions wins hearts and deserves to win a global audience.

October 28, 2014

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal

A Kazakhstan advertizing agency is being fined an astromonical amount for creating a poster featuring two men kissing.

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal.

The agency has also been ordered to issue an apology in the national media.

Dariya Khamitzhanova, Havas' general director, told Kapital.kz the ruling was 'nonsense'.

'Not one of the 34 plaintiffs appeared in court,' she said. 'The whole hearing was marred by procedural violations'.

October 28, 2014

Judge tells Michael Egan: 'You understand this is a court of law.… You understand if you lie to me you'd get in trouble'

Michael Egan, the man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and other Hollywood players of sex abuse before dropping his case, did not have a very good day in court.

Egan appeared before a judge in Hawaii on Friday (24 October) in a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by Garth Ancier, one of the other men he accused.

The judge called Egan out for lying when he claimed to not have had legal assistance in preparing his legal documents.

Judge J. Michael Seabright was not buying it.