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May 26, 2015

Parliamentary debate on marriage equality bill is brought forward to June

A cabinet minister in the Australian government has said he expects parliament to legalize gay marriage by the end of the year, as debate on a marriage equality bill is brought forward to next month.

'I’m confident the matter will be dealt with in the course of this year and of course, we obviously need a bill. There is a change in sentiment all the time,' Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio on Tuesday (26 May).

May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 26, 2015

Stevie Phillips, who also repped Liza Minnelli, writes shocking tell-all

Stevie Phillips waited for 46 years after Judy Garland's death to write a book filled with shocking revelations about the troubled star.

But now that she has, Garland's one-time agent is holding nothing back.

Among the stories shared in the book Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue are that Garland sometimes amused herself by having lesbian sex during limo rides to her concerts.

May 21, 2015

Anti-gay pastor also called trans people pedophiles and compared homosexuality to alcholism

A mother has come forward to say the pastor outed on Grindr as a top who likes to cuddle told her gay son to kill himself.

Reverend Matt Makala, a married father of five and associate pastor, resigned from his position after screenshots of alleged conversations on the hookup were obtained and published by Queerty.

He has confirmed the authenticity of the conversations but has refused to comment.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 15, 2015

Charge relates to two women who said they were upset after receiving the homophobic pamphlets

A British monk has been charged with the harassment of two women after he allegedly posted a homophobic leaflet in their mailboxes.

Damon Jonah Kelly, 53, from Northamptonshire, will appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court on 18 May.

Northampton Police confirmed the charge relates to two incidents in Edward Road, Leicester on 15 October and 29 October 2014.

The two women, who were subjected to comments after a letter was sent to them, say the content of the leaflet caused them anxiety and distress.

May 12, 2015

Groundbreaking video is first time Arabic-speaking public figures have backed IDAHOT

Lebanese celebrities have stepped forward to make a powerful video for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

In the video, a world first organized by the Proud Lebanon group, 14 prominent Lebanese personalities say everyone is born ‘free and equal’.

They argue against anti-gay legislation, saying: ‘We should all work together to change these unjust laws and replace them with laws that protect all citizens.’

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 7, 2015

SPONSORED: The University of Essex is conducting research with identical twins

Dozens of identical twins have now come forward to take part in a unique new study to help understand how childhood experiences shape our sexual orientation and wellbeing as adults.

Now the University of Essex scientists behind the project are looking for more identical twins – where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight – to take part in the research.

We often assume our upbringing is important in many ways, but the research being carried out at Essex is looking at how this relates to identical twins where one is straight and one is gay or bisexual.


May 5, 2015

The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival director on his impossibly chic hometown, from alpine vistas to charming pizzarias

I've lived here since…
...1972, after having done military service here [before this Giovanni lived in Lecce in the south of Italy]. Therefore, I've been here for 43 years – I was 21 so I can say that I grew up in Turin!

I've stayed because...

May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

May 1, 2015

Iconic sportsman, committed family man, original Spice Boy and clothes-allergic friend of the gays – Becks, we salute you

It seems like only yesterday an awkward, red-shirted early-20-something started blazing a trail in British football.

Now, almost two decades, four kids and at least 50 hairstyles later, former England captain David Beckham today hits the big 4-0 (on 2 May).

To mark the occasion, David this morning joined Instagram, posting a sexy snap of himself in bed in Morocco where he's spending his special day – and at last glance he'd amassed over 1m followers in a matter of hours!

April 30, 2015

The Passport Magazine associate editor on his Brooklyn stomping ground – specifically the edgy neighborhood of Bushwick – a cultural melting pot, home to New York's biggest drag event and its first porn film festival…

I've lived here since…
2010. I was trying to seek a more affordable location than the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn where rent prices were and are soaring. Fortunately, a large chunk of my fellow NYU graduates were also moving farther east into the Bushwick area of Brooklyn.

I've stayed because...

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

#PaintYourNailsForBruce

Men, and women, around the world are painting their nails in support of Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender last week.

During a much-hyped interview with Diane Sawyer, the former Olympian said his short-term goal was ' to be able have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off.'

Jenner became the subject of media speculation and ridicule after he was photographed wearing pink nail polish at his 65th birthday lunch in December.

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 24, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 23, 2015

Rooftop bar manager on club tips, culture and getting away from the madness

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza - the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vivé, one of Ibiza's hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 21, 2015

The Airbnb user on on life in the Scottish capital

I've lived here since… I started university in 1995. I stayed because the city is a magical mix of old and new.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Street, on 2b Picardy Place in the east of the city. All are welcome any time of the day.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Princes Street – thousands of tourists staring in awe at the beauty of the city to the screech of bagpipes.

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 14, 2015

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses

Australia is to lose its last law singling out the deliberate transmission of HIV to another person or persons, 22 years after the Victorian state government decided that it needed to be treated separately to the deliberate transmission of other serious illnesses.

Section 19A of Victoria’s Crimes Act punishes the deliberate transmission of HIV with up to 25 years in prison and was originally intended to discourage the scenario where a person stabs another person with a syringe full of blood that they knew contains HIV.

April 9, 2015

All proceeds go to same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland

A company in Ireland is turning anti-gay marriage leaflets into beautiful confetti ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.

Daintree Paper in Dublin has received orders for the heart-shaped confetti from as far as the US and Australia, all proceeds for which will go to advocacy group Yes Equality.

April 6, 2015

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon supports the criminalization of homosexuality but says the church’s battle is ‘not against homosexuals, our battle today is against those who say God’s standards are not good enough for us.’

A Nigerian bishop who supports the criminalization of LGBTI people has been appointed to be the next Secretary General of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been the Bishop of Kaduna since 1998 and has a reputation for his expertise in managing relations between the Christian and Muslim communities in Nigeria.

However he is adamant that homosexuality remain illegal in Nigeria